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Old November 15th, 2017, 03:57 PM
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1986 Kiwi 110 w/ LS3

Hi all

I've just embarked on what now seems a rather large restoration project, having taken possession of a sight unseen 1986 2 door 110 yesterday. She's pretty rough around the edges, however the chassis appears good (I hope I don't live to regret that statement!)

The rover V8 will make way for an LS3 which I collected yesterday, from a 2015 Holden Commodore SS-V Redline (some fancy model here downunder). It came mated to a 6L80E which seems like the perfect pairing for some of famous Nick's conversion parts.

The plan is really to take it all the way back to the chassis and give it a good once over - repair any rust, galv it, new bushes etc. etc. Probably slot in the LS3 whilst it's at this stage. Interested in views on brake upgrades as the factory ones seem pretty shocking (although maybe I've just forgotten in the short time since I sold my 2014 110 and purchased a sensible family car!)

Body will also undergo some fairly extensive work also, with the hard top making way for a soft top, series 3 split doors and so on. It will be 'heritage' themed although I'll probably opt for a custom colour somewhere between marine blue, keswick green and aintree green (use your imagination!)

This is the first project of this significance I've undertaken - which I will blame on the inspirational work of the members of this forum and the way they make things look so easy! Any advice along the way would be appreciated.

Cheers
Jack
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Old November 15th, 2017, 04:06 PM
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I'm also interested in a good provider who might be able to sea freight me a bunch of body parts to NZ? I've emailed SP-4x4 a few times and have not got a response after a week. I'm sure the stateside guys have had dealings with the UK based suppliers in this context. Next people I was looking to get in touch with were Paddock and Rimmer Bros, however both have varying degrees of stock of the parts I'm after - I'd prefer to deal with one place which is why SP-4X4 seemed like the idea.
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Old November 15th, 2017, 04:56 PM
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Old November 15th, 2017, 05:03 PM
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This is all your fault Factoid (and a few others... UL7100, Nick, et al)!
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Old November 15th, 2017, 10:51 PM
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I'm also interested in a good provider who might be able to sea freight me a bunch of body parts to NZ? I've emailed SP-4x4 a few times and have not got a response after a week. I'm sure the stateside guys have had dealings with the UK based suppliers in this context. Next people I was looking to get in touch with were Paddock and Rimmer Bros, however both have varying degrees of stock of the parts I'm after - I'd prefer to deal with one place which is why SP-4X4 seemed like the idea.
SP doesn't respond well that way. I found the way to get a response was to order and pay, then they have no choice
That being said I did some receive items that I did not pay for and can't get them to respond to my requests to return their stuff...
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Old November 15th, 2017, 11:19 PM
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SP doesn't respond well that way. I found the way to get a response was to order and pay, then they have no choice
That being said I did some receive items that I did not pay for and can't get them to respond to my requests to return their stuff...


Haha! That is exactly what I did! Worked!


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Old November 16th, 2017, 02:33 PM
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SP doesn't respond well that way. I found the way to get a response was to order and pay, then they have no choice
That being said I did some receive items that I did not pay for and can't get them to respond to my requests to return their stuff...
Haha okay, I've gone ahead with this approach. Fingers crossed it works out well good advice
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Old November 19th, 2017, 01:55 PM
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Okay, so first weekend with the new vehicle meant for a bit of spring cleaning... I was not quite ready for what was lurking under / behind the seats - YUCK! 30 years of bottle caps, dust, coins, pens. You name it, it was there. I also uncovered a bunch of rusty bits hiding beneath carpet and so on... Replacement parts are on the way, namely the drivers side under-seat box and the trans diaphragm.

All this tidying has got me very motivated to get the old girl painted and re-upholstered ASAP!
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Old November 20th, 2017, 07:13 PM
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SP doesn't respond well that way. I found the way to get a response was to order and pay, then they have no choice
That being said I did some receive items that I did not pay for and can't get them to respond to my requests to return their stuff...
They are a small family-run outfit, so they don't respond well to emails. They should get back to you pretty quick, though, with a shipping quote once you've placed the order, though, at least in my experience.
I bought a bunch of stuff from them and they always responded fast to any missing items or concerns, so, altogether I'm pleased with them and would recommend them to anyone.

BTW, little known fact: they can and will sell you individual door frame parts and even complete door frames without skins, if you ask them for it.
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Old November 22nd, 2017, 09:20 PM
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Yep, they replied pretty much immediately after my order was placed but have not come back to me following a few questions I had related to shipping options. Frustrating! Guess I'll give them a call at 10pm tonight my time which works out to be 9am in the UK.
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