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Finally got the opportunity to start doing something with my Cav Turbo after being offered some space in a much bigger lockup with light, power and space to actually be able to move around the car.

It looked in a sorry state while getting pulled onto the trailer but a happy sight to see it finally in a decent space.

Initial pictures with updates to come as the strip down & rebuild happens.
 

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Just a few pictures showing the progress made so far.

Coming apart not too bad surprisingly.
 

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Looks like a decent unit you have to work in there!

What are your plans for the car once the rebuild is done?
It is a decent unit, would love a two poster though.

Enjoy it once again and maybe get the chance to tidy up my Insignia VXR (now it's 10 years old) depending what time of year it ends up ready for the road.
 
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Enjoy it once again and maybe get the chance to tidy up my Insignia VXR (now it's 10 years old) depending what time of year it ends up ready for the road.
these turbo saloons are getting super rare now.
i only see 2 or 3 cav's a year, on my travels, and there usually just the standard 1.8 spi hatch models, expression or gls.

your getting stuck in by the look of it. all the running gear out.
whats the state of the chassis and sills like, underneath all that. much rot ?
 

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So far it doesn't look too bad on the underside but the next time I'm at it will tell. The bumpers, sills and wings will be coming off to get a good look at it.
 

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Just received these today for when the time comes. Big thanks to Mike for sorting me out with them. Another job on the list of to do's.
 

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Quick picture update on the strip down today. A few holes here and there but pretty accessible for welding luckily.
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Engine almost ready to be lifted out.
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And it's out....
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Been a good while since any updates and not as much has been done as I'd like but got done what I can with the time and funds available for now. It's not going to be a full resto as it doesn't look like I can justify it so far.
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Engine bay further stripped and bulkhead looking in good condition.
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Subframes, anti-roll bars etc ready for the blasters.
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Blasted and zinc primed.
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Front calipers painted and rebuilt with kit.
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First coat of two part epoxy on.

Second coat to be done once I'm back from work then I can fit the new wheel bearings and poly bushes to what I can.

If time permits I'll get the shell mounted on my spit and start attacking the underside and hopefully not find anymore areas of concern.
 

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nice, that lot looks much fresher (y)
did any holes get blown through any parts ? .. or was there enough meat on everything.

how much does it cost these days, to get a pallet of bits like that done ?
 

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I only noticed one tiny hole on one of the rear lower crossmember brace which I was very happy with.

I was going to be £120 for the blast alone and ended up being £160 for the blast and prime which I thought was reasonable.
 

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I only noticed one tiny hole on one of the rear lower crossmember brace which I was very happy with.

I was going to be £120 for the blast alone and ended up being £160 for the blast and prime which I thought was reasonable.
160 sounds pretty good, for all that lot, especially with the priming. less than i thought it would be.
it would cost a lot more than that, to set one up yourself.

youll probably get the car finished by the end of the year, right in time for the apocalypse (y)

im picturing this thing, in a 4 wheel drift, with steel grid mesh over the windows, and a rocket launcher hanging out the drivers window.
haha, im such an idiot.
 

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Once upon a time I could've done it all myself a place I worked but times a change and couldn't argue with that price one bit.

I'd love it to be ready for summer if I'm honest but that could be a push.

Na I'll use my Insignia for that, more weight and power to mow people down with ha, ha.
 

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Great work, nice to see one of those legends getting back on the road. Good luck ;)
 
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