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Offline Vorlon101

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Restoration Advice Needed
« on: February 04, 2017, 13:32:03 PM »
Good Afternoon One and All,

I would be extremely grateful for any advice from fellow Calibra owners regarding the fate of my own venerable ‘old lady’, an early Calibra Turbo 4x4.

For many years, I was the proud driver of this wonderful beast, having owned the car since new.  As it was a second car, I only managed to clock up about 65,000 miles and had endless plans for touring around both the UK and Europe.

Just after the turn of the Millennium, fate took a hand in my life and I faced, what seemed like, an endless string of challenges in my personal and work life that meant that the Calibra was relegated to standing on my Parent’s drive.  Even that wasn’t as straightforward as it could have been, as I ended up caring for my parents up until their death last year and the car has not moved for nearly ten years.

I now find myself free to do something with the car and with a few extra pounds in my pocket and the questions are:

Can it be restored to its former glory or has it gone too far?

What needs to be done to get it back on the road and how technically competent do I need to be to do it?

I am painfully aware of my own technical/mechanical limitations and was hoping to find a friendly garage (do such things exist) to give an initial overview of what needs to be done and (hopefully) get the car back into a driveable condition.  Once the car is mobile, I can then concentrate on restoring the bodywork and any upgrades that I might want to carry out (I work on the principle that if something needs to be replaced, I might as well replace it with something better than the original).

Are there any fellow Calibra Owners out there who can off me any advice or point me in the direction of a friendly restorer who would offer a realistic diagnosis and recommendation as to what to do with this car; which I would still love to hurtle through the Swiss Alps or the Spanish Plains.

 Apologies for letting such a great car get into such a sorry state, but any help with putting things right would be gratefully received.

Barry

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Re: Restoration Advice Needed
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2017, 15:19:58 PM »
Great to hear you have plans to restore it back to its former glory,getting very rare nowdays,the worst issues you are more than likley going to face is dreded tin worn which can be fairley bad for early calibras,could be bad on a turbo with door pods skirts to hide it how ever im sure theres plenty of people on here who can help with parts to restore and repair it would love to see some pics of it when you get started

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Re: Restoration Advice Needed
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2017, 19:55:42 PM »
Sounds like a plan........Rust is a major issue....It can be done...but it would be a huge cost for a company to do it....but a basic tool kit and time and space to do it would be better....some parts are hard to get...some parts are used on other vauxhalls of this era...a few pics of underneath will tell you loads......


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So its up to you.....time and money........this is my SE6 project



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Re: Restoration Advice Needed
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2017, 16:19:29 PM »
I bet you can easily get it back on the road since it way always taken care of. Mine has been neglected for years, rust everywhere, parts missing and yet here it is, back on the road. All you need is dedication and you can make it happen, get some help from some people or friends and get to work. A Turbo is always worth restoring.

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Re: Restoration Advice Needed
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2017, 11:02:20 AM »
I agree, the early turbos are getting very rare now and will definitely not be going down in value. As for getting it ready for the road rust will be the main enemy. I have a project V6 that was stood for around 7 years and started first time. All brakes fuel lines etc will need checking though.
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Re: Restoration Advice Needed
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2017, 13:53:26 PM »
sealeysonic,

You are definately doing work on my car!  :)  ;D

She needs some minor bits dealing with: a failed oil pressure sender unit, a non working engine temperature gauge, a bootlid lock that doesn't work, an original radio and driver door speaker that doesn't work (feedback and static!), a petrol flap that needs repainting and a new interior light unit. Oh, and new rubber seals for the radio aerial and sunroof.

Like the original poster, I'm not mechanically / practically minded and finding a garage / person to do the work is next to impossible.......unless they have a Calibra, or like the Calibra  8)
Drives: an original SE6 auto, 81,000 miles (approx) and still going strong......(but some work is needed!). Now my second car.

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Re: Restoration Advice Needed
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2017, 18:46:51 PM »
Those are just regular things that go wrong with these things so learning to do a bit yourself will save some cash and headache down the road, some things will need constant attention.

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Re: Restoration Advice Needed
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2017, 11:27:57 AM »
Those are just regular things that go wrong with these things so learning to do a bit yourself will save some cash and headache down the road, some things will need constant attention.

Fair comment mate.
Those are just regular things that go wrong with these things so learning to do a bit yourself will save some cash and headache down the road, some things will need constant attention.

Yeh ok...lol its taken me 20,000 years to get to that point lol