I recently renewed my membership on here and had to attend my first MOT in the coupe which made me very aware I've now owned the Coupe for a whole year! Its come a long way since i bought it on a spur of the moment decision, I needed to replace my previous car a Corsa Sport which was sitting on the drive with a blown headgasket. I was looking into buying an Astra hatch at the time until a mate told me a local garage (Griffin Autos) had an Astra Coupe for sale, I thought i wouldn't be able to insure a 2.2 at first so turned down the oppurtunity.
However after asking the insurance company for a quote out of curiosity whilst getting prices on a few hatches and finding out it was no more expensive to insure than a 1.6 or 1.8 hatch I decided to buy it. Went to have a quick look at it with a mechanic mate of mine and £2000 later the coupe was mine. The paintwork wasn't in perfect nick but the engine had just had a top end rebuild after the dreaded chain failure so i was happy with my purchase.
Apart from setting a set of Astra Mk3 GSI brakes to my Corsa I hadn't spent a penny modifying it and planned on much the same for the Coupe. However as those who have come across my thread on here will know this didn't last for long.
I've always meant to write a biography on here about my car on here but have never got around to it and instead of doing it here heres a brief run through of things i've done in a near correct order I think.
None of the above was planned but one has followed on from another and the bug has really bitten. I've had some good times over the year with the car attending , santa Pod and more recently Ace Cafe. Last summer i wasn't happy with the car and the amount of dents etc so didn't put it on the stand. Really looking forward to attending as many shows as possible this year and getting more involved. I've also had my share of lows the worst being waking up on a Monday morning for work just before Christmas to find my bumper had been stolen whilst I slept and the recently sprayed wing damaged in the process.
- Dotz Radium alloys (18" x 8J ET38 5 x 112 with Corrective bolts)
- 30mmm Eibach Springs
- Glenn Yale Alcantara Gaiters
- GSI Front bumper
- look front grill
- 20mm spacers on the rear
- Rear arches rolled
- Genuine 888 centre console
- BMW 3 Series rear diffuser built into the rear bumper and corner lines smoothed out.
- Boot lid tidied with badges and locking mech removed along with the chrome strip colour coded.
- Full Respray
- Bertone Centre Caps
- Few smaller bits like Civic aerial and VW whell nut covers.
This forum has been a massive help to me over the last year too. I started with basically no knowledge of cars or modifying but now have a fair understanding of things (even if i'm better at reciting it than putting it into practice with my own office hands.) Some of the cars on here have been a real inspiration to me and fellow member really helpful on so many occasions.
Rather than dragging this post out any longer i'll end it with a few (maybe a lot of ) pics of how my car stands now. These were taken last weekend after a decent clean (another of my new interests) and show the car as it is now one year on:
I'm sure the car will continue to change throughout 2010 with the next step planned at the moment being a change to the interior as the original seats are starting to get a bit ropey now. I'm sure i'll be asking plenty of questions on here around this soon but after a trip to my local retrimmers today things are looking positive.
Hopefully i'll still be going strong in another 12 months with the coupe and subject you to another anniversary thread!