This is a diary of all the events and happening that brought about the project, still in progress, VXD.
VXD came about as i wanted to name the car something when it comes out finished.
Playing about with other ideas i finally decided to stick VXD.
It being very similar to VXR (Sports Model astra - Petrol)
I change the last letter to D for its a diesel.
So there you have it
Now.. where it all began.
Got myself a Vauxhall Astra (5 Door) 1.7 CDTi Life model.
The first month or so was just getting used to the power of a turbo
and the good economy of the diesel!!
but that soon changed...
After browsing around finding out some new and cool stuff about the astra, i then went onto doing my very first mod.. debadging the boot
Also i gave its first proper wash
washed dried, polished and waxed
all in all about 7 hours of my time, and it was worth every minute.
April.. ahh a big month for the car
I started with some interior stuff:
- Irmscher Air vent covers
- Irmscher Foot Pedals
- Irmscher Door Handle covers
- Vauxhall Metal Tax Disk Holder
- Irmscher Bagdes (exterior)
Then whilst still browsing about for new ideas i purchased myself some brand new on the market, dark rear led lights :O
The car is pretty much new on the after market products so the stuff i got was fresh, but little.
but anything that went i got it
even dark side repeaters:
While doing all the little touches i had been for the past 3 months trying to find alloys that would go with the car, but in the end i managed to narrow it down to a great set - SSW Nirvana
getting rid of the 15" steelies was great but i wanted nothing less than 18"... so 18" it was
Knowing the fact that the car was sitting like a tractor this month was set about getting some new suspension...
Among the mist of crappy suspension one make stood in front of all.. Eibach
and this was no ordinary set.. yes u guessed it.. it was just on the shelfs and no more
after Eibach long sucess with 30-30 drops this new kit gave me a 50mm drop at the front and 30mm at the back to give the car a more flat, stronger stance.
!!Sorry no pics of this stage but u will see later on!!
Also in this month i went about getting my electrical fingers out and changing some LEDs
the dials i had in my car were orange and.. boring..
so i added a little spice in the shape of Blue LEDs and bob's yer uncle..
now please with the inside a bit more, i went onto the exterior
PVS (Performance Vauxhall Show) was coming up the next month so i went about getting the car show prepped aka last minute mods hehe
me scruffly in the process..
then another braincell came up with an idea!
i like custom.. a lot!
so having a look at the aftermarket grilles i decided i'm going custom so, i got mines painted
So rather pleased with the progress so far i went onto getting the car valeted... £70... ouch (but i got it free coz i'm good )
Now car being all ready and good to go... PVS here we come!!
well 3rd of june and PVS time.
big show for me as it was my first
and by god it was a scortching day
also had a wee go on the 1/4 mile
Now PVS done and dusted.
a couple of months went by and cruising was all good...
Now having the car for almost a year and under as a third driver, i looked to start building up my own no claims
so walked down to the insurance broker i use and they gave me loads of discounts etc etc and put the car as standard (ano i'm lying hehe)
and me as the main driver... sorted...
no... they wanted £2200!!!
i right. so a said **** it a canny insure that.. so i said what i'll do is i'll take it off the road for the time being till i same up enough money and maybe do pass plus then i'll just have to bite the bullet.
But i stop and think to my self... i'm stopping driving because of an insurance company :O
To hell with that, a might as well modify the car mega as well
so then the garaging of the car came
and project VXD finally started!!
Ok this is where the plans started
I will not post them as its still mostly top secret
I spent most of this month fishing out info and details i was gonna need as this project was gonna be big and mostly done by me
Ok so first things first.. what space have we got here.. enough.. good
lets get started...:
Ok so i was dealing with things on the inside but i was doing things on the outside
wanted a good look, but no aftermarket bumper did it for me.. so....
i got a new bumper
the VXR front bumper
Out with the OLD in with the NEW:
and a wee trial fit
ok as all things go in the modifying world it didn't quite go to plan
few things needed changed here there and everywhere but it fits and thats what matters
also being a life model it had no fogs... yer u guessed it.. i had to wire them in
Ok so the front was changed.. i had the rest to do
and they swiftly came along too
also i was away to england to the LMF shop and i bought myself a nice wee arm rest
so now back to the interior... i was working on the colour of my console.
because i'm going with a Blue, Silver and Black colour scheme it was only acceptable for the interior to be blue
Previously silver, now becoming blue:
as sinse i basically had no idea what i was doing i managed to destroy one of my air vents
so it had to be replaced
Ok so 2008! lets get things rolling, cruise scene is going to start picking up :O
now another wee mod i liked the look of was eyelids
so i got them
also if you notice this actually covers up my indicator... so i have to relocate that
more on that later.
Now spending a good time looking up wiring diagrams i found out how to wire up the fogs
So here is my new fog lights all tidied up and working
not bad for a Life model
Wired to the cars front electronic module:
And working great!
Now whilst looking for good looks i also had a wee gift i bought myself which brought more than just looks... POWER
So i got myself a DTUK Box, basically a wee tuning box that clips into your car to give more power and torque
Ok soo staying with the colour scheme i wanted lights
so i thought i'l do summat different, i'll install lights
so off came the door cards and swiftly drilled holes in them and put wee LED's in them
score... erm... ah need to wire them into the car :O
a wee bit of neat wiring and bobs yer uncle no visible wires
now impressed with that mod... lets see if it works ???
Ok thats good, now only 3 more doors to do ;D
Now After A Wee Play On Photoshop, I Can Show You My Visualisation!!
The car will be 2 toned Arden Blue (VXR Blue) and Lightning Silver (the colour it is the noo).
this is a black and white interpretation:
Ok So thats you up to date
enjoy and keepo an eye on this thread
To Be Continued
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also got a little medal from PVS
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