Do you own or know the whereabouts of a piece of UK Drag Racing History or just want info on a particular machine.

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 #23171  by swe62
 Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:47 pm
myself and Martin (wing nut )Ward built the none turbo chevette in a lock up garage at the side of martins mothers house. It took us about 8 months,We had almost finished an imp altered with a Chrysler 330 Spitfire semi hemi in when Murt (steve Maltby) asked us to build the Chevette for DTV, The chassis was built of 18g steel tubing stick welded as we had no mig or tig machine in those days,the rear axle was an E type with lsd and the gear box was a straight cut ZF with 4th and 5th blanked, not the best way but everything on the car had to come from Bill Blydensteins stores to keep the costs down.the engine was originally an 8 valve slant four vauxhall as used in the first rally Chevettes but was later changed to a 2.6 stroker 16 valve ,what a little cracker it was too, before startup you had to remove the distributor and hand turn the oil pump to make sure the oilways where full,dtv usedto insist you did this and it seemed to work,it never broke and ran like a clock, will try and remember a few more bits and post on the forum when I have time cheers swee
 #23595  by torment
 Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:56 pm
kind of a cool day today,we had swee (swe62) at the workshop today to see the car for the first time in 20+ years.

think we might be getting the old crew back... :D
 #23655  by swe62
 Fri Feb 18, 2011 1:18 am
mmm yes the young chaps made a damn good job of the car,it sounds well, might have a run to pod this year other racing permitting for a look ,have missed the drag racing, but had fun racing vintage sidecars and rallying!
 #32181  by muddytalker
 Mon Dec 31, 2012 7:52 pm
Which of the two DTV cars is this Liam?
Photo by Doug.
 #33428  by torment
 Fri May 31, 2013 4:21 am

The car in dougs picture is my car that evolved into torment.

The chassis on ebay is the one from under the same car...only change was the diff ratio. .

I hope someone buys it and carrys on to build a car out of goes well with a rover or hot pinto.
 #35177  by muddytalker
 Fri Nov 22, 2013 10:56 am
From the pages of Custom Car.
 #35772  by torment
 Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:55 pm
thanks for that jerry,thats my dad at the front of the car holding the body..
as most of you know the car has evolved to a 540 bbc and run a p.b. 8.38/152...not a full pass mind as the rear axle ratio needs changing..4/11s are a bit much as it goes like an 1/8 mile car..
2013 Nostalgia Nationals D60 By Martin Drake 390.jpg
with the patvan at shakey