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Offline WoodySE4

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Hello from a new SE4 owner
« on: August 13, 2018, 11:18:26 AM »
Hi all, after a good few years absence from owning a Cally (or any Vauxhall for that matter) I've just bought myself an unmolested SE4 with just 67'000 miles on the clock.  8)

It's fairly tidy bodily with very little rust to speak of but needs a little TLC.

The first thing I did was to renew the engine oil and filter and replace the aux and timing belts, then I need to replace the exhaust middle section and the radiator which appears to have a very small leak in the header when under pressure. It also needs both door mirrors replacing as they're both damaged, (the joys of supermarket car parks. :( )

Looking forward to exchanging info and picking up useful tips and advice.  :)

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Re: Hello from a new SE4 owner
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2018, 16:55:18 PM »
Hi WoodySE4  :)

Welcome back.......just shows once bitten by the "Calibra Bug" .....it seems the only cure seems to be to buy another one so congrats on your new car.

That's a good mileage so she has plenty of life in her yet.  :o

You are very wise to replace the timing belt and that should be the starting point for all. Good luck  ;)

Keep us informed of your progress.

Kind Regards

Turbohead.

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Re: Hello from a new SE4 owner
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2018, 12:54:06 PM »
Cheers Turbohead,
I have to say I'm very happy with it despite the odd few bits that needed doing, I replaced the exhaust, radiator, top hose and thermostat last week, this week I'm dealing with the saggy headlining and jammed sunroof.

The sunroof jam-up turned out to be primarily due to the motor/gearbox fixing screws coming loose and getting "out of sync", still doesn't open all the way though, I've looked inside it and found a tiny bit of broken plastic that appears to prevent one of the switches operating at the correct point.

The last one I had was an SE1, I bought it at about 4 years old and was my daily driver for around 3 years adding about 100K to it. I really liked the car right up until the gearbox shat itself, I had a local garage replace it but the "new" one was from a Cavalier, not the close ratio Cally one and it never felt right after that.

Being retired now, I've much more time to indulge my car fettling hobby, I've got a Defender 90 and a Rover P5B coupe to keep me busy along with the Cally so plenty of variety.

Best regards to all
Clive

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Re: Hello from a new SE4 owner
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2018, 21:03:39 PM »
Yes same here

My Cali is off the road .......just finishing off installing a new head gasket.  She boiled over when we had all that Hot weather.

The thermostat failed in the closed position......she was pumping out more steam than Stevensons Rocket  ::)

One bonus is that when she decides to throw a gasket........I have my Bus pass to fall back on Lol.

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Re: Hello from a new SE4 owner
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2018, 21:27:30 PM »
Haha, like your style - me too with the bus pass  ;D  although I've got the Defender as a daily driver so thankfully I don't need to rely on the busses too often.

My first Cally did that too, boiled up and blew the spigot off the radiator header in the middle of a traffic jam, fortunately though, the engine survived unscathed.