Sunday, August 9, 2009

Pic of the Day: X-11 two-fer

Hard to believe it's been 7 months since I got this car.

First, what it looked like as delivered.

Then, same car, today.

I'm so proud!

1981 Chevy Citation X-11 hatchback coupe

--High-output 2.8L V-6 (larger valves, bigger cam, 2" exhaust)
--F-41 suspension package (2" drop, stiffer springs)
--X-11 trim package (decals, emblems, sport steering wheel, rear spoiler)
--Muncie 4-speed manual (different gearing from stock)
--Cowl induction hood, air cleaner (functional!)
--14" x 6" aluminum wheels, 215/60R14 tires
--Heavy-duty radiator (3 rows)
--Sport gauge cluster (speedo, fuel, oil, temp, volts) plus tachometer
--Color-keyed bumpers (painted to match body color)
--Bumper "rub strips" (black)
--Bumper guards (black)

--Black velour interior
--Power windows
--Power door locks
--Power brakes
--Power steering
--Cruise control
--Center console
--Tilt steering column
--Air conditioning
--Bucket seats
--AM/FM stereo, 4 speakers
--Power radio antenna
--Courtesy lights
--Rear-compartment light
--Space-saver spare (in factory condition!)
--Underhood light
--Rear-compartment trim panels
--Rear-compartment carpeting

At this point, everything works except the tach, power antenna (stuck "up"), air conditioner, and the heater. When I first got to work on things, the car was practically arthritic--the door locks were gummed up, the window lift systems were broken, half the light bulbs were burned out, the sunroof leaked (still does), and quite a bit more.

One very cool detail for me is that the car was built about a month after the April 12, 1981 maiden launch of space shuttle Columbia. With that in mind, I'm considering some modifications to commemorate Columbia.

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