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Discussion in 'Vectra Diaries' started by NeilGo, Feb 17, 2013.
^^^^ what he said or you could try and relocate it???
Thanks Paul and Gary. I'll give both your suggestions some thought.
What we've decided to do is compress the alarm switch and tie it down and then the brace will fit. Doubt anyone will try and break in through the bonnet and keeps the alarm system from thinking the bonnet is open.
Unfortunately, Wayne at Intagear is taking a bit longer than expected to rebuild the F23 gearbox and so the car is still up on the ramp. Quite unusual as Bridgeway use him all the time and recommended him to me.
I did not forsee the problems with the first F23 box nor that Wayne would take so long otherwise the gearbox would have been ready before the car went in. Looks like a diplomatic phonecall on my part on Monday morning.
Meanwhile, while I was there today, we discussed any other jobs that could be done while waiting but to be honest, if parts are not broken, why fix them? Starter motor and alternator would be more accessible with the engine out, but they are working well.
I could do with another wheelarch liner for the front passenger side so if anyone has one, please let me know. Remember, has to be phase 1 pre-facelift style.
So just some random shots today
Box of bits inc the pre-facelift cam rear and outer covers
The old F25 gearbox
The wait is finally over...
...the F23 gearbox arrived back from the specialist today all overhauled and with a fresh coat of paint and also now uprated with the Courtenay Sport LFD and Quaife ATB differential.
This part of the journey alone has cost me an arm and a leg especially when you factor in the lightened flywheel and Helix/Luk clutch.
Oh, the one on the right is the first F23 gearbox I bought which had the wrong gears to mate with the LFD. This is because at some point in its life, it was rebuilt with Astra gears. This remains a mystery but I guess the closer ratios of the Astra machinery give better bottom end performance.
Couldn't resist another subtle little mod - would have been rude not to while the gearbox was out.
Yep, the Mtech T Shift Shortshifter but which allows me to keep the OEM gear lever length look.
Already the new gearbox has met the new engine.
Looking great man
Fair play, I just love shiny new parts
Shes coming along sweet now mate very good job indeed
Thanks for the comments.
Bit more progress - was down there this morning...
By later today it got to this...
Lots of win
Very good indeed mate nearly there keep up the good work
loving the progress bud
Hi been a while , are things on hold ,(don't mean that in a smart way) love to see it finished
Unfortunately the cables that came with the original gearbox were the wrong length. I think somewhere along the line that gearbox was in an Astra or something as the internals were Astra and the cables were also Astra. Moving on.
Thankfully a member here came to my rescue and supplied the correct cables. Once again the vectra-sport community provides invaluable support. So gearbox all present and correct.
The new carbon fibre surround and gear knob looks really good although unfortunately the gear knob comes off in your hand (Ooh Matron!) so my trusted silver one is back on again.
There was a slight headache with the emissions at MoT (coincidence it was due around this time) and fingers pointed at a broken cat. A new cat was ordered followed by some very neat welding by Jack of JMS Autosport https://www.facebook.com/jmsautosport/ retest and sailed straight through.
Another job that needed to be done was the steering geometry. So off to see my mate Mick at Nottingham Alignment. If anyone knows Mick, you'll also know his 18 year reputation at being THE man needs no introduction. Nice amount of negative camber to complement the Courtenay LFD and Quaife LSD when cornering.
Raid strut brace fitted
And a little clean up after being cooped up in a garage for so long.
It's actually going back in tomorrow for some very minor things - still a small leak on the aircon - I will get this sorted once and for all - the money I've spent on aircon already! Think it's just the seals round these pipes.
And another little mod for the gear lever. An anti-play device.
The one thing I've not mentioned is how it's driving. Well I'm actually running it in and just done under 200 miles so far. For the last 50 miles I've had a bit of a play - going past 4k into 5k to 5.5k territory every 25 miles or so just to wake it up a little.
So how's it been?
Completely transformed the car. It revs like a race car. The exhaust sounds even more awesome than before. You just have to touch your foot on the accelerator and there is an instant response. It pulls hard in every gear - the torque is just incredible. Exiting roundabouts - my goodness - there is so much grip and power. I'm on Michelin Pilot Sport 3s but feels like I'm on semi-slicks.
I'm not sure what the bhp is but I'm guessing somewhere around 190-200.
Loving every minute and has been worth every penny.
Next stop Body & Tuning Mansfield Woodhouse for a glass out respray but not for a while...I'm proper skint!
Now thats what im talking about mate looks absolutely fantastic what a cracking job mate sounds like a monster to keep up the good work
Stunning looking motor...
Glad its all running well for u after all the effort
Running out of words for this.
Special I think is the only one I haven't used lol
Cheers mate. Appreciate that.
Gear lever mod fitted - now to test it out!
Now I don't see a lot of st's over here (zero) so its easily the best I've seen lol, seriously cracking motor best of luck