Things may be on a slow roll but summer has a way of building that momentum.
I’ve been all over the place these last couple of weeks: I had finals, was traveling and moving to a new job so things haven’t been updated like they should have (good excuses). But this post is about to be massive…dat content.
Chevette Before $5 Fridays on 5/16, I installed a rear sway bar out an S10 Blazer. The stock rear sway bar on it is huge (its about 7/8″). The Chevrolet S10 Blazer and the Chevrolet Monza share a similar GM 7.5 inch 10 bolt rear end so the sway bar mounts fit on the housing.
I did some measuring:
The only downside would be the using the correct sway bar links and fabricating a mount for them. The Chevette’s came with a rear sway bar, but it was an option. Upon inspecting the rear, you can see the provisions for a sway bar, however it is mounted where the link side of the sway bar is on the carrier side.
The Blazer sway bar is mounted completely opposite and the links are hardly usable because they are so long. Not only is it mounted towards the gas tank but the links attach to the body rather than the rear end. This style of mounting is favorable in my opinion and its easier to do something custom. So, I flipped the sway bar to face the front towards the original Chevette sway bar mounting locations and got some sway bar link brackets fabricated and welded into place.
For the sway bar links, I used Nissan Quest front sway bar links because the Blazer sway bar has eye hole mounts, and the mount that was fabricated was made to use the regular sandwich style link. I used the Nissan links because they are extremely short and fit in the hole on the Blazer’s sway bar.
The only other modification the was required was drilling a hole in the panhandle bar mount on the rear end so that the passenger-side sway bar mount would fit. The difference in feeling from no sway bar to a huge 7/8″ one was night and day. The car feels so much flatter when you take turns. It also made the rear end feel much more tighter and controllable (for you know, doing donuts and stuff.). I’m so glad I got this done, especially since the sway bar itself was only $30.
Also, I’m thinking about plasti-dipping the car so I figure I’d get familiar with using it. I touched up the grill and did the headlight buckets with some Black plati-dip from the can. I’m not sure if I like the black headlight buckets but the chrome on them is beginning to peel off so, why not?
Helmet Update: Picked up a new helmet. An HJC in Flat Black. Should last me another 5 years or so.
Datsun: I went down to California for my brother’s graduation. While I was down I was able to check up on the Z. I prettied her up and took some pics of the hard parked life.
Warning! Photo Dump
RIP 56K. Do people even use that still? I probably could have split this up into a lot of posts, but then it wouldn’t be Godzilla. Everyone loves Godzilla.
Got some videos in the making and some sweet events lined up. I’ll keep it posted.