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Vauxhall Viva GT MK1 Le Mans Blue, Lotus 912 engine, various other updates to running gear.

Viva GT: Front Suspension

Right just a quick update. As a result of the failure in Spring to set up the steering geometry because (as I was informed) the front ball joints are loose, the wheel bearings are loose and the steering rack has too much play, I was forced to abandon plans to...

Viva GT: New pedal box bushes

Its taken a little longer to make the new bushes for the pedal box, but they are all made and push fitted into the box and arms. This will not wear out like those useless plastic ones! First I had to obtain some SAE660 Leaded Bronze. The local metal suppliers...

Viva GT: Pedal box bushes

Yep thats right, taking it apart again, whilst I am fiddling with other so called finished bits, I removed the pedal box tonight and stripped it down to the bare case, the Brake arm and the Clutch arm. Long story short it’s all working exactly as it should but the...

Viva GT: earth calling

Today I have added a new earth to the car, so as well as the nice big earth post at the rear of the car, I now have a 110amp earth lead direct from the battery to the front chassis leg on the drivers side. From the battery following the...

Viva GT: what next?

It’s been two weeks I stopped working on the GT, and a week since the big show I was aiming for, its been a quiet two weeks of taking stock of things both with the Viva and some other very important decisions in life. I will not bore you with...

Viva GT: Bottom pulley

Okay I am back from seeing lots of folks who own Viva’s and its given the push today to have a look at the GT bottom pulley. Fist off I agree as a steel pulley its not going to be a clear a signal as an alloy pulley would give...

Viva GT: back home

Right so the GT is back from Northampton Motor Sport, with a long list of things to do before we try again. Four main items on the rework list Sort out the lower ball joints as without those fixed they cannot set up the front suspension geometry correctly, and I...

Viva GT: Fail :(

Thats right its a fail, but not the end of the world. the GT will not be driving to NON Billing nor correctly running, this week was the crunch week and its got too many issue on the “to correct” list to get done in time,(and its not over till...

Viva GT: oil pressure

It’s another day and yet another problem spotted and cured, I dare say my mobile phone bill is rather high having phoned lots of folks asking them the same question. After having got the same answer from everyone, I hatched a emergency plan. Having filled the engine with oil some...

Viva GT: weekly update

It’s been a frustrating week, as I get closer to the formal testing of the car. Wednesday is the D day where it gets taken over to Northampton Motor Sport for them to do a final check (make sure I haven’t missed something, failed to fill something or made some...