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I finally have a lowered astra (I will allow time for AOC-ers who have known me since I first joined up to recover from their fainting fit from the shock...)
I never got around to lowering the first one which I put on AS in 2001, and as soon as I put the 2nd astra up on here in 2005 most people informed me that I must lower it asap. I didn't partially because I worked on farms and needed ground clearance, but also due to budget constraints.
Now, with my third mk3 astra (we'll exclude the silver 1.6 and the white TD, which were 4 and 5) I have, after three years of ownership, FINALLY lowered it (albeit only 30mm, but at least it is no longer standard suspension)
I got a set of 2nd hand Gmax lowering springs off a fellow AOC-er last year and have had them hanging about ever since, waiting funding to do the swap (and to buy some shocks) but due to some suspension issues my hand was forced, Matt got a set of KYB shocks for me and the whole lot is now fitted:
The 14" manta alloys on the back were only temporary, I need new 15" tyres for my rear wolfrace alloys but can't afford them yet, and seeing as Matt had 2 spare sets of alloys hanging around - the 14" Manta ones with new tyres, and the 14" retro cavalier ones with used rubber, they've been slung on the back for the moment as a pair. The pic was taken last week, right now she's got the cavalier CDX alloys on with the tyres from the Manta alloys changed onto them.
In other news, we forgot to post up about this earlier in the year:
This is our TD runabout, the bonnet had got a little rusty in places (particularly the underside) and the catch was stiff, but while at the scrapyard we found a 40,000 mile immaculate mk3, with a perfect (albeit green) bonnet, so while we were there did a quick swap:
But as a little while ago the TD died, she has been stripped bare and sent to the scrapyard, which led to this taking place:
My slightly dented, lightly scratched and slightly rusty original blue bonnet was removed from my car, and put onto the TD to go to the scrappy, so that mine is currently wearing a dent and rust-free green bonnet, which merely needs respraying at some point. My view is it's better to respray a mint bonnet than one which also needs dents and rust sorting on it too. The TD shortly before going to get squished:
I feel like a doctor who has lost their first patient - "Scrapheapchallenge fails to rescue astra from scrapyard fate" Oh well, it's for the greater good anyway, the nice GLS spec black interior will be going into my car instead, to replace the boring grey interior currently in there, especially as my driver's seat has developed a small tear.
In other news had a bit of a panic yesterday morning as I lost all power going around a busy roundabout - just managed to get off it onto the exit but was still stranded in a dangerous position with 2 lanes of traffic hurtling off the roundabout behind me, luckily a police van stopped to help and parked behind me with lights on to protect me from other drivers while I waited for breakdown service to come and help. Had a chat with the 2 nice coppers who were bemoaning the feebleness of their special police cars - 1.3 lite diesel astras (apparently the 1.3 diesel is only produced for the police force in the UK, not on general sale - probably because it's pants! )
The rescue chap turned up pretty quickly, towed me to a safer area then proceeded to find the fault - loose connection (worn retaining clip/connector) on the coil, which was easily secured back together using some cable ties, but I'll need to get a new one soldered on for a permanent repair. Thank god it was only a minor and easily remedied problem and not another expensive one! Just the other week I had to get the alternator belt replaced, a new tensioner and the gear linkage adjustment
Anyhoo, that's where project scrapheapchallenge is at the moment - lowered, mismatched alloys front-back and a green bonnet Sorry for lack of updates recently but I don't have internet access all the time and have been busy studying a lot. At least the car is getting closer to my final aim