Thats paint job is perfect for the car, I am on ore!! I so much want a set of slot mags for my Vaux like yours!!! where the chuff do you find wide Wolfies for a Vauxhall???
Well, It is near impossible to find 8j slots in 4" PCD. They do come up, but once in a blue moon. I bought them for £100 of the bay as ford fitment, then sent them to a dude in York who altered the PCD to 4" by filling in the holes and re-drilling them with spigot rings in the bores. He charged 35 quid a rim, so with the courier cost and tyres on top, they ended up costing me around 350. Looking back on it now, I don't think I would have done it, but they do look awesome and I love 'em, so whatever. Cheers for the comments guys. Grizz, are you going to take the zetec TT to the Ace? I'm going to try to make it up there on the next retro\rod day.
Cheers mate! More to come when I get some money (I've been redundant for 2 months now ........booooo). I've been hammering it up to Essex and back every day for the last week as well - about 200 miles round trip, beasting the 1256 to 85mph. I checked the checked the water and oil the yesterday and it didn't need any! I think that's a first for any viva I've ever owned! ;D
Cheers Craig. I think the combination of new springs and shocks and my 'special race tuning' has worked because it's quite comfortable at that speed. Downhill I've had it up to 93 odd and it doesn't vibrate or wobble about - pretty solid actually (all on a track of course, and almost definitely not on the M25!). Another thing that's probably worth noting to other 1256 viva/chevette owners is I took the 0.5mm main jet out of the stromberg CD150 and put in a 1.0mm. It goes sideways in the wet quite easy as well! ;D
Well, it's been a while. I have had a massive technology fail over the past two months in which both laptops, my phone, and my TV all decided to blow up - not good for someone who is currently seeking active employment! Anyway, the viva has been put through it's paces throughout the winter - I was doing a film shoot in Essex which was a 180 mile round trip - everyday, hammering it doing about 85-90. in the past two weeks or so It has started to show signs of fail and was not up to it's normal self. A compression teste revealed - pot 1 - 40 psi pot 2 - 0psi!!! pot 3 - 120psi pot 4 - 40psi No wander it was running like a sack of the preverbial! 0 psi in pot 2 - unbeliveable - it was a was running at all. However - a quick fiddle around with the rockers revealed that my gaps had wandered and I had a few tight vavles. So, I quick fiddle with the old spanner and it's back to it's old self. Are these viva/chevette engines bullet proof or what!?
Cheers guys. Yeah, it seems to be a bulletproof little engine. Given that it's small and 35 years old, britsh and the amount if stick I've given it, I though the lack of compression would surely mean that I've pickled it and need to give it a re-build (not a daunting task anyway - good old push rod engines), but with a tweek of the tappets it drives like a new car again. We've had about 10 inches of snow around hear as well but it still starts up no worries and has prooved itself to be really reliable. Still, the plans asre to convert to something a bit bigger when I've got a job again. I don't want to go too big because I thrash it from one side of the country to the other on a regular basis. I wasa thinging the back axle of a GT or a 2.3 frenza with a modified prop running a 1.6 pinto and 5 speed box - just because it would be cheap and give me the option of upgrading in the futre to a 2.0 or V6 with a different bellhousing. Ideally, I want a V, maybe a 2.9V6 EFI from a scorpio with a 5 speed box? We used to have one and it would cruise at 90 on 2k rpm with doing around 40mpg, but it would fly (and drink) if you wanted it to. Either that or a Vauxhall redtop.
What do you think? There are some pretty cool viva builds on here at the moment which are quite inspiring, but my laptop is broke so I have to check the interent from the library at the mo so I can't check em out properly. What do you think would be as painless as possible?(apart from the running gear from a bigger viva). Cheers.
Your engine is certainly doing very well esp if it hasnt had a rebuild recently. As for conversions..........in my opinion don't redtop it, its been done to death and they are really fetching silly money now but the pinto idea is deff a good 'un. Ive been told that they will drop in easily with ford crossflow mounts onto the original viva mounts, gearbox tunnel might need a little beating out and of course you will have to make a new hole futher back for the gearstick. As for size, it doesnt make sense to use a smaller variant as its prob easier to find a 2ltr. If your worried about too much power then find an old transit pinto as it will be lower compression=less stressed and prob more reliable.
Well it's been some time. A little update. The interior is now pimped.
started off like this.
then sound/rattle proofed everything (plans for large speakers)
and bought a roll of black carpet from down the road, which did the whole car for about £25.
more sound and rattle proofing..
next, back seat.
that was a couple months ago now. It looks so much easier in a few photos, but belive me, this took fricken ages! All the pannel clips and the retaining steel strips had to be modified to fit with the ply instead of the paper thin hard board that comes with the car. Also, the car has never had a stereo, so all the speaker holes, wiring and rattle proofing had to be done across the board. It sounds fantastic now tough. goes really loud and loads of bass, but no rattles at all - ultra clean sounding. The head unit is an old school retro unit with a CD input at the fron for putting your diskman in. This input bypasses the headunit and goes straight to the pre-amp stage, with full bass, treble and 'loudness' controls, so it sounds fantasic with an ipod, but doesn't look nickable.
Also, this happend.
Super easy to install, and timed up with my new light gun.