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2.5 V6 Super Touring (97) No 0372

Discussion in 'Vectra Diaries' started by NeilGo, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. NeilGo

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    Well I thought it was about time I started a thread for my Super Touring. Such a great car that Steve sold to me back in October. thumbs_up I am really enjoying it. Out washing it today and wanted to get some pics for you but the daylight was fading!

    I haven't done a great deal with it just one or two things here and there - most of which you'll pick up from my previous threads so no point boring you here with repeating myself! :yawn:

    The clutch is still fine and car seems to be running okay but a cambelt change wouldn't go a miss I guess and possibly I will sort a new clutch anyway. Also in the pipeline are new pads and discs and painting the calipers and refurb of the wheels. Just little things at mo like I got the aircon regassed but must be a leak somewhere as now not working again. :icon_mad: Have new rarb brackets and bushes so that's another job to do. And still saving for a brand new oem irmy suspension as soon as LMF come back to me with a sensible offer! :eusa_whis

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    What's in the box?

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    My new high level brake light! thumbupsmilie
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    But does it work? :eusa_thin
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    Oh yeah - it works!
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    Nice and crisp,looks well.
     
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    Im going to jump off a bridge ;)


    Neil it looks stunning and im glad she went to yourself that is giving her what she needed some nice tlc and someone who knows how to treat an st
     
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    That'll be your ST then Steve!

    She looks mint mate :)
     
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    Nice to see it without a massive evo spoiler on the lid lol
     
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    Dam right dave that was the first thing i took off when i got it

    Shame it left to small holes in the boot but getting a genuine irmy saloon spoiler was my first port of call
     
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    Looks great fella, bet the gm bits werent cheap, but keeping it tip top and with what you got planned will be a minter in no time
     
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    Ha ha ha! It was down for a detail today (nothing fancy no claying - time just got the better of me) and I was determined to take some pics after!

    Cheers - and it's great looking after it and driving it around - real special
     
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    Cheers. I got a bit of discount but still came in a three digit figure :bawling:awww
     
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    ohhhh nice set off o.e matts very nice look good in a vectra and the st looks good as well
     
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    Will sit right at home in the st fella
     
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  15. NeilGo

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    Well I thought it was about time I put some more money into the ST.

    Now apologies for the general dirty state of – you wouldn’t think detailing was a hobby would you?

    So I managed to get some good discount from my local Vxl parts

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    Filter, plugs, oh – fog light bulb has gone!

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    Front and rear GM brake kit – discs and pads complete

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    May decide to do gearbox oil too – chap at Vxl wasn’t sure which gearbox was in the ST and didn’t know whether it was 75/85 but chap at Halfrauds looked it up on a data base and hey presto!

    If I’m going to be doing things like gearbox oil change, should I be considering the annoying oil sensor sump change at this point?

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    So on Monday I took the opportunity of some good weather to have a look around the car knowing I was going to be buying some service bits and pieces today.

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    Both front and rear passenger side centre cap screws are proper seized. I’ve tried squirting WD40 but to no effect. Should I just continue doing this over next few days in hope they will free off? What if it doesn’t work? How in the hell do I get the centre caps off to get the wheels off?!

    Thanks for looking and any advice appreciated. I’m not rushing to do the service so it’s not life and death but at some point I need to get those wheels off!
     
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    Looking well.....should be fantastic with all those new filters and fluids in.

    As for the bolts....best thing to do is either try getting them off with some pointy nose pliers, or a hammer and fine chisel or flat screwdriver and just give it a tap to shock it off. If they end up getting damaged you can buy them new from ebay or from vx dealers
     
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    Pair of old long nose pliers will take them screws out bud :)

    Front bank of plugs are easy, rear bank needs both center and rear plenum sections removing (you'll have the egr flexi to contend with which is 24mm iirc) but once these are out the way it's a doddle
     
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    I'll try and sort the centre cap bolts with some pliers - I was taping away with a hammer and small punch but will try the pliers.

    I've got someone helping me with all of this so hopefully we'll manage with the plugs!

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    Have recently been working round the car with the clay bar and cleaner in prep for machine polishing. I've completed the bonnet and roof so far. They have had about a 6 hours correction and protection detail.

    For the rest of the car I have decided to at least clay the entire car and come back at later stage when more time to polish. Have added wax protection in interim period.

    First pictures show one panel clayed and cleaned and the other panel not. You can clearly see what a difference this process alone makes. Hoping for even better results after polishing.

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    The rest of the pics are the results. Hope you like. Oh and yes - before you ask - the chassis rails do need some tlc too! Wire brush and Waxoil on standby!

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    The clay bar treatment has cleaned her up a treat mate!

    Great job :)