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Postby Shoveitpusher » 21 Sep 2006, 09:12

continuing the hijack

group 4 spec shells really just mean it has rear link boxes in a chevette, with a bit of gusseting. that's why the single cam conversion was so popular. it is the easiest of the main cars of the era to convert. but it does have the complication of the sport part manual and it's clubman varients.

Ian, what events will you be runing the car in? Mario should have the list of hs's and hsr's via the droop snoot group.

my car is being built by a guy who builds historic escorts, i was looking at mine yesterday and we were discussing values - he had over £110k parked outside his workshop, 5 old cars! and the £55k bda mk1 wasn't there. it's crazy and must make it very hard to get started, the big benefit with escorts is most of the parts are still made, including new alloy bda engines but as chevettes get more popular someone will see a market and start making panels again

rallying is at a crossroads, the 3 branches are starting to snipe at each other, that's without in fighting inside the 'tribes'. i miss the days of having a car that would be used for a road rally one weekend and a stage rally the next, perhaps with an autocross thrown in for good measure, drivers who competed, rather than specialised and had all the shiny kit.

which bugger moved the thread i was replying to whilst i was still replying - please move to the new bit . ta everso
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Postby rallyevo3 » 21 Sep 2006, 09:18

I was talking to Prepfab yesterday, they are starting to do Chevette stuff and there website WWW.prepfab.co.uk will be updated in the next week with parts and prices...

Will be doing single & multi venue Nat B events

See new thread in rallying section to continue the discussion

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Postby Shellysowner » 27 Sep 2006, 12:02

Doive wrote:I remember last summer being in another Chevette with a quite mad driver, and we were drifting round A class roads at 65mph with the tail sliding progressively on the corners. It was fantastic.

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Postby rallyevo3 » 27 Sep 2006, 12:32

are they handed?
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Postby Shellysowner » 27 Sep 2006, 12:36

rallyevo3 wrote:are they handed?


errrm, pass - but you've got a hammer haven't you? :lol:
Doive wrote:I remember last summer being in another Chevette with a quite mad driver, and we were drifting round A class roads at 65mph with the tail sliding progressively on the corners. It was fantastic.

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Postby Galgeth » 25 Dec 2006, 18:52

TJM wrote:Have managed to install most of the transmission/exhaust tunnel, gearbox tunnel and started to install the raised diff tunnel.



Did you have to jig the car before cutting the floor pan out? I was thinking if I welded the tunnel in first then went underneath and cut the old tunnel out following the weld marks I could avoid any distortion in the shell? Do you have any pictures of the tunnel in place/being fitted?
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Postby TJM » 26 Dec 2006, 14:25

Make a brace to go across the front suspension turrets and ensure front crossmember is fitted, that should suffice for the front end and then weld some tubing acroos the door gaps and from one side to another and again that should suffice for the centre. I did only remove one piece of the tunnel at a time and then install the replacement section and then move onto the next section.

It is also wise to take a few measurements first before and after.

I will get some pics together and post on here.

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Postby TJM » 16 Jan 2007, 21:44

Here is a picture of the gearbox/front exhaust tunnel fitted.

http://www.tjmotorsport.co.uk/prodimages/chevettebuild/gearbox-tunnel2.jpg

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Postby CancerWagon » 17 Jan 2007, 03:07

shiney :D
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Postby TJM » 17 Jan 2007, 21:28

Have completed a bit more work to the Chevette:

Front chassis rail to bulkhead gussets fabricated and fitted.
Trimmed front lower wishbone rear mounts, fabricated gussets and fitted.
Double skinned bulkhead at brake servo mount ready for newly fabricated Bias Pedal Box.
Removed plastic wheel arch guard mount from inner wing as it was rotten, fabricated replacement panel and fitted.

Jobs tomorrow:

Fit front crossmember
Front inner panel
Front panel
Wings
Bonnet
Prepare and paint engine bay

Will update with more pics soon.

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Postby TJM » 18 Jan 2007, 19:01

Hi

Today I started on the NS rear arch mod. remove old tubs and badly fitted saloon turrets, manufacture new larger tubs for 15" wheels and fit works turrets. After removing the filler highlighted some poor repairs by previous owner to include outer sills and rear arch repair.

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http://www.tjmotorsport.co.uk/prodimages/chevettebuild/rear-tub1.jpg
http://www.tjmotorsport.co.uk/prodimages/chevettebuild/rear-tub2.jpg

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Postby chevette adam » 27 Jan 2007, 22:31

The build is coming on Tim. Looking very tidy (as we'd expect) Are you gonna do forest stages with it or tarmac? Did you say that you sell 4 link kits? If so how much?
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Postby TJM » 28 Jan 2007, 12:30

This is being built for single venue and tarmac not forestry. I can supply 4 link kits as per oroginal long arms (top only), just need to know what axle diameter you have to make up axle bracket. Can make them up for Atlas std and group 4, manta a/b etc etc.

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Postby Galgeth » 28 Jan 2007, 13:36

TJM wrote: I can supply 4 link kits as per oroginal long arms (top only),


:?:

Like the mk2 escort kits? (below) or something different?

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... &rd=1&rd=1
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Postby TJM » 28 Jan 2007, 17:40

I can supply those kits also but my Chevette ones are as per historic version where you use std bottom link and a new top link.

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Postby Galgeth » 28 Jan 2007, 23:02

ummm, think I will have to look in the sportspart manual to see what you mean, I cant picture it at the moment! :oops:

What sort of money are we talking for a 4 link fit for a 4ha axle?

Historic and escort type kits.
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Postby TJM » 29 Jan 2007, 23:49

Diagram is available in the Sportspart manual.

Another pic of rear tub here:

http://www.tjmotorsport.co.uk/prodimages/chevettebuild/rear-tub10.jpg

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Postby TJM » 07 Mar 2010, 17:26

Hello to all

After finally getting some time to sort my own car out, make a roll over stand, blah, blah, blah. I have got back into the Chevette.

Have spent the last two days removing the bulk of the underseal (has to be one of the worst jobs on a prep), seam welded the gearbox tunnel.

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Next thing is to remove the remnants of the paint/underseal back to bare metal.

Also manufactured some rear turrets (which are universal but designed on the Works Tall Turrets with matching axle brackets. Had to make a press tool for the round discs. These are now available from stock and are £120 a pair inc axle brackets.

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Next will be to finish seam welding the transmission tunnel, manufacture and weld in front skids. Make the 4 link boxes replica of works boxes and fit.

Atlas axle then (fully floating) which i then have to make the axle brackets for.

I think that is enough for now and hopefully will move much fast in the next few months compared to the last few years.

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