Chevy Chevelle

Service: Chevy Chevelle 2

This is an early 1980’s Tonka Clutch Popper, Chevy Chevelle model (‘Yellow Streak’) that came into the workshop (aka ‘the shed’) in a ‘not working/don’t know how it works’ state. Exterior actually good condition considering. Disassembled and found the usual culprits, dust and crap built up around the wheels and motor (but not as bad as the other one – probably because it was a slightly later model, less mileage:p). This one has the ‘turbo sound’ so is 1980+ as far as I can tell. You can see in the below picture the little white-ish plastic bit sticking out the back of the motor, that is the turbo sound maker – it vibrates against the dust cover to make that high pitched noise.

Took it through standard service steps 1-8 (kept the turbo sound on though), which you can see in detail on the maintenance page, but was essentially cleaning up around the wheels and motor, lube, cleanup body, sand tires to resurface them for maximum grip.

Then I test it out to see how it runs (this one was basically back to normal), and if all good I leave it at that (as did with this one), if still a bit rough then I’d look at taking the motor out (involves drilling the steel rivet out – easy, or plastic ‘rivets’ out – more of pain/destructive), but I’d rather not do that if it doesn’t need it. I’ll do a blog post about that at some point. You’ll notice on the picture below this is one of the models with plastic ‘rivets’ on each side of the front of the motor, and a hole where the steel one is in other models. Not sure why they made this design change (it may be there were 2 different factories?) as the ones with a steel rivet really have all three (its just that the plastic ones aren’t squashed down) so those models are: a) tougher – more belt & braces, b) easier to maintain.

This one now runs very fast if revved right up so i used a grippy mat to run it on in the test. I’ve since found another trick/hack that will keep it straight(er) at full speed which is essentially additional weight and getting the balance right. But if you just rev it a couple of time it’s fine and still very quick. I’ll leave it up to the kids to sort out:)

Anyway here’s some photos and a short video of how that went, sorry didn’t video the actual maintenance steps as didn’t have a way of holding the camera and doing that at the same time – I’ll work something out for that for the next one. But this one is now ready for a new life of getting run into things by kids (& adults:)) with a bit of imagination, and a strong forearm :p.

Tonka Clutch Popper – Chevy Chevelle – Pre-Service – Disassembled
Tonka Clutch Popper – Chevy Chevelle – Pre-Service – Motor
Tonka Clutch Popper – Chevy Chevelle – Motor post-service cleanup
Tonka Clutch Popper – Chevy Chevelle – Post Service
Chevy Chevelle

Service: Chevy Chevelle

This is an original Tonka Clutch Popper 1978-80 Chevy Chevelle (Action Series – no ‘turbo sound’), that was is pretty good nick really for its age, but running like a dog, in fact sold as ‘not working’. Which was correct, it was not currently working and did need a service before being returned back out for duty!

This one needed a good clean-out inside, for such good condition outside, the inside was pretty shite and did take a bit of cleaning.

After disassembly the process with this one was:

  1. Scraping around the axles and picking out everything that was wrapped around there with some tweezers
  2. Lifting out any large clumps of fluff/dust/crap around the place
  3. Spraying some CRC on some cotton buds then using those to wipe down all around the motor
  4. Getting some lube (CRC 556 at first, followed by some NOXY) all around the flywheel.
  5. Getting some lube (CRC 556) around the gear rods on the exterior of the motor and along the top joint (not too much, you don’t want a pool of the stuff down the bottom)
  6. Spinning it up to get the lube moving around, then actually needed the motor out as was still a bit rough, and sprayed down with CRC to remove all the dirt as much as possible, air blown dry then a light coat of NOXY that dries to a light film (could’ve also used a dry lube spray which may have been a better bet, but didn’t have any, maybe next time).
  7. Spin up again
  8. Sand rear tires to re-grip as they’d become quite shiny
Tonka Clutch Popper – Chevy Chevelle – Disassembled pre service/cleanup
Tonka Clutch Popper – Chevy Chevelle – Internal pre service cleanup
Tonka Clutch Popper – Chevy Chevelle – Post initial clean
Tonka Clutch Popper – Chevy Chevelle – Post Service