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Postby Trevette » 10 Jul 2007, 21:09

I got to say, i was particularly impressed with you're little hatch at Billing on Sunday. Everything you've done with it looks great, and i love the subtle chrome trim work, the ride height and the wheels. Body is in great shape too.

Well done old chap.
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Postby Doive » 11 Jul 2007, 08:58

Shelly really is a very good example of a Chevette hatch. It's a tribute to both Ralph and her previous owners. With the pride Ralph takes in her appearance and condition, I think her survival is assured for many more years to come. I remember being shown round her at last year's national, and Ralph was pointing out 'blemishes'.

R: 'There is a spot of rust there'

D: 'Where? I can't see anything!'

R: 'There look *points*'

D: 'Oh you mean that infinitesimal, barely visible tiny blemish on the paintwork. Of course, silly me'

Sitting on those Allycats makes her look even better, changes the whole look of the car. Superb work there Mr Burditt.
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Postby Shellysowner » 11 Jul 2007, 08:58

Trevette wrote:I got to say, i was particularly impressed with you're little hatch at Billing on Sunday. Everything you've done with it looks great, and i love the subtle chrome trim work, the ride height and the wheels. Body is in great shape too.

Well done old chap.


Why thankyou Trev - yours is as good in the metal as it looks in pictures too, especially liking how clean you engine bay is :)
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 Shellysowner » 11 Jul 2007, 09:04

Doive wrote:Shelly really is a very good example of a Chevette hatch. It's a tribute to both Ralph and her previous owners. With the pride Ralph takes in her appearance and condition, I think her survival is assured for many more years to come. I remember being shown round her at last year's national, and Ralph was pointing out 'blemishes'.

R: 'There is a spot of rust there'

D: 'Where? I can't see anything!'

R: 'There look *points*'

D: 'Oh you mean that infinitesimal, barely visible tiny blemish on the paintwork. Of course, silly me'

Sitting on those Allycats makes her look even better, changes the whole look of the car. Superb work there Mr Burditt.


You really are all too kind. There are many little faults with Shelly, things that I'm not happy with but I'm slowly getting on top of them and all I can say that is I hope I have the time to make her as mint as I possibly can for Billing next year. In the meantime, Shelly will see you all in her current state at the Hot Rod Drags - and you may be surprised to see what she's up to that weekend :wink: :D
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Postby Trevette » 11 Jul 2007, 20:22

R: 'There is a spot of rust there'

D: 'Where? I can't see anything!'

R: 'There look *points*'

D: 'Oh you mean that infinitesimal, barely visible tiny blemish on the paintwork. Of course, silly me'



I'm just like that with mine. When you spend so much time building and working on one car you get to know it in a real anorac-y kind of way.

For example i know that on the whole body of my car i have 1 tiny rust spot and 4 small chips in my paint.

I also know every knock, rattle and little vibration my car should make, and therefore can hear all the ones it shouldn't as soon as they start. And can still tell all these differences under various circumstances, such as the windows up or down, if i have a passenger or not, or even if it's a hot day or a cold one. Makes a whole lot of difference.

In a way it slightly scares me how well i know my little Chevette. I think i need a girlfriend!!!
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Postby BamOpel » 13 Jul 2007, 10:35

Have to agree she's looking very nice. Good work Ralph :wink: . Must admit
I was not a big fan of Chevettes before coming to this forum ( strictly a Kadett boy) but cars like Shelly & others on here have converted me. Keep it up...
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Postby V8-CHEVETTE » 13 Jul 2007, 13:10

Excellent looking hatch!!!!!!!!!
looks perfect on those rims :D
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Postby Gordo » 14 Jul 2007, 08:58

I thought that was a girlfriend in your avatar?
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Postby Shellysowner » 14 Jul 2007, 22:35

Gordo wrote:I thought that was a girlfriend in your avatar?


:?: Do you mean Trev's Avatar?
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 Gordo » 15 Jul 2007, 01:21

Shellysowner wrote:
Gordo wrote:I thought that was a girlfriend in your avatar?


:?: Do you mean Trev's Avatar?


Oops! :oops:
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Postby Vladimirchevy79 » 15 Jul 2007, 19:32

Very beauty Chevys! Here in Brazil, the Estate as named "Marajó". Congratulations!
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Postby shuvit-tim » 18 Aug 2007, 14:30

very shiny mate, loving what you've done with her. The estate looks great too - cant be many of those around now in that sort of condition...
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Postby Shellysowner » 02 Sep 2007, 18:33

Cheers Tim, what news of your Chevette? Maybe post some up-to-date pics up in your thread?
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 Shellysowner » 22 Sep 2007, 10:09

Shuvit-pinto wrote:Why?


Because I have 2 other cars and have just moved to a house which only has room to park one. She's gone to a good home though :)
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 » 22 Sep 2007, 20:50

I cant believe it either! :shock:

Dont say you kept the Saab instead of the estate :roll:
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Postby Doive » 22 Sep 2007, 21:04

In Ralph's defence, speaking also as the owner of a Saab and a Chevette, a Saab c900 is much bigger and more useful for general driving, moving and lugging of stuff. No Chevette, estate or otherwise, could hope to compete with a 900. It's bigger than my 9000 for goodness sake!
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Postby kw107 » 22 Sep 2007, 22:44

900 is bigger than 9000?, when this happend :lol: . Sorry for OT.

Shellysowner has also a Saab? I don't understand something here :? .
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Postby Doive » 23 Sep 2007, 00:47

If you look in the section in Members Cars, Ralph also has a very nice silver Saab c900. As for the 900 being bigger than the 9000, I guess I'm not entirely right - the load space in the 900 is quite a bit bigger than my dear old 9000, but the 900 itself is probably smaller. Not by much though.
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Postby Gordo » 23 Sep 2007, 06:29

Not unusual for people to have more than 'just' a Chevette - there's a guy down here that also has a Diablo!!!
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Postby Galgeth » 23 Sep 2007, 21:40

Doive wrote:In Ralph's defence


No attack on Ralph-just banter. :wink:

Practicality first and all that.

Just a shame he had to give up such a good example of a rare car.

Just like when I had to give up my 40,000 mile mk3 golf tdi 3 door! - how rare are those! and how hard i searched to find one!

Anyway back on track.

I feel your loss Ralph.
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Postby Shellysowner » 23 Sep 2007, 22:01

Galgeth wrote:I feel your loss Ralph.


Thanks, lol.

It's not really a loss though, Siona has gone to someone who will look after her and put the time and effort into her that is needed. I found that owning a second Chevette was a very good way of stopping myself doing any work on Shelly.

Much as I enjoyed owning Siona, I'm rather relishing the prospect of being able to spend more time making Shelly look nice and go fast and I'm glad that I've been lucky enough to have an estate for the last 2 1/2 months :)
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Postby Doive » 23 Sep 2007, 22:01

I understand what you mean mate. I was gutted when I lost my immaculate 525e with the rare switchable auto box, 73k miles on the clock and full service history from new. It was one of the last 50 E28s off the line, and just about the last registered in the UK. I've never seen another one like it since, certainly not in as good a shape as that one was. :cry:
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Postby Clara » 25 Sep 2007, 23:23

Feel free to come and drive Siona whenever you're around.

Don't worry - Ralph has issued me with strict instructions on how to treat the Estate - it'll be around for a long time to come.
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