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Postby offabroadway » 23 Feb 2005, 16:54

Hello everyone. I'm new to the world of Chevettes, and Chevy in general... I've owned a few Chryslers before this. I've come across a 1981, or thereabouts, Chevy Chevette at a car lot in town here. Headliner sags, its kinda dirty, the rearview mirror needs new glue (I found it in the backseat), and the front passenger door latch needs some work (passenger has to get in on driver's side... a friend of mine who owns an Acadian was miffed when I told her to cliimb in, haha. All its supposed problems are cosmetic. Mechanically, I've never driven a smoother, or quieter car (I engaged the starter with the engine running.... twice.... during my test run). Even my mechanic couldn't tell it was running.

My question in particular is, I'd never driven anything with unassisted brakes before, and so when I frist went to get on the pedal, I was like "Oh CRAP where's the stoppage?" and almost plowed the poor thing, and myself, into the back of a Budget truck. Maybe I'm just not used to it, but do you have to plan that far ahead to stop in such a small car? You can get the brakes to bite down pretty good if you give the pedal a good wallop, or two pumps, but I couldn't make the tires lock up. Not dangerous, but normal? Opinions please?

Other than that, think I should scoop this relatively rust-free Chevette? $400 Canadian dollars takes it.
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Postby Doive » 23 Feb 2005, 17:13

Welcome to the forum! Please add your location to your profile so everyone knows where our newest members are from.

As generally tends to be the case with most Chevettes the engine is good and the cosmetics are shot. This one sounds to be running particularly sweetly, I would be inclined to go for it with all the little things you say are wrong with it. The brakes sound the same way mine did when I bought it, probably will need an overhaul before you venture out on the road. When done properly the brakes will happily lock the wheels when stamped on, but from the sound of the engine it is worth doing.

I hope the forum will give you lots of useful help as you go. Let us know what you choose to do.
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Postby offabroadway » 24 Feb 2005, 06:35

So, I went and bought it today. I first took it out for a heavy-duty testdrive, up and down mountainsides and along the expressway and then more suburban stuff. Didnt' even hiccup. Pulled a half-donut in the parking lot of the local mall. Got her up to 65km/h and smashed the brake pedal, stopped real well... almost put myself through the windshield even though I was wearing my belt... but couldn't get the wheels to lock up no matter how hard I tried. And I tried pretty hard. Panic stops from 80kmh stopped the car in no time, but no lockup. Weird.

So she's mine for the driving on March 4th. Until then I can visit her all I like, and the lot has offered me the use of their cleaning tools and facilities to clean her up a bit. Then my parents won't freak too much when I come home. Hopefully.

I'll get a link and pics up on my CarDomain soon.
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Postby shuvit-tim » 24 Feb 2005, 10:51

mate, if she stops on a 50 pence piece without lock up that's brilliant! do not question! :lol:

sounds like you've got yourself a great car there
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