Saturday, April 16, 2016

Pick Your Poison: 1983 Chevrolet Chevette Pro Street


If you wanted to buy a new 'vette in 1983, you could.  It wasn't the kind built in Bowling Green, KY, though.  It was an anemic econobox.  With a little tweaking, however, you could make one of them keep up with traffic.  Find this '83 Chevette for sale in Birmingham, AL for $3,800 via craigslist.

In the case of this car, a little tweaking means stuffing it with enough cage and reinforcement to handle the torque of a locomotive. With a fuel cell, rear end, suspension and tires to match, this Chevette is almost ready to destroy the 1/4 mile.  All it needs is the heart of a champion.


Hopefully the builder of this car paid attention in shop class, as you would not want to find out about poor craftsmanship at the end of a 150 MPH pass. Instead of going all-out, you may want to put a nicely warmed over SBC inside with a Lenco manual transmission.  Perhaps you could have something streetable that doesn't need a parachute at the track.  


Whatever you decide, you will have something that is definitely not a classic muscle car, not a sleeper, and not something you see every day.  Your $3,800 gets you a pretty good start toward what will certainly be a wild ride.  Question is: do you have the guts to complete it? 


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11 comments:

  1. Question is: do you have the guts to complete it? Well, yes.

    But that is overwhelmed by the fact I don't want to die quite yet, and least of all in a Chevette with a similar wheelbase to my Honda push mower.

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    1. i've always known, i'll die in a chevette

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISMuhvLwlKQ

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  2. I can remember back in the day one of the cubscouts in my pack getting dropped off in something like this.

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  3. Was that the kid whose dad did time for distributing Meth?

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  4. Im not really into drag racing but ive always loved the fact that they dont limit thselves to cars that make sense. If youre doing a fully tubbed and caged car then the shell really doesnt matter. So any POS can become a 9 second beast. If youre cheap grab a 5.3 ls from the junkyard, throw a cam in it, valve spring, pushrods, cheap turbo an intercooler, decent meth kit, megasquirt and hang on for dear life.

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  6. Oh and a th400. A lenco would be awesome but im poor.

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