Where do I start?
This Z20LET 2001 Astra Coupe was for sale in Aberdeen recently. Ellie and I were watching it on egay when it was £1800 buy it now (BIN), £1600 reserve. It didn't sell. Relisted at £1600 BIN with £1400 reserve and it didn't sell. I was a little gutted as it appealed to me but there was something that I wasn't sure on, maybe it was the way the advert was written. So......
It was relisted again at a price I couldn't refuse so i called the guy, arranged to meet and it was bought. Not before someone from Nottingham hit Buy it Now. Sorry Nemesis, you would have just broken it for spares anyway lmao
Once it was bought it spent the weekend off the road in Aberdeen until I got it insured.Originally Posted by The egay advert
I neglected to mention to Ellie that I had bought the Coupe. must have been the old romantic in me wanting to surprise her :wink
Anyway, bought it on the Friday, it stayed at my brother in law's work over the weekend, got two slow punctures plugged on Monday then went back to his as the exhaust clamp beside the turbo was not sealing correctly. Changed the Oil and Filter since it was up on the ramp but the fecking clamp wouldn't seal so I took it home on Tuesday night and surprised the wife with a blowing exhaust.
One happy Ellie but no hole! lmao
As there were only 3 centre caps on it I took one from my stash and whacked it in. Much better.
The exhaust blow was starting to piss me off, Ellie took it to work one day and it threw on the EML. Flashed the code via the pedal test and it came up with 0710. Exhaust clamp was definitely pissing me off now.
Swift PM to Nemesis saw me with a good 2nd hand clamp and a set of locking nuts. Good man.
Exhaust clamp and locking buts were fitted this weekend. Excellent, proper boost I thought! Oh no, never as easy is it?
After getting a hand to fit the clamp (thanks Ivan and Slim) I drove home a quieter A.C.T. Took it out a quiet road to see how it drove up to 60. FAIL! Dramatic boost cut and EML on, again!
Fault code was 1106 this time. A quick google lead me to boost pipes, actuator issues, someone who replaced two turbos and a whole host of other stuff. Magic! Just what was needed. I went to bed in a huff.
Looked at the car with a clear head, took off the intercooler to top hat boost hose, no issues. Checked other hoses, no issues. what the hell could it be?
I leant on the front of the car staring blankly at the sick Z20LET infront of me then I saw it! The actuator rod was very, very close to the spring of the new clamp that was fitted. It was hitting it!
Swift move of the clamp + disconnect the battery for a while = no EML and full boost. WIN.
The pictures from the egay ad. Better ones to follow.
Spec at present
Z20LET on 78k
Verde Green (pretty rare I believe)
Full heated leather
Vauxhall 4 CD changer in glove box
Standard Turbo alloys, brakes and suspension
Cat back stainless exhaust, Powerflow I think.
Bailey dump valve
Oil restriction bolt
Possibly standard boost pipework to get rid of the chav valve
Another silencer in the cat back exhaust (It's too loud and I'm getting old)
Either a plain, Irmscher or Opel grill
New tyres as the puncture repair on the passenger front was slightly too close to the edge meaning that it's not sealed properly
Feed the leather + clean the inside
New electric mirror switch (in stock)
Maybe a pre-cat de-cat pipe
Try and polish out some of the wee scratches
remove the skirts and make sure the sills are fresh
Get some MIG stickers on it
Fit either Ellie's private plate or my one
enjoy driving a faster car with forgiving suspension
That's it for now, I've rambled enough.
looks like the Corsa will be going soon then