VAUXHALL ASTRA GTE MK1 CAR PERFORMANCE SPORTS TURBO
www.mk1oc.com
Google
AlbumAlbum  CalendarCalendar  FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 MapMap  ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 
MK1OC Club Membership
MK1OC Club
Shop
MK1OC Chat Room
Contact MK1OC by Email
Purchase Stickers

:: best viewed @ 1024 x 768 :.

Calendar 
Glenn's 4x4 Astra Project
Goto page 1, 2  Next
 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    MK1 Astra Owners Club Forum Index -> Projects & Restorations
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
glenn
Club Manager
<font color=yellow>Club Manager</font>


Joined: 17 Mar 2005
Posts: 2095
Location: Chelmsford

PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:30 pm    Post subject: Glenn's 4x4 Astra Project Reply with quote

ok, thought I'd kick off this section with my project...

The idea came to me when I was 18yrs old, I set my sights on owning a MK1 GTE, but having seen 16v mk1's and occasionally a turbo'd mk1 I wanted to go one better - a 4x4 turbo'd mk1!

First of all I had to find the perfect car to start the project with. Luckily I came across a red GTE for sale. The car was is great condition having been a standard condition show car for many years. But I figured it had plenty of years as a standard show car, time to let it have some fun! big grin

So the car was bought for 700 smackers and completely stripped down to a bare shell and then taken down to PTS Tuning in Luton who had agreed to do the 4x4 running gear conversion in exchange for a CMS powered website.

A 4x4 Cav was found for free by Alan (Raz) and we delivered that down to PTS as well.

As PTS were doing the work as a contra job, they would work on the car in their spare time, hence it taking quite a while to get finished.

This gave me plenty of time to source a decent turbo engine, gearbox and transfer box. I decided the best route would be to buy a Calibra turbo and strip it of the parts I needed and sell the parts I didn't.

I stumbled across a cally turbo in Banbury with a good engine, working 4x4 and plenty of goodies attached to the engine, including lightened flywheel, large intercooler etc. The turbo had been replaced just over a year ago and the engine looked like it might have had a recent rebuilt also. Only thing missing was a set of EDS chips (which it used to have, but the previous owner removed before selling it).

The car was bought for 1600 and stripped bare Very Happy Turns out the engine has a coscast head (as Turbo Tom pointed out to me today) so I got a real bargain there!!

The mk1 is now pretty much ready to collect from PTS now and so the rebuild will commence in January 2006, hopefully getting it ready in time for a certain trip to Germany.

_________________
4x4 Turbo MK1 Astra - may actually be finished this year!

Band Hire UK


Last edited by glenn on Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:40 pm; edited 1 time in total
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message View user's gallery Visit poster's website
glenn
Club Manager
<font color=yellow>Club Manager</font>


Joined: 17 Mar 2005
Posts: 2095
Location: Chelmsford

PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some pics of the 4x4 conversion


IMG_1782.jpg
 Description:
Gearbox mount needed moving, so we have a custom mount bracket
 Filesize:  37.53 KB
 Viewed:  17758 Time(s)

IMG_1782.jpg



Img_1149.jpg
 Description:
Tiewraps are not a permanent feature of the conversion ;-)
 Filesize:  29.23 KB
 Viewed:  17758 Time(s)

Img_1149.jpg



Img_1148.jpg
 Description:
Boot floor cut out!
 Filesize:  54.07 KB
 Viewed:  17758 Time(s)

Img_1148.jpg



astra9sm.jpg
 Description:
External pic of rollcage
 Filesize:  114.43 KB
 Viewed:  17758 Time(s)

astra9sm.jpg



IMG_0750.JPG
 Description:
Rollcage
 Filesize:  27.67 KB
 Viewed:  17758 Time(s)

IMG_0750.JPG



astra4.jpg
 Description:
Demo mounting engine and transfer box in engine bay
 Filesize:  33.55 KB
 Viewed:  17758 Time(s)

astra4.jpg



104_0477.JPG
 Description:
Few bits of rust are removed
 Filesize:  27.36 KB
 Viewed:  17758 Time(s)

104_0477.JPG



IMG_1775.jpg
 Description:
modifications for propshaft
 Filesize:  35.68 KB
 Viewed:  17758 Time(s)

IMG_1775.jpg



_________________
4x4 Turbo MK1 Astra - may actually be finished this year!

Band Hire UK
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message View user's gallery Visit poster's website
glenn
Club Manager
<font color=yellow>Club Manager</font>


Joined: 17 Mar 2005
Posts: 2095
Location: Chelmsford

PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I took a week off to get the car painted, it was a bit manic but we got it done somehow! I helped out during the week mostly sanding everything and anything in sight. It was the middle of winter also so it was sodding cold, but good fun.

Scouse's bodyshop did the respray for me and although with more time we could have got a better finish inside, it didn't matter as I was covering it all up anyhow.

This is the astra stripped outside of bodyshop in Liverpool.


_________________
4x4 Turbo MK1 Astra - may actually be finished this year!

Band Hire UK
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message View user's gallery Visit poster's website
glenn
Club Manager
<font color=yellow>Club Manager</font>


Joined: 17 Mar 2005
Posts: 2095
Location: Chelmsford

PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


_________________
4x4 Turbo MK1 Astra - may actually be finished this year!

Band Hire UK
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message View user's gallery Visit poster's website
glenn
Club Manager
<font color=yellow>Club Manager</font>


Joined: 17 Mar 2005
Posts: 2095
Location: Chelmsford

PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fixing lip for boot rubber.


_________________
4x4 Turbo MK1 Astra - may actually be finished this year!

Band Hire UK
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message View user's gallery Visit poster's website
glenn
Club Manager
<font color=yellow>Club Manager</font>


Joined: 17 Mar 2005
Posts: 2095
Location: Chelmsford

PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dent on the wing sorted (some bastard in the PTS Tuning car park smacked the f#ck@r and thought nothing of it, grrrr!)


_________________
4x4 Turbo MK1 Astra - may actually be finished this year!

Band Hire UK
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message View user's gallery Visit poster's website
glenn
Club Manager
<font color=yellow>Club Manager</font>


Joined: 17 Mar 2005
Posts: 2095
Location: Chelmsford

PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

An engine bay, minus one engine mount.


_________________
4x4 Turbo MK1 Astra - may actually be finished this year!

Band Hire UK
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message View user's gallery Visit poster's website
glenn
Club Manager
<font color=yellow>Club Manager</font>


Joined: 17 Mar 2005
Posts: 2095
Location: Chelmsford

PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Few tiny dents sorted and holes filled in sills... won't be needing them anymore.


_________________
4x4 Turbo MK1 Astra - may actually be finished this year!

Band Hire UK
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message View user's gallery Visit poster's website
glenn
Club Manager
<font color=yellow>Club Manager</font>


Joined: 17 Mar 2005
Posts: 2095
Location: Chelmsford

PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice flat bonnet and all my own work big grin


_________________
4x4 Turbo MK1 Astra - may actually be finished this year!

Band Hire UK
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message View user's gallery Visit poster's website
glenn
Club Manager
<font color=yellow>Club Manager</font>


Joined: 17 Mar 2005
Posts: 2095
Location: Chelmsford

PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Arches cut right back... and something else seems to be missing, hmmmmm



_________________
4x4 Turbo MK1 Astra - may actually be finished this year!

Band Hire UK
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message View user's gallery Visit poster's website
glenn
Club Manager
<font color=yellow>Club Manager</font>


Joined: 17 Mar 2005
Posts: 2095
Location: Chelmsford

PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Almost ready for some paint...


_________________
4x4 Turbo MK1 Astra - may actually be finished this year!

Band Hire UK
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message View user's gallery Visit poster's website
glenn
Club Manager
<font color=yellow>Club Manager</font>


Joined: 17 Mar 2005
Posts: 2095
Location: Chelmsford

PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Painted white first... because of the special paint


_________________
4x4 Turbo MK1 Astra - may actually be finished this year!

Band Hire UK
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message View user's gallery Visit poster's website
glenn
Club Manager
<font color=yellow>Club Manager</font>


Joined: 17 Mar 2005
Posts: 2095
Location: Chelmsford

PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


_________________
4x4 Turbo MK1 Astra - may actually be finished this year!

Band Hire UK
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message View user's gallery Visit poster's website
glenn
Club Manager
<font color=yellow>Club Manager</font>


Joined: 17 Mar 2005
Posts: 2095
Location: Chelmsford

PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Starting to go orange!!!! big grin Very Happy big grin Very Happy


_________________
4x4 Turbo MK1 Astra - may actually be finished this year!

Band Hire UK
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message View user's gallery Visit poster's website
glenn
Club Manager
<font color=yellow>Club Manager</font>


Joined: 17 Mar 2005
Posts: 2095
Location: Chelmsford

PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Masked up ready to paint outside


_________________
4x4 Turbo MK1 Astra - may actually be finished this year!

Band Hire UK
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message View user's gallery Visit poster's website
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    MK1 Astra Owners Club Forum Index -> Projects & Restorations All times are GMT
Goto page 1, 2  Next
Page 1 of 2

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You cannot attach files in this forum
You can download files in this forum