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Project Chevette: Sold but not forgotten

Well, the time finally came this weekend; I sold the ‘Vette.  I couldn’t really justify having three cars (which I knew when I bough it!) and one had to go.  I couldn’t face parting the Roadster and I’m never going to sell the KP so, last in was first out.  I’d managed to cram plenty of fun into my 10 weeks ownership so I don’t feel too bad.

10 Weeks: 2 Shows. One Trophy. One Magazine Feature. One Rescue on a Flat-Bed. 500 Miles in Wales. 3200 Miles total: Good Times.

This requires a Montage:

Awesome Times in an awesome car!


Project Chevette: Grinding Wax

The Chevette is now sitting 125mm closer to the tarmac which, unfortunately, is the same distance the exhaust was from the ground when sat at standard height.

Now sparks are cool, but even I couldn’t cope with the noise of it dragging on the ground all the time! I didn’t think it was going to last very long either.

As I wanted to keep the stock exhaust, I just cut and re-welded the offending section to give me some clearance.

While I had the car up on stands I took the opportunity to give it a good waxoiling. These cars are well known for their ability to return to nature so hopefully this will slow down the process!

Not exciting, but it’s progress.

Gave it a polish ready for Old Skool Mania; shouldn’t have bothered really…


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?




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.