Null's ultimate Dream Car Thread - A CV8 Monaro in Austria

Null's ultimate Dream Car Thread - A CV8 Monaro in Austria

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berliner

11 posts

5 months

Monday 6th April
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I had exactly the same frame on the car, I chose a different variant and I am very happy with it.
.... 700 EURO is a lot of money ...

Null.Performance

Original Poster:

45 posts

18 months

Tuesday 28th April
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I dropped off the Monaro at my mechanics on Monday morning and just got it back from them.
Pedders quick rack, drop links, tie rod ends and a Mishimoto power steering cooler with custom piping are now installed.
One step closer to getting my car on the road smile



Edited by Null.Performance on Tuesday 28th April 18:20

Lincsls1

1,450 posts

96 months

Tuesday 28th April
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^^^ Nice work.
Be sure to give us your verdict on the rack change, thinking about this mod myself.

SturdyHSV

7,027 posts

123 months

Tuesday 28th April
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Lincsls1 said:
^^^ Nice work.
Be sure to give us your verdict on the rack change, thinking about this mod myself.
I would say it isn't transformative, but if you're in the area anyway it's worth doing.

It does mean mini roundabouts and such can be achieved with hands staying on the wheel at 9 and 3, and it does perhaps make the steering feel a touch more direct, but without jumping back and forth between the two I'd be hard pushed to remember much difference.

I have a much smaller steering wheel on mine now (330mm) and would say that made much more of a difference in my perception / feel of the steering than changing the rack.

vxr2010

2,072 posts

115 months

Tuesday 28th April
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The rack is a good mod , gives a lot more control over the car, plus tight turning is a lot easier like mini roundabouts , it’s just a standard aussie rack for some reason they changed them bringing them into the uk

Mezzell

107 posts

11 months

Tuesday 28th April
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SturdyHSV said:
I would say it isn't transformative, but if you're in the area anyway it's worth doing.

It does mean mini roundabouts and such can be achieved with hands staying on the wheel at 9 and 3, and it does perhaps make the steering feel a touch more direct, but without jumping back and forth between the two I'd be hard pushed to remember much difference.

I have a much smaller steering wheel on mine now (330mm) and would say that made much more of a difference in my perception / feel of the steering than changing the rack.
That’s my issue. Unless the rack needs changing, is it worth it to save 1/2 a turn? I have a 330mm Momo wheel and for fast road driving I don’t think the difference would be noticeable.
As and when the rack needs changing I’ll obviously do it but until then, I’m happy with how the fat bh handles. In fact, she surprises me constantly smile

Null.Performance

Original Poster:

45 posts

18 months

Wednesday 3rd June
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Fantastic news - The big day has finally come!
Seven months after I flew to the UK to buy my Monaro, the car passed it's government mandated exotic / foreign inspection ("Einzelgenehmigung") today with ZERO advisories on the very first try and is now the first ever fully legalized and roadworthy Holden vehicle in Austria!
I have been smiling the whole day and just cannot seem to stop - what an incredibly long, sometimes frustrating waiting game it has been smile

It took the poor guy at the office a full hour to go through all the vehicle data and documents I provided, and he had to enter every bit of vehicle data into the governments massive vehicle database by hand, since nobody has ever tried to legalize a Monaro in Austria before smile
Afterwards, two government technicians inspected and test drove the Monaro for more than an hour. Their inspection was somewhat similar to an MOT, just much more in-depth.
I had a good chat with the technicians afterwards and they were smiling from ear to ear, just like I was. They had never dealt with a Monaro, or any Australian made car before, and were really impressed by it's condition. They were very interested in getting to know more about the car, it's history, as well as my future plans with it. Genuine, like-minded petrol heads, who just happen to work for the government - who would have thought smile

I am currently in negotiations with my insurance company to get the car insured under their exotic/classic car policy programm, which would drastically reduce my annual premium. The stupid "private-individual-who-was-dumb-enough-to-import-a-used-foreign-car-tax" aka "Normverbrauchsabgabe" will also be paid tomorrow.
Guys, I am literally just a few more days away from being issued regular Austrian license plates! Once the plates are here, I can finally, and fully legally, drive my dream car on Austrian roads!


Lincsls1

1,450 posts

96 months

Wednesday 3rd June
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Result!!
Nice work.
Really nice to hear the enthusiasm in your post!

mfp4073

1,603 posts

130 months

Wednesday 3rd June
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That's great news, I'm glad you've managed to sort things out and it was nice to hear the government testers were interested in your Monaro.
Here's wishing you many happy miles driving the last V8 powered two door muscle car Australia ever made.

jet_noise

4,003 posts

138 months

Thursday 4th June
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Good story. Well told.

Enjoy your 'ro smile

RipGMH

251 posts

14 months

Friday 5th June
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Awesome well done. Hopefully you get many happy miles in that thing.

Null.Performance

Original Poster:

45 posts

18 months

Wednesday 24th June
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It finally happened - the weather was nice enough today to take my childhood dream car on it's first legal drive on Austrian roads!
I filled up the tank with 98 octane, checked the tire pressures and had a wonderful time cruising a stretch of autobahn and some of the A- and B-roads around my hometown. Austrian autobahns are not derestricted, by the way - our speed limit is 130 kph / 80 mph. But you know, I just had to do one, or maybe a couple, on-ramp pulls from 50 kph to 150 kph smile
Oh my god, this thing is so damn fast smile

After what were basically the first 100 kilometers behind the wheel of a foreign RHD car in my LHD home country, I already feel brave enough to start tackling some twisty B-roads and mountain passes next - Let the good times roll!

He are some pictures from today:






Btw . I know my front plate is still mounted awkwardly wink
I have already come up with a solution that will allow me to mount our large Austrian plates to the Monaro's front end in a more elegant way.
Once my vanity plates arrive, I'll fix that issue permanently smile

mercedeslimos

498 posts

125 months

Wednesday 24th June
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I learnt the hard way that it's a blanket 130km/h in Austria, got caught doing 180 in a rental on the A2 from Velden to Graz. Got the letter in the post. Oops biggrin

berliner

11 posts

5 months

Wednesday 24th June
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congratulations, "Allzeit-unfallfreie-Fahrt" biggrin


SturdyHSV

7,027 posts

123 months

Wednesday 24th June
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Nice job, glad it's all sorted and you can enjoy the car now smile

Lincsls1

1,450 posts

96 months

Wednesday 24th June
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That's a very smart and fine looking CV8. And obviously you've got the best colour!biggrin
If I was to buy again, I'd buy a CV8 instead of VXR and mod from there.

Null.Performance

Original Poster:

45 posts

18 months

Sunday 28th June
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Finally a hint of summer in Austria over the weekend, so I jumped at the opportunity to go for the first long drive with the Monaro.
I visited some of my favourite scenic routes and it was total perfection. I am so in love with this car.

And I must say now I absolutely enjoy driving a RHD car in a LHD country, that's just the icing on the cake to top off the driving experience.


Null.Performance

Original Poster:

45 posts

18 months

Sunday 28th June
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Oh by the way, no more Vauxhall badges on the trunk smile



Edited by Null.Performance on Sunday 28th June 21:44

99PBATR

320 posts

34 months

Friday 10th July
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Welcome to the forum. So nice to read a thorough bunch of posts and well done you for doing what you've done. I love people who dare to be different, good on you. Also you have a fantastic command of English. There are many English people who you'd put to shame frankly! I hope you have many years of enjoyment from your Ro. It's a lovely example too.

Janosh

1,548 posts

123 months

Friday 10th July
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99PBATR said:
Welcome to the forum. So nice to read a thorough bunch of posts and well done you for doing what you've done. I love people who dare to be different, good on you. Also you have a fantastic command of English. There are many English people who you'd put to shame frankly! I hope you have many years of enjoyment from your Ro. It's a lovely example too.
+1 couldn’t have put it better myself