I went to view this yesterday just up the road from me, it was being sold by the "trade in" yard of a local dealer. kent registered in our local capital town, history says it was bought new from my closest vx dealer in 1989 buy a guy who lives up the road, sold to a guy 3 mins across town in 1991 who owned till present, randomly i have never seen the car in my life !??
vauxhall wallet with the original bill of sale and guarantee card, old MOTs from the computerised era. The security pamphlet is hilaious, which basically says its "its got door locks mate"
arches good, bit of scab but very savable
sills, excellent !
front wing return, excellent !
strut tops, perfect !
headlight bowls, spotless !
rear inner arch tubs, bit of scab starting but preventative measures will halt further
engine type 1699cc, heavy oil! it runs really sweet, no knocks or leaks, when its up to temp not too bad on the diesel rattle. it had a new cam belt 4000 miles ago, but that was in 2005
That's a great find and to think it was local to you all this time ! Loving that little radio, don't think i've ever seen anything quite like it - it looks like it has long wave as well, so it's not all bad
spent saturday morning stripping the front brakes, they were binding badly when i drove the car home on friday. 2nd gear on hills and not having to press the pedal at junctions at all
It turned out to be the pistons, rather than typical delco sliding adjusters, so i polished them up with 1500 grit paper and silicon spray, then all was well. I also spotted offside track rod balljoint boot was shredded so swapped that.
This morning it went for its first MOT since 2012 and it passed It had an advisory about deteriorated cv boot, but i knew about that before hand
since i bought the astra it has run in the blue section on the temp gauge and had little output from the heaters. couple months back i ordered a genuine GM thermostat, it arrived, i put that on the shelf and carried on living my life. the two blue braided header tank hoses were also wicking coolant so i thought some day i would do all those bits together.
the last 2 weeks i've started noticing a drop off in performance and also started getting "diesel knock". its not your usual transit van engine noise but a sound a bit like petrol "pinking" and you can feel the engine kangarooing slightly. judging the cars history i imagined the fuel filter was 10+ years old, plus me bunging waste oil in the previous tank of fuel, i decided to change the filter.
did the stat and coolant hoses today, drained and changed the fuel filter (its just like an engine oil filter but with a drain in the bottom) what came out the filter smelt a bit funny, like polycell brush cleaner or white spirit. not sure whats going on there and i am 100 miles into a tank full of BP ultimate diesel.
anyway, the diesel haynes manual says "no need to bleed the system after your new filter mate, just start her up and hold a fast idle" so i started her up, it ran and then went bbeeeeeuuuuuuuurrrr and stopped. good one haynes.
haynes manual says "don't worry if it cuts out mate, just crank her over on the starter and it will bleed right through mate" i cranked it over on the starter for bursts of 5 seconds, it did not bleed straight through mate, it killed the battery after 10 minutes of trying.
i did the land rover trick of cracking the fuel unions off and then cranking the engine (i.e bleeds the system up to the injectors) fuel crept out the unions, i tightened them, the car started. hooray! only not hooray, the knocking was still there. then i noticed some of the diesel had dribbled round the base of the injectors and was bubbling....
cylinders 2 and 3 are like this, so i guess i need to find and buy some injector seals ? presumably the "diesel knocking" is because i am not getting full compression on some cylinders. it did cross my mind it might just be the diesel boiling, rather than air leak, but the bubbling stops the instant the engine is off. i also dribbled cold engine oil in its place and it did the same