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    Astra mk2 SXi project

    ello people. This is my 1800 SXi Astra project i've just picked up. I used to have a 1.8 SRi 2 years ago and it was my favourite car ever! I've been looking for one ever since and this SXi came up for sale locally about a month ago but I missed out and was kicking myself. Was contacted by the new owner asking me for parts and I offered to buy it of him for what he paid and after a bit of hesitation it's now mine!

    Anyway enough yapping , here's a lot of pics of my new Astra.







    Interior with usual bolster wear



    Engine



    Petrol filler



    Annoying immobilizer start key thing



    History/mots/reciepts/handbooks


    The bad bits:
    Drivers rear arch - completely shot!



    Passenger rear arch - not as bad but still fubar



    drivers wing - kaput



    Headlight / Aquarium



    Rust on drivers door


    After a quick wash - looks a bit cleaner


    My plan of action right now is to buy a pair of inner and outer rear arches and to get myself a good drivers wing and get both sides painted. After that I can work on modifying and further tidying up

    Thanks for looking, i'll update this as I go along

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    Re: Astra mk2 SXi project

    Love the look of the MK2s. Never expected to see the arch like that but oh well.. I'm keeping an eye on this

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    I used to have a mk2 1.8sri loved it!! Hope this goes well for you mate, will check in on next update

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    Nice one rob. should come up mint with the plans you have lad

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    No doubt you will do a great job Rob! Looking forward to some updates
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    Re: Astra mk2 SXi project

    I had one of those (in a deep red/purple) - was a fantastic little car and I used to run it down to Cornwall every other weekend (around 280 miles each way).

    It started to rot around the rear suspension so reluctantly sold it to an old bloke with one eye
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    love it mate nice to see someone saving a a mk2 other than a gte if you get bored halfway through it pm me lol or would it be for sale completed ???

    would love another mk2 good luck with it bud will be watching this thread, good find !!

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    I had a few mk 2 a couple sxi a Sri a GTE and my fav was my Belmont Sri nice to ser somebody saving one :-D:-D
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    Re: Astra mk2 SXi project

    Quote Originally Posted by kedowan View Post
    Love the look of the MK2s. Never expected to see the arch like that but oh well.. I'm keeping an eye on this
    I's bad allright, but it'll be getting cut out and replaced soon!

    Quote Originally Posted by essexboi View Post
    I used to have a mk2 1.8sri loved it!! Hope this goes well for you mate, will check in on next update
    Thanks! I miss my old SRi too

    Quote Originally Posted by Cavalier-C20LET View Post
    Nice one rob. should come up mint with the plans you have lad
    Cheers chief

    Quote Originally Posted by Th0m45 View Post
    No doubt you will do a great job Rob! Looking forward to some updates
    Thanks Tom I'm sure you'll see it as it happens anyway!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dom View Post
    I had one of those (in a deep red/purple) - was a fantastic little car and I used to run it down to Cornwall every other weekend (around 280 miles each way).

    It started to rot around the rear suspension so reluctantly sold it to an old bloke with one eye
    Yeah they're pretty hardy engines , just the tinworm that kills them as usual with old VX's

    Quote Originally Posted by breezy xe View Post
    love it mate nice to see someone saving a a mk2 other than a gte if you get bored halfway through it pm me lol or would it be for sale completed ???

    would love another mk2 good luck with it bud will be watching this thread, good find !!
    It may well be forsale when it's ready , don't quote me on that though.

    Quote Originally Posted by DrewyCoupe View Post
    I had a few mk 2 a couple sxi a Sri a GTE and my fav was my Belmont Sri nice to ser somebody saving one :-D:-D
    Aye, would love a belmont Sri but this will do me nicely!


    Not much of an update but got some wheels for the mk2. 16inch raceline RL7's , swapped them to Murray for some Cesaros I had.


    Had to try 2 of them on , I reckon once it loses the monster truck stance they'll look the part!


    I've also purchased a set of rot free front wings and I'm in negotiations with TJM about rear inner and outer arches

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    Re: Astra mk2 SXi project

    nice looking astra will look better when the tin worm has been removed.

    love the wheels

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    Re: Astra mk2 SXi project

    If it was mine I'd do the wheels silver for the old factory look.. looking good though

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    Re: Astra mk2 SXi project

    Quote Originally Posted by kedowan View Post
    If it was mine I'd do the wheels silver for the old factory look.. looking good though
    I'm actually debating refurbing them, going to keep them white for now though so we'll see how I feel about silver when the time comes.

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    fresh white will look great, and suit the car better id say

    them wheels have been like that since i bought them off crombie, apart from the comp centres and stickers tho they were never on.

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    Re: Astra mk2 SXi project

    2 new wings are now paid for and on their way , as are inner and outer rear arches for both sides

    Seeing as things are starting to move with this project I thought I best dig out and start cleaning all the parts I have that I'll be using.

    Headlights. I may 'depo' them if I can. But I need the driver's side anyway as the one fitted is shagged. Debating to use the grille aswell, it can go on anyway and I'll decide if I want to keep it then. Also GTE rear vents, but i'll only use them if i can't find Nexia ones.


    Lowering kit, front springs are -60mm ones that I never used, rears are -60mm corsa items that need a lick of paint. The shocks are also from a corsa and cleaned up great. I just need to get some front shocks now.


    GTE tail lights and LCD digidash which I need to find a transducer for.


    A good driver side mirror as mine has a deep scuff in it.


    K&N 57i from my old SRi cleaned up well.


    An OMP strut brace - very scruffy paint finish. Something to deal with at a later date.


    Debating whether to fit this or not. Bonnet with GSi vents in it... I'll sleep on it.


    And an overall terrible shot of the SXi.

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    Will suit racelines once its not 4x4'n! Plenty of goodies in that garage for a mk2.. why you've not shown of th 'burberry' is beyond me though! Look forward to seeing it sprayed.
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    Oh aye , I forgot to mention I started scrubbing up my SRi doorcards tonight too. The photos don't show how much cleaner they are now used carpet cleaner and just scrubbed it in with a damp cloth.
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    After 10 mins of scrubbage:


    I'd also like to use this moment to announce that I HATE the new photobucket. Penarse.

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    Re: Astra mk2 SXi project

    Looking good Rob When you hoping to have it ready for?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob 01 View Post
    I'd also like to use this moment to announce that I HATE the new photobucket. Penarse.
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    im bound to have a transducer for the clocks bud, ill have a look if i can lol,

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    looks a good project rob!

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    Re: Astra mk2 SXi project

    Great project, I used to have a MK2 1.6 SX same car just had the 1.6 engine, IMO dont change too much mate just needs a tidy up the grill and the lights on the SXI are cool, If you ask me the SXI was a way better looking car than the GTE anyway, I like the standard interior too, how about getting the drivers seat repaired by the plastic surgeon or a trimmers instead!

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    Re: Astra mk2 SXi project

    Quote Originally Posted by Th0m45 View Post
    Looking good Rob When you hoping to have it ready for?



    Your not the only one!! its a pest.
    Aiming to be using it at the start of january!

    Quote Originally Posted by Cavalier-C20LET View Post
    im bound to have a transducer for the clocks bud, ill have a look if i can lol,
    If you do find one give me a buzz

    Quote Originally Posted by Dell Balallan View Post
    looks a good project rob!
    Thanks Derick

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt2345 View Post
    Great project, I used to have a MK2 1.6 SX same car just had the 1.6 engine, IMO dont change too much mate just needs a tidy up the grill and the lights on the SXI are cool, If you ask me the SXI was a way better looking car than the GTE anyway, I like the standard interior too, how about getting the drivers seat repaired by the plastic surgeon or a trimmers instead!
    I ken, I'm more an SRi/SXi/CDi guy myself in looks terms.

    I prefer the Burberry over the SXi trim so Burberry it will be

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    Cool project. I had that immobiliser key thing in my MK3, ripped it all out the day after I bought it lol

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    Re: Astra mk2 SXi project

    Wee update.

    The mk2 is now at the bodyshop to get the 2 wings and rear inner/outers fitted. Called up today to see what like and he's started stripping it down, removed the wings and cut out the inner arches.

    She's looking very sorry for herself at the mo





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    seen him working on it today when i was round, be good when its finished.

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    That island must be full of old vauxhalls. I like it

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