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ian131

That is a very nice job and a credit to you, can't remember the last time I saw a mk1 cavalier

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On 11/8/2016 at 20:10, ian131 said:

That is a very nice job and a credit to you, can't remember the last time I saw a mk1 cavalier

Thank you kindly! They're getting pretty thin on the ground now.

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Another Cavalier recently landed at my unit -

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I must be a sucker for punishment - it was free though! :)

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Pretty good nick - apart from some comedy bodywork "repairs" which will have to be done again, properly.
It looks as though proper repair panels have been plonked over the original rotted sections, then daubed with filler!  

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I don't know when I'll be getting stuck in to this due to poor health at the present time, but I can start sourcing repair panels in the mean time.  

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Had a good look underneath earlier, and it's good news! The spring cups on the rear chassis legs have been replaced, and a small patch has been put in the back of the inner sill on both sides. Nothing else requiring attention has been spotted, but the welding looks like it was done with a stick. It's all hammer proof, but I'll most likely tidy up the welds so that they won't be obvious. The rest of the underside appears to be in really good nick - just a few bits of light surface rust. 

Anyway check out the comedy "repair work" -

The fillered up rear valance 

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Offside rear corner - arch repair section plonked over the top and filler daubed on.

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Nearside rear corner - similar 'repairs" to the offside - but with even more filler.

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The rear half of both outer sills done in the same style as the arches - repair panel tacked over the original one, followed by lashings of filler.

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The interior is in fine fettle, sadly the camera flash makes the velour of the seats and door cards look a washed out grey - they're blue in real life!

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Seats are tidy

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Sunroof works well, and doesn't appear to leak

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Behold! The mighty motor - its very quiet, doesn't smoke, and apart from a bit of a stutter at about 2000rpm under load, it pulls well.

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The clocks show 36k, the lack of wear in the interior suggests it could well be right.

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kiran_182

how extensive is this one going to be?

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Not entirely sure yet, obviously all the shonky repairs will be sorted first, but I'm torn at the moment between giving it the works, or just tidying it up and using it as my daily. 

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kiran_182

to be fair the repairs look to be dealer done

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ian131

Another blast from the past you don't see many mk2 Cav's around now !  I had three of them a long time ago ( " saloons an 86 1.6L and a 86 CDi as well as a LX hatchback ) they were all good cars the 1.6L in particular bought it with 34K on it sold with 150K on it to a mate then he did a trade in for another car after doing 30K more trouble free miles. I look forward to seeing you sort this one out.

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Four of these arrived today -

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Containing four of these - brand new late model GL wheel trims!

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I don't think I've ever bought wheel trims before, should be a decent improvement on these -

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Had a good look underneath this before it goes in for an MOT.

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Underseal has been applied to the inner sills relatively recently, but it's rusting underneath it.

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The inside of the rear valance has been undersealed, most likely at the same time as the inner sills - it too is slowly festering away.

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All this will eventually be stripped back to the metal, and any necessary repairs done before re sealing properly. A bit of use over the Summer shouldn't do much harm.

The spare wheel well has a bit of surface rust, but no crispy bits yet!

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I need to do a small temporary repair to the drivers side rear wheel arch for the MOT, so I whipped the bumper off for ease of access. The comedy arch "repairs" were done without removing the bumper - it took a couple of minutes to remove!

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It looks a lot better with the bumper on. :)

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I made up a section of wheel arch lip with a borrowed shrinker/stretcher, this is it with the outside face of the lip welded in.

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It was a bit of a faff welding the inward facing joins, but I got there in the end. (I'm blaming the borrowed MIG plant - not enough fine adjustment to weld to thin metal nicely.) It doesn't need to look pretty - just an MOT repair. 

Here's the repair panels for the back end.

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Once I've had a bit of practice, I intend to do all the welding on this myself. :)

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kiran_182

knew youd reach this stage of commitment, look forward to the finished thing 

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On 01/03/2017 at 18:16, kiran_182 said:

knew youd reach this stage of commitment, look forward to the finished thing 

It was always going to happen! This one probably won't be as quick as the last one. (but might possibly be) Should be getting started in the Autumn.

 


Thanks to the Mrs' Polo destroying it's auxillary belt tensioner and alternator pulley on Friday, I didn't get to spend a whole day playing with this today.:(
I did, however, have just enough time to fit this leather gearstick gaiter.

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As you can see, I've not yet done any kind of cleaning in here yet - it looks especially minging in here with the camera flash!

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Just waiting on a mate with traders insurance to take it for an MOT now, hopefully it'll be done in the next couple of weeks so I can insure and tax it for April 1st.

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With 4 other cars requiring tax at the end of this month, April is gonna be a poor one!

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I can only assume that the paint around the rear screen was damaged some time in the past when the rear screen was replaced, as it has rotted in the bottom right corner under the outer seal. This is the only non-original glass on the car, and the only one thats bonded in. It would be difficult to repair nicely, so I bought another one to make life a little easier later on.

 

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On the positive side, it is totally rot free, and has genuine glass in it. On the negative side, it has spoiler mounting holes in it. I could weld up the holes I suppose, but if an LX spoiler came up for sale, I'd most likely fit one. :)

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Spoiler now acquired 

 

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MOT also acquired this afternoon. :)

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Duffy

Fantastic job.

 

Much respect!

 

:D

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On 23/03/2017 at 19:52, Duffy said:

Fantastic job.

 

Much respect!

 

:D

Thank you kindly! 

About 70 miles covered today, went to the fishing hole -

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Home for a bit-

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Visited my Polos at the lock ups -

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Over all, it's quiet, reasonably quick, copes well with being hurled at corners, the brakes are excellent, and it doesn't appear to use much fuel. The only fly in the ointment is a bit of transmission shunt when changing gear - I have no idea if that's normal, or perhaps a gearbox mount is past its best or something?

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This came out of hibernation today - just took some fuel and a mild rinsing by the DVLA. 

 

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Still puts a smile on my face. :)

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After a couple of days, I kinda learned how to drive it smoothly, there doesn't appear to be anything amiss anywhere. I guess it's just "different" to my other cars?

 

Done another couple of hundred miles in it now, still going well! 

 

Some more pieces of the puzzle arrived today

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They'll be stashed away with the other bits until work commences, I'm actually quite looking forward to cutting all that car pox out!

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Heres a couple more pics from the other day -

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New steering arm fitted today.

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There was a little bit of play in the ball joint at the rack end - not any more!  It was a hell of a lot easier to do than a Polo steering arm too. :)

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Duffy

Great stuff!

 

Obviously completely horrified you didn't sort that during the big strip down!

 

:D

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Alex

Nice work! I've driven the Mk1 Cavalier in Vauxhall's heritage collection - it's a decent drive, I was surprised at how good it felt. Vauxhall's Mk2 is an auto, though. I remember friends' parents having them when I was a kid. Felt like stepping back into something familiar, which the Mk1 didn't. 

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