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#1 OFFLINE   4wheeledstool

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Posted 15 December 2016 - 05:45 PM

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Thanks to a gratefully accepted gift from Billy, I am now the proud owner of a Cavalier mk2 to go with my mk1. :)
Pictured here on inspection at Cavcraft Towers at the weekend.

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Comedy repair work to both rear arches, sills and rear valance

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I duly accepted the challenge, and returned the next day to collect it before he changed his mind.

My mate Big Steve did the honours driving it back in the pissing rain, and soon enough it was drying off in my unit.

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I want to do up one of my Lambrettas first, but it'll give me some time to find some repair panels before I get stuck in. :)
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Posted 15 December 2016 - 05:48 PM

Cor, another Chevalier resto thread on the horizon. I think an industrial sized box of Kleenex will need delivering to Cavcraft towers


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Posted 15 December 2016 - 05:59 PM

I had a D reg saloon in GLi flavor, it was one of the best cars I have ever bought.

That probably says more about the rest of my cars than it should.


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Posted 15 December 2016 - 06:00 PM

Jealous! The GLi hatch is one of my favorite cars, I've had two of them.

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Posted 15 December 2016 - 06:20 PM

Awesome! What's the plan here then? Bare metal and another concours resto...
Can't wait to see more on this one.
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Posted 15 December 2016 - 06:46 PM

I'm looking forward to this. My dad took delivery of a 1.8 GLi hatch in the summer of 1988. Compared to the 1.8 carb'd Sierra it replaced, and the Mk3 1.8 carb Cavalier auto that replaced it two years later, it was a flippin' rocket. I enjoyed the very same engine and 'box myself in a (very) brown Belmont GLSi about ten years ago.
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Posted 15 December 2016 - 06:52 PM

I wouldn't have changed my mind, it couldn't have gone to a better home.


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Posted 15 December 2016 - 07:02 PM

I wouldn't have changed my mind, I look forward to reclaiming it once it's fully restored.

 

Only jestin'! Love how ridiculously different the two generation of Cav are. 


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Posted 15 December 2016 - 07:06 PM

Was anything at all carried over?

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Posted 15 December 2016 - 07:07 PM

Next up you'll have a prefacelift mk3 SRi!


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Posted 15 December 2016 - 07:09 PM

Was anything at all carried over?


The name, in fairness the mk2 saloon did look like it was related to the mk1.

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Posted 15 December 2016 - 07:58 PM

Was anything at all carried over?

 

The number plates were the same shape.


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Posted 15 December 2016 - 08:04 PM

I hope cavalier arch panels are easier to get hold of than SD1 arch panels.

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Posted 15 December 2016 - 08:30 PM

Oh hello! Mk2's have matured so well. Weren't they one of the most rapidly scrapped cars ever? I'm pretty sure I read that a huge percentage of them didn't reach anywhere near the ten years old mark.
Good to see this honey looks solid, if a little bodged. Can't wait for the resto.

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Posted 15 December 2016 - 08:34 PM

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Posted 15 December 2016 - 08:40 PM

Looks a good'un.

 

Re; your wheel arches. I've had rear arch repair panels of these guys in the last 18 months or so. No problems getting hold of them then. http://www.carz2.co.uk/



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Posted 15 December 2016 - 09:05 PM

Sills, arches, lower rear quarters, full front and rear panels are all easily found.

Inner arches, floor pans, and outer rear chassis legs are nigh on impossible to find but can usually be made out of sheet steel.

I've got some bits extra for a mk2 if you're short of anything although I have cleared a lot of spares out.

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Posted 15 December 2016 - 09:12 PM

Awesome! What's the plan here then? Bare metal and another concours resto...
Can't wait to see more on this one.

 
Not entirely sure how far I'm gonna go with it. The rear arches, sills and rear valance will all be sorted at some point. When that's done, paint based love will most likely happen.
 

Was anything at all carried over?

 
I have noticed a few odds and sods that are the same as the mk1, but there's not a lot!

I hope cavalier arch panels are easier to get hold of than SD1 arch panels.

 
There seems to be plenty to go at on eGay.
 

Looks a good'un.
 
Re; your wheel arches. I've had rear arch repair panels of these guys in the last 18 months or so. No problems getting hold of them then. http://www.carz2.co.uk/

I had a look on their site last night - they do full outer sills too! I've not managed to find a rear valance, or rear corners though - if anyone can help with the sourcing of these parts I'd be incredibly grateful.
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Posted 15 December 2016 - 09:16 PM

Sills, arches, lower rear quarters, full front and rear panels are all easily found.
Inner arches, floor pans, and outer rear chassis legs are nigh on impossible to find but can usually be made out of sheet steel.
I've got some bits extra for a mk2 if you're short of anything although I have cleared a lot of spares out.

Thank you kindly! I may well be in touch at some point.:)

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Posted 15 December 2016 - 09:20 PM

An old hippy I used to know owned a Mk2 estate in that flat almost-slate blue they came in.  In fact, it was very nearly the Varicose Vein of Cobbler's granny's old Fiesta.  Anyway, it was fucked and that was easily 15 years ago so to see this one having survived is quite remarkable.  Same hippy had an ancient Bedford CF camper that one night mysteriously caught fire and burned to the ground outside his house, all by itself.

 

You do now need a blue Mk3 to complete the set and when you do that, hit me up because I've got a set of Mk3 wheel trims that are brand new and have never been fitted to anything that you can have.


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Posted 15 December 2016 - 09:58 PM

I wouldn't have changed my mind, it couldn't have gone to a better home.

I couldn't agree more - I'd love it, but I'm not in the right place for another mk2 Cav. I don't know if I'll ever be...

I have a full righthand sill int' garage if you need it.
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Posted 16 December 2016 - 08:55 AM

The lower 1/4's and rear valance are available from carz2. Not usually on website but if you phone and ask they will order them in no probs. Good quality aftermarket panels.

If you want original GM parts this site in Holland is very good

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Outer sills are same for both hatch and saloon but all other panels - arches, lower 1/4's, rear valance,even doors are specific to hatch or saloon so make sure to check before ordering.

I've done loads of work on mk2's and still have a hatch so if you have any questions feel free.
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Posted 16 December 2016 - 10:52 AM

Liking this. I read somewhere the original dealer pack for the Mk2 made huge bones about how simple it was to fix.

Didn't Ken Barlow have a Mk2 Cavalier?
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Posted 16 December 2016 - 11:08 AM

Liking this. I read somewhere the original dealer pack for the Mk2 made huge bones about how simple it was to fix.

Didn't Ken Barlow have a Mk2 Cavalier?

Guess what comes up if you google Ken Barlow mk2 Cavalier?

 

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Posted 16 December 2016 - 11:31 AM

He cabbed it as well didn't he? Then sold it Curly. What a twat. He's probably banged Raquel in the back as well while Curly was at Bettabuys. Assuming fanny rat himself Des Barnes wasn't at it.

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Posted 16 December 2016 - 11:58 AM

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Liking this. I read somewhere the original dealer pack for the Mk2 made huge bones about how simple it was to fix.

I'm sure you can change the clutch without removing the 'box.


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Posted 16 December 2016 - 12:22 PM

You could that's right. Could on the early mk3 8 valves as well before the Ecotec
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Posted 16 December 2016 - 12:22 PM

nice purchase - i friend of mine recently sold his Mk2 and his left with a mountain of spares hes collected over many years. Some new/some used.

I dont know everything that he has but i know he'd prefer it gone in one go.

From memory he has front and rear panels, one front wing, a mint boot lid (but saloon not hatch) complete strut assemblies and new headlights/rear lights/service bits etc.

I have an estate car and it would fill that easily. If interested let me know, all items located in Leeds (but I can help with delivery as I do a lot of travelling)

 

look forward to how this progresses.


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Posted 16 December 2016 - 12:50 PM

I like MK 2 Cavaliers and I like the fact that this one will get a top notch restoration.

 

Happy days!


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Posted 16 December 2016 - 02:00 PM

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I'm sure you can change the clutch without removing the 'box.

 

 

You could that's right. Could on the early mk3 8 valves as well before the Ecotec

 

Yep, these are the 'letterbox' clutches iirc. They're also 'safe' engines in 1.8 format from memory, not recommending you test that though just in case!


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