• Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

122 Excellent

About daveyc123

  • Rank
    Advanced Member


  • Local Area

Recent Profile Visitors

557 profile views
  1. Cheers for the replys guys. I hadn't thought about a 2zz. I'll do some googling! I was thinking of using an engine that's been fitted to a viva before. Just for ease of conversion, knowing which additional parts are needed etc.
  2. A more modern conversion would probably be money better spent. 4age or mx5 possibly. If I went for something more modern I'd probably want to get a bit more out of it, 150bhp would be a nice ballpark figure. But more costly and difficult to fit.
  3. Hey guys, just doing some lockdown pondering. It seems the datsun/nissan A series engines are a fairly straight swap for a Vauxhall viva. I've found this very useful link http://datsun1200.com/modules/mediawiki/index.php?title=Engine_buildup But I'd just like to know if anyone has any first hand experience with tuning them? The quoted hp figures seem very high on that site. It seems a well set up engine could power the viva along quite nicely. I was thinking of following the standard procedure, head, cam, twin carbs etc. What sort of real world performance can I expect from this? Cheers
  4. I went along, really enjoyed it (as I have done the previous few years) Didn't buy much a badge, a patch for my jacket and a pastie! My highlight was going into the vcc spares barn! I always assumed it was members only..... jeez they have alot of stuff! Some beautiful cars about too! Which has given me a renewed enthusiasm to get mine on the road!
  5. 9 Wow 7 months without an update! To be honest I lost all motivation. Everything I tried to fix either turned to crap or created more issues. It's felt like a constant battle, I've quite literaly got a piece of shit. But I'm to far through to give up! So not much has happened. I have fitted a complete set of standard viva springs. I have plans to get them compressed or at least get the rears compressed and chop the fronts a little. I want to lower it about 30mm. So this should not be an issue. In getting to this point I have learnt alot about suspension springs and can swap them out pretty quickly! I got the radiator recored. It was an expense I didn't want to endure but getting a brand New looking radiator back was a lovely feeling! I was keeping an eye on eBay UK for a nos one for a couple of months but nothing came up.... until 2 days after I got mine back! Typical! I fitted the bigger front brakes from the donor car. Unfortunately one of the calipers is damaged so I'm going to refit the original front brakes for now and upgrade to the bigger ones at a later date. I'm hoping to do the swap over the weekend and finaly get to test drive the car! I still have the rust to get sorted. Which I think is worse than I first thought ! I have lots of little bits and pieces to sort. I'm feeling motivated so hopefully progress will be made! My biggest concern at the moment (and it shouldn't be) is the bodywork and paint. I want to return the car to standard wheel arches and then the whole thing needs a respray. It doesn't need to be perfect but it's not gonna be cheap! But I shouldn't really be even thinking about that right now. I just need to actually get it on the road and use it. So overall not much of an update but hopefully things will start moving forward at a bit more pace! Heres how it's sitting eagerly awaiting the open road!
  6. A little update, turns out the cost of the parts is the biggest issue. So parts will be ordered from the UK and I have a garage lined up to do it! Thanks for your input!
  7. Unfortunately today was a non stop day at work. So no time to do anything. I need to phone the vw specialist back for a break down on the quote. The job doesn't sound horrendous, but having a fully stocked workshop would be benefical! It's a little bit different to the Vauxhall viva! I will give the recommended places a ring tomorrow! Thanks guys!
  8. Hi guys, I'm looking for recommendations for a person or company to do some work on my daily, 2004 vw transporter t4. I need the duel mass flywheel and clutch replaced. I had a quote from a vw specialist for $2700. I quite literally can't afford this. So any recommendations from you good folks? Or is $2700 What it's going to cost? Thanks, David
  9. A small update, unfortunately I tore the ligaments/damaged the cartalige in my knee so work stopped on the viva. I then had my brother visit from the UK so nothing had Happened for a while.... until Saturday! I bought a springalex deep dish steering wheel from the UK and my brother bought it over with him. So that has been fitted I'm really pleased with it! I'm rather tall so this makes for a comfortable driving position! In an earlier post I talked about the springs being to low. I have fitted some standard front springs from a Vauxhall magnum (slightly heavier duty) so it's sitting pretty high! These are the same as lc torana springs, so I can now work out which lowering springs I need to order! Or possibly just loose a coil for now? The old ones had 3 coils cut out! The clutch has been adjusted and is working well! The car now looks like a gasser! So I need to sort out the spring situation, connect the throttle and choke cables, check over the electrics, get a couple or rust repairs sorted . Then the big one is sorting the brakes...... Then it should be ready to take for a wof and get a fail sheet to work to! I really want to get it on the road and have more or a rolling resto thing going on!
  10. Okay next big issue, the wheel on the drivers side hits the wheel arch when turning. So my thoughts were bigger springs and a little bit of adjustment to the arch. Somebody at the storage unit where the car is kept suggested pulling the arch out. I'm not 100% sure how this works? I guess it gets pulled out above the fibreglass arch? I was given the number of a panel beater so following on from forum advice I will go and see him. So what would you do in this situation? If I were to go with taller springs will certain torana ones fit? Any info is, as always really appreciated
  11. So today I made a phenolic spacer out of a chopping board (forum recommendation, cheers guys) Put the last bits and pieces back on the engine, filled with oil and coolant and it fired up straight away! Starts easily and no signs of oil leaks! There is a little coolant leak from a deteriorated hose so will sort that. Overall very happy! It's also given me a big burst of enthusiasm so will hopefully spend a couple of evenings on it this week and sort the front wheel arch issues and see what needs replacing in the brake department!
  12. Looks like this, I believe it's made from bakelite. So I can venture to warehouse tomorrow and use a plastic chopping board?
  13. A little update, the gearbox and new clutch are in the car! The gear lever retaining clip got damaged on removal so a new one is on its way to me. Also the clutch pedal spring disappeard, so a replacement is on the way also. I need a phenolic spacer for the carb, the accelerator lever hits the manifold. There was one fitted to the old setup, but it was all cut about to make it work. If anybody knows of somewhere I can get one please let me know, I don't really want to wait for one to arrive from the UK. I have some bits and pieces I can carry on with until these parts arrive but I just wanna get the engine running! Brakes and front wheel arch rubbing issues are the next big things! A pair of black two door reclining seats popped up on a Vauxhall Facebook page, waiting on more pics but hopefully they will be mine! No real progress photos so here is just a general pic!
  14. I have no idea what the cost would be to return the car to standard wheel arches. But ultimately that's what I would love to do. I will keep an eye out for some front wings and repair sections for the rear then bite the bullet come respray time. I have no idea how many years away that is! Clutch and gearbox went back in this evening! Progress!!!