Something a little more in-depth than usual. If you have 10 minutes free, sit down and enjoy some photos of a car being brought back from the dead.


Around 3 years ago we came across an Arden Blue GSi owned by a customer that was ready for the scrap yard. The vehicle ended up in our possession one way or another and sat in the corner looking sorry for itself for a few months. We decided we would bring it back to life with a few simple fixes here and there, mainly the headgasket had gone and the body riddled with rust spots and dents (plus a few shades of blue).


What was initially meant to be a simple/quick fix - escalated very quickly and the next thing we know we had untaken a full recommissioning of the vehicle to the best standard possible.


Yes it is a 14 year old car that realistically has very little value. But we felt we owed it to the old girl to come back to life with a vengeance!


It goes without saying that we had some amazing help along the way from suppliers to help give this GSi a new lease of life. Particular shout out to:


Performance Engine Components

AIRTEC Motorsport

LOBA Motorsport GmbH

Piper Cams & Exhausts

EBC Brakes

SM Tuning

Cobra Exhausts UK



FCP Engineering UK


Gripper Limited Slip Differentials Ltd


Everything below is what we raplaced and added to the car:


-Wossner 87mm Pistons

-FCP conrods

-ARP bolt set

-LEH block

-Cylinder head rebuild, port, polish, all in on seals, skim

-New GM inlet valves

-New GM exhaust valves

-NEW GM guides

-Complete GM top end gasket kit

-Complete GM bottom end gasket kit

-Bottom end rotating assembly dynamically balanced

-Crank polished

-LEH oil pump

-GM timing belt kit

-GM waterpump

-All new Bosch electrical sensors

-80mm MAF

-VXR fuel rail

-Piper uprated valve springs

-Piper GCAP spec inlet camshaft

-EDS inlet manifold

-GM fuel filter

-GM coilpack

-GM plugs

-LOBA K06 Hybrid turbo

-Nortech tophat kit

-PRO hose silicone hose set

-630cc injectors

-ASNU fuel pump

-Turbosmart recirc

-Turbosmart actuator

-AEM methanol kit

-SM Tuning Remap

-C20LET clutch kit


-Gripper LSD

-Gearbox stripped and rebuilt

-New engine wiring loom created in-house

-Cobra double decat 3” exhaust turboback

-Powerflex exhaust rubbers

-Uprated FMIC

-Alloy radiator

-Bilstein shocks front and rear

-Eibach pro lowering springs

-Replacement GM top mounts

-Replacement GM engine mounts

-Replacement GM gearbox mounts

-Powerflex engine mount inserts

-EBC grooved discs

-EBC yellow stuff pads

-HEL braided brake lines

-Replacement GM calipers

-Replacement GM driveshafts

-Whiteline droplinks

-Whiteline lower arms with polybushes

-Replacement GM AC condensor

-Replacement GM AC fan

-AC system vac and recharge

-Underbody rubbed down, cleaned up and stone chipped

-Replacement scuttle panel

-Replacement wheel arches

-Replacement coolant control module

-Complete external body respray in Arden Blue

-Engine bay repainted

-Wheels powdercoated silver

-Toyo Proxy tyres all round

-New interior carpets

-New interior mats

-Replacement retrimmed steering wheel with thicker leather and blue stitching

-Seats cleaned and retreated/repaired

-Headliner removed, cleaned and refitted

-New centre console

-JVC DAB headunit

-GCAP custom screen with AFR/Boost gauge/Water temp/Oil Temp/Voltage

-AEM AFR kit

-GCAP speedo

-Retrofit LOCK button system

-OPC front grill

-OPC centre caps

-OPC rear badges

-OPC airbag

-Pioneer speakers front and rear

-LED interior footwell puddle lights


I'm sure there are a few more subtle things we did, however the truth of the matter is we stopped taking note. The GCAP team all got so heavily invested in this project that we just lost track of what was happening. In fact, it is easier to say what HASNT been replaced or modified on this car than what has.


The car then lived under a cover, when really someone should be enjoying it. So we sold it onto a familiar face in the Vauxhall scene who is now adding their own spin to it. Keep your eyes peeled as we will show you whats happening in the next chapter of this awesome GSi’s life!



GCAP Performance

6 Powis Mews

Notting Hill


W11 1JN