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PostPosted: Wed, May 27 2015, 10:22 pm    Post subject: Chevette Reply with quote

I have been seeing one on the road around here lately. It must be the last one on earth.
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PostPosted: Thu, May 28 2015, 6:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That funny Frank. I saw a mint condition 4dr last week and I was wondering why someone still had it. Must be a real pain to find transmissions for them by now.
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PostPosted: Thu, May 28 2015, 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I knew where there was a T-1000 a few years ago, shoulda bought it;)

now I'm looking for a yugo... Shocked

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PostPosted: Thu, May 28 2015, 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw a really nice 66/67Nova 4 door in a front yard the other day but couldn't stop...think pro-touring LS/6 speed.

I haven't seen a whole Chevette around here in 20 years or more!

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PostPosted: Thu, May 28 2015, 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chevette......Man that is one car I hated! In 1978,I had just started my business a couple of years before and was having a good year so I sent Mama to the Chevy dealer with instructions to buy us a new family car......Anything she wanted within reason.....She came home with a Shitvette! It was a 2dr hatch-back.....man I hated that car but she LOVED it! I could not get her to part with it until a fellow blew thru a stop sign and blasted her......she and the kid were fine but the car was toast.....I must say,it was pretty much trouble free and it held up pretty good in the crash.Needless to say,I went with her to pick out the next car!
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PostPosted: Thu, May 28 2015, 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had two, a 74 I bought from the junk yard with a "blown motor", and a replacement motor for $100. I started pulling the motor, and found the distributor cap screws had backed out, leaving the cap loose. I tightened them up, and the motor started right up. Very Happy I drove it a couple years, sold it, sold the engine I got with it separate. I made a couple hundred on that car.

The second one I had was a 78 I bought as a total with 11,000 miles on it. My buddy pulled the frame, and tacked a quarter on it, I finished it, replaced a door, and some of the glass, painted it two tone silver with a pin stripe separation, installed Vega GT wheels, and my wife drove it for about 5 years.

Outside of starter problems on the second one they were both good cars.

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PostPosted: Thu, May 28 2015, 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used the roof from one to fill the roof in my Anglia. it worked perfectly. I also narrowed the front suspension 8inches and used it for the Anglia.
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PostPosted: Thu, May 28 2015, 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still see a Luv truck running around metro Phx.

Corvair 4 door car a few months back in down town Phx. Running , driving

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PostPosted: Fri, May 29 2015, 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crosley wrote:
Still see a Luv truck running around metro Phx.

Corvair 4 door car a few months back in down town Phx. Running , driving

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The Luv truck was really an Izusu, pretty decent for what it was.In the late 90s dirt track boys around here started racing Chevettes on 1/8 mile cow pasture tracks.Needless to say the local rednecks pretty well ran thru the supply & Chevettes got scarce in this area.
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PostPosted: Wed, Jun 03 2015, 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Theres a Citation or two around but I haven't seen a Chevette since last time I worked on one ha ha. A buddy picked up a Monza Spyder hatch other day. I keep wanting to put my spare L67 (S/C 3800, FWD) subframe, eng, trans, rack and all into something like that. S-10 seems maybe sensible too lol. Theres even a Falcon that I've been eyeing with bad intent. Any turd with towers that would cost the at-fault party a ton if they hit it.
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PostPosted: Thu, Jun 04 2015, 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's a Citation X-11 in a backyard near me that calls out to me when I pass. I don't know much about them. FWD I guess and some came V6, but I always thought they had nice lines.
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PostPosted: Thu, Jun 04 2015, 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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There's a Citation X-11 in a backyard near me that calls out to me when I pass. I don't know much about them. FWD I guess and some came V6, but I always thought they had nice lines.


nice little lump hood and the V6 had higher comp. pistons that the standard V6

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PostPosted: Thu, Jun 11 2015, 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a 79 and drove the crap out of it. one day going to work, it caught fire and burnt to the ground
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PostPosted: Thu, Jun 11 2015, 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First new car I ever bought was a 1980 Citation in April of '79. It was an Iron headed V-6 and I loved the car. It was surprisingly quick, after we sold it in '85 we saw it around town for years. Should have kept it, we bought a Pontiac 6000 to replace it and that was the worst car I have ever owned, sold it with 53,000 miles on it after pulling the engine to put new bearing in it. It was about five years old and I had done rust repairs on it twice.
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PostPosted: Thu, Jun 11 2015, 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a bizarre tangent this thread took, ha!

The first car I legally drove was a white 80 hatch sedan. Dad bought it the day before they were uncovered in the showroom. In Wichita. He bought another new in 83, another hatch sedan with the iron duke and auto. Then my brother bought an 81 hatch sedan in brown but with stick. Big time gas sippers. Cuz had a yellow hatch coupe with V6 but no X-11s in the family. A disproportionate number of Citations though! Anyhow- an X-11 with L67 swap... would dare to be different.

My friend who THOUGHT he bought a Monza Spyder last week ran the VIN over the weekend.... aaaand its a Sunbird! D'oh. Somebody Spyder'ed it.
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PostPosted: Fri, Jun 12 2015, 12:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

if any of you see a Chevette in a wrecking yard..

be sure to grab the steering column from the coupling to perhaps the steering wheel.. both tilt and straight can be really handy..

these columns have an Unusual feature..

if you disconnect the rag joint at the rack and pinion.. the steering shaft when you wipe it down will SLIDE in like you are retracting a radio antenna. it will slide all the way to the end of the outer column tube..

this was a feature so you could get the chevette starter out.. if you did not do that.. you had to pull the column.. i found out how it worked as i pulled the column on the first chevette i put a starter on.. while i was reinstalling i noted that the end slid in and out easily.. i then went DOH!!!!

why spend the time for this.. if anybody is going near flaming river.. show it to them. they were not aware of that feature and man.. would that be handy with headers where the steering shaft goes thru the header..

i like it for the safety reason.. as that section also makes it collapsible somewhat..

its up to you if you pick up this oddity or not.. there are automatic and manual transmission versions..
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