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Chevette Hatch to Kadett C City conversion?

Postby Chevette_Rwd_Beast » 10 Apr 2006, 00:39

does anyone know if its possible?

not a full car change, I just mean everything from the windscreen forward? wings,front panel,grill,lights,indicators? anything else?

are chevette engine bays longer than kadetts?

I've always loved the Kadett City but never thought I'd have one so I was wondering if its possible to either change all front panels or take a chevette wing and kadett wing and make a special type of wing with chevette rear (of wing) and kadett front (of wing) to make it fit the standard chevette fittings?

really interested in doing this conversion if its possible :)

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Postby Shellysowner » 10 Apr 2006, 01:14

Yes Gaz, the conversion should be reasonably straight forward (although you'll need to be able to weld). All of the panels are available from Dr Manta. I have absolutely no idea why you'd want to attempt it though since Kadett hatches come up for sale regularly (well - several per year anyway) and the cost would be enourmous (far above that of just buying a Kadett)... unless you had a Kadett donor vehicle... in which case you wouldn't need to make one since you'd already own one.

Personally I like the way your car looks already anyway (although the Revo's will make it look even better). Well done for thinking 'outside the box' though - you've reminded me of a cool idea I had a while back for a 'Chevette Coupe'. If anyone comes across a NOS front panel let me know! :P
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Postby Shellysowner » 10 Apr 2006, 01:19

Found it! After having the idea I came across this in the gallery - great minds... (wouldn't have classics on it though!)

<img src="http://www.chevettes.com/images/chev/chev_01120l.jpg" align=middle alt="Chevette Coupe" width=726 height=440 border=0 /img>
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Postby spyke » 10 Apr 2006, 10:37

i had that exact same idea.. looks good.
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Postby Doive » 10 Apr 2006, 10:50

You do need all new panels, including the inner wings I think, they are unique to the Kadett. For all the trouble and hassle you may be best waiting for a half decent Kadett to turn up, then put all the time and effort into that to make it immaculate.

Alternatively (and controversially) buy a good coupe, swap fronts with your hatch and make a very nice Chevette coupe plus the hatchback Kadett you want. :D
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Postby Chevette_Rwd_Beast » 10 Apr 2006, 13:55

:D that Chevette coupe is sweet :D

I'm still in the stages of deciding what to do to the exterior of the car :? too many ideas in my head so just wondering which ones are possible (on an unemployed student budget :lol:)

are there any arch kits available for the kadett? because if I get hold of a manta B axle I'll be fitting that and I can't imagine a HSR kit fitting a kadett city? :lol: although it could be an idea :P

this will be one of the last things I do to the car, got to get it through an MOT etc etc first, but as I've said before I've still got 7 months before I'm 17 :twisted: so there plenty of time
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Postby Shellysowner » 10 Apr 2006, 13:58

In the world of automotive projects 7 months = about 5 minutes!

It'll be your 17th birthday before you can say 'how much was new Kadett C front panel again?' :P
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Postby Chevette_Rwd_Beast » 10 Apr 2006, 14:42

:D woohoo thats what I like to hear :lol: the sooner the better :P
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