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Andy B's Fast Road/Track build

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Hello everyone, it’s been a while “again”. Disappeared off the radar again, so to speak. Anyway, to cut a long story short, I’m working on the Astra again and I’m full of enthusiasm and very motivated. So we were welding the rear turrets on my last post, my friend did the welding and I.... well, I just stood there! Watching. :biggrin:. After welding, I carried on with cleaning the underneath of the back end, including the arches. The underneath was heavily painted with red oxide, then stone chipped the rear arches and the underneath, I then painted over that with white hammerite so to match the front bit that I did months ago.

I’ll let the photos do most of the talking now....

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Looking very nice mate, most of what you've just done to yours I need to do to mines in the next couple of months
 
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Thanks Todd. I've decided not to spend a fortune on modifying the engine with ITB's, cams and so on as i initially intended, simply because i haven't got the money to do so at the moment due to other priorities and commitments. However, I will be doing the modifications in the future when money is more readily available, i shall do it bit by bit. In the meantime ill tidy up the engine and give it new seals all round and put it back in standard, I've reached a stage now where ill be happy to have it on the road with a standard engine. I cant have everything all at once, haha!!

Moving forward, the things that need doing next are as follows....
  • Finish off the braking system - Fit new brake hoses, new handbrake shoes and cable - bleed the system.
  • Secure the fuel tank filling pipe, fit new fuel hoses and fuel filter.
  • New bucket seats and harnesses. I’m thinking of getting THESE. The OMP TRS-e. I’ve got a pair of OMP sub-frames, can anyone advise what I’ll need to fit these seats to the sub-frames, photo below.
  • Charge seals and gaskets on the engine and drop it back into the car along with the gearbox. New clutch too
  • Reassemble the front end, Wings lights, bumper, wiring loom.
  • Refurbish the alloy wheels and paint white.
  • And a load of little nick-nacks that'll be necessary to get it going.

So here's the sub-frames, not sure what ill need to fit the bucket seats.

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Ok, so a little update from me. I managed to get my head around fitting a bucket seat. I had intended to buy a pair of bucket seats, however I came across a second hand one that I fancied on e-bay the other night, so I went ahead and bought it for £70 + £30 delivered. Bargain! I already had subframes in the car so I bolted it straight down to surprisingly found that it was in quite a good position given its bolted in a fixed position. Ill worry about further adjustments later on when I actually drive it.

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I started to spray my alloys some months ago but didn't get round to finish them, so I've managed to spray them and get that job ticked off. Not the best job, but they look much better than they did when i bought them. I sanded them down, primed them and sprayed them with RS rally white then lacquered. They came out much better than i thought!! If they start to chip, then ill get them powder coated professionally. Right now, I'm not too fussed.



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New brake lines and HEL flexies fitted. Fitting the brake lines to the rear was a very painful job, laying on my back trying to do it!

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Here i have a Clifford concept 50x alarm system! I’m not a big fan of these alarm systems, I’d like to disable the whole system and do away with it, however the system is connected to the central locking system. My doors are de-locked and this system unlocks the doors. I need to find if i can do away with the system and just keep the central locking bit. I remember when I first bought the car and was trying to figure out how to use the alarm system, it’s an embarrassment to say the least!! The alarm kept going off during the night and made an almighty noise. The sounds that came from the siren can only be described as of a child's toy gun making silly noises!!!
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Here i have a specially fabricated sump for the 20XE. A plate has been welded to the inside of the sump, with a couple of holes around the side to allow oil drainage. The idea of the plate is to keep the oil down in the deep sump area and prevent the oil pick up from being starved under hard cornering. With this modification, the oil pick up should be kept submerged under extreme conditions. However!!! I have to sacrifice my oil level sensor for this modification!
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I’ve started to strip down the engine to replace seals and gaskets. From what i can see and feel.... The engine and bearings are looking very good.
I was selling an old air compressor last year and the chap that bought it was a semi retired engine builder, he’d seen and built a fair few XE’s in his time. He kindly gave my engine a once over and said it was one of the cleanest XE’s hed ever seen and warned me not to dig deep into this engine if it wasn’t necessary. He strongly advised to leave well alone.. i was very happy and reassured with his feedback.
I learned from the chap that the number stamped on the cam caps represent the year of the engine.... on my cam caps, the year 90 is stamped. I don’t know how much truth is in this, but my car is 92. I do know however that the engine is a pre cat engine as 20XE is stamped on the engine block. It’s a HH6 block, non coscast.


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Great progress mate, love the updates !
 

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Yes, looking good:car:
 

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