Thought I might aswell start one of these, best way to introduce the car is to say it's following on from this thread here:
Astra MK2 Owners Club
Bought her from Dougie a couple of weeks ago after seeing the advert on PH, I'd already decided I was bored of my Vec B 2.2 SRi DTi I'd had for 4 1/2 years and wanted a change. Looked around for anything from a mk2.5 MX-5 to a late cav SRi saloon, ph2 Ren 19 16v Chamade, Carlton GSi 3000 etc.
So, one saturday I drag the wife upto Scotland for my new purchase, pit stop at Edinburgh P+R:
on the way back:
She never missed a beat all the way down, stopped a couple of times as the wife hadn't driven my car that far before and to dip the oil in the vec as the MID keeps saying it's empty every 20 minutes (dipstick always fine, sump level sensor kerfuffed but the oil's done less than 6k and it's a sump off job to change so that one can wait!)
Back home outside her new abode:
Then the long slog of clearing years of car parts and other associated sh.... out of the garage began along with the accusations of "you weren't this enthusiastic when you wanted my car in the garage...." from the wife.
Dude, where's my foglight?
Replacement already obtained, just need bumper off to fit. Don't know what's been chewing at the bottom of the bumper either...
First week, discovered a split AFM-TB hose was causing idle problems, by the time I'd bodged the hose my box of goodies from one of the guys on Astra-mk2.com with a replacement had shown up. Also found a K&N recharger kit in the back of the garage (who said hoarding was bad!) as the cone was like a black cat on a dark night:
Idle still not great when cold, so I whipped the aux air valve off:
Manky, so it's gunked up and needs a good clean. Also the hose from the TB to the valve has had a bit of a repair:
Could do with a replacement methinks.
Need to find out where the strong smell of petrol is coming from, I originally wondered if it'd been spilt in the boot but everytime I open the garage door I catch a big whiff of it. Rear brake pipes also look a bit suspect so will probably get them replaced.
The Kenwood in there had such a faded display you could hardly read it, so I found my old Kenwood cassette radio and pulled the one out of the car to find - Holy wiring mess batman!
Found a spare ISO block with about 6" cable on (who said hoarding was bad! #2) and I'll sort it out.
Think the exhaust is now blowing as the tailpipe nudged some boxes at the back of the garage when I reversed it in in the dark (oops).
Not going to be a daily driver as I commute to work on a Scott Sportster 60 (pic not mine but same bike):
Only plans are:
Fix everything that's broke.
GTE twin slash backbox modded to fit (bore will need matched to centre section and tailpipes will need extended).
Lowered maybe -40mm.
Diff alloys - 16's - sympathetic to the age and style of the car - as I hate hate hate hate hate hate the std ones.
Find an OEM Cassette radio to put in.
4 branch manifold.
Put std airbox with panel filter in (I'm too old for cone and it's encouraging me to hit the loud pedal too much!).
GTE rear lights (mate some with a spare set of Belmont ones) and boot panel.
Get all the bodywork tip top.
I keep thinking about tb's or carbs but I don't know if it's taking it too far from original and I don't want to sacrifice driveability and fun factor for all out power.