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Intro to HALIICON and Turbo swap DYNO numbers and update!!

Haven’t been able to post in a while. Megasquirt is up and running strong @ stock psi to 12psi controlled by a greddy electronic boost controller.

Dyno: 196 hp, 229 ft/lbs at 10psi

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I did have to work out a couple of kinks that I will get to posting up soon.

For now:

 

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Chevette Auto-x recap and a Gemini, Vauxhaull, Chevette photo dump

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Vomit bags located in the seat pocket…

Reno SCCA holds autocrosses at the Stead Airport in Stead fairly often.  The airport is 15 mins away from my house in Reno. I’m used to events that are 45 min+ away from my house. It’s a nice change to have something so close. It was short as well only lasting 4 hours for my group. They even had free runs after 4 pm. Such a club up here. Small gallery set:

I’m still having troubles with my fuel cutting out, vapor locking, and overall killing the driving experience. Made some mods since the last drift event to help but it still seems to not be enough. I have an interesting solution coming soon… I did get a new battery. XS Power 680. Its basically a copy of the odyssey batt. Works for me. The car starts consistently every time now. 

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Size matters… yata yata…

I’ll be installing some new suspension on the chevette soon. There’s another Reno drift on August 17th. Gotta get it straight by then. For the front, it looks like I will have some issues with the sway bar and steering arms. Lowering in general also scres me because of how low the torque arm is mounted… Something might have to be done there. Everything else looks straight forward. Stay Tuned on these upcoming mods!  Gallery: 

Now.. Some of that there inspiration.

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So many styles, varieties, and flavors. There is no set path. I don’t think too many cars have that about them. 

A Slow Roll… Godzilla sized update!

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.

This post.

This post.

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 Diff + Torque Arm

The Diff + Torque Arm

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.

Optional sway bar mount location 1

Optional sway bar mount location 1

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Original sway bar mount 2

 

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.

Blazer Mount Locations

Blazer Mount Locations

Better look at mounts + sway bar clearance.

Better look at mounts + sway bar clearance.

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.

Close up on the Quest sway bar links + fabricated mount.

Close up on the Quest sway bar links + fabricated mount.

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?

Right after 3 coats.

Right after 3 coats.

Detailing

Detailed

Nostrils

Meet the Nostrils

Black Eyed, Still unsure about it...

Black Eyed, still unsure about it…

Helmet Update: Picked up a new helmet. An HJC in Flat Black. Should last me another 5 years or so.

Nightrider Helmet.

From Nightrider himself.

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

That junkyard look. These azc coils are doing me well(*sarcasm*)

Greener Pastures

Frontal

Frontal

Frontal with more rim

Frontal with more rim

#parked

#parked

Need some proper Wats on this.

Side shot. #rare

Damaged junk look.

Damaged junk look.

Pretty Side

Pretty Side

What fitment?

What fitment?

16 lbs of high pitched barking, baby squirrel killing, sharp teeth having fury. AKA Mochi "the gaurd dog"

16 lbs of high pitched barking, baby squirrel killing, sharp teeth having fury. AKA Mochi “the gaurd dog”

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.

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Got some videos in the making and some sweet events lined up. I’ll keep it posted.

Chevette Road Trip Part #2!

After the smooth decent from the mountains, I stop in Rocklin to get gas. The Chevette did not like the uphill portion of the mountains and I was averaging about 14 miles per gallon. Pretty sub-par. While gasing up I notice a small amount of gas leaks as I’m adding it into the tank. It seems to be coming from the filler tube but, because of the shape of the Chevette’s fill area some gas leaks out anyway. I figured it was fine, I’d just be extra careful when filling it. With a 3/4 tank, I got back on the road.

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Sunny with a chance of awesome.

 

From Rocklin through Fairfield, it is a lot of highway with flat straights. I cruised at a steady 65 mph through this section. Thanks to the amazing California roads (ie. bumps, potholed, cracked), I went over a fairly large bump just outside of Sacramento and I began hearing a metal-on-metal tick over every small bump or crack in the road. At first I was thinking it was the exhaust or I was a ping from the engine, but it only occurred over small bumps that caused slight suspension movement. I stopped to investigate.

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Note: The spill was already on the floor when I got there.

 

I inspected the engine and the exhaust and it looked fine. I pushed down on the bumper and each push caused the metal sound. I turned the wheel and checked what I thought could be my brake lines. It looks like there was some interference with the brake lines scraping but not a metal on metal sound.

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Notice: >Abrasions from brake line in dust >Destroyed control arm bushing

Further inspection showed that the bushing was definitely done and was the reason for the noise. 65 mph all the rest of the way for sure. I was a tad worried.

As I reached Martinez, I pulled over at the vista point because the noise wasn’t going away and It gave me an excuse to take a picture of the amazing view here especially in the spring weather. I’d hit this road up another time for sure.

 

 

 

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Greener Pastures

Other than the noise coming from my driverside control arm bushing and the fumes, the rest of the trip went swimmingly.

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Mission Accomplished

The total time for the trip was 6 hours with an average of 15mpg.

Main issues found on the Chevette from the trip down:

  • Gas Filler hose leaks
  • Lots of fumes get into the cabin
  • Front control arms need new bushings
  • Oil pressure stayed low(>20psi)  the whole trip.
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Victory Beers Taste so sweet.

Stay tuned for some more Chevette updates and fixes. Maybe a part 3.

Project Shove it Update #1

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Hopes and Dreams. The Chevette’s Past Life.

Slapped on on a Supercharger!… I wish. The previous owner sent me a picture of the ride before he bought it from the man who built it. Apparently, the builder kept the supercharger. 😦

In reality: Probably one of the biggest things that stood out to me when initially driving the Chevette is the horrible braking ability that this thing has. A routine check-up was done over the basic systems of it and most checked out fine. However, for the brakes, I was at the point where the pedal was past the floor boards to get the thing to start slowing down. So for safety, the first thing I did was check out the braking system and address the tire situation.

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Chevette Brakes are bad. Very Bad.

Rotors were fine, Brake Pads were fine, Brake Hoses were cracking. Stainless steel hoses were sourced from a Pontiac Fiero. Once I got to bleeding, I see another reason the brake were so bad. No brake booster and black tar for brake fluid. Once bled the brakes were still poor but at least the pedal held pressure and the car stopped better. The rear checked out fine and was only bled. The only issue was the Previous owner’s e-brake tie down bracket. (err..hose clamp.)

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Mint by engineering standards.

I found a set of American Racing Wheels 15×7 +35 offsett (gross, i know) with a good set of tires locally and threw them on. They aren’t as cool as the 13×7 deep dish Monza Steelies but getting good tires for them was impossible. Look for updates on the wheel situation later. (its definately a situation) .

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Repost, but its the best current pic of wheels.

And lastly, the interior. I added a shift knob that would pay homage to the screwdriver shift knob in my Z.

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Note: only shift knob was added from previous owner

Wrapping up: the car was gone over and its going on a road trip this month. 🙂 Keep an eye out for the road trip update!