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Re: humbucker's 2004 Irmscher MV6 #irmscherMV6
« Reply #45 on: 15 January 2015, 11:07:52 »

Legend has it that Opel couldn't keep under-bonnet temperatures low enough when the car was travelling for sustained periods at high speed, ultimately forcing GM to ditch the idea. Long-standing rumours about a coalition of German executive express manufacturers encouraging Opel to halt the project in order to protect a valuable market monopoly remain unproven...  :roll: There was a 'regular' V8-equipped version of the car in the pipeline too.

Here's a video of the development vehicle on display. "Opel Motorcity 2009 Omega V8 ‹ber-Omega 5,7l 315PS":

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Re: humbucker's 2004 Irmscher MV6 #irmscherMV6
« Reply #46 on: 15 January 2015, 11:08:04 »

From Wikipedia:

Omega V8

Opel was planning to upgrade its flagship Omega model with powerful GM LS1 V8 engine used in Chevrolet Corvette. Unlike V8.com which was the concept car, this model was intended to go into the serial production. Omega V8 was shown publicly for the first time at 70th Geneva Motor Show (March 2Ė12, 2000). The V8-engined version was to be put on sale autumn 2000.[12]

The reasons for cancelling production plans were concerns about whether the engine was vollgasfest (German, "Full throttle resistant") - the engine might overheat and be damaged if driven flat out on the Autobahn for long periods of time, although Holden equipped its Commodore (which was re-engineered Omega for Australian market) with the same engine.[13] A version of this platform was used for the Holden Monaro which was marketed in the US as the fourth generation Pontiac GTO and in the UK as the Vauxhall Monaro.
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Re: humbucker's 2004 Irmscher MV6 #irmscherMV6
« Reply #47 on: 15 January 2015, 11:08:19 »

Lazily copying status updates from social networking channels into forum posts wasn't really working, eh?! Hashtag fail. You have my apologies! I have retrospectively edited each of the posts on this thread to reflect 'proper' content with lots of new pics, new content, expanded detail etc. Please do have a flick back through the thread. I shall endeavour to make your #irmscherMV6 experience a more enjoyable one from this point onwards, hehe!  ;)
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Re: humbucker's 2004 Irmscher MV6 #irmscherMV6
« Reply #48 on: 15 January 2015, 11:08:59 »

"Two out of two mechanics recommend Mini-Ductor II"  ;D

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Re: humbucker's 2004 Irmscher MV6 #irmscherMV6
« Reply #49 on: 15 January 2015, 11:09:37 »

More detail to follow, but for the benefit of those who havenít seen it already (and for those who want to know Ďwhatís in the box'  :P ), the latest full ‪#‎irmscherMV6‬ project update has hit newsstands and can be found on page 88 of the current issue of Total Vauxhall. As ever, the magazine features some cracking cars and is available to buy from all the usual retailers. iFolk can get the digital version by clicking here: http://www.totalvauxhall.co.uk/newsstand. You can even have the mag delivered direct to your door at no extra cost by clicking here: http://is.gd/0N0iii. You know what, you might as well subscribe! Click here: http://is.gd/sLShvy  ;D Thanuverymush x  ;)
 
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Re: humbucker's 2004 Irmscher MV6 #irmscherMV6
« Reply #50 on: 15 January 2015, 11:10:55 »

Progress has been a little slower than expected this month following the busted kneecap that I suffered as a direct result of kneeling on gravel while installing the Recaro leathers that starred in my last project update. Ouch. A quick once over by my GP confirmed the damage, at which point I was instructed to give the pulverised patella a few weeks of rest. The fact that my other knee was also diagnosed as being in a poor state added insult to injury (literally!) and forced me to re-evaluate my immediate Irmscher shaped plan of action.

Down but not out, I decided to spend time sorting the MV6ís questionable cosmetic state. A thick layer of muck had formed on the bodywork, and time spent beneath a tree at the back of the Vauxhall dealer that sold me the car had encouraged sap and yucky green stuff to cake the outer panels. Iím not too fussed about a show quality shine at this stage, but itís fair to say that a thorough exterior cleaning session was long overdue.

A chat with the car care detailing experts at Autobrite Direct would result in the tools for the job in the form of the firmís heavy duty snow foam lance and a range of top quality decontaminants. The lance itself is one of the companyís best sellers and is claimed to be the safest pre-wash foaming tool on the market. It was a direct fit to my existing pressure washer, and I soon covered #irmscherMV6 in a thick Magifoam mousse in attempt to break down the stubborn grime before following up with a relentless assault of Citrus Wash degreaser, Purple Velvet high-gloss shampoo, Just The Tonic tar remover and heavy grade detailing clay.
   
The Autobrite products made light work of removing the filth, and the revealed paintwork wasnít as bad as I was expecting it to be. Unfortunately, the same couldnít be said of the carís damaged Irmscher front bumper. Itís a rare (and expensive) item, and I was about to pick up the phone to my local bodyshop to get a quote for repair when a suitable replacement appeared on eBay. I couldnít believe my luck, especially as the duplicate bumper featured nearly new Cibie fog lamps, mint mesh grilles and had been painted in the required shade of solid black! Needless to say, itís now decorating the front end of the MV6 Ė an aspect of the car ruined by that massive V-grille. Take a guess at what Iíll be buying in the coming weeks...

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Tooled up. Note the green crap stuck to the car's bodywork:



Autobrite Direct heavy duty snowfoam lance and Magifoam mousse in action:



This made me laugh!



Just the tonic? Just the ticket!





The new Irmscher front airdam/bumper, fogs and grilles:



Bolted up where it belongs:



#irmscherMV6 looking nice and tidy. Well, it was clean for about 24 hours (at which point Farmer Giles decided to let rip in the surrounding corn fields with his combine harvester. Ah well, at least I managed to take these photos beforehand  ::) ;D )!

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Re: humbucker's 2004 Irmscher MV6 #irmscherMV6
« Reply #51 on: 15 January 2015, 11:11:47 »

Wahey! The latest full #irmscherMV6 project update has hit newsstands and can be found on page 88 of the new issue of Total Vauxhall. As ever, the magazine features some awe-inspiring cars and is available to buy from all the usual retailers. iFolk can get the digital version by clicking here: http://www.totalvauxhall.co.uk/newsstand. You can even have the mag delivered direct to your door at no extra cost by clicking here: http://is.gd/Kr1hbX. You know what, you might as well subscribe! Click here: http://is.gd/sLShvy :)

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Re: humbucker's 2004 Irmscher MV6 #irmscherMV6
« Reply #52 on: 15 January 2015, 11:12:27 »

The MV6ís poorly Y32SE and its accompanying AR35 transmission have finally been extracted from the car thanks to a day of frantic spanner-wielding from within the confines of my garage. My good friend, Seweryn Sidor (a fellow Omega nut and the proprietor of Cambridgeshire Vauxhall service and repair specialists, SOS Automotive), popped over to assist with the proceedings, and we took the opportunity to relieve the donor MV6 of its X30XE engine and R28 manual gearbox at the same time.

This is where things get a bit complicated; I now have four V6 engines sitting on the garage floor, all of which are in various states of repair. Thereís the Irmscher carís faulty lump, a remanufactured 3.2 that I planned to use as its new powerplant (but have since decided isnít up to the job), the donor carís 3.0-litre engine and yet another Y32SE that regular readers will recall seeing pictured weighing down the back of my Saab estate. Thatís 12.6-litres of GM grunt awaiting some action!

To cut a long story short, the latter 3.2 will be inspected, refreshed and rebuilt before joining the five-speed manual gearbox from the donor vehicle. Both will be bolted into my ever-patient Irmscher MV6.

With Sew on hand to help, the engine and Ďbox of each car was removed as a single unit. Iíd already pulled the bumpers, bonnets, wiring and radiators in a bid to speed the process along, and we were able to withdraw the guts of both Griffins in a little under three hours. There were, of course, a number of stubborn bolts to contend with along the way, but thatís pretty good going in my book.

It helped that the Irmscher-kitted motorís previous owner had spent thousands of pounds on a brand new exhaust system and genuine GM catalytic convertors a short while before I grabbed its keys. This made removal of the pipework a straightforward affair and demonstrates how well looked after the olí bus has been over the years. In fact, until now, the car has returned to the very same Vauxhall dealer that originally sold it whenever there was a service or repair to be undertaken.

I collected the car from the same dealership (it was chopped in as part-ex against a new Insignia) which meant that I could get a comprehensive service history printout detailing every nut, bolt, fluid, and repair that it has been subjected to since new. I was amazed to see that it had even been wheeled to Vauxhall for the supply and fit of brake light bulbs! Iím not sure that was £85 well spent, but Iím not complaining about the new suspension, brakes, timing and cooling components that were thrown at it in the run up to my name appearing on the logbook.

Not that any of those parts are staying; every aspect of the Dark Destroyer is in the process of being overhauled and upgraded. I guess that Iíd better crack on with this engine then, eh?!

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No engine? No problem!



Time for the donor MV6 to undergo open heart surgery:





Sew steadies the donor MV6's 3.0-litre engine and manual gearbox. It's not as big as it looks, honest!  :lol:





Both MV6 engines and gearboxes plonked onto the garage floor (front: 3.2 auto, back: 3.0 manual). Note how much shorter the manual gearbox is:



Oh, and this was a tool that proved itself to be useful on the job ("two out of two mechanics recommend Mini-Ductor II"  ;D):

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Re: humbucker's 2004 Irmscher MV6 #irmscherMV6
« Reply #53 on: 15 January 2015, 11:12:51 »

These are my spare Y32SE engines (not be confused with the Y32SE and X30XE lumps in my earlier photos). One of them appears to have been bought/supplied direct from Vauxhall as a remanufactured exchange unit at some point in its life. I knew that there was something different about it due to the fact that its block-stamped identity has been replaced by an unusual GM plaque featuring an 'out of sequence' engine number. Interesting.



'603200' is the Y32SE's exchange unit part number:



Anyway, this arrived. Who fancies another game of 'what's in the box'?!  ;D

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Re: humbucker's 2004 Irmscher MV6 #irmscherMV6
« Reply #54 on: 15 January 2015, 11:13:26 »

There's a clue in the following picture... (and no, it's not Frontera suspension!)  ;)

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« Reply #55 on: 15 January 2015, 11:13:41 »

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Re: humbucker's 2004 Irmscher MV6 #irmscherMV6
« Reply #56 on: 15 January 2015, 11:13:56 »

Many of you will be sick of the sight of athletes such as Neymar, Messi, Hoy and Bolt thanks to the relentless coverage of their exploits during this summerís FIFA World Cup and the subsequent Glasgow Commonwealth Games, so allow me to present you with some Sport Stars of the Irmscher variety instead!

Iíd intended to equip the MV6 with the rare staggered fitment 18s from day one, but finding a set of 9-inch wide rears and their matching 8-inch wide fronts with the desired offset of ET30 is easier said than done due to the fact that so few were manufactured by Ronal for Irmscher back in the day. There are plenty of non-staggered Sport Stars out there (brand new wheels with offsets and widths suited to the Vectra and Astra), but I didnít want to compromise by equipping the car with rims and rubber that fail to fill the arches as intended.

As the old adage goes, you wait ages for a bus and then two arrive at the same time. Well, the same seems to apply to Sport Stars Ė Iíve ended up with a couple of sets of the fantastic five-spokes! A quick call to the guys down at Irmscher UK resulted in a set of i-Line centre caps, locking wheel nuts and i-Line tyre valve caps with which to decorate them, and I was keen to trial fit the wheels as soon as time allowed.

Ordinarily, the car would sit pretty low and hug the tyres, but the removal of the engine and gearbox (as detailed in my last project update) has left its nose sitting ridiculously high in the air. Youíd be forgiven for thinking that Iíd installed raised height Frontera suspension! Fear not, balance will be restored to the force in due course as a replacement 3.2-litre V6 lump is undergoing a rebuild, a manual gearbox is being readied for action, and uprated dampers and springs feature on ever-growing shopping list.

Now that the wheels are in place, Iím not entirely convinced that their OE shade of silver shows them off at their best when set against the MV6ís solid black paintwork. I think that a colour change is on the cards, with a graphite finish currently my preferred choice of pigment. Oh, and thereís still that horrid grille to replace. Itís gonna be a busy month!

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Re: humbucker's 2004 Irmscher MV6 #irmscherMV6
« Reply #57 on: 15 January 2015, 11:14:17 »

Who wants to play another game of 'what's in the box'?! I'll make it a little easier for you this time...  ;)

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« Reply #58 on: 15 January 2015, 11:14:33 »

Hehe, nothing gets past you guys, eh?! More here:

Wahey! The new issue of Total Vauxhall has hit newsstands, and with it comes the latest full #irmscherMV6 project update :)  As ever, the magazine features some brilliant builds and some cracking cars (this month's bounty includes a trio of Saab-powered Vectra Bs, a 443bhp Astra VXR, a concours Corsa B, a wide-arched Nova powered by a C20XE on carbs, a supercharged VX220 and much, much more!). Click here to find out where to buy/download/subscribe etc: http://is.gd/wAxBXz

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« Reply #59 on: 15 January 2015, 11:14:51 »

A stupidly busy month writing about the treasured Griffins of my fellow Vauxhall enthusiasts means that progress on the Irmscher MV6 project has been a little slower than I was hoping it would be, and the limited downtime that Iíve had at my disposal has been spent stripping the donor MV6 of its valuable parts in advance of its impending trip to the great scrapyard in the sky.

Thatís not to say that the Dark Destroyer has been neglected; Iíve continued to add to a plentiful stockpile of tuning paraphernalia while I work towards spending some quality time with the large barge. As a matter of fact, Iíve been amassing some serious chassis upgrades that promise to transform its handling abilities.

The first major contributor to the cause comes in the form of a Bilstein B12 suspension package. Comprising perfectly matched B8 Sprint shortened shock absorbers and Eibach Pro-Kit lowering springs, the set was developed by Bilstein engineers using technology tested at the NŁrburgring and is designed to vastly improve fast road driving dynamics by reducing body roll, squat and dive while delivering a significantly dropped ride height. Thatís music to my ears, not least of all because the nose of the car is currently sitting at a laughable altitude following the removal of its neighbouring engine and gearbox!

This is the first time that I will have used this particular combination of components, but plenty of my octane-obsessed friends swear by Bilsteinís superior monotube gas and oil damper design, and Iíve equipped enough of my cars with Eibach springs over the years to know how well they perform in a wide variety of driving environments. Thereís no denying that this is a top quality suspension setup, and I canít wait to fit it to the MV6. Besides, a European road trip looms large, and Iím sure that the B12 kit will come into its own as I attempt to navigate my way around a certain ĎGreen Hellí...

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