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Project Astra!

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Project Astra!

Post by Ben_MK3 on 26/03/09, 01:00 pm

Right then, this is my first car! It's a 1.8 Astra Sport and it needs a new top half of the engine, got the parts!! and now having the best fun of replacing it

Pictures of the car:




The swapping of replacement parts has started now, got some pics but not loads but I will update this as and when things happen, and also with the rest of the car Smile

The replacement engine we're using for parts


As it stands now


Bits to throw


Bits to keep


Only got the bolts holding the head left on now so next update will be when the head comes off and I start dismantling the Astra ready to swap over!

Ben_MK3

Number of posts: 132
Age: 22
Location: Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
Drives: 1.4 Diamond Black Astra, 1.8 Pineapple Yellow Astra Sport
Registration date: 2009-03-26

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Re: Project Astra!

Post by Ben_MK3 on 27/03/09, 03:05 pm

Well I'm off to the garage later today as I've got some crystal indicators to fit on the car and also a tray for under the dash board!

Also pics of the GSi rear lights I added to the car last weekend to replace the standard Astra ones!



Much better!

Ben_MK3

Number of posts: 132
Age: 22
Location: Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
Drives: 1.4 Diamond Black Astra, 1.8 Pineapple Yellow Astra Sport
Registration date: 2009-03-26

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Post by Ben_MK3 on 27/03/09, 03:05 pm

Well as promised, an update!

Before


After


Same on the passenger side, nice touch I think!

Also got one of our spare headunits fitted! Can't test it yet though due to lack of battery but it has 2 pre-outs so will do find when I get my sub & amp.


And also trial fitted this, haven't screwed it in place yet but it's a tray that goes under the glove box.


Nice update if I may say so myself!

Ben_MK3

Number of posts: 132
Age: 22
Location: Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
Drives: 1.4 Diamond Black Astra, 1.8 Pineapple Yellow Astra Sport
Registration date: 2009-03-26

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Re: Project Astra!

Post by diamond white fiesta on 27/03/09, 03:29 pm

loving those indercators, rear lights look good aswel

Cool

diamond white fiesta

Number of posts: 170
Location: Downham Market
Drives: fiesta HCS
Registration date: 2009-03-18

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Re: Project Astra!

Post by xr2irhys on 27/03/09, 03:58 pm

they look lovely mate keep up the good work , Smile

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Post by Ben_MK3 on 27/03/09, 05:00 pm

Thanks Smile

It's getting there slowly, just getting all the other bits done whilst we work on the engine!

ICE next Smile

Ben_MK3

Number of posts: 132
Age: 22
Location: Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
Drives: 1.4 Diamond Black Astra, 1.8 Pineapple Yellow Astra Sport
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Post by xr2irhys on 27/03/09, 05:08 pm

mate forget subs and amps , less weight more petrol more acceleration lol

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Post by Ben_MK3 on 27/03/09, 05:25 pm

it does 0-60 in 9 seconds as it is mate - the advantage of the onboard stop watch in the built in pc lol!

Nah just getting a 12" sub for the boot and amp to go under the seat, just have that extra bit of bass Smile

Ben_MK3

Number of posts: 132
Age: 22
Location: Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
Drives: 1.4 Diamond Black Astra, 1.8 Pineapple Yellow Astra Sport
Registration date: 2009-03-26

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Re: Project Astra!

Post by Ben_MK3 on 10/04/09, 04:09 pm

Update!

Got my iPod cable in the car now and under the centre console, and just bought myself some smoked side repeaters

next: m3 mirrors, gsi spoiler, white dials

Ben_MK3

Number of posts: 132
Age: 22
Location: Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
Drives: 1.4 Diamond Black Astra, 1.8 Pineapple Yellow Astra Sport
Registration date: 2009-03-26

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Re: Project Astra!

Post by fiesta190490 on 10/04/09, 08:39 pm

looking good mate a nice subtle modded car you got there, get some 17's and slam it to the deck next Razz lol

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Age: 24
Location: Swansea, Wales
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Re: Project Astra!

Post by Ben_MK3 on 10/04/09, 08:50 pm

Alloys are on the list and so is lowering but need to watch insurance as it is so not sure when

I've found the alloys I want, 16" so will be getting lowered 40mm all round when it happens

Ben_MK3

Number of posts: 132
Age: 22
Location: Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
Drives: 1.4 Diamond Black Astra, 1.8 Pineapple Yellow Astra Sport
Registration date: 2009-03-26

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Post by Ben_MK3 on 16/04/09, 09:03 am

Update time, smoked side repeaters arrived yesterday so I didn't hang about in getting them fitted! Also adjusted the crystal indicators slightly so they fit a lot better now - still need chrome bulbs for them though! Chrome vectra interior handles have been posted so should have them today or tomorrow and will fit them this weekend!

Side Repeaters


Front Of The Car


Back Of The Car - Better Pic Of GSi Rear Lights

Ben_MK3

Number of posts: 132
Age: 22
Location: Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
Drives: 1.4 Diamond Black Astra, 1.8 Pineapple Yellow Astra Sport
Registration date: 2009-03-26

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Post by xr2irhys on 16/04/09, 10:29 am

this coming along now mate its starting to look really tidy motor keep up the good work , looks very clean too! Smile

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Re: Project Astra!

Post by Ben_MK3 on 16/04/09, 10:34 am

Cheers Rhys, got a few bits to sort out body wise but all from the previous owner, just never got round to fixing them!

Still getting more goodies too lol

Ben_MK3

Number of posts: 132
Age: 22
Location: Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
Drives: 1.4 Diamond Black Astra, 1.8 Pineapple Yellow Astra Sport
Registration date: 2009-03-26

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Post by Ben_MK3 on 17/04/09, 09:43 am

Well Postman bought me the last of my parcels this morning so now I have my chrome vectra handles to fit!! Smile



Should be getting them done this weekend as long as the weather is good!

Ben_MK3

Number of posts: 132
Age: 22
Location: Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
Drives: 1.4 Diamond Black Astra, 1.8 Pineapple Yellow Astra Sport
Registration date: 2009-03-26

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Re: Project Astra!

Post by Laura-x on 18/04/09, 10:12 am

nice little addition to the interior!! i think you should get some angel eyes then they will match your indercators

Laura-x

Number of posts: 28
Age: 24
Location: Downham Market
Drives: Fiesta Mk4
Registration date: 2009-03-19

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Re: Project Astra!

Post by Ben_MK3 on 18/04/09, 11:10 am

Thanks Smile

Going to be getting black ones if I get this new job if not they'll have to wait a bit longer! They make such a nice difference to the front

Ben_MK3

Number of posts: 132
Age: 22
Location: Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
Drives: 1.4 Diamond Black Astra, 1.8 Pineapple Yellow Astra Sport
Registration date: 2009-03-26

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Re: Project Astra!

Post by Ben_MK3 on 19/04/09, 06:58 pm

Update Smile

Got the car moved outside the house now so can begin to work on the engine but today got the inside of the car cleaned!

Pictures can be found in this album Smile

http://tinypic.com/useralbum.php?ua=Ay46%2FdR7hSqewOW%2BLYao6A%3D%3D

Ben_MK3

Number of posts: 132
Age: 22
Location: Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
Drives: 1.4 Diamond Black Astra, 1.8 Pineapple Yellow Astra Sport
Registration date: 2009-03-26

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Post by Ben_MK3 on 21/06/09, 12:59 am

Well the pineapple is now running!!

It's had a vectra cylinder head put on it along with all new gaskets, cleaned bores, all the underside of the head cleaned, new fluids, new spark plugs, new exhaust manifold studs, new inlet manifold studs, few bits to do eg gaiters and track rod ends each front side then it's off for mot then insured and tax'd!!

Also whilst it's been of the road it's had numerous goodies bought/made for it!

Like mine it's had punto wiper and interior led's fitted but it's also had new gear/handbrake gaiters, a vectra shorter gear stick, later astra gear knob and punto parcel shelf straps fitted Smile Here's some pics in no particular order, will get pics of the heater and instrument panel once they're back in

Before:

After:


Led's:


Gear knob, gaiter, and shorter shift:


LED in here:


Punto parcel shelf straps:


Info display:


And a pic of Dad's car and a mates, same mate in my pics just got the 2 yellows together:

Ben_MK3

Number of posts: 132
Age: 22
Location: Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
Drives: 1.4 Diamond Black Astra, 1.8 Pineapple Yellow Astra Sport
Registration date: 2009-03-26

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