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dewismotorsport's Astra coupe

Discussion in 'Projects' started by dewismotorsport, March 22, 2014.

  1. So not touched the car for a while as been waiting on parts to arrive, car left bodyshop like this as needed new rear lights a bumper and bumper bracket to finish the pull out, fill and paint.

    New lights turned up and gave the centres a re paint

    Got the spare shell in the workshop and attacked it with the grinder and plasma cutter, need to still remove side skirts, other rear quarter and front sections. Also managed to salvage the dash as a spare to cut down and get flocked

    Managed to find a europa blue bumper from Torque motors, turned up and had irmsher rear spats on which is a touch, one was broke but luckily it's the opposite to the ones on mine that got smashed so I have a pair now which I can sell for more than I paid for the bumper. The sticker is coming straight off, shame it's got parking sensors but I'll live with them. Got myself some brand new headlights (these will go on the daily and the daily ones on this car), a new charger belt and a new GM rear bumper bracket.

    Love how stiff this car is, jack the back up and put it on the axle stand and the opposite side stays perfectly level

    So with the 225 semi slicks (wider than road tyres) the back arches have always been tight with the extra width from the et37 and shims so while it's getting ready for paint I decided to cut and flare the rear arches some more

    Before: 20mm

    After: 30mm

    While I was in there I removed the rear tow eye and cut all excess metal to allow air flow out of the rear arch both sides, at some point I will make a full width rear diffuser

    Bumper test fitted, rear panel needs some more tweeks to pull it out to suit better but it's starting to look like a car again thankfully
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  2. So that's the donor car all chopped up, got myself a good stash of spare panels and and a few random parts that may come in handy
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  3. nice job pal, let me know when rest of shell goes to scrap yard so I can send log book off ,,,:):):)
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  4. Ok mate cool it will this week coming as want it gone now I've raped it o_O
  5. So I’ve not updated this for a while as photobucket decided they wanted £££’s to allow you to use 3rd party sharing.

    Anyway, I’ll try to keep it in order and tbh I’ve been out the country a lot working so haven’t got as much done as I’d of liked but I’ve still got 90% done ready for next race season, just the body shop visit needed.

    Found a guy selling brand new left over stock 888 kits so thought while it was in need of a re paint it would be rude not too.

    Quick test fit

    The original 888 cars had trimmed back arches in places but I decided I wanted to completely remove them which would then allow me to run a wider 235 semi slick with a future option of a 245. Out came the grinder and there was no turning back.

    I then cut back all the 888 GRP arches to allow for as much tyre clearance as possible and removed any un needed nylon blocks

    Next job was too change the springs all round, I had been running 500lb front and 400lb rears but they were just too soft on track so bought some 750lb fronts and 650lb rears.

    Removed the carbon canister and all its tubing, kept the valve plugged in and just put a one way valve up by the filler cap

    Removed and repaired the rusty tank guard, welded in a repair panel, rust treated it and sprayed it with a zinc galvanising paint.

    Modded a socket so can remove them track side without a windy gun if need be and addressed the top mount rubbing issues.

    Then corner weighted it again. The cars lost some weight which is good, 4 arch lips, some metal on the rear apron to aid air flow, carbon canister and all piping, sections of the rear bumper for air flow and the side skirts. Car has a full tank of fuel (approximately 53 litres which is nearly 53kg) so the cars weight is now nice and low but will go up slightly once I add a large front splitter.

    Managed to get perfect 50/50 cross weights and nearly 50/50 side to side with me in it. Also has a good front to back balance.

    The lad I bought the kit off also got a batch of 10 splitters remoulded by ABS motorsports so bought one to finish the kit off. Bought a coupe bumper and added some intercooler/oil cooler holes. Bumper needs modifying for the splitter to fit and again I trimmed for maximum tyre clearance. Also made some new brake ducts/inlet cold air feed.
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    Bought some new button push latches to make the bumper quick release

    And all fitted, can’t wait to get it back in the body shop
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    Next job was to remove the plastic shims which had distorted and replace them with steel

    Workshop has got a new laser tracking setup so perfect car to test it on.

    Before: and as you can see the plastic shims have distorted and messed the rear geo up

    New rear geo isn’t finished yet as needs more camber but it toes perfectly even
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    A job I’ve been meaning to do for ages was to make a larger raiser for the gearstick, new one is 10”s high and sits the gearknob level with the steering wheel so makes gearshifts a lot easier and quicker

    Quick paint to match the interior and it’s done, nice and solid and gets gears perfectly

    And finally: Big thanks to one of my sponsors for supplying me with a car to steal the engine out of, done a genuine 53k miles and drove sweet as a nut so that will be a handy spare to have in stock
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  6. nice work ,, as always,,,
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  7. Inherited the set up data for Turkington 2005 season with the BTCC car. 888 typically ran 400lb front 350lb rear springs at most circuits...
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  8. what are you doing with the rest of the Vectra?
    some parts will be of use to me for spares on the Corsa's.
  9. Out of interest adam, how much 888 kit cost?
  10. Cheers for that, they would of been using a much better damper which is valved differently so hard to compare the two unfortunately.
  11. I'm only after the tall block, engine loom, exhaust manifold, cat, maybe a few other running gear parts that cross over as track spares. Let me know what your after via pm mate
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  12. £500 for the arches and side skirts and £295 for the splitter

    The guy has arches and skirts left in stock but the batch of 10 splitters sold and don't think their doing another batch unless another 10 people want one
  13. That not a bad deal! When i first got the coupe many moons ago they was a seller on ebay doing the full kit but it worked out to nearly 2k for the full kit. I always fancy a black coupe with full 888 kit.

    Look forward to seeing pics when its back from the bodyshop.
  14. Yeah I remember seeing that seller, sold it all separate apart from the front splitter, but like you say not cheap. Cars going in next week hopefully so be done before Xmas :)
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