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  1. Thank you! I assumed it would be simple enough. But didn't want to get stung with unpaid fees or what not.
  2. Hi guys, bit of an odd one. So I've had my car 4.5 years and it's been an off the road project that whole time. I was told the rego was on hold when I bought it. Every year I've been reapplying to keep the rego on hold........ I was then told by someone at work that I shouldn't have to do that. Once it's on hold it's on hold. So I done some investigating. Turns out my viva has been registered by a previous owner as an exempt class A (EA) vehicle. That definitely isn't what it is. So I'd like to change it to what it should be. What's the process for doing this? I didn't want to just phone nzta and then it turn into a disaster. So any advice on what I should do? As a bonus question the cars been resprayed (badly) in a different colour. So what's the process for changing that? I'm not entirely sure I'm in the correct thread for these questions. But it didn't seem worthwhile creating a new topic for them. As always any help and advice is appreciated
  3. Thanks for all your replys. I'm going to check everything one last time tomorrow after work and if I don't get anywhere I'll employ the help of @Carsnz123 Thanks for your quick replys
  4. Yep swapped leads and spark plugs around. Caps have plug in leads.... So possibly the connection between cap and lead?
  5. Compression is good. Yep no spark by eye and also pulling the lead off cylinder two makes no difference to how the car runs
  6. Swapped plugs and leads. Valve clearances have been set, cylinder head has been fully reconditioned, no play in the shaft. I've had a mechanic look at it and he's said all lobes are fine. I can check that the points are opening at each position. Burn the mechanic has said they are. I'm very much at the limit of my knowledge which is why I passed it over to a mechanic.... But still no luck. I will recheck all these things tomorrow evening after work. Thanks for the input!
  7. Hi guys, so I have an issue with my 1256 hc viva in that I'm getting no spark to cylinder two. I've swapped ht leads, distributor cap and rotor arm. The distributor doesn't appear to have any signs of wear that they are commonly associated with. I have replaced the earth wire inside and also replaced the wire that goes from the coil to the distributor. I can get a brand new distributor from the UK but it's kinda costly and I don't think its the distributor that's the issue.... But perhaps it is? I've replaced every other component in the system: coil, points, condenser etc Is there anything I've missed? Or does anyone have any thoughts on what would cause this? The car has been a project and hasn't seen the road for a while. Cheers.
  8. https://www.retwine.co.nz/ This places might sell a more suitable vinyl for recovering your dash. I lined the back of my van with a flexible carpet from them. Very cool car!
  9. Hi guys, there are some parts I'm after from a vehicle at pick a part Wellington. The main part is some vehicle specific roof bars. But depending on the condition of some other smaller items I could be interested in them too. I'm in Christchurch which is a Bit of a pain. Obviously I'd pay for the parts and cost of a courier. Also beer money for helping me out. I know it's a pain but these roof bars would really help me out Thanks
  10. Somebody messaged me and recommended them, so that's where it will go! Thank You! It wasn't your white chevette parked up in sumner on Saturday was it?
  11. So here is how it sits Also if anyone has recommendations for a rust repair person in Christchurch I'd love to hear from You!
  12. Oh wow almost a year without an update! Things have been happening with the viva but it's still been slow progress. So the car now runs and has had a very brief road test. I genuinely don't think it's to far away from the road! The bigger magnum brakes have been fitted. fully reconditioned calipers and master cylinder were what was needed with New shoes and cylinders in the drums. All electrics work apart from the interior light. This shouldn't be to much drama to sort. Bad earths and poor connections were causing issues with the headlights and indicators. All added electrics run through a separate fuseboard which makes things easier. Top and bottom ball joints replaced Tie rod ends replaced A variety of bushes replaced The engine is running really nicely, no oil or coolant leaks. Most of the ignition system has been changed as i was having various running issues. Ultimately these were caused by the wrong coil being fitted and the ballest resistor wire not being disconnected. The carb will need some fine tuning I'm sure. But I'll get someone who knows what they are doing to look at this. I don't even know if the jets are the correct size. The carb is a bit big for the little 1256cc engine but hopefully it can be down tuned if need be. I'd like to keep the 32/36 but if I need something smaller then so be it. Lots of learning has happened during this project, which is exactly what I wanted. There was an intermittent hot starting problem which turned out to be the inlet manifold had no metal gasket. Something so simple which has caused me years of head scratching and Google searches! The oldschool forum and various viva Facebook groups have been an infinite source of knowledge and wisdom! A huge thank you to all those that have helped and inspired! So i don't have to much left on the 'to do' list. But here it is: The wipers are really slow, so I'm going to give the motor and connections a good clean and hopefully get it working a little better. Tidy up some electrics and get the interior light working. It's mainly just checking everything over and making sure things are sheathed and tight. I'd also like to relocate the rev counter and oil pressure gauges. Which won't be to much drama Fit a few interior bits and pieces like the step trims are to be fitted. And then give the car a good clean. Then the car can go for it's rust repairs and have the new window rubbers that I very prematurely bought fitted. Then off to a classic car friendly garage for a tune up and wof. I'm sure there will be things to sort out for the wof but hopefully nothing major! It still bugs me that the paint and wheel arches are so crap. I aspire to have it shiny with standard arches one day but for now I have a bit of a plan regarding the look, which will be a kinda patina racing look. It just needs a few aged decals and aged door numbers. It'll definitely make it stand out and will be a bit of fun. The app I was using to resize photos isn't working and my phone won't let me download another app so I'll resize them online and post them below. Any thoughts or questions please express them in the discussion thread. I'd love to hear your thoughts.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
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