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New Vauxhall Viva

Peter Bell

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Hope they are more reliable than the old one. I remember someone telling my that they had travelled thirty miles from bury st Edmunds to Cambridge and had seen four broken down or abandoned by the side of the road. I hasten to add this was probably in the early eighties!


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I used to drive a viva van. It could be very entertaining. With no load there was little weight over the rear axle and occasionally needed some anti-lock through the steering.

Another fascinating feature was the way you could adjust the tappet clearance by ear. You could leave the engine running, remove the rocker cover and tighten the nuts on the rockers. It took about 10 minutes.

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