Before I had my coupe turbo, my first astra was a 1.4 5 door hatch. The only changes I made to this was the wheels, replacing the steelies with some 16 inch SRI wheels. This is what it looked like when I sold it:
However, the mileage was getting high and I was finally earning some decent money. So for my 19th birthday in June 2009 I bought myself a black coupe turbo:
This is the first 'decent' picture I have of the car, but in the pictures really do not do it any justice. Extras included heated red leather, cruise control, heated wing mirrors, front splitter, grille, rear spats and spoiler.
The first week of ownership was a bad one to say the least. A leaking rocker cover gasket and then the exhaust snapped! The gasket was replaced easy enough, I added a breather box as well to try and prevent it happening again. You'll also notice the baileys dump valve, which came with the car.
However the exhaust was a different issue, as many know early coupe's had an all in one precat and main cat. Luckily, I knew someone who had a VXR and replaced the exhaust system. I managed to pick up his old pre-cat and lambda sensor for £30! I did some browsing on the web and found that courtenay had an offer on their sports cats and had next day deliver - bonus!
The next day the sports cat arrived and I fitted it along with my VXR precat - in the rain as well! This is the only picture I managed during the day:
With this all fitted and working properly I turned my attention to the dump valve. I had been doing some reading on the forum and decided to disable the vacuum box and run both the baileys and oe dump valve off the throttle body. This is a must do as the drivability is vastly improved and the dump is quicker and louder - no pictures as nothing to see.
I have also picked up a 2.2 airbox, breather filter and yet another rocker cover gasket but more on that when they are fitted.