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Offline Stevev6

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« on: October 08, 2017, 21:38:21 PM »
 Hi, I have just acquired a 1996 (n reg) V6 calibra. It has a manual gearbox, metallic green paintwork surprisingly good for its age and cream leather not so good. I  have a few tasks to complete, headlining I am about to replace. Unfortunately a head gasket  needs replacing, I have been offered an omega 3.2 engine so am considering a transplant rather than rebuilding the original 2.5 unit?
Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Thanks, the site looks to be a great source of information, I'll post pics soon.
Cheers Steve

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« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2017, 11:37:25 AM »
Welcome mate....sounds interesting....mabe start a thread in the Projects section.......look forward to seeing the pics

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« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2017, 21:06:05 PM »
Welcome!
3.2 V6 would be a nice idea, but you will have to research it thoroughly  :P
If its just the head gasket on your V6 its not a massive job.
As above looking forward to some photos of your beastie!   ;)
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« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2017, 21:11:04 PM »
Thanks guys for the welcome, I am thinking of swapping engines as the 2.5 has done 150k miles now so is probably ready for a bit more than just a head gasket.

I acquired it with the head gasket problem but I can't grumble as the car cost £29 😁 I did intend to just do a quick repair and sell it on but I really like the car a lot more than my trusty 1989 VW scirocco gt2  Which is now going to be replaced by the calibra.

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« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2017, 19:23:46 PM »
Excellent choice to keep the Calibra! :-)
And my opinion is to keep the 2.5 engine too.  :P
Good luck anyway and keep updating with fresh photos!

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« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2017, 09:39:56 AM »
Thanks guys for the welcome, I am thinking of swapping engines as the 2.5 has done 150k miles now so is probably ready for a bit more than just a head gasket.
150k miles is not massive, they are well built engines and can easily go over 200k with regular maintenance.
I recently bought some parts from a 2.0 16v ecotec cally that had done over 500k on the original engine!  ;D

The engine swap may not be straight forward and unless you are experienced in doing that sort of thing or willing to throw a lot of money at it id say keep the 2.5l

Whatever you decide to do keep us updated we will love to hear about it  👍
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« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2017, 17:49:52 PM »
2.5 is fine, mine has 162.000 (I think) still pulls like a choo choo!
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« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2017, 11:09:40 AM »
Thanks for input, still mulling over the pros and cons but like the idea of a little more performance retaining the standard appearance plus perfect time to change the clutch.
I have a friend with a garage who happens to be quite used to the v6 Vauxhall engines and he said it's easy having done it to a cavalier. Lots of swapping bits from the 2.5 if it turns into a nightmare it will be deposited in his workshop to prove its easy  ;D
I'll keep you posted and get some pictures on soon, currently it has headlining and sunroof out to sort them, the motor has gone out of sync, twin cog type looks like someone manually shut roof and broke plastic gears inside so microswitch isn't triggered! But I can't find a twin cog motor anywhere.



 

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« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2017, 17:09:32 PM »
A boost in performance is always good  ;)
Sounds like you have help on hand if you need it.
The only other thing is to check for insurance before you start as changing the engine may have a big impact on any quotes you get!  :o
Get some pics of your car up we would love to see it!
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« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2017, 00:04:21 AM »
Hi guys, the engine dilemma is decided! Was made easy for me as the 3.2 I was getting had a cracked block!!!! Lucky escape there, I will start working on head gaskets.

I'll keep you posted and I will get some photos on soon, but it looks a little sad with the roof out and interior. Best I'm picking up a better set of leather seats tomorrow.

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« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2017, 17:43:35 PM »
Oh well that would have been an interesting swap.  :P
Some nice leathers always lift the interior, cream i hope  ;)
If you're going to do the head gasket yourself then get a lindsay porter workshop manual which covers the v6 unlike the haynes and is better than the haynes in many ways.
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« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2017, 18:34:51 PM »
Thanks for the advice, I'll look out for a manual, always useful, especially looking at the cambelt.
Oh yes the leather is cream as per originals just in better shape. Hopefully I will get in the garage tomorrow and get started.

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« Reply #12 on: October 21, 2017, 19:03:47 PM »
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« Reply #13 on: October 21, 2017, 22:41:35 PM »
I have ordered the manual luckily from Amazon. Thanks for the link though

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« Reply #14 on: October 22, 2017, 09:21:20 AM »
The Calibra manual doesn’t cover the v6 engine - it’s still of value but I’d strongly recommend you Order the Omega manual as well - you can usually pick it up cheaply and it covers things like cambelt and has torque settings etc that you’ll need