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Offline bjc

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Giving a new life to my portuguese chevette
« on: Oct 23, 2017, 17:13:16 »
So as I said on my presentation, I recently by a 1254 chevette from 79.
It's in Portugal and it will be my car for my holidays on the country (since I live in Switzerland).

It's not on a bad shape but it needs some care.

For starts, I want to take care of mechanical parts (engine, suspension, brakes).

I'll find someone who knows well old cars for take the engine a part and rebuild it.

So, I decide to use this opportunity to upgrade the engine. I don't want a rally car, just to give it a bit more power fort a better response and driving experience.

I start looking out on the forum for information to create a parts list and it's there were I need your help.

My project:

-   Carburetor: I'm thinking on a Weber 28/36;
-   Air filter: Maybe a nice chrome one from KN;
-   Camshaft: Can you tell me a nice one and easy to find?
-   Manifold: blidestein really hard to find, is janspeed more easy to find (or another one?)?
-   Exhaust : I'm think on the one from Ashley;
-   Electric ignition: Can't you tell me a nice brand?
-   Electric fuel pomp: Can't you tell me a nice brand?
-   Electric fan: Can't you tell me a nice one?
-   5 gearbox: I saw that someone puts ford gearbox. Can you guys tell me witch cars gearbox will fit easily.

So, first thing, does this make cense to you guys? Second can you guys help me fill this list so I can start looking for this parts?


Offline scotty

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Re: Giving a new life to my portuguese chevette
« Reply #1 on: Oct 23, 2017, 20:28:24 »
Hi - there are several blogs with information on engine / gearbox modifications on here.  Ashley's Chevanne is a good one to look at.  The essential items for upgrade to the mechanicals is whether to stick to the 1256 engine or change it for something more powerful. You can get a bit more out of the 1256 but its not easy as parts are rare. The alternative is an engine and gearbox change which is also complicated.  People have used Mx5 engine/boxes. I have used a Tigra engine with a Ford sierra box . These are quite difficult engineering jobs .  It all depends how "Standard" you want your car to be or indeed which modifications are permitted in your country.  Read the Blogs on here for some idea of what is involved.  - Scotty

Offline bjc

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Re: Giving a new life to my portuguese chevette
« Reply #2 on: Oct 24, 2017, 22:56:51 »
Thank's for your answer.

I've decided to stay whit the 1256 engine. I will keep making may research on the forum.

Offline scotty

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Re: Giving a new life to my portuguese chevette
« Reply #3 on: Oct 25, 2017, 09:08:40 »
Super.  It looks as if you already have a downdraft carburettor (check what it is) installed so the performance options are exhaust / manifold , camshaft and gasflowed cylinder head. For reliability an electronic ignition system is good.