November 2016 – A wide arch Astra – who would have thought it? This was also one of Brian’s cars and was mid-refurbishment at the time I acquired it.
This car started out life as a standard GTE Champion edition, meaning it was painted in the Bordeaux Red metallic, fitted with the Recaro leather interior and 15″ cross-spoke style alloys. In approx 2005, it was in good condition, had low mileage but had the wide arch kit from Irmscher fitted, BBS split-rim alloys fitted and a full Safety Devices roll cage fitted. Undoubtedly a show car, Brian liked this one as it was a little bit special and had had a lot of money spent on it over the years, but he soon tired of the roll cage and set about removing it, which of course meant a certain amount of upheaval as many parts have to be removed to give access, including brake and fuel lines.
Replace all rubber fuel lines
Investigate and recommission the service brake – done! (Front calipers seized and replaced)
Replace ABS loom (some lines cut, I’ll reinstate them) – done! (Easier to repair the loom)
Secure all fuel, brake and ABS lines under the car to original clips – done! (Mostly using original clips)
Plug cage mounting points and seal – done! (Floor holes plugged with stainless steel bolts and sealed, as welding here would wreck the rubber underseal)
Spot weld rear seat mountings to floor and inner arches – done!
Replace cambelt – done! (Full OE kit fitted)
Refit all trim – done! (Amazingly nothing was missing and nothing was broken)
Tighten front tie rods – done!
Refit front anti-roll bar links – done!
Oil change (current oil is new, but…) – done! (Vauxhall 10w40 semi-synthetic used)
Refit remaining removed parts under bonnet – done! (There was a lot here as only at MOT did I find out the steering rack gaiters needed replacement, which explained why a lot of it had been removed)
Replace rad fan thermostat switch – done! (Wiring was pretty scruffy round here, so I re-wired it more tidily)
Replace one front wheel bearing (I have a note from Brian, with a new bearing and drive flange). – not done! (I can’t find anything wrong with either front wheel bearing, so will see how it goes for a bit.)
Replace steering rack gaiters – done! (And what a horrible job that was to do!)
Replace fuel pickup pipe flange seal on fuel tank – done!
I’ve taken a few more photos of it as I got it. The interior isn’t completely refitted yet, but the car looks very complete and I’ve not found anything missing so far. Click HERE for the ‘as I got it’ photos.