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About SteveL

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  • Birthday 06/02/1973

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    Lambrettas, Polo G40s and now Vauxhall Cavaliers

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    Mk2 Cavalier 1.8 GLi

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  1. SteveL

    SteveL's 1988 1.8 GLi

    There's a choice of my Mk1 (nice days only!) my two Polo G40s, my Caddy van, or one of my scooters. The van bears the brunt of the rubbish that is the UK climate though!
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    SteveL's 1988 1.8 GLi

    The MOT and insurance runs out on this over the weekend, so it got one last ride out before being laid up today. Done about 3500 miles in it over the course of the year, and behaved impeccably other than one random conking out incident a while back. Once the current scooter related fettling is done, I hope to make a start on this in the Autumn.
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    SteveL's 1988 1.8 GLi

    Just changed all the photobucket links to imgur ones as my PB account is about to disappear! Still getting a bit of use out of this old bus on dry days, I'm considering getting another ticket on it as I haven't got the time to make a start fettling just yet. Got until the end of March to decide.
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    SteveL's 1988 1.8 GLi

    I've not changed the fuel filter yet, it looked pretty rank last time I was under there! I'm gonna leave it until the rebuild though as all the fuel lines look like they'll disintegrate if disturbed. It'll be coming off the road as soon as the salt chuckers have been out so probably not long to go now. I'm pretty pleased that it's managed almost 3000 miles before giving me any trouble, and it's not done it since! Apart from the dizzy cap + leads, I've not touched anything engine related since I took it on.
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    SteveL's 1988 1.8 GLi

    This fine chariot conked out on me at some traffic lights yesterday. As I applied the handbrake at the lights, I noticed the tickover was at 500rpm instead of the usual 700. A quick blip of the throttle then killed it, and it wouldn't re start, so I got out and pushed it up the kerb and on to the grass. The bonnet was lifted, nothing immediately appeared to be amiss, so I had another go at starting it - it started right up! It's behaved perfectly since, but I don't have a clue what was wrong - I guess I'll just have to wait and see if it happens again
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    I put the reg into the DVLA vehicle check - Tax ran out in October 1995 so highly likely to have been recycled.
  7. SteveL

    SteveL's 1988 1.8 GLi

    Although my Mk1 did have a few bits of welding done, it was in a far better condition structurally than my Mk2 is. I guess that's the difference you'd expect from a car that was garaged all its life - you can hear my Mk2 fizzing when it gets wet! Both cars live indoors now, so hopefully they'll both be around for a good while longer.
  8. SteveL

    SteveL's 1988 1.8 GLi

    Have a gander. (May take more than one session on the bog to get through it! ) http://forum.retro-rides.org/thread/179783/1977-vauxhall-cavalier-1-gl
  9. SteveL

    SteveL's 1988 1.8 GLi

    Cheers! Should I post up a link to its build thread? Haha! Do you have a garden full of MOT failures?
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    SteveL's 1988 1.8 GLi

    Not in the best of health at the present time, I reckon I'll continue to use it until the MOT runs out before getting stuck in. Hopefully I'll be better able to fettle it by then. In the mean time, I'm looking forward to extra Cavalier based enjoyment until the roads get salty.
  11. SteveL

    SteveL's 1988 1.8 GLi

    Still getting use out of this, a fair few miles done recently. It's a pity it looks so shonky - hopefully I'll get round to stripping it down come the Autumn.
  12. SteveL

    SteveL's 1988 1.8 GLi

    Nice one!
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    SteveL's 1988 1.8 GLi

    Done a thousand miles in this so far - all is well other than the thermostat is now stuck open. Is the stat for an SEH engine the same as is in this engine? I'm having trouble finding one for my specific car - and also looking forward to the bolts shearing when I replace it! Cheers
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    Who's still about then? :)

    I'm pretty sure that Cavmad's Cavalier was the one that I have now - he didn't keep hold of it for long!