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#1 Posted : Wednesday, 3 July 2024 3:23:26 PM(UTC)
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Terry Mc here over in Thailand looking for assistance with Salisbury differential parts.

I have a 1972 Lime green metallic Monaro GTS with a 308 engine, Trimatic gearbox and 7.5", 10 bolt Salisbury LSD.

The diff. centre is in very good condition and it would be a shame and a waste to shelve it but I may have to as it's missing a couple of the internal parts. The preload thrust plates and springs are not there and are proving very difficult to track down. I have come to realise that they are like the proverbial' hens teeth'.

Could anyone here provide input/suggestions as to were I might find these parts. I thought I would try the forum before I head off down the Eaton Trutrac route as i'd much prefer to maintain the originality of the car.

Your thoughts/suggestions would be very gratefully received.
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#2 Posted : Wednesday, 3 July 2024 6:02:55 PM(UTC)
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You might be best to email a diff rebuilder in Australia. HQ-WB Salisbury stuff is pretty old now, hasn’t been made since the end of VK Commodore in 1986. They might be able to tell you what they do for rebuilds on A9X Torana or HDT Commodore or Holden VK GroupA.

Do you know the history of the car? I can look it up for you if you get me its details.

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#3 Posted : Sunday, 21 July 2024 2:16:21 PM(UTC)
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Many thanks for taking the time to reply.
I have e-mailed many diff. specialists/rebuilders in Australia but have had little or no response. It looks like the next course of action is to buy an Eaton Detroit Trutrac though I will pursue the Salisbury parts just a little longer as i'm a stubborn bugger and am keen to keep the car as original as possible.
I have a copy of the Norm Darwin book 'Monaro magic' and that's full of useful information.
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If you send me its details I'll look up the car for you. You won't find that info in a book! Make sure it's the Platinum Edition of Monaro Magic, not the original.

Bring a 308 auto it will have had a 2.78:1 Salisbury so finding a used LSD centre for it will be a bit easier than if it was a manual. 2.78:1 was replaced by 2.60:1 around 1976 but they share the same hemisphere, so you have a chance of finding one out of a WB Statesman or auto 5.0L VH-VK. 3.08, 3.36, 3.55 and 4.44 used a different hemisphere.

I didn't know you could buy new 2.6/2.78 Trutracs, I thought they were 3.08-4.44. But if you are forced down that path just import some 3.08:1 gears. And a speedo driven gear to suit (Rare Spares sell these).
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#5 Posted : Sunday, 21 July 2024 4:35:34 PM(UTC)
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Yes sir, it's the platinum edition of Monaro Magic.
Many thanks for the info about the gearing of the axle. I currently have the 3.36:1 option. I also have a letter of authenticity from Holden customer assistance that says the car was produced on 7/6/72 and would have originally been sent out with the 3.36:1 Salisbury Lim Slip (GV2 G80) rear axle. As the info you kindly provided is different I find myself a little confused.
Here is the VIN,80837QH730434.
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Yes sir, it's the platinum edition of Monaro Magic.
Many thanks for the info about the gearing of the axle. I currently have the 3.36:1 option. I also have a letter of authenticity from Holden customer assistance that says the car was produced on 7/6/72 and would have originally been sent out with the 3.36:1 Salisbury Lim Slip (GV2 G80) rear axle. As the info you kindly provided is different I find myself a little confused.
Here is the VIN,80837QH730434.


Ah yes, I missed it was a GTS. They were standard with 3.36.

I’ll check it out for you.
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H730434 was originally a HQ GTS coupe optioned with L31 (308) and M40 (auto). It also had power steering and LSD. As you have been told it was completed on 7/6/72 and it was indeed a 000 X car (no dealer code and export) so it probably doesn't have the driver side safety compliance plate or chassis number. It most likely has an engine number though but it wasn't recorded in GMH's records as it was an export and there was no mechanism to get the engine number off export cars.

It'd be cool to get its BODY plate info (body number and TRIM line) plus its plant tracking number (number stamped into the firewall under the left side windscreen washer pipe).
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