Hey man thanks for the reply and feedback. Glad someone still drives these cars! I think that with the right maintenance and care a car can last 3x it’s rated lifespan. I’m aiming for about 350k km with my car. I’m inspired by the world record for car mileage; a Volvo P1800 with 3.2 million miles that has original engine block and transmission. The owner changed the oil every 3000 miles and transmission fluid every 25,000 miles. Since fluids are so cheap nowadays I don’t see why I shouldn’t try to do the same!
I’m glad you found an engine and a friend who could swap it in a night. That’s quite impressive. Where did you manage to find an engine? I feel like the model is so old it’s hard to find a low-mileage one.
And gotcha; I took your advice on the sandpaper. I couldn’t find some cutting compound but I used some Ultimate Compound which is also quite strong near the peeling coat. Also couldn’t find the same ceramic coating in local store so I went with some cheaper $10 spray-on stuff. I applied it liberally. Couldn’t see a noticeable difference, but I hope it can offer some UV protection. It’s weird maybe it was the specific ceramic coating I got but compared to wax I couldn’t see any coating. I think once the weather clears up I’ll go and do a proper detailing.
One “secret” I learned about detailing recently that I don’t seem to see anywhere is this: use silicone grease on rubber/plastic components. Pure silicone grease (the stuff that comes in tubes generally) soaks into rubber and plastic and really protects them from UV and drying out. I just did all the plastic trim on the outside and the weatherproofing in between the doors and trunk and they look way better and are generally more flexible.
And yeah haha I knew about those bolts being optional. They actually made it much easier to align the rotor anyways so I thought I’d keep them in.
I’ve never gotten anything done at Macco, but I didn’t realize pro paint jobs are so cheap. Hole near fuel cap; like rust hole or just in the paint?
And wow that’s so much work on your vette. Why the custom grind cam? Sounds like a super fun project haha! Are you documenting it anywhere? I’m sure myself and others would love to read about it. Awesome pics btw too, especially the one on the track.
And also I like your Aveo. I took after your car and removed my logo on the front. Looks a bit better with just black. Where did you get the black trim down near the front (not sure what that part is called)? Also, how does one make a 105hp Aveo autocross capable? :P