Here's some details about my car, that has not been broken for spares as the previous owner suggested, has been rescued from the crusher at 94K and is actually still going strong as my daily driver. Now on 193k
Car(edited for latest spec):-
Early Facelift Cavalier Diplomat 2.0 C20NE registered in Nov.1992 so theres no pointless airbag to blow up in your face, nasty things.
Lovely, in most places! (apart from where some scumbag keyed it) Spectral blue pearlescent paint.
I bought this from eBay as a project, a fixer-upper really, it was gonna be scrapped/broken for spares by the seller because of a few silly faults, most of which we fixed within days or on the drive back home. Most of the bits I have put on it are from eBay too. I bought it to use just for commuting 90 miles a day to work really, instead of piling up all the miles on my other car.
This was a dealers demo car from new, so had all the available options. Now it has almost everything else too:-
The 2.0 8V engine was doing fine to start with for the first 2 years i owned it, but after a new radiator, a new heater matrix and the top hose blowing off every week kinda pointed towards a problem that turned out to be a cracked head, so we decided to do the decent thing and sort an XE for it. Could have gone for a LET, or just bought a manky Cav turbo, but as I also have an modified Lotus Esprit Turbo, so another thirsty turbo car was far from ideal. One is quite enough.
Modifications from std. spec. :-
Engine:- Astra GSi C20XE-LN late coil pack engine, lightly ported head, Lightened early flat type flywheel, decent quality clutch, pocketed Mahle forged pistons (so its a bit lower compression ratio, done for wilder cams and NOS (by the previous owner) later on maybe), ARP H/T rod bolts, ecotec sump/seal baffle plate, V-Tuning top hat/ecotec inlet pipe (came out of a Nova see) with Samco breather hoses and the ICV relocated for ease of access, some sort of big bore 4-2-1 manifold, stainless decat pipe with std late Cavalier Sri/V6 centre exhaust and rear sections - painted black, STD panel filter in the STD airbox, Omega cruise control. Regassed air-con with R12 replacement gas - RS 24. All the usual bits replaced/sorted to make it reliable.
Rolling roaded at a healthy 176 hp at only 5800rpm, 160 Lb/Ft at 2500 rpm rising to 173 lb/ft of torque at 5000rpm on 99 octane fuel. It sounds just right.
Economy:- 35-38 local commuting, 40-43+ on a run.
Transmission:- Std fitment 2.0 8V F16W, lovely ratios! 70 something in 2nd, bout 110 in third. 140 in 4th. Equal length driveshafts.
5 stud Calibra front hubs, Vectra B abs 5 stud rear hubs.
Suspension:- Lowered on a set of -50mm uprated springs, Koni sport top adjustable front dampers, ditto on the back.
Front Brakes:- Vectra B GSI 308mm discs and calipers, Saab 9-3 EBC Red ceramic pads with wear indicators, braided hoses.
Rear Brakes:- Vectra B 286mm discs with std. 35mm cavalier calipers and Mintex M1144 pads, with the larger spaced out Vectra B back plates (so the caliper sticks out to match the disc) redrilled upside down and swapped over to fit the opposite side to make the handbrake levers come to the top. Dot 5.1 fluid, braided hoses.
Wheels and Tyres:- STD white Vectra Supertouring 7" by 16" wheels fitted with 205/45/16 tyres, complete with home made flat alloy wheel centres finished with recessed Corsa B tailgate centre badges.
Exterior:- Turbo Cav front bumper, with cut down facelift Diplomat chrome strips fitted to match the rest of the car, SRi prefacelift boot spoiler with no badges or decals (leave them guessing I say) New std sized twin pin stripes in white. Poxy speed bumps down the road to work removed the mudflaps the day after we slammed it. Brink removeable neck towbar.
Interior:- Cavalier Turbo heated front leather seats, std split/fold Diplomat leather rears and door trims/wood etc. Omega preselect electric sunroof, std electric windows/mirrors etc, Momo Corse steering wheel, new gaitors and fluffy Diplomat overmats, optional keyless remote deadlocking with window closure, recalibrated fuel computer with outside temperature sensor, Euro spec Vectra A Digital dash, multi colour LED heater controls, Omega/Vectra cruise control/fuel computer stalks, centre rear headrest conversion, tiny Diplomat badge from Carlton, on ash tray. nice.
Lights:- 6000k HID dip/main conversion, LED front sidelights, new front indicators, new 95 model year rear light clusters/new matching rear panel.
ICE:- Kenwood MP3 CD tuner.
Infinity Kappa Reference 6.5" rear speakers, Std component front speakers/tweeters.
Performance:- Superb. Really pleased I went for the XE swap, it runs so well and it pulls like a train.
I'm glad i sorted the brakes first though. It goes very well and out handles almost everything i can find to chase and of course it stops really well now too. Because of the long ratio gearbox, it also seems to be indecently useful off the line at the traffic light grand-prix. I love surprising 50K sports cars, to55ers in hatchbacks, scoobys and MR2's etc, it's very hard not to hand out the punishment when you have built it all yourself....with a bit of MIG help.
It has to be said that I prefer driving this day to day than my Esprit really, Cavs are very under estimated/unloved car by many and a nice-ish one is a rare sight now.
Coming soon, time permitting!:- thrash it daily
cheers for all your help guys (South Central Miggers) heres a bit of a start to finish time line in pictures:-