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Title: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on May 08, 2010, 19:32:45 PM
right instead of having diffrent topics all over the place i will post all my stuff here!

from the begining;

head off

(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/mrcarlxx/DSC04339.jpg)

bottom end out
(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/mrcarlxx/DSC04348.jpg)

clean the head up
(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/mrcarlxx/DSC04269.jpg)
(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/mrcarlxx/DSC04278.jpg)

enlarged the throttle body
(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/mrcarlxx/DSC04285.jpg)


stripped the paint off and re-painted the cam cover
(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/mrcarlxx/DSC04332-1.jpg)
(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/mrcarlxx/DSC04334-1.jpg)

i am trying to decide what colour i want the plug cover...what do you think? i found a spare one i painted with alloy paint
red or alloy?

(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/mrcarlxx/DSC04337.jpg)
(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/mrcarlxx/DSC04369.jpg)

last up for now is a few bits i painted up with alloy paint...looks brand spanking new dont it!  ;D
before;

(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/mrcarlxx/DSC04364.jpg)

after
(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/mrcarlxx/DSC04365.jpg)
(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/mrcarlxx/DSC04367.jpg)
Title: Re: ***carl's calibra project***
Post by: Bad Kid on May 08, 2010, 19:40:45 PM
That engine stuff painting is making me horny! But then I saw the damage you did to your inner wing removing the bottom end, and my boner was no more. Dude, have a word.

Engine looks great though :)
Title: Re: ***carl's calibra project***
Post by: DanSE4 on May 08, 2010, 19:43:51 PM
But then I saw the damage you did to your inner wing removing the bottom end, and my boner was no more. Dude, have a word.

First thing I noticed. Do you give it to the missis as rough as you beat your cars internals?
Title: Re: ***carl's calibra project***
Post by: carl on May 08, 2010, 19:45:54 PM
lol, that has been built up over time....from swapping so many engines over!

i have sorted it today, i gave it a couple of coats of paint....but i dont have any photos of that until my sister gets online as i used her phone to take the photo :)
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Post by: carl on May 08, 2010, 19:48:23 PM
if you look at the engine out photo again, you will see the bubbles where i was wet and drying the paint ready for painting..
Title: Re: ***carl's calibra project***
Post by: ALZ1307 on May 08, 2010, 19:48:57 PM
Very nice :)
Title: Re: ***carl's calibra project***
Post by: benjinh0 on May 08, 2010, 20:01:22 PM
I prefer the silver on the cover mate. good work
Title: Re: ***carl's calibra project***
Post by: gizzblue on May 08, 2010, 21:16:31 PM
lookin sh*t hot mate... keep it up man ..awesome ;D






stick with the red cam cover ,,defo
Title: Re: ***carl's calibra project***
Post by: angus346 on May 08, 2010, 21:50:04 PM
real nice work mate. wonder could i paint the manifold in my car with hammerite paint lol or would the heat be too much for it. go with the silver cover mate
Title: Re: ***carl's calibra project***
Post by: carl on May 08, 2010, 21:52:33 PM
real nice work mate. wonder could i paint the manifold in my car with hammerite paint lol or would the heat be too much for it. go with the silver cover mate

you can buy manifold paint.....which is what i will be buying once i have got everything on my shopping list.
Title: Re: ***carl's calibra project***
Post by: Dave on May 09, 2010, 04:48:30 AM
Class work dude!! As you have sprayed the inlet etc silver, I say stick with the silver plug cover! Makes a difference to all the red ones everybody does!

Dave
Title: Re: ***carl's calibra project***
Post by: MartyD on May 09, 2010, 10:28:50 AM
Looking good bud.

I prefer the silver plug cover
Title: Re: ***carl's calibra project***
Post by: carl on May 09, 2010, 12:23:41 PM
here you go this is the photo of the painted inner wing for you guy's

looks a little better dont it :)
(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/mrcarlxx/untitled-1.jpg)
Title: Re: ***carl's calibra project***
Post by: Gav on May 09, 2010, 13:28:34 PM
real nice work mate. wonder could i paint the manifold in my car with hammerite paint lol or would the heat be too much for it. go with the silver cover mate

You want VHT paint (very high temperature) or BBQ paint. :)
Title: Re: ***carl's calibra project***
Post by: [TARRacing] on May 09, 2010, 13:54:56 PM
BBQ paint. :)

Good call :)
Title: Re: ***carl's calibra project***
Post by: barrachops on May 09, 2010, 13:57:12 PM
here you go this is the photo of the painted inner wing for you guy's

looks a little better dont it :)
(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/mrcarlxx/untitled-1.jpg)


Nice work Carl, well done now you just need to put it back in without knocking the hell out of it again
Title: Re: ***carl's calibra project***
Post by: carl on May 09, 2010, 14:18:45 PM

Nice work Carl, well done now you just need to put it back in without knocking the hell out of it again

it should be easier putting the block back in as i wont have the clutch attatched to the flywheel, and i will leave the cam pulleys off....as i have a flat type flywheel i can leave the clutch till last :)

Title: Re: ***carl's calibra project***
Post by: barrachops on May 09, 2010, 14:35:26 PM
Good to hear, keep up the good work mate  ;)
Title: Re: ***carl's calibra project***
Post by: Dave on May 09, 2010, 17:22:09 PM
Oh, and Chris, for the record, yes you can paint your inlet with Hammerite, as it doesn't get hot enough to flake
Title: Re: ***carl's calibra project***
Post by: nikp on May 09, 2010, 20:46:12 PM
Yeah, my wifes Fiesta even has a plastic inlet manifold. Not for the exhaust manifold though! ;)
Title: Re: ***carl's calibra project***
Post by: carl on May 10, 2010, 15:48:33 PM
well done a little more today.....i had to cut the bolt on the bottom pulley to get the oil pump off.

here is the block just after i pressure washed it

(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/mrcarlxx/DSC04377.jpg)


and also there is a chunk out of the rear of the block...will this be ok?
(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/mrcarlxx/DSC04378.jpg)


could anyone tell me if this oil pumplooks ok, or if i need to buy another one..
(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/mrcarlxx/DSC04376.jpg)

and here is the block all painted up nicely.......can i use my other crank but with this blocks main end bearings? as i cant get the bloody middle shell out!
(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/mrcarlxx/DSC04379.jpg)
Title: Re: ***carl's calibra project***
Post by: MartyD on May 10, 2010, 15:50:37 PM
Looks awesome mate :)
Title: Re: ***carl's calibra project***
Post by: Dave on May 10, 2010, 16:17:37 PM
Your making nice progress dude :) Glad to see you went black for the block too :)
Title: Re: ***carl's calibra project***
Post by: carl on May 10, 2010, 18:30:43 PM
my spare crank is the lighter one, no need to weigh it! you can see it looks like you can fit a scaffold tube between the bearings... yay ;D

i will get a photo up in a second as soon as the batt gets a little life in it..

so the lighter crank with the flat type flywheel should help me out a litte shouldnt it?
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on May 10, 2010, 19:23:02 PM
spot the diffrence
(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/mrcarlxx/DSC04380.jpg)
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: Bart on May 10, 2010, 19:50:54 PM
I recommend changing the oil pump for a new one. Seems half way.
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: GreddRob on May 10, 2010, 20:11:49 PM
Sweet. looking savage  :)
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on May 10, 2010, 20:37:43 PM
I recommend changing the oil pump for a new one. Seems half way.

any particular reason why?
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: Bad Kid on May 10, 2010, 21:28:59 PM
The pumps are generally very strong unless you're revving the sh*t out of them! The only problem they have is the relief valve. Yes you can swap cranks/flys no problem.

You're learning!

PS - good/straight cranks are worth a bit of money!
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on May 10, 2010, 21:38:47 PM
The pumps are generally very strong unless you're revving the sh*t out of them! The only problem they have is the relief valve. Yes you can swap cranks/flys no problem.

You're learning!

PS - good/straight cranks are worth a bit of money!

cool, thanks ben

surely the cranks cant be worth that much? you can pick them up with the block for
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: Bad Kid on May 10, 2010, 21:45:36 PM
Yes true but you can post a crank. A lot of people are scared of going to pick up a block. Last crank I sold fetched
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on May 11, 2010, 08:16:27 AM
Yes true but you can post a crank. A lot of people are scared of going to pick up a block. Last crank I sold fetched
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: Chip on May 11, 2010, 09:38:09 AM
cool, thanks ben

surely the cranks cant be worth that much? you can pick them up with the block for
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on May 11, 2010, 11:52:58 AM
does anyone know the torque and the angles for the mains bolts?
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on May 11, 2010, 19:05:26 PM
had a little trouble today, i have lost the bolts for the power steering pump mount! anyone know where i can buy these?

anyway here is a couple of photos

block going in

(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/mrcarlxx/DSC04381.jpg)


and this a pretty much as far as i got, with no crank pulley bolt and bolts for the p/s mount
(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/mrcarlxx/DSC04382.jpg)

i am going to paint the gearbox i think, as it looks like crap.....on and the near side inner wing  :)
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: MartyD on May 11, 2010, 19:10:31 PM
I have a massive tub of bolts from stipping 3 engines out.. if you or anyone can describe them, i can send you them.

P.S Looks good, yea painting the gearbox would match up nicely
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on May 11, 2010, 19:18:48 PM
I have a massive tub of bolts from stipping 3 engines out.. if you or anyone can describe them, i can send you them.

i cant really explain them, they are long and bolt on to the engine.....i cant even find out how long they are :D

i have a nuts and bolts place near me that should be able to help :)
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: barrachops on May 11, 2010, 19:41:30 PM
You nugget, you should always have a tray to keep your removed bolts in so you don't loose them  ::)
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on May 11, 2010, 19:48:13 PM
You nugget, you should always have a tray to keep your removed bolts in so you don't loose them  ::)

i was using a large tub, but the car is at my mums house.....and my little brother likes to play around the car  ::)
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: [TARRacing] on May 11, 2010, 20:09:09 PM
i used food bags when i striped my head off. they have patches you can wright on. saved me know end of time.

looking good mate. good choice with the black. :)
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: c20t on May 11, 2010, 22:02:26 PM
if you havnt set your mind on the colour blend for the rocker and spark plate can i suggest all black and red just on the raised part of the spark cover for vauxhall, dohc 16v and the emblem so that they stand out. i done that on mine an it looks sweeeeeeeeet
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on May 11, 2010, 23:09:47 PM
if you havnt set your mind on the colour blend for the rocker and spark plate can i suggest all black and red just on the raised part of the spark cover for vauxhall, dohc 16v and the emblem so that they stand out. i done that on mine an it looks sweeeeeeeeet

im all set now buddy :) get a photo up of yours though....
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on May 13, 2010, 21:11:35 PM
port and polished head from tom, with the valve guides cut away :)
(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/mrcarlxx/DSC04390.jpg)
(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/mrcarlxx/DSC04384.jpg)
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: calibra- on May 15, 2010, 18:28:50 PM
coscast head  8)..

excellent project..
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on June 30, 2010, 16:39:30 PM
i started buying things for the car again today, after leaving it for so long, i finally scrapped the pug today ;D

i bought a crank bolt, a piston ring compressor, an oil pump gasket, and a set of clamps to compress the clutch plate to get the clips on....

just have to get off my back side now and get the ball rolling.

while i was up the vauxhall garage i got a few prices and he said if you are a MiG member (which i am) you can get a discount on certain things so instead of a cambelt costing
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: tommygards on June 30, 2010, 17:02:51 PM
glad to see you got the ported and polished head on it that you got off me mate. good luck with the project, sure it will purr when its all done.
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on June 30, 2010, 17:06:04 PM
yeah i cant wait, all i need now really is a cambelt and a ecu. oh and tax and mot :D

just ordered my big end shells...vauxhall wanted something like
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: tommygards on June 30, 2010, 17:12:34 PM
ebay shells :s sure there isnt a reason they are
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on June 30, 2010, 17:14:08 PM
i dont know but at that price i can buy 6 sets :D
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Post by: tommygards on June 30, 2010, 18:10:38 PM
well im just wondering, because for example if you buy the hydraulic lifters off ebay for 50 odd quid then they look the same, but they are renound for always making a tapping sound and not shutting up lol.  didnt know if the shells you bought are inferior somehow.
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on June 30, 2010, 21:35:24 PM
i had a set of ebay shells before i stripped it down and one of them had spun and was a copper colour? i don't know if other makes go the same colour once spun but it seemed a little odd.....i don't think it being spun was due to the bearing, probably more to do with human error, not the correct torque or something like that..

these are the ones, they seem to be rather professional and have 100% feedback
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/VAUXHALL-ASTRA-REDTOP-C20XE-20XE-BIG-END-BEARINGS-/140379516164?cmd=ViewItem&pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item20af456d04

did you ever find out what poundage the head studs have to be at? its not to important, im sure someone on the net will know :)
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: tommygards on June 30, 2010, 22:16:26 PM
hi mate.  get some arp grease to put the head studs on with because the nuts turn a lot easier and reduce chance of cracking the head.  If i remember correctly, with the lube it was 85, but i cannot remember if this was Nm or lb/ft.  if you go on vauxsport then click on useful links, it has a file that lists all the torque settings required for every single bolt on the engine including stud and nut kits.
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on June 30, 2010, 22:20:32 PM
hi mate.  get some arp grease to put the head studs on with because the nuts turn a lot easier and reduce chance of cracking the head.  If i remember correctly, with the lube it was 85, but i cannot remember if this was Nm or lb/ft.  if you go on vauxsport then click on useful links, it has a file that lists all the torque settings required for every single bolt on the engine including stud and nut kits.
wow 85 seems a little high? i will take a look now cheers :)
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: tommygards on June 30, 2010, 22:22:22 PM
85 is really low, standard head bolts are around 130ish + 180 degrees stretch or something like that.  The number was confirmed by Chip and steveboyslim when i did it and i cant think of 2 other people more experienced than that to trust.
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on June 30, 2010, 22:31:34 PM
just looked on chips thread on vauxsport??

Quote from: chip
ARP HEAD STUD KIT PRE 93 ONLY (ie coscast)
63 LB/FT Only (Using ARP lube)

80 LB/FT Only (Not using ARP lube, e.g. Graphite grease)

but then this head is GM surely it would need to be a lower number?
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: tommygards on June 30, 2010, 23:00:34 PM
from when ive done it, ive always clamped down coscast heads and gm ones the same, otherwise you get higher chance of gasket failure.  Just do it in the correct sequence so you don;t split the head and don't overtighten it. I clamped down a gm head with those studs to those specs, its just some people overtighten them and crack the head.
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: Dave on June 30, 2010, 23:12:54 PM
Is this a sign you found your keys bud??

can't wait to see you make some more progress :)
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on June 30, 2010, 23:13:21 PM
from when ive done it, ive always clamped down coscast heads and gm ones the same, otherwise you get higher chance of gasket failure.  Just do it in the correct sequence so you don;t split the head and don't overtighten it. I clamped down a gm head with those studs to those specs, its just some people overtighten them and crack the head.

ok thanks for that :)
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on June 30, 2010, 23:14:39 PM
Is this a sign you found your keys bud??

can't wait to see you make some more progress :)
nope, but the car was unlocked anyway, so i am just going to carry on and worry about the keys when i need to start the car which could be a week or so away yet :)
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: Dave on June 30, 2010, 23:17:20 PM
who needs keys? push button start for the in mate :P
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on June 30, 2010, 23:26:10 PM
who needs keys? push button start for the in mate :P
don't think i have not thought about it, but the thought of having a button start makes me a little nervous, considering how easy the calibra is to brake into
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: Bazv6er on July 01, 2010, 06:54:03 AM
great project carl mate
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: Dave on July 01, 2010, 09:41:05 AM
add yourself a decent alarm - toad/clifford etc and you will be grand mate, if you have a set of switches for the fuel pump, ignition etc you would be fine, as you can hide em in the ash tray or summat :P
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on July 01, 2010, 14:24:00 PM
add yourself a decent alarm - toad/clifford etc and you will be grand mate, if you have a set of switches for the fuel pump, ignition etc you would be fine, as you can hide em in the ash tray or summat :P
it has a toad ai606 on it, but i cant really afford to buy another one after spending so much on the engine...so i found a cheap thing on ebay for
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: Dave on July 01, 2010, 14:53:01 PM
think its just a button mate, you could add a switch in, that you could tuck away somewhere i suppose, so that someone cant just hop in, and press and go
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on July 01, 2010, 14:54:53 PM
think its just a button mate, you could add a switch in, that you could tuck away somewhere i suppose, so that someone cant just hop in, and press and go

but a couple of the wires have to disconnect to turn the ignition lights off. also only one wire has only got to touch for a second to turn the starter.

so i dont know how i would wire a button to do all these things....
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: nikp on July 02, 2010, 17:25:07 PM
when i had a push button start on my calibra (after the umteenth time of having it broken into) I had a switch on it to turn the ignition on, then the push button to turn the starter.

Note: a key start on a calibra is hardly any more security than a button due to the ease of braking in and forcing the ignition barrel anyway.
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: Bovva on July 02, 2010, 18:58:20 PM
How about "retina recognition" ignition, they'd have to spoon your eye out to steal the car ;)
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: angus346 on July 02, 2010, 23:08:34 PM
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Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: ALZ1307 on July 02, 2010, 23:12:18 PM
i used to live in Trowbridge which is near Frome, all inbred in Wiltshire and Somerset so its quite possible ;D

Get f*cked!!! I was born and lived in Wiltshire thank you :P
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: angus346 on July 02, 2010, 23:16:32 PM
Get f*cked!!! I was born and lived in Wiltshire thank you :P
its all coming together now :D
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: ALZ1307 on July 02, 2010, 23:18:32 PM
its all coming together now :D

 :D Us 'Moonrakers' are 8) no more need be said.

Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on July 03, 2010, 00:19:27 AM
its all coming together now :D
you cant see meeeeee.....

i am awesome!
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: Bad Kid on July 03, 2010, 09:44:43 AM
Get f*cked!!! I was born and lived in Wiltshire thank you :P

Yep me too, and I'm so posh I have a swan for a penis
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on July 05, 2010, 15:55:25 PM
well as you all know i had a little misshap with the crank, and today i thought i would try and fix it...

i had a good idea which seemed to work

i taped a old set of big end shells together on one end
(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/mrcarlxx/05072010053.jpg)

cut up a strip of fine wet and dry, fitted it inside the shell
(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/mrcarlxx/05072010054.jpg)

and then just wrapped it around the crank and went to work sliding it around for about half hour, i messured the crank before and after and they were the same, so hopefully i have not done to much damage, so keep your fingers crossed!


after that i fitted the inlet back to the head with a little copper slip, to keep it all nice and fresh
(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/mrcarlxx/05072010051.jpg)

fitted the studs and head gasket, 8)
(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/mrcarlxx/05072010055.jpg)



my god trying to get the nuts ontop of the studs is a f*cking job! anyway torqued up to something like 108 nm, and sat the cam cover on the top..
(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/mrcarlxx/05072010050.jpg)

now i just have to figure out how this blooming cam belt goes on!
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on July 05, 2010, 19:18:16 PM
well, i was fitting the cam belt all wrong....my mate figured it out and he has never ever touched a engine before! i think i should go and sell all my tools :D
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: Dave on July 06, 2010, 10:23:30 AM
well, i was fitting the cam belt all wrong....my mate figured it out and he has never ever touched a engine before! i think i should go and sell all my tools :D

:D

We all learn something new everyday mate :) At least its sorted now eh!

What else do you have to do before its back on the read?
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on July 06, 2010, 10:28:09 AM
:D

We all learn something new everyday mate :) At least its sorted now eh!

What else do you have to do before its back on the read?

oil
spark plugs
ecu
oil filter
mot
tax
insurance

oh and i need a new throttle body gasket, as mine kind of torn when i tried to remove it....they are so flimsy!
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: Dave on July 06, 2010, 10:30:03 AM
not much then :)
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on July 06, 2010, 10:32:32 AM
not much then :)
no not really.....starting to get a little excited now ;D
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: Dave on July 06, 2010, 10:35:07 AM
no not really.....starting to get a little excited now ;D

its a great feeling knowing your about to get your car back on the road :D
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on July 06, 2010, 10:40:18 AM
its a great feeling knowing your about to get your car back on the road :D

i am dreading the MOT after last year! i put a photo on here of the fail sheet, it was like 2-3 pages long :D
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: Dave on July 06, 2010, 10:42:00 AM
i am dreading the MOT after last year! i put a photo on here of the fail sheet, it was like 2-3 pages long :D

all they want to do is make money from you.

A mate of mine over here put his car in, and they failed him on new ball joints saying they were too solid :D
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on July 06, 2010, 14:55:24 PM
all they want to do is make money from you.

A mate of mine over here put his car in, and they failed him on new ball joints saying they were too solid :D

the last MOT i went to pick it up after him telling me that it had failled, i walked in and he said 'i was very thorugh while testing it'

i thought well thanks for that you c***! but i supose it meant the whole car was like brand new afterwards so i didnt mind to much :)
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: MartyD on July 06, 2010, 15:29:10 PM
Go man, GO!
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on July 06, 2010, 17:01:07 PM
got the cam belt all tightened up and lined up correctly today, cut a new throttle body gasket from a cornflake box and fitted that on...got the fuel rail and injectors on

which injectors are better yellow or blue?

all the pipes and tubes are all connected up.

all i have to do now is torque the big end shells, and fit the sump.....fit the cam belt cover and the alt belt, and find a ecu.

right how do you lot tackle your big end shells? they are meant to be torqued up and then angled, but i cant get my angle gauge to stay still while laying up side down under the motor..
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: MartyD on July 06, 2010, 17:04:14 PM
You should speak to my mrs about tackling a big end ::)

Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: Dave on July 06, 2010, 17:10:45 PM
You should speak to my boyfriend about tackling a big end ::)


:D
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: MartyD on July 06, 2010, 17:12:24 PM
Geez Dave.. i thought you were past quote modifying?

You've just went down a peg :(
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: Dave on July 06, 2010, 17:41:25 PM
Geez Dave.. i thought you were past quote modifying?

You've just went down a peg :(

sorry mate, really really bored..... it was a one off lol.... i did ponder wether to do it or not, adn thought, f*ck it, he has a sense of humour :P
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: Bad Kid on July 06, 2010, 20:23:18 PM
Don't use yellows they will kill your engine

Use blues if you can find them, if not beige/cream

As for the big-ends have a look for a torque-only figure (no angles) or just angle it by eye if it's 90 degrees. Just imagine a clock face then go from 12 o'clock to 3
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on July 06, 2010, 21:24:05 PM
Don't use yellows they will kill your engine

Use blues if you can find them, if not beige/cream

As for the big-ends have a look for a torque-only figure (no angles) or just angle it by eye if it's 90 degrees. Just imagine a clock face then go from 12 o'clock to 3
well i have a set of blues and yellows, i have been running on the yellows for about a year but i wanted to know which are better....

how do i find out the torque only values? its 35 nm and 45 degrees....so i have no idea how to work that out, i may just set it to 40nm and be done with it :D
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: barrachops on July 06, 2010, 23:52:34 PM
well i have a set of blues and yellows, i have been running on the yellows for about a year but i wanted to know which are better....

how do i find out the torque only values? its 35 nm and 45 degrees....

You know how to turn 45 degrees don't you?
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on July 06, 2010, 23:56:41 PM
You know how to turn 45 degrees don't you?
yeah but i don't want to just guess it, is it not very important to get it dead on?
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: barrachops on July 06, 2010, 23:59:18 PM
yeah but i don't want to just guess it, is it not very important to get it dead on?

Just mark the head of each bolt with a dot of red paint at 12 o'clock and mark the block to the left side of each head at 9 o'clock and turn each bolt until they meet up, it doesn't have to be to the mm
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on July 07, 2010, 00:01:18 AM
Just mark the head of each bolt with a dot of red paint at 12 o'clock and mark the block to the left side of each head at 9 o'clock and turn each bolt until they meet up, it doesn't have to be to the mm

good man, thanks for the tip...i will get it done tomorrow :)
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: barrachops on July 07, 2010, 00:03:17 AM
good man, thanks for the tip...i will get it done tomorrow :)

That is all I do, I just mark the heads but if you want something to visually line up with mark at 9'oclock as well :)
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on July 07, 2010, 00:05:59 AM
That is all I do, I just mark the heads but if you want something to visually line up with mark at 9'oclock as well :)

cool..

well this will save me a lot of messing about, its hard to get angle gauges to stay put at the best of times....let alone using the f*cker upside down lol
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: Bad Kid on July 07, 2010, 00:49:51 AM
Carl are you using C20LET yellows?

Just mark the head of each bolt with a dot of red paint at 12 o'clock and mark the block to the left side of each head at 9 o'clock and turn each bolt until they meet up, it doesn't have to be to the mm

That will mean he's either torquing it by 270 degrees or loosening it by 90 degrees, depending on which way he turns.

Neither is very helpful if he needs 35nm and 45 degrees.

45 degree torque means turning the bolt 45 degrees clockwise - ie from 12 o'clock to half past 1 (ie halfway between 12 and 3)
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: Bad Kid on July 07, 2010, 00:51:10 AM
how do i find out the torque only values? its 35 nm and 45 degrees....so i have no idea how to work that out, i may just set it to 40nm and be done with it :D

MIG search / haynes / SBD website

Somewhere will have torque only values.
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: nikp on July 07, 2010, 23:27:03 PM
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Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on July 08, 2010, 08:08:01 AM
Carl are you using C20LET yellows?

That will mean he's either torquing it by 270 degrees or loosening it by 90 degrees, depending on which way he turns.

Neither is very helpful if he needs 35nm and 45 degrees.

45 degree torque means turning the bolt 45 degrees clockwise - ie from 12 o'clock to half past 1 (ie halfway between 12 and 3)

i dont know what car the injectors belong to...any idea of the difference between all the colours?
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on July 08, 2010, 15:37:09 PM
YAY

my mother found my car keys today! my dad was cleaning their house up and he chucks everything into plastic bags and puts hides them.....well she was looking through all the bags and found them. i am well happy, i can keep my toad alarm and dont have to change the ignition barrel woooo....

got the sump on today, my god i hate fitting sump gaskets!
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: MartyD on July 08, 2010, 15:39:28 PM
Result :)
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on July 09, 2010, 15:39:27 PM
done a few more things on it today....

painted the throttle cable holder
painted the dispack holder
painted the cam sensor case
and also painted the exhaust heat shield

all in alloy paint ;D looks lovely

then i had to go and buy a few more things, i lost my sump plug which cost me
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: MartyD on July 13, 2010, 20:18:02 PM
Well Carl... any pictures?? updates??
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on July 13, 2010, 20:21:40 PM
Well Carl... any pictures?? updates??

nothing worth updating really...

today i got the oil filter on and lubed her up, just need the ECU now. i hope to buy one this thursday.

then if all goes well i will try to get it mot'ed next week :)
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: MartyD on July 13, 2010, 20:23:43 PM
Nice one. So your quite confident the build went well? Think she'll fire up straight away?
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on July 13, 2010, 20:25:16 PM
Nice one. So your quite confident the build went well? Think she'll fire up straight away?

nope :D

but i have my fingers crossed that everything is torqued up correctly and that i didn't f*ck the crank up to much....
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: MartyD on July 13, 2010, 20:30:06 PM
Me too bud. You deserve some good luck with it.
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on July 13, 2010, 20:32:11 PM
Me too bud. You deserve some good luck with it.

dont i know it :D
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: Bad Kid on July 13, 2010, 23:06:54 PM
Whatsup with the old ECU? Dont tell me it's broken because you tried fixing it with some blu-tac
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on July 13, 2010, 23:14:23 PM
[quote author=Bad Kid
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on July 14, 2010, 11:57:24 AM
well, i am getting a ecu later today, whoop!
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on July 14, 2010, 19:06:24 PM
well i just had the bugger running ;D

but it wasnt for long so i have no idea if it has any problems at all yet......
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: tommygards on July 14, 2010, 20:14:32 PM
awesome, well played mate.  keep us updated :)
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: Phil. on July 15, 2010, 12:15:59 PM
Finally Carl! So what's the crack with it then? All ok?
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on July 15, 2010, 16:01:29 PM
Finally Carl! So what's the crack with it then? All ok?

yup, all ok so far. i had it running for just over half an hour today just to make sure there was no water or oil leaks...

and my dear lord it needs a good bloody clean, inside and out. and all the alarm wires need to be tucked back in. and get the cambelt cover back on...i have to fix the roof liner, and then i should be all set for the mot.

here is a vid of it running and all the mess :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_FquqNBvvo
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: Phil. on July 15, 2010, 16:02:16 PM
Nice one mate :)
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on July 16, 2010, 19:55:45 PM
i put a newer clutch in it today....it was to large for the pressure plate, so out came the angle grinder and i shaved about 5 mm from around the edge ;D

sounds dodgy as f*ck but it worked a treat :D

also undersealed most of the under side again, just to keep the MOT'est happy.
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: ALZ1307 on July 16, 2010, 19:59:17 PM
When is the MOT then Carl, I'll get Ash to increase speed and capacity in case you post the fail sheet again :D
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: carl on July 16, 2010, 20:08:14 PM
When is the MOT then Carl, I'll get Ash to increase speed and capacity in case you post the fail sheet again :D

well i have not booked it yet, but i am hoping to get it in nest week...

yes you do that, it could be a big one again :D
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: Phil. on July 26, 2010, 10:52:20 AM
When is the MOT then Carl, I'll get Ash to increase speed and capacity in case you post the fail sheet again :D

LOL :D
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: ALZ1307 on July 26, 2010, 13:45:40 PM
Went in earlier according to FB, here we go again :P
Title: Re: Carl's Calibra Project
Post by: barrachops on July 26, 2010, 17:01:09 PM
sh*t news about the car Carl, I hope you can get it sorted out mate  :(