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Postby Shellysowner » 06 Nov 2006, 01:16

Well you're certainly an innovator Chris - you'll have a very original Chevy Chevette there by the time you've finished. Has there ever been an HS front valance on a US/Canadian car before? Who knows. Anyway keep on keeping us posted and keep up the good work!
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Postby CancerWagon » 06 Nov 2006, 01:45

Thanks! :D

That's part of why I want to get the HS bits for it, to my knoledge it hasn't been done before... :wink:
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Postby Herbie_Flowers » 06 Nov 2006, 19:27

i personally find windscreen wipers do a much better job than a bodykit when it's raining :)
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Postby CancerWagon » 07 Nov 2006, 11:37

:lol: Eh?

I pulled them off for doing the paint...

The arms should be going back on today with new blades, along with the new fuel line, rear brakes & bleeding, any welding that may set the carpets on fire then tossing the interior back into place.
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Postby 14yearoldchevetter » 12 Mar 2007, 10:41

Nice diesel there Chris, any chance of getting the cavalier back? :?:
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Postby CancerWagon » 13 Mar 2007, 01:27

Yes but no. I was $300 behind at the time of collection, and a payment since then ($760) Add the "repo fees" and it's over $2000 to go and get it. Oh well. :( It was a good automobile, but did not justify it's cost.

Will just keep puttering about with the diesel while I'm getting parts for the WOCIII project. By summer and some luck, I'll have a decent pair of chevettes on the road. With some luck I'll have a fresh coat of paint on the diesel before friday. 8)
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Postby Doive » 13 Mar 2007, 09:13

Best principle I have found when buying vehicles is to buy 'em cheap, spend a few quid bringing them up to standard and then enjoy until either natural demise comes, or something better comes along. That way things remain cheap, and you don't have to worry about falling behind in payments.

My Saab cost me £700 a year ago, and came with a list of irritating but easy to fix faults, hence why the last owner wanted shot of it and nobody else would touch it. Having spent a couple of hundred pounds on bits, I now have a big 5 door hatchback that goes like stink and stops better than Saab intended too. It still looks like it was dragged from a scrapyard, but that's all the better when I pass the boy racers in haze of intake roar and boost. Mmmmm. Cheap performance.
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Postby CancerWagon » 14 Mar 2007, 01:23

Doive...you couldn't be more right.

I was very daft to buy a new car in the first place. It was nice, but never as enjoyable as when I get into a knackerd old heap and blast down the road. The cavalier was a car, but the chevette is a classic.

One thing that amazes me, 5 years ago, when I used to drive chevettes alot, everyone scoffed my cars. Now, almost everywhere I go, people comment on how they don't see chevettes anymore, yound and old. :)
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Postby Doive » 14 Mar 2007, 09:59

I think Chevettes are beginning to emerge from the classic neverland that most old cars seem to go through. First they become bangers, £50 auction specials that people buy to get them through a winter then scrap and buy another one. Then, slowly but surely, they begin to get a tiny amount of street cred. I mean the classic scene, with the boys in their TR5s, are unlikely to ever accept a Chevette as a classic unless it's an HS of course. I'm not sure Chevette prices will ever match those of the mk2 Escort, but we can hope!

I think I'll always buy cheap and cheerful, everyone else can buy their new cars - I'll buy them off them in 15 years time.
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Postby Doive » 15 Mar 2007, 10:08

That's a nice quick cheap paint job - I'm impressed!
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Postby 14yearoldchevetter » 02 Apr 2007, 13:33

I agree with Dave. Nice and Cheap paintjob!

I was looking through your members car area there and I love your sense of cheap and cheerful enginuity. My parents buy an old banger to get them around and I bodge them when They brake.

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Postby CancerWagon » 09 Apr 2007, 01:09

A complete lack of shame also helps :lol:

Actually been incredibly busy getting the diesel "up to code" between work and sleep... should be all done this week. Will update with plenty photos sometime soon. I've got 1300 miles on the clock since it's ressurection. :D
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Postby 14yearoldchevetter » 09 Apr 2007, 15:23

CancerWagon wrote: Will update with plenty photos sometime soon.


Good, Good cant wait, she looks well
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Postby 14yearoldchevetter » 12 Jun 2007, 13:04

The new motor looks good chris. prefer the front on the diesel though

How manys that now.......3 on my count
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Postby CancerWagon » 13 Jun 2007, 21:16

Yep, I'm up to 3 chevettes in my posession. MY mum is going to kill me... I know it.

This 78 is in rather good nick, better than the diesel by far. May be selling the WOC shell to another local person. Used most of it's parts on the diesel.
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Postby Doive » 14 Jun 2007, 09:51

Mmmm, very nice brown indeed. I think that earlier style is much better looking than the later more plastic cars. Well done!
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Postby CancerWagon » 18 Jun 2007, 06:10

The early ones appear more relaxed and stylish overall. Ever since I had to scrap my black '78 I've been keeping a keen eye out for another. Very happy to find this one.

First chevette I ever was exposed to was actually long enough ago I don't remember it. Have a photo of it though. My father had a camel brown 78 2 door hatch. It got wrecked in a amusing yet sad manner.
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Postby sexychevette » 16 Aug 2007, 10:08

Lovn your four post hoist :lol:

Best conversion on the forum!

On Gm/t we were havn a laugh about putin a full chassis into a chevette/gemini so that we couid do a body drop. You are the man. You are my hero. Do one of those body drop things the hotroders do and have that body layn on the ground!!!! :twisted:

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hurry up and do some mean offroading
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Postby CancerWagon » 21 Aug 2007, 19:43

The "hoist" yes.... not a safe contraption! :lol:

Thanks dude! Really looking forward to getting more done on this machine, the next big thing being actually mounting the body to the frame. :twisted:
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Postby sexychevette » 26 Aug 2007, 04:31

lay some frame nigah!
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Postby Doive » 18 Sep 2007, 13:32

Do you have a life insurance policy that pays out double for cars falling on you?! That spare wheel/battery four post lift you have made doesn't look too safe at all...

Although the engine does remind me of this:

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Postby Gordo » 18 Sep 2007, 13:45

A tip for the gearbox plug - as you seem to have a few spares, cut a driveshaft apart at the front UJ, this'll leave you the piece for plugging the rear seal but short enough to make handling easy.
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Postby CancerWagon » 18 Sep 2007, 16:29

That probably is a good idea Doive, however true danger was that 4x4 body lift a month back, and I never got underneath that! Going to have the imperial march going through my head every time I work on the car now :lol:

I have a couple of spare propshafts, and two "plugs" with the U-joints removed just to keep moisture out of gearboxes. :wink:
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Postby 14yearoldchevetter » 08 Oct 2007, 13:51

CancerWagon wrote:Something just got retired again :cry:


Please, do tell :?:
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Postby CancerWagon » 08 Oct 2007, 19:05

Recently towed another brown 1985 chevette home from Camelot with the diesel. To break for parts, however it's in rather good condition... The doors, roof section etc I was all going to use on the diesel's frame to help bring it back to better condition. The interior for the camel brown '78.

However the same week, on the diesel, noticed the left rear damper bolt on the axle is rubbing off, against the body side panhard mount. There is nothing broken or ovbiously bent, so it goes down to the same reason the back doors are hard to open. Dangerous fatigue and rust on the shell. I've had a fun 7 months driving it, but it's due time for this shell to retire. :(

So in the end, fixing up the Camelot ('tis a silly place) 'vette instead of breaking it. It is a 80,000km origonal too. Lots of life left. :)
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