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04
Jun
09

Project Chevette: Vanden Plas Eat Your Heart Out – 5 day drop n’ roll

Things have been pretty quiet on here; the usual reasons apply: work/ life stuff, but this week I have had a better excuse…

Now I will be the first to admit, I’ve been down the Chevette route before. You can check out my previous build threads on Retro Rides HERE and HERE.

I have always really fancied an estate or a saloon and when my Dad pointed this one out to me I fell in love.

It was an irrational kind of love, on account of I have know where to park it, 2 other cars and am supposed to be getting a deposit together for a house with my Girlfriend.

Enough of the practicalities here is the good stuff….

- Fresh 2k paint
– 12 months MOT
– Factory Standard
– 40k miles
– A Load of history & recent new bits
– GL Trim in Orange/ Terracotta
– Brown

I immediately departed for Bristol to collect it last weekend .


I should pause at this point to mention all the pics I have are really poor on account of I have had no real time to work on it, never mind get good pics…excuses over:

As it arrived:

24 hours later:

Saab 900 Convertible rear springs for the front (cut to fit)

MX5 Platform adjustables with custom top hats on the rear

BANG. 100mm front drop 60mm rear drop. Got rake?

Interior shot. Damn I love velour. Vanden Plas eat your heart out.

Then came wheels. I spent a stupid amount of time looking for wheels. Then I found some.  Day 4.

Oh no. It’s all gone wrong. 13X7 Minilite style superlight formulas with 175/50s. Now it looks all high and like a poor effort at a South London style Escort.

DAY 5: More low: 125mm at the front, 95mm at the rear. The exhaust now runs on the floor.

But what about the wheels?

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OEM Trims on alloys. You know. Gas station car show:


Fitted pressed Euro plates too.

Next jobs: make up an exhaust that doesn’t drag on the ground and a couple of other bits.

I’ve driven it 600miles and loved every second of it. There is a lot to be said for just cruising, windows down enjoying 4 gears and 58.6 bhp.

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4 Responses to “Project Chevette: Vanden Plas Eat Your Heart Out – 5 day drop n’ roll”


  1. June 5, 2009 at 5:42 am

    haha i love it! those front ends look so wierd though, we got those cars in australia but with a flat front & round headlights, badged as a “Gemini”. a friend of mine has one with a 3.8l v6 stuffed in it ;)

  2. June 5, 2009 at 7:07 am

    Rob, you have excelled yourself again. Even though I voted no on Facebook.

  3. 3 beeoneoneoh
    June 5, 2009 at 7:27 am

    They always look like someone smacked them in the face with a shovel, which is freaking love. Shovel front. Looking good. I vote for loosing the superlites/minilites and getting something better, or keeping the trims. Minilites are default wheel. – Chris

  4. June 5, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    well my my i used to have one of these all those years ago very different than your other cars


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