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Fix whistling / leaking fresh air centre vents

Hello there this is my first blog or even writing anything like this so I hope that it turns out OK and more importantly is easy to understand for someone that is this as a guide.  A special thanks goes to neilsri130 as this was originally his idea I just put together this blog of my representation of his idea. OK so here goes. Things that you will need: 1 Meter self adhesive door bottom draught excluder (You don't need the glue as shown in the picture but this can be used if

Steven715

Steven715

 

Brett's Great European Adventure - Part 1

7 weeks, 8 countries, 4763 miles, 1 Overly optimistic owner and 1 slightly unreliable 80's repmobile. This is the story of my adventure around Western Europe in a 1987 Mk2 Cavalier SRi OK, so firstly, yes this has taken me ages to get round to writing up!  A bit of background to why I managed to wangle such a long and eventful trip - I decided to quit work and spend all of 2015 travelling as much of the world as I could. Starting in May, I ended up in Thailand for 2 months, the USA for

C20Brett

C20Brett

 

Brett's Great European Adventure - Part 3

Here we are then, part 3 and the conclusion of my trip around Europe in my Cavalier SRi.  Picking up in Italy, I left Milan and Monza behind me having not broken any laws by breaking onto the track in the car..... just! Itallian organisation is something to behold. Or, sit in your old car in 35c heat in a traffic jam because they see fit to have 2 toll booths out of twenty open, all so they can rip you off for the privilege of driving on their dodgy Autostrada. Have I mentioned Italian moto

C20Brett

C20Brett

 

Brett's Great European Adventure - Part 2

Welcome back if you are still reading my ramblings of last years trip...   I will pick up from the campsite in Vence having just dodged the Tour de France, in the Alps above Nice. A couple of my mates were flying down from Holland to meet me for a weeks relaxation in Cannes and I was picking them up at Nice airport.  I'd put about a fair few miles on the car problem free by now and all was going well you could say guess. I was pleased and feeling confident, when suddenly the arse

C20Brett

C20Brett

 

Fitting longer front subframe arms to a 1.3 or 1.6 shell

This has come up a few times now and as decent shells 1.8 & 2.0 become more scarce using lower spec cars as a project base makes more sense.   The main difference between the 1.3-1.6 shell and the 1.8-2.0 shell is that the 1.8-2.0 has a more beefy front subframe and crossmember setup. The issue is that you cannot simply transfer the subframe across. The longer subframe is located by 2 bolts in the centre while

Frisco

Frisco

 

Gear Ratios

3-Speed Automatic   1st  2.48 2nd 1.6 3rd  1.0     1300 Early 4 Speed:   1st 3.636 2nd 2.211 3rd 1.429 4th 0.969   Final Drive Gear 4.18 to 1   1600 Early 4 Speed:   1st 3.545 2nd 2.158 3rd 1.370 4th 0.971   Final Drive Gear 3.74 to 1   1600 Early 5 Speed SRi   1st 3.42 2nd 1.95 3rd 1.28 4th 0.89 5th 0.71   Final Drive 3.47 to 1     Mid Spec SRi 1800i   1st 3.42 2nd 2.16 3rd 1.48 4th 1.12 5th 0.89   Final Drive 3.94 to 1   Late Spec 2.0 SRi's   1st

andy

andy

 

F18 5th Gear into an F20

The idea of this mod is to give you better motorway cruising by fitting a WR 5th gear while keeping the decent acceleration of a CR 1st - 4th.   You could just go all fancy like Andy and fit an F28 but this is cheaper and gives you lower revs in 5th than the F28 in 6th.   I'm fitting a WR gear to my F20 but its the same procedure if you want to fit an F16WR 5th into your F16CR or if your fitting an F20 gear cluster into your F16 housing this is a worthwhile mod.   F16s all share the sa

andy

andy

 

Rear Disc Conversion

This is a basic how-to on converting to rear disc brakes using mk3 cav or astra hubs. This is a very simple swap and is very worthwhile since the disc setup brings both better braking and easier maintenance.   Now if your thinking of doing this I assume you can remove the beam yourself so im not going through that. The rear brakes will need to be bled afterward and there is a small bit of welding needed on the handbrake adjuster.   The easiest way to do it it to get your hands on a complete

andy

andy

 

F20 Internals in an F16 Housing

This is a basic how-to on removing the internals from an F16/F20 so you can swap the housings over to allow you to keep your F16 housing.   1   Remove the gear selector turret by removing the four 11mm bolts at the base and giving it a tug and a wiggle.     Disconnecting the gear linkage can make this easier, if you do this make sure you split as in the pic below not by undoing the bolt on the shaft to save you having to reset the selector.     2  Next remove the reverse light swi

andy

andy

 

10 years of Membership

Hi guys. What with the new site going live and it being my 10th anniversary with mk2cav.com I thought I would write a blog, hopefully encouraging others to do the same! I first joined the club in 2005, after buying an SRi. I wanted to join a club and be a part of something that fellow owners had in common; now I'm a quiet sort of person and was a little apprehensive about my first experience of meeting new people.. but after making the effort I now have some fantastic friends all over the coun

Richie

Richie

 

Belgium 2009

Images from the article that we took while we were out there are at the bottom of the transcription that follows.Two years ago, an article in TV proudly told us "You have to go to Europe next year. Trust us on this — it’s brilliant fun and once you’ve been, you’ll want to go back again and again.." This proved to be a prophecy well worth fulfilling. At Billing for the past couple of years we've been flyered by the Manta club of Hageland in Belgium with a view to us attending their bi-annual Mant

andy

andy

 

Staples 2 Naples 2006

Almost ten years ago now, myself and Dougie (and Dan) took part in a banger rally. We bought a 130 for £100 (well those days are long gone!), and did it up over a couple of months. This trip really set the tone for storming across Europe on a mission, that in part led to us all going on our first EuroTrip as a formal club event in 2009. To celebrate, what follows is a re-print of the Total Vauxhall we produced to mark the event with updated insight (random comments based on hazy recollections

andy

andy

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