The body is from Deuce Customs, Steve built the chassis from a semi finished unit, the front end is an I-Beam running 4 bar link. The running gear is all Commodore. Steve has put it all together himself.
The engine is a 1989 5L V8 VN Commodore coupled to a 1995 4L60e full electronic auto, connected to shortened VN diff, running 3.7 gears and huge 760mm x 10 inch tyres. (hows that….)
One of the interesting parts of this project, is the use of the electronic trans, and this is the perfect opportunity to demonstrate just how fantastic they are, and how by using Kalmaker Workshop software, how you can adjust all the shift points and pressures to exactly suit the weight and power of the vehicle.
The diff ratio and tyre size are important figures and are used in the computer, so that the transmission knows what speed it is traveling, otherwise the trans may think it is going faster than the engine (typically with low gears) and consequently changes gear way too early…….. More on this later when tuning…….
Some Purists may not like the idea of using a GM Holden V8 in a Rod. Some say, it's a Ford, use a Ford engine. Others say, its American, use an American V8, Buggar, you could even use a Toyota V8 these days…..
Anyway, this isn't about that, and I must say the Holden looks very nice and at home in there.
What we are showing here is that no matter what engine, the same principals apply, and of course the Delco computer can be used on any of these engines.
The Wiring Layout
Obviously, the first thing to consider is, where will everything fit. The 32 doesn't have much room left in the engine compartment, so this will determine where all the other components will fit.
These are the :-
Ignition Module / Amplifier
Relays and Fuses
The Battery will be located in the Boot / Trunk. We will most likely get our power supply direct from the Starter motor, as this is just in front of the Firewall, and our Harness will pass near it, giving us shortest route.
The Ignition module does produce some heat, and as the 32 will have A/C, we decided to put it in the engine bay where they usually belong. Often we put these under the Dash, so that it helps keep a very clean engine bay. Steve isn't building a show winning engine bay, but it will be neat and practical.