Keeping my Astravan alive

  1. Tray

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    Well spotted
    Reminded me of this
     
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    ****** pic didn’t load
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    Time for some dinner and then I’m gonna open these and have a play, can’t resist until tomorrow.
     
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    Bugger again with the pic.
    Does everyone have a slight issue with posting pics or is it just me?
    Seems to work better if I wait a bit after finishing writing/pasting before posting.
    Oooh, just noticed the little upload timer thingy at the top right after I pasted this one.
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    Papa Johns doing 60% off on orders over £20, got 2 large pizzas for less than 1 small
     
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  5. Tray

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    Have you not worked out I hate throwing stuff away and enjoy fiddling around with stuff, at least up until I actually need whatever it is to perform it’s job properly, things often then start flying in all directions.
     
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  6. Bullet2012

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    It’s the cheese causing the issue, devils food :laughing:
     
  7. Bullet2012

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    are they not difficult to weld ?n:scared:
     
  8. Tray

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    Got a bit sidetracked....

    On comparing the new thermostat with the old one I noticed they were rated at different temperatures
    I had already checked what the spec was supposed to be and found out it should start opening at 92C according my tattered old Haynes manual.
    The new stat appears to be rated at 91C(close enough for me I wouldn’t have worried if it was also 80C to be honest)
    I thought it a bit strange as all other stats I have had to replace were rated at 89C but according to the Haynes Astra Bible it should be 92C unless it was any Astra engine other than the Y17DT when it would be 89C.
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    Hopefully that’ll get the heater working even quicker ready for the winter.
    The A/C has never worked and I’m thinking about giving that a go at some point. I’m fairly sure the condenser is split along the bottom so will need replacing. Maybe I should have a go at TIG welding to, I might be able to fix it, either way I’ll need other toys as well, vac pump, gauges etc..
     
  9. Bullet2012

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    Good luck, it seems it’s going to be a huuuuuuuuge project
     
  10. Tray

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    Thanks

    It doesn’t seem like that much work when I think about each thing I would like to do and most are just would like rather than need to do + I do get a kick out of fiddling with stuff and putting some of my unused knowledge into practice, learning hands on is the best way especially if you start with something knackered, bring it back to life and get use out of it.
     
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  11. Wallace

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    Papa Johns is off our delivery list, very little in the way of toppings :mad:. We have a similar age Astra 1.7 van at work and the dampers are shot, I managed to bottom and top out the front end over a series of bumps recently they're that bad, other than that it drives well. My missus had a 2 door 2ltr SRi DTi that was a nice little car apart from the fuel economy, I struggled to get it over 50mpg on a trip to Scotland and it was even worse on cruise control. The tired Vectra 1.9 CDTi 150 we have now is far better particularly on the cruise control, I have had it up to 65mpg but that is probably down to the more modern injection system.
     
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    :o quick, flog it before it breaks.....
     
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  13. Wallace

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    I drive it in a permanent state of broken. Swirl flaps, flexi joint, knocking rear ARB, dragging calipers and dented front where my missus drove through a wall turning round in a friends road. Nothing to do with her flip flops apparently.
     
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    I have looked into the 1.9CDTI 150 Astravans but they do seem to be lot of maintenance.
    The 65mpg would be an nice improvement considering the mileage I do.

    With regards to classic status the 2.0 Sportive is in with a chance, and mine probably is too ((especially if everyone else is scrapping em)anything is really)
    I’ve owned a few cars that were “never going to be a classic”, cortinas, MK1 MK2 and MK3 escorts and even a MK2 2.3V6 Granada with a manual box (that was a lovely motor) and they all go for stupid money now.
    The MK1 1100L Escort was what I cut my teeth on, man I loved that car.
    It had drum brakes all round and no servo assistance when I got it.
    I had changed the front struts for 3.0 Capri ones with vented discs, upgraded the rear suspension, put a 5 speed RS500 gearbox in it (me dad done the welding to widen the transmission tunnel) had a jag rear axle, new sills and front floor pans(courtesy of dads welding skills again, it amazes me even more know what he could do with a cheap stick welder).
    I never got to finish it though.
    I had a 2.3V4 that I had modded hugely sitting on a test bench In the garage and was still shunting the Escort about with the 1100 engine in it.
    I remember on my way to The Old Kent road one Friday night tapping her on the bonnet and “saying you’ll be sorted tomorrow” as I was planning to drop the engine in on Saturday. I’d taken the 1100 out, pushed/parked her up, left some tools in the boot which I never ever do especially in Bermondsey and put a cover over her.
    When I eventually woke up on Saturday I looked out the window to see an empty parking space!
    Some scumbag had nicked her with no engine in her(and me tools).
    I Kinda gave up modding cars after that.
     
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  15. Tray

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    Bit wet today so I probably won’t be playing at welding.
    Won’t stop me playing with the van though!
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    The opposite happened to me, went for the Escort it was still there minus engine and gearbox,:( bet it was the same mob.
     
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  17. jerrytug

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    DTi's are Mitsubishi motors I think, my Vectra (which I drove in socks and sandals, hoping to meet Jeremy Clarkson)
    stood up to hard work.The GM ancillaries let it down a bit..
     
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    DTI was just the badging.
    1.7 in this era was an Isuzu engine, which GM used until Isuzu pretty much stopped making it, but the final CDTI incarnation wasn't that good. The Fiat 1.3CDTI 100PS was better.

    The original 2.0dti was a GM engine, which got replaced by the Fiat 1.9, which later became a 2.. (I'm not sure if they physically changed anything, or just changed the size they called it...
     
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  19. mechman Member

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    Did Vauxhall come into play somewhere?
     
  20. Gan gan 123 Member

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    Hi Tray I have an astravan with the same problem on the heat exchanger and I was thinking about bypassing it, is it an easy job can you give me any advice. Thanks Graham.
     
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