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    With that little lot sorted I decided to get a health check done at a local rolling road Area 52 Autosport and I can report all is good. I’m not chasing power and just wanted to confirm the AFR (Air to Fuel Ratio) was spot on and the new clutch was still gripping. Car made 275bhp and 375lbft and drives lovely, slightly down on the Courtenay figures. As I said it’s all about the drivability for me as the car is used daily and not the pub talk figures as they are still decent but all cars are different as are rolling roads.





    Early November and it was 1 year into ownership so a celebratory oil change was called for as I do this every six months so the third one as I changed it when we got the car. Plus it sailed through the MOT the week previously



    To bring this right up to date last week I had the driver’s seat base bolster repaired as it had gone completely soft. It was like it when we bought the car and it has always been on my mind to get it repaired. Found a local company who specialise in commercial work on VW Campers but were happy to give it a go.

    Offending seat squidgy bit.





    They mentioned about swapping the passenger side bolster so I removed both seats and bought some lush poverty spec seats for peanuts from my local scrappers. In the end they just repaired it.



    Not so poverty spec now and looking a million times better. To be fair they weren’t too bad and comfy enough, just not arm chair comfy like the Recaros are.



    Seat fixed and back in. Feels and looks so much better, not mint but for £60 I’m not complaining.




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    Since changing the clutch the gear selection has felt a little notchy so I set about adjusting it last week.First off remove the ashtray by gently pulling upwards and pop the gear gator free, this gives better access to everything. Next thing is to pull the reverse collar up all the way on the gearstick and press in the white tabs either side of the stick so the locking mechanism pops down. This white part slots in the moulding to the left and locks the gearstick in the 1st/2nd neutral position. With that done you can release the cables by flicking the grey and white cable locks upwards. This can be done using your fingers but a small flat blade screwdriver helps.Next thing is to lock the gear selection turret into position on the gearbox. You can do this without removing the battery and battery box as I did but for better access it’s recommend you remove these first. Pull the breather pipe off and using a 5mm drill bit slide the smooth end into the vertical hole above the breather hole gently applying pressure to push it further inwards while pulling the selector turret upwards until it locks into position.With the turret and gearstick locked in position press the grey and white gear cable locks downwards so they click into position. Now remove the drill bit from the turret and click the white gear stick locking bit into its original location. Refit the ashtray and gear gator and you’re all done back to a silky smooth gear change. There is a known fault with the selection turret as a nylon bush can wear causing difficult gear selection but a permanent fix is available with the original bushing replaced with a metal version. Fortunately my turret doesn’t suffer this issue at the moment.After sorting the gear selection the car got a long overdue wash and I even did inside the rims as they were horribly dirty.

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    Since changing the clutch the gear selection has felt a little notchy so I set about adjusting it last week.First off remove the ashtray by gently pulling upwards and pop the gear gator free, this gives better access to everything. Next thing is to pull the reverse collar up all the way on the gearstick and press in the white tabs either side of the stick so the locking mechanism pops down. This white part slots in the moulding to the left and locks the gearstick in the 1st/2nd neutral position. With that done you can release the cables by flicking the grey and white cable locks upwards. This can be done using your fingers but a small flat blade screwdriver helps.Next thing is to lock the gear selection turret into position on the gearbox. You can do this without removing the battery and battery box as I did but for better access it’s recommend you remove these first. Pull the breather pipe off and using a 5mm drill bit slide the smooth end into the vertical hole above the breather hole gently applying pressure to push it further inwards while pulling the selector turret upwards until it locks into position.With the turret and gearstick locked in position press the grey and white gear cable locks downwards so they click into position. Now remove the drill bit from the turret and click the white gear stick locking bit into its original location. Refit the ashtray and gear gator and you’re all done back to a silky smooth gear change. There is a known fault with the selection turret as a nylon bush can wear causing difficult gear selection but a permanent fix is available with the original bushing replaced with a metal version. Fortunately my turret doesn’t suffer this issue at the moment.After sorting the gear selection the car got a long overdue wash and I even did inside the rims as they were horribly dirty.

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    Treated the barge to some new fancy front wiper blades this week and opted for Bosch aero.





    I wasn’t too sure about the bulky fixing but when it’s peeing down and I can see the road I won’t really care.



    My Vectra VXR estate on-going diary > click me if you dare

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    Noticed a scab on the rear offside arch as the nasty ‘orange’ stuff had infected the surface. Decided to get it booked it with Ben at Fleetsahead my favourite local bodyshop. Also on Facebook, comes highly recommended if you’re in my area.



    Collected the car last Friday and as expected, top job.

    My Vectra VXR estate on-going diary > click me if you dare

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