Right heres the story of the 5 Door.
With my white MK3 GSi still resembling a giant mechano set, and with my Black GSi now heading to the breakers in the sky as its being used as a partial donor for the white GSi, I was becoming unsettled of not being able to get my MK3 fix.
So after sitting around my garage one night with a few mates, and looking around at some of the parts I had ammased (a fair few things were bought as and when they were available as I had always been in two minds over the end result of my white GSi, but with it now being returned to standard its left a lot of parts redundant). With that I decided to get a hold of a decent MK3 shell and use that as the basis for a general run-around come track car.
After a few weeks of looking around I had decided that early pre-95 GSi;s were basically a waste of time as most are needing bodywork of some sort. I also decided that later GSi;s were out as they were only ever Sports in drag and didnt warrant the extra money given it was going to be taken to bits anyway. So with that I started to hunt around for a decent Sport. After considering a few (including estates), I came across this 1997 2.0 5Door Sport via a local trader that we deal with through work.
After a quick look around it, I found that bar a few scuffs here and there, the general condition of the shell was more than adequate for what I wanted, the only bit not really 100% being the tailgate which has some rust around the hole where the wiper motor comes through. So with a bit of arm twisting a deal was done and I picked the car up on the 19th of April.
Once home I gave the car a quick going over, there were a few issues with the car but all of these relate to parts that are shortly destined for the bin.
In the next week or so the car will have the 2.0 Ecotec resigned to a near by skip, and will be replaced with the C20LET from my Calibra. Along with this will be the following items:
- Courtenay Actuator
- Wallace Performance FMIC
- Full stainless steel exhaust system
- F28 6-speed gearbox with Quaiffe LSD
- Bilstein dampers and -40mm springs
- 5-stud conversion
- Black Diamond drilled and grooved front discs
- Uprated front pads
- Front and rear strut braces
- Alloy flywheel
- All rubber suspension components replaced
- Wallace Performance P2 chip
As well as another few items on the way.
The Calibra has already started to be stripped
Hopefully the swap over wont take too long to carry out. The current Sport wheels have been replaced with a set of GSi wheels with R888 tyres which were put on for its first track night on the 20th of April (and wasnt a great success due to the knackered suspension and the engine spending half the time running on 3 cylinders), hopefully the next outing will be a tad more successful.