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Postby milko » 30 Dec 2004, 15:59

Having just bought a Opel Kadett 2dr Saloon, I'm after a few bits of info/advice.

I intend to use it for fast road/light track, so an engine swap is needed as I dont think the 1.2 is up to it, so what are my realistic options?

What transmission, brakes and suspension, will I be able to use?

What Chevette parts fit, are Chevette and kadett virtually the same?

Thanks in advance. :D
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Postby craigm » 31 Dec 2004, 13:40

hi there , having worked on various chevette conversions (modifyed 1256 ,ford 1600 cross flow , 18oo and 2ooo vauxhall ohc and 2.3 slant four .) my preference would definately be to go with one of the 8 valve vauxhall engines. they will all take unleaded petrol for a start, you have a choice of 1400 ,1600 ,1800 and 2000 size engines . they are light and compact and there are plenty of them in the scrap yards . i have no personal experience of the smaller capacity ones but the larger ones seem to wear very well so dont be put off by high millage. manta 1800 gearbox bolts straight on as do the very slightly larger manta front discs and calipers.
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Postby milko » 31 Dec 2004, 15:13

Great info m8.

If I can find a good one, I'd like to do the 16v, seems fairly straight forward after speaking to tim at TJ MotorSport.

Only problem I can see, is finding a Manta A axle, he said if you use the Manta B axle its wider........anyone know how much wider?

other thing is, I'll be using 13" rims so decent brakes could be an issue!
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Postby shuvit-tim » 31 Dec 2004, 17:50

with regard chevettes, if you fit the manta B axle you will need to source an arch extension set as you'll need wider arches. Presume its the same for a kadette.

as for the 13 inch wheels, you can get away with certain brake conversions if you file a small amount off the top and bottom of the calliper to give you a little more room (apparently) but the thought of filing material off of brake components appears inherently wrong to me, so don't go down that road unless you know what you're doing.

also bear in mind that if you put the manta box in you'll need a custom propshaft as it will be the wrong length and not have the right splines. Dont forget to budget for this. So far the cheapest quote i've found is 150 - although i havent looked very hard yet. Rumour has it that a manta 1800automatic prop will fit, but i can't confirm this.
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Postby milko » 31 Dec 2004, 19:02

My bro-in-law had a prop made for his Chevy Pickup a few wks back for £80.
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Postby craigm » 31 Dec 2004, 19:28

if your not looking for the ultimate in brakes then the single pot sliding calipers and discs from any of the later manta's will bolt straight on , i used them for a while when i was running 1800 manta power and thought they were quite good (a manta is a much bigger car ) . they do need to be in good condition though. earlier manta's and cavaliers had twin piston calipers similar to standard chevette ones but slightly larger and these will bolt straight on as well.at one time you could buy spacers for these so they could be used with vented disc's .hs chevette's had very similar calipers to these twin piston one's . i've put a small bit about volvo brakes under " brake upgrade " in the forum index . hope this helps , craig.
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Postby milko » 31 Dec 2004, 20:32

Thanks, will take a look.
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Postby Doive » 06 Jan 2005, 00:08

Have you thought of keeping the standard 1196 engine and having it gently breathed on? Mine is a sweet running strong pulling torquey little lump, and I don't doubt that with a faster cam and a pair of weber 40's or somesuch it would be very quick indeed. Everyone thinks I'm a bit strange as I like to keep things standard then drive around in them v.e.r.y s.l.o.w.l.y. I think the standard engine is a wee cracker, but if you feel it needs a swap then I recommend a 2.0 16v XE engine as fitted to Calibras and Cavalier SRi's.
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Postby milko » 06 Jan 2005, 12:20

Definatly isnt quick enough for me, my other 2 cars are a 380 bhp Escort Cosworth and a 175bhp Civic Vti (890kg) so I couldnt live with the 1.2.
XE power it will be, at least its a Vauxhall engine so its not too bad. :lol:
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Postby shuvit-tim » 06 Jan 2005, 19:20

you drive a Civic? oh god - dont go anywhere near CrumB whatever you do :lol: :lol: :P
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Postby milko » 06 Jan 2005, 19:27

I use it for drag racing mainly, but it is road legal.

It dosnt have a big daft kit on it or anything! :lol:
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