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Wow, if you add superjames' vette to the list you have a pretty complete listing of my favorite flared vettes.
http://www.digitalcorvettes.com/forums/showthread.php?t=148528
There will be others soon if josh has his way about it. Riggs and mark will be on there soon. 7t is up and running!

I have been putzing around with small things on larry of late. Cleaning up the wiring under the hood and just finishing up stuff. I do want to pull the dash and console one more time to change some stuff around, but am making a list of everything I need to get done so that when I do, I get it all done. Anything that takes the car off the road is getting pushed back to the "winter list" I am having too much fun driving the damn thing. I am slowly getting the vintage AC installed, but it has been so nice this summer there is no big push on that.


I am going to need to change my avatar. This childish nonsense has gotten totally out of hand. I know in "other" places they take this stuff way more seriously.
Which is why I spend most of my time here. :cheers:
 

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I was watching SuprJames vid's on youtube but couldn't find a build thread. (I've had some spare time -nightshift & 50knot winds)

Freights by weight, I could never afford to bring that bling over. On second thoughts I might be able to sneek it in if I can borrow his budgee smugglers :rolling:

I did find a time lapse vid of what looks like CIC panel fitting as well.
Sorry can't embed vid
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwMQDbop6rI
 

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Still at it. I have had a hard time finding time to work on the vette. Seems I get home from work and would rather go driving out on the county roads then finish the car. The weather has been perfect all summer and hate to take her off the road to do any work.
It got hot the last couple of days and is raining today so I pulled the radiator out. More on that later.
Sidepipes and I went to a show in Washington Iowa. Got third in the vette class. I felt pretty good about that. Here are the cars that should have gotten first and second in no particular order.
This 58 is an all original survivor car. Pretty amazing to see.



Forget the year, but this one had a really nice restoration done on her.



When they announced the winners it kind of sucked. They said "class x goes to joe blow". I did not know what categories they were presenting much less which cars won. I did remember the owner of a c6 that had all sorts of bling on it and a really nice stereo in back. Blinking LEDs in the tail lights to draw in folks like moths. I know he got second so one of the two cars above was shut out. Not how I would have voted, but I will take it.

Anyhow I got the radiator out. We did not realize it until the night before the power tour that the steam ports are crimped off. I had driven a thousand miles like that and had no problems, it was too late so we went with it. It did not overheat in the dells, so .. I don't know. Anyhow I thought I should fix it anyway. I am going to take the radiator to a friends shop and weld in a bung to run the tubes to.

Taking care of cleaning up some wiring while the radiator is out. As I was doing that I noticed this on the drivers side upper control arms:




Yikes! I drove quite a ways to go to a guy who was recommended to me. I really don't think he put them in that way, but rather they came loose and slid over into the gap. What are your thoughts?
Back at it. Gotta get this done so I can put it back together and go driving. :thumbsup:
 

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I had mine aligned about 3 weeks ago and when I got home something told me to check the tightness of the bolts. Two of the 4 upper control arm pivot bolts had maybe 10 lbs tq. on them. If I hadn't checked them the exact same thing would have happened. I called them back and chewed on them.

No way to tell if that was all the shims or if any fell out. After you get done chewing on the alignment shop, have them redo their sloppy work at their expense.

Fuggers........ :nuts: That could have caused a serious accident, gotten you and/or your wife injured or worse and/or totaled the 76. Sending Chucky over for some Redrum at the alignment shop is starting to sound like a good idea.
 

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I plan to revisit the guy who did the work on the front end. Unfortunately his shop is quite a ways away from me. Fortunately I like to drive. Hopefully get that done this week.
I also have an oil leak I need to address. It has always had a very, very slow leak since it came home. Usually I would just find a drop attached to the bottom of the car somewhere, but rarely would it even leave drops on the garage floor. Now it is a full on leak. Small puddle on the floor. Had to add the leftover 1/2 quart of oil I had. I am going to have it on a friends lift soon and can get a better look then. Could be a rear main? I also remember reading about some Pcv issues (Riggs?) but did not pay that much attention since I did not think I had a leak back then. May need to be vented better and add a catch can.
 

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Well you could represent that it isn't drivable in it's current condition and request he foot the bill for a flat bed tow or pay for a local shop to do the repair work so you can then drive it to his place.

Just a thought.........
 

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So I have been working under the hood of late. Got a steam port tube hooked up. I think when the guys first got this motor way back when, the ls knowledge bank was pretty empty, and they crimped off the steam tube. I fought with it and got it functional again. The hose is hanging loose right now but I have plans for that. I had to take the intake off and fuel rails, so I painted them up and it looks much better.



So while I was at it, this happened...



Yea, there was beer involved.





Some final shaping and filling and it should be good to go. My rad. Sits a bit low in the support and there is an ugly space there, and air blows past the radiator also. The cover will clean it up and seal it off. It came out pretty tight, and snaps into place.

I have not driven her for more than a week, which is a first, and also kind of sucked, btw. I am waiting for some parts to dry and thought I would take her out. Dead battery. :down:
I wanted to roll her out and jump start her, but My driveway drops off steeply after you exit the garage. I could not open the door and put my leg out to roll her back so I would be in the car to stop the runaway vette.
A wise man once told me there is always a way, so I sat in the car for a minute. Then I thought " hey, this is a vette", opened the door slightly (still clearing the side of the garage door) and reached back to grab the back tire and rolled the car back by the wheel. Only in a vette.
Okay, maybe a cheetah also.
I did not plan on this taking as much time as it did. I hope to next address getting some cooler air to the motor. The intake temp was around 140 last time I took her out, which was about +60 degrees. :down:
 

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So I have been working under the hood of late. Got a steam port tube hooked up. I think when the guys first got this motor way back when, the ls knowledge bank was pretty empty, and they crimped off the steam tube. I fought with it and got it functional again. The hose is hanging loose right now but I have plans for that. I had to take the intake off and fuel rails, so I painted them up and it looks much better.



So while I was at it, this happened...

Yea, there was beer involved.

Some final shaping and filling and it should be good to go. My rad. Sits a bit low in the support and there is an ugly space there, and air blows past the radiator also. The cover will clean it up and seal it off. It came out pretty tight, and snaps into place.

I have not driven her for more than a week, which is a first, and also kind of sucked, btw. I am waiting for some parts to dry and thought I would take her out. Dead battery. :down:
I wanted to roll her out and jump start her, but My driveway drops off steeply after you exit the garage. I could not open the door and put my leg out to roll her back so I would be in the car to stop the runaway vette.
A wise man once told me there is always a way, so I sat in the car for a minute. Then I thought " hey, this is a vette", opened the door slightly (still clearing the side of the garage door) and reached back to grab the back tire and rolled the car back by the wheel. Only in a vette.
Okay, maybe a cheetah also.
I did not plan on this taking as much time as it did. I hope to next address getting some cooler air to the motor. The intake temp was around 140 last time I took her out, which was about +60 degrees. :down:


Nice! Watching the progress on this project.
 

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I plan on tackling some glass projects in the future and your rad cover came out great!
I'll add that to the list...
Nice work!!!
 

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Motor looks great all painted up.

The throttle cable looks like it couldn't get much tighter. :D I know, I know, quicker throttle response.......... :rolling:

All kidding aside it's looking good.
 

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Thanks, guys.:cheers:
The throttle cable is something that was on the car and does not really fit that well. On the list of thing that needs fixed. Any suggestions welcome.
I forgot that when I was taking things apart I found out there was some slop in the cable and so I tightened that up a bit and it is much easier to run through the gears now that the throttle is running right.
I was hoping to finish up the radiator cover tomorrow, but the local guy is out of the icing filler that I was planning on using for the final coat before paint. I will shop around and see if there are other options available locally because I want this done.
I kind of enjoy working with fiberglass. It is so easy to make weird shapes. My first day as an intern at CIC was "fiberglassing 101" It was cool and windy today so I sat outside in the breeze and did my sanding there. That helped make it kind of relaxing.
 

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A few years ago i had my front bushings replaced. On my drive home i heard something let go then my steering went. Turns out he finger tightened the retaining bolt on the idler arm and it fell off while going around a corner. I was on a secondary highway (50 mph) at the time and that was scary as all 'ell. Needless to say I was not happy when I got back to the mechanic's (also a friend) and he was apologizing and dod some other work for free. Now I check everything at least twice and do even more work myself.
 

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Years back I had something worked on with my car. The kid who was doing the work looked like a real goober, but I felt bad for passing judgement upon him. I had not driven the car long when I knew it was not right. I pulled over and three of the lug nuts were missing and the others were not tight. Yikes. I was standing beside the car and the kid pulled up behind me yelling "stop!" Well, duh... I am standing beside the car. He goes on to inform me the lug nuts ain't tight. Double duh. He did tell me they would get me some new ones for free! Okay. After three consecutive "duh" moments I realized that sometimes people look like goobers because they are, in fact, goobers.
Back to corvette stuff. I sent a photo to the guy who did the work on the front end and he said that it was not right and to bring it over and he would fix it. That is what I wanted to hear from him and that's cool. In the meantime I went to Midwest frame and axle here in town. They have a very solid reputation, and have always treated me well. I stopped over and they said they would fix it up for 45 bucks. By the time I drove clear back to the first place again, I would have burned up 20 bucks in gas so I just figured spend the money and be done with it.
I took the car over there today and all the specs were right on, just a funky ass shim job going on. They fixed it up and when I checked out they said "how about 20 bucks"
Hell yea!
I am not sure what the first guy was doing, but I have no hard feelings toward him since he did not try to bs his way out of it and offerd to make it right, so it's all good.
Meanwhile I was about done with the radiator cover when I saw patro's thread and realized I should have extended the bracket to hold the top of the fans too, which changes everything about the cover. So I slapped done on it and put it on for now. The finish is not as good as I would like, but it will work until I hack it up and start over. I had planned on having a couple of nice bolts holding it on, but it snaps in place and is very solid without it. :thumbsup:


The left side of the cover is catching a weird reflection, but does not really look that gorfed up.

There are a few local shows coming up over the next couple of weekends and I hope to hit a couple of them. The driving season is winding down quickly here in Iowa. Remaking the radiator bracket/ fan bracket and the cover will go on the ever growing "wait for winter" list.
I should probably go drive around now or something.

Edit: forgot to mention that it is my vettes birthday. It was born on 9/11. Where's the cake?
 

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Denpo; Thanks for that. It means a lot after seeing your work on your car.
Richard; Fiberglass dust really does not bother me. I have been covered in the stuff (as you know) and never really had any reaction to it. I have to remember to put on a mask at times because I don't really think about how nasty it is.
As far as updates, Well now the vette is known as "Queen Larry" around the house. The CFO noted that we have a three car garage, and three cars sitting outside, as well as one 'vette inside. Hence the name.
I made a shelf for the T Tops a while back. It is nice to take them off and just hang them there without having to find a place to store them where they won't get scratched up.



The divider at top keeps them from touching.

I made some DTRL's. They are COB LED's and are quite bright. They fit in a bracket below the stock light housing and have a lens in front that I made with some clear casting resin. I may wire them up when I pull the dash over the winter so that they dim, but stay on when the headlights are on just because it would look kind of cool.






A while back I was in working on the 'vette in the garage because I was not at work or asleep. A guy walks in and tells me he lives down the street from me and has a 76 'Vette, and introduces himself as Larry. I kind of laughed. Last weekend we took the two 76 'vettes out for a spin. That was really fun to look up in the mirror and see him chasing me. Damn, these cars look cool going down the road.





In one of the photos you can see a bit of bare fiberglass below the car. When we were cranking on the car to get it into paint, we realized there was no flange for the front valance to bolt to. I worked through the night to make the flange, but I knew it would need some work to make the piece fit flush. I was in a hurry and thought, "I will worry about that later". Well it is later, so I have been sanding and forming the flange so the valance will fit right.
I have a list of projects for the winter so there should be more updates once it quits being so damn nice here.
 
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