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viva hc

Postby jimbo123 » Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:40 pm

Hi think i'm just about to start on a big restoration of a 1973 blue 4 door vaxhall viva HC automatic,bloke who came round from transport to re-instate v5 said if i could prove that it was built before 1st january 1973 i could get it on historical tax.V5 date of registration says 9th march 1973 so thats another battle.Looking forward to getting started plenty of work including welding spraaying etc,been in my garage for the last 12 years i think the car is complete head already off i think its time to take some pictures thanks for listening jim :
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Re: viva hc

Postby pbottomley » Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:42 pm

the chassis number is the key to build dates.... if you have that we can look it up for you ...

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Re: viva hc

Postby hbpeter » Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:01 pm

Hello and welcome, HC Autos are a rare car. Ask any questions you like. Some pics and the reg number would be good. Good luck.

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Re: viva hc

Postby jimbo123 » Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:06 am

Thanks everyone for looking i will get some photo's soon at the moment it has everything but the kitchen sink on it but being a time served mechanic myself i'm starting to look forward to finding the time to get going the details i have on it are ,
The registration is SWE 579L the vin/chassiss frame no is 93369dom015862 on the V5 that the man from the ministry of transport came to my house (because at that time i didn't have a V5)he verified the car.it says it has a 1159 engine but i recall haynes manuals saying that all automatics were fitted with the 1256 engine.
One of the main reasons i'm looking forward to doing this car is the viva hc is the first car we owned,my then girlfriend now my wife of 31 years could drive so we bought a "J" reg 1159 2 door green viva great car for £325 in 1979.We then put "L" plates on and i passed my test learning in this car.
Can you still get parts for these exhaust brakes etc,i have kept my eyes open on ebay and see alot of parts on there only thing gives me concern is the roof lining as it is clean but if you run your'e finger down the stitching it pulls apart,engine seems locked (heads off)but quite happy to take engine out got crane and engine stand and strip down.
The car is only showing 29000 miles which from were it came from i believe to be true.Sorry to go on and on iwill leave now thanks to everyone for offer of assistance i'm in mansfield,Notts NG18.
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Re: viva hc

Postby hbpeter » Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:58 pm

The DVLA site has no record of the car. But for an L reg HC I would expect a 1256 engine. Might have been changed in the past. Whats the engine No?

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Re: viva hc

Postby hbpeter » Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:12 pm

Most parts are available, if you join the owners club they have parts in stock. Some parts are getting remade. Several people have had headlinnings made up. Body parts, and interior parts are getting rare. Wings etc are getting pricy when they do turn up.

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Re: viva hc

Postby jimbo123 » Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:00 pm

Hi HBPeter not been able to get in garage yet going to sort out very soon will post pictures soon also, when learn how to do it will look for engine no thanks for your'e help much appreciated jim.
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Re: viva hc

Postby droopsnoot » Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:04 pm

Is there a different number on the chassis plate fitted to the top nearside of the metal part of the dashboard panel, when you look in from the windscreen on that side? My parts book doesn't really talk about the meaning of "DOM", though it does suggest that it's 1973 model year because of the 93369 designation.
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Re: viva hc

Postby jimbo123 » Sun Sep 08, 2013 9:48 pm

I have just realised that the registration number i put on the original posting was SWE 579L that was incorrect the :D :D registration is SXE 579 Blue four door vauxhall viva HC looking at the engine block i think it is a 1059 engine 1972 automatic gearbox thanks everyone for looking Jim .posting.php?mode=reply&f=23&t=17675#
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Re: viva hc

Postby jimbo123 » Sun Sep 08, 2013 9:50 pm

The registration is SXE 579L thanks Jim.
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