Posts Tagged ‘VE’

Feature Car: Peter Robson’s Holden VE Ute ‘UDLO5E’


13 Aug

Late-model Commodores haven’t come in for the same level of customisation as most older models… well, with exceptions. Like Peter Robson’s crazy VE Commodore ute for example.
With a big turbo on its 403ci stroker, suicide doors, custom trim, smooth engine bay and 24x12in billets under its tubbed arse… this is one very custom late-model Commodore and it was featured in the August 2019 issue of Street Machine.

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Peter Robson's Holden VE Ute 'UDLO5E'
Peter Robson's Holden VE Ute 'UDLO5E'
Peter Robson's Holden VE Ute 'UDLO5E'

DEMON DAILY: Diane Abed’s 590rwhp Supercharged VE SS-V Commodore Wagon


30 Apr

Diane Abed's Holden VE Commodore

DEMON DAILY

Once known as ‘the electric car’, Diane Abed’s VE SSV wagon won’t be mistaken for some quiet, smug mobile ever again
Story and by hoskingindustries.com.au

Diane Abed's Holden VE CommodoreDiane Abed is a died-in-the-wool Commodore fan. She’s previously owned a VK Berlina, V8 VR Exec and her last daily was a VY SS wagon – which is still taking up residence in the family shed now. “I bought the VY SS specifically to cart around my two Huskies,” Diane says. “I decided it was time to upgrade and when I came across this VE wagon, I fell in love.”

The 2011-model VE was as stock as a rock when Diane found it, and it “was a pleasure to drive”, she says. Only problem was that the car was too quiet. “I would always have a laugh as I could never tell when the car was on, so I nicknamed it ‘the electric car’!”

This disturbing problem saw Diane driving the wagon down to the guys at Streamline Automotive, in search of a louder exhaust. Only, she drove away with far, far more. “I went there to discuss changing the exhaust system,” she says. “By the time I walked out, the entire car was getting a makeover!”Diane Abed's Holden VE Commodore

That makeover not only consisted of the fitment of a Harrop HTV2300 blower kit and fuel system upgrade, but coil-overs and bigger brakes, too. Up front, there’s the blower, which is helping the SSV make a prodigious 590rwhp for daily duties, aided by a ZL1 fuel pump and Harrop OTR CAI. This is backed by the factory 6-speed manual that now enjoys an Extreme single-plate clutch, feeding power to the factory LSD-equipped rear end.

One of the first things we noticed about Diane’s daily was the slammed, purposeful stance over those 20in SSW rims. This is accomplished with Harrop by KW Street Comfort coil-overs at all four corners, sweetly swallowing up those 20x10in rear rims and sticky 275-wide Nitto Invo hoops. If that weren’t enough, a full complement of Harrop Ultimate-series brakes fill up the spaces behind each rim and do an excellent job of stopping the big, black, blown beast.

Diane Abed's Holden VE CommodoreAs impressive as this all is for a daily that regularly sees two very hairy Huskies cruising in the back luggage compartment, it’s not all the VE has going for it. “I wanted to change its appearance a bit and decided to go with airbrushing,” Diane says. “I’ve never been girly, so pink fairies weren’t really my thing, so I went with skulls.

“My previous wagon had ‘DIE’ plates on it (my nickname), but most people took that to mean death, so I decided I may as well roll with it!”

Alison Art was called upon to lather numerous surfaces in the engine bay and interior with airbrush art, depicting ghoulish skulls and ominous lightning themes. Diane was so enamoured with the results that she’s now planning to commission Alison Art to cover the entire car in a similar theme sometime in 2015. “Once you start, you can’t stop,” she says.Diane Abed's Holden VE Commodore

“I had a smile that lasted a week once I finally got my car back from Streamline,” Diane says. “At first I didn’t realise it was my car making the noise, as I never expected it to sound so good.”

If there was one thing Diane says she would have changed if she had her time over again, it would have been to build a stroker motor for it at the same time as getting the blower fitted. So strong is this thought that she’s actually planning to go that route in 2015 – with the aim of making over 700hp, still remaining a dedicated daily driver! “I love the power,” she says. “That and the reactions the car gets when I start it. Jaws drop.”

Owner: Diane Abed
Model: 2011 VE SS-V
Bodywork: Factory, Walkinshaw bonnet scoop, HDT carbon fibre grille
Colour: Phantom
Block: L77 6L V8
Engine Mods: Streamline hydraulic roller cam’, tie bar lifters, Harrop OTR CAI, Harrop HTV2300 supercharger kit, Harrop ZL1 fuel pump
Power: 590rwhp (440rwkW)
Exhaust: Ceramic coated Hurricane headers (1-7/8in primaries), twin 3in mild steel exhaust, Hurricane mufflers and cats
Gearbox: 6-speed manual, Extreme single-plate clutch
Diff: Factory, 3.45:1 final drive, LSD
Brakes: Harrop Ultimate brake kit (381mm front, 356mm rear), Harrop braided stainless lines
Suspension: Harrop by KW Street Comfort coil-overs (front and rear)
Wheels/Tyres: 20in SSW MSPEC rims (8.5in front, 10in rear), Nitto Invo tyres (275 rear)
Interior: Factory SS leather, custom airbrushing
Stereo: Factory IQ system
Build period: 1 year
Cost: $78,000 (inc. car)
Contacts: Streamline Automotive, Craig Abell Smash Repairs, Alison Arts, “Scott Brydson for his helpful words, mum, I love you and I hope you’re proud – RIP”

Cover Car: Dustin Goldsmith’s Holden VE Commodore


01 Sep

Our photo shoot on Dustin Goldsmith’s tubbed, caged and blown VE Commodore ute made the front cover of Street Machine‘s LSX Tuner magazine! Not quite sure how we forgot to upload some pics to the blog sooner! Oh well, better late than never, right!? Enjoy!

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Dustin Goldsmith's Holden VE Commodore

Dustin Goldsmith's Holden VE Commodore     Dustin Goldsmith's Holden VE Commodore

Street Machine - LSX Tuner Issue 3

Front Cover: Dustin Goldsmith’s VE Commodore Ute


05 May

Our photo shoot on Dustin Goldsmith’s blown VE Commodore ute made it onto the cover of issue 3 of Street Machine magazine’s LSX Tuner special edition!

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Sneak Peeks: Three new shoots in Street Machine magazine


25 Mar

Three of our recent photo shoots are now on newsstands nationwide in the latest issue of Street Machine magazine, which went on sale this week. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s inside: Dustin Goldsmith’s insane tubbed, caged and very blown VE Commodore ute, Glenn Muller’s immaculate L67 V6-powered FX ute and Adrian Morton’s hot Mustang coupe. Be sure to pick up a copy of the mag’ to see more!

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Dustin Goldsmith's Holden VE Commodore

Adrian Morton's Ford Mustang Coupe

Glenn Muller's Holden FX Ute

Feature Car: Diane Abed’s Holden VE Commodore Wagon ‘REAPIN’


12 Mar

Our photo shoot and feature story on Diane Abed’s grunty VE Commodore wagon known as REAPIN is in issue 235 of Street Commodores – on sale now! Pumping out 600hp via its Harrop-blown LS V8, REAPIN also boasts big Harrop brakes, secy 20in SSW rims and coil-overs front and rear. Not to forget the wicked air brushing that’s slowly consuming the entire vehicle (it’s off right now being covered in evil ghouls, skulls and more). Be sure to ready all about it in the latest issue of Street Commodores!

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Diane Abed's Holden VE Commodore

Diane Abed's Holden VE Commodore     Diane Abed's Holden VE Commodore

Plant Tour: A Look Inside Holden's Elizabeth Plant (circa 2006)


25 Mar

I was digging through a bunch of old files looking for stuff for my portfolio when I came across these old pics I took with my mobile phone during a press launch for the launch of the VE back in 2006.

Most of these images were never used anywhere, but they’re interesting for anyone who loves Commodores or wonders what it’s like inside a state-of-the-art vehicle assembly plant. They show quite a bit of detail, including Holden’s then-new rebuilt process line and what at the time was never-before-seen HSV VE front guard treatments.

They also feature the last of the VZ utes to roll through the production line, some wearing VE colours like Ignition. I hope you find them interesting.

There’s about 50 images in total that are free for personal ute only. CLICK HERE to see the entire gallery: