Lets rewind back to December 9th 2009, where I drove to pick up this rough looking 1992 Astra GSi16v.
I was to be the 3rd owner from new, with the last owner owning the car since 2years old. In its first 2 years she was registered to Salford Vauxhall.
With only 116k documented miles, although bodywork is rough, i knew she'd be the perfect car to restore.
Heres my story...
Here are the orignal ebay photos
Then once I got her home. As you can see the infamous vauxhall flame pink had overtaken, and her true red gloss was long lost.
As soon as I got her back I wanted to see if her paint could be restored.
Out came the Clearkote blue clay, and then a quick machine polish to reveal...
not great, but better than before
While waiting for the car to be booked into the bodyshop, I decided to get some OE gauges into the interior, the only modification im considering carrying out on the interior. I like to think of it as an oe upgrade though
- Calibra gauges -
I have seen some people do this before but think it looks poo really. so I had an idea to make it look OE, whilst being able to still have a 12v socket, and also a coin tray.
so.....a vectra b ashtray console.
I started by cutting out the astras ashtray area with a dremel and junior hacksaw.
After this point I realised that fitting the vectra unit and the calibra gauges just wasnt going to happen. so as i started to dismantle to vectra unit, i came across an idea for beanth the gauges.
a chopped/glued space, where i will be putting the 12v socket in the right hand corner.