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mepbowles

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  1. I can never remember if the windscreens are all the same across coupes, hatches and saloons. I wonder if it's worth keeping the windscreen corners/top to save effort when it inevitably rusts?
  2. Well I'm glad I picked one up in good nick for about £30-50 a few months ago then! Is it just me who suspects it could just be a really well cleaned and possibly remachined part?
  3. What do people use to bond them to the car when the bolts are gone? I've seen rivets but they don't look too clean.
  4. I know you can use radio spectroscopy to identify what rubber it is and probably the filler material. But would there be any chance of sourcing original documentation from GM on the ratios of fibre to rubber and the stir time, cure time etc?
  5. Hi all, After stupidly letting one literally slip through my fingers, I'm looking for a 4 spoke steering wheel from a Cavalier GLS. Hopefully someone can help. Bonus points for the horn/centre badge etc. Picture as an example:
  6. There's half of one on eBay for £40
  7. I might have the sun visor clips if evo doesn't.
  8. Unfortunately between housework, garden work and starting to do bedtimes and mornings, I've not had much time or energy for the car over the last month. Hopefully the wheels haven't flash rusted. My little one has also outgrown her carseat. She has a new ISOFIX one but I need to find another belted one to keep the family trips going. In better news I did find the time to base coat the front spoiler this week. The surface finish is really rough so it'll get rubbed down and resprayed but it's nice to be able to check if the colour code was in the right ball park. Once it's good, I think I'll make a start on the underside of the bonnet.
  9. I think I have some spare surrounds but not sure how many or condition.
  10. I was going to respond but then I saw you wanted new or unmarked. I only have used door card clips and plastic door trim. I was trialling different methods of refinishing the chrome effect door trims using paints and Molotov markers. First impressions were that Molotov markers did an okay job from a distance but I still need to try clearcoating my chrome effect paints.
  11. I'm pretty sure this is the stuff. At only £20 you could f*** up about 5 times and still be quids in https://www.woolies-trim.co.uk/p-1648-millboard
  12. Mines in 3 bits but I'm definitely going to have a go at making one for the cost of millboard. I think about £30-40 last time I checked.
  13. I honestly wouldn't know the right position of the number plate. I haven't touched them since I bought it. The historic plates are difficult for parking barrier cameras to read and hopefully the towbar obscures things enough to keep me out of trouble. I have noticed some cars, particularly on the continent, have the numberplate between the lights. Which is a shame as it would be nicer to see Vauxhall or Opel there (though I'm not sure Opel rear lettering is a thing). Wheels have been wire wheeled but need a little finesse and polishing. Some house tasks beckon too so I may forced to pause the car tasks for a little while.
  14. I think one of the problems with increasing prices/interest is a knock on effect on the cost of parts... Or perhaps it's the other way around? If you're reliant on eBay or autojumblers for parts, you could be spending £150 on each NOS headlight and hundreds more for all the small parts you need to restore, that has to be reflected in the price. Oddly, that doesn't apply to a complete low mileage car as the maintenance items are more readily available.
  15. Well that didn't last.... Who went a little crazy?
  16. This set of trims just came on eBay. Not sure if it's coupe or hatch though. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/255541138937?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-127632-2357-0&ssspo=nDj9cAdhSfe&sssrc=2349624&ssuid=9EFZZfQBRHS&var=&widget_ver=artemis&media=COPY
  17. I guess the logical follow up to this is are there any lowering springs that people can recommend?
  18. I'm a strong believer in the small details making a big difference. Before and after of the wheels. Windscreen washer jets are also back on and look so much better. I also found a air fed mask for a good price so should be safe to spray 2k clear soon
  19. The plastic dash components of my cavalier and be quite noisy, especially at engine speeds that produce a kind of harmonic resonance. I wondered if anyone has tried used foam gaskets or washers between parts to reduce the buzzing and vibration noise. Also, I'd welcome any experience on sound deadening mats versus sprays. My gut is saying the mats would be a potential moisture trap and the spray would be easier to apply to the whole of the inside. I'm not sure on the cost/performance of each method.
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