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Lemans/Kadett Project status: ACTIVE

Postby Efrain A. » Mon Dec 31, 2012 3:31 pm

Hi!

Finally after a long year and a half sleeping the car is of to the bodyshop.

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Plans are a color change to a Bordeaux red (Vauxhall mk2 Astra Champion Edition):

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And a engine rebuild, almost all parts have been sitting inside the car for a while now.

Lets hope I can get it on the road soon.

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Re: Lemans/Kadett Project status: ACTIVE

Postby benzino » Wed Jan 02, 2013 3:29 am

great to hear :D

nice colour too
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Re: Lemans/Kadett Project status: ACTIVE

Postby TheGreatAndPowerfulOz » Wed Jan 02, 2013 2:07 pm

That new color looks similar to the color of my Leganza.
Glad to see the car is getting it's much deserved work!
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Re: Lemans/Kadett Project status: ACTIVE

Postby Puddle31 » Wed Jan 02, 2013 3:41 pm

it looks alot better than when it is on the back of a tow truck!!!
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Re: Lemans/Kadett Project status: ACTIVE

Postby Efrain A. » Thu Jan 03, 2013 5:32 pm

you guys like the new color idea?

Still debating on the new color, These are my options:

Bordeaux red mica:

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Red:

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Silver:

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Re: Lemans/Kadett Project status: ACTIVE

Postby benzino » Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:03 am

I know it's not with the mk2 theme... but have you had a look at the mazda mica paints?

The velocity red mica is absolutely stunning. Very red with a very distinct sparkle in the sun...
Mazda are making the nicest looking factory paints at the moment.

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There's also a copper red mica that is similar to the bordeaux.

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It might be easier to get mazda paint compared to mk2 paint
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Re: Lemans/Kadett Project status: ACTIVE

Postby Efrain A. » Fri Jan 04, 2013 3:56 pm

Mazdas colors are very nice,

Theres a couple of Mazda Speed 3 around here on that color, they look very cool.
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Re: Lemans/Kadett Project status: ACTIVE

Postby Puddle31 » Mon Jan 07, 2013 4:14 pm

i like the first one myself......
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Re: Lemans/Kadett Project status: ACTIVE

Postby Efrain A. » Mon Jan 07, 2013 6:29 pm

The color is going to be Silver.

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The car is been taken apart on the shop as we speak.
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Postby Puddle31 » Tue Jan 08, 2013 11:34 am

if that's the car it looks like you have a little work to do!!! And you might need a few parts along the way. Maske sure you show us a pic when you are done.
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Re: Lemans/Kadett Project status: ACTIVE

Postby PrecisionBoost » Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:41 am

Efrain A. wrote:you guys like the new color idea?
Still debating on the new color, These are my options:
Bordeaux red mica:
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That is hilarious, I posted this exact picture as the color I wanted to paint my car.

So you want Silver, I want Bordeaux Red, too bad there is Ocean between us or I'd say " let's switch "
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Re: Lemans/Kadett Project status: ACTIVE

Postby Efrain A. » Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:11 am

HAHAHAHA Chris,

Good to hear from you.

Yeah mate too bad theres a bloddy Ocean in the way!

Here's an update:

Lucky me I was able to found the front wings and a bonnet at a "chop chop" or salvage yard like you guys call it.

These pictures are a couple of days old, i havent been to the shop but the owner wrote me that the car should be on the bare metal already.

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The engine, well the builder is sick and hasnt work on it. Today I was at the shop and he told me that the block will be appart tomorrow.

Unfortunately they seem to lost all the head parts (lifters, valve springs, valves, etc), the head was taken appart a while back. :(

I dont blame them, I blame myself by not securing those rare parts at my place.

As far im aware i've the only XE engine overhere (only a Lacetti touring car has another one here). So, may need to buy a complete head overseas... all i have is an empty head.

Will keep you posted.
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Re: Lemans/Kadett Project status: ACTIVE

Postby Efrain A. » Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:05 pm

Heres a debate Ive in my head... i've been offered a rather cheap FWD SR20DET and Ive been thinking a lot on swapping it into the mk2.

SR20DET into the MK2.... the SR20DET is the Nissan 2.0 turbo engine found in the Pulsar and other FWD Nissans... the engine can be found quite easy... in size is very similar to the XE/LET....

My XE is dead and needs a rebuild, there're zero XE/LETs around, I've a deep feeling for the uniqueness of the engine but i cant stand it anymore for the lack of parts, everything has to be ordered.

On the other hand there's a lot of parts for the SR20 here.

The electronics will be the same basically since i've the standalone ecu, only custom shafts and mounts will have to be made and pipings/intercooler.

What do you guys think?
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Re: Lemans/Kadett Project status: ACTIVE

Postby Puddle31 » Sat Jan 12, 2013 12:09 pm

way above my limited level of mechanical knowledge. I don't even know enough to give you an opinion. Sorry, hopefully one of these guys can help you out.
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Re: Lemans/Kadett Project status: ACTIVE

Postby benzino » Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:25 am

It's funny to think that when you look back on the history of this forum, people were asking about putting a sr20 in their woo (mostly Australians if my memory serves me correctly)... This was before the link to opel was really realised and confirmed about engine fitment.

I could say with certainty that it would be a unique project... But one fraught with the difficulties that come with being a pioneer.

Are the saab 2.0/2.3t engines available where you are? Might be an easier way of going about it...

Or if you want a challenge... you could do something way out there http://www.ausrotary.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=182423
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