Holden VN Calais V8 - Our Shed

By: Glenn Torrens

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After more than a year in limbo, Glenn's Calais V8 is roaring again

One year after buying it in Melbourne – and an enjoyable 10,000km of regular driving – I reversed my immaculate two-owner, full-books 1989 VN Holden Calais V8 into my carport, locked it and removed the number-plates. It was to sit there for nearly 18 months, until December 2018, the month before it became eligible for Historic registration in NSW.

Excited at the thought of driving it again, I rolled it from the carport the week before Christmas to get it ready for re-rego. My regular hot-running of the engine and exercising of the air-con and accessories such as electric windows meant I was expecting to do little more than wash the Calais after its carport holiday.

holden-v8-calais-10.jpgLike any good shed find, my Calais was covered in dust and cobwebs after its year in storage

It passed the pre-rego safety inspection with flying colours… Jeez it was good to drive it again!

My little mates Jess, Mitch and Jordan gave me a Super Cheap Auto gift voucher for Christmas so I put that towards a detergent snow-cannon. This allowed me to easily wash the car-port grime off the Calais and with the number of cars I own, it’ll be put to very good use.

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On New Year’s Day, I was quite excited that it would only be another day until I could start driving the Calais again. Sure enough, I was waiting for the doors to open at the Service NSW office (where registration transactions take place) before 8.30am the next day and had fresh new H-plates in my possession by 9am!

holden-v8-calais-9.jpgA Bowden’s Own snow cannon and quality car wash was a good Christmas present

Driving my richly-hued Phoenix Red Calais V8 again is bliss but one thing I have noticed in the weeks since I had the car H-plated is the dampers – more than likely the factory originals – are quite soft. I think I will replace them soon.

holden-v8-calais-4.jpgAfter the ‘snow’ job, the car was blasted clean with a pressure washer. No touchies = no scratchies!

And there’s another problem that I will need to fix ASAP. Unfortunately, it’s a result of the way I stored the car for its 17 months off the road, so I’m a little bit devo’ed that it has occurred. But thankfully it’s a DIY fix so I’ll share the problem, and my fix, in a future issue.

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