JUMP IN THE DEEP END

NZV8 - - RARE SPARES -

Who’d pull apart a rea­son­ably new ve­hi­cle, in per­fect work­ing or­der, with the aim of find­ing more power and do­ing all the work them­self? Glenn Rae is who, and the car in ques­tion is his 2008 Holden VE Com­modore SS V. The Com­modore runs its stan­dard six-litre L98 en­gine with a 6L80E trans, to which Glenn has fit­ted a 2800rpm stall from Road­blaster Aus­tralia. But that’s just the start of it, as you’ll no doubt tell by the jew­ellery stick­ing through the bon­net. It started with a sim­ple camshaft swap, but, as Glenn puts it, “I fig­ured that since I was fit­ting a cam, [that I’d] … do ev­ery­thing else right the first time.” Sourc­ing a cam from Kelford Cams, Glenn is very com­pli­men­tary to Josh, who pro­vided all the in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice that he needed, be­fore he’d even started.

“I’ve per­son­ally done all the work my­self, fit­ting a [rocker] trun­nion up­grade in a vice us­ing sock­ets as a press,” Glenn adds. “They were sourced from Mace Engi­neer­ing in Aus­tralia, as the orig­i­nal nee­dle-roller bear­ings are a po­ten­tial fail­ure wait­ing to hap­pen.”

This led to hard­ened pushrods and up­graded LS3 lifters through Crow Cams, along with a Roll­mas­ter sin­gle-row tim­ing chain.

But the most ob­vi­ous mod­i­fi­ca­tion is the Proflow tun­nel ram with twin Proflow throt­tle bod­ies, which is some­thing we haven’t seen done here be­fore.

“Would I ad­vise any­one to give some­thing like this a go? No — steer clear. Pay some­one to do this for you!” he laughs, adding “I’d like to thank my mum for the use of my late fa­ther’s garage — I wish he was still around, as his ad­vice would have been handy. He was a very clever man, me­chan­i­cally.” With his in­her­ited pas­sion for cars, though, we’re sure that Glenn’s gonna have this thing sorted and ready to make some noise in the very near fu­ture.

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