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Re: humbucker's 2004 Irmscher MV6 #irmscherMV6
« Reply #105 on: 04 March 2015, 20:24:55 »

Just don't do what the dude who won 'Project Thunder' in MaxPower donkeys ago did and put it through a chip shop window!  :D

Very interesting read mate.  What will we do when all the Omegas are gone?

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Re: humbucker's 2004 Irmscher MV6 #irmscherMV6
« Reply #106 on: 04 March 2015, 20:25:20 »

"Hey, Sharon! I'm just nipping out to get some milk..." VrooOOOooom! :D

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Re: humbucker's 2004 Irmscher MV6 #irmscherMV6
« Reply #107 on: 06 March 2015, 11:45:39 »

"Hey, Sharon! I'm just nipping out to get some milk..." VrooOOOooom! :D


Havnt seen one those for a few years
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Re: humbucker's 2004 Irmscher MV6 #irmscherMV6
« Reply #108 on: 06 March 2015, 12:54:52 »

That would be quite a sight on the M25 with full battenburg and lightbar... ::)
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Re: humbucker's 2004 Irmscher MV6 #irmscherMV6
« Reply #109 on: 12 March 2015, 19:22:21 »

Powerflex is the first name in performance bushes, and it was with that in mind that I grabbed some of the firmís purple polyurethane parts in a bid to improve the MV6ís suspension.

Iíd already equipped the rear of the car with a trio of the companyís exhaust mounts (see last monthís project update), but it was the Vauxhallís front end that became the focus of my attention following the purchase of a pair of new old-stock genuine GM lower control arms.

The factory wishbone bushes were reluctant to shift, but a trip to Cambridgeshireís number one independent Vauxhall specialist, SOS Automotive, saw them squeezed out before they knew what had hit Ďem! I returned home to install the Powerflex parts a short while later, and those of you who are thinking of treating your own Griffin to this worthwhile upgrade will be pleased to know that the job was an absolute doddle.

With the wishbones taken care of, I decided to apply the same treatment to the carís anti-roll bar. Regular readers will recall that I removed the MV6ís 3.2-litre engine and its accompanying automatic gearbox in advance of a planned manual transmission conversion. The resulting under-bonnet cavity provided easy access to the anti-roll bar, and it didnít take long to replace the tired old bushes with the premium quality purple products.

Both sets of Powerflex bushes should improve the carís road holding and handling characteristics by controlling the amount of flex in the suspension. Tyre wear should also be reduced, especially now that each corner is kitted-out with a Bilstein B8 damper and an Eibach Pro-Kit lowering spring.

In other news, I finally decorated the nose of the MV6 with my new Irmscher grille. Unfortunately, it wasnít the straightforward fit that I was expecting, and the rear of the paintable outer surround required heavy modification before it would sit pretty. Nevertheless, itís transformed the look of the front end for the better. Itís just a shame that the car is in need of a bloody good clean... again!

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New and old alongside one another:



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The car's paintable Irmscher grille surround was an astonishingly bad fit. It required a lot of plastic welding, but the finished part has made a big difference to the front end of the ol' bus:

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Re: humbucker's 2004 Irmscher MV6 #irmscherMV6
« Reply #110 on: 12 March 2015, 20:35:23 »

Sorry but polybushing brand new GM wishbones is sacrilege :o

They retail for about £250 a side and are good for about 100k...
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Re: humbucker's 2004 Irmscher MV6 #irmscherMV6
« Reply #111 on: 12 March 2015, 21:40:19 »

And the polybushes will go on forever.....

I did the same to the Lamforders when I bought them new last year....
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Re: humbucker's 2004 Irmscher MV6 #irmscherMV6
« Reply #112 on: 12 March 2015, 22:46:09 »

Misses the point... Lemforders won't last as well, but it's far more cost effective to upgrade cheap, but solidly constructed wishbones, especially if the rest of the suspension has been uprated :-\
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Re: humbucker's 2004 Irmscher MV6 #irmscherMV6
« Reply #113 on: 13 March 2015, 07:54:20 »

This excellent rebuild doesnt seem to be a project that is "cost restricted" . :)
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« Reply #114 on: 13 March 2015, 08:05:59 »

This excellent rebuild doesnt seem to be a project that is "cost restricted" . :)
Which makes some decisions quite strange... fitting a mfl interior rather than sourcing a later one and faffing around with the bootlid to get the lights to fit rather than simply importing the whole thing :-\

Devil is in the details and all that :y
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« Reply #115 on: 13 March 2015, 08:50:39 »

I should add, if it makes the OP happy and keeps another Omega from the crusher, then fair dos...

It does otherwise look smart :y
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Re: humbucker's 2004 Irmscher MV6 #irmscherMV6
« Reply #116 on: 13 March 2015, 09:33:08 »

This excellent rebuild doesnt seem to be a project that is "cost restricted" . :)
Which makes some decisions quite strange... fitting a mfl interior rather than sourcing a later one and faffing around with the bootlid to get the lights to fit rather than simply importing the whole thing :-\

Devil is in the details and all that :y

As explained in an earlier post, I bought the MFL MV6 donor for its transmission (actually, I bought its transmission and the owner gave me the rest of the car for free!). Anyway, the car came complete with a near-mint leather interior. If this hadn't been the case, then I would have looked for the seats from a later model, but I'm quite happy with what I've ended up with. As for not importing a USDM boot lid, I wanted to fit the Irmscher lip spoiler and wing, something that I don't think would have been possible if using the Catera panel due to the width and position of its third brake light aperture. Besides, I like a challenge!

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Re: humbucker's 2004 Irmscher MV6 #irmscherMV6
« Reply #117 on: 16 March 2015, 08:27:06 »

Misses the point... Lemforders won't last as well, but it's far more cost effective to upgrade cheap, but solidly constructed wishbones, especially if the rest of the suspension has been uprated :-\

I bought the Lemforders upon your recommendation....?




Anyhoo - The OP is doing a cracking job on this motor, importing the bootlid would have been extremely expensive to do... so he's converted the Omega bootlid instead as they are much more accessible in this country if a bad mistake was made in the conversion.... Id have done the same TBH - its what I did to my Vectras bonnet before commiting to weld in the extension it had fitted...
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« Reply #118 on: 16 March 2015, 10:32:23 »

You're right, for the most part it will be a real stunner, but for what otherwise seems to be a money-no-object project, the work involved in butchering a uk bootlid must outweigh the cost of importing one :-\

Anywhoo it's his decision and he's kind of explained it... :y

As for Lemforders wishbones, I wouldn't recommend summat I have never bought :y
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Re: humbucker's 2004 Irmscher MV6 #irmscherMV6
« Reply #119 on: 16 March 2015, 11:57:06 »

...seems to be a money-no-object project...

If that were the case, the car would have been up and running a long time ago!  ;D
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