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My 2.0L Ecotec Calibra
« on: June 15, 2012, 13:57:55 PM »
Here is my 1996 2.0L X20XEV Ecotec. I joined a few years back but hadn't posted pics. These were taken in Oct 2010 after extensive work. I had the car for 9 years. Up to 09' I had the standard V grille with normal lights, bonnet extension & Mille Miglia Evo 17 inch wheels. A prang caused by road conditions/old man/time gave me an opportunity to make up a refreshed unique look by using pieces of the old bumper & crafting the uprights to curve under the new bonnet (?100 from Vauxhall dealer on eBay). I added new angel eye lights, Wolfrace 18 inch wheels & colour matched parts of the interior.  People don't like Lexus lights but they work better with blue or green cars. I blended them in by spraying the rear panel in 3 coats of matt black.
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Re: My 2.0L Ecotec Calibra
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2012, 14:11:00 PM »
That front end is very tidy, nice! 8)

So nice infact, I won't mention the Lexus lights! ;D
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Re: My 2.0L Ecotec Calibra
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2012, 14:36:51 PM »
 8) looking motor fella

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Re: My 2.0L Ecotec Calibra
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2012, 15:06:04 PM »
Can we have pictures of the bumper with the bonnet open?
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Re: My 2.0L Ecotec Calibra
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2012, 16:00:02 PM »
very nice !!!

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Re: My 2.0L Ecotec Calibra
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2012, 23:30:13 PM »
Hang on a minute!!!!!  Lexarse lights!!!! Pram Handle!!!!!  And compliments???????????   

Looks awesome IMO    ;)

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Re: My 2.0L Ecotec Calibra
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2012, 17:06:58 PM »
Can we have pictures of the bumper with the bonnet open?
Here. the front area allows a little bit more air in, I added another Calibra grille on top of the original to fill the void but it got loose, broke off & shattered. The slight kink & re-glue of the top attachment piece occured when I backed the car off blocks & they caught the front valance - it ripped the bumper half off.
         

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Re: My 2.0L Ecotec Calibra
« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2012, 09:48:02 AM »
Here's some interior pics. The colour coded bits were quite easy to remove except for the blower control panel.


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Re: My 2.0L Ecotec Calibra
« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2012, 14:28:51 PM »
very nice.....not shure about the colour codded bits inside tho.

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Re: My 2.0L Ecotec Calibra
« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2014, 21:04:12 PM »
I took this pic a while back. Ceramic blue looks nice when there's partial cloud rather than in full sunlight.

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Re: My 2.0L Ecotec Calibra
« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2014, 21:45:12 PM »
I love the front bumper mod...i would do the same if i had a spare one...how did you go about doing it...?

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Re: My 2.0L Ecotec Calibra
« Reply #11 on: March 03, 2014, 22:09:42 PM »
I cut the original slanted uprights off using a mitre saw taking half an inch inward from the edge, smoothed the cut edges & marked out the match angle on the new bumper. On the new bumper (2nd hand, eBay £40) I cut the crossmember (V grille mounting) off leaving the 3 slam panel attachment points intact. Next I had to make sure that the bits matched up / aligned perfectly, glued them in with araldite & took it to the body shop where they made up the rounded top parts with filler. Once smoothed off & sprayed it took a week.

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Re: My 2.0L Ecotec Calibra
« Reply #12 on: March 03, 2014, 23:05:05 PM »
That looks good, like the kit its very subtle. I will be keeping an eye out for one for my car. Don't want to fork out for a new one as I just know the day after one will come on the market

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Re: My 2.0L Ecotec Calibra
« Reply #13 on: March 04, 2014, 15:16:19 PM »
Thanks for the feedback/likes I appreciate it. I did look at changing the front bumper to something larger with extra holes but it detracted from the look cluttering the front end up - the important factor for me was to keep the lateral line of the kit equal along the length with no drops & to have a seamless join line at the front/rear to give the impression it's part of the whole car, not just added on although I'd reccomend color coding the bump strips as long as it's done right. In fact, my car has had a different side/body panel painted new every few years due to people banging into car (drivers side door, 2 front end hits, O/s front wing/rear boot, bought the car with a 3 foot long metal deep scratch on N/s). The only area not refreshed is the roof, roof spoiler, tail wing & door mirrors. I half expect some debris to fall from above to complete the set :)

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Re: My 2.0L Ecotec Calibra
« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2015, 15:55:35 PM »
I dropped by the Ace Cafe on route to Harlow, the ClubCalibra.com stickers were added a month ago.