Well I appear to be back in the realms of the MK4 Astra/Zafira world again after managing an entire 18months away.
So a little back ground on this purchase:
I had originally planned to get something early 90's along the lines of a Cavalier GSi to use as a toy, however after a good few months of searching and an 800mile round trip with Mr Reid to Gloucstershire to spend 15 minutes in explaining to a chap how a) he cant describe cars very well and b) why his 83k mile Cavalier was not worth £3k with the amount of bodywork required we came home (we did however have a nice day out visiting Strentham service both East & West bound and found that RAC membership was cheaper on the East bound services than West.......bizzare).
However, luckily enough that purchase never went through as a slight change in circumstances meant that realistically I need a second estate/people carrier to run along side my Vectra SRi estate.
So with that Autotrader, ebay, Pistonheads & Gumtree were all hit. Many cars were considered mainly Vectra VXR estates, Zafira VXR's etc. etc. Then I happened to have some sort of weird mental episode and put a deposit down on this:
Thankfully as it turned out there were a few 'issues' along the lines with that particular moment of inspiration and the purchase fell through. I hold Mr Reid entirely responsible as even he thought it was a great idea ( either that or boredom was setting in)
It was then that Zafira GSi's came back on the radar. I had initially discounted them due to age, but really I do like them much more than their later VXR counterparts and I have always missed my origional one I had back in 2005:
So the hunt began, and luck would have it there was a 2003/53 Black GSi just 23miles away with 73,000miles on the clock Xenon headlights, full leather, rear park assist & Vauxhall roof mounted DVD for sale at £3,999:
The car is/was for sale at a local dealer, however he was selling it for a friend, and after a week of chasing around making appointments which he was then closed for and deciding that actually the bodywork was far far from great it was knocked on the head.
It was at this point Mr Reid stepped in having heard about a car that was not currently for sale but there may be a deed to be done. So Tuesday night with many texts & phone calls arrangments were made and Wednesday morning Helga the Volvo scooped me up en-route to Sunderland to pick up a Zafira GSi belong to CTOC's very own Ads:
she is a 2004 car with just 48,000miles on the clock factory fitted sat nav (which although one of the worst systems Vauxhall ever put in a car I actually really like), and is totally standard bar a decidedly ropey back box. Brucey bonus being that it had a brand new VXR turbo fitted just 2 weeks previous along with a recent timing belt & roller kit.
Bodywork wise the car is in pretty good shape with just the normal chipping to the bonnet, a loose lower bumper grille and some scuffs on the n/s/r door moulding:
The 150mile trip home was great and she never missed a beat, what did become apparent were that the pretty worn Runway tyres on the front and the Wanli's on the rear were not particularly great in the rain we had heading home, plus I;m a tyre snob. So Thursday afternoon I placed an order with Camskill's for 4 Toyo Proxi T1R's and they arrived 1pm yesterday and were promptly fitted to the car:
I had planned to hold off refubing the wheels until after winter, however once cleaned up and inspected they are in a worse condition than originally thought with a fair bit of bubbling especially on the insides of the wheels which look to be caused to to poor finishing after a previous refurb. So they will be done at some point soon.
Once back home I then started going over the car and making varying to-do lists and sorting a few minor issues.
First up was to sort the head unit which was sitting badly (the previous owner had an aftermarket unit in and this had been hastily re-installed):
The problem was the headunit cage was missing the torx screw which holds it in place, luckily I had a spare sitting in my garage and after some fiddling with the stereo wiring to get it to sit correctly (I forgot how little room there was behind the dash on these), it was back in far better:
Next up was the back box, now aside from sounding like a 747 on full chat it was not sitting particuarly well, so I set about it with some steel wool, some Autoglym paint renovator (I did not have any metal polish to hand so thought that would do), I cleaned it up then re-positioned it.
This is just a temporary fix as I order a Miltek turbo-back system this morning which will hopefully be here next week.
The to-do lists:
Wiper blades front & rear
Ariel base seal
Front brakes (theres plenty meat there but guessing they are cheap pads as stoppings not fantastic)
Possible rear brakes
Remove scuttle panel and clean down the back as theres a build up of sludge
Thermostat (sits at 90degrees in traffic but once driving drops down to 80 degrees).
Rocker cover gasket leaking (theres a surprise on a Z/LET)
Brake fluid change
So thats where she stands at the moment, there should be an additional update of tomorrow's planned work shortly and more to follow over the coming week once bits start to arrive.