I have always had a desire to own a Monaro and restore it.
When I was looking I came across an LE at Brisbane in 2007. I have to be honest and say the Honey Comb wheels never really appealed to me, however it was a Monaro and it was a Limited Edition.
I made the purchase and took 2 years conducting a full restoration.
I often agonised over keeping the car original vs building the car to what I wanted. So I ended up keeping the car looking original ( except for the Honey Combs that sit in the shed) and I added some performance modifications.
The LE was fully stripped with new paint, slightly modified pin stripping, fully rebuilt original 308 , I added alloy VN heads , and alloy manifold, mild cam, 4 barrel Holly and a 2800 stall, removed air con and added extractors and 2.5 inch system.
I put a 2stage shift kit in the fully rebuilt Turbo 400 and put 3.55 gears in the diff. I added new Brakes and suspension etc. The dash and console were recovered with new floor carpet , hood lining , seat linings and door linings.
There was a lot of effort went into finding original ( or very similar ) interior material.
My Le is always garaged and covered and has done just under 10 000 kilometers since the motor was built the odometer has 323 000 kilometers on it.
On average once every couple of weeks I jump in the LE and crank up the music , then the smile comes on the face and the blood starts pumping and then nothing matters.
Here are some pictures to check out.
I have also been seriously thinking of selling the LE recently.