Welcome ladies and gents! I'm mainly going to concentrate my auto-biography on my ICE install as that's been a fairly major project where the most time, money and effort has been spent on the car.
For this first part I'll briefly go over the changes I've made to the exterior of the car since owning it, everything has been fairly simple with no real modifications required, just a few tweaks and adding a couple bits. The aim from the outset was always a BTCC / 888 theme, and I think I've stuck to that fairly well, without trying to completely imitate the T8 coupe.
So for starter's last september I part-x'd the GSi for the 1.8 Coupe...
As you can see it had full kit already, including the mirrors, airdam and 17" Spectra Sport Line alloys, combined with the flame red paintwork it was fairly rare and stood out a fair bit.
At my first show with A-S, 2005, I spotted a brand new 888 spoiler on the stand so I snapped that up fairly quickly, that really started the BTCC theme going.
Had the spoiler fitted and took the opportunity to completely debadge the rear and have the holes filled. The alloys had to go as they were far too blingy and fussy for my liking and never fitted the touring car look. Again LMF provided the answer with a set of Vectra GSi alloys (plus I missed my old Veccy GSi so it was ideal), these we're closely followed by Bilstein Dampers and Jamex springs to reduce the comical ride height.
Those few small changes made a massive difference, for the better I hope and had the coupe looking a bit cooler and a slightly more BTCC looking....
Around this time I took the plunge and decided to get the centre console out and paint it flame red, was a bit lazy however and didnt spend enough time on prep so the finish was never that great so I knew I'd come back to that one day.
Christmas time once again saw LMF draining my pockets (and Han's), new additions we're Remus centre pipe, Sebring backbox, Irmscher Pedals and Irmscher mats. Oh and some vintage reg plates that have got me in some bother with the law on a couple of occasions... but they look cool so hey!
Not much happened between Christmas and summer, a minor set back on the way to The Fast Show around easter time saw the coupe spend almost a couple months off the road.
Some big time Stig - Vectra VXR style understeer resulted in me hitting a curb at about 40mph sideways....mucho damage.
Once the coupe was back in the road it was time for the install to go in, with aim of competing in the UK IASCA championship, a number of delays meant that never happened but I will be back ready for next season! More on the install in the next installment.
The final exterior changes came in the last couple months.
FK Coilovers and Morette headlights (and what a surprise, both from LMF) The jury is still out on how the headlights will be finished, one thing's for sure they won't be staying matt black for much longer . A couple dinks with my good friend the curb meant I needed a refurb, so I took the opportunity to get them all cleaned up and painted gloss black....absolutely love them!
Again a couple small changes have completely changed the look of the coupe, the lights make the front end much more aggressive and the coilovers (almost on the lowest setting) really help with the touring car look, but also makes it a bugger getting around town
Here's how the coupe looks at the moment....