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Reno Drift #2 Super Update… ONE Month Later

There was a Reno Drift 8/16… so this is a late posting but its been busy.

Again, the Chevette and the Buick V6 proves to be a durable match for drifting and the combo is sufficient for some sliding. The new suspension set up also proved to work extremely well. Turn-in was great and the car handled flat. I was able to hold and control slide much better on a much better dampened and sprung car. However, the more and more I dug into tossing it the more I found that I wasn’t getting that far with it.

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The Grid

 

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Bravo!

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Waiting…

 

Despite that, I was able to get almost 20 runs in and learned how to handle the Chevette fairly well. For preparation of the event, I took the hood off and had a sprayer on hand so all the troubles I had with the car with overheating my first time out, for the most part, were taken care of. A spacer and heat shielding on the fuel lines were also added to battle vapor lock. The Chevette ran cool and consistently the whole day.

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Cooling mods.

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After shock from the event

The event itself was, again, amazing filled with good people, grassroots fun, and tons of driving time. Here’s a video made on a quadracopter at the event. Check out his channel when you can! See if you can spot the Chevette!

Stay Tuned for a history lesson !!

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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 #1

Maybe it was a test of strength for the Chevette, a test of will for me, or maybe I was watching too much Roadkill episodes but I thought it would be a good idea for the blog and for the Chevette for me to drive from Reno, NV down to San Jose, CA for a couple of days. The drive was 500 miles in total. 250 down and 250 up. 

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500 miles there and back.

I grabbed a couple of things at Auto Parts store that I thought may go wrong: I brought extra tires, a jack and stands, tool, oil , radiator fluid, brake fluid, snack and water, etc. If anything was going wrong I would be ready for it or I could limp it to a spot where I could fix it. I was going to watch oil pressure because when I was driving it around town, it had fairly low pressure. I was going to watch water temperature because the electric fan fuse holder sometimes got lose and turned off the fan. I check all my fluids, filled it up with fuel and began the journey. 

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A bright and early 9:30 am (haha)

 

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Not pictured: Junk in the trunk.

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10 gallon tank

1st Stop: Vista Point over Donner Lake. Up until this time I was driving with the windows up. It was fairly cold when I left. While, driving I notice I’m getting tired and nausuous. Then I realize it could be some exhaust fumes/ carbon monoxide seeping into the cockpit. I pull over and take a break for a few. I’ve only been driving for 30 mins but all the vitals seem good, the carb hates the upward climb though. Kinda funny how I’m the one that needed the breakfirst. I snap a few pics (it was such a nice day) and continue. I drive with my windows down for the rest of my trip. 

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Chevy Gas Chamber

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Hello, Hills make me thirsty

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Snow helped with cooling ability.

 

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Windows down from now on.

Stop 2: Vista Point at Emigrant Gap. At this point I’m an hour and 15 minuets into the drive and everything is looking good. I’m just a little concerned about the fumes still. With the windows down, there is a deadspot in the cockpit where the air doesn’t really move. With the windows down i think the fumes were just being sucked into the cockpit at this point and staying in that dead spot which was right under my nose. Maybe I was being paranoid. I take a break snap a few pics and start again. The carb was really sucking up the fuel, I needed to stop soon.

 

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Chevette Gap

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Starting to warm up. Was still nice.

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Taxi thought I wasn’t going to make it.

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The older fellow, thought the car was too loud.

From this point on it was very easy riding. It was all down hill with very little to no traffic. Coasted the whole way down. Gas was becoming an issue. But, more on that later! Stay tuned for part 2 soon. Problems arise. 

 

Interesting Comparison: 1975 280z vs 1976 Chevette

The trip in “Project Shove-It” proved to be successful and it did better than I had expected. However, that is a story for another post. While at home base, I was able to compare the Chevette and the Z because they sat no more than 20 feet from each other. Being from the same year I figured it would be an interesting exercise. What I noticed boggled my mind.

Its obvious that the Chevette is an economy car. Its in its DNA, It was thought up to compete with the economic cars of the day. The seating makes you feel suspended inside of a box. The vibrations rattle the whole car. The layout is simple and bland. Looks can be described as less than appealing. At least it has a backseat. With that being said, a stock Chevette isn’t “Project Shove-It” with a V6 swap and other goodies. For Project Shove-It take those issues and multiply them by 5.

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Economy cars. At Home Base.

The Z, on the other hand, is a  sports car. The cockpit, the styling, the design, the FEELING. Now you may read this and go “Duh” but having them side by side really underlines the differences. I have gained even more respect for the Z. Everything about it felt more refined and planned out. It really explains why the Z has a huge following and the Chevette following is much less. (It may have to do with the Z’s good looks too :] ).

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Dusty, Sleeping Beauty.

I understand a fair comparison would be to compare the Chevette to the Toyota Starlet or even the Datsun 210/510. Maybe one day I’ll get there. But these were available to me at the time. Wish I had taken more pictures for even more comparison purposes but I ran out of time. Maybe next time.

Soon: New Z video and Updates on the Chevette Roadtrip