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Project MK1 Cavalier: SOLD.

I was really looking forward to rocking around in this car over summer;  Hittin’ up shows and having something I could actually get some camping gear in.  It’s a full-blown windows down, steering with one hand mobile.  Alas, I had to let it go; I really need to get a place!

The good news is I still have the banded steels as the new owner took it without them…I might have to throw them under the Roadster for a giggle.


Project MK1 Cavalier: MOT time

The annual Ministry poke under the Cav wasn’t due ’till the end of April, but, as I need to sell it, I took it in early to get it out-of-the-way; though not before I re-fitted the stock suspension and wheels (believe it or not, they are actually 40mm lowering springs!).

The good news is it passed first time!  I was pretty confident it would as it’s like a new car, but you always have that niggling doubt!  Don’t worry, it’s already back slammed and on the banded steels!  Now, I need to sell it and get the KP back on the road in time for Spring.


3 More from NYD

Just a final 3 shots I took on NYD in Swansea.  I  Just got myself a 7D, so I’m still getting to know it!



This year I was down in Swansea, South Wales, for NYE & NYD: 368 Mile road trip in the Cavalier, fireworks on the beach and a day at the Marina: Awesome!

Hope you all had a good one! All the best for 2010!  Right, onto some car content!


Project MK1 Cavalier: Tune up, look sharp – 30+ mpg club here we come!

Remember this?

Well, after many hours of cruising (and scraping) I decided it was time for a tune and an electric fan to help the old girl into the 30+ mpg club.

Out with the old fixed original fan…

and in with the new… I’m not the most savvy when it comes to wiring and electrics, so wiring in a fan and it actually working was a result!

With that done it was tune-up time; old-skool style!

Gas tester plugged in the back

Color tune up front

If you’ve not seen one before, it’s a spark plug with a viewing window in it so you can see the colour of the combustion: White-ish = lean, Rich Blue = Stoich, Rich = Orange.  This is retro tuning at its best!

Here’s a pic of it running looking down the viewing tube:

Runs much better now!  Should be less juicy too.



Thanks Mr Burroughs.


Project MK1 Cavaier: Blair Waldorf on 9s

Here’s a couple of lame pics from today:

I’m all about this interior:

The truth according to 8380 Labs:

Future plans? Well, I’m just going to enjoy cruising round in it. When it settles I’ll probably drop it a bit more, but beyond that I’ve no real plans.  There is a kinda perverse side to me that would love to see it tucking Bentleys but….