October 22, 2007 at 6:53 pm #232333
I am new to this forum and have a very basic question. I did not build
my TD but have done a lot of work to improve her. As I look at my car
and compare to pictures of other TD’s Mine seems have a greater ground
clearance. It was built off of a Chevette donor car. Is there any
location that provides the specifications for comparison? Many thanks
in advance for any help you can provideOctober 22, 2007 at 6:56 pm #237196
I apologize for the multiple posts. I was getting errors at my end saying the post did not go thtough..October 23, 2007 at 7:05 pm #237197Keith TrueParticipant
I know nothing about the Chevette based cars,except the one I drove a few years ago.There is a local man that has picked one up,the front end looks way out of proportion with the rest of the car.It is way up in the air.The owner brought it to my garage as he had heard I had some of these cars.He claims it rides like a tank in the front.How does yours ride?I would like to find out how others are before we tear into this thing.Also,how is the quality of your frame?The one I have to work on was supposedly a factory built car but the quality of the frame welding is terrible.I looked at another that had perfect welds on it.October 24, 2007 at 6:11 am #237198Bill HurshParticipant
I have a Chevette kit. During the assembly the original chevy front coil springs were to be cut shorter in order to make the car level. My car had that done during the assembly and it sits level and she drives wonderfuly. I will dig out my manual and let you know how much to cut off.
Bill HurshOctober 25, 2007 at 9:23 am #237199
Hi Keith, My car rides stiff but no more than I would expect a sports car to ride. The Frame welds look good (To my layman eyes). I have several minor issues. I am only 5’8″ tall and I was cramped in the drivers seat with my knees in my chest. I was able to move the back of the bench seat to the rear by about 6 inches much more comfortable. I also lowered the seats about 3″ which added to the comfort and more in proportion with the pictures I have seen. My head doesn’t rub the top when I have it up and my head is no longer 2″ above the windshield. I have checked the builders manual and it appears the fellow who built it did the build by the book.
Another issue is that all of the Chevette motor access (Oil, Water, Transmission) are on the passenger side. The hood opens from the driver side. On my car the latch and hinges have been moved multiple times so there is not a way to change the opening without extensive work on the panels and hood. SO I installed boat door hinges that allow the hood to be removed quickly and witout tools.
With all I have said……….. I love the car.
EdOctober 25, 2007 at 9:26 am #237200Bill Hursh wrote:I have a Chevette kit. During the assembly the original chevy front coil springs were to be cut shorter in order to make the car level. My car had that done during the assembly and it sits level and she drives wonderfuly. I will dig out my manual and let you know how much to cut off.
Hi Bill, My car sits level, so I think the builder did cut off the front spring. Thanks for looking in your manual. I couldn’t find anything in the book the original builder gave me.
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