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    VX220 Project

    Must admit it turned out much better than I'd expected :D Hard work though!!
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    VX220 Project

    And after: Sorted out some fairly heavy marks: Even had a little go at wet sanding using 2500 grit - was down to the fibreglass before filling - lesson for next time is to use more paint as it still needs filling in further! Better than a white mark tho :)
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    VX220 Project

    MrSimba from over on vx220.org very kindly came over today to give me a lesson in how to use the random orbital polisher I bought. The paint wasn't too great to start with but after using an outdoor cover (NEVER AGAIN!) it was utterly covered in swirls :( So I bought: DAS6 Pro polisher Full set...
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    VX220 Project

    Thanks :D A picture paints a thousand words and all that... I've just bought a random orbital polisher, so that should be the next update (if I can work it properly!)
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    VX220 Project

    And that's about it for now... Currently trying to bed everything in nicely with some 10W40 oil, which I'll change out after a few hundred miles :)
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    VX220 Project

    06/06/10 I won my old wheels back on ebay a couple of weeks ago :) I had these made by Compomotive when I had my mandarin car, the company who put the mandarin one back on the road sold these on separately for some reason :unsure: They were in a right state in the pic on ebay, which is...
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    VX220 Project

    And back to the head: I bought a new balance chain tensioner, so that was fitted first - obv dont take the locking pin out until after its fitted :D New chain fitted into place (I effectively followed the Total Vauxhall guide available online in pdf format :)) Despite being an '02 car it...
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    VX220 Project

    Then set the piston ring gaps to those shown in TIS, the oil scraper ones are a right PITA! Coated the bolt threads and heads with the 'special' Eagle supplied moly grease and re-assembled with oil in the bores I'd never used piston ring compressors before, and just bought a cheapo one...
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    VX220 Project

    31/05/10 And the rods: First one removed - I've never done anything like this before - very nerve wracking :lol: - hence I appreciate most wont take a secong glance at the pics, but it would have given me that little bit more confidence if I'd known what I was up against (wasn't all that bad...
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    VX220 Project

    And to continue with the EGR deletion, a blanking plate I made up and the connection to the head with the pipe removed, both sprayed in high temp paint :)
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    VX220 Project

    For the EGR removal I... Bought the blanking plate and gasket from Vauxhall And the cheater (thanks Vocky :)) from Z22SE.co.uk I also wanted to get rid of the hard pipe that runs from the outlet of the head to the inlet manifold (just below the throttle body) The way the pipe is mounted in...
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    VX220 Project

    29/05/10 - After putting the car back together and actually driving it for a while! Well. the car is now in bits again :lol: Fitting the new head with cams, Eagle rods, EGR cheater, new chain kit etc Here's how it looks: I have re-located the fuel breather to the drivers side, and replaced...
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    VX220 Project

    23/12/09 A couple of pics :) I didn't take any whilst putting the car back together due to the negative temperatures outside! Had harness slots cut in the seats and the drivers seat bolsters replaced, so I can finally fit the harnesses that have been sat around doing nothing for 18 months :D...
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    VX220 Project

    20/10/09 A few obligatory comparison pics of the standard exhaust and the Piper :) The standard exhaust measures 1.9" at it's largest point (this drops to ~1.9" OD where there are any curves in the pipework). The Piper measures 2.375" ID throughout So the csa of the standard is...
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    VX220 Project

    And then onto the boot floor Again covered with the fibreglass material, then finished with aluminium tape to protect the edges And all in place - the hard heat shield will be secured with M5 nuts and locking bolts with penny washers instead of the aluminium rivets (that had broke) that...
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