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Old 28-02-2016, 11:50 AM   #1
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Project VXD

Hi guys
Seen a lot of threads here on progress with cars and I've done something similar on an owners club forum, figured I'd do it here too!
So here is my car the day I bought it

It's a 2007 Vauxhall Vectra Elite 3.0 cdti V6.
I've owned a few cars through the years, the one before this being a lovely RX8, but it needed an engine rebuild and I bought the Vectra for the price the rebuild would of cost.
I had designs on this spec and engine from the start, the elite having heated leather seats, sat nav, auto lights and wipers etc, and a big V6 under the hood, especially seen as most owners clubs slate the 3.0 cdti and prefer the 1.9 cdti, I don't like being told something isn't great when I can see the potential, so I chose the 3.0 cdti V6.

So far I've done the following;
Lowered around 60mm on JOM adjustable coilovers
Colour coded Headlight insides
Headlight eyebrows
Replaced clutch, dmf, slave and master cylinders
Replaced Gear linkage cable
Replaced SCV (what a job!)
Custom DPF back exhaust with VXR tips
Colour coded front V
Colour coded rear chrome strip
Foglight Halo DRLs fitted
Front griffin background in Velocity Red
Rear VXR diffuser
Vxr 19" alloy wheels
Calipers in red
Dpf gutted

This is her after a wash today






Still lots to do and I'm planning on documenting it here!

So list to do;
Vxr rear bumper spoiler
Vxr rear spoiler instead of Gsi one
Full VXR front bumper Inc headlight washers
VXR/Xp2 side skirts
Alloys refurbed (slight skuffing)
Windows tinted 25%
Glow plugs replaced
Aux in mod
Engine bay piping replaced in red
Front mounted intercooler
Hybrid Turbo
Fuel pump upgrade
Remap (should push 280bhp by then)
And finally a good detail and machine Polish.
It's my daily driver so will never be perfect but I'll do my best!

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Old 28-02-2016, 12:55 PM   #2
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Looks good mate. Wheels suit the car.
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Old 28-02-2016, 02:28 PM   #3
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Old 28-02-2016, 05:20 PM   #4
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Lovely jubbly, looking sweet for coming up to its 9th birthday this year.
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Old 29-02-2016, 05:25 PM   #5
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Nice project, what's up with the paint on the rear bumper? it looks shocking, as if it's been rattle canned?

and can you please re-arrange your image links so they all scroll vertically rather than horizontally, it makes far far easier reading.

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Old 01-03-2016, 07:57 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone for the comments
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Nice project, what's up with the paint on the rear bumper? it looks shocking, as if it's been rattle canned?

and can you please re-arrange your image links so they all scroll vertically rather than horizontally, it makes far far easier reading.

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Rearranged the pictures now, sorry I use Tapatalk so auto arranges them for me.
The bumper was rattle canned Yeah, previous one was damaged and I needed a quick fix. Plan is a proper respray on the bumper when the xp2 rear spoiler is fitted on it so it matches in
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Old 24-03-2016, 08:56 PM   #7
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Right hopefully you guys here can help with this.
I've gone and had my front bumper resprayed after someone reversed into it, and it's a cracking job looks fantastic. But I've got some damage to a rear strip whilst it's been in the garage that's been doing the work. This is how it looks




Now I've hit it with some 2000 wet sand and it looks a lot smoother (luckily I did 6 coats of lacquer as it's at the boot release so takes a lot of wear)
Problem is now it looks like it may of gone down to colour coat. I can keep sanding and risk damage and need another respray on this strip, or try and buff it out if it will, but I've got no DA, it's all by hand.
I've had to stop as the light has gone, I'm currently left with this



With it being black the indentations stand out like a sore thumb.
Worse still the company who did it are taking no responsibility for it.
Any advice would be appreciated,

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So I'm finally on my week off which couldn't come sooner, it's been 4 months since my last
7am comes and I'm outside starting the only day the wife has allowed me to finally have a go with my DA polisher, and recently won Wax Planet Oblivion.
Few before pics



First job was to change my fogging up custom lights and fit my newly acquired sri ones



Scratch on the passengers side but they were pennies so can't expect any less really.
Removed it almost though using some 2000p wet and dry. I'll get some 1000p and redo it though as it's fairly deep.
Started by snowfoaming it using Auto Finesse Avalanche, then onto the wheels using Auto Finesse Iron Out and a detailing brush. Followed up with 2BM using Dodo Juice Sour Power and a lambs wool wash mitt.
After the first wash I went over the car with a Meguiars clay bar, couldn't believe the amount of contamination!
Followed this up by yet another wash and dried with an edge-less microfiber towel.
I then treated the paintwork to a 2 stage machine polish. First Auto Finesse Restore on a Yellow pad, then Auto Finesse Revive with a red buffing pad.
After a once around the car it was treated to another pass with Poor Boys Black Hole, before using Polish Angel Centurion sealant as a layer of protection.
Last step was a layer of the newly won Wax Planet Oblivion.
Apologies for the lack of during pictures, but I've literally just finished at almost 5pm and I'm sunburned and knackered!





My favorite reflection shot.......





In terms of the Wax Planet Oblivion, I found it incredibly easy to out on, and a bit thicker compared to Poor Boys Nattys Blue Paste, and was equally a bit tougher to get off. But the result was by far a much deeper, richer colour in comparison, so the juice was definitely worth the squeeze! I can highly recommend this wax, and I'm looking forward to seeing it's protective properties.
Bad side though, found this on my bonnet....

I may stand corrected but I think it's old bird crap that has been left for months by a previous owner. Now I need to find a way to fix it.... Such a shame really!
As always, and comments or advice are greatly appreciated

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Shame you waxed over it. Seen a post on here about using a hair dryer to heat the paint! Have a quick search and you'll be rewarded
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I saw a few posts about using a hair dryer to sort out the marks left by bird droppings. Bizarre but appears to work.

Lovely looking vectra chum. Keep up the great work.

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