Our new toy is a 1981 WB Panel Van. 253 V8, 4 speed manual, dual fuel and a couple of extras. Sort order has been changed. Latest pictures are up the top. Scroll down to look at the older pics. New photos are being added frequently.
here it is! the project. 202 WB ute.
It will be stripped down and rebuilt, there is nothing special about the car, so I will do as I choose as time goes by. Rust wise it looks good in all the right spots, although i'm sure there are a few suprises waiting for me.
$500 well spent I think. This will be my first complete strip and rebuild, so it should be a fun ride to completion.
Shed: Nostalgia Drags - Willowbank - August 21st, 2005
Ok guys and girls, here is a collection from the Willowbank Nostalgia Drags that were held on August the 21st, 2005, I used 5 sets of Batteries and filled my 128mb memory card then my 16mb memory card with 1600x resolution images, if any of you see your car here and want the full size picture email me with a description of which is your car and I can email the full size original picture to you.
My names mark and this is my pride and joy its a 1981 wb 1 tonner running a 253 and aussie 4 speed with a statesman devile font. I have been building this ute over the past 12 months and in that time it has had a full makeover consisting of a rebuilt 253, change from column auto to floor shift manual, new reapholstered seats, different dash (its only standard buts better then what was there), new diff (was a 3:36 now a 2:78), different wheels, been carpeted, new alloy tray with custom roll bar, new door trims, re-sprayed in cyan blue (hq monaro colour was originally tulip yellow), new alpine stereo with jvc speakers, also now has a nice statesman devile front.
I would also like to find out the history of this car if anyone knows anything about it, i bought it from western nsw near mudgie at a place called rylestone other then that i dont really no much about it.
This is the plenum chamber from the donor car. It turned out pretty good once it was sand blasted and primed. I got the rust fixed by the same guys, I won't do that again. It cost a fortune, I thought it would save time.
Here's a close up of the section repaired on the plenum chamber. I'm gonna paint this with POR15 rust preventative.
I painted the fire wall on the weekend (I'll post photos later) and I have to say I was pretty impressed with the POR15 paint. I was amazed at the finish I got straight from the brush. It takes hours of prep, but it was worth the effort.
Bought this mainly for the panel which the dash fits to as I previously purchased a WB Caprice dash with tacho for $500 and later found she won't just fit in as the WB Statesman panel is unique to every othwer HJ to WB model.
My first attempt didn't turn out as well as I liked, I got too much heat in it and I didn't match the new piece in well enough. I guess you don't really see it but I couldn't leave it like it, also the donor plenum chamber wouldn't sit right because I cut the corner badly.
Back to the drawing board. After lots of procrastination, I decided to cut the corner out of the donor car (well it's f@#$@#ed now anyway) and replace the whole corner.
This photo shows the hole I cut out on the one tonner, I spent ages fitting the new piece and refrained from using the grinder and file finished it to fit.
Once I tacked in the new piece I just about fell over when I put the plenum chamber in and the holes I'd drilled for the spot welds lined up perfectly. Gotta be happy about that!!!!
This is all my interior that i have got retrimed by Carl Bowerman Motor Trimming in Sydney. He does an amazing job! and has won numerous awards for his work. want his number or address let me know!
my email is j_ackland(at)aapt(dot)net(dot)au
If you have a HQ-HZ & WB in a standard colour could you send me a pic along with the paint code and the trim code from the body plate to mrjones81237 (at) yahoo (dot) com (dot) au. If any images belong to you and you want them taken down send me a msg at the above address.
I hope one day to have a picture of every paint colour available along with the codes
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