So it’s that time of year where you are meant to get presents you actually want and not just socks and underwear. As you get older Christmas time does not feel like it does when you are a kid – when mum and dad would get you what you wanted and it was great to wake up in the morning and open up all these great gifts. Nowadays I am lucky to get anything, not that I really care because for me it is time to spend with family and now I play the role of gift provider for my kid who gets everything during Christmas. She gets gifts from both grandparents, aunties, uncles and even the neighbor next door. I on the other hand get nothing. So this year I decided to get myself some goodies – well they are more for the car than me – but you get the gist.
(1) I finally got the front spoiler sprayed up because one of my readers mitfaka suggested that color coded parts look the best – I was going to carbon vinyl wrap it but I do agree it does look good. The spray painter did a great job and I can’t wait until all the Christmas shenanigans are over so that I can spend some time putting it on the car.
(2) I finally bought the Remus exhaust I wanted – It was the Powersound Sports Exhaust. It has a brand new valve control system from Remus which allows you to tune the power and sound to your individual requirements. Very easily, you can decide how high the power and sound level is set at. I have it closed at the moment and the sound is great – It has a deeper growl than the stock exhaust without sounding too loud.
(3) I also got new pedals – New MOMO pedals
I also bought more stuff from Jom again and hoping it will get here sooner than later. Last time it took a month so I’m thinking it will be here by the end of January. Well I hope everyone has a good relaxing break during this time – I hope you get everything you want and if not well do what I do and buy it for yourself…. lol
Got off my ass today and decided to put the chrome rings in the instrument panel. I thought it was going to be a bit of a mission but turned out easier than I thought. I thought I would have to remove the steering wheel to get to the panel but it turned out that I could remove the panel holding the instrument cluster to the console without having to rip out the steering wheel….YAY plus one for me.
So I unscrewed the panel and got into the instrument cluster, I then unhinged the clear plastic front from the back and placed the rings in each cluster. Done in 15 minutes..
It took a whole month!!! but its finally here and fitted – Jom honeycomb grill don’t look too bad
For now front and back have been either de-badged and / or opelised. Next move is to sort out the wheels and the steering wheel badge. Door pins also replaced – much nicer than the stock plastic ones..
So what’ s next? hmmmm tacho rings…. means that I have to take out the tacho facia – not something I am looking forward to doing at the moment – maybe when I have some time off work and just not on the weekend.
Scoping out some nice rims too atm – trawling Ebay and Gumtree daily to find a good deal..
It amazes me how many Opel fans there are in Europe and the UK. There are numerous forums and fan-sites in the UK as well as Europe. There is one forum in Australia of Opel lovers and it has been more than helpful when diagnosing problems with my car. Australia just doesn’t get it. Most car nuts are too into their Commodores or Falcons and their V8 cars. From observations I can surmise that are are 2 main kinds of car freaks here (1) Bogan Commonwhore lovers with their V8s and their Maloo fetish and (2) riceys with their Mugen powered Hondas.
I fall into neither category but still like working on my car and modding it.
Anyways found a few great websites selling Opel Astra parts – one of them being this website – more than helpful customer service and relatively cheap postage rate. The parts are not expensive either.
Paid for 2 front grills, door pins and tacho gauge today – now the waiting begins….