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    Vehicle : Vectra

    Trim : SRi

    Engine : Z20NET

    Year : 04

    Default Look what I found at the breakers today...

    This is the first time a Vec-c has appeared in my local breakers yard, was a CDTi 120, assuming it was an SRi as it had the smoked rear lights and silver trims on the interior, went in for a snoop around, someone had already taken the seats, the dash trims etc were still intact and so were the doorcards, the engine had burst into flames by the looks of things, the whole front end was fire damaged and smoke had bellowed through the car staining the roof lining etc. I raked around found a few little gems,


    The silver plastic surrounds that go round the gauges, was an absolute ***** of a job trying to get to them as the melted plastic behind had welded the gauge pod to the rest of the dash behind, eventually got enough leverage to pull the gauge pod free and set to work trying to figure out how to remove the surrounds from the gauges, I found the most effective way was to carefully louvre a stanley blade under each surround and gently prise it free, they have tiny little legs on the back of them that click into tiny holes in the gauge pod, I'm going to snip them and bond them on to the gauges in my car, managed to get all four of them off unscathed, and I also took the needles with the little silver bits on for good measure, so this looks like my job for sunday when my lass is at work, should look pretty neat and a nice little touch IMO!

    The steering wheel and airbag were also still intact, as I've already bought the SRi wheel I still need the airbag, though I couldn't for the life of me figure out how to get it off, on my way out I asked the guy how much the airbag was, £125WTF ??! for an airbag from a fire and smoke damaged car at a breakers yard? I think if I manage to get it off it'll be going straight in the toolbox

    On that subject though, does anyone know how to get the airbag free from a pre-facelift SRi steering wheel?

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    I love them type of scrape yards where you can still take your tool box in & go for a rummage.

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    AndyVec took mine off last week. The airbag clips in.

    1. Disconnect the battery and wait 10 -30 minutes depending on how patient you are.

    2. Turn the wheel 45 degrees and locate 2 deep holes on the rear of the wheel which don't have screws in them. THe ones with screws secure the controls on the wheel.

    3. With a flat blade screw driver and a good sense of touch find the plastic sprung hook and push outwards from the centre. Once successfull the bag pops out a bit on one side.

    4. Repeat on the other side.

    5. Lift out the bag and diconnect.

    Easy ?????? Took andy about 20 minutes and he knew what to do!

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    thats a good find not i can find that in my neck of the woods

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    I wish I could find that around here as I would like to have a set of SRI rear light clusters to 'experiment' with.... dont want to hack mine about

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    Haven't had time to upload the pics, but I did this little job on sunday morning, removed the gauges from the car, had to chop the little legs off the silver rings so they'd sit flush against the gauges.

    When I trial fitted them I discovered that the outline of the speedo and rev counter was going to be covered by the rings, so I thought about it for a few minutes and decided that it would still look good and probably a neat little touch that the outer ring of the the two wouldn't light up, so with that decided I applied a really fine layer of adhesive to the underside of each ring then gently and very carefully positioned them.

    So, here is the finished product, Silver/SRi gauge surround rings and needles removed from a scrap car and fitted to my '02 plate Elite

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    And in the dark so you can see the effect where the silver rings eliminate the outer rings (that usually outline and light up) of both the speedo and rev counters, I think it looks really good like this, what do you all think?
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    Nice job mate. Any trouser browning moments lining the rings up with the bonding on?

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    Sweet Dash mate....those plastic rims really look good.

    It´s a shame we don´t have so much vec´s around here, specially in a breakers yard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev_A View Post
    Haven't had time to upload the pics, but I did this little job on sunday morning, removed the gauges from the car, had to chop the little legs off the silver rings so they'd sit flush against the gauges.

    When I trial fitted them I discovered that the outline of the speedo and rev counter was going to be covered by the rings, so I thought about it for a few minutes and decided that it would still look good and probably a neat little touch that the outer ring of the the two wouldn't light up, so with that decided I applied a really fine layer of adhesive to the underside of each ring then gently and very carefully positioned them.

    So, here is the finished product, Silver/SRi gauge surround rings and needles removed from a scrap car and fitted to my '02 plate Elite

    Before:


    After


    And in the dark so you can see the effect where the silver rings eliminate the outer rings (that usually outline and light up) of both the speedo and rev counters, I think it looks really good like this, what do you all think?

    that must be some sunday afternoon drives you go on mate, over 4000 miles, lol
    Last edited by skippyroo; 19th April 2007 at 06:10. Reason: 1

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    Quote Originally Posted by skippyroo View Post
    that must be some sunday afternoon drives you go on mate, over 4000 miles, lol


    Milage made me laugh me socks off, either way the clocks are 100%

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