Thought it was about time I did a WIP report so here it is!
Owned the car since Jan 2010. At the moment things are pretty standard on the coupe apart from a few little mods and things are gonna start changing soon so might aswell start now!
As for styling Im not quite sure what direction I want to go in... I like the 'euro' look, also the 'motorsport' and the 'OEM +1' look annddd the 'bespoke' look so I think the general idea I have is to just go with the flow and see what I can afford and what I deem as funky or different looking, Im expecting a very marmite reaction with some of the combination of plans Iv got in mind but hopefully it will be a bit of a razzamataz daily driver, this isnt going to be a mind blowing build as fund wont allow but I'll do my best to be different on a budget!
Performance wise Id like to get her to (now for the pub talk) 300bhp or whatever makes me smile the most. SAFELY, but with the engine already on 103,000miles some work is gonna be required to keep it from going pop! 1 thing you must know though before I continue is what gets me going about a car is the sound it makes, the beastier the better... not to some peoples tastes but its not exactly gonna be all growl no bite either ;-)
Now for the facts....
When I bought her....
2001 Chianti Astra Coupe 2.0 Turbo
Service history to 89,000
Baileys DV (plumbed into original boost pipe)
Powerflow catback exhaust
VXR oil return pipe from turbo (only recently found out)
Standard cloth interior
I have since added/done.
Plasma Boost Gauge
Cross Hatch Grill ( )
Valeo Flat wipers
Txauto sport 3" tophat with DV spout
Txauto sport 2.5" Boost pipe
one way valved OE DV
Removed rear BCS
Courtenay Sport Filter in standard box
Day I got her........
Had already bought a couple things ready for its arival so heres what changed within the first couple hours!...
Love these grills!
As she came....
two hours later.....
With that done....
Second things second since the car came to me with the last official service done at 89,000 and now sitting at 101,000 it was time for a new one! So with help of good friend Luke (LMD on here) who offered to help as I am about as useful as a chocolate tea pot with cars we set to work and did everything bar the waterpump and cambelt (which looked quite fresh)
Upon inspection found that rocker cover gasket was leaking and had really mucked up sparkplug number 3 I ordered a new gasket and left the plugs till the new gasket arrived.... One week later found whoever last did the rocker cover gasket made a right hash of it, sealant everywhere!!...
Luke and I gave rocket cover a good clean and ready to go back on .....
A week later and the radiator decides to crack, possibly due to the solid boost pipe pulling the intercooler when givin it some stick. So back down to Lukes to get a new one fitted.
and as the engine bay stands today...
I have bought a powerflex lower engine mount bush to hopefully prevent a crack in this new rad but havent had chance to get it fitted yet, but soon!
Couple of days after changing the rad I had a mystery major oil leak coming from somewhere, no smoke, no coolant loss, no bad engine behaviour and no actual leak to be seen! Keith SRI-t kindly took it to his garage to have a good look around it and couldnt find a thing wrong with it, thats because (apart from a very slow valve stem seal leak) there was nothing wrong with it, it stopped gulping oil and all is now fine!
And that brings up to date now!
Have ordered some coilovers just waiting for delivery, Booked in a one off custom wheel refurb on the turbo rims and also booked in for a nice loud alarm with some extras!... Keep your eyes peeled!
As she stands now....
Please feel free to pm me any comments or ideas!