& Roberts VL Walkinshaw
This is Glen
& Roberts VL Walkinshaw from New Zealand. This car has had quite a life,
with it being stolen and stripped many years ago. Glen & Robert bought
the car, and set about restoring it to like new condition, and im sure you'll
agree, they have done a fantastic job!
The car was
stolen way back in 1994, when apparently the owner ducked into his office
to get something and left it running outside, two minutes later it was gone.
A month later it was found stripped bare, no motor, gearbox, interior, diff,
wheels, brakes, bodykit. It was then held as evidience to a case for approximately
a year. Then sold at police auction.
The guy who bought it held onto it for a year or so, hoping that the missing
parts would turn up in future auctions, the bodykit did but nothing else.
So he sold it off.
The next fella to own it had big plans for the car in the form of a massive
quad cam V8 out of a corvette ZR1, and a six speed box. Fortunately for us
he wasn't much of a finisher or a starter for that matter and eight years
after he purchased the car, he sold it to us in exactly the same condition
plus a few spares that he had picked up over the years.
We bought the car in May 2002, and since then have been working steadily to
restore her to her former glory.
First thing we got was the drive train, not original Walkinshaw but something
to make the wheels turn none the less. This driveline is still in the car
and one day we will get a genuine walky engine and gearbox.
VS T5 5 speed
Other parts we sourced in NZ included,
Radiator, brake calipers & lines (front & rear), rear shocks &
springs, fuel tank & pumps, aircond system, ignition module, recond steering
rack & new hoses, plus an array of missing body parts.
That still left some pretty big things, and we got them all these parts from
Australia, and all with the help of the Oz Performance fourms. Parts included,
Complete Walkinshaw Interior
Original Walkinshaw Wiring Loom
Walky Gearshift Surround
Original Walkinshaw Wheels
Computer & Bracket
The car was
now drivable, but not registered for the road because we couldn't find out
who the original owner was and we didn't know what the old plates were. The
LTSA and police were less than helpful in our requests and it was a long uphill
struggle to get it back on the road. Then about twenty months of trying, we
finally got the infomation needed and she is now all legal to for the road.
At the same time that the whole registration thing got sorted out, we had
her in the paint shop for a touch up, but when the guy mixed the paint it
became apparent that the car was not its original colour. So instead of a
touch up we had the whole car resprayed in true Panorama Silver, and mate
that was the best decision ever.
The paint shop also had the car valet inside and out as well so now she looks
like a gem.
That was the end of october 2003 when we got it back from the paint shop,
and since then we haven't done much with her, except some tinted windows.
So the specs read like this now.
Thats about all I can say about the car except it only has 38700km on the
clock, and we loved every minute of restoring her.
Price wise, well we dont know exactly how much the car owes us, but we probably
spent a little more than shes worth, but who keeps count of these kind of
projects anyway!!!. It was fun.
Thanks to Glen & Robert
for sharing the story of their Walkinshaw's rebuild.
All pics, and info supplied
by Glen & Robert.
& worked 308 , Walkinshaw twin throttle body manifold, minus the restrictor
plate in the secondary throttle, Walkinshaw heads
||VS T5 5 speed
on to it (Bloody Thiefs)|
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