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Re: Meet the DisAstra

Post by warpc0il » Mon Mar 02, 2020 5:48 pm

Has it got a Fireman Sam tape jammed inside?

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Re: Meet the DisAstra

Post by Techathy » Fri Mar 06, 2020 5:24 pm

qwakers wrote:
Tue Feb 25, 2020 6:22 pm
match is pretty good. any one notice the f up?
There are f ups and then there are f ups - :lol:

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Re: Meet the DisAstra

Post by Honkytonk » Fri Mar 06, 2020 7:02 pm

warpc0il wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 5:48 pm
Has it got a Fireman Sam tape jammed inside?

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One of my friends growing up bought his first car, a fiesta, and was incredibly proud of it, with him being one of the first in our friendship group with 'wheels' (very important when you grow up in that we perceived at that age as the middle of nowhere), and top of his pride and joy was the new speakers/stereo he fitted, you know the type, sub that takes up the boot etc.

His mum borrowed it for the weekend as her car was in the garage and ferried his little 5 yr old brother around doing various bits and bobs.

Cue Monday morning and he rolls into school looking miffed. Doesn't mention why, but as we see him get in the car to drive home we hear this blaring out of the speakers.
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Uncontrollably, as soon as he started the car, his little brothers tape would start playing top volume and because of the wiring job he did he couldn't stop it.

Tuesday he had no radio, much to our disappointment as we waited eagerly to see him arrive in the morning.
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Re: Meet the DisAstra

Post by qwakers » Fri Mar 06, 2020 7:33 pm

Techathy wrote:
Fri Mar 06, 2020 5:24 pm
qwakers wrote:
Tue Feb 25, 2020 6:22 pm
match is pretty good. any one notice the f up?
There are f ups and then there are f ups - :lol:

the wheels?

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Re: Meet the DisAstra

Post by Techathy » Fri Mar 06, 2020 7:43 pm

yeah

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Re: Meet the DisAstra

Post by qwakers » Fri Mar 06, 2020 7:48 pm

made me chuckle, easy to do when you're tired.

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Re: Meet the DisAstra

Post by qwakers » Fri Mar 06, 2020 8:45 pm

Honkytonk wrote:
Fri Mar 06, 2020 7:02 pm
warpc0il wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 5:48 pm
Has it got a Fireman Sam tape jammed inside?

Sent from my SM-G800F using Tapatalk
One of my friends growing up bought his first car, a fiesta, and was incredibly proud of it, with him being one of the first in our friendship group with 'wheels' (very important when you grow up in that we perceived at that age as the middle of nowhere), and top of his pride and joy was the new speakers/stereo he fitted, you know the type, sub that takes up the boot etc.

His mum borrowed it for the weekend as her car was in the garage and ferried his little 5 yr old brother around doing various bits and bobs.

Cue Monday morning and he rolls into school looking miffed. Doesn't mention why, but as we see him get in the car to drive home we hear this blaring out of the speakers.
Spoiler:
Uncontrollably, as soon as he started the car, his little brothers tape would start playing top volume and because of the wiring job he did he couldn't stop it.

Tuesday he had no radio, much to our disappointment as we waited eagerly to see him arrive in the morning.
oh i dunno, coulda done this...

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Re: Meet the DisAstra

Post by qwakers » Sun Mar 22, 2020 4:18 pm

found myself with a bit of spare time this afternoon.

ive bought a pure highway 200 dab receiver because 1) the radio has reception issues that i havent found yet and 2) dab has better coverage round here anyway,


it actually is really nice, i went for the basic 200 as i dont need bluetooth hands free or any of the other bells and whistles,

i attached the Ariel to the windscreen, ran the wiring down the pillar and behind the glovebox and attached the unit right in-front of a big hole in the dash that was there from the fd removing something.

i wired in a accessory socket and hid it behind a panel so the socket that is already there can be used to power the satnav.

it is now working perfectly and im very happy with it.

not bad for £40.

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in theory i could have bought all the bits to enable dab on the existing radio, but that would cost a lot more, so im happy to have gone this route,

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Re: Meet the DisAstra

Post by qwakers » Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:57 pm

grrrr.

some inconsiderate pleb threw a apple out of their car window and straight through the grille on my front bumper, smashing it to smithereens.


plus this morning i had the pleasure of cleaning stinking apple out of the aircon rad....

cant i have anything nice for 5 bleeding minutes?

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Post by warpc0il » Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:04 pm

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Re: Meet the DisAstra

Post by qwakers » Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:07 pm

or just typical cheap gm brittle plastic.

no it wasn't frozen, kid threw it out back window and it smashed through the lattice grille below the numberplate.


if it had hit 2" lower it would have done no damage.
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Post by warpc0il » Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:13 pm

qwakers wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:07 pm
if it had hit 2" lower it would have done no damage.
I got hit in the goolies by a hockey ball and the same applied then too #-o
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Re: Meet the DisAstra

Post by qwakers » Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:18 pm

roof bars.

what idiot thought flush mount roof rails where a good idea? means my trusty old bars don't fit, i need to carry a ladder somewhere tomorrow and i don't have £100 for a set of new bars..

so let the bodges begin!

i cut 4 bits of 50mm angle down to 75mm long, one edge 50 mm one edge 20 mm

then i drilled 2 holes and welded 2 captive nuts.

then on the 50mm face i welded a rivnut on as a locking captive/standoff and a little guide on the leading edge.

they look like this.
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i then measured the distance between the rails and slotted the tops like this

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to take the adjustment bolts.

assembled it looks like this:
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and fitted they look like this

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not the easiest to fit and remove but will do til i can afford better.... or ill make batter :D
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Re: Meet the DisAstra

Post by qwakers » Sat Apr 18, 2020 1:56 pm

dents, glorious dents......


and boredom.


time to do a spot of paintless dent removal.

bought a cheap amazon PDR kit which arrived yesterday.



before

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during...

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after
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its surprisingly effective, and would be more so if the stick on pads weren't brittle...
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thats all, folks!
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Re: Meet the DisAstra

Post by qwakers » Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:28 pm

the Astra today is off with my parents doing 60th birthday duties for dad, i couldn't make it (very long story) but left the car there and drove something slightly more interesting home....
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several thoughts.

the steering has no feedback. very imprecise

its actually quite quick. but probably not as quick as the rx8

you cant completely turn off traction control. .

other than that, its a nice ish car :D

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Post by warpc0il » Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:41 pm

A friend of ours had one of those for a while.

I tried to drive it but the seat was stuck high and I was banging my forehead on the top of the screen frame.

I was also surprised how un-sportscar-like it was to drive
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Post by qwakers » Sat Oct 17, 2020 8:37 pm

the astra has now done a few thousand miles since i bought it and a couple of jobs have become necessary.

1) its due a service.
2) a blown DRL bulb which i would like to replace with a led set without the dash warning coming on.
3) the EML is on, opcom says its a glow plug, so they need changing.

i did the glow plugs first. this ca be very fraught with peril, as if you snap a glow plug you're in trouble.

however they all came out fine, a new set of bosch ones went in, all is well again. cleared the code in opcom and off the light went. starts faster too :D

the DRL's are a bit more complicated... but not much.

first job was to pull the airbox off, then glue a pair of load resisters (2 each side, the DRL bulb does the sidelights too) to the inner wing.
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then earth one side of the resistors, and wire the other side to the sidelight and DRL feed respectively.

then stick the bulbs in and job done.
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stuck the new filter in the airbox and put that back in. jobs a goodun
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old filter needed changing :D
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fuel filter next, its under the rear of the car next to the tank
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a container under the filter and a 36mm socket and off the bottom of the housing comes, another filter that definitely needs a change..
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then just had do change the oil and filter, the filters in a odd place, at the back of the engine at the top, weird. (lol basically the same place as the rx8 if no one got the joke) took me a few mins to spot it.

all done now and car is happy again.
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