eWorld # 20
the Chevy Club's
Online Newsletter
sent to members of the CC
 February 2011

'79 Nova of Sarosh Butt  The CC is North America's oldest and largest club for owners of all Chevrolet vehicles. The Club was founded in 1992 and offers color magazines, emagazines, technical advice, member recommendations on service, body and parts sources, registration of your Chevy , a tradition of service and FREE member classified ads that appear in the World magazine AND on the CC website on the Internet (http://www.chevyclub.com).

I hope you are enjoying the driving season!! Be sure to send us any comments and/or suggestions. We suggest you print this out for ease of reading and for reference. Please send us any photos and /or stories of your car for the next issue.

Note:  The next printed issue of the World will be mailed in February to our members that receive the printed version.

(top photo: '79 Nova of Sarosh Butt)

Rob Thomas, President

This issue contains:
Classified Ads
Events Calendar
In the News!
Questions and Answers
Upkeep and Performance Hints
Club Message Board, Photo Gallery and Blog
New Club Store Items
website Info
Renew or join/order store items
Contact Info

 (Check the ad rates section of our website for details)

Classified Ads


1961 Chevrolet Corvair 500 Lakewood 5-door Estate Car. Rear-mounted, Horizontally-opposed, Air-cooled O.H.V. 164CID, 140HP 6-cylinder Motor. 4-speed Transaxle. 4-wheel Independent Suspension & Drum Brakes. Front & Rear Addco Anti-roll Bars, 13"X6" Areo Wheels, 175SR13 Tires, Gas Dampers. Original Red Paint & Interior. L.H.D. Clear Title. Many Extra Parts & Manuals. Needs Work. US $2,025.00 O.N.O. Located in Los Angeles County, California. Other Vehicles for Sale/Trade. Please leave a Telephone Number with Reply. Phone: (626) 316-9547.*

1965 Baby for sale...Chevy Short Bed, Side Step Pick up. 350 engine, 400 transmission, positraction rear end. Runs, needs paint. Email for photos or questions kfeldoli@gmail.com  - Hurst, TX Make Offer.


Chevrolet Shop Manuals on CD with Fisher body service.1930 thru 1974 for most Chevrolet Cars and Trucks on CD. $48 each plus $5 shipping per CD. Available from the club’s website or for more information and a list available send an email to store@chevyclub.com , www.chevyclub.com/ccstore.htm (click the store link) (in every issue).

Original sales brochures, showing many Chevrolet models. Call for availability. Prices vary. Specify year/model. Add $3.50 shipping. Walter Miller, 6710 Brooklawn, Syracuse, NY 13211. (315) 432-8282. FAX: (315) 432-8256. www.autolit.com **(in every issue)

Parts for your Chevrolet at http://partssearch.chevyclub.com. Also parts for all GM and other vehicles! (in every issue)


None in this issue.

NOTE: CAR SALES SCAM. The check the “buyer” sends you is a fake. If you deposit it into your account and then obtain a Cashiers Check for the difference and send it to the accomplice, it will be cashed before the fake check you deposited is returned to your bank and charged back to you account. You will be ripped off for the amount of the Cashiers Check that you sent. You might want to warn the members in the magazine.
Charles Kennedy

Swap meet ads are free to CC members.  Ads appear on our website, in the printed World and in the emailed eWorld. For others and for commercial suppliers the rate is $10.00 for 35 words or less.  See more info in the AD RATES area of our website.  (* appeared in last issue)

Events Calendar

see list on the show and calendar sections of the website
message board at http://board.chevyclub.com

In the News!

2012 Camaro Convertible

Camaro Convertible After nearly four years of the near-production Camaro convertible “concept” making the auto show rounds, the official Chevrolet Camaro drop-top was revealed online just before the Los Angeles auto show, which opens to the public Friday.

The Camaro convertible will be built alongside the coupe at GM’s rapidly expanding Oshawa facility, which recently took on extra production of the Chevrolet Equinox and is set to start producing the Buick Regal for North America in the first quarter of next year. Camaro convertible production will also start early next year, with the car set to go on sale in Canada and the United States soon afterwards.

High Mileage Chevy Cruze Eco

Chevy Cruze Eco Chevrolet has unwrapped an estimated 40 mpg version of its upcoming Cruze sedan dubbed the Cruze Eco. Powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, the Cruze Eco nets its impressive highway fuel economy when mated to its standard six-speed manual transmission.

The Cruze Eco features a number of changes aimed at decreasing fuel consumption, like an optimized front axle ratio and ultra low rolling resistance Goodyear tires and lightweight 17-inch alloy wheels. A lowered stance reduces mpg-robbing air turbulence at highway speeds, while a lower front grille “air shutter” closes at higher speeds to improve highway aerodynamics. Chevrolet also modified the upper grille and added in a new front lower air dam extension and a rear spoiler to make the Cruze Eco even more slippery to the wind.

The Cruze Eco will come standard with the aforementioned six-speed manual, but it will also offer a six-speed automatic. Chevrolet estimates highway fuel economy at 40 mpg with the stick, but the automaker has not estimated highway figures for the manual or city numbers for either car.

Regardless of transmission, the Cruze Eco will come standard with the 138-horsepower, 148 lb-ft. of torque 1.4-liter turbocharged Ecotec four-cylinder rather than the base Cruze LS’ naturally aspirated four-cylinder. With that turbocharged engine, Chevrolet says that the Cruze Eco should be good for a 0-60 mph sprint of about 9 seconds with the manual and 10 seconds with the automatic.

Questions and Answers

Please note: Questions and answers are provided for information and advice purposes. No liability either express or implied is assumed by reliance on the information presented either by the writers or the CC.

Some or all of the below is from our message board at http://board.chevyclub.com and this is just a part of what appears there and in the member magazine.

Also be sure to see our message board on our website for immediate help from fellow members.

Q: I have a 2003 Malibu and I just installed and balanced new tires. At around 60mph, I get a little shake that disappears and does not come back at higher speeds, slow back down to 60 and it comes back again, it was there before the new tires. I was hoping that would clear it up. Any ideas?


A: Speed sensitive shakes are mostly balance issues. Maybe a bent rim, bad brake rotor, even a missing stud. Also its possible that your engine rev makes something resonate at that speed. Try the same speed with different rev (change gear), but this is not likely.



Q: I wanted to know if anyone could help me out. I own a 1989 Camaro (auto) and it seems to flood from time to time. I wanted to know what is the best way to fix it after it has been flooded, instead of always towing it to the mechanics?

Any Suggestions?


A: Take out the plugs and remove all the moisture using ATF fluid to get rid of all the gas, as removing the plugs and letting it dry won't do it (usually). Go to your local auto parts store and pick up a new set of spark plugs.


Upkeep and Performance Hints

Winter Car Care
by Jim Pyatt

My process for a winter wash has 6 steps and is vital during the winter season. Winter can be a challenge. It's essential that you loosen the dirt on the car with a thorough rinsing.

Step 1 - Engine Compartment, Wheel Wells, Wheels & Tires

With hot water, blast any dirt and mud away from the cowling and engine area. Be careful not to spray the electronics. We are not detailing the compartment, just performing maintenance. We will address engine detailing in the spring. Using the hose, blast mud and salt away from the wheel wells. If necessary, also use your gloves to dislodge caked on mud and salt. Blast until you see a clean stream of water emerging from underneath.

Blast mud and salt from all areas of your undercarriage which you can reach, especially under bumpers and the like. Wheels come in many styles, including polished aluminum, chromed steel, clear-coated aluminum, and painted. No matter what variety you have, brake dust and salt and mud make them difficult to clean. If your wheels have plastic covers or hubcaps, remove them before you begin cleaning. Soak hubcaps in warm soapy water; this will make cleaning easier.

Spray cleaner and scrub wheels and tires thoroughly with soapy water. Use a brush to agitate and remove stubborn mud and salt I use an old toothbrush to reach into tight spots and intricate designs. Use the hose-sprayer attachment to rinse off the soap & dirt.

Step 2 - Surface Soaking

Using your hose with no attachment, start at the top of the car and rinse the dirt with a moderate stream of water from top to bottom. Spray a light mist of water, using your thumb, over the body surface to soak the film of dirt, salt, dust, and grime that has accumulated on the paint finish. By leaving the water to soak for a minute or two, much of the dirt will easily float off the car when you go to wash it.

Never use a pressure washer! It will grind the dirt into the clearcoat and leave micromarring (swirls). It acts like a sandblaster used to remove paint. Now we sure don't want that!

Step 3 - First Washing

After thoroughly rinsing the car, you are ready to get the bulk of the remaining dirt. This is a multistage wash. Use quality car-wash soap. One of the keys is to keep the paint surface wet at all times. Recruit a friend to help. They can keep the water running on the surface at all times.

One reason for swirls is washing with dirty water. Avoid swirls by using a water filtration system like the Dirtguard auto wash system. Start on the top and work in 3x3-foot small areas dipping your brush into the dirtgard bucket. Rub the brush against the insert frequently. This acts like a washboard, removing the dirt from your brush. Rinse each area with water before proceeding to the next area. Absolutely never let the car dry. Keep wetting it down all the time. On an extremely dirty, average-size car, I will use 4 to 5 buckets of soap and water. When you have finished, rinse out the bucket and filter. You are now ready to proceed.

Step 4 - Rinsing

Using your hose fitted with your nozzle set at medium stream, start with the top and work down rinsing all the dirt and soap off.

Step 5 Second Washing

Slip your mitts on your hands. They should fit like a glove. Rinse and rub the sponge/mitt regularly on the insert in your Dirtguard. You don't want dirt to accumulate on the mitt and scratch the paint.

Step 6 - Final Rinse

Using your hose fitted with no nozzle, free flow the water over the vehicle starting with the top, and it will practically dry itself. The effect of a stream from the hose causes the water to sheet off; using a nozzle causes the water to bead, leaving more water on the surface. Do a test both ways, and you will see the difference: simply amazing!

Step7 - Drying

Immediately after washing the vehicle, open and close all doors, the trunk, and other parts of the car with locks several times before parking it (this will eliminate water freezing in locks in extreme cold). Drying is also one of the reasons you end up with swirls if you don't do it correctly.

Use a synthetic chamois. Lay the chamois on a panel and pull water away. I find natural chamois dry out, and the smell is appalling.

Use a leaf blower to blow water from the cowling, mirrors, grills, lights, power antenna, and any accessories that hold water. Open all doors and hatches. Thoroughly blow around the inside of the door and trunk.

Periodically apply a good silicone spray to all weather stripping during freezing weather.

Lastly use a waffle-weave microfiber towel to dry any remaining water. I like to use a clean dry microfiber towel and wipe down with a spray wax like Meguiar's to give me that just waxed shine. I can perform this wash in about an hour for an average-size car; you should be able to get this project done in an hour to an hour and a half.

Jim Pyatt at jjimpyatt@aol.com 

Club Message Board, Blog and Photo Gallery

Club Message Board at http://board.chevyclub,com
Club Blog at http://blog.chevyclub.com/
Club Photo Gallery at http://photos.chevyclub.com

The club has a message board. You can access it through the club website at http://www.chevyclub.com  or directly at http://board.chevyclub.com . We have a members only section of the message board. Members can request club membership to the Message Board by making the request in the form of a reply on the message board or by email to us.  This allows you to access the MEMBER ONLY QUESTION & ANSWER and UPKEEP & PERFORMANCE HINTS area.  It also allows you to post items in the FOR SALE and WANTED sections as well as post photos in the MEMBER PHOTOS area. You must first register for this Message Board site.  Be sure to include your membership name along with your membership number if known.

The Club has a photo gallery located at http://photos.chevyclub.com . The same login is used for the gallery as the Message Board. Members can download photos directly to this gallery.

The club also has a blog located at http://blog.chevyclub.com . Members can publish items and comments to the Blog by logging on as a member.

Also you can now find us on the popular networking sites at www.facebook.com, www.twitter.com and www.myspace.com in the groups/clubs section.

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Additional club merchandise including the following can be found at our Fieldhouse Club Store located at www.fieldhouse.com/chevyclub .





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Technical Sections

A complete copy of all the Technical Sections, topics, questions and answers published in the WORLD from 1998 to 2007. Available on CD-ROM only for PC or Mac. It is indexed by category such as electrical, suspension, etc. for easy reference and accessibility

Copies of technical topics published from 1998 to 2007 by the CC on CD-Rom, indexed only in pdf format for PC or Windows.

Available from the CC by ordering on the website at http://orders.chevyclub.com or on the order form contained in each issue of the World. $10 plus $5 S&H.

World Issues on CD

You can have the last 10 years of the World easily accessible on your computer. Indexed by issue. These publications, which are no longer in print contain numerous and diverse articles and photos. Enjoy all the entertaining and informative stories that you can no longer get anywhere else and at a reasonable price.

Complete past issues of CC Worlds published from 1998 to 2007 by the CC on CD-Rom only in pdf format for PC or Windows.

Available from the CC by ordering on the website at http://orders.chevyclub.com or on the order form contained in each issue of the World. $10 plus $5 S&H.

Shop Manuals

We have teamed up with Detroit Iron offer Shop Manuals for some Pontiac years.

More details and ordering info on our website at www.chevyclub.com/DetroitIronCDinfo.htm

We provide manuals on CD which will work on both PC and MAC operating systems. Detroit Iron Information Systems provides factory service, parts, and electrical manuals on CD for 1973 (1974-1982 available soon) and older GM cars and trucks. We provide a scanned copy of the original factory manuals in an easy to use CD format. From the CD you can print the section you need, use it and file it for future reference. Detroit Iron is authorized and licensed by General Motors to reproduce these manuals in CD-Rom format.

1930 thru 1974 for most Chevrolet Cars and Trucks on CD. More info and complete list of CDs on www.chevyclub.com , $48 each plus $5 shipping per CD.

Remember the main CC website (at http://www.chevyclub.com) always contains the following items which are updated after each eWorld is sent out:

Club Message Board at http://board.chevyclub,com
Club Blog at http://blog.chevyclub.com/
Club Photo Gallery at http://photos.chevyclub.com
Classified ads are located at: http://www.chevyclub.com/ccclass.htm
Members car photos are located at: http://www.chevyclub.com/ccphoto.htm
and MORE IN THE MEMBERS ONLY SECTION (at http://www.chevyclub.com/ccmemb.htm) including tech staff contact info, spare parts listings, member recommendations on shops and complete copies of the World.

The website contains much information including tech staff contact info, spare parts listings, member recommendations on shops and complete copies of the World. You can also renew (or join) (at: http://www.chevyclub.com) or order regalia or store items online (at http://www.chevyclub.com).

The eWorld is sent to members of the Chevy Club as an additional benefit for members that have given us their email address. Each member should notify the club of any changes to their email address.

Chevy Club
P. O. Box 11238
Chicago, 60611 U.S.A.
Ph.: (773) 769-6262
FAX: (773) 769-3240
chevyclub.com or http://www.chevyclub.com

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