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Omega B2 3.0 V6 Executive from scrap to sunshine
« on: 03 February 2024, 15:35:39 »

This will be a long opening post... but in fall 2021 I bought one of my dream cars:







Facelift saloon Omega with 3.0 litre V6 (X30XE), automatic gearbox and open diff. "They say you should never meet your heroes"- sentence kinda started to make sense, eventhough this was one the cheapest on the market, and mayde thatīs why it came with many faults:

-cambelt hasnīt been done for over 8 years, also the milage window was full
-cam covers were leaking oil
-minor issues with tempratures
-propshaft was wibrating
-handbrake didnīt feel right
-rear brake discs were gone
-brake lines were rusty
-dodgy repairs on the reardoors, also passengers side front had some corrosion
-and some other minor issues

Summer 2022:









Did the timing belt, water pump, auxilary belt&tensioner.





New thermostat and o-rings to water rail sorted out the heat issues 8)



Installed a second-hand-prop shaft.



Added new hand brake cable. After adjusting brake shoes, feeling and bite was spot on  :y

Then I had move on the repair my daily driver, and I left this one to garage, yet Iīll had to sort out oil leaks, also managed to spun oil filter housing while changing new filter, which meant one oil leak more. Brakes were undone as well.

Spring 2023 I made VLog from oil leaks and solutions that I came up with:

Starting point:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amvIT1OBWx0

Cock-up:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nnd6VSu320s

Oil filter conversion:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ce5yOMPAcnY

Alloy cam covers:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EH20jkGqvJc

Result:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kh35Rqi9JI


Then it was time to fix those brakes:







New lines and hoses all round.





Rear calipers done, starting point didnīt look too good ;D





Also front calipers rebuilt, brackets cleaned and painted.



For budget reasons I used old discs (which werenīt actuacllu that bad) and add only new pads. In some point I will buy more high quality discs and pads.

The radiator draining plug was leaking, with short search on eBay, I found new one:



So this was an easy fix 8)

Before MoT I wanted fix exterior a bit, and here is a VLog which reveals most of work:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6z84KPX5KMg

And here is happy owner talking ;D  :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hASh4IeA6uw










Rest of the summer I just kept on driving and enjoying. Despite having open diff, this is after all an Omega which means it does still go sideways, as long as you donīt lift an inch, outer wheel keeps spinning, cause if you do it bites and you en up having that inside wheel spin or "one tire fire" ::)

The after market rims are quite.. horrible and for that reason I gotse of these:



I will get new tyres during on this spring.


Future plans for the car is to keep on restoring it, fix the underside, take the rear beam off and add new bushes, also new bushes to front as well. And propably I will replace orignal diff with an LSD.

If I had time, I would like to convert this to manual, I already have a C25XE flywheel, but I havenīt bought other bits yet.



 
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Re: Omega B2 3.0 V6 Executive from scrap to sunshine
« Reply #1 on: 03 February 2024, 16:07:09 »

Excellent job :y
Buy the way, you sound a bit like Kimi on Youtube  :D
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Re: Omega B2 3.0 V6 Executive from scrap to sunshine
« Reply #2 on: 04 February 2024, 11:32:31 »

Great work.  :y
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Re: Omega B2 3.0 V6 Executive from scrap to sunshine
« Reply #3 on: 04 February 2024, 11:34:33 »

Thanks!

Well, I do have a finnish accent or like we call in here "rally english" ;D
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Re: Omega B2 3.0 V6 Executive from scrap to sunshine
« Reply #4 on: 04 February 2024, 22:43:43 »

Very nice  :)

One thing ....

you seem to have fitted the steering wheel on the WRONG side of the car  :o   ;D   :D
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Re: Omega B2 3.0 V6 Executive from scrap to sunshine
« Reply #5 on: 07 February 2024, 13:00:59 »

Nicely done, and it's cleaned up really well ...  :y
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« Reply #6 on: 05 March 2024, 09:45:54 »

Yeah thanks again :) By the way here Finland usually (except import cars) only the post office vans are right hand drives, Iīve actually driven few to garage lifter for tyre change at my daily job ;D


I havenīt done much for this car recently, but... Iīve got lots of bits for it. New subframe bushes and semi-trailing arm bushes (orignal GM), new ARB bushes (FAG) and Mintex brake pad installation kit with pins and rattle springs, previous owner had lost them and had to fabricate temporately those from stainless steel sheet. Also I bought OEM upper water hose, cause there is a coolant leak left top of the radiator and looks like (?) itīs the hose.
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