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long live my 4x4 turbo
« on: August 11, 2011, 22:26:12 PM »
Thought I'd start this thread so you can all see what I'd doing with my 4x4 and because I'm going to need some advise as well along the way  :D

My main aim is no rust!! and long life of my car!
and make it look nice and clean and shiny on the way!
1st up I'm taking the engine out and doing the clutch, cleaning the hole thing and painting, and cleaning the hole engine bay then refitting.
Then I'll remove all other area's of the car legs,subframe's trailing arms,side skirts so can be cleaned and refitted once the underside is treated. and get it back together by next spring (or whenever it gets finished) then by that time I hope to have enough to have a respray and a car that's clean and tidy and rust free.
here she is as many of you remember


and here she is after pulling bits off for the last 3 nights


Hence the reason I've not been on here most the week. and tbh I can see allot more evenings spent at my lockup and late night posts asking for advice, that I'll pick up the next eve. :)
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Re: long live my 4x4 turbo
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2011, 22:32:38 PM »
I'm planing on taking the engine out the bottom! as Haynes says its easyest. but will I need to remove the rear bumper and exhaust?? or will I be able to lift front enough to get engine out from underneath with them on??
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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2011, 22:36:05 PM »
Yes mate you should be able to leave them on, does have to go up pretty high though

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Re: long live my 4x4 turbo
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2011, 22:46:53 PM »
Thanks Barra. I've got my old man's engine hoist. looks like it will go high enough. thatas been tonight's job. transporting crane to lock up. and bringing the go kart and my trailer back to parents to make a bit more space.
engine should be coming out early next week, as I have a few days off.
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Re: long live my 4x4 turbo
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2011, 23:11:11 PM »
Hi Martin,

can you do me a favour, can you take a couple of photos of the front end of yours straight on as i am not sure if someone has tried fitting the wrong front end to mine ::) cheers, will pm you my email address if you dont want to clutter this thread.

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Re: long live my 4x4 turbo
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2011, 05:08:00 AM »
Hi Martin,

can you do me a favour, can you take a couple of photos of the front end of yours straight on as i am not sure if someone has tried fitting the wrong front end to mine ::) cheers, will pm you my email address if you don't want to clutter this thread.

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will do, no worries, I'll try to find a better camera as well.
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« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2011, 16:22:48 PM »
Look forward to the progress Martin. I'd love a Turbo but is a modified one a practical daily drive do you think

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Re: long live my 4x4 turbo
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2011, 13:52:40 PM »
Look forward to the progress Martin. I'd love a Turbo but is a modified one a practical daily drive do you think

I was talking to my work m8 about this question the other day!
my answer is...yes/no/your decision.

the 4x4 is ok as long as its looked after. keep tyres the same, renew accumulator bulb ,do oil changes. DONT do handbreak turns. and it will last.
You'll have great GREAT grip in the bad weather 8)
your not going to pay much more than you do for your V6 but you'll have more power. but if you drive a 15yr old car like you stole it it's gunna break down on ya.
it dose 27-30 mpg which is bad when compared to my Astra but good when compared to some other cars on the road!
its a calibra so its going to suffer from all the other things calibras do other than diffrent engine problems! oil coolers go on the V6 and the rocker covers get changed for metal ones. turbos go when there thrashed and 4x4 dies if not looked after!

Is it a  practical daily drive mine was for 3 yr's and I loved it. got all the kids in and the pram,shopping. got me everywhere I wanted to go.mine hardly ever broke down. but I love the car and spend time and money on it because I want to. it would not be a practical daily drive for my work m8 as he has no love for the calibra the 4x4 would be f*cked by know he'd blow the turbo up coz he drives like a tw*t.

So its up to the individual I think wheather a car is a  practical daily drive or not!

another angle is my old sprinter van. great for seeing the road ahead coz your so high up. could drive for 100's of miles and get out feeling fresh. as it helps not being slumped in a seat! space for shopping ;D but you cant park the f*cking thing when you get there , cant get under car park barriers. lost control in the ice to many times coz of the shear weight of it! not good on fuel for the number of passangers you could take!

so what makes a  practical daily drive??
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« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2011, 15:02:14 PM »
That's really good advice and guidance mate

The chances I'll ever own a Turbo are slim, there aren't many over here and any I've seen are in pretty poor condition, last i saw for sale was a recovered stolen one and was in a shocking state. I guess most Calibra owners long for a Turbo at some point. As you rightly say, treat them well and they will last a long time. One thing i would love is the grip you have on yours in the wet, it ain't too hot in the V6 lol.

As for what makes a practical daily drive, i guess its down to the individual. I have no kids for a start so seating and space isn't an issue, I'm not worried about mpg etc..................... ................ f*ck me, i should buy a Turbo ;D

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Re: long live my 4x4 turbo
« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2011, 22:03:15 PM »
Well, I've had a busy day with the spanners today  :)

And my m8 let me use his workshop  8)  best bit is its about 30meters from mine so the car can be pushed to and from  8) 8) 8)







then I was able to push my engine on its little trolley to my lock up. down nr my astra.


one dirty oily greesy mess of a sub frame and bay  :-\


then since I had the workshop for the day i though It would be best to get off what i could. so off came the side skirts,(was pleased to see there not fooked behind. off with the prop shaft, petrol tank as I've read the top is prone to falling apart. its a bit corroded but I think its savable still. removed and probably replace petrol lines,




 took al the inner arch's off found loads of cottected mud behind them  :-\ :-\ what a moister trap. :-\.




I found this behind the nr side inner arch?? what is it??


 it has a hose coming all the way from the petrol tank to it then another off it out the front of the wing and looks like it pointed at the floor  :-\
A few pics for barrachops as he didn't get a chance to look the the tow bar set up on my car at billing




and whats this with what looks like something missing off one of the hoses. I'm sure I didn't pull anything off it?? whats it meant to join to!??


then all returned to the lock up at the end of the day. next is to get cleaning and painting  8) 8)

then when I got home I found my parcel had arrived of EBay with a FULL set of hoses for my car (blue silicone)  8) 8)


and this morning I picked up a new rad back and front bumpers set of std head lights and I've got a new dizzy as mines been leeking and a set of Saab red injectors (in case I need them when I get it tested for fueling)
and soon I'll have a nearly new hybrid KKK16 turbo on its way,
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Re: long live my 4x4 turbo
« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2011, 22:15:55 PM »
Looking good martin, looking forward to seeing it finished mate
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Re: long live my 4x4 turbo
« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2011, 22:19:56 PM »
Excellent work there fella, good to see you haven't been idle while away.
Look forward to seeing this at Mabo next year chap.
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Re: long live my 4x4 turbo
« Reply #12 on: August 27, 2011, 22:30:57 PM »
Excellent work there fella, good to see you haven't been idle while away.
Look forward to seeing this at Mabo next year chap.

Well thats hoping Its on the road by then LOL.
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Re: long live my 4x4 turbo
« Reply #13 on: August 27, 2011, 22:31:36 PM »
If its not i'll still come but i'll be in the astra
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« Reply #14 on: August 27, 2011, 22:32:01 PM »
Looking good martin, looking forward to seeing it finished mate
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