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Offline Leeworld

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Breaking callys
« on: December 30, 2016, 01:31:21 AM »
Why are you still breaking calibras do your hate your cars I've seen cars breaking that are mint condition to what I've brought back to life your not Vauxhall calibra fans your budget skinflints here in Cleethorpes I have many mechanic friends that help out not the robbing greedy scumbags that populate most of the UK if you think your at a dead loss contact me let's see if we can keep your old Cally alive
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Re: Breaking callys
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2016, 09:53:12 AM »
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Re: Breaking callys
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2016, 10:15:03 AM »
At the moment I think most ppl break calibra`s to get there money back.....there going up in price for parts as they get old etc

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Re: Breaking callys
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2016, 13:34:19 PM »
Is it better to have two non-runners up on blocks for the rest of time, or to have one full functioning and on the road made out of the combination of the two ?

I'm guilty of breaking a 1990 8v back in 2002 - I bought it for £500 and ran it for fun for nearly a year until MOT.  it was heavily rusted and major mechanical issues.  Sold the parts for well over what I paid for it.  Somebody wanted the shell to cut out a piece of it for their one which was in a crash - gave it to them for nothing for taking it away.

Should I hold my head in shame ?  But I feel more like I was being an organ donor.

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Re: Breaking callys
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2016, 14:09:49 PM »
Mine has been up on block's for two years or so....81k miles on the clock....I don't get much time or money to spend on it the....but it's in a dry garage safe n sound.....back in the day parts were plenty on the internet....at one point I had a a old retop to take parts off....there worth more now in parts than whole sometimes.....

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Re: Breaking callys
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2016, 14:33:22 PM »
I'd love to see less broke, some members on the Facebook groups churn through them or so it seems.

It's getting hard to get parts now though - take my v6 - needed a new rad - no longer available as original or pattern part. Options are therefore limited to 2nd hand or a recore. Neither ideal since the first means breaking a cally or cav and the second means breaking the bank. As a side note I also can't get an engine mount - also NLS and no pattern parts - repaired with sikkoflex for now!

Even with that said I agree with OP and would like to see less unnecessary breaking - the lower the number on the road (or alive but on blocks), the worse the parts situation becomes since the market demand drops...


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Re: Breaking callys
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2016, 16:04:16 PM »
Fair comment mate.....it is hard to get parts which means you could put any price on that part....shame tbh

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Re: Breaking callys
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2017, 20:05:30 PM »
My se2 been on ramps since 2010 and my v6 the same would never strip them

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Re: Breaking callys
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2017, 21:25:13 PM »
My calibra gave out New years eve, timing belt on an x20xev :( , I really don't want to see it go. I've been advised there is no hope for the engine and to replace it with another one or break instead. is there any advice you guys can give me?
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Re: Breaking callys
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2017, 21:36:04 PM »
A rebuild isn't impossible and can be reasonable cost depending on the damage. Timing belt failure normally results in one or more bent valves and could also result in damage to the pistons, con rods etc.

A rebuild can often be done in place which reduces some of the labour costs but it's still time consuming and parts are not free.

A replacement engine might be a more cost effective option - and you can normally buy second hand engines with some form of guarantees that they're a good runner etc - new timing  belt etc would be needed.

Best bet is to find a garage that you trust and have a chat with them about what they'd advise. Look into the parts costs yourself unless they have trusted contacts.


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Re: Breaking callys
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2017, 21:52:07 PM »
Thank you very much for the reply @agw9262. Its re-assuring to think there is hope for a repair, but the two people I have approached so far wont/don't want to look into it, so a 3rd opinion may be a good shout. I have been quoted 150 quid for fitting of an engine, which is not bad I guess, if the damage is too bad on my current one. Would it have to be a calibra x20xev or would the Vectra-b engine fit?
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Breaking callys
« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2017, 22:05:23 PM »
I think that's a very reasonable price for an engine swap. Your best bet to keep things simple is another x20xev otherwise you'll have issues with loom wiring, possible new ECU and then that means immobiliser collar and chips from keys.

The X20XEV could come from any model though, was used significantly in the Cavalier for example. Just make sure you get a runner I.e. Something with some form of guarantee it works, do a full service on it when refitted and change timing belt, tensioners etc. Then you should be good to go for a while!

Strip and retain all sensors and ancillaries off your old engine before scrapping - always good to have spares...


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Re: Breaking callys
« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2017, 23:03:58 PM »
Great advice thank you very much. I will start looking for another engine, much rather spend to keep the cally going rather than scrap it.
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Re: Breaking callys
« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2017, 23:14:15 PM »
Great advice there agw 9262.....karma from me mate

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Re: Breaking callys
« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2017, 23:14:20 PM »
You're welcome!


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