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#1: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

We arranged a bit of a trip to the otherside of sunny, sorry, rainy Suffolk - always a pleasure covering a good few miles both on dual carriageway and country roads, enjoying the sites and sounds of Snape Maltings and Aldeburgh.

Both doing between 27-30mpg too (so obviously we're not trying hard enough...)

Who else is still using their car this time of year? Or doing something to it in the garage?

#2: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: JonnyC4 Location: Diest-Belgium Post Posted: Today at

Have a good weekend!

#3:  Author: yenko 1969 Location: Soham/nr Ely Post Posted: Today at

Almost see Cantley..........................................

#4: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Weathers fine and dry. Tripped down HIghway 1 (A77) down the coast to pretty Portpatrick for lunch.

Cleaning the '87 tomorrow with my new Barrier Reef products..

#5: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: curious bystander Location: Derbyshire Post Posted: Today at

I was under the impression that Suffolk was a very flat county - obviously I'm wrong because I can see that you are parked on a very steep hill in the first photo Fran Rolling Eyes

Meanwhile, up here in the Hope Valley it's been wet, but for an hour this afternoon the sky cleared just long enough for me to take the cover off and give the car a quick wipe down and a buff up with a duster - a poor substitute for a blast round the block.

Maybe tomorrow, but the forecast doesn't bode well Sad

Bill

#6:  Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

Hello Bill, no not that flat (but we're from Cambs which is mostly not undulating!) - I put the handbrake on and initially enjoyed watch the houses slowly creak past, I think it's just there for effect! Hopefully it'll still be in the same place when I wake up - I don't leave it in gear either as I know I'll fire it up the road by accident one day...

Mick - was there on Friday and there on Monday too! All go here...

Good work Steve!

#7: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

Want to know what I did with my car today - see my 'engine strip down' thread above for the whole sorry mess Banghead

#8: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: philv8 Location: South West Post Posted: Today at

Well, I drove up to the NEC and it rained all the way....

Went to Motorcycling live. I've never been before, I like like vehicles that don't a) fall over and b) need me to get wet when it rains. My son works for Ariel and they have a stand there with the new Ace Cool.

I wasn't quite as out of place as I thought I'd be, there were lots of old blokes there drooling over large powerful bikes. There was even a Kawasaki Ninja with a supercharger and 300bhp, bet that'd cure constipation Smile

It stayed dry on the way home, so the Chevy went back in the garage.

#9:  Author: jji4595 Location: UK Post Posted: Today at

I drove my 87 c4 to work on friday, 26 miles each way. Pitch dark on the way and pouring with rain the way back. Still loved it. I never listen to music just the beautiful engine note. Mick.

#10:  Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

Good man!

Ross, we need pictures, you'll get it sorted.

Have to say the 95 is relatively quiet, so good for relaxed cruising, it does sing at the other end of the tachometer, but even Mrs Franv8 is telling me I need a louder exhaust.

#11: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: kentvette Location: Loir Valley, France Post Posted: Today at

We have always used the Corvette all year round, although never intentionally in the wet – a strategy that more often than not fails when we’re on a pre-arranged outing!

Our local car club meets each month in a different village in La Sarthe, and that’s a good excuse for a run out. But having missed it this month we did manage a 65 mile run down to Tours and back, mainly to ensure the newly fitted U/J didn’t fall off! Beautiful day, no traffic of course, but we only clicked off one photo that included anything of the car!

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Been in the high teens temps-wise recently, but when it's cold there's little or no salt used here, so it’s generally easier to get out on nice winter days. But even in the UK I think we always managed a run out at least once a month, about 60 – 100 miles, to get everything nicely warmed through….


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#12:  Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

Great pic Stephen, the Vette definitely has a great "down the bonnet" view - don't think I've seen any better.

We came back today in horrible wet weather - still found it a very pleasant journey, and I'd say the "electronics" of traction control (I'm quite impressed by the system on the C4 as it's one of the early ones) and cruise control, and the comfort really make it an unfatiguing way to cover the miles.

Car needs a clean now though - nearly as much as Kevv's!

#13:  Author: chevykevv Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

FranV8 wrote (View Post):
Car needs a clean now though - nearly as much as Kevv's!


You're not kidding!!! Doh

#14: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: longtimedead Location: south west wales Coast Post Posted: Today at

Changed the oil yesterday as we had showers off and on all day ,first time i have changed the oil in 7 months and 7000 miles and the oil was almost as clean as it went in ,amazing ...
Today was the first dry road day I've had off work since the MOT a month ago so i washed the car did a nice 100 mile trip along the coast road and over the hills ,washed it again (am i the only one who does that ) and put her away .
How many more days are we going to get before the dreaded salt goes down Sad

#15:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Just back from a weekend trip away to Kilchoan in the West highlands. Actually the most westerly point on the british mainland. Car was great come rain or sun of course. Truly an accomplished touring car.

#16: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

I was strongly tempted to go out for a drive yesterday but was rather hung over.....

I have just been doing little "improving" on the car in the garage over the last few weeks. Fitted clear lenses to the front, sides and rear of the car to get rid of all the amber lens bits and little round side lights a Euro spec car normally has.

Fitted a cover over the battery compartment and a plug so I can easily put the car on the trickle charger without removing the battery cover.

Next job will be painting the fuel rail and radiator top covers body colour.

I will SORN the car next weekend. But think I will take it out one last time for this year just to "test" my new white side lights. Very Happy

#17: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

longtimedead wrote (View Post):Changed the oil yesterday as we had showers off and on all day ,first time i have changed the oil in 7 months and 7000 miles and the oil was almost as clean as it went in ,amazing ...


Quite normal..

I get the same results after my usual 15k mile or 2 year oil change on my '87. The oil is then used by my mate for his MGB or my neighbour in his 1950 Morris Oxford..

That's the benefit of synthetic, lasts longer so fewer changes means reduced costs! Thumbs up

#18: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

kentvette wrote (View Post):

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That's a great image.. Reminds me of what its like around my home. Scratchchin

#19: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Yes fully synthetic should last at least two years if you don't do a high mileage. I changed my oil last winter and have only done a couple of thousand miles so will wait until the winter after this before that gets changed.

I was going to change my transmission and diff oil this winter but as I am still very short of 50K miles I might wait until the next winter for that too. I will have to see how the money goes. Been an expensive year this one and they next will be no cheaper with my USA road trip planned.

#20: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

I was £90 for two bottles of Mobil 1 diff oil, two bottles of GM additive (recommended by them what know apparently) and a big syringe to sook out all the old oil.

There's probably a less expensive way of achieving this.


Road trip in a new Challenger then eh?


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#21: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: YellowStingray Location: Bristol Post Posted: Today at

Drive my '88 to work every day (after dropping my son off at school) come rain or shine Laughing Great smile on both of us in the mornings.

#22:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Just rigged up a new fluorescent in the garage. Will make for an improved home for the Vette over winter! I've heard they're afraid of the dark:lol:

#23: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

I'm going to junk the fluorescent soon and use a 15 metre 240v LED strip at 70 watt consumption!

#24:  Author: z06_tim Location: Warwick, UK Post Posted: Today at

LED strip sounds interesting Ross - tell us more?

I was planning expanding my one fluorescent tube to 6 (x 6 foot i guess) for my double garage, then i started thinking about LED tubes, but even four of those is going to be pretty pricey.

#25:  Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

z06_tim wrote (View Post):LED strip sounds interesting Ross - tell us more?

I was planning expanding my one fluorescent tube to 6 (x 6 foot i guess) for my double garage, then i started thinking about LED tubes, but even four of those is going to be pretty pricey.

I do a number of lighting control systems, mainly large domestic - it amazes me the overkill in terms of lighting that some electrical contractors apply to buildings. Nothing is for nothing however and high power LED's are often cool white, totally inappropriate for domestic use where warm white would be more logical. I'll pop out in the garage later and take a photo and see if we can compare a single fluorie at one end with a the 240v Led strip simply strung-up temporary (after Gotham has finished!)

#26:  Author: z06_tim Location: Warwick, UK Post Posted: Today at

Thanks Ross. There's no rush tho. It's a bit chilly out ther tonight!

#27:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Fluoro is cheap and cheerful. A damn site cheaper than an LED light would be I would imagine? I fancy rigging up another just for the sake of doing it. Love a bit of DIY and the car just refuses to break!

#28:  Author: z06_tim Location: Warwick, UK Post Posted: Today at

I agree Shifty. For the amount of time i have the lights on in the garage, i don't think i would see the cost benefit of LED tubes. I think they are more than 3x the price.

#29: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

LED ’tubes' are not worth the expense unless they are being used 24/7.

#30:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Glad I didn't rig up the wrong light fitting then!!

What else can I do to pimp my garage... Some more wall hangings perhaps!

#31: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

OK - so 28' long garage - 1 no. 4' 50 watt fluorescent batten at one end

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Other end

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With the 70 watt LED strip loosely draped over timbers

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Ample enough light to work on car!

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#32:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Big garage!

You ought to paint those walls white though - makes my garage feel much lighter and roomier and less oppressive. Takes a few coats mind...

#33: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

The electrician that wired my garage argued like hell with me because I wanted two tubes down each side of the garage and one across the front wall. He said he had never heard of such nonsense. He insisted one tube in the middle is ample enough.

I told him he obviously never restored a classic car in his garage and told him to get on with it. Yes

I painted my ceiling white but painted the walls yellow. Just to make it feel warmer. I also have a light over my work bench and an old standard lamp next to the garage door. Very Happy

Sorry old photo with some old Dodge in the way.

#34: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Looking good.. Good space and facilities.. Thumbs up

My garage is cream coloured inside, 19'x8', one 150w bulb in the middle and a 500w floodlamp fitted with one of these down the side..

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/8W-118mm-Replacement-Lamp-ONLY-FOR...

Gives me great light generally, but when I'm working, I tend to use portable lamps on the job in hand to prevent shadows with the light behind me. Yes

#35:  Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

I have to confess to not being terribly comfortable about showing the inside of my garage so all and sundry can see, I'd rather it was a surprise if they decide to break in and find out...

Anyway - I've got four tubes in mine, if there were two cars in there side by side each tube would be above and in line with an axle. The light is quite acceptable. The tubs I think are 5 ft ones.

I was going to do some spraying so I've got a pair of massive spots on a stand, think it was £30-40 on Amazon. Under the car it's a couple of lead lamps, one LED but the incandescant is better as long as you don't drop it...

If you've got bikes (Shifty, Roppa) in there they take up a massive space for what they are, I made wall brackets that you slide the frame over, I managed to get 6 bikes down one wall that includes a workbench with a vice on it, and a cabinet that has a 1920 lathe built onto it. Took some thinking about but basically the back wheel of the front bike is overlapped by the front wheel of the bike behind it. Other tip I'd say is have as much stuff on wheels as you can manage, then you can move it round to suit what you're doing.

#36: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Break in to my garage and survive you would deserve a medal. Thumbs up

Never hear of any break-ins around here anyway these days.

I take basic precautions (locks and alarms on every night or when ever we are out and a dog that does not bark as a rule but is fast and has a good bite) but I refuse to live my life paranoid. My car parked outside is much more of a target for thieves than anything I have in my garage.

#37:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

You'd have a good job finding my garage!!

New light rigged up, car wrapped up + on charge for the impending crappy weather, garage upgrade project moves on another step!

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#38: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Its very interesting how personal preferences dictate a garage workshop.

I don't allow anything that isn't Corvette or car orientated in the garage apart from the (empty) containers of my parents ashes and some airguns. I have a big plastic storage facility for garden stuff and we recently built a bike shed for three bikes and some other crap (two pallets for the base and long sections of 8"x1" heavy fencing board offcuts I scrounged from a fencing contractor.. take what you want, pay what you want!) located at the end of our carport (great fun building the carport, ..it was like a Laurel and Hardy movie for Michelle and I over a few weekends!!)

No crime around these thar hills, too many guns and dogs. Overheard in the pub ages ago..

"..well Tonald, what are you going to do? ..you can't be shooting poachers you know!"
"...don't know what all the fuss is aboot, after all it was only a few pellets in the leg, so it was"


I should really take some images, but here's one of the carport and M's wee truck..


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#39: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

Lots of big houses, expensive cars all with security gates etc in the locality - oddly I have seen a few 'banger' hi-end cars like Merc's, Beemers etc all 15 years or so old on bricks - wheels and have stolen. Haven't seen much of that for years Yes

#40:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

No space really to be picky about garage contents where I am. It's a bit like a game of Tetris. Garage just contains corvette + corvette parts and supplies + corvette washing accessories (extensive) + paraphernalia that is regularly used, bikes and the like.

#41: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

I had a beer fridge. But now it is the "overflow" fridge as the kitchen fridge is smaller than it used to be. Then I got the freezer in there too. Then another smaller freezer on top of that.

It's a bloody invasion I tell you! Sad

#42: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: L88 Location: Bexley Post Posted: Today at

Wife is out all day so I'm oven baking the fresh painted parts.

#43: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

That's the spirit! Thumbs up

#44: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: L88 Location: Bexley Post Posted: Today at

Yes, she might realise as a few dishwasher tablets have been used , Might have to buy the children a Chinese to cover the smell. Rofl

#45:  Author: yenko 1969 Location: Soham/nr Ely Post Posted: Today at

You know the cake that you bring up to ''the dons'' put a hold on them for a while...........................................your gonna get it when Danielle finds out!!!!!! Toetap Willy Rofl

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#46:  Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

Hey Frank, I tried a bell housing in the dishwasher and was well unimpressed. Didn't clean the bell housing that well but made the next dish wash come out with black specks of clutch dust. Had to get right inside the thing to clean all the pipes, run it all through again before Sciencebird saw it. Despite me having her blessing for the experiment I think I'd have been buying a new dishwasher if she had observed the results...

#47: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: L88 Location: Bexley Post Posted: Today at

Maybe you have a dusty clutch and a main crank seal gone as I've always had good results. Put it on the hottest wash . Valve covers always good , intake too , you're not leaving the pots and pans in are you?.

#48:  Author: yenko 1969 Location: Soham/nr Ely Post Posted: Today at

You two have saints as wives, hope at xmas you remembers this post ????????????

#49:  Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

Funny you should say that Frank- it might all be out again this winter if any oil drips out that end, I think it did spy a drop or two but it hasn't returned, definitely got a tail seal leak that will be getting sorted.

Mick - I understand the PM now! Best find out what Mrs FranV8 wants. Do you think she'd appreciate a full set of C4 weather seals?

#50: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Once put eight Formula 400 conrods and pistons with seized gudgeon pins in the oven to expand and free them off. It worked well and I then dumped them into a bucket of warm paraffin (anyone remember paraffin? great stuff!) to wash them and lubricate them. Thumbs up

Worked out a treat, never told my Mother but she found out when the Sunday roast had an unusual and bitter flavour.. Had to buy a new cooker eventually! Doh

#51: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: L88 Location: Bexley Post Posted: Today at

Parafin and Turps those were the days.

#52: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

I used to use paraffin to wash car/bike parts, and flush oil from engines, gearboxes and diffs. A pint in the engine then a trip down the road and back to flush out the crap. Yes

#53:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

My old man still suggests parafin any time something extraordinarily stubborn needs cleaned off the car.

#54: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: FIVE RED Location: North East Post Posted: Today at

Finally SORN'd the Vette for the winter jobs.
The roads near us are in a right state thanks to the new estate under construction around the corner.
It'll give me a chance to get the car up on the four poster (following some nice new mods to it).
Whilst driving the Vette is a delight, working underneath from a comfy chair with a glass in handy reach and a selection of good tunes playing at a decent volume is another pleasure us owners enjoy Cool Cool Cool

#55:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

What are these delicious new mods then?!

#56: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

I was going to SORN mine today but have been out in it twice this week and really enjoyed it. So I'm in two minds about it now.

But then again it is easy to un-sorn it online if needed I suppose...

#57: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Use mine all year round, but the salt took out all my brake and fuel lines in recent years so I replaced them all with kunifer and rubber. Luckily I have a decent set of ramps and a jetwash to hose it all down periodically.

Losing the spare wheel carrier also makes for great access to the important bits at the rear, but I too have a few things I need to attend to. No.1 of which will be repairing the rear hatch solenoid.

Corvettes do not like lying idle, that's for sure! Very Happy

#58:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Did not know the C4 had a spare wheel under the rear!

Mine won't be SORN'd, just kept in the garage and rolled out and up to temp every 2-3 weeks if I'm not otherwise going to use it. Definitely staying in once they lay the salt, but they didn't salt much at all last year.

Sadly no big ramps for me to jack it up on and clean the underside. Might have a go at that when I get the four tyres changed.

#59: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Graham does more than clean the underside. He polishes it! Very Happy

#60: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

roppa440 wrote (View Post):Graham does more than clean the underside. He polishes it! Very Happy

We still discussing Corvettes then? Laughing

#61: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: curious bystander Location: Derbyshire Post Posted: Today at

After about a month under the cover, despite miserable wet weather today, I've just fired mine up and been round the block.

Just wanted to make sure all's well, because it's off to Paul's in the morning to sort the tappets Thumbs up

So a 45 mile run out tomorrow and the forecast is dry and mild - it's good to be a 'vette owner Cloud9

Bill

#62:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Did anyone buy a Black Friday purchase for the Vette?

I couldn't resist buying a watch, but no Vette parts... Yet...

#63: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: tiger289 Location: Cork Post Posted: Today at

Gave the old girl a spruce up for Cars & Coffee tomorrow morning.

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#64: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

That is beautiful Yes Yes Yes

#65:  Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

Speechless!

#66: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Tbug Location: Worcester Post Posted: Today at

Just perfect for a long califonian coast road, or any sunny day anywhere.

#67: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: VetteWeekend Location: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea! Post Posted: Today at

Bit difficult to follow that but yesterday I took the Zed out for one last blast in the sunshine Cool then sorned it this morning... Sad

#68: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Blackadder Location: Kent Post Posted: Today at

Same here Ben, Most of the roads around here are still crap still after last winter !! Rolling Eyes

Has anyone else noticed too, that the general maintenance of road signs, white lining and road furniture is almost non existent ? What are those extortionists doing with all that cash they are squeezing out of us ?.
Scratchchin

Beaut of a C1 by the way. Roll on spring. Driving

#69: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: curious bystander Location: Derbyshire Post Posted: Today at

general maintenance of road signs - yes one of my personal gripes (out of many Laughing )

I'm in a rural area and they put them up just for the sake of it and blight the landscape - then completely neglect them until they are covered with moss and algae or ivy's grown across them.

On subject - my baby's being made better at Paul's Very Happy

Bill

#70: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

tiger289 wrote (View Post):Gave the old girl a spruce up for Cars & Coffee tomorrow morning.

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I am sure our members would like to see this gracing Vette News - discuss?

#71: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

Well, we went Christmas shopping in the LT1 - it got washed yesterday and also went to Royston for a "Paul Walker Memorial Meet" - hung out with some of the Mustang people, there was a C3 there too.

As for Christmas shopping, the space was a bit of a squeeze....

#72: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: lincsnick Location: Louth, Lincs Post Posted: Today at

I changed the thermostat, flushed the cooling system and put in some new antifreeze. I had hoped it would run a bit hotter on the gauge but no change. The stat is operating ok so I'm guessing the gauge isn't the last word in accuracy.

#73: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Took my silver Vette out to meet my wife's cousin's son and his silver 1992 Mitsubishi GTO twin Turbo.

128K miles on the clock but the previous owner died so no idea what has/what has not been done to the car in the 7 years it has been in the UK (Jap import). But he did leave a load of receipts so it has been a case of trying to match them with what we can actually see on the car.

It's a bit weathered and tatty but very sound in the bodywork. Drives well too. Not burning oil and just a little tappet noise when cold.

It will be a good car for him to learn how to do maintenance on. His Dad would have helped him but he unfortunately passed away a few years ago so I have offered to teach him a few things and give him a hand if he gets stuck. Yes


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#74: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

FranV8 wrote (View Post):Well, we went Christmas shopping in the LT1 - it got washed yesterday and also went to Royston for a "Paul Walker Memorial Meet" - hung out with some of the Mustang people, there was a C3 there too.

As for Christmas shopping, the space was a bit of a squeeze....


Obviously the experience was far too much for you Fran - you had the 'shakes' with your camera Yes Doh

#75:  Author: yenko 1969 Location: Soham/nr Ely Post Posted: Today at

Ross ,Fran was shaking at the thought of the pounds out of the wallet due to someone (L88) reminding a lady about using the washer AGAIN! for cleaning parts.
or was it the car park fee's???????? Rofl


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#76: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Added 250ml of Activ8.. Yes

#77:  Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

I did indeed buy Mrs FranV8 her Christmas present, only minor problem then realised it's her birthday on the 28th... Not many other Vette toys being bought this year then...

(Although Keith has a few on my way to me, so waiting for the Eurovettes sleigh to arrive! I've been good this year - honest)

Incidentally, does L88 need a headlight motor, I found one, and I have here in my sweaty little palm an LED bulb suited to converting one of the Don's reversing lights to a fog - shall I just bring it on the 14th?

#78: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: tiger289 Location: Cork Post Posted: Today at

I hope you got Mrs FranV8 a nice present she has a lot to put up with Very Happy

Well we made it to Cars & Coffee this morning and now put away until the next day out.
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#79:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

I rolled mine out of the garage again at 8 today (always a pleasure! Very Happy ) to jump start a friend's car! Bought a replacement pair of indicators too so shall see how they look when they arrive...

#80: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Just added a photo to my previous post. The GTO is the only car he has ever fancied owning so he is probably going to keep this one for many years.

However he did admit that it felt rather slow and quiet after he had driven my Corvette. Laughing

#81: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

roppa440 wrote (View Post):Just added a photo to my previous post. The GTO is the only car he has ever fancied owning so he is probably going to keep this one for many years.

However he did admit that it felt rather slow and quiet after he had driven my Corvette. Laughing


Maybe just needs a bit of a service and tune up (intake, exhaust etc)

Nice car... Cool

#82: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

First job is changing the spark plugs as he has no idea how old they are or what condition they are in.
The front three are no problem on these transverse V6 engines. But the rear three are under the intake manifold and he is nervous about doing the job.

I might have to do the job with him to build his confidence.

#83:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Nah, give him the guide on how to spanner it himself and he'll work it out. Magnetic screwdriver/socket essential for the first timer!!

Like the GTO and have fancied one in past - but they're just a bit too bargey for me these days I think.

#84: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

roppa440 wrote (View Post):First job is changing the spark plugs as he has no idea how old they are or what condition they are in.
The front three are no problem on these transverse V6 engines. But the rear three are under the intake manifold and he is nervous about doing the job.

I might have to do the job with him to build his confidence.


He's a lucky guy to have a guy with your experience as a mentor.

I learned on very basic stuff by myself but only really got started when I bought a Honda S800 for £250 back in '72. Nearly everything on that car went wrong at some time, and getting parts was difficult. I even accosted the director of Honda UK at our local car show about acquiring a starter clutch pulley which resulted in a surprise freebie posted to my address!

#85:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Actually fitted the replacement indicators today - pleased it went smoothly. Car's back to 100%!

#86: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Shifty I think you should forget about replacing your Corvette with a Lotus and go down this route. It looks a lot more fun to me. Very Happy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GD3y7ylpqO8

#87:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

...Hahaha! That's amazing!

#88:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Finally washed off the grit and crud that had accumulated on Wednesday yesterday...

#89: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Glad to hear it. Very Happy

I have started painting the fuel rail covers on my engine. It takes ages for paint to dry in this cold weather. Waiting for new decals for them to arrive (they have been stuck in customs for nearly two weeks!!) before a coat of clear lacquer.

#90: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Good luck with that. I use enamel Plasticote for a few things and I still get the occasional wrinkly reaction when I put the correct laquer coat on!

..grrr! Sad

#91: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Just using some paint I got mixed at Halfords. It is supposed to be the correct silver for the car but is actually slightly darker. Close enough for painting on the engine though.

I have also painted the plastic that runs over the top of the radiator (but under the induction system). I already lacquered that with Halfords "Universal Lacquer" and it is fine except I was too heavy with it and got a few runs to sort out. Bit of 2000 grit paper and some T-Cut should sort it.

#92:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Are you guys off road for winter then?

Felt so guilty putting the car in the garage unwashed for 5 days. It hasn't done any harm though thankfully. Planning to take the wheels off one by one and do a deep clean in the wheel wells and wheel barrels soon. And having the tyres changed end of this week too! Supersports here I come.

#93: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Used mine a few times last week but it has dropped below freezing at nights now so lots of salt on the roads. It might get out on the odd day over the winter but I doubt it. December to February are pretty much "no-go" for me.

#94: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

No, I still use my C4, maybe not so much though at this time.

There's really nothing much left to rust now that I cleaned and painted the gas tank and replaced the brake, fuel lines and the parking brake mechanism.

Next is the tailgate solenoid and maybe some Jizer or Gunk on the engine parts. I can always find something to do and I feel I need to change the fuel delivery system too (injectors, reg and pump) but that can wait til next year.

#95: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

I thought I would try painting this radiator bit first in case it all went wrong as it would be easier to fix and re-paint than the rocker/fuel rail covers.

As I said, I was too heavy on the clear coat and got a few runs this poor phone camera image does not show so I will take it back off the car and buff those out before attempting to do the fuel rail covers.

#96: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

That rad cover etc. looks like it might be ripe for a bit of graphic airbrushing or striping. Scratchchin

#97: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Someone just spilled the paint there I think. Laughing

No I don't want the car to look "Custom". I want it to stay looking stock but "better finished". Yes

#98: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Cool.. Thumbs up

Still think that 'Plum Crazy' on those flat surfaces would rock! Cool


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#99: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

I am more of a Hemi Orange man myself. Thumbs up

#100: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

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#101:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Took 'er out for some fancy photos! Can't wait to see them spruced up. Friend of mine who's keen on photography, so should be an interesting bunch.

#102: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

When are you putting it up for sale then?

#103:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Fitted 4x new tyres. Michelin pilot super sports.

Broke 3x tyre pressure monitoring systems. Fcuking aly valve caps...

#104: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: autocolor Location: Hertfordshire Post Posted: Today at

Well Santa came a little early this year (ooh missus), decided to put a few additions to the C6, wasn't intending to do the work until the new year but Keith's amazing speed at getting the parts and a few timely sessions in the spray booths at work means its mostly all done.
Decided on a ZR1 spoiler package from RPI designs consisting of Front / Rear spoilers and side skirts, all of which fitted superbly, have painted them body colour for now but am considering doing the front and sides in black, opinions welcomed but please keep them clean!!.
Wheels were a bit scruffy so had them stripped and re polished (no lacquer) by a company TRS near Milton Keynes, excellent job and value, done nowadays by sonic baths and varying media rather than the old style mopping. Also wanted to see what some embellishments would look like on the spokes, gives the look more like ZO6, again not decided so opinions again welcomed.
I am also working under the hood but not complete yet, so please see the photos below and let me know your thoughts.

#105: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

I finished painting those three bits of the engine bay. I like it better than the stock black plastic look. The paint does not quite match the body colour but it is near enough for me.

#106: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

autocolor wrote (View Post):Well Santa came a little early this year (ooh missus), decided to put a few additions to the C6, wasn't intending to do the work until the new year but Keith's amazing speed at getting the parts and a few timely sessions in the spray booths at work means its mostly all done.
Decided on a ZR1 spoiler package from RPI designs consisting of Front / Rear spoilers and side skirts, all of which fitted superbly, have painted them body colour for now but am considering doing the front and sides in black, opinions welcomed but please keep them clean!!.
Wheels were a bit scruffy so had them stripped and re polished (no lacquer) by a company TRS near Milton Keynes, excellent job and value, done nowadays by sonic baths and varying media rather than the old style mopping. Also wanted to see what some embellishments would look like on the spokes, gives the look more like ZO6, again not decided so opinions again welcomed.
I am also working under the hood but not complete yet, so please see the photos below and let me know your thoughts.


Looks good - why not 'wrap' the bits you were considering finishing in black in black carbon fibre effect wrapping?


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#107:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

The side skirts would definitely benefit from blackness!

#108: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Tbug Location: Worcester Post Posted: Today at

Had to do it, I had to unwrap my baby and take her for a spin. "I can`t live if livin is without you". My 2001 c5 zo6 in silver. Cloud9

#109:  Author: 666Vette Location: Tyne and Wear Post Posted: Today at

Shifty wrote (View Post):Fitted 4x new tyres. Michelin pilot super sports.

Broke 3x tyre pressure monitoring systems. Fcuking aly valve caps...

Think I still have 2 USA spec units that won't work on my Euro car.
Are you interested? Bigear

#110: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

roscobbc wrote (View Post):autocolor wrote (View Post):Well Santa came a little early this year (ooh missus), decided to put a few additions to the C6, wasn't intending to do the work until the new year but Keith's amazing speed at getting the parts and a few timely sessions in the spray booths at work means its mostly all done.
Decided on a ZR1 spoiler package from RPI designs consisting of Front / Rear spoilers and side skirts, all of which fitted superbly, have painted them body colour for now but am considering doing the front and sides in black, opinions welcomed but please keep them clean!!.
Wheels were a bit scruffy so had them stripped and re polished (no lacquer) by a company TRS near Milton Keynes, excellent job and value, done nowadays by sonic baths and varying media rather than the old style mopping. Also wanted to see what some embellishments would look like on the spokes, gives the look more like ZO6, again not decided so opinions again welcomed.
I am also working under the hood but not complete yet, so please see the photos below and let me know your thoughts.


Looks good - why not 'wrap' the bits you were considering finishing in black in black carbon fibre effect wrapping?


Let me say right out that I'm not a fan of bodykits, ..seen too many naff looking ones and our roads/humps/kerbs aren't kind to them, but that lot does look quite tidy. If you paint them black, then that would just negate the look your creating here wouldn't it?

The engine bay looks fine, but if it were mine, I'd be looking for inspiration to do some neat wrapping on those panels that contrasted well with the body. As the calipers are painted red, why not continue that on the motor too..

#111:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

666Vette wrote (View Post):Shifty wrote (View Post):Fitted 4x new tyres. Michelin pilot super sports.

Broke 3x tyre pressure monitoring systems. Fcuking aly valve caps...

Think I still have 2 USA spec units that won't work on my Euro car.
Are you interested? Bigear


Excellent - that might be useful. I've got three from Mr Dromey so I'll be trying those first - but they aren't all USA C5 specific originals. He reckons they'll all work fine. I haven't got round to trying yet.

#112: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: kentvette Location: Loir Valley, France Post Posted: Today at

Not today, yesterday actually - our local car club meet this month was in the village of Arnage, so afterwards we took a spin around the circuit. Here, at Indianapolis.

Image

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Work has just been finished on the Virage Mulsanne-Virage Arnage stretch, slighly widening the tarmac width between track and grass, no doubt a little safer in such incidents as Mike Rockenfeller's crash a couple of yeasr ago....


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#113: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Nice and dry there it seems, and your Corvette looks very much at home.. Cool

All we got here is rain and more rain. It rained all the way (1100miles) to Selsey Bill and a trip out to Bournemouth last week and it rained all the way back and its still raining here now! Rolling Eyes

What's going on? Scratchchin

#114: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

exitwound wrote (View Post):Nice and dry there it seems, and your Corvette looks very much at home.. Cool

All we got here is rain and more rain. It rained all the way (1100miles) to Selsey Bill and a trip out to Bournemouth last week and it rained all the way back and its still raining here now! Rolling Eyes

What's going on? Scratchchin


I T S - R A I N I N G...................E X I T W O U N D ! ! ! ! ! !


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#115:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Is it ayrshire you're based in exitwound?

#116: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Yes.. in them thar hills of KA19.

Steve Smile

#117: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: maxuk1981 Location: West Yorkshire Post Posted: Today at

Just looked at the cover over the Vette and that's IT Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes

Cheers Cheers Cheers Cheers

Merry Xmas all

Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing

#118: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: kentvette Location: Loir Valley, France Post Posted: Today at

exitwound wrote (View Post):Nice and dry there it seems, and your Corvette looks very much at home.. Cool ........
:


I have to admit that it's been a bit damp over the last week or so, but was dry on the weekend. We had a flying UK visit a week ago and having driven up to Rouen in pouring rain, had three days of bright sunshine in Deal, Kent! Still salt on the roads though! Rolling Eyes

I suspect that'll be our last run out now until later in January.....

#119: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Just did the last bit of touching up on the car for this year. Now I have got shot of all the amber lenses on the car it was pointless having the brake callipers yellow so I have painted them back to the original red. Only with the lettering on the front callipers polished of course. Thumbs up

#120: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: maxuk1981 Location: West Yorkshire Post Posted: Today at

How's that new bridge at Rouen Stephen ????

#121: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

roppa440 wrote (View Post):Just did the last bit of touching up on the car for this year. Now I have got shot of all the amber lenses on the car it was pointless having the brake callipers yellow so I have painted them back to the original red. Only with the lettering on the front callipers polished of course. Thumbs up

Those wheels look good, what make are they?

#122: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

ColinG wrote (View Post):roppa440 wrote (View Post):Just did the last bit of touching up on the car for this year. Now I have got shot of all the amber lenses on the car it was pointless having the brake callipers yellow so I have painted them back to the original red. Only with the lettering on the front callipers polished of course. Thumbs up

Those wheels look good, what make are they?


They are chrome versions of the C5 Z06 wheel.

#123: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: kentvette Location: Loir Valley, France Post Posted: Today at

maxuk1981 wrote (View Post):How's that new bridge at Rouen Stephen ????

All done and open for business! I still got caught out by the sharp right turn at the end of it though, to get onto the Le Mans road that we take! Certainly makes life easier again, after a few years of going the old way and, at night sometimes, being sent through the town!

It also seems that the stretch of road that runs for about 5 miles north of Rouen is the only section of the 300 miles that hasn't been re-surfaced in the last year or so - the rest is soooo smooth!


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#124: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Went for a "Hoon aroond the Toon" and then over to the seaside just to find out how bloody strong and cold the wind is out there.

Quite windy and bloody cold was the answer. Very Happy

#125: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Looks nice and bright and the Corvette looks great and shiny.. Thumbs up

I got dark clouds, rain and lightning like some gothic horror movie... Surprised

#126: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: FIVE RED Location: North East Post Posted: Today at

Dave you should've called in seeing as you were at Delaval Hall, saying that I was putting the lift together so you'd have been given a job - easier with two.

Here's a nice pic of my C3 at Delaval Hall, great place for a photo.


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#127: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

I just ran past there on my way back home. It was starting to rain as the sun dropped lower and I had to get to the shop for bread before closing time. Otherwise I might have stopped by for a cuppa. Thumbs up

#128:  Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

Beautiful day here down Sarth, clear skies on the way down to my folks for Christmas and back, and it fitted all the presents on the way down and back! And the wine. Don't forget the wine.

#129:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Mine has sat in the cold with no presents coming it's way whatsoever Very Happy

#130:  Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

I think that's because you gave them to it early Shifty!

Sciencebird drove home, we had to then give one of our visitors (a mouse caught in a live trap) a ride to a couple of miles away. She commented it was likely the first time said rodent had had a ride in a Corvette.

Practical these cars eh?

One other thing that was great yesterday, lovely light and polite traffic. Car seemed to get more attention from passengers in other cars too, which was nice Smile


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#131:  Author: The Dark Knight Location: lancashire Post Posted: Today at

I took her out for the first time in 2 months on a 200 mile round trip doing the family visiting thing , the roads were desolate on the way home in the late hours, it was bliss,this morning got up early and washed her prior to a meet at Lake Windermere which unfortunately has now been cancelled due to a severe weather warning,Oh well heres too next year and many miles of vet fun.

#132: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: rubyragtop Location: Woking, Surrey Post Posted: Today at

A Gymkana event with a load of classic British cars and a handful of Porches around the back roads of Surrey and Kent. The Vette looked sweet amongst them at the start but looked quite 'mucky' come the end but nothing a good power-wash couldn't put right on return to home

#133: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

rubyragtop wrote (View Post):A Gymkana event with a load of classic British cars and a handful of Porches around the back roads of Surrey and Kent. The Vette looked sweet amongst them at the start but looked quite 'mucky' come the end but nothing a good power-wash couldn't put right on return to home
Hope you didn't 'let the side down' and showed the Porkers and BritClassics that a Vette can hold its own against them Yes

#134: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: rubyragtop Location: Woking, Surrey Post Posted: Today at

roscobbc wrote (View Post):rubyragtop wrote (View Post):A Gymkana event with a load of classic British cars and a handful of Porches around the back roads of Surrey and Kent. The Vette looked sweet amongst them at the start but looked quite 'mucky' come the end but nothing a good power-wash couldn't put right on return to home
Hope you didn't 'let the side down' and showed the Porkers and BritClassics that a Vette can hold its own against them Yes



I think this was achieved. At least there were a number of pics taken and positive comments received

#135: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: chevykevv Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

Fitted HUD to my C6 in the garage but was still freezing out there.
All done and working now. Thumbs up

#136: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

chevykevv wrote (View Post):Fitted HUD to my C6 in the garage but was still freezing out there.
All done and working now. Thumbs up


Wow! With replacement dash etc or as an aftermarket addition? I imagine the wiring must've been a nightmare - or is there a plug and play...?

Today I will be checking out the TPMS reset procedure...

#137: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: chevykevv Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

No need to replace the dash on a C6, it has a cutout for the bezel that just pulls out.
Plenty of wiring diagrams on T'internet, does help that I used to be a sparky.
All the work is done through the instrument panel hole so lots of cut hands.....

#138: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Bowler Location: South East Staffordshire Post Posted: Today at

chevykevv wrote (View Post):No need to replace the dash on a C6, it has a cutout for the bezel that just pulls out.
Plenty of wiring diagrams on T'internet, does help that I used to be a sparky.
All the work is done through the instrument panel hole so lots of cut hands.....


Kevv: I thought that the HUD needs a special windscreen. How have you got round this?

BTW, most of my car DIY, finishes with wiping up the blood.... Smile

#139: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: chevykevv Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

It works perfectly well with the standard screen even with today's low bright sun, I don't know whether the C6 has a different windscreen for HUD? No doubt somebody will know. Scratchchin

#140: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Rich Location: Bournemouth, England Post Posted: Today at

chevykevv wrote (View Post):It works perfectly well with the standard screen even with today's low bright sun, I don't know whether the C6 has a different windscreen for HUD? No doubt somebody will know. Scratchchin

There is a HUD windscreen (which I believe has some sort of film on it) but HUD is ok on the non-HUD screen.

#141:  Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

Well done Kevv! I know the windscreens are different on the C5, not sure on the C6.

Apparently if you have the non HUD windscreen over time the numbers burn through the glass. It does take a few years though.

#142: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: chevykevv Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

Is it April 1st already? 😉 it only seems like yesterday it was Christmas.

#143:  Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

FranV8 wrote (View Post):Well done Kevv! I know the windscreens are different on the C5, not sure on the C6.

Apparently if you have the non HUD windscreen over time the numbers burn through the glass. It does take a few years though.


Yeah and in poor weather with a low cloud base your speed is visible to all other road users if they look up on the underside of clouds silly


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#144: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: chevykevv Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

Is that like the Bat signal Ross? 😈

#145:  Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

Apparently, if you use lower brightness settings the windscreen lasts longer.

#146: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

chevykevv wrote (View Post):Is that like the Bat signal Ross? 😈Just as long as it isn't a signal from 'Butman' Doh

#147:  Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

Ross, hope you're getting on with that engine and not avoiding it by being on here...

#148:  Author: yenko 1969 Location: Soham/nr Ely Post Posted: Today at

GO TO BED NOW!!! or there will be no staying up late tomorrow..................................hehehehe

#149:  Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

FranV8 wrote (View Post):Ross, hope you're getting on with that engine and not avoiding it by being on here...
Errrr - not quite yet Fran..........still recuperating from the stress 'n' strains of 2014. Plan to start stripping stuff off the car this week though!

#150:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Today I took my corvette along to Hamilton (near Glasgow) where I met halfway with a man interested in swapping cars with his 4.0L Speed6 TVR Tuscan!

Came away with very mixed emotions. I was hoping I would find something wrong with the Tusc and I could thereby simply write it out of my mind.. Sadly not so. It was a cracking car. Dilemmas dilemmas.

#151: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

All depends if you wish to be driving at weekends or swinging spanners..

One of our docs had a Cerbera, awesomely fast, but as he described it. "a kitcar in reverse!" Laughing

#152: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: chevykevv Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

And if you do swap, buy a big fire extinguisher!!!

#153: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

Some years back I took a test drive of a new Griffith 500. It showed me how comprimised TVR's really were. Couldn't fault the performance or the handling - however a number of things irritated me. Interior trim. This was OK, but looking around the interior around the doors and side window frames there were heads of screws visible. Driving on country roads one was almost deafened by the sound of stone chippings on the underside of the (presumably bare 'glass floor pan) - gearbox was particularly cumbersome to use and in a position that was really difficult for shorter people to use.

#154: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

The poor state of the chassis on that Wheeler Dealer Cerbera would certainly scare me off even thinking about a TVR. Surprised

Don't know what the other models are like, but If I want to play with rust, I'll do it in style in an AH. Scratchchin

#155:  Author: z06_tim Location: Warwick, UK Post Posted: Today at

I think they were all pretty much like that Steve. And they are pretty much all of an age where these issues will start to develop, unless of course you find one well kept, in a dry garage with only dry use.

I don't want to sound like i am really negative towards TVRs, as it's great that the UK has (or had!) such a lot of low volume independent sports car manufacturers. The later ones are also the best you could buy, as the straight six was more developed, and has better reliability.

For me they are great to look at with lots of quirky originality, sometimes not possible on similar cars of this type. I also imagine they are great to drive, but i would not want to use it as more than just a weekend car. Therefore long road trips in one would not be something i would want to consider.


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#156: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: philv8 Location: South West Post Posted: Today at

I always liked TVR, in fact I nearly bought one (a 1600M) back in 1973 when I was 21 but I couldn't afford the insurance from the companies that would insure me. By the time I was Shifty's age I'd decided on a Morgan 4/4 but I couldn't afford it by £400 imagine that Sad . Nowadays, with TVR and Lotus it would be 'cost of ownership' that worried me. How easy is it to get parts if you need them? And how comfortable are they for the long journey? The Corvette is a superb long distance cruiser.

The one thing I do regret is that I didn't get a sports car until I was 60 and that's the C5 in my garage but hey better late than never Very Happy. Took it out today for a 20 mile run and washed it when I got back.

Have a good New Year all....


Phil

#157: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Tbug Location: Worcester Post Posted: Today at

I have had a few moments to play with my baby and gave her the "shifter adjustment" procedure and low and behold it worked. She feels so much better. Cloud9

#158:  Author: z06_tim Location: Warwick, UK Post Posted: Today at

Remind me - what's the shifter adjustment procedure?

#159: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Tbug Location: Worcester Post Posted: Today at

This is what I mean https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfsWH_VZv60 Thumbs up

#160:  Author: z06_tim Location: Warwick, UK Post Posted: Today at

Great vid. Thanks for posting.

#161: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Tbug Location: Worcester Post Posted: Today at

Any time, after all it`s what the site is for, enjoyment and information. Laughing

#162: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: FIVE RED Location: North East Post Posted: Today at

Happened to be in a shop selling off their Xmas stuff and saw some 6m white rope lights for a fiver. Well worth a punt as the Vette's up in the air for winter and a bit of lighting here and there won't harm. Image

#163:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Very festive graham, I like it! Remind me what your lift setup is? My garage is relatively small but getting the car up to a proper height with compact equipment would be useful sometimes...

#164:  Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

It's do the other rear wheel bearing and UJ time on the C4. Old hub removed and the UJ straps taken off before teatime and a glass of red beckoned.

#165:  Author: FIVE RED Location: North East Post Posted: Today at

Shifty wrote (View Post):Very festive graham, I like it! Remind me what your lift setup is? My garage is relatively small but getting the car up to a proper height with compact equipment would be useful sometimes...
My set up is based on the Hamer car lift http://hamercarlift.com/
In my case I drew up the dimensions/specs to suit my garage and got a local fabrication company to make it. Farm jacks came from ebay.
I've changed the boards/runners to seriously heavy gauge aluminium 'girders' which have minimal deflection compared to the 100mm or so of the previous ones. Allen (our N.E. rep) supplied these while in the process of making a similar set up for his garage. We tried it out last week and it works perfectly, even in a tight space.
I think Allen may be writing something for Vette News shortly so keep an eye out for his article.


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#166: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: jotto Location: Cornwall Post Posted: Today at

Lift looks very nice......perhaps a club purchase could be sorted for the heavier duty one you had made? Thumbs up

#167: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: RobsVette Location: Sevenoaks, Kent Post Posted: Today at

Took the Vette out for first run since Dec 17th, had to jump start it as battery was flat but started straight off. Thumbs up

Put my new dash cam in and took half-hours worth of video. Image great but sound a bit odd, only seemed to pick up high-end engine notes not deep V8 rumble. It's Transcend DP200, anyone got an ideal setting?

#168:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Having been stuck in the garage for two weeks or more, and having been down to London on the train for a few days... When I got back up to Edinburgh i was itching to drive the corvette again.

Took it out for about 2.5hrs in the driving rain last night. Got home at 1:30 or something. Did Edinburgh to Moffat essentially! First serious drive on the new michelins and in terrible driving rain and standing water. They are brolliant. No aquaplaning horror, really composed. Excellent hard braking when surprised by trees on the road! And those scary moments when the turn is a bit tighter than you thought... Awesome lateral hold. I really cannot praise these michelins enough. Massive improvement over goodyears.

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Also saw a black '12 plate C6 convertible down in London rolling past Regent's Park. I almost missed it, it was that quiet. But for perhaps the first time it made me realise, I do like the C6...


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#169:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Well seeing as the car's spending so much time in the garage in the awful weather we've got... Thought I'd roll it out and do the garage up a bit!

Not quite there yet, but it's come on a long way since I first got it.

I present... Garage 2.0! So much floor space! Basically I've built up another two shelf units in addition to the two previous ones, and stacked them all at the back of the garage so there's nothing on the floor (apart from a few tid bits still). Also installed wall hooks for the bikes (£1 each from Ikea!) which means I don't have to roll any bikes in and out to get the car in or out. Massive improvement.

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Four shelf units now stacked with cleaning products for washing / drying / polishing / waxing / interior cleaning. Chuffed.

Garage 3.0 is electronic up-and-over door.

4.0's got to be more lighting, heaters and a beer fridge Laughing


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#170: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: I'am the Marshal Location: leicestershire Post Posted: Today at

ImageI stuck a Hula Girl on my Dashbord Thumbs up

#171: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Quote: I stuck a Hula Girl on my Dashbord Thumbs up

Hippy. Very Happy


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#172: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Well there's a novel idea for an interior enhancement.. Laughing

"Well, I don't care if it rains or freezes
Long as I have my plastic Jesus
Riding on the dashboard of my car"


Amen bro.. Very Happy

#173:  Author: z06_tim Location: Warwick, UK Post Posted: Today at

I took mine for a drive this afternoon. First time in several weeks.

#174:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

I made use of the newfound garage space and washed, dried, and began machine polishing. Going to do the whole car then cover it in wax.

#175: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

Been very lazy for too long. Took a decision earlier this week to try and spend at least 1/2 hour every other night in the garage on the car. Got to pull the ailing BBC lump out of the '68 for an 'inspection' by the engine builder.
So Wednesday night was spent removing the 12 point header bolts on the passenger side Super Comps. As any big block owner will know things are very tight in a big block engine compartment. Surprising it only took 20 minutes. Tonight was drivers side header bolts - a little bit more difficult, but still only took 30 minutes, so also removed the jigsaw puzzle of the alternator and power steering pump mounting brackets too. For the last couple of years I have been routinely using copper grease on anything bolted or screwed in to aluminium engine components - including spark plugs - it makes removal so, so easy Yes


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#176:  Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

Good one on the copper grease, same practice here.

#177:  Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

FranV8 wrote (View Post):Good one on the copper grease, same practice here.
Probably need to use it on a 'personal' basis too at my age Fran silly

#178:  Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

I'll bring the pot on Feb 1st if you like Ross!

You've not tried the WD40 trick that people were swearing by then?

#179: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Forrest Gump Location: Chelmsford Post Posted: Today at

I've just started my winter project - changing the differential in my '75. It's showing signs of wear -there's about 3mm end float on the side yokes and bit of gear lash in the front pinion. There had also been a couple of fairly major "clonks" from the back-end that had remained a mystery. Opening up the diff revealed three ring gear bolts had come out and been mashed-up - so this diff was possibly going to explode at some point and has justified the project.

I've acquired a replacement diff that's in better shape. I'm going to fit new heavy-duty side yokes, make sure the end float is minimal and fit fresh oil seals.

The old diff was a 3.55 ratio and the replacement is a 3.08 so it will be interesting to see how this affects the driving and performance (it's a 4-speed manual car).

Also while I've got the rear-end apart I'm going to fit longer spring bolts to lower the ride height.

#180: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

Posting from a few days ago - now with Photo's

Been very lazy for too long. Took a decision earlier this week to try and spend at least 1/2 hour every other night in the garage on the car. Got to pull the ailing BBC lump out of the '68 for an 'inspection' by the engine builder.
So Wednesday night was spent removing the 12 point header bolts on the passenger side Super Comps. As any big block owner will know things are very tight in a big block engine compartment. Surprising it only took 20 minutes. Tonight was drivers side header bolts - a little bit more difficult, but still only took 30 minutes, so also removed the jigsaw puzzle of the alternator and power steering pump mounting brackets too. For the last couple of years I have been routinely using copper grease on anything bolted or screwed in to aluminium engine components - including spark plugs - it makes removal so, so easy Yes
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#181: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: kentvette Location: Loir Valley, France Post Posted: Today at

So, the headers aren't too tight against the steering box then Ross! Surprised Very Happy

#182: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

In fact - no!. Image is with header bolts removed. When bolted-up there is about 1/8" to 3/16" clearance against steering box. Use of 'poly' engine mounts is kind of obligatory. Thing is - it just shows how well engineered th Hooker headers are. Even though the opposite side (passenger) appears almost as tight, fitting in to space is a 15 second job once the car is raised high enough.

#183: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Mick Howes Location: Dorset or wherever my Vette takes me! Post Posted: Today at

Started it up just to make sure it will be driveable to take it to Adi (ABM) when my new vented optispark arrives and get it fitted Clap

#184: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Yesterday and today I've been getting involved with the machine polisher, some cutting compound and some polish... Enjoying it and appreciating the results. First time doing this really, so I've been careful and slow rather than hammering in with the most aggressive stuff straight away.


Bootlid - scratches from people putting bags in and so on. Before...
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Nosecone - this has a build up of bug etchings, scrapes and scuffs and general stone chipping and so on. I guess that's what happens when you do mileage in a black sports car! Sad

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First pass...
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Second pass...
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Third pass...
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Fourth pass... Finished? NB I've only tackled the right hand side in this picture - left side as yet untouched.
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All of the above was tackled yesterday. Today I got more time with the polishing and finessing - less serious scratch removal, more bringing out black lustre and reflections.

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I've now got the whole nosecone, whole bonnet, whole driver's side, and half of bootlid and roof done. Exhaust pipes polished up, tyres heavily blackened. Still got to do the rear bumper, and passenger side with polish, then it's going to be a good waxing. Maybe two coats if I'm feeling particularly proud! Then I'd like to take all four wheels off and 'deep clean' the wheel wells, suspension and alloys front and rear.

Bonding with the car after a traumatic near-swap experience, I guess?


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#185: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: philv8 Location: South West Post Posted: Today at

Bonding with the car after a traumatic near-swap experience, I guess?

I'm sure it will forgive you....... Eventually Smile

#186:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

She never throws a strop this one - must be a bloke Very Happy

#187:  Author: philv8 Location: South West Post Posted: Today at

Shifty wrote (View Post):She never throws a strop this one - must be a bloke Very Happy

It's funny,I've never thought of any of the cars I've had being female, they've all been chaps. I think it's because when I talk to them (which I do) I can always get the last word Smile

#188:  Author: philv8 Location: South West Post Posted: Today at

Shifty wrote (View Post):She never throws a strop this one - must be a bloke Very Happy

It's funny,I've never thought of any of the cars I've had being female, they've all been chaps. I think it's because when I talk to them (which I do) I can always get the last word Smile

#189: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Carb and choke cleaner will remove bugs and tar at a sweep of a rag saving you lots of polishing time and potentially from grinding them into the top coat. Yes

#190: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

philv8 wrote (View Post):Bonding with the car after a traumatic near-swap experience, I guess?

I'm sure it will forgive you....... Eventually Smile


This is my Corvette. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
My Corvette is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.

My Corvette is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strengths, its parts, its accessories, its motor and its frame.

I will keep my Corvette clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will be together forever until the end of time. This I swear before God and the CCCUK. God was here before my Corvette, so I can give my heart to Jesus, but my ass belongs to this 1987 Chevrolet Corvette.

#191:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

More gratuitous photographs from today's Vette-lovin'...

Today saw polishing finished, and a coat of (Meguiar's Ultimate) wax put on. Really pleased with the results and I've learned a lot about machine polishing doing this exercise as well. I've got about 15 microfibre cloths to wash now!!

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#192: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Well I tell you what mate. You have done a superb job of that.

In fact, do you want to do a deal?

You come down to Newcastle and give my car a going over with that polisher while I fit those sway bars and shocks (painted your choice of colour) on your car and we will call it even. Scratchchin

#193:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Cheers Dave, I really appreciate that.

Sounds like a good deal to me as - only one or two issues. I'd need a good deal of space where the car can be guaranteed dry i.e. Garage with enough space around it, rather than just outdoors unless weather happens to be perfect. Secondly I can't really give you any quality guarantees!! I'm still a rookie at this for sure.

But I like a trade and I am up for it if you are.

#194: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Yeah you would have to do it on my driveway while I work on your car in my garage.

Wait until it is a bit warmer.

#195:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Makes sense. Longer days and all. Ideally you need a wind free one as well so shite doesn't blow onto the surface as you're polishing.

#196: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: FIVE RED Location: North East Post Posted: Today at

Lovely job Calum, hopefully you're pulling all this together for a feature in Vette News Readit

#197: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

FIVE RED wrote (View Post):Lovely job Calum, hopefully you're pulling all this together for a feature in Vette News Readit
Get some hi-res images over to us and we'll feature it in the mag for sure!

#198:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

I've got it all wrapped up still, waiting for a nice sunset and I'll get some good photographs. You mean with a write up on detailing it?

#199:  Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

Shifty wrote (View Post):I've got it all wrapped up still, waiting for a nice sunset and I'll get some good photographs. You mean with a write up on detailing it?
Write-up on the detailing process, details about the car , and some good resolution photo's - and the obligatory model 'draped' over the car Yes Doh Rofl

#200: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Technical tips about the equipment and polishing pastes used as well as the techniques would be good.

Suplliers too.

#201: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: VetteWeekend Location: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea! Post Posted: Today at

roppa440 wrote (View Post):
Technical tips about the equipment and polishing pastes used as well as the techniques would be good.

Suplliers too.


Iagree

#202:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

I'll put something together. Lots of lovely sunny days in Edinburgh just now so a photoshoot soon I'm sure.

#203: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: jji4595 Location: UK Post Posted: Today at

Went to Santa Pod and did a run wot ya brung. Put in 5 passes in my 87 c4 covertible. Best et 14.9 seconds. Best speed 94 mph. Reaction time started at 0.9 and progressed to 0.4.Still a long way to go, but it was brilliant fun and very addictive. I go to almost every meeting at the pod but first time having a go. The pro,s make it look so easy. £ 25 to run all day. Mick. Thumbs up

#204: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Nothing wrong with a 0.4 reaction. Thumbs up

It's fun though isn't it. Yes
My first run ever in the Challenger I had was a low 15. I thought I had a very fast car until then. Very Happy
Years, money and lots of work later was a best of 11.85 (with a tail wind at York).

Once you get into the 11s it starts to feel quick.
Some of my mates run 9s. I can't imagine what that feels like.

#205: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

£25 is a bargain for a rwyb especially for a strip like Santa Pod. Yes

Straightliners charged £35 for a day at Kirkbride last time I looked. Can't see it in this years calendar yet. Scratchchin

#206:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Today I utilised my practical C5 to transport two rotten burnt out front tyres to the dump. The lads at the dump seemed to enjoy that Laughing

#207: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Rich Location: Bournemouth, England Post Posted: Today at

Today, I cleaned the salt off mine. Took it out yesterday for a service, replacement reversing light (bracket had broken causing a rattle) hard wiring of a Black Vue Camera and MOT.

Unfortunately, the mileage on the MOT certificate got recorded in kilometres so I had to go back to get it amended, which meant another salt covering........

#208: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: FIVE RED Location: North East Post Posted: Today at

Ordered four new tyres Toetap

#209: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Looked at mine on my way to the recycling bin in the garage. Gave it a pat and said "Soon baby, Soon". Laughing

#210:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Got mine washed too. Got to be looking it's best for Crail this weekend! Not sure if I'll go up the strip again... As I'm sure Graham above will testify, tyres are awful expensive!

#211: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Drove it 100ish miles at a fair lick, getting it all warmed up, then up on the ramps at the truck wash to clean the underside. Smile

Put air in the tyres too as it handles a little better that way.. Scratchchin

Its raining heavily today, which is good to wash all the salt off the roads sos I can get on it again. Yes

#212:  Author: ULO Location: Kent Post Posted: Today at

Went for a quick blast on the A20 with my son in his newly purchased 89 Camaro yesterday afternoon and got a little video footage so we could enjoy the noise too.

#213:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Sunday my car was up at Crail! I didn't take it down the 1/4mile this time but did get some good photographs in.

Shes living on the street until the garage mural is finished.

#214: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: chevrolet Post Posted: Today at

exitwound wrote (View Post):Drove it 100ish miles at a fair lick, getting it all warmed up, then up on the ramps at the truck wash to clean the underside. Smile

Put air in the tyres too as it handles a little better that way.. Scratchchin

Its raining heavily today, which is good to wash all the salt off the roads sos I can get on it again. Yes


Exit - Re you going to the "truck wash to clean the underside." More info please. Do they do it for you/or do you have some special arrangement/deal? Had a look on the interweb to see if I could do that/get that done down in deepest Sassinach cowboy country. Not much on the interweb but did find this:

http://www.truckandbuswashing.co.uk/mot-chassis-washing.php

Cheers/Peter

#215:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Took mine 40 odd miles to one of the best recommended tinters I know... Now booked in to have the back window done next Tuesday. Looking forward to it!

#216: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Fingers crossed. It is damn tricky to do on that rear glass. Thumbs up

#217: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

chevrolet wrote (View Post):exitwound wrote (View Post):Drove it 100ish miles at a fair lick, getting it all warmed up, then up on the ramps at the truck wash to clean the underside. Smile

Put air in the tyres too as it handles a little better that way.. Scratchchin

Its raining heavily today, which is good to wash all the salt off the roads sos I can get on it again. Yes


Exit - Re you going to the "truck wash to clean the underside." More info please. Do they do it for you/or do you have some special arrangement/deal? Had a look on the interweb to see if I could do that/get that done down in deepest Sassinach cowboy country. Not much on the interweb but did find this:

http://www.truckandbuswashing.co.uk/mot-chassis-washing.php

Cheers/Peter


At Cambell Fuel Oils petrol station in Kilmarnock, they have a big diy car valet area at the back. There are about 6 covered jet wash bays for cars, and 3 open areas for trucks etc. All with lances. Thumbs up

The difference being that the truck washers have an extra, hot soap option almost as hot as a steam jenny. It will lift paint off the car if you get too close with the lance, but for the underside, engine etc. its great and cleans thoroughly taking off brake dust, grease and grime. Part of a truck mot is that it has to be clean, hence the demand. Yes

The machines have no program, just a timer and you get 3 minutes for £1 no matter which button you press so £2 gets me a very clean car, rinsed down with Hydroseal. Yes

My '87 doesn't fit the truck ramps so I just bring my own.. They got good vacuums etc as well. Gets a lot of custom from the car enthusiasts (..there's a growing band of sportycars turning up which I suspect are a pistonhead lot) on a Sunday, but nothing, absolutely nothing, focusses the eyes and ears like the appearance of my '87 Corvette musclecar snarling down the pit lane to my preferred zone!! Cool


http://www.campbellfuels.co.uk/campbells-car-wash.html

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Campbell+Fuel+Oils,+Kilmarn...

#218: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: chevrolet Post Posted: Today at

Nice one! Thanks Thumbs up

#219: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

roppa440 wrote (View Post):Fingers crossed. It is damn tricky to do on that rear glass. Thumbs up

Local 50 mile circle reckon he's the dogs bollocks. He's never turned away a car yet as well, apparently! I'm optimistic.

Yesterday I spent maybe 2 hours installing an iSimple to allow me to play iPod music instead of CDs. Absolutely over the moon with the modification. I performed the most obscenely elaborate cable tuck from the boot floor through underneath the dash plastics to fully conceal the wiring run. Really pleased. Going to offer up a write up and guide to the magazine (and digitally to the forum too).

#220: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

This...

http://www.corvetteclub.org.uk/viewtopic.php?p=119903#119903

Crawing into the back to open the tailgate via the emergency cable was getting a bit old... Laughing

#221: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: manxie Location: Isle of Man Post Posted: Today at

I took my C4 over to a mates today, battled it all the way with it`s very sticking brakes, luckily it was less that a 2 mile trip! He`s going to do a full engine flush as it gets a bit hot and refill the cooling system with a 50/50 anti freeze mix, probably clear out the thermostat too. Strip the brakes to see what`s what...hopefully a good clean up and some lube will fix it.....? A mate followed me in his car to give me a lift back home, but while he was following me, when a clogged the car and the rear end went down he said loads of water ran from the middle of the back of the car.....I`m guessing the spare wheel tray is full of water....a few holes drilled is required I think? I`ll keep you posted ..... Thumbs up

#222: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

This is my third attempt at trying to make these thin bits of plastic to look like cool flush mounted marker lights to replace the orange plastic things that were on originally.

No matter how bright the paint I use on the lenses it still comes out a darker silver than the body. So I tried "chrome" paint this time. No bloody difference. But I have got rid of the clear spot in the centre, as the LED shines through the paint, and managed to mount the lenses more flush and more securely.


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#223: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: FIVE RED Location: North East Post Posted: Today at

I needed to paint something (not on a car) silver but wasn't too worried about a perfect match. I bought a tin of silver spray paint from Poundland, finish was decent and did the job for me.
Worth a quid to see if the colour is any nearer than what you've tried before.

#224:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

The lights and reflectors on the C5 are awfully tacky. My replacements for the front are pants. I wonder if there's something classier we could utilise... I don't mind the red reflectors on the rear so much I suppose.

#225:  Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

I'm thinking of doing a smoke tint on mine but it won't be until I get the new rear bumper on and then I will do them all (except the headlights).

#226: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

I fitted a mask and some light diffusing material behind my lens tonight to get a much neater and more evenly lit red dot.

Just need to seal around the edges with some mastic now and I am happy with that.

#227: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Rear window tint (20%) Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

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Bit mucky, having driven 30 miles through the motorway's unique combination of post-winter sludge and pretend rain...

The keen eye'd will note my lowering as well. Car certainly feels fresh again!


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#228: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

So is that tint fitted to the outside of the glass?

#229: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: chevrolet Post Posted: Today at

How much did you lower it by? Any noticeable affect on the ride/handling?

#230: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

It will need the alignment checked. The toe at least.

#231: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

roppa440 wrote (View Post):So is that tint fitted to the outside of the glass?

No - confusing, sorry - I posted a progress photo and a finished photo. The tint is fitted inside the glass. It's 'Suntek' which this guy rates highly.

chevrolet wrote (View Post):How much did you lower it by? Any noticeable affect on the ride/handling?

It's lowered as per the usual internet guides to more or less as low as it'll go.

No noticeable effect on ride quality except a noticeable reduction in the speed at which you could take a speed bump. I always, always drive over them slow anyway, maybe 5mph... Now you have no choice. It doesn't bother me at all; I see it as an enforcement of sensible policy in terms of slowly warming up the car on the way out and letting it cool down slowly on the way home Very Happy I can see it bothering most people however. You really do have to travel over the bumps tediously slowly.

Realignment booked in but not yet performed. In terms of driving 'feel' it doesn't need it but I like alignment and typically try to do it annually anyway.

Handling is as good as ever with no adverse affects. It could be improved, but I wouldn't claim it was revolutionised! I suspect any benefits are minor.

Will need to do engine oil again shortly. Maybe just before the Le Mans trip for good measure.

#232: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

So what he is doing on the outside with the heat gun is just shaping it?

#233:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Correct, the pre-trim if you like. I can explain it in detail if anyone's interested in the process!

#234: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Having had the tint done earlier I took on a job I was really a bit afraid of doing...

Fixing up the dulling LED display on the HVAC / heater temp controls unit.

Removed all the interior trim to get to it, unscrewed the unit and whisked away to the kitchen table. Unscrewed the gubbins inside the heater unit and detached one of two circuit boards inside. It contains 8 '241' resistors, all of which are prone to working loose due to GM's soldering apparently. The fix is to resolder all 8 i.e. sixteen solderings.

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This is the first time I've soldered in at least 10, maybe 15 years, and the soldering iron must be at least 15 years old, probably 25!! I wasn't at all confident and midway through I was pretty much 100% certain I had broken the whole circuit board or one of the resistors.

HOWEVER

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By some miracle, it works, and the brightness is fixed and returned to former glory. God knows how I managed that.

#235: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

When I bought my car the LEDs were not working at all. I got another £100 knocked off the price and it was the first job I did when I got the car home.

Without it I had no idea what the climate control was doing. Willy

I am used to soldering though so I had no worries. I can understand it being an intimidating job to someone that is not used to working with electronics. Yes

So well done! Thumbs up

#236: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Shifty wrote (View Post):Having had the tint done earlier I took on a job I was really a bit afraid of doing...

Fixing up the dulling LED display on the HVAC / heater temp controls unit.

Removed all the interior trim to get to it, unscrewed the unit and whisked away to the kitchen table. Unscrewed the gubbins inside the heater unit and detached one of two circuit boards inside. It contains 8 '241' resistors, all of which are prone to working loose due to GM's soldering apparently. The fix is to resolder all 8 i.e. sixteen solderings.

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This is the first time I've soldered in at least 10, maybe 15 years, and the soldering iron must be at least 15 years old, probably 25!! I wasn't at all confident and midway through I was pretty much 100% certain I had broken the whole circuit board or one of the resistors.

HOWEVER

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By some miracle, it works, and the brightness is fixed and returned to former glory. God knows how I managed that.


Well done you, and with such a prehistoric soldering iron more suited to plumbing than surface mounted electronics. You were quite lucky the heat didn't take out the components. Get yourself a new controllable one with smaller tips for any future work.. Yes

#237: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

It's just really a matter of re-heating the solder. Although a tiny touch with fresh solder (and flux) is better to make sure you don't get a "dry joint".

Because they are just surface mounted with no mechanical mounting of any kind they float loose as soon as you heat one end. So you have to hold each one still with something, preferably something that can act as a heat sink, otherwise they just float off.

#238: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

With a smaller tip you can localise the heating more precisely on sm components. Tip cleaner as well as flux is a good idea too.

Doesn't take much to trash an sm multilayer board. The boards aren't probably the best quality either. When I worked at a certain pcb manufacturer in Irvine in the '80's, they made circuit boards for Ford, GM, Chrysler, Sinclair and a host of other well known brands including IBM specifically for the AWACS defense systems and a failure rate of 90% was fairly normal on the pcb plating line, but when the boxes had to be filled to ship orders, they would stuff in anything just to make up the numbers..

#239:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Prehistoric is precisely the correct word for that soldering iron. I took a massive risk being such a damn tightwad not buying a new one. Thankfully I got away with it.

Still got to address a windy noise from the passenger window, probably a case of adjusting read tip-in, AND sort out my TPMS at long last. I still can't seem to fix them fully! Such a pain in the erse. Still, I have all the pieces now, it should be doable...


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#240: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Since I replaced all my TPMs I occasionally loose the transmission from the left rear sensor. Hard to understand as it is the closest to the receiver!

#241: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Z28DUNC Location: Shrewsbury Post Posted: Today at

Shifty wrote (View Post):Rear window tint (20%) Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

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Bit mucky, having driven 30 miles through the motorway's unique combination of post-winter sludge and pretend rain...

The keen eye'd will note my lowering as well. Car certainly feels fresh again!


Looks really smart. When are you getting some Z06 wheels? Laughing

Glad the tinting bloke did a good job. I haven't had much luck with so called specialist tinters. The last bloke who tried to do my rear screen on the Z28 spent an hour on it then gave up. Willy

Well done on not mucking up the soldering too Clap

#242:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

The minute someone sells me some!!!

Thems or some lovely Corbeau track seats maybe Wink

Today I re-assembled the Vette after the soldering job, and valeted it for possibly the first time in the last 6-9 months I'm ashamed to admit... It is nice to have it clean inside. I ought to do that more often!

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And one more gratuitous photograph of my new rear window tint. Pleased.

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#243: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: 666Vette Location: Tyne and Wear Post Posted: Today at

I cleaned my exhaust at the weekend Thumbs up

#244:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Not much silencing going on in there is there! Very Happy

Priced up gearbox, diff, and engine oil supplies along with brake fluid, engine coolant, and fuel filter for an extensive premature fluids service. A kind of almost 50,000mi celebration!

Also packed up my stock exhaust system as it's off to a new owner. Not doing me any good in the garage after all.


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#245: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: BlackZeD Location: Cleveland Post Posted: Today at

There's no silencing coz it's only on a baby 5.7 Wink

#246:  Author: Bowler Location: South East Staffordshire Post Posted: Today at

Shifty wrote (View Post):Not much silencing going on in there is there! Very Happy.

With me being a thick lad from Birmingham, can someone please explain what the word "silencing" means....

#247: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Tbug Location: Worcester Post Posted: Today at

Try watching the Sopranos.

#248: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Silencing = Moderating!

At least that's what the big gadget on the end of my MAC11 is called! Laughing

#249: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Tbug Location: Worcester Post Posted: Today at

Again for the answer to that try the Sopranos.

#250: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Sans moderator (silencer).

#251:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Bowler wrote (View Post):Shifty wrote (View Post):Not much silencing going on in there is there! Very Happy.

With me being a thick lad from Birmingham, can someone please explain what the word "silencing" means....


On Allen's exhaust I just mean there are no silencer boxes - I thought that was a common term.

#252:  Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Shifty wrote (View Post):Bowler wrote (View Post):Shifty wrote (View Post):Not much silencing going on in there is there! Very Happy.

With me being a thick lad from Birmingham, can someone please explain what the word "silencing" means....


On Allen's exhaust I just mean there are no silencer boxes - I thought that was a common term.


It is. Obviously not in the Black Country though. Confused

#253:  Author: dm575 Location: Midlands Post Posted: Today at

I put some Allens mufller eliminators on my 91 C4 recently. They look and sound great Smile Very little silencing going on...

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#254: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: 666Vette Location: Tyne and Wear Post Posted: Today at

it also helps to make the car lighter Thumbs up

#255: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: tiger289 Location: Cork Post Posted: Today at

Dug out the Z after it's 5 month hibernation, gave it a wash and put it into the garage ready for fluid changes and general fettling getting ready to go back on the road for the 1st of April.

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#256:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Love the splitter on the front of your car!

#257: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: manxie Location: Isle of Man Post Posted: Today at

tiger289 wrote (View Post):Dug out the Z after it's 5 month hibernation, gave it a wash and put it into the garage ready for fluid changes and general fettling getting ready to go back on the road for the 1st of April.

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Stunning looking car ..... wish my garage was that tidy Cool

#258: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: 666Vette Location: Tyne and Wear Post Posted: Today at

wish garage was that big!

#259: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: tiger289 Location: Cork Post Posted: Today at

The splitter is a C5R carbon lip from Corvette Creationz's

I am very lucky to have plenty of space but the problem with that is you tend to fill it there are currently 8 vehicles in a house where 2 people drive Willy

#260: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: 666Vette Location: Tyne and Wear Post Posted: Today at

8 to 2 sounds like a good ratio

#261: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: tiger289 Location: Cork Post Posted: Today at

Well SWMBO is only allowed to drive 2 of them so it is more like 6 to 1 Very Happy

#262: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: L88 Location: Bexley Post Posted: Today at

I pulled the drums and put all new parts inside. It doesn't matter how many times I ve done the job I always rely on a clear photo for reference. Next was to extract crank for machine shop.

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#263: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

tiger289 wrote (View Post):Dug out the Z after it's 5 month hibernation, gave it a wash and put it into the garage ready for fluid changes and general fettling getting ready to go back on the road for the 1st of April.

Sweet as a nut that car. Really like it. Thumbs up

#264: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: chevrolet Post Posted: Today at

Me too! Thumbs up

#265: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Decided I didn't like the number plate surround on the back of my Eurospec C5.

So spent an hour tonight removing it, cleaning out the crud behind it, cleaning the plate lights and replacing the bulbs, removing the stick-on reflectors, undercoating and painting the surround silver, refitting.

I will have to wait to see what it looks like in daylight as it started getting dark. But I think it will look much cleaner.

#266: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Tbug Location: Worcester Post Posted: Today at

Nice work looks mint now. Thumbs up

#267:  Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

Looks good in the picture - nice mod! How well does the silver match up?

#268: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: BlackZeD Location: Cleveland Post Posted: Today at

Looks a helluva lot better Dave.

#269: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

That looks really good.

#270:  Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

FranV8 wrote (View Post):Looks good in the picture - nice mod! How well does the silver match up?

It's very slightly darker.

#271: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

You know how it is. I had an hour to kill before starting to get dinner ready for the wife getting home so I just got stuck in without thinking about it too much. The idea came to me and bish bosh it was done.

#272:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

I like that all four lights come on as brake lights (I presume?) on yours too. I'll need to get a few diodes in mine for quadruple rear lights. Looks a lot better.

#273:  Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

roppa440 wrote (View Post):FranV8 wrote (View Post):Looks good in the picture - nice mod! How well does the silver match up?

It's very slightly darker.


Still looks great.

#274: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: tiger289 Location: Cork Post Posted: Today at

Looks very neat Thumbs up

#275:  Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

FranV8 wrote (View Post):roppa440 wrote (View Post):FranV8 wrote (View Post):Looks good in the picture - nice mod! How well does the silver match up?

It's very slightly darker.


Still looks great.


Actually it does not look a bad match in daylight either. Much better than I expected.

#276:  Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Shifty wrote (View Post):I like that all four lights come on as brake lights (I presume?) on yours too. I'll need to get a few diodes in mine for quadruple rear lights. Looks a lot better.

They are the tail lights actually. But they are stop and tails so brake lights too. Do yours not do that?

The bottom halves are turn signals and reverse lights.

#277:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Looks great in the daylight too.

Mine are innermost two USA spec solid red, and they are exclusively fog lights. The outermost two are running lights and brake lights. And indicators. Reverse lights are by the plate. I'd like to wire up all four to come on as night lights, all four to come on as brake lights, and the inner two to come on as fog lights only if the fogs button is pushed. I know this set up is legal because it is commonplace on a number of other cars.

#278: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: 666Vette Location: Tyne and Wear Post Posted: Today at

what do you prime the plastic with?

#279: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Halfords plastic primer. Left over from when I did the fuel rail covers.

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#280: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: FIVE RED Location: North East Post Posted: Today at

Nice job Dave Thumbs up

#281: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: maxuk1981 Location: West Yorkshire Post Posted: Today at

Rolled her out of the garage and she started no probs after 4 months Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes

Good clean and vac check garage floor for usual oil puddles

Not tooooo bad Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing

Now to get her ready for the WEC 1st round at Silverstone Clap Clap Clap

Oh and do that thing of no Tax Disc for the first time Scratchchin Scratchchin

Cheers
Steve

#282:  Author: Jack Cooper Location: Hook Hampshire Post Posted: Today at

Had mine MOT'd. 'Waste of time'....'like new'...... were 2 of the comments by the techs. AOK and no advisories.
J.C. (M/No.1911/2007 C6)

#283: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Yellowshark Location: Ringwood Post Posted: Today at

Drilled out sheared earthing bolt Banghead

#284: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

With painting the rear licence plate holder being so successful I decided to buy some more paint and paint the front one as well.

This time it does not match very well at all. Doh

But still better than black. I think?

#285: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: manxie Location: Isle of Man Post Posted: Today at

Took my C4 for a run today, about 8 miles, test run for the new thermostat. On the run the temp stayed around the 170 mark but in town did creep up as expected, to the stage where the fan kicked in about 205? I did two or three messages while I was out, starting and stopping at them all. On the last message, I went to start the car and it wouldn`t turn over??? After a phone call my mate turned up with some jump leads and we got her going again, but at first seemed to rev quite high, as if the choke was on but the temp was still about 150 ish. After about 2 mins of high reving, it settled back down to normal tickover?? We think the poor starting was due to poor negative battery connection (investigation needed) and don`t know what caused it to rev the way it did?? It`s not has a decent run for years so maybe just needs use......? We`ll see

#286:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

How's the quality of those clear indicator housings Dave? I have often considered them or the blacked out ones - but have been disappointed with aftermarket lights / units before and the Vette is too classy to have crappy parts tacked on... I presume yours are a good quality fitting? OEM quality?

Washed, clayed and waxed the Corvette tonight, then took it to a local multistory for some pictures. Hopefully get them edited soon.

#287:  Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

Manxie, that all sounds about normal. It may be that the Ecu lost its memory when the battery disconnected, and it was relearning a few things (the early ECU's didn't have flash memory like the later ones afaik) and below 160F the engine runs in open loop mode to warm up, so the combo may have made it do it. Hopefully that'll be the last of it. I can't remember exactly which year you have, but if your ignition key has a little black pellet in it, then it has VATS, the factory immobiliser. If you turn the key, all the lights come on but the car will not start it may be this has kicked in. Nothing of course means dead battery or poor connection.

#288:  Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Shifty wrote (View Post):How's the quality of those clear indicator housings Dave?

Complete rubbish. Just two bits of plastic sheet and a stick-on LED.

I wasn't going to bother fitting them but came up with a few ideas. I'm happy enough with them now.

#289:  Author: manxie Location: Isle of Man Post Posted: Today at

FranV8 wrote (View Post):Manxie, that all sounds about normal. It may be that the Ecu lost its memory when the battery disconnected, and it was relearning a few things (the early ECU's didn't have flash memory like the later ones afaik) and below 160F the engine runs in open loop mode to warm up, so the combo may have made it do it. Hopefully that'll be the last of it. I can't remember exactly which year you have, but if your ignition key has a little black pellet in it, then it has VATS, the factory immobiliser. If you turn the key, all the lights come on but the car will not start it may be this has kicked in. Nothing of course means dead battery or poor connection.

Hi FranV8. Mine`s an 84 car and don`t recall a black pellet type thing on my keys? (just looked...there isn`t) When the ignition was turned on, dash lights were on and the "check engine" was lit up. The car at first turned over once but after that, wouldn`t turn over at all? With the jump leads on it, it fired virtually instantly? My task today was to go out, remove the battery and place on charge, then on the earth cable from the body/battery/car there`s a horrible looking mechanical type "T" junction which I was going to remove and repair by soldering. Am I wasting my time? Thanks.

#290:  Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

manxie wrote (View Post):FranV8 wrote (View Post):Manxie, that all sounds about normal. It may be that the Ecu lost its memory when the battery disconnected, and it was relearning a few things (the early ECU's didn't have flash memory like the later ones afaik) and below 160F the engine runs in open loop mode to warm up, so the combo may have made it do it. Hopefully that'll be the last of it. I can't remember exactly which year you have, but if your ignition key has a little black pellet in it, then it has VATS, the factory immobiliser. If you turn the key, all the lights come on but the car will not start it may be this has kicked in. Nothing of course means dead battery or poor connection.

Hi FranV8. Mine`s an 84 car and don`t recall a black pellet type thing on my keys? (just looked...there isn`t) When the ignition was turned on, dash lights were on and the "check engine" was lit up. The car at first turned over once but after that, wouldn`t turn over at all? With the jump leads on it, it fired virtually instantly? My task today was to go out, remove the battery and place on charge, then on the earth cable from the body/battery/car there`s a horrible looking mechanical type "T" junction which I was going to remove and repair by soldering. Am I wasting my time? Thanks.


No.1 Is to ensure the battery's good and you have good connections. Corvettes don't like problems here.

If the non starting thing happens again, it could be that there is a problem with your starter solenoid or the starter relay. When I replaced my own starter (had the same problem.. cold motor, ok to turn over, ..hot motor, intermittant starter)., I ran a cable from a starter button under the bonnet direct to the solenoid, just in case. There's a handy 'common' 12v pole behind the battery for doing stuff like this.

Get some miles under its belt and see how it goes.. Thumbs up

#291: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: manxie Location: Isle of Man Post Posted: Today at

Thumbs up Cheers Exitwound Thumbs up

#292: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: kentvette Location: Loir Valley, France Post Posted: Today at

After the “old ‘78” sailed through it’s “Controle Technique” (French MOT) last week, we took it out for a celebratory drive yesterday. Clocked up just under 100 miles down to Amboise and back, but on the return journey the total mileage just clicked over 150,000! And the old thing is still running great!

The next test is not due until 2020 and the next big trip will be down to Carcassonne and surrounds, probably getting on for an 1800 mile round trip. Roll on summer!

#293: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

kentvette wrote (View Post):

The next test is not due until 2020!


Grrr!! So not fair! Sad

#294:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

One from yesterday's photoshoot.

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#295: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

I tried one of those "clay mitts" from Halfords at the weekend. I was very impressed with the finish. The car looked polished even before I polished it.

You are still welcome to come machine polish my car for me Shifty. Not sure that you would like the Z51 shock absorbers (stiff but harsh) but if I fit the sway bars it will still corner just that little bit better.


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#296:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

I clayed mine for the first time in about a year before taking these photos. ColinG had me thinking about it too haha.

At the moment, having done a few cars with the machine, I'd like to replace the hex pads before I use them on another car. See how we go though eh.

Re suspension upgrades, I definitely do want to do some (perhaps next thing on the list?). Like you say I'm not 100% on shocks direction. The car is a little too floaty occasionally on fast cornering. I think a stiffer ARB setup would do it a lot of good. Ideally I'd like to have an adjustable ARB so I could dial in some oversteery/understeery preference, but I'm not sure if such a thing exists for the C5? Just playing with ideas at the moment. Not much cash to throw at it for the foreseeable.

#297: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Well the Z51 bars will help for sure.

The Z51 gas shocks will lift your car up a bit. It will not sit as low as you currently have it. Which makes me think you wouldn't like them.

But they will remove that "floaty" feeling when cornering completely. You should be able to corner at about 0.9g with this setup if I remember right??

#298:  Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

Looking good Shifty!

With regards to suspension this is something I will be looking at later in the year and at the moment I am leaning towards C6Z shocks and C6 Z51 sway bars, this based on a lot of positive feedback from the US forum.

#299: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Just as a reminder Shifty.

Your existing sway bars should be 23.1mm diameter front and 19.1mm rear.

These Z51 bars are 28.6mm and 21.7mm.

The bars fitted to the Z06 are less than 1.5mm thicker than these.


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#300:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

ColinG wrote (View Post):Looking good Shifty!

With regards to suspension this is something I will be looking at later in the year and at the moment I am leaning towards C6Z shocks and C6 Z51 sway bars, this based on a lot of positive feedback from the US forum.


I've heard the same.

Likewise a full C5Z06 sus setup would seem to make sense? Albeit it is designed for a slightly lighter car.

"Hotchkis" sway bars also seem to be the go-to choice for the Americans. I'll have to go and measure the diameters of mine - and check the end mounts.

#301: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

These are the kits I have been looking at:

Sway bars
http://www.cultragfactoryparts.com/cultrag-performance/1997-2013-chevrolet-corvette-c6-z51-sway-bar-upgrade-kit/c6z51bars/

Shocks
http://www.cultragfactoryparts.com/cultrag-performance/1997-2013-chevrolet-corvette-c6-z06-shock-upgrade-kit/c6z06shocks/

#302: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

These are the bars I fitted to mine.

http://eibach.com/america/en/performance-suspension/buy-onli...

#303:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

I can't believe the value of those C6Z06 shocks. How can they possibly be that cheap, for four new shocks for a 500hp car. Wow.

#304:  Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Shifty wrote (View Post):I can't believe the value of those C6Z06 shocks. How can they possibly be that cheap, for four new shocks for a 500hp car. Wow.

Because they are cheaply made in China by people that work 16 hours a day for the price of a packet of fags in the UK?

#305: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

If you ever hold an expensive shock in one hand and a factory fitted shock in the other you will soon start to see what you are paying for. Yes

#306:  Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Shifty wrote (View Post): shocks

These are dampers.. Shock absorbing is actually done by the spring. Yes

#307:  Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

exitwound wrote (View Post):Shifty wrote (View Post): shocks

These are dampers.. Shock absorbing is actually done by the spring. Yes


Smart arse. Laughing

#308:  Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

roppa440 wrote (View Post):exitwound wrote (View Post):Shifty wrote (View Post): shocks

These are dampers.. Shock absorbing is actually done by the spring. Yes


Smart arse. Laughing


Laughing

Just one of the late LJK's views..

My favourite is this...

"..automatic transmissions are the only proper gearboxes for vehicles, the manual gearbox is an anachronism, a total failure of automotive engineering akin to outdated manual control of ignition advance"

#309: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Yeah I like that. Thumbs up Very Happy

#310: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Flyingmacca Location: Manchester Post Posted: Today at

Tested my newly rebuilt parking brake on my baby. Many hours of scratching my head figuring out how to install the shoes even with the manuals. After all this the parking brake just locks the wheels at idle with the brake lever all the way. Is this the best I can expect?

#311: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

Flyingmacca wrote (View Post):Tested my newly rebuilt parking brake on my baby. Many hours of scratching my head figuring out how to install the shoes even with the manuals. After all this the parking brake just locks the wheels at idle with the brake lever all the way. Is this the best I can expect?

As good as that! - you are lucky Thumbs up

#312:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Today, cleaning up the damage from yesterday's run.

Yesterday's run - only a relatively short half-day one at 130 miles! But really good and took in some excellent routes.

Google maps: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/Queensferry,+City+of+Edinb...

#313: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: TexasVette Location: Suffolk Post Posted: Today at

Car show in Pinellas Park, a fun day:)

#314: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Well, ..as I've still no fuel pressure at the fuel rail schrader valve on my '87, I replaced the filter can to no avail (didn't expect that to be the problem as its not that old). Still not starting despite really good spark. Sad

Next was the fuel pump assembly (ordered a new pump) so hopefully therein lies the problem. If its not that, then it'll be off with the plenum chamber and a new fuel pump regulator. Rolling Eyes

When I removed the fuel pump assembly out of the tank, I dropped one of the screws. As I looked around for it down beside the tank I found a wired up number plate lamp unit lying loose on the back of the frame! No idea what its doing there or even if it works as I pulled the battery prior to working on the tank, but it doesn't seem to belong anywhere.. Confused

Just after the pump and before the steel fuel pipe, there's an odd gadget called a 'pulsator'. Apparently, this device is supposed to smooth out fuel pulses from the pump. Its very small and you can see all the way through, but inside is a kind of soft rubber which looks like it could collapse and block the flow. The US forums tend to advise in its removal so that'll be going in favour of a plain bit of 5/16ths fuel pipe. It looks like something advertised in one of my old 60's HotCar magazines to aid economy! Very Happy

If the fuel reg doesn't work for me, I'll be trying the fuel pump relay which is sited between the wiper motor and the brake servo on the firewall. When you turn the key, this relay enables a 3 second run of the pump to fire the motor, and get the oil pressure up to close the oil pressure switch (behind the distributor) which takes over the running of the pump. The deal is that if you lose all oil pressure, the switch opens and the pump stops, killing the motor. The fuses are ok and I can hear my pump running, but not sure if its actually pumping. As its old, I'l replace that and close up the tank again and forget that side of things. Scratchchin

#315: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: kentvette Location: Loir Valley, France Post Posted: Today at

Flyingmacca wrote (View Post):Tested my newly rebuilt parking brake on my baby. Many hours of scratching my head figuring out how to install the shoes even with the manuals. After all this the parking brake just locks the wheels at idle with the brake lever all the way. Is this the best I can expect?

Laughing Yep, that's pretty much what you get with most C3s. I guess you worked out that you adjust each wheel first, then the cable. Just check that it's not binding. The AIM says that the shoes must be "glazed" to improve performance and new cab;es will stretch a little at first....

I spent two day at this job at the beginning of the month in order to get the car though its French "MOT", which it passed I'm pleased to say.

And the last three days have been spent replacing all four half-shaft U/Js and the flanges on one side - oh what fun! I am in awe (read envy!) of those who've done the job with a vice. We had a very nice press, but it was still a real pain! Banghead

#316: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

I did mine with a set of Triton Super Jaws. No workshop is complete without them!

Have a search on YouTube for a demo of this awesome gadget!

#317:  Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

The number plate light you've found Steve is probably the light that illuminates the spare wheel area and the ground below it.

I did all my halfshafts with the vice, an old record one that I now have on my bench but was on a wooden bench in my parent's garage, it's taken much abuse over the years. You do need to be careful with packing/sockets to manage the job. The C4 ones are ally whereas I believe all C3 shafts were steel, so probably easier to shift the C4 ones. As another anorak moment, you should use the right UJ's for the C4 in which the cups are supposed to be coated to stop electrolytic issues.

#318:  Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

FranV8 wrote (View Post):The number plate light you've found Steve is probably the light that illuminates the spare wheel area and the ground below it.

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Cheers Fran. Never thought of that. The holder is the same as the number plate lamp so that'll give me a spare should I ever need one. Its lying loose anyway.

#319:  Author: James Herriot Location: Stockton-on-Tees Post Posted: Today at

The dynamo on the car has never put out enough power to keep the needle in the + and I have had to keep the battery topped up when at home. So I have had the dynamo cleaned and checked over. So I put it back on the car tonight. It seems a little better than it was, but at least I have the peace of mind that is unlikely to give up on me.

#320: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

There are companies out there who will do you what looks like a period correct dynamo but is in fact an alternator.

http://www.autoelectricsupplies.co.uk/product_list/141

#321:  Author: kentvette Location: Loir Valley, France Post Posted: Today at

FranV8 wrote (View Post):The number plate light you've found Steve is probably the light that illuminates the spare wheel area and the ground below it.

I did all my halfshafts with the vice, an old record one that I now have on my bench but was on a wooden bench in my parent's garage, it's taken much abuse over the years. You do need to be careful with packing/sockets to manage the job. The C4 ones are ally whereas I believe all C3 shafts were steel, so probably easier to shift the C4 ones. As another anorak moment, you should use the right UJ's for the C4 in which the cups are supposed to be coated to stop electrolytic issues.


I was wondering if the C4 had the spare wheel illumination, like so equipped C3s, so thanks for clearing that one up Fran! Thumbs up

A few years ago Brett & Kerensa arrived here with a very sorry U/J. Brett took the shaft off (I had a broken arm at the time!) and we popped down to our local garage where there is a press. I don't think we were there more than 3/4 hour. So I can definitely attest to the C4 being much easier! we had a 4 ton press, and it only just "broke" a couple of the joints free. There's no way our little Record vice would have been up to the job, even if we could have turned the handle! Laughing Last time they were changed I took the shafts to an engineer with a "real" press. If I and the car are around in another 10 or so years I suspect that'll be the route we take Very Happy Interesting about the coating. The old U/Js that came off the car were all "blued". The new ones are just steel.....

#322: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

I just used a foot long custom turned steel drift and a short four pound mash hammer to get them out.

Wasn't too difficult. Scratchchin

#323: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: James Herriot Location: Stockton-on-Tees Post Posted: Today at

exitwound wrote (View Post):There are companies out there who will do you what looks like a period correct dynamo but is in fact an alternator.

http://www.autoelectricsupplies.co.uk/product_list/141


Thanks for that, but as far I know there is not an alternator on the market that can take the rev counter drive in the back.

Bri

#324: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: autocolor Location: Hertfordshire Post Posted: Today at

You could always drive your rev counter from the dizzy, either the period correct look or there is a HEI dizzy that has a rev counter drive so should be something to suit.

#325: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

My bb had a dizzy with tech drive as stock. Now have an MSD dizzy with tach drive Yes

#326: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: VetteWeekend Location: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea! Post Posted: Today at

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Taxed it! Very Happy

#327:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Today mine's still up on four axle stands in the garage whilst I finish plasti dipping the wheels! It's gonna stay that way until Sunday too, as I'm off to Skye...

#328: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: manxie Location: Isle of Man Post Posted: Today at

Gave my C4 it`s first decent run yesterday, (Thursday) since I got it and it`s its first decent run for about two years!! Over the mountain road, (a section of the TT Course) early in the morning but a very subdued drive as the "warning ice" road sign was flashing Sad Coming back over the mountain road about 5hrs later was different though....dry and sunny Very Happy
Everything was going great, car was flying and handling as though on rails but then came up behind a couple of cars and a wagon....back down to 50mph Sleep The car is still far from being right and the more I`m looking at it is the more it needs but hey...it`s a Corvette and it`s mine Very Happy Very Happy The brakes were catching a bit but hopefully this will get better with use. Overall a pretty good day Thumbs up
(the catching was the disc rubbing on the dust shields, easy tweek Smile )


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#329: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: FIVE RED Location: North East Post Posted: Today at

Just taxed the Vette online. Car's almost dry of fuel so gonna nip round the corner and buy a gallon of local horse piss then onto BP and fill up with some decent stuff.
Sun's out, Vette's out Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool

#330: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Sod all but stare at it in the shop. Stuck til I get my fuel pump.

I did however buy some bags of cold repair tarmac and fix the potholes in the road outside.
1. Brush away loose tarmac from the hole.
2. Pour in half a pint of petrol and light it.
3. Open beer can and watch the neighbours faces and try not to laugh.
4. Pour the tarmac into the hole as the flames die down and smooth it over.
5. Put up a bollard.
6. Job done.
7. Drink more beer.

Who needs pikeys! Laughing

#331: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

Despite an extended session of 'Man Flu', in readiness for an 'engine-out' to 'fix' spun big end - today I finally removed all bolts from bellhousing to block - without dropping back of gearbox down to allow space for sockets and extensions - tied back all cables, brackets, power steering pump, hoses. engine mounts etc in readiness for removal.

#332: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: FIVE RED Location: North East Post Posted: Today at

Oil and filter change yesterday Lick

#333:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Refit my newly plastidipped wheels and line up the oil and filter ready for the spring change!

#334: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

I had ordered a pair of amber lamps off an ebay company for my front fog lights.

The package arrived and they sent me an optical pick-up for a DVD instead.

I asked the company yesterday to send me the bulbs and I will send this thing back at my own expense. But instead they have offered me a £4 refund and told me to either keep the part or put it on ebay myself to make up the rest.

I suspect that despite it being a UK shipping address that this is a Chinese operation. All the email responses tend to come in the early hours..... Rolling Eyes

#335: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: maxuk1981 Location: West Yorkshire Post Posted: Today at

Caliper strip down and new seals + clean up

"Taxed" (shouldn't it come down/abolished------- 34 year old car)

Cleaned and potter around the local area Yes Yes Yes

Happy Days and Sunny

Silverstone tickets arrived today !!!!

WEC Sunday

Cheers
Steve

#336: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: manxie Location: Isle of Man Post Posted: Today at

Been using my C4 everyday for the last 5 days, it`s been brilliant, a couple of tiny things but easily sorted. Waxed it again this afternoon, try to build up a good shine but the rooks around our way have been using it for target practice ever since Banghead the little Censored Problem is, it is VERY easy to go fast in it but with a clear road, no speed limit, it`s brill Very Happy

#337: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

FIVE RED wrote (View Post):Oil and filter change yesterday Lick

Just done mine today. Feels good to know it's running on fresh juice. Are you doing any further for the 'spring clean'?

Car looks mean on its black wheels. Photos to come.

#338: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: manxie Location: Isle of Man Post Posted: Today at

Fitted my new gas door springs and serpentine belt today, after waiting weeks for them to arrive ...... then went for a blast ....... Very Happy

#339: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: jagr Location: Cheshire Post Posted: Today at

I have been busy over the last 48hrs:

Fitted LED rear fog light
Smoked side repeaters
Blackwing induction filter
Front number plate holder
Hypertec tuning module
Paint calipers red (front and rear)
Strip seats down and fit new foam and cloth
Fix horn membrane in steering wheel
Change bonnet light bulb
Change dipped and main beam bulbs
Changed interior and reverse lights to LED
Clean under bonnet earths
Unclog udders (drain holes)
Hoover interior


Showing front light difference
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How bad my drivers seat was
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Rear fog light
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Painted calipers
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#340:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Some good work done there jagr. What's the story with the tuning module?

#341:  Author: jagr Location: Cheshire Post Posted: Today at

Shifty wrote (View Post):Some good work done there jagr. What's the story with the tuning module?

Cheers


This is the box used:

http://www.ecklerscorvette.com/corvette-power-programmer-hyp...

It is supposed to deliver 12-19 bhp and 13-20 torque.

It is simple to use as you first download the latest software from hypertec for your model year and then plug it into the OBD port in your car.
It scans for errors and either says all clear or lists the faults and then clears them.

You then choose a few parameters and it then recodes your PCM.

What is good is that if you don't like it etc you can revert to the original settings by just plugging the unit in and say 'Stock'.

I only did it today so can't say if good or not.

#342:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

I'm always skeptical of these devices but do let us know how you get on, it promises a lot!

#343: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: FIVE RED Location: North East Post Posted: Today at

Shifty wrote (View Post):FIVE RED wrote (View Post):Oil and filter change yesterday Lick

Are you doing any further for the 'spring clean'?

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Usual wash, clay bar & polish. I'm also busy copying what you did by painting the centre caps. I'd bought some stickers off ebay which were really good at first but didn't last, the painting although tricky is turning out well.

#344:  Author: James Herriot Location: Stockton-on-Tees Post Posted: Today at

Not today,but tomorrow the old girl will be getting a bit of pampering with an oil change and a Gold plug magnetic drain plug. A good tighten up and top up and grease all round.

#345:  Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Shifty wrote (View Post):I'm always skeptical of these devices but do let us know how you get on, it promises a lot!

I re-programmed mine with a Diablo Sport tune. Yes you only get about 15hp but it also made the automatic trans shift harder and faster. The car did feel sharper and indeed the difference showed on the timing slips. I have to use super unleaded though because the timing is advanced higher than stock. Which is probably the main source of the extra power.

It was an expensive device though. I bought it because they promised I would be able to adjust all the various parameters on the car. The amount of traction control delivered, speedo calibration, etc. However they never delivered on that and anyone's complaints about being miss-sold on their forum (there were plenty) were quickly deleted.

You will never get massive increases in power with a tune like this on a naturally aspirated sports car which is quite well tuned from the factory. Unlike turbo cars where you can program in more boost for lots more power.

#346: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

I gave her a quick wash then cleaned all the interior (trying to reduce the glare from the dash) and did a bit on the engine bay but gave up as the weather was too good and had to go for a blast. I found a great private road for some shots.

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#347: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

As my fuel pump hasn't arrived yet, I busied myself sucking out all the sediment and debris from the fuel tank (there was a lot!) and made sure the pipes to the fuel rail were clear.

Just need the pump and the sock to complete the job. At least if the low fuel pressure problem is still present, I can blame the reg for sure. Still need an mot! Rolling Eyes

#348:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Hahaha: see above two posts for the contrasts of the life of the C5 owner and the life of the C4 owner!

Today my Vette saw no action at all. I was however along at the garage collecting tools and so on and thereby saw it parked up. Just looks so mean with the black alloys! Cloud 9 all over again.

#349:  Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Shifty wrote (View Post):Hahaha: see above two posts for the contrasts of the life of the C5 owner and the life of the C4 owner!



Wouldn't have it any other way, ..my '87's a delight to drive and a mental and technical challenge to keep it running, but it ain't no squirrel that's for sure! Laughing Cool

#350: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Car was covered in dirty water and mud by the time I got to a wet Crail Raceway yesterday (about a 4 hour drive).

But the sun came out in the afternoon and after a quick wipe with a damp microfiber cloth it didn't look too bad from at least 30 feet away. Laughing

#351:  Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

Looking good!

#352: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: maxuk1981 Location: West Yorkshire Post Posted: Today at

Was at WEC yesterday Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

Excellent days racing BUT them bl***y Audi's do love to "Bump " the Vette's out of the way on corners .....

Was passed on the way home by COO6 VET at M6/M1 jct Bright yellow in the dark
Laughing Laughing Laughing

Cheers
Steve

#353: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

As my fuel pump hasn't arrived yet, I busied myself sucking out all the sediment and debris from the fuel tank (there was a lot!) and made sure the pipes to the fuel rail were clear.

Just need the pump and the sock to complete the job. At least if the low fuel pressure problem is still present, I can blame the reg for sure. Still need an mot! Rolling Eyes

#354: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

maxuk1981 wrote (View Post):Excellent days racing BUT them bl***y Audi's do love to "Bump " the Vette's out of the way on corners .....

You sure you weren't just on the M1 North of Watford? Laughing

#355: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: maxuk1981 Location: West Yorkshire Post Posted: Today at

Could have been Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes

Dark wet and windy Sunday night down South !!!!!

Ha ha.........

Cheers Cheers Cheers

#356: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

Engine out and ready for some of John Sleath's expert attention up at Doncaster to cure its problems. Unfortunately a bit too large and heavy to put in the back of the car Yes
Thanks to Mike Cotterill Essex CCCUK member for the loan of the Clarke 1 Tonne extended reach crane. This allows the engine to come out from the front (rather than the side as with some of the folding cranes.

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#357: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: JonnyC4 Location: Diest-Belgium Post Posted: Today at

Hopefully they find the cause of the problems, Ross.

#358: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Them big chevy lumps are good. They come out of the engine bay already on casters. Laughing

#359: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Looks like a real beast! Hopefully it can be sorted out timely and without breaking your heart or bank! Scratchchin

#360: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Interesting update for you.

Looking at the MPH on my timing tickets from Crail Raceway it looks like my car is making an extra 13hp since I changed to Royal Purple oils.

Something like 328hp at the rear wheels. Not bad for a completely stock engine and auto trans. Thumbs up


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#361: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Check Royal Purple wear characteristics here..

It seems its basically a decent synthetic with a molecular additive like Activ8 or ZX1. They've obviously done the torque test on these oils to get the wear patterns. Scratchchin

http://www.animegame.com/cars/Oil%20Tests.pdf

..and, it had Angelina Jolie climbing all over a van load of Royal Purple oil in 'Salt'!! If that's not an excellent endorsement, I don't know what is! Laughing

#362: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Diff oil,
Trans oil and filter,
Engine oil and filter,

+ two hours labour.

Came to £250.

Work done by ASS exhausts who stock Royal Purple products.
http://www.aas-exhausts.co.uk/

I was going to do the work myself but glad I decided not to when I watched them putting the trans oil in. Took three of them with the car up on the 4 post ramp.

You need someone in the car going through the gears as you fill. And watching the trans temp. If temp gets too high it starts belching the ATF back out.

#363: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Just looked up my timing slips from when I first got the car.

I am making a total of 40 RWHP more than when I first bought it with just a few simple tweaks. Yes

#364: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Mick Howes Location: Dorset or wherever my Vette takes me! Post Posted: Today at

Got my rear brake pads changed, cheers Adi 😁

#365:  Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

What sort of tweaks have you done roppa? You've piqued my interest! Smile

#366: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: BlackZeD Location: Cleveland Post Posted: Today at

I think Roppas been to weightwatchers Colin Wink

#367: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

roppa440 wrote (View Post):

Work done by ASS exhausts who stock Royal Purple products.


ASS exhausts? Sounds fruity! Laughing

#368: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

That is an exceptional HP 'rear wheel' HP figure Thumbs up

#369: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

exitwound wrote (View Post):roppa440 wrote (View Post):

Work done by ASS exhausts who stock Royal Purple products.


ASS exhausts? Sounds fruity! Laughing


My dyslexia strikes again! Doh Very Happy

#370:  Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

ColinG wrote (View Post):What sort of tweaks have you done roppa? You've piqued my interest! Smile

Well it's a 2001 model so has the better intake manifold anyway which is a start over the earlier models.
Plus it has the optional performance lower diff gear. Another plus as that multiplies the rear wheel torque.

All I have done is;
Bypassed the hot water feed to the throttle body.
Welded in a by-pass tube in the magnaflow tailpipe/mufflers.
Fit new Iridium/Platinum NGK spark plugs.
Fit new thicker plug leads.
Reprogram the ECU (about 15hp and firmer shifts)
Fit a smooth intake Coupler.
Modify the air filter frame for more even filtration and better flow.
Fitted a K&N filter.
Cut holes in the radiator duct to feed the air cleaner down each side with air from above the air dam.
Filled everything with Royal Purple oil.(13hp)

So my plugs and air filter mods were worth about 12hp.

#371: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

How about removing the laminar screens off the MAF? That's a C4 trick for increasing flow but you have to do other stuff to to multiply the effect, like cutting open the air box, relocate the temperature sensor, open pipes etc. Dunno if any of that applies to C5's. Scratchchin

#372: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Pointless adding more intake flow without increasing exhaust flow. That would be my next step.

Expensive.

Then the limiting factor is the heads and valve timing.

So head and cam change. Cathedral intake ports. Roller rockers, etc

This is the dark road to massive credit card bills I see people go down all the time. Usually about a year before you see the car up for sale.....

#373: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

I know the bottleneck on an L98 is probably the runners and the cam, so running these as stock negates any major expense like a bigger throttle body etc, and your right, that's where it starts to cost on any Corvette.

I like to do the minor things, not for reasons of hoped for performance gain, but just because I like to tinker and even getting a few extra hp here and there justifies that plus the enjoyment of getting my hands dirty..

I was suprised how much a difference it made when I did the intake and the exhaust. I didn't measure it, but the throttle response improvement was quite tangible. I have plans for the intake to get more air in via some 100mm dia. patient warming flexy hose ducted down each side of the rad to the ground and connected to a couple of plastic scoops (Merlin Motorsport have a good selection) atop one of those Big Mouth scoops.

Its not ram air as I'd need to be going some to achieve that anyway, but more a case of ducting cooler air to the MAF in larger volumes, but to be honest, the air will warm up again when it hits the plenum, so unless I have big runners and am going really fast, its still all over around 4500rpm, but its so much fun to do stuff like that and that's the main reason why we do it, and even better when you can invent it all yourself instead of just buying aftermarket stuff and bolting it on..

This takes me back to the days as a kid raiding the local breakers for low diffs, springs, engine parts like heads, 4-branches, Weber carbs off Zodiacs and Fiats for our own low buck projects. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't, but it was soo much fun...

#374: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Really I am trying to make the car better as it is. That is why I modified the stock intake system rather than fit a complete aftermarket system.

Yes I have gained HP but actually what I am really doing is trying to make the engine work more efficiently. So yes it makes more power but is actually also more economical to run.

In general you make more power by burning more fuel. That is where the energy comes from. But if you reduce losses you are making more efficient use of the same amount of fuel.

I might go to the expense of long tube headers eventually as there are efficiencies to be made there. Also I will probably remove the heads for a de-coke, valve lap, and maybe a little home porting. Worth doing for the price of a gasket set.

#375: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

Too many people think its as simple as bolting in a big cam. Pointless really if the heads, inlet and exhaust are the restrictions. Heads are the best buck for performance. Good heads mean you don't need an agressive cam. This in turn means a more efficient engine. With my engine careful selection of relatively small port/high velocity inlet tracts meant that whilst improving bhp/tq by 50% economy also improved by about 10%.

#376: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Yes head flow is vital. In part to port flow but also valve timing. But like you say that is pointless unless the intake and exhaust can flow at least as much.

Normally I would recommend a complete package of matching parts.To go further than you said people often don't realise they need to think about transmission modifications, higher stall converter, lower axle gears, chassis and brake modifications, etc

Everything effects everything else.

And I know all too well what and how much that entails. Both physically and financially.

So one very slow step at a time for me. Yes

#377:  Author: jagr Location: Cheshire Post Posted: Today at

roppa440 wrote (View Post):
Bypassed the hot water feed to the throttle body.


Hi Roppa

Can you explain this?


So far I have:

Billy Boat Bullet exhaust (they claim 18bhp)
Smooth inlet bellow (claimed 5hp with blackwing)
Hypertec tuning module (claim 13-19hp)
Blackwing intake (claim 18hp)
Iridium plugs and red HT cables
Ported throttle body
CAGS fitted to eliminate 1-4 shifting (manual box)

#378: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: BlackZeD Location: Cleveland Post Posted: Today at

Bypassing the throttle body means you bypass the water feed from the radiator,
therefore making it run cooler, leading to denser air in the plenum, leading to more
horses.
I think its just a case of taking the two pipes off and connecting them together.
Dave will tell you what he used etc.

Dave (different one)

#379:  Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

roppa440 wrote (View Post):ColinG wrote (View Post):What sort of tweaks have you done roppa? You've piqued my interest! Smile

Well it's a 2001 model so has the better intake manifold anyway which is a start over the earlier models.
Plus it has the optional performance lower diff gear. Another plus as that multiplies the rear wheel torque.

All I have done is;
Bypassed the hot water feed to the throttle body.
Welded in a by-pass tube in the magnaflow tailpipe/mufflers.
Fit new Iridium/Platinum NGK spark plugs.
Fit new thicker plug leads.
Reprogram the ECU (about 15hp and firmer shifts)
Fit a smooth intake Coupler.
Modify the air filter frame for more even filtration and better flow.
Fitted a K&N filter.
Cut holes in the radiator duct to feed the air cleaner down each side with air from above the air dam.
Filled everything with Royal Purple oil.(13hp)

So my plugs and air filter mods were worth about 12hp.


Thank you, that has given me some food for thought. Thumbs up

#380:  Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

jagr wrote (View Post):roppa440 wrote (View Post):
Bypassed the hot water feed to the throttle body.


Hi Roppa

Can you explain this?


So far I have:

Billy Boat Bullet exhaust (they claim 18bhp)
Smooth inlet bellow (claimed 5hp with blackwing)
Hypertec tuning module (claim 13-19hp)
Blackwing intake (claim 18hp)
Iridium plugs and red HT cables
Ported throttle body
CAGS fitted to eliminate 1-4 shifting (manual box)




Yeah you have to take these HP claims from all these companies with a very large pinch of salt. Yes

You can take any car, run it on the Dyno, do nothing to it at all, then run it on the dyno again and it will show 5-10hp more.
This is how most aftermarket companies "prove" their products work.

The true test is to make several runs on a drag strip (always the same one if possible) and see what MPH you hit at the quarter mile. This is the best real world test. You can never be sure of the actual HP level. But if you do "before and after" tests under similar track conditions you do get an accurate measurement of how much HP has improved. Thumbs up

Back to the TB By-pass.
The other Dave is exactly right. However in my case I didn't just remove the pipes and join them together. I happened to have a length of the correct size hose so removed the old hose and ran a single hose in for a neater, better routed, job.

The problem with just joining hose is they do tend to come apart under pressure.

#381: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Well..

Last night I replaced my fuel pump and sock and also the pulsator with a bit of special hose and still the motor runs like a dog..

So that's all new and clear plumbing, new pump, inline filter can, can't detect any fuel at the plenum or the vacuum port of the fuel reg so I think the regs ok..

My fuel pressure should be 35-40psi, but I don't even move the needle on the gauge (checked the gauge on a tyre and its good) when the pump does its 3second initial run (it does that to start the motor and get the oil pressure up to make the oil pressure switch to keep the pump running) . When I prod the centre pin of the fuel rail schrader when its idling, petrol just trickles out instead of squirting like a cut artery! Not good.

I notice that the exhaust is a bit black and smokey, which means its running rich. So it could be that I have a stuck open injector or two that is defeating the required pressure build up in the fuel rail and flooding the cylinder.

Oh well.. We'll be off to Lakeside this weekend either in M's truck or my Skoda.. I'll ponder it more as I sit in my deck mounted hot tub of an evening overlooking the marina at White Cross bay swilling local ale. Sad Life's so unfair! Scratchchin

#382:  Author: dex99 Location: Newcastle upon tyne Post Posted: Today at

roppa440 wrote (View Post):jagr wrote (View Post):roppa440 wrote (View Post):
Bypassed the hot water feed to the throttle body.


Hi Roppa

Can you explain this?


So far I have:

Billy Boat Bullet exhaust (they claim 18bhp)
Smooth inlet bellow (claimed 5hp with blackwing)
Hypertec tuning module (claim 13-19hp)
Blackwing intake (claim 18hp)
Iridium plugs and red HT cables
Ported throttle body
CAGS fitted to eliminate 1-4 shifting (manual box)




Yeah you have to take these HP claims from all these companies with a very large pinch of salt. Yes

You can take any car, run it on the Dyno, do nothing to it at all, then run it on the dyno again and it will show 5-10hp more.
This is how most aftermarket companies "prove" their products work.

The true test is to make several runs on a drag strip (always the same one if possible) and see what MPH you hit at the quarter mile. This is the best real world test. You can never be sure of the actual HP level. But if you do "before and after" tests under similar track conditions you do get an accurate measurement of how much HP has improved. Thumbs up

Back to the TB By-pass.
The other Dave is exactly right. However in my case I didn't just remove the pipes and join them together. I happened to have a length of the correct size hose so removed the old hose and ran a single hose in for a neater, better routed, job.

The problem with just joining hose is they do tend to come apart under pressure.

interesting Dave... did you feel a difference in driving the car after?

#383: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

You can't "feel" 1-10 hp (only in your rose tinted mind) and I doubt very much it gave more than a fraction of that anyway.

When you are dealing with more or less stock combinations it is about a little here and a little there. You find enough little bits of efficiency and eventually it all ads up.

The hot water TB by-pass, with the smooth coupling to the air cleaner, combined with the modifications to that, did indeed result in more power. Actually more power than simply removing the air filter. I know because I experimented at the track.


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#384: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

The hot water to the throttle body is for driving in freezing conditions. I don't drive cars like this in such conditions. But it you do then leave it connected.

#385: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Michelle who has a keener nose that I do tells me that the Corvettes dipstick reeks of petrol, which lends credence to the fact that the fuel reg has had it and is dumping petrol down into the sump to contaminate my lovely Mobil 1 track oil and Activ8 mix! Doh

Bad news for the Corvette, but good news for the Skodas or my mates MGB! Now its a reg repair kit and new oil incoming!!! ££££!!! Scratchchin

..when will it end! Just want to be driving the beast in this sunny weather! grrr! Rolling Eyes

#386: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

exitwound wrote (View Post):..when will it end! Just want to be driving the beast in this sunny weather! grrr! Rolling Eyes

Yeah you miss all that "fun" when you own a C5. Laughing

#387: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

I know I mump and moan, but I think I got it sussed now.. Thumbs up

TBH, I don't really mind as the more hassles I overcome the more knowledge is gleaned, and hopefully it will benefit someone on here in the future who has similar problems and anyway it has to be more entertaining to read than '..what am best exhaust can?' or 'US or Eurospec lamps'? etc.etc.. Rolling Eyes

Looking forward to you pulling those heads and porting them, Dave.. Never seen a C5 in-depth techy project yet! Thumbs up

#388: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: VetteWeekend Location: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea! Post Posted: Today at

exitwound wrote (View Post):
Never seen a C5 in-depth techy project yet!


Shame another Dave(?) doesn't get on here http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=20&t=1262714&mid=0&nmt=Ghost+Recon+

#389: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

I had to print that thread and go to the bathroom for a while.... Laughing

#390:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Installed a continuously recording in car camera today! And the usual intricate wire tuck. Washed the car and probably ought to go out and test the camera / get the car dirty now!

#391: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Which one have you gone for?

I am thinking of changing mine as it tends to miss out vital bits.

#392: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

VetteWeekend wrote (View Post):exitwound wrote (View Post):
Never seen a C5 in-depth techy project yet!


Shame another Dave(?) doesn't get on here http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=20&t=1262714&mid=0&nmt=Ghost+Recon+


I stand corrected, ...and how!!! Surprised

That guys no backyard hero, just looking around the shop at the tidily wall mounted, matching tools! Wish I had such facilities. Yes

These new generation blowers are so neat. How do they compare to 6/71 Jimmy's? Scratchchin

Might follow that one.. Someone post him a membership form! Very Happy


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#393: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

exitwound wrote (View Post):These new generation blowers are so neat. How to they compare to 6/71 Jimmy's? Scratchchin

Might follow that one.. Post him a membership form! Very Happy


The old rootes type blowers are very inefficient. These new ones with helical blades take less power from the engine and this in-built intercooler takes away some of the heat from compressing air.

With these new compressors you can run 6-8psi on most unmodified engines. Giving an increase in power of around 50%.


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#394: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

That increase in power is right through the power band BTW. Not just at peak power.

The problem is getting them tuned. Much harder if you also start changing cams, compression ratio, heads etc for even more power like this guy.

#395: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

..not to mention the driveline, suspension and chassis tuning to keep it pointing straight.

I remember seeing cars at Santa Pod with chains on the block to try to counteract torque twist on the front of the frame upon launch and raised rear suspension on one side only.

#396: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

roppa440 wrote (View Post):Which one have you gone for?

I am thinking of changing mine as it tends to miss out vital bits.


The wrong one.

It has packed in already...

#397: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

exitwound wrote (View Post):I remember seeing cars at Santa Pod with chains on the block to try to counteract torque twist on the front of the frame upon launch and raised rear suspension on one side only.

Yes. That is normal on a muscle car. In fact many muscle cars came with stronger leaf springs on the right side of the axle from the factory. Cars like my old 440 R/T.

When I had new springs made (about 25% stiffer) I had them made the same each side but modified the spring hangers to make them adjustable so I could have the right side spring mounted lower on the front mount (making that side slightly higher) and adding a rear sway bar to help launch it straight.

Stock rubber engine mounts on Mopars (mounted at around 45 degrees to the engine) tend to rip apart on engines making a lot of power.

For my 530hp big block I fitted a rubber mount on the left side that had a tapered steel pin through it that locked solid when the engine twisted.
It broke at SPR and the right side header was slamming into the inner fender.

So I fitted a chain. This worked but on my last rebuild I fitted an adjustable solid shaft with rose joints at each end to fit between the front of the block and the chassis and I re-fitted the original rubber engine mount between. That worked even better as with a chain there is always some slack to take up.

Some people just fit a solid mount or mounts.


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#398: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Oh and chassis connectors on the unibody Mopars connect the front and rear subframes to stop chassis twisting. In particular if also welded along the floor pan.

Which mine were not (just two 2"x2" beams) except I extended the driveshaft loop out to the chassis connectors and welded that to the floor and the connectors instead. Smile


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#399:  Author: dex99 Location: Newcastle upon tyne Post Posted: Today at

I've done that on my Audi Diesel

#400: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: FIVE RED Location: North East Post Posted: Today at

Vette been on the lift since early December so finally got it packed away. Here's a pic with the car almost down before the dismantling, surprising how much space I've won back after a good tidy up at the same time.
Anyone who's a bit handy can produce a lift like this to suit your own garage dimensions, The benefit of getting the Vette almost 4' in the air is amazing, not just for underneath but jobs in the arches are done at a perfect position - no more kneeling or bending.

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#401: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: manxie Location: Isle of Man Post Posted: Today at

Well.....I popped down the body-shop and dropped a hint about using their cutting compound to try and buff up my wheels but ........ it fell on deaf ears Sad never mind. Anyway, I asked them about touching up all the bits and pieces on the body / paint and he suggested a repaint. I`m getting back to him with the Du-Pont colour code so they can cross match it to get the right shade of gold OR do I change the colour Scratchchin It wont be getting done for a while anyway as I`m skint at the moment so gives me time to think? He suggested it would look well in black but then I`d have to think about changing the interior colour. Any thoughts? Problem is, although it`s not the most sought after `vette in the world, and will never be worth a fortune but it is all original and numbers matching so I do tend to lean towards leaving it gold. Then I went for a blast......... Cool Thumbs up

#402:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Gold gold gold.

If you must change colour, buy another Very Happy

Consider paying a Detailer £2-300 to professionally correct everything in the paint (that can be corrected). This will revolutionise the normal areas of the paint, and the worst areas will be less offensive or restored. Nothing will be so effective bang for buck in terms of rejuvenating your love for your colour!

#403:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Further benefits:

- much much cheaper than any respray work.
- adds value to the car if you decide to sell / to fund a new colour
- genuinely remarkable the lustre that can be brought out of 20 year old paint
- highly polished cars have less surface imperfection therefore they are a modicum more aerodynamic therefore a modicum more fuel efficient and FAST Very Happy

#404:  Author: manxie Location: Isle of Man Post Posted: Today at

Shifty wrote (View Post):Further benefits:

- much much cheaper than any respray work.
- adds value to the car if you decide to sell / to fund a new colour
- genuinely remarkable the lustre that can be brought out of 20 year old paint
- highly polished cars have less surface imperfection therefore they are a modicum more aerodynamic therefore a modicum more fuel efficient and FAST Very Happy


I must admit the gold colour has grown on me, now I`m used to it. As far as I know we don`t have anybody specializing on car detailing over here? Is it the same as putting it into the body shop and having it re-buffed?

#405:  Author: dm575 Location: Midlands Post Posted: Today at

Replaced my Brake Booster..... its helps to be flexible !!!! Got there in the end Smile

#406: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

To be honest you could probably do it yourself, get a DA polisher as opposed to a rotary and I think you would be pleasantly surprised and as Calum said it is amazing how good old paint can look when rejuvenated. Have a look at Junkman's videos on YouTube, he does go on a bit but his introduction to machine polishing is very thorough (there are four videos just on this subject).

http://youtu.be/KP-eAddv2sk

The common consensus on the Detailing World forum is that the following kit is probably the best bang for buck for getting good results and way cheaper than a respray.

http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/polishing-machines/das-6-pro-dual-action-polisher/das-6-pro-meguiars-hex-logic-kit/prod_1212.html

#407:  Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

Manxie - are your wheels stock or did you buy new ones (sorry I can't remember). Years ago I did a little bit of work on some machine cut rims (Toyota Celica -1986) using some wet and dry in the direction of the turning marks then lacquering over the top, but you'd have to try it and it will involve a lot of elbow grease on a up to '87 stock rim. Alternatively they will need the face machining off again by a suitable refurbisher (most, I believe, don't offer this as they'd need a really big lathe to do it) - but it's a few quid per wheel (I think perhaps £75 plus) - but they will look a million dollars when done.

#408: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

We did this the weekend before last - great fun (North Yorkshire Moors) - where Clarkson did the I8 test. I'll write it up do a video when I get round to it one day...

#409:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

V cool. Are they taken with a drone? Or just up a mound with a wide angle? I organise lots of car meets myself and such an aerial view is great!

#410: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: manxie Location: Isle of Man Post Posted: Today at

ColinG wrote (View Post):To be honest you could probably do it yourself, get a DA polisher as opposed to a rotary and I think you would be pleasantly surprised and as Calum said it is amazing how good old paint can look when rejuvenated. Have a look at Junkman's videos on YouTube, he does go on a bit but his introduction to machine polishing is very thorough (there are four videos just on this subject).

http://youtu.be/KP-eAddv2sk

The common consensus on the Detailing World forum is that the following kit is probably the best bang for buck for getting good results and way cheaper than a respray.

http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/polishing-machines/das-6-pro-dual-action-polisher/das-6-pro-meguiars-hex-logic-kit/prod_1212.html


Thanks ColinG, I`ll have a look at the links you`ve sent.....cheers Thumbs up

#411:  Author: manxie Location: Isle of Man Post Posted: Today at

FranV8 wrote (View Post):Manxie - are your wheels stock or did you buy new ones (sorry I can't remember). Years ago I did a little bit of work on some machine cut rims (Toyota Celica -1986) using some wet and dry in the direction of the turning marks then lacquering over the top, but you'd have to try it and it will involve a lot of elbow grease on a up to '87 stock rim. Alternatively they will need the face machining off again by a suitable refurbisher (most, I believe, don't offer this as they'd need a really big lathe to do it) - but it's a few quid per wheel (I think perhaps £75 plus) - but they will look a million dollars when done.

Hi Fran, yes I have stock wheels on my 84 and there is a lot of alloy to polish. I have a couple of good friends who are engineers who may be able to reface them....I`ll ask? The condition of the wheels isn`t to bad and I think they`ll polish up well, but as you say....lots of elbow grease needed Sad Thanks for your reply Thumbs up (oh, PS. great pictures you posted, looks a lovely area)


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#412:  Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

No problem, good luck with getting the wheels sorted, the wheels do fairly split opinion, I just think so much more effort went into these than anything aftermarket, and I really like the turbine appearance of them.

Thanks for the appreciation of the pics both of you.

Shifty, yes it was from a drone, as shown below in a lower altitude setting.


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#413: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

FINALLY got a pair of yellow front fog light bulbs for the C5. Been trying for weeks.

Trouble is my Corvette is not at home at the moment to fit them. I have got this bloody great big Plymouth in the way. Rebuilding/modifying/tuning the tri-carb set-up (sixpack) on these is rather my speciality. As is modifying the distributor timing so the thing revs and runs like a scalded cat.

But it should be finished and back to it's rightful owner by the end of the week. Hopefully.


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#414:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

As we say in Scotland - TAPS AFF! For a trip to homebase for lengths of wood, get home with them all pointing out the roof, and build a bloody bird fortress for me ole mam!

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A good laugh Very Happy

#415: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

The birds in Scotland are still living in the Iron Age I see. LOL

#416: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Z28DUNC Location: Shrewsbury Post Posted: Today at

roppa440 wrote (View Post):FINALLY got a pair of yellow front fog light bulbs for the C5. Been trying for weeks.

Trouble is my Corvette is not at home at the moment to fit them. I have got this bloody great big Plymouth in the way. Rebuilding/modifying/tuning the tri-carb set-up (sixpack) on these is rather my speciality. As is modifying the distributor timing so the thing revs and runs like a scalded cat.

But it should be finished and back to it's rightful owner by the end of the week. Hopefully.


WOW! I bet it needs a lot of driving to adjust the carbs properly (read cruising Cool )

#417:  Author: James Herriot Location: Stockton-on-Tees Post Posted: Today at

Hey Shifty, you must have some bloody big birds up there in Scotland (and I don't mean Susan Boyle)

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#418: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Z28DUNC Location: Shrewsbury Post Posted: Today at

I think you'll better stick to photography and modifying cars Getmecoat Wink

#419: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Z28DUNC wrote (View Post):roppa440 wrote (View Post):FINALLY got a pair of yellow front fog light bulbs for the C5. Been trying for weeks.

Trouble is my Corvette is not at home at the moment to fit them. I have got this bloody great big Plymouth in the way. Rebuilding/modifying/tuning the tri-carb set-up (sixpack) on these is rather my speciality. As is modifying the distributor timing so the thing revs and runs like a scalded cat.

But it should be finished and back to it's rightful owner by the end of the week. Hopefully.


WOW! I bet it needs a lot of driving to adjust the carbs properly (read cruising Cool )


Yeah. He he.

But you don't get far with 4:10 rear gears.

I think they only made a few this spec:
440 sixpack
Shaker Hood
4-speed
Manual steering
Super track pack option (Dana 9.75 inch LSD axle, 4:10 gears ,seven blade fan, max cool radiator and power front disc brakes).

It was a bit of an animal in it's day. You could buy it from a showroom on a Saturday and race it on the Sunday. Faster than a Hemi off the line. The Hemi had better top end power.


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#420: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Z28DUNC Location: Shrewsbury Post Posted: Today at

4:10 rear gears! I hope the owners got a cheap tyre supplier!

Very,very nice Lick

#421: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Z28DUNC wrote (View Post):4:10 rear gears! I hope the owners got a cheap tyre supplier!

Very,very nice Lick


Oh he's got a few cars including two quarter mile only machines that run 9s and a few classics including a restored '68 RoadRunner 426 Hemi. Yes

#422: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Oh and his wife drives a C4 Corvette. Very Happy

#423: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Z28DUNC wrote (View Post):I think you'll better stick to photography and modifying cars Getmecoat Wink

Rofl Rofl it's so awful. But it's a fun way to use the offcuts from the decking I've built.

And it's useful for all the albatross and golden eagles we get here in Scotland.

#424: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: manxie Location: Isle of Man Post Posted: Today at

Been using the car to travel backwards and forwards to work all week (tomorrow too, all being well) which will be a total of about 180 miles in four days, loved every minute Very Happy After saying that, it`s costing twice as much than my PT Cruiser to run so maybe tomorrow will be the last day until payday at the end of the month Sad Worth every penny though Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

#425:  Author: James Herriot Location: Stockton-on-Tees Post Posted: Today at

My car has been in the garage for the last week having the back axel serviced, I have had a rumbling at the back end for the last 2 years. The gears are good it the bearings all needed replacing. Could get every bearing locally apart from wheel bearings. Claremont Corvette had them on the shelf, Tom did say that they are expensive at £98:00 each. Never mind I need them and that hopefully will be the last time I ever have a problem with them. Hope to have it back on the road tomorrow night

#426: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: I'am the Marshal Location: leicestershire Post Posted: Today at

ImagePicked up my new Vett today like it .

#427:  Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

Very nice Kev, good to see you maintaining the size of your collection!

#428:  Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

The car has always felt a bit twitchy on the road and even more so when I lowered it a bit so this morning I went and had it aligned. What a difference it has made, the car feels so much better and it did need it, all four wheels were out and they were particularly bad on the offside rear and nearside front.

#429: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

I can finally get my Corvette back tomorrow after 8 days of hell driving a boring old car with way too much power than the tyres can cope with. silly

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154020267272699....

#430:  Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

Dave, why do you use brass feeler gauges for the reluctor gap? Great writeup and good skills.

#431:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Laughing 200 miles today.

A little snippet of fun Very Happy Love this car!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYbDTOqrIkg

#432:  Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

FranV8 wrote (View Post):Dave, why do you use brass feeler gauges for the reluctor gap? Great writeup and good skills.

Because it's magnetic so you can't "feel" correctly as a steel feeler just clamps to the magnet.

#433:  Author: Z28DUNC Location: Shrewsbury Post Posted: Today at

Shifty wrote (View Post):Laughing 200 miles today.

A little snippet of fun Very Happy Love this car!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYbDTOqrIkg


OOOOmmmppphhh sounds good. Clap

Had the t-tops off the Camaro a couple of nights last week. Very similar sound Lick

#434: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Yay! Cloud9

Finally got two yellow bulbs for my front fog lights. Very Happy

Looks cool (to me anyway), will actually work better in fog, work as the yellow running lights I miss from old Muscle cars, and not dazzle other drivers.

I did check for correct adjustment too.

Funny the little things that make me happy. Laughing

#435: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Actually I am just really jealous of my mate Andy's two Ford Falcons he races with their green lights. The slower cars hate seeing those green eyes in their rear view mirrors. Very Happy

Silver one is 5.0L and the white one is 7.0 litre.

#436:  Author: dex99 Location: Newcastle upon tyne Post Posted: Today at

Dave do you have them rewired to come on with an aftermarket switch? I thought the fogs would come on with the rears at the same time?

#437:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

dex99 wrote (View Post):Dave do you have them rewired to come on with an aftermarket switch? I thought the fogs would come on with the rears at the same time?

This is an annoying feature of my own car actually, one button for front and rear fogs. Doesn't really matter as I seldom if ever use them, but usually they're separate!

#438: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

No. The Euro Spec cars have separate switches for front and rear fogs.

Superior cars you see. Very Happy

#439: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

If you switch the fronts on they will go off and on every time you switch the side lights off or on.

The rear fogs though switch off when you turn the lights off and stay off until you switch them back on again.

#440:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Where's your second switch located...?

#441: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

They are one above the other to the left of the steering column.

#442:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Is your boot open switch not there too?

#443: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

No. The boot open switch is on a two way rocker switch with the fuel cap opener under the front edge of the centre console lid.

#444:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Ha, completely different! I have a one way rocker there for fuel door only. Your setup sounds more sensible I reckon. Never understood why all of my fogs are on one button... I also have no front lights except the dipped/main beams. No DRLs or forward facing side lights. Strange.

#445: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

roppa440 wrote (View Post):No. The boot open switch is on a two way rocker switch with the fuel cap opener under the front edge of the centre console lid.

If you have the roof off on yours, what stops anyone reaching in and popping the boot open? Is the alarm the only safeguard?

#446:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Correct. Although I'm tempted to say the boot release doesn't operate without the keys in the barrel. Could be wrong. Ought to check... They could certainly open the bonnet and disconnect the battery if they found the switch. I imagine if they were careful enough the alarm wouldn't be sounding long either.

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#447: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

At car shows I usually either have the top off or at least the windows open. So I always keep the glove box and centre console locked and the alarm on when I leave the car at all.

#448: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Well one of my new yellow Halogen bulbs is buggered already. Glass has clouded and the glass is melting.

This is only due to someone sticking their bare fingers on the glass. So much for them being "new" in their box. The seal was broken on the box when I got it. I am getting a full refund.

So.

LEDs I think are my best bet. But I am having trouble finding yellow versions.

Ultra bright white ones however are easy to get.

So. Time to think outside the box. Very Happy

LEDs don't get more than slightly warm so....

#449: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

roppa440 wrote (View Post):So. Time to think outside the box. Very Happy



I have trouble trying to think inside the box let alone outside of it... silly

You going to eat those toffees? They're my favourites!! Very Happy


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#450: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

The softer chewy caramel ones have a darker shade of yellow so I have two shades to play with. Very Happy

#451: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

..nomnomnom!!! Very Happy

#452: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Bloody thirsty now and seem to need to pee a lot. Burp!
Laughing

#453: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

My only concern is how much UV is emitted from these bright white LEDs as that would tend to fade the colour.

All white LEDs are actually based on blue LEDs that can spread into the UV area of their spectrum. In fact they can make them so they are UV lights now.

But I am not sure if these ones (the common type with yellow phosphor coating) actually produce UV or not. I think if they do it would be very little but time will tell.

I shall carry a couple of toffee wrappers in the boot as spares just in case. LOL Laughing

#454: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: philv8 Location: South West Post Posted: Today at

I usually keep a few Wurther's original wrappers in my pocket, not for any automotive reason, just because I've eaten the sweets they were wrapped around.

If the sweet wrapper's don't work / last what about that indicator repair stuff you can get to stick over a broken light?

#455:  Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

Very creative! Smile

Just out of interest, can LED bulbs be used a straight replacement or are other mods required? I'm thinking of doing just the sidelights and front fogs.

#456:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

I had no trouble LEDing my fogs. My car has no forward facing side lights oddly... I have heard LED indicators can cause the repeat to be too rapid ("hyperflash") which requires a resistor.

#457:  Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

Cheers Calum, where did you get them from? I need to look into this a bit more.

#458: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: BlackZeD Location: Cleveland Post Posted: Today at

https://www.corvettemods.com/LED--HID--Lighting-Related_c_43...

http://shop.radioflyerinnovations.com/C5-Corvette-Complete-C...

#459: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

The penny toffees gave the best colour. Happy with that. Very Happy

I had to open up the opening in the back of the lamp housing a little bit to get the bulbs in but it was not a bad job.


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#460:  Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

ColinG wrote (View Post):Very creative! Smile

Just out of interest, can LED bulbs be used a straight replacement or are other mods required? I'm thinking of doing just the sidelights and front fogs.


Fogs and sides are fine for LRD bulbs that plug straight in with the same fittings.

But turn signals need a special flasher unit.

Tail and brake lights are easy to do. But the ones that just replace the standard bulb look rubbish compared to the old bulb. They also do not brighten enough when you brake. So are dangerous in my opinion.


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#461:  Author: dex99 Location: Newcastle upon tyne Post Posted: Today at

Yes as Dave says.. I put Led lights in from radio flyer, indicators, rear light clusters etc.. They did hyper flash .. But used his hyper flash harness and they are fine ..

#462: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

roppa440 wrote (View Post):The penny toffees gave the best colour. Happy with that. Very Happy

I had to open up the opening in the back of the lamp housing a little bit to get the bulbs in but it was not a bad job.


I need to sort out something with my side lights to get them working as yours do. Where yours illuminate crisp blue white, mine are empty. It looks like we have the same indicator location. Where would I get hold of a bulb and harness for the forward facing sidelights...?

#463: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Shifty wrote (View Post):roppa440 wrote (View Post):The penny toffees gave the best colour. Happy with that. Very Happy

I had to open up the opening in the back of the lamp housing a little bit to get the bulbs in but it was not a bad job.


I need to sort out something with my side lights to get them working as yours do. Where yours illuminate crisp blue white, mine are empty. It looks like we have the same indicator location. Where would I get hold of a bulb and harness for the forward facing sidelights...?


Thought all the US/Euro/UK ones lit up Amber in those light housings as standard?

The front side light wiring I just tied back out of the way. Don't use it. All I did was fit aftermarket clear housings.


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#464:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Yes my apologies, just taken a look. The most forward facing section is a dedicated halogen indicator. The remaining section which illuminates bluey white for you is amber tinted for me and has no bulb inside. It seems to be an empty bulb slot.

#465: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

There should be a socket and wires to go in there.

#466: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

These are what I fitted.

http://www.mamotorworks.com/Corvette/product/crystal-parking...

#467: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Relocated the MAT sensor to the cold spot above the airfilter. Bypassed the throttle body coolant plumbing, removed the screens from the MAF. Cleaned out the EGR valve and made it work again. Looking for a big bit of cardboard to make a template for a 'Big Mouth' intake. That'll force even more air pressure to the airfilter area which already has the lid cut wide open.

Mainly its all cos I'm bored waiting for my new fuel pressure reg to arrive! Very Happy

#468: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

exitwound wrote (View Post):Mainly its all cos I'm bored waiting for my new fuel pressure reg to arrive! Very Happy

My main motivation is not having enough to do in the house. Laughing

#469: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

...and I'm fitting new kitchen worktops and plumbing this weekend and if I have any time left, I'll be finishing off the potholes in the road outside. Rolling Eyes

Stuck now til the fuel reg arrives.. Tested my new fuel pump by fitting my pressure gauge directly on the end of the line that feeds the fuel rail and got 60psi! Hopefully that'll equate to the required 40psi at the rail when its all connected up proper. Scratchchin

#470: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

Really frustrating day today, I got a good deal on some some Pfadt sway bars earlier in the week and decided to fit them this morning and spend the afternoon 'testing'. Smile I made some ramps out of timber to give me enough room to get the jack under and once the car was up I discovered I needed an 18mm socket or spanner - guess which size I didn't bloody have. Willy One 30 mile round trip to Halfords and I was back armed with said tools and set about removing the rear sway bar, an hour later the language was blue as I couldn't remove a couple of the bolts even though I tried everything except heat but my leverage was a bit limited. It's going into a friends workshop later this week and hopefully he can loosen them up.

What a poxy day but they look nice!

Image

Image

#471:  Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

Yes they do look rather nice.

#472: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Tried to take some decent photos in the park tonight.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154077671837699....

#473: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Z28DUNC Location: Shrewsbury Post Posted: Today at

roppa440 wrote (View Post):Tried to take some decent photos in the park tonight.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154077671837699....


Great pics Cool

#474: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: jagr Location: Cheshire Post Posted: Today at

Changed my spark plugs and leads.

Good job I ordered both plugs and leads because 6 of the old leads broke during removal. Spark plugs were shot.

#475: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Yeah I managed to break three when I did it. Buggers to get off the plugs when they have been on for years.

#476:  Author: The Dark Knight Location: lancashire Post Posted: Today at

took her for Mot today, passed with no advisories, while at the garage I had them do a oil and filter change, happy days.

#477: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

Finally got round to fitting the Pfadt sway bars and they have made quite a bit of difference to the handling, I'm finding I can push it more in the bends and roundabouts and it stays very flat although I now have a different creak coming from the rear end somewhere Willy so as soon as I get a chance I'll regrease everything. I also realigned my driver door window which was a bit off and it now seals much better.

As always there a few more jobs to do including replacing the brake discs, there are aftermarket drilled ones on there at the moment which are more for show, I can see some hairline cracks on some of the holes so I need to source some slotted ones so any recommendations will be welcome. I'll also replace the shocks with C6 Z06 ones at the same time, I might see if I can pick them up when we are in Florida in a few weeks, it just depends how heavy they are. Very Happy

#478: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

EBC and RockAuto both sell good performance rotors.

#479:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Saw a great selection of good rotors and pads on rock auto when I looked today! If you're picking up those Z06 shocks do get me a set too... Or bilsteins! Very Happy

#480:  Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

Shifty wrote (View Post):Saw a great selection of good rotors and pads on rock auto when I looked today! If you're picking up those Z06 shocks do get me a set too... Or bilsteins! Very Happy

Anything else you need while I am there? Very Happy

#481:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Oh a list as large as your luggage I'm afraid Wink

#482: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: manxie Location: Isle of Man Post Posted: Today at

What did I do with my Vette today?........ Sold it Crying or Very sad I love the car (still got it but I`ve taken a deposit and it`s supposed to be getting collected after TT fortnight) but to be frank, due to certain circumstances I`m unable to spend the time on it that it deserves / needs. It is sad to see it go, but maybe I`ll be able to do a bit of wheeler dealing (not the Brewer and China type) over a period of time and save up for one which doesn`t need as much time spending on it to get it up to the standard I`d like. It is a VERY regrettable sale Mad

#483:  Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

Sorry to hear it's going Manxie, there'll be another out there with your name on it, hope it's not too long a gap!

Fran

#484: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: damc3 Location: manchester Post Posted: Today at

sad news Sad ..hope you get sorted again soon Thumbs up mine might be going next year as I fancy a c3 Scratchchin

#485: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Nogbad Location: Bedford Post Posted: Today at

Got my C6 ready for saying goodbye tomorrow. I'm gutted, I'll miss her. The good thing is I'm picking my C7 Stingray up tomorrow too!

#486: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: manxie Location: Isle of Man Post Posted: Today at

damc4 wrote (View Post):sad news Sad ..hope you get sorted again soon Thumbs up mine might be going next year as I fancy a c3 Scratchchin

Thanks, yes...very sad...gutted really, it was such great fun to drive and sounded fantastic. Lets hope it`s not too long before something else turns up? On a brighter note, about 07-35 this morning, on my way to work, travelling in the opposite direction in the company of a couple of McLarens was a yellow C7....magnificent Yes Bowing Bowing Not a bad start to the day Very Happy

#487: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: chevrolet Post Posted: Today at

Nogbad wrote (View Post):Got my C6 ready for saying goodbye tomorrow. I'm gutted, I'll miss her. The good thing is I'm picking my C7 Stingray up tomorrow too!

Oh Yes! Photos please? Thumbs up

http://www.corvetteclub.org.uk/viewtopic.php?t=15820

#488: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Nogbad Location: Bedford Post Posted: Today at

Picked her up today,my 4th Vette and my first with a manual box.I love it!

#489:  Author: z06_tim Location: Warwick, UK Post Posted: Today at

Fantastic. Congratulations. C7 in Torch Red with black wheels looks lovely.

#490: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: chevrolet Post Posted: Today at

Yes, Fantastic/Well done! Thumbs up And headlamp washers too, so UK spec car.

Bet that gets some attention on the road? Very Happy


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#491: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Nogbad Location: Bedford Post Posted: Today at

A lot of attention!

#492:  Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

A great looking car in the best colour combo, beautiful!

#493: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Sweet!

Nothing like the anticipation of that car you've coveted and it finally arrives!

Thumbs up

#494: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Mick Howes Location: Dorset or wherever my Vette takes me! Post Posted: Today at

On Saturday, drove down to Cornwall, little village called Luxulyan, to look at a place we were thinking of buying. Lovely village and nice area, in the end didn't buy, but still looking. Definitely moving to Cornwall in the next year Thumbs up
That A30 dual carriage way is great, one of the best roads I have been on a long time, better than any motorway Thumbs up

#495: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: jotto Location: Cornwall Post Posted: Today at

Mick Howes wrote (View Post):On Saturday, drove down to Cornwall, little village called Luxulyan, to look at a place we were thinking of buying. Lovely village and nice area, in the end didn't buy, but still looking. Definitely moving to Cornwall in the next year Thumbs up
That A30 dual carriage way is great, one of the best roads I have been on a long time, better than any motorway Thumbs up


Lol, Mick, you want to have a look at the A30 on a bank holiday weekend! Just like a large car park!

Have to admit though, living in Cornwall does have its advantages. Thumbs up

#496: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Mick Howes Location: Dorset or wherever my Vette takes me! Post Posted: Today at

You going to the nationals Jotto? If so must have a chat, though we are pretty much set on general location, but a heads up generally would be great, also Corvette friendly garages Thumbs up

#497: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: jotto Location: Cornwall Post Posted: Today at

Yes should be there Mick, look forward to meeting up. Thumbs up

#498: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Mick Howes Location: Dorset or wherever my Vette takes me! Post Posted: Today at

Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up you should be able to find me, I'll be driving a Corvette Rofl Rofl

#499: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: philv8 Location: South West Post Posted: Today at

Yesterday, went on a 200 mile round trip to Top Cat Racing for the Pistonheads Sunday Service. Rained most of the way there but the new rear hubs I fitted on Bank Holiday are silent Very Happy

#500: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Mick Howes wrote (View Post):You going to the nationals Jotto? If so must have a chat, though we are pretty much set on general location, but a heads up generally would be great, also Corvette friendly garages Thumbs up

We take a good number of UK holidays and the one that really made its mark on us was Cornwall. We stayed at Poughhill near Bude and enjoyed ten days of driving around all the usual Cornish locations. We'd love to move there when retirement kicks in, ..lovely place and people. The scenery etc is very similar to the south west of Scotland, but with more going on.

Couldn't get over the number of VW Transporters, old and new driving around, and the number of surf shops. Even the church near us had a cross in the front garden made of surfboards!

First time in a while I went back to work feeling like I actually had a holiday! Took me weeks to get back up to speed! Personally I feel the UK has such a lot to offer holidaywise. Yes, ..foreign places have warmer weather, but we really don't need that.

#501: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: VetteWeekend Location: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea! Post Posted: Today at

philv8 wrote (View Post):Yesterday, went on a 200 mile round trip to Top Cat Racing for the Pistonheads Sunday Service. Rained most of the way there but the new rear hubs I fitted on Bank Holiday are silent Very Happy

Doh, I knew I should have looked around the car park for any Vettes! Mine and Dales were sadly in there respective garages so we were two vettes down from the off! Respect for taking your up there in the decidedly dodgy weather, I wimped out!! Would said hello if I'd have seen you. Smile

#502: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: philv8 Location: South West Post Posted: Today at

VetteWeekend wrote (View Post):philv8 wrote (View Post):Yesterday, went on a 200 mile round trip to Top Cat Racing for the Pistonheads Sunday Service. Rained most of the way there but the new rear hubs I fitted on Bank Holiday are silent Very Happy

Doh, I knew I should have looked around the car park for any Vettes! Mine and Dales were sadly in there respective garages so we were two vettes down from the off! Respect for taking your up there in the decidedly dodgy weather, I wimped out!! Would said hello if I'd have seen you. Smile


You'd have recognised me too if my Corvette Club shirt hadn't been covered up by a thick coat. As it was I was just another old bloke salivating (or should that be dribbling) over an LS9 motor Smile

#503: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: jagr Location: Cheshire Post Posted: Today at

Fitted a new ignition switch which has finally sorted my electrical gremlins.

#504: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Tbug Location: Worcester Post Posted: Today at

I have just fitted the CAGS eliminator, it is the one that also gets rid of the 1to4 light as well. It was easy to fit 15-20 mins and has a well written description of how to do the work. Thumbs up
Oh and no jacking the car up either it goes in under the hood. Cloud9


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#505:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Scrubbed and hoovered and made lovely the interior of mine - setting off for Le Mans (via the Pyrenees) tomorrow at about 6am!

I'll be in Barnsley at 11am if anyone's there? Heheh. And Newcastle at about 8:30-9...

#506:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Currently in the foothills of the Pyrenees with a group of 6 other cars - in a tiny Spanish town, just had a brilliant and properly authentic meal (no menu, no choices) and a number of beers.

Bring on tomorrow for full attack on the hairpins... Will report how C5 gets on vs Noble and Aston and others Very Happy

#507:  Author: Jack Cooper Location: Hook Hampshire Post Posted: Today at

Down to Devon on Sat; back Sunday (y'day). Saw a spiral grey C5 heading west on the A303 at Stonehenge as we were slowly heading east. (Traffic....!?). CCUK/forum member?
J.C. (1911)
P.S. Saturday evening is a great time to hit the A303 - minimal traffic but watch out for an unmarked BMW estate 'police' car in Wiltshire! (Fortunately he had topped someone
heading east; we were going west).

#508:  Author: philv8 Location: South West Post Posted: Today at

Jack Cooper wrote (View Post):Down to Devon on Sat; back Sunday (y'day). Saw a spiral grey C5 heading west on the A303 at Stonehenge as we were slowly heading east. (Traffic....!?). CCUK/forum member?
J.C. (1911)
P.S. Saturday evening is a great time to hit the A303 - minimal traffic but watch out for an unmarked BMW estate 'police' car in Wiltshire! (Fortunately he had topped someone
heading east; we were going west).


Yep, that was me heading home from Brands Hatch...

#509: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: manxie Location: Isle of Man Post Posted: Today at

Saw a dark blue C6, I think, in Andreas Village on the Isle of Man today....any ideas?? I`m certain it`s over on holiday!?? Thumbs up

#510:  Author: Bowler Location: South East Staffordshire Post Posted: Today at

Isn't it TT Week? Lots of visitors?

#511:  Author: manxie Location: Isle of Man Post Posted: Today at

Bowler wrote (View Post):Isn't it TT Week? Lots of visitors?

You`re right, coming to the end of TT Week, that`s why I`m guessing they`re on hols?? Just wondering if it`s anyone off here? Long shot I suppose


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#512: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Removed the o2 sensor off my '87.

Luckily its easy to access it from the top of the motor (thanks to the clamshell) and just needed an open spanner (spark plug size) to remove it.

For anyone interested, the '87 has only one o2 sensor located on the drivers side down pipe just below the exhaust manifold pointing backwards. Later C4's have two sensors. Ecklers have a special on these right now at $29.99.

The sensor was totally coated in soot as (car runs again after the injection refurb, but is very rich and black smokey!) so new '87 ally head AC Delco spark plugs are incoming with a new sensor.. Hope it fixes all ills!! Scratchchin

#513: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Rich Location: Bournemouth, England Post Posted: Today at

I sold it .................

#514: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: indy500pacecar Post Posted: Today at

Scraped wild animal remains from under the car after a trip to Speedfest 3 on Sunday, washed and cleaned under the car, lovely smelly job with lots of hair, blood and bone remains, did not see the dead thing in the road until the last second, but too late, car obviously too low so just caught it on the chassis.

#515: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: VetteWeekend Location: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea! Post Posted: Today at

MOT today...

Find one Corvette friendly garage...From left to right...Pre-facelift C4 undcover on the lift...ME Very Happy ...Camaro..

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Outside ..Calfornian E-Type Scratchchin Check out the over-riders!

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Another years ticket? Of course.! Very Happy

#516: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: kentvette Location: Loir Valley, France Post Posted: Today at

Congrats

Is that Colin Mullan, of "mechanic to every US car owning journalist of note" fame?

#517:  Author: 5 USA Post Posted: Today at

Day trip to Brighton. Wonderful.

Amongst other things, watched them unloading a large barge which had been shipped over from The Netherlands carrying sections of the 162 metre tower that's being built on Brighton seafront. Check out the video on this link.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/116...

#518: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Neil Evans Location: Loughborough Leicester Post Posted: Today at

Removed spare wheel and carrier assembly for cleaning etc, it's been a few years sine I last removed it, suppressed how much dirt and debris it had collected. Fond temp wheel tyre pressure at 14psi, should by 60psi, would have been a call to AA with a flat, as the run flats are currently off the car and no means of inflating, might be worth investing in a mini compressor!!
Also looked at options to remove the build sheet that I can see overhanging the fuel tank, could not see an easy way of getting to it, too much stuff in the way so left where it is for now, no signs of it deteriorating.
Also had my own debate removing it from a very original 95 C4, so probably best to leave it where it is?
Also adjusted height of R/H exhaust which was 10mm lower than the left at the tail pipe, it's been annoying me for the last few years, must have been like this from new. All looks good now.

#519: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: VetteWeekend Location: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea! Post Posted: Today at

kentvette wrote (View Post):Congrats

Is that Colin Mullan, of "mechanic to every US car owning journalist of note" fame?


Well spotted Stephen it's his brothers place, Colins is around the corner. Thumbs up


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#520: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

MOT this morning and passed with flying colours. Always a relief. Smile

#521: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: BIG ANDY Post Posted: Today at

Went to auto dynamics to put the new chrome spider wheels
On our c6 z06 trouble is now at home want to fit them but their is some motor race
On for 24 hours
Will get round to fitting the monsters this weekend at sometime
Enjoy Le Mans everyone lets hope Oliver Gavin can do it

#522: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: curious bystander Location: Derbyshire Post Posted: Today at

My first post on this thread

But just couldn't resist telling anyone who's interested that this morning, for the first time in about four weeks, due to being very busy and constant inclement weather, I pulled the cover off the car and had a half hour run round Derbyshire.

Started first time and ran perfectly.

Wanted to check everything OK for next week Thumbs up

So all being well will be in the year by year line up on the Sunday (1979), so please come and say hello and admire a great car (no I'm not touting for votes!) Laughing

Bill

#523: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: z06_tim Location: Warwick, UK Post Posted: Today at

We had a "bring your awesome ride to work day" yesterday.

Something like 60 vehicles on show, and a really eclectic mix:

#524: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Yellowshark Location: Ringwood Post Posted: Today at

Spent the best part of 3 hours getting a fog lamp bulb holder out Banghead Only another 7 bulbs to go Banghead Banghead Banghead Censored

At least the rain delayed Andy's match so I did not miss that Very Happy

#525: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Yellowshark wrote (View Post):Spent the best part of 3 hours getting a fog lamp bulb holder out Banghead Only another 7 bulbs to go Banghead Banghead Banghead Censored

At least the rain delayed Andy's match so I did not miss that Very Happy


This was on the front end? Thank god they didn't have to come out for the Vararam system to go in!! All the best fella...

#526: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Pulled shims and spacers out of my front top wishbones to increase camber and caster.

According to the book, I have on the front as stock, 1.8deg +ve camber (wtf!!) that I've taken in to about 1.5deg -ve (measured with plumb lines etc.

My stock caster is 6deg +ve so the book says, and hopefully I haven't decreased that, but I reckon as I've biased things to reducing the spacing of the rear side of the wishbones more than the forward side, I've probably increased it which should work better with the -ve camber once its tracked again at 0.0deg.

Just tinkering a tad til my new plugs and o2 sensor turn up. Actually spent more time with Michelle's Chevy truck getting it ready for Eglinton in July. Always a good US and hotrod turnout then. Can't be *rs*d with the autoscots crowd who run it but its become a good meet up show for old buddies.

#527: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Yellowshark Location: Ringwood Post Posted: Today at

Yes Shifty the front. I am afraid me and the C5 front lights just do not get on although others seem to find then easy, I hate them Sad The idea of hitting the other seven is as daunting as having sex for the first time and certainly nowhere as pleasurable Lick

#528:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Just back in from a 20 mile Scottish A/B road blast with a friend (Honda Integra R). The corvette really is an awesome machine. I'm so happy with it, especially with all my little modifications and so on. It really is a remarkable piece of performance kit. So capable once you learn to really drive it. Cloud 9!

It's tricky to identify what I want to upgrade most. I think it would definitely benefit from anti roll bar upgrades, but I'm less convinced now about stiffening the shocks. The compliance of the ride is so valuable on real roads and that's where I use it most.

The brakes definitely need better pads, fast entry into downhill hairpins just completely overwhelm the current setup. It could perhaps be proved in oil cooling as well, I wonder if that's something often done? I am regularly able to see it up to 120*C / 250F. Coolant temps seem to be under control but will venture up to 110C which is going some. Not sure how I could improve that without reinstating the central air dam piece which I don't want to do for speed bump practicality... Can the fans be triggered earlier somehow? The car doesn't know it's about to do a 1000m climb, but I do... It would be beneficial to be able to get the fans on early!

#529:  Author: philv8 Location: South West Post Posted: Today at

Shifty wrote (View Post): Can the fans be triggered earlier somehow? The car doesn't know it's about to do a 1000m climb, but I do... It would be beneficial to be able to get the fans on early!

There is something called C5 Fan Trick (Google will find it) which is a bit Blue Peter but only costs a bit of wire.

Not going to need it myself, as I'm in the age of cruise, and from a personal access point of view my car is near enough to the ground so I can keep my air dam Smile

There's also this gadget, which is remote controlled
The SacCityCorvette's, COOL IT! v2, Remote Low Speed Fan Controller is designed as a performance and reliability enhancer for your 1997-2004 C5 and C5 Zo6.


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#530: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: manxie Location: Isle of Man Post Posted: Today at

Drove my `vette for the last time today, new owner came over on the boat and collected it Sad I couldn`t believe it though, it started fine first thing this morning, I drove it to work, about 20 miles, and parked up. Since it hadn`t been running for a while I thought I`d start it just to make sure all was good. (this is about 7.20am) and bugger me....the battery was dead Banghead Got a booster pack on it and if fired instantly Confused Anyway, after a few phone calls ring round suppliers for a side terminal battery, I finally found one ..... only one in stock. At 8.22am battery was bought, £100 Surprised and fitted to car Clap It`s always the way when selling, there`s always something that goes wrong. As I`m writing this message the car should be bombing down the motorway heading towards Rugby.....look out for it. Thumbs up Sad Sad Sad

#531: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: I'am the Marshal Location: leicestershire Post Posted: Today at

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I Went to docks and picked this up. Let the Fitting Begin

#532: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Tbug Location: Worcester Post Posted: Today at

It`s not what I normally pick up at the docks but very nice.

#533: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: thepanays Location: Nottingham Post Posted: Today at

Kev, if it's anything like the Auburn hardtop you are going to be a very busy man.

Paul

#534: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: I'am the Marshal Location: leicestershire Post Posted: Today at

thepanays wrote (View Post):Kev, if it's anything like the Auburn hardtop you are going to be a very busy man.

Paul
ImagePaul this is just as Bad Banghead

#535: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: philv8 Location: South West Post Posted: Today at

Drove the Vette down to Goodwood, Only a hundred miles but took four and a half hours there and three and a quarter back. Sat in a blue C7 Thumbs up Well a guy can dream Smile

#536: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Took my '87 for a long run at a fair lick to shake down the totally refurbed injection/02/plugs fuel system. Cool

Started easily and smoothly, with lots more throttle response than before, pulling really well.. Cornering on my (inspired by Dave) decambered front end has much improved to the extent that I can drift the rear out quite easily, something I'll need to watch. Surprised

..but

Now got a hot starting problem. Parked it on the long quiet straight near my home for a hard start and 1/4 mile dash and the motor died on me. Took a while to relight it and had to keep it on the throttle and bang shift it to get up to speed again. Parked at home and it died again. Sad

Seems the problem could be the ignition module in the distributor heating up so I ordered the relevant parts (capacitor/HEI/pickup) to hopefully sort that problem. Confused

Its kinda frustrating when you can't actually see a problem manifesting itself, you only get to swap suspect parts cos if you think I'm going to connect my oscilloscope to the ignition then forget that! Rolling Eyes

Hopefully, i'll get to have it running well once again and might even get an MOT for it some time too! Doh

#537:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

If there were no bits to improve itd be boring! Good to hear the feeling stuff is worked out though. If hot starts are a problem, just make sure you never stall and always stay where you're going for long enough that the car cools down? Laughing

Yesterday, accompanied a friend and took mine to a Honda meet... Very odd. Confused faces all round.

On the way home from said meet he saw the convoy of our European friends who have been exploring the highlands last week!! Unfortunately I had set off earlier than him so missed them.

#538:  Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Shifty wrote (View Post):If there were no bits to improve itd be boring! Good to hear the feeling stuff is worked out though. If hot starts are a problem, just make sure you never stall and always stay where you're going for long enough that the car cools down? Laughing

Yesterday, accompanied a friend and took mine to a Honda meet... Very odd. Confused faces all round.

On the way home from said meet he saw the convoy of our European friends who have been exploring the highlands last week!! Unfortunately I had set off earlier than him so missed them.


Going nowhere that I need to slow or stop for until I get this sorted. Living here in the hills, I have plenty of decent roads to play on to try out stuff.

I would have like to meet the guys, but its was no go for me, as will be the Autoscots Show on 12th July at Eglinton. Might be there with Michelles truck though. Always a few Corvettes there as well amongst the others. Cool

#539: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: FIVE RED Location: North East Post Posted: Today at

After a week-end visiting relatives in Nottinghamshire we drove to Sherwood Forest to revisit the Major Oak that I'd not seen since childhood. Legend has it that Robin Hood used to hide in this massive tree. Image
Now almost 1000 years old, it's around 11 feet wide and is estimated to weigh over twenty tons Surprised Surprised

#540: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: '79 Silver Machine Location: North Walsham, Norfolk Post Posted: Today at

The sun's shining here in Buckinghamshire so I took my car out of the garage at the weekend and gave it a quick go over with the California Duster and Rob cleaned the windows and I drove it to work today in Milton Keynes on a route that does not necessitate any right-hand turns as my indicators do not work Banghead Banghead

Tomorrow will be Aylesbury then onto Amersham and returning to Milton Keynes - a route worked out without any right-hand turns silly

Saturday we will be leaving early hours to drop off my Silver Dream Machine with Scott at Corvette Kingdom in the hope he can get sort out my ongoing steering problems Clap

#541: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: I'am the Marshal Location: leicestershire Post Posted: Today at

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Let the grinder do the fitting 👍


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#542: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

FIVE RED wrote (View Post):After a week-end visiting relatives in Nottinghamshire we drove to Sherwood Forest to revisit the Major Oak that I'd not seen since childhood. Legend has it that Robin Hood used to hide in this massive tree. Image
Now almost 1000 years old, it's around 11 feet wide and is estimated to weigh over twenty tons Surprised Surprised


Awesome.. Thumbs up

For anyone else who likes old trees and such, check this one out, and its a great area to visit for a run of a Sunday..

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortingall_Yew

#543: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

philv8 wrote (View Post):Drove the Vette down to Goodwood, Only a hundred miles but took four and a half hours there and three and a quarter back. Sat in a blue C7 Thumbs up Well a guy can dream Smile

Yes I did exactly the same. Only it is a 707 mile round trip for me so I stopped at my brother-in-laws house in Surrey only 50 miles away.

I thought that C7 interior was actually amazingly similar to my C5 except of course for the quality of the trim and controls. But immediately I closed the door I felt right at home.
Rear vision over right shoulder that is so important to driving a LHD car in the UK was more limited than my C5. But I think I could put up with it. Very Happy

I had a great time at Goodwood because my mate Andy Robinson was racing his Ford Falcon on the hill. So I was able to use the drivers dining area and access the non public areas. Walking up the red carpet to get Sunday dinner was a strange experience with crowds of people wondering if you were someone famous or not and taking your picture anyway just in case.

Andy came 18th overall. His final run was much faster than last year (51 seconds) but so were everyone else's!

#544:  Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

Visited Ecklers in Titusville FL today and was a bit disappointed if I'm honest, I was expecting a large showroom with plenty of stuff to lust after but it was just a few tshirts and mugs etc. I got my plugs, plug wires and a K&N air filter so not a totally wasted journey. Smile

#545:  Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

ColinG wrote (View Post):Visited Ecklers in Titusville FL today and was a bit disappointed if I'm honest, I was expecting a large showroom with plenty of stuff to lust after but it was just a few tshirts and mugs etc. I got my plugs, plug wires and a K&N air filter so not a totally wasted journey. Smile

Totally gone off Ecklers as its a battle to get a club discount off them and I always get hit with customs and vat charges on their overpriced stuff and they take weeks to reply to emails.

Rockauto and Corvette Central are working well for me right now, but only because I'm not able to plan what I need with my current running issues and contact Keith as I have done in the past. Rockauto does me proud at four days door to door for £20 with no extra charges.

Had to use Corvette Central for a new capacitor for the distributor as Rockauto don't do them and its incoming to me after ordering last Sunday evening.

#546: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

roppa440 wrote (View Post):philv8 wrote (View Post):Drove the Vette down to Goodwood, Only a hundred miles but took four and a half hours there and three and a quarter back. Sat in a blue C7 Thumbs up Well a guy can dream Smile

Yes I did exactly the same. Only it is a 707 mile round trip for me so I stopped at my brother-in-laws house in Surrey only 50 miles away.

I thought that C7 interior was actually amazingly similar to my C5 except of course for the quality of the trim and controls. But immediately I closed the door I felt right at home.
Rear vision over right shoulder that is so important to driving a LHD car in the UK was more limited than my C5. But I think I could put up with it. Very Happy

I had a great time at Goodwood because my mate Andy Robinson was racing his Ford Falcon on the hill. So I was able to use the drivers dining area and access the non public areas. Walking up the red carpet to get Sunday dinner was a strange experience with crowds of people wondering if you were someone famous or not and taking your picture anyway just in case.

Andy came 18th overall. His final run was much faster than last year (51 seconds) but so were everyone else's!


Cool!!! So we going to spot you easily at any shows in the future with a new hat? I'd have loved to be listening in to your conversations with Mr.Petty with those accents!! Laughing

#547: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

We just talked crap anyway. But he was loving being over here. He looks very well but in truth he is quite frail. After being in the Superbird once he decided to let someone else drive it. It was struggle for him to get in and out of the car through the window.
Many of the other drivers were getting his autograph. Especially the other NASCAR drivers. They were getting him to sign their track suits!

Big Daddy Don Garlits however is fit as a fiddle. Seeing how most of the other old cars there were running he decided to strip the hemi down on his 1960 slingshot dragster, that has stood in his museum for decades, and see if he could get it to fire up.
He borrowed some tools and set to it. Had that hemi apart in about 20 mins. Determined it might run on 7 cylinders, put it back together and stuck some unleaded mixt with alky in it.
In the end it fired a few times but didn't manage to idle. Then the batteries on his borrowed starter motor ran flat. So that was that.

But it was magic watching him work. Not bad for a guy that started racing not long after the war and lost half his foot in a clutch explosion before he made rear engine dragsters competitive in the early 70s.

#548: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Met Don Garlits in 1979 at Santa Pod..

Still got his autograph on my sky blue Danny Johnson inspired biker jacket that no longer fits me! If you can find his book, get it.. Its a great read.

Apart from the foot injury he lost all the skin off his knuckles when the intake manifold split and blowtorched his hands on the butterly as he tried to control the slingshot. He spent a long time with his hands healing on the move in buckets of brine as the skin kept stretching and breaking under the normal healing process.

I was given a Pontiac cap from his museum back in 1993. I still wear it today!

Talk to Allen.. I gave him a couple of vhs tapes last year at Thirlstane to copy onto dvds for me. There's some great interviews with the racers and drag champs of the pre 80's era including Richard Petty and John Force. The tapes are labelled as "The Power and the Glory" vol1 & 2. There's also a pink tape there with more drags on it..

Cheers,

#549:  Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

exitwound wrote (View Post):ColinG wrote (View Post):Visited Ecklers in Titusville FL today and was a bit disappointed if I'm honest, I was expecting a large showroom with plenty of stuff to lust after but it was just a few tshirts and mugs etc. I got my plugs, plug wires and a K&N air filter so not a totally wasted journey. Smile

Totally gone off Ecklers as its a battle to get a club discount off them and I always get hit with customs and vat charges on their overpriced stuff and they take weeks to reply to emails.

Rockauto and Corvette Central are working well for me right now, but only because I'm not able to plan what I need with my current running issues and contact Keith as I have done in the past. Rockauto does me proud at four days door to door for £20 with no extra charges.

Had to use Corvette Central for a new capacitor for the distributor as Rockauto don't do them and its incoming to me after ordering last Sunday evening.


I totally agree with you but I thought we would visit as we were in the area, I wasn't sure if the discount would be applied but when I produced my CCCUK membership card they reduced my bill from just over $300 to $261. The funny thing was, when they asked my name and put it into their system my old address from 20 odd years ago came up from when I had my C3's, I was surprised they kept the info for that long.

Off to Tampa tomorrow so will try and visit Vette Works International who I have been hearing a lot of good things about.

#550: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Don Garlits drag racing museum is in Ocala, Florida..

"..that there's Tampa Dan, and that car sure ain't no squirrel!) Laughing


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#551: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

We took a trip to Tampa today and noticed a dealership which proclaimed to be Florida's largest Chevy dealer so we thought we would take a look. Oh my, some of the cars were beautiful. There were about a dozen new Corvettes including a couple of Z06's but the star of the show was a Stingray 2LT/Z51 which had been repainted in Lambo orange - it was stunning and if I had the money I would have bought it there and then, I never seen such a stunning Corvette, unfortunately the pics do not do it justice.

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#552: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: FIVE RED Location: North East Post Posted: Today at

Florida - very envious. If you get the chance to drive up the Gulf Coast to Tarpon Springs you'll enjoy it, especially if you visit the classic car museum.

That Z06 is a peach Cool

#553:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

I must have a C7 Z07!

#554: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: manxie Location: Isle of Man Post Posted: Today at

Get your self down to "Old Town", highway 192, for the Saturday Night Cruise next week!! Thumbs up

#555: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

manxie wrote (View Post):Get your self down to "Old Town", highway 192, for the Saturday Night Cruise next week!! Thumbs up

We did that on Friday, some really cool cars there. We had another trip West today and I had to stop at Stingray Chevrolet for another look. Smile We had a quick look at the used cars, there were probably 50+ Camaros as well as a good selection Corvettes.

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There was rather nice Torch Red GS that caught my eye...

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Jan and James checking out the Mustangs
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Hellcat anyone?
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There were a couple of stunning Z28's, the charcoal grey one looked it belonged in a Mad Max film:
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COPO Camaro
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There was also a chrome bumper C3 convertible priced at a mere $160,000!! But the star of the show, out of all the droolworthy motors, was still the orange Stingray....
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#556: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Kevin Stevens Location: West Sussex Post Posted: Today at

If you are still over in Florida go along to Rogers Corvette in Maitland US Highway 17 92), he has a personal collection there also.

http://www.rogerscorvette.com/

Cheers

Kev

#557: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: kentvette Location: Loir Valley, France Post Posted: Today at

Colin

I'm sure none of us are at all envious of your trip over there so far! Laughing Laughing

If you're over in Fort Myers, you could call into Victory Lane Chevrolet ( http://www.victorylaynechevrolet.com/HomePage ). It's where our Corvette was delivered new on 17th May 1978! I bet they don't have records though, the whole place was re-furbed a year ago Sad

#558: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: fat_jogger Location: Marchwood, Hants Post Posted: Today at

I passed my MOT! Woop woop!

And so what, you may all ask? It's just an MOT? Well, it's quite a big deal for me...

The car has been off the road since coming back from the MotoGP at Silverstone in 2013. Prompted by a split radiator, stretched gear selector cable, and prior MOT advisory around front suspension bushes, I decided to take the car off the road for a while for a dose of much needed TLC.

In the period since, I've tackled: a new radiator, radiator frame, electric fan set up, new bushes, springs and shocks, blasted and powder coated front suspension arms, new front brake hoses, new rear brake calipers and a cigarette lighter! Oh yeah, and finished properly wiring in the stereo, amplifier and speakers in the boot area.

It's been quite an epic journey, if not slightly "Trigger's Broom"... Not bad for a bloke who, prior to buying the Vette, had only ever lifted a spanner when he got a puncture on his pushbike!

You can't believe the relief when it passed today! Woop woop! A couple of weeks to shake it down, and we're all set for the Silverstone Classic...

Regards,
FJ

#559:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Congratulations, especially for having done the work yourself! Props!

Got curious with your signature and tried to work out the most likely combination.... Am I right?
V8 + V6 + inline 4
5.7L + 3.0L + 2.0L
3 cars with four tyres each

#560:  Author: philv8 Location: South West Post Posted: Today at

Shifty wrote (View Post):Congratulations, especially for having done the work yourself! Props!

Got curious with your signature and tried to work out the most likely combination.... Am I right?
V8 + V6 + inline 4
5.7L + 3.0L + 2.0L
3 cars with four tyres each


It might be just the Vette, but with one hell of an upgrade silly

#561: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

fat_jogger wrote (View Post):I passed my MOT! Woop woop!

And so what, you may all ask? It's just an MOT? Well, it's quite a big deal for me...

The car has been off the road since coming back from the MotoGP at Silverstone in 2013. Prompted by a split radiator, stretched gear selector cable, and prior MOT advisory around front suspension bushes, I decided to take the car off the road for a while for a dose of much needed TLC.

In the period since, I've tackled: a new radiator, radiator frame, electric fan set up, new bushes, springs and shocks, blasted and powder coated front suspension arms, new front brake hoses, new rear brake calipers and a cigarette lighter! Oh yeah, and finished properly wiring in the stereo, amplifier and speakers in the boot area.

It's been quite an epic journey, if not slightly "Trigger's Broom"... Not bad for a bloke who, prior to buying the Vette, had only ever lifted a spanner when he got a puncture on his pushbike!

You can't believe the relief when it passed today! Woop woop! A couple of weeks to shake it down, and we're all set for the Silverstone Classic...

Regards,
FJ


Well done mate! Thumbs up

Feels good when you complete an epic task like that doesn't it? I got the same when I refurbed the entire fuel system on my '87 and heard it come to life once more and felt it drive so much better.. Next problem was it was cutting out when hot, so I'm in the middle of a distributor refurb right now, just waiting for the last bit to arrive. So far got a new pickup and HEI chip installed..

I'm missing out on a lot of good weather runs and shows, but at least we have the Chevy truck to enjoy, but the more I think about it, ..its the getting to grips with the mucky bits that I enjoy the most, ..fixing things with my hands and seeing it all take shape once more, standing back and saying.. "I did that!" Yes

#562:  Author: dex99 Location: Newcastle upon tyne Post Posted: Today at

Pushed mine onto a trailer and off to the garage Sad

#563:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

What's wrong with it dex?

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#564: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: vaughan watkins Location: Woodley Reading Post Posted: Today at

Well I took the rear boxes off my 66 and replaced them with 2.5" straight through sections, now she sounds like a Vette Very Happy

#565: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

vaughan watkins wrote (View Post):Well I took the rear boxes off my 66 and replaced them with 2.5" straight through sections, now she sounds like a Vette Very Happy

Nice! I'm going to do some work on my exhaust when I get back.

We managed to fit in a visit to Roger's Corvettes today and it was certainly worth the trip.

Ron Fellows Ltd Edition 2007 Z06, only $60k!!

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A rather nice GS (one of many)
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An ultra rare ZL1 in the collection
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Be still my beating heart...Smile
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#566:  Author: dex99 Location: Newcastle upon tyne Post Posted: Today at

Shifty wrote (View Post):What's wrong with it dex?

It wouldn't start mate.. battery is fine...
thought starter motor was knackered also oil pressure sender is broke too... MOT due end of the month so was trying to do it all together..
guys are a bit pushed for space to going back in again in a week or so for that... BUT it seems the starter is actually OK, it was just loose connection, dirty connectors.. so getting it back in time for a few days off next week! hopefully weather keeps up Thumbs up

#567: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Good to hear it was nothing serious. Impossible to check these things without either very high ramps or a post lift. Had one cable come off completely or twisted and touched something? I seemed to be measuring a slight short to earth with my meter.

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#568: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: dex99 Location: Newcastle upon tyne Post Posted: Today at

roppa440 wrote (View Post):Good to hear it was nothing serious. Impossible to check these things without either very high ramps or a post lift. Had one cable come off completely or twisted and touched something? I seemed to be measuring a slight short to earth with my meter.
indeed Dave, funny when I rang him he suspected it might be, must be a common issue! come loose got dirty then was arking a bit.. which was that spark we heard!
the Oil sender unit is so common he keeps them on stock BUT issue with it is the manifold will need to come off to get to it, so thats part 2 when it goes back in..
their C4 Racing Car is looking good!


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#569: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: BlackZeD Location: Cleveland Post Posted: Today at

You should get your intake manifold painted and ported a bit while its off Dave.

#570: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: dex99 Location: Newcastle upon tyne Post Posted: Today at

BlackZeD wrote (View Post):You should get your intake manifold painted and ported a bit while its off Dave.

It's an AAS custom exhaust Dave.. Smile

Not sure if it needs it?

#571: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: BlackZeD Location: Cleveland Post Posted: Today at

Intake Dave, the intake manifold. Wink
The black wormy thing on top.

#572: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

He just needs a 2001 up version. Yes

#573: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Great show in Newcastle city centre today.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154220396907699....

#574: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: dex99 Location: Newcastle upon tyne Post Posted: Today at

BlackZeD wrote (View Post):Intake Dave, the intake manifold. Wink
The black wormy thing on top.


Got you! Laughing

maybe a FAST Intake Surprised


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#575: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Fixed everything!

Running really well now. Just the timing and fuel pressure to adjust now and a bit more camber/caster/toe-in work.

Might even go as far as an mot! Rolling Eyes

#576: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

Great news! What was the fix in the end ( I think you said it was still running badly after the fuel pressure reg work?)

Good luck with the MOT.

#577: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

I have a long standing reputation for having more than one unrelated technical problem on the same device at one sitting at home or work!

The fuel reg diaphragm had stiffened and leaked fuel which was vacuumed into the plenum resulting in low pressure. So as I had stripped the whole system down I refurbed it and replaced the diaphragm adding a screw to increase the pressure later.

Restarted the car and it ran fine and strong for about 50miles, then it just died and wouldn't play until it cooled down. Can't be fuel I thought, must be ignition, and with new cap, leads, plugs, coil and rotor it had to be either the chip, the pickup or the capacitor. I bought all three, and swapping the pickup first as that's a dist out job, still no change in the hot running problem, so I changed the capacitor, still with the same problem, and one last chance, I changed the chip (HEI) and success! One good long blast around the back roads and its all good.

After all my work its lovely and smooth and pulling well. Just to check the timing etc. and get an mot and out for a drive with Michelle on Friday.

Happy now!! Woohoo!! Very Happy


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#578: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

The timing procedure will be fun, ..I have to get it hot, chock the wheels, brake on, stick it in drive, then do the necessary!

Might need an extra foot on the brake! Surprised

#579:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Well done fella, that's a power of work. After the Scottish car show this weekend (on stand) I'll be doing my full on fluids change. No mechanical bits to do fortunately / unfortunately (it's quite fun sometimes!) so hopefully no complications...

Don't suppose you're coming to the Scottish car show...?

Any events you're planning to attend for rest of year?

#580: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Cheers mate...

I keep missing the Glencoe run with the guys from Oban and Stirling Classics and I'm worried that my Corvette will be too young for them anyway, but I'll see if they're doing another later in the year and go for it.

As far as other shows go, I tend to consult the SVVF yearbook to see what's on as I don't do Facebook but maybe I should as this where my old buddies from Xmembers tend to congregate these days..

http://www.grantgb.com/kks/?page_id=9

Classic shows..

http://www.svvf.org.uk/index.php/yearbook

..but I'll look around and see what's doing. I like runs and such, so we'll invent a few and see where we end up.

East Ayrshire Car Club run a decent show at Kames sprint track and it was well attended last year. Might do that again and beat the lady bagpiper in the new MB gullwing 6.3 to the best exhaust note again!! ..hahaha!!

http://www.eastayrshirecc.co.uk/calendar#July15

#581:  Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Shifty wrote (View Post):

Don't suppose you're coming to the Scottish car show...?



Is that the one at Scone Palace? Don't think we'll be there as it seems to be mostly supercar/cruiser types etc. Hope no one finds that rude, but Michelle and I are mainly Yank/Hotrod/Classic/Military/ vehicle enthusiasts and that kind of retro culture..

Cheers..

#582:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

It's at Ingliston just outside Edinburgh. There's a decent Yank contingent but it's a mad mix of stuff. Most of it I don't much care for, it's just that I get invited!

#583: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Why do you have to set the timing in gear?

I can understand setting the idle speed and mixture in gear because you have to on an automatic. But the timing??? Scratchchin

#584: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

roppa440 wrote (View Post):Why do you have to set the timing in gear?

I can understand setting the idle speed and mixture in gear because you have to on an automatic. But the timing??? Scratchchin


Not entirely sure yet, but it was detalled in the procedure in a few places.

Maybe so that the car will idle smoothly in drive in a slow moving situation. That one's under investigation yet.. You don't adjust the idle speed on an L98, (or you shouldn't need to) only the tps..

#585:  Author: fat_jogger Location: Marchwood, Hants Post Posted: Today at

Ta for all the supportive comments! Appreciated...

Smile

Shifty wrote (View Post):

Got curious with your signature and tried to work out the most likely combination.... Am I right?
V8 + V6 + inline 4
5.7L + 3.0L + 2.0L
3 cars with four tyres each


Yay! Give that man a cigar!

Although I've realised my sig block is out of date... I've just retired my ST220 after 198,000 absolutely awesome miles. What a fabulous car for the money that was! So, the 3.0L V6 has been replaced by a 4 cylinder 2.2 TDCI (Mundaino Titanium X Sport Estate). It's good, but I miss this the old one. I guess I'll just have to hurry up and buy the stroker for the '76...

Regards,
FJ

#586: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

Quote:
Maybe so that the car will idle smoothly in drive in a slow moving situation. That one's under investigation yet.. You don't adjust the idle speed on an L98, (or you shouldn't need to) only the tps..


You don't set the idle but you do have to set things up "around" the idle to allow the computer to control the idle correctly, which can involve adjusting the throttle stop.

in theory it shouldn't need doing, but if you've swapped it or you may need to adjust it for wear and tear, C4's have a habit of wearing out their throttle body bushings (grab the cable end and try rocking it)

#587: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

FranV8 wrote (View Post):Quote:
Maybe so that the car will idle smoothly in drive in a slow moving situation. That one's under investigation yet.. You don't adjust the idle speed on an L98, (or you shouldn't need to) only the tps..


You don't set the idle but you do have to set things up "around" the idle to allow the computer to control the idle correctly, which can involve adjusting the throttle stop.

in theory it shouldn't need doing, but if you've swapped it or you may need to adjust it for wear and tear, C4's have a habit of wearing out their throttle body bushings (grab the cable end and try rocking it)


Cheers Fran..

I'm aiming at an MOT this Thursday, and the tps/timing adjustment later. So we'll see how it goes. Scratchchin

#588: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: jukebox Location: ashford middlesex Post Posted: Today at

Changed the spark plugs on my 1982 only four so far as have to move the car to jack it up for the two fear ones on each side.
Last changed them 1/04/93 so car should run a bit better now
Also changed six so far on my 1965 last changed around 2008.

#589: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

Machine polished followed by two coats of Victoria Red Concours wax, for 16 year old paint and 94k miles I'm happy with that. Smile

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#590:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

That looks great Colin. Need to get mine done but it's not really possible with the stickers on. Will have to wait!

#591: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

Finally got round to replacing the rear tyre so I now have a matching set on the back axle. Smile

When I was in the States I picked up a second-hand GoPro and yesterday I had a quick play to try and get some footage of the exhaust note, my car is way too quiet and is going in for some exhaust work in a couple of weeks to rectify this. I mounted the GoPro on the rear bumper but in hindsight maybe it wasn't the best place due to the amount of flew, there were also some issues with wind noise even though I was using an external mic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXT9o4hgarg&feature=youtu.be

#592: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: John B Location: Waterlooville Post Posted: Today at

I took my C4 and my wife drove my 3Door Cosworth to the Thorny Island car show, yesterday. There were some club members from the Surrey area and a couple from the Portsmouth area.. Great ladies and guys, great Corvettes. Both my cars were parked away from the CCCUK members area. Nothing personal, but I needed to be close to my Cossie for obvious reasons. Great selection of cars there ,American and European. It was a pity that the general public could not enter, but the show vehicles could carry passengers. Next year, my cars will be carrying passengers. The burger van on site was a converted American fuel tanker, huge and novel. They also had a brilliant female singer and the stage was in the back of a large American pick up truck, along with the sound equipment. Great day, roll on next year.

#593:  Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

Colin - I've got an audio recorder I use with a coupld of tie pin mic's - try putting your mic in the numberplate aperture - it's a "deader" area for wind noise and not too close to the exhausts - so put it near the top.

And if the mic hasn't got foam around it - try wrapping it in some.

The only disadvantage with a GoPro for this duty is that it has AGC - auto gain control - if you've got something you can set the gain on manually (and then set it to get near peak when you're gunning it) - you can probably get some more representative footage. Maybe something like an iPhone can do it with the right mic adapter?

Just a thought.

John, glad you had a good day. We went to the AACI Summer show - at Wood Green again - I'll post a few pics later. And probably a guide on resetting C4 "change oil" lights and fixing vac problems. Productive afternoon!!

#594:  Author: dex99 Location: Newcastle upon tyne Post Posted: Today at

nice video!
I've painted in black the lettering on my red brake calipers,
installed some bright LED reversing bulbs,
put LED's in the lights under the rear view mirror..

MOT booked for mext friday, few weeks booked into the paint shop to get nasty chips on rear brake vents, few scratches repaired and sprayed
and full Pro paint polish.. then interior leather holes / wear sorted and treated!
Oh and just ordered from Corvette Museum the build sheet etc for the car as one in my glove box is a bit worn and partially not visable..

now? beer!

#595:  Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

FranV8 wrote (View Post):Colin - I've got an audio recorder I use with a coupld of tie pin mic's - try putting your mic in the numberplate aperture - it's a "deader" area for wind noise and not too close to the exhausts - so put it near the top.

And if the mic hasn't got foam around it - try wrapping it in some.

The only disadvantage with a GoPro for this duty is that it has AGC - auto gain control - if you've got something you can set the gain on manually (and then set it to get near peak when you're gunning it) - you can probably get some more representative footage. Maybe something like an iPhone can do it with the right mic adapter?

Just a thought.

John, glad you had a good day. We went to the AACI Summer show - at Wood Green again - I'll post a few pics later. And probably a guide on resetting C4 "change oil" lights and fixing vac problems. Productive afternoon!!


Thanks Fran, I've never really used video before so most of the terminology is alien to me! I was using an external mic which had foam on it, I've ordered a cheap fur windjammer to put over the top but I will try placement in the number plate aperture as you suggested.

#596: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

Sorry Colin, I replied before I'd seen the video - I thought it sounded pretty good!

Anyway, little more of what I did today, scored a second hand (but unused) Optispark for just under 50 greenbacks, one of those spares worth "having on the shelf" just in case.

Next to it is a broken one kindly given to me by Mick Howes, I'm going to have a good look inside it as they sound interesting, and I had seen somewhere it's possible to resurrect these.

Just as a word of note, there are two types of Optispark with different drive arrangements depending on whether they are early or late ones, so just check you're getting the right one if you're buying one!


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#597:  Author: z06_tim Location: Warwick, UK Post Posted: Today at

Oil and filter change done on mine yesterday. Also replaced the clutch fluid.

#598: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Fitted new front pads and hoses. Yes

As it was all in bits, I decided to grease the ball joints too, but my grease gun has problems now.. Rolling Eyes

..and the rear section of the cat broke off on my Octavia! Sad

Lucky Steve! Willy

#599:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Yesterday I had mine in my second car show of the year. 1500 cars or so so a pretty big event.

Which means that as of tomorrow it's time to start removing. The C5R replica graphics! The Le Mans trip is long past, the Applecross drive is driven, and the Scottish Car Show is shown. I might keep the white and red stripes on a bit longer...

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#600:  Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

I have to say I really like the red and white stripes.

#601:  Author: dex99 Location: Newcastle upon tyne Post Posted: Today at

ColinG wrote (View Post):I have to say I really like the red and white stripes.

Me too, didn't think I would.. Be they look right.

Where did you get the jake stickers etc? What are they made of?

#602:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

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The stickers are all vinyl cuts that a friend and I made and applied to the car together. We made a centreline using masking tape then just went daft with about 10m of white vinyl and some red, yellow, blue, etc. it was great fun. I'll definitely do it again, and now that I've taken off some (COMPUWARE on doors, replaced with "48HR of RATE") I know they do no harm to the paint. The only difficulty is it's impossible to clay, Polish or wax the car with the vinyls on. It gets stuck in the edges annoyingly.

I'll post up a pic with only the stripes on and we can have a vote!

#603: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: FIVE RED Location: North East Post Posted: Today at

Drove back from Scotland in the rain today Banghead
Nice stay in Edinburgh Sunday night though, decent curry too.
Found myself on Princes Street by mistake on Sunday afternoon making quite a pleasant diversion to the hotel for a change.

#604:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

You ought to have mentioned you were in town Graham! I was on Queens Street most of the day in the Jam House, and ate dinner on Castle Street! A shame about the rain last night right enough. I didn't have the corvette in town anyway unfortunately, as I had a few and my girlfriend can't legally drive it... What a sight that would be.

#605: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Shifty, how is the plasti-dip holding out on your wheels? In particular after such a big road trip.

#606:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

To my eyes they're still as-new. None of it has peeled off at least. I'll check them out tomorrow up close and maybe get a photo.

#607: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

I'm thinking of giving it a go on my Alfa which sits outdoors all the time and gets daily use.
The alloys have taken a beating and I must admit it has not always been the wife's parking to blame either. Doh So this could be a cheap way to dress them up now I have new tyres with "rim protection" (Oh err missus).

#608: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

As an alternative, I got a lot of ribbing about using "chrome" spray paint but I had the last laugh as it is excellent stuff and gives a great finish.. Not chrome as such, more like shiny (..but not tarty) alloy.

Check the link for images of Michelles truck at the bottom. Its her daily driver and the wheels are still gleaming.

http://www.corvetteclub.org.uk/viewtopic.php?t=16070

#609: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: dex99 Location: Newcastle upon tyne Post Posted: Today at

Where did you get that from?

#610:  Author: z06_tim Location: Warwick, UK Post Posted: Today at

I was also going to buy some chrome effect spray paint for a project i have, so i'm interested to know what brand you used too Steve.

I'm turning an old Weber carb into a desk lamp.

#611: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Think I would prefer to use something more steel like as a colour if I went the paint route.
I would like to get the wheels refurbished eventually so just want something temporary.

#612: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: I'am the Marshal Location: leicestershire Post Posted: Today at

ImageDid sum chopping

#613: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: dex99 Location: Newcastle upon tyne Post Posted: Today at

roppa440 wrote (View Post):Think I would prefer to use something more steel like as a colour if I went the paint route.
I would like to get the wheels refurbished eventually so just want something temporary.


I'm thinking it may do my spokes, the machined faces and those little lines I've got.. If I get them refurbed might get same issue unless I go one colour only

#614: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

I'am the Marshal wrote:Did sum chopping

Don't you hate it when the parts in your model car kit don't fit like they should? Very Happy


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#615: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

dex99 wrote (View Post):Where did you get that from?

Here..

The make is 'Silverhook' and I used Silverhooks gloss black as the base coat after stripping back the old lacquer with a rotary wire brush. Two cans did all four wheels with two coats each. When spraying the chrome, just use a few light coats and let it dry (10mins in this climate) in between.

It won't take any hard rubbing later and I'm told not to clear it for a better shine but I may try just that on my rusty bathroom loo roll stand! Rolling Eyes

Not a bad price either... Yes

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/361246570043?_trksid=p2057872.m274...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/271333777231?_trksid=p2060353.m274...


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#616: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

roppa440 wrote (View Post):Think I would prefer to use something more steel like as a colour if I went the paint route.
I would like to get the wheels refurbished eventually so just want something temporary.


Ta-daa!

http://www.craftmasterpaints.co.uk/

#617: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

I'am the Marshal wrote (View Post):ImageDid sum chopping

Hope that's low tack masking tape on that megabuck paint job! Scratchchin

#618: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: dex99 Location: Newcastle upon tyne Post Posted: Today at

exitwound wrote (View Post):dex99 wrote (View Post):Where did you get that from?

Here..

The make is 'Silverhook' and I used Silverhooks gloss black as the base coat after stripping back the old lacquer with a rotary wire brush. Two cans did all four wheels with two coats each. When spraying the chrome, just use a few light coats and let it dry (10mins in this climate) in between.

It won't take any hard rubbing later and I'm told not to clear it for a better shine but I may try just that on my rusty bathroom loo roll stand! Rolling Eyes

Not a bad price either... Yes

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/361246570043?_trksid=p2057872.m274...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/271333777231?_trksid=p2060353.m274...



Thanks.. My wheels are two tone.. Black with machined spokes, so already silver look to them.. Issue I've got is the edge between spokes and the black.. You get small lines.. This is really just to tidy them up... This might just do it..

#619: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Daytona Vette Location: Warwickshire Post Posted: Today at

I'am the Marshal wrote (View Post):ImageDid sum chopping

Kev are you now going for a C2 Targa with removable Panel(s) ?

#620: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: I'am the Marshal Location: leicestershire Post Posted: Today at

roppa440 wrote (View Post):I'am the Marshal wrote:Did sum chopping

Don't you hate it when the parts in your model car kit don't fit like they should? Very Happy
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The Job is Done got 15 mm more Top 👍

#621: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Neat! Thumbs up

#622: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

A mate of mine has had THREE 'glass hoods for the AAR 'Cuda clone he is building for his wife.
The third one was the best quality/best reputation made he could get in the hope it would fit anywhere close as the fist two were useless.

It still needed 1500 hours of work. But in the end it looked great. Had it painted gloss black to match the car rather than the usual matt black. Looked amazing.

Then he fitted the windshield wipers. Guess what. The hood does not clear the wipers....

He is still working on it.....

#623: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: FIVE RED Location: North East Post Posted: Today at

Had a run up to Beadnell. Car's up to the paps anyway so risked a few rain drops just to enjoy the drive. Some nice windy roads - these cars are just lush Cool

#624: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: I'am the Marshal Location: leicestershire Post Posted: Today at

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#625: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

I took a trip down to Profusion Customs near Heathrow today (http://www.profusioncustoms.com) to get my exhaust done. There was an aftermarket one that was way too quiet and getting one in from the states is quite expensive, another member on here recommended Profusion so I thought I would give them a go. I have to say I was impressed with their level of knowledge and the advice they gave.

Boy, was in for a surprise when they started to look at my existing setup! Whoever had put it on had really done a bodge job, the over axle 2.5" pipes were reduced to 2" just before the mufflers and after the mufflers the 2" pipe had a 180 degree bend which had actually been bent instead of using mandrel joints, we reckon the internal diameter was around 1.5" at the most - a tad restricted! Unbelievably, they had even used tyre valves to reduce the vibration, it was jerry rigged up with an exhaust hanger FFS.

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The new exhaust sounds so much better, just how a Corvette shoukd sound. They did a very neat fitment with SS throughout and smallish mufflers.There is a bit of drone between 1600-1900 rpm but I have already adapted my driving style to compensate, WOT is lush and the car seems to be going better as well. I'm very happy with the new set up and would have no hesitation in recommending these guys.

I'll get a sound clip up as soon as I can but here is a quick pic taken as I was waiting for them to open up.

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#626: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: chevykevv Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

I cleaned the C6, maybe for the last time Sad
Had a couple of calls from PH advert but nothing serious yet.

Be sad to see it go but I've not room for another car (Claire says so) Rolling Eyes

#627:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Finished taking all the decals off my car today. It's just black now. Well, apart from the two big stripes I left on it Very Happy

#628: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Great pic.. looking foward to a sound clip! Thumbs up

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#629: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

ColinG wrote (View Post):I took a trip down to Profusion Customs near Heathrow today (http://www.profusioncustoms.com) to get my exhaust done. There was an aftermarket one that was way too quiet and getting one in from the states is quite expensive, another member on here recommended Profusion so I thought I would give them a go. I have to say I was impressed with their level of knowledge and the advice they gave.

Boy, was in for a surprise when they started to look at my existing setup! Whoever had put it on had really done a bodge job, the over axle 2.5" pipes were reduced to 2" just before the mufflers and after the mufflers the 2" pipe had a 180 degree bend which had actually been bent instead of using mandrel joints, we reckon the internal diameter was around 1.5" at the most - a tad restricted! Unbelievably, they had even used tyre valves to reduce the vibration, it was jerry rigged up with an exhaust hanger FFS.

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The new exhaust sounds so much better, just how a Corvette shoukd sound. They
did a very neat fitment with SS throughout and smallish mufflers.There is a bit of drone between 1600-1900 rpm but I have already adapted my driving style to compensate, WOT is lush and the car seems to be going better as well. I'm very happy with the new set up and would have no hesitation in recommending these guys.

I'll get a sound clip up as soon as I can but here is a quick pic taken as I was waiting for them to open up.

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Way to go! Custom built is the only way for better sound and performance. What's next? Better intake to enhance the whole deal? Check the itg website. All those racers can't be wrong!

http://www.itgairfilters.com/

Cheers!


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#630: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

Mmm, never come across them before but I have just fitted a K&N filter.

Here is a quick pic of the install (excuse the dodgy Plastidip underneath 😄)

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#631:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

That looks smart! And even less silenced than my own!

#632: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

Removed the Pfadt sway bars I fitted a couple of months ago, I bought them second hand and they have been nothing but trouble with constant creaking and clanking, it was driving me Censored nuts!. However I did replace them with a set of new C6 Z51 sways with new metal end links, the car is now lovely and quiet and the ride is spot on.

Next on the list is to remove the door mirrors and paint them black which will also give me the perfect opportunity to fix the squeaky door card. Willy

A quick pic of the car sandwiched between a '78 (I think) and a '63 split window....

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#633: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

I haven't driven my Corvette since the 12th July! Surprised

Very unusual for me. Combination of being on holiday, then bad weather, then bad a cold. Usually I have to start keeping an eye on the insured mileage by now. Rolling Eyes

It's also partly because I am trying to save money for the road trip I am starting at the end of September.

2500 miles and 11 States in a 2012 Challenger R/T. Starting and finishing in Denver where my mate lives. If I don't collapse from exhaustion half way around that is.

This will probably be the last time I do a road trip this big. I have a growing issue with fatigue. A drive to Wales and back the other week just about wore me out and that was only 700 miles. Rolling Eyes Still it will be a lot easier sharing the driving with someone that I trust not to get lost or crash if I nod off in the passenger seat. Unlike my wife......

Plus driving in the western United States is not at all stressful. That helps a lot.

http://www.mapquest.com/?version=1.0&hk=8-ixKRVW2A

#634: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

That's a hell of a road trip! You're doing serious mileage and judging by the map it looks like there will be some long days.

#635: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: tiger289 Location: Cork Post Posted: Today at

ColinG wrote (View Post):A quick pic of the car sandwiched between a '78 (I think) and a '63 split window....

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You are in good hands there Thumbs up

#636: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

ColinG wrote (View Post):That's a hell of a road trip! You're doing serious mileage and judging by the map it looks like there will be some long days.

We have two weeks to get around but even so we are pushing it. Laughing But yes we will have to pace ourselves and take two days to get between a couple of the points.

The last time we did this I started from Indianapolis and we were using two 1970 Challengers and two trucks with box trailers to carry tools/spares and the cars if needed. One of the cars was quite valuable so we did the big distances with it in one of the box trailers and just got the car out on the sections and locations that were used in the cult car film Vanishing Point. Mainly just in Colorado, Utah and Nevada.

We only had 9 days to get back to Indianapolis on that trip so it was even more tight.

#637: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

exitwound wrote (View Post):Great pic.. looking foward to a sound clip! Thumbs up

It's not the best sound quality as I am still getting to grips and experimenting with the GoPro but here is a short clip from today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Njv8HdTeVGg&feature=youtu.be

#638:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

I took mine to the car park at the north face of Ben Nevis, climbed the Ben via the most spectacular ridge arête scramble, came back down and was driven home by my best mate whose care my car will temporarily be in whilst I'm in London!

Contender for best day of the year!

#639: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Any snow left on the face this time of year?

#640: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Got an mot ticket, a wash and wax and a run down Highway #1 (..ok, the A77 coast road) all the way down to Portpatrick and back. Very Happy

My Dave inspired caster and camber changes seem to be working out. The car feels more 'european' on the corners, but whether that's good or bad, I'm not so sure. A lot of the roads have been resurfaced and are still quite grippy.. Scratchchin

Got a wave from a bunch of guys dismantling the bleachers etc at Trump Turnberry (..Ladies open golf there last week) but apart from a bunch of bikers on what looked like retro HD's, didn't see much else out despite the lovely sunny weather. Should really have taken pix of Ailsa Craig, Arran, Mull of Kintyre etc, but I didn't want to stop, was enjoying the experience too much. Cool

Happy now.. Cloud9

#641: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

roppa440 wrote (View Post):Any snow left on the face this time of year?

Well this answers my question. Very Happy

Hope it was just at the very top where there is always snow no matter what the weather.

#642: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

roppa440 wrote (View Post):Any snow left on the face this time of year?

Quite unbelievably, yes. It's normally melted by June end and will snow again in September usually. There is still snow in the north face gulleys now, in August...

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Also I finally have almost all the parts needed for my seat install Very Happy just waiting on a few fancy Allen headed black anodised high tensile bolts coming in the post... Mocked up with regular bolts:

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#643: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

..brrr!!! Sad

Never seen the appeal of snow or walking around in it, 'orrible, cold, dirty, messy stuff!

We've only been having snow of a winter around these parts in recent times. Weather's gone weird! Been up Ben Nevis myself not long ago, and in winter too, but in the cable car!

Stayed here..

http://www.lodgeontheloch.com/rooms-suites/

Lovely place, two person baths with a view over the loch, cocktails, etc.. mmm!!

#644:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

The cable car!!!!!! That's not 'up Ben Nevis'!!

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That's up Ben Nevis!

#645: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

I have only been up the easy tourist route on the south side of Ben Nevis. That was at the end of July one year when there was a heat wave and it was actually 32C at the foot of the mountain.

But there was still patches of snow around near the top.

#646: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Ok for a Xmas card, but still looks like cold, wet, sh*t* to me..

I got views like that from my front door when I look down the valley. Be glad to move somewhere more interesting and hopefully warmer when I retire.. Yes

#647: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: stiej Location: Hawarden, Flintshire. Post Posted: Today at

What did i do, well i dismantled and removed my throttle body of my 87 L98. then snapped the heads off some of the 7 bolts torx bolts that hold the bottom bit onto the main body. couldnt really see the specs of the bolts (they're very small anyway) but they look to be roughly m6 or m8, x 25 mm. so i've ordered a few of each - hopefully one sort or the other will fit. (to be honests, measuring by eye as best i could they seem to be more 7 mm diamter but you dont seem to get those...so i figured perhaps my eyes are to blame hence opting for 1mm either side). have requested new gaskets set from Keith/EuroVettes. need to prize off the bottom assembly anyway, then clean in there. the whole was very very black on the inside. hoping to also clean out the inside of the plenum. it looks like that can come off from the 4 sets of runners that bolt to it, plus some vaccum cables etc. that is like a black hole on the inside and would like to remove it to clean it out thoroughly.

#648: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Could be metric or imperial screws I would have guessed.

Quite possibly 1/4-inch UNC.


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#649: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Quick Google search. Does this help?

http://www.corvetteforum.guru/modules/wordbook/entry.php?ent...

#650: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

stiej wrote (View Post):What did i do, well i dismantled and removed my throttle body of my 87 L98. then snapped the heads off some of the 7 bolts torx bolts that hold the bottom bit onto the main body. couldnt really see the specs of the bolts (they're very small anyway) but they look to be roughly m6 or m8, x 25 mm. so i've ordered a few of each - hopefully one sort or the other will fit. (to be honests, measuring by eye as best i could they seem to be more 7 mm diamter but you dont seem to get those...so i figured perhaps my eyes are to blame hence opting for 1mm either side). have requested new gaskets set from Keith/EuroVettes. need to prize off the bottom assembly anyway, then clean in there. the whole was very very black on the inside. hoping to also clean out the inside of the plenum. it looks like that can come off from the 4 sets of runners that bolt to it, plus some vaccum cables etc. that is like a black hole on the inside and would like to remove it to clean it out thoroughly.

Plenum comes off easy enough, watch out for the vacuum port at the back that connects to the servo and underneath there's a temp sensor (MAT).

The vacuum port steel tube is close to the distributor cap so that'll have to go as well. The plenum gaskets should be ok for re-use after a bit of greasing as they only seal vacuum.

Blast the throttle body with carb and choke cleaner, you'll need a few cans so I buy the cheap stuff from Poundys etc..

...and, be amazed at the amount of US environmental control sh*t* that resides under the plenum and I don't mean the accumulated dirt! Laughing


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#651: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: stiej Location: Hawarden, Flintshire. Post Posted: Today at

Thanks all.

I took a look at that webpage roppa440 but correct me if I'm wrong I failed to see the bolts in question on that page.

It might even be m3 that I need so ordered some of them too!

#652: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

The ones in bold maybe?

stiej wrote (View Post):Thanks all.

I took a look at that webpage roppa440 but correct me if I'm wrong I failed to see the bolts in question on that page.

It might even be m3 that I need so ordered some of them too!


This is data compiled by CentralCoaster. It lists all the bolt sizes for a stock L98 intake manifold and some of the attachments.

These are commonly replaced with allen head bolts and are easier to remove.

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TB = (4) M8x70
Throttle bracket = (3) M6x12
Distributor cover & TB plate = (9) M4x12

Intake base = (12) 3/8-16x1"
L98 Tstat = (2) 3/8-16x1.25"
EGR = (2) 5/16-18x1"

Perimeter VC's = (8) 1/4-20x1"
centerbolt VC's = (8) 1/4-20x3.5"

Top of runners into plenum:

(7) M8x30
plus the special bolt with throttle cable holder.


Bottom of runners into intake baseplate:

(4) M8x55 underneath each runner pair between tubes.

(6) M8x30 at each end of the runner flange, and one in the middle

(2) M8x40 go into the backside of the runner flange, you have to do these from the opposite side of the motor.


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#653: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: stiej Location: Hawarden, Flintshire. Post Posted: Today at

Well the 7 caught my eye since that's the quantity but the description regarding runners into plenum suggest these aren't what I'm after. What I'm after is the sizes of the 7 bolts that screw the underneath coolant bit of the throttle body onto the throttle body. Shame because that doc is otherwise quote useful.

#654: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Try googling around a bit more. That was just the first thing I found.

#655: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

stiej wrote (View Post):Well the 7 caught my eye since that's the quantity but the description regarding runners into plenum suggest these aren't what I'm after. What I'm after is the sizes of the 7 bolts that screw the underneath coolant bit of the throttle body onto the throttle body. Shame because that doc is otherwise quote useful.

You could leave that out and by-pass the coolant bit. Just get a longer heater hose and route it under the throttle body. The only reason its there is for driving around the Arctic sos you don't freeze up. Not needed here.. Yes

I did that and just plugged the ends of the coolant body up.

Simples! ..and I believe its a small performance tip too! Check here..

http://www.corvettephotographs.com/c4vettes/performance.htm


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#656: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Very first thing I did was by-pass the heater on the TB on my C5 LS1. Yes

#657: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: FIVE RED Location: North East Post Posted: Today at

Had a run up to Bamburgh yesterday via the 'Coastal Route'. This was a great drive ruined by the constant potholes as far as Beadnell, then the road improved.
Once there we were lucky to find a place to park the car as Bamburgh was packed, traders having a fantastic day. The castle always impresses as it looks over the superb Northumberland coastline.
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#658: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

It is the best castle to visit. My American friends get completely blown away by it and the surrounding area.
Another mate of mine drives up from Milton Keynes every year to spends a weeks holiday in his Dodge Day Van there with his wife and two dogs.

#659:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

I was there and at Alnwick only recently in my own Vette. Really I was meeting Keith whilst he was up, to get a look at an acrylic roof panel, but bamburgh and Alnwick both have a lot to offer.

#660:  Author: 5150Corvette92 Location: Falkirk,Scotland Post Posted: Today at

Shifty wrote (View Post):I was there and at Alnwick only recently in my own Vette. Really I was meeting Keith whilst he was up, to get a look at an acrylic roof panel, but bamburgh and Alnwick both have a lot to offer.

Shifty, You could always make it up to Scone Palace this Sunday before you head south?

#661:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

On account of a serious night of alcohol this Saturday I am pretty sure there's no chance of that happening!! Thanks for the invitation however.

#662: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: fordpop52 Location: LEATHERHEAD SURREY Post Posted: Today at

Went to Brooklands American car day (Sunday) but before leaving home i filled up the washer bottle.....and water appeared on the drive dripping down ( another problem split pipe maybe)
So yesterday removed the fixing screws on the bottle only to find it full of.water had been dripping out from the filler to the bottle where it pushes together another wasted hour Rolling Eyes Banghead

#663: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

fordpop52 wrote (View Post):Went to Brooklands American car day (Sunday) but before leaving home i filled up the washer bottle.....and water appeared on the drive dripping down ( another problem split pipe maybe)
So yesterday removed the fixing screws on the bottle only to find it full of.water had been dripping out from the filler to the bottle where it pushes together another wasted hour Rolling Eyes Banghead


At least it was just an hour.

I tried to figure out why my rear washer on my Alfa had stopped working. Thought it might be blocked. Couldn't understand it. After weeks of occasionally looking into it and trying to trace the fault I decided to remove the battery for better access to the pipes from the washer. Low and behold the washer started working.
I had forgotten I had removed the battery ages ago to get the Corvette started when it's battery ran flat when I was working on the car during the winter. Before I bought a new battery for it.

When I had put the battery back in the Alfa one corner of it was just nipping the pipe to the rear washers slightly....... Rolling Eyes

#664: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

Had a really good time at Billing today, some great cars and the weather was dry and sunny - what more could you ask for! A quick vid of me en route to Northants....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YPGSWlPRFg&feature=youtu.be

Nowhere near as interesting as some of the other vids being posted by Fred. Smile


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#665: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Yesterday, as it was really hot and sunny we had the roof off again and headed to Dobbies for the Scottish Begonia Show! Very Happy

#666: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: I'am the Marshal Location: leicestershire Post Posted: Today at

ImageGot the front rail fitting a treat

#667:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

I've got ~2 days left in Edinburgh now and I can't drive my car one last time (before I move to London) because it's got three seats in it just now! Waiting on one final part arriving (from the USA) and the recaro can be fitted and I can get one last session in with it. Fingers crossed...

#668: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: I'am the Marshal Location: leicestershire Post Posted: Today at

ImageSide rail Two all good , great day 👍

#669: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Mick Howes Location: Dorset or wherever my Vette takes me! Post Posted: Today at

Went to the gym, blew away a pathetic MX5 tailgating me in a queue of traffic...silly twat 😈😈😈

#670: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: I'am the Marshal Location: leicestershire Post Posted: Today at

ImageFantomWorks works latest Hardtop,

#671: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: I'am the Marshal Location: leicestershire Post Posted: Today at

[quote="I'am the Marshal";p="126597"]ImageFantomWorks works latest Hardtop,ImageNot liking that over hang at the back , so out came the saw👍

#672: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: STELTHYFLATFISH Location: newcastle upon tyne Post Posted: Today at

Now that's what I call a workshop, and the cars not bad either, keep the project photo's coming Clap

#673: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: I'am the Marshal Location: leicestershire Post Posted: Today at

ImageCling filmed to the top windscreen surround then P38 sit hardtop back on to get profile,

#674: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: I'am the Marshal Location: leicestershire Post Posted: Today at

ImageBit of Fetterling , that's better

#675: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

That is some serious work going on there, I have lots of admiration for your skills and patience both of which I am sadly lacking!

Mine is a little bit more mundane, I tried Zaino polish for the first time and I have to say I am very impressed as it has given a real 'pop' to the paint. Next up was my latest black accent - mirrors! I had a faulty one anyway so Scott at Custom Exotics sourced me another set and painted them black. I first got the idea a few weeks ago when I saw an orange C7 with plenty of black accents including the mirrors and thought I would give it a go.

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#676:  Author: dex99 Location: Newcastle upon tyne Post Posted: Today at

looks great! love the mirrors.. I have done black wrap on mine and my spoiler as a trial.. really like it, so looking for more permanent version.. still deciding on matt or gloss finish..
also the area around the rear bumper, exhaust area.. I'm currently sourcing... as you are!! a non fog light rear end.. I think when thats done could be the time to paint these areas properly..

one thing on tjhe mirrors is trying to prevent stone chips!!!


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#677: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: BIG ANDY Post Posted: Today at

The car has come along way well done to you ,it's nice to see different ideas put in place
I like it and I am chrome guy
Good stuff

#678: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Manx vette Location: Isle of man Post Posted: Today at

What did I do today? Bought a C5!

#679:  Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

Thanks Dex, once I get my rear bumper on the lower portion is going to be gloss black to tie in with the mirrors, lights, badges etc. At the moment it is Plastidip which I did as an experiment and I haven't grown tired of it.

Andy, I appreciate the feedback. I realise the direction my car is taking will not be to everyone's taste, I'm not a chrome guy but can appreciate when it is done well. There is still a long way to go with this one, I've decided on the wheels I want but it is all dependent on whether I go with flared rear arches. Smile

C'mon Manx vette, let's see the pics!

#680:  Author: dex99 Location: Newcastle upon tyne Post Posted: Today at

ColinG wrote (View Post):Thanks Dex, once I get my rear bumper on the lower portion is going to be gloss black to tie in with the mirrors, lights, badges etc. At the moment it is Plastidip which I did as an experiment and I haven't grown tired of it.


C'mon Manx vette, let's see the pics!


Yes I did the same thing, love the contrast and the look! so I think doing it properly
is on the list.. edging a little to Matte black though..

what are you doing about Fog Lamps?
I'm looking at LED's in the rear vents I think..


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#681:  Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

I'm thinking of just putting a small round one between the exhausts on a bracket that can be folded away if need be although I might have a look at LED's in the vents, good idea!

#682:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Looks absolutely ace Colin! Love it.

#683: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

Thanks Calum, I'm slowly getting there! I'm just trying to prioritise the next steps:

- Complete sound deadening including between the rear wheel arch liners and the tub
- Rear bumper replacement
- The door glass on both sides is scratched to hell because of grit/dirt in the felts and I need to replace them prior to tinting Very Happy
- New seats (decisions, decisions!)
- Replacement wheels
- New brake discs
- New shocks (maybe coilovers)

All of this is a long term plan but it looks like the flared arches may be off the list as we need new windows in the house and a fair bit of decorating. Ho hum!


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#684:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

A good collection of bits to collect and fit. I've almost almost got my seat installation done now - last piece has arrived but I'm away on hols... Fingers crossed I'll soon have two recaro buckets in. Driver's side will ultimately be a carbon recaro profi and the passenger will get the pole position.

#685: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Nothing except burn petrol through it on a 200 mile tour of Fife and the East of Scotland. The weather was too hot and dry to waste, so up early and off we go.

Lunch at Crail on lobster salad (bargain at £11 each). There's more to Crail than a drag strip. Its got a beautiful harbour reminiscent of Port Isaac or Clovelly in Cornwall.

Good day. Even had to refit the roof as it was so hot.

Next weeks the pre 67 Ford show and the Kirkintilloch Canal fest, week after is Ayr's seafront airshow, then the Ingliston revival (still got my 60p tickets and programs from before it closed!) after that its the chilli fest at Scone Palace, then maybe some hols down south again. Lots to be doing..

#686: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: I'am the Marshal Location: leicestershire Post Posted: Today at

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#687: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: I'am the Marshal Location: leicestershire Post Posted: Today at

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#688: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

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Superb! Clap Clap Clap

#689: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

That's really neat and imaginitive.. Lovin it! Thumbs up

#690: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: BIG ANDY Post Posted: Today at

You need to sell these would be nice to see different years done well done

#691: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

As and when my dodgy back allows - re-fitting bits and pieces before hauling engine in to the car at some point. Today was re-fitting the Centreforce flywheel and clutch. You forget how large these things are and the weight of them. Used generic 'Loctite' on all threads. Double checked OEM manual torque settings and ARP's torque settings. ARP's flywheel to crank are the same as OEM - ARP's settings for pressure plate however are 10 ft/lbs higher!
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#692:  Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

Great to see the progress Ross! And care being taken.

#693: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Fixed a carb problem on a club members C3 today. Thumbs up

#694:  Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

Nice one, is that your C5 in the background? The wheels look good, are they stock size?

#695: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

I attended the Bjntingford Classic Car Show yesterday as it is only about 5 miles from my house. There were some stunning old cars there so I was quite surprised to win a prize - the 'car you most like to home in'! The best in show was won by a Mustang owned by an old CCCUK member who used to print the club magazine.

I had a lot of people stop and ask about the car with a lot of complements on the paint tempered with a few interesting comments from the 'old British' brigade. Very Happy

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#696:  Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

ColinG wrote (View Post):Nice one, is that your C5 in the background? The wheels look good, are they stock size?

Yes my car. Z06 size wheels.


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#697: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: dm575 Location: Midlands Post Posted: Today at

Gave it a damn good polish and took it to Himley Hall Classic Car show. Smile

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#698: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Damn good polish indeed! Thumbs up

#699: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

Yesterday I went to a classic car show in Bishops Stortford, it's held at a school and helps to raise funds for them. Not a bad wee show actually and there were about 6-7 'vettes and good selection of cars from all genres.

However, some people really need to learn to teach their kids about acceptable behaviour. Scott from Custom Exotics was there with his gleaming black and highly modded car. A young girl ran her fingers all the way down the bonnet with her bracelet banging of the paintwork. Quote from Dad "Don't do that, you'll get your sleeve dirty". Banghead I had a similar one last week at Buntingford with a little boy running his toy car down my bonnet, when I asked his Mum to ask him to stop doing it she told me he wasn't doing any harm. As you can imagine my reply was quite curt and ripe.

Anyway, rant over and here is a quick pic from yesterday.

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#700: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Always testing is that, trying to be courteous and sharing and at the same time watching for the potential damage to the bodywork. If you object, you get indignation and abuse and the usual retort.. "..its a public car show, don't be here if you don't want anyone to touch it!" Rolling Eyes

I don't mind kids or anyone else climbing in my C4 for photies, but I always keep an eye on them. Yes


Ever seen the mess those prize Ferrari's get into when they're parked on airport concourses? My heart goes out to them, ..its not what they were made for. Sad

#701: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: FIVE RED Location: North East Post Posted: Today at

Lovely day on Sunday for a trip to the Lakes. Called in Ambleside, Windermere, Grange over sands followed by a night's stay in Cartmel.
Never been before but Cartmel is a little gem of a village and well worth a visit if in that neck of the woods. Thumbs up

#702: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Yeah you were spotted in Windermere. Very Happy

#703: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: FIVE RED Location: North East Post Posted: Today at

Pity we missed you Dave, 50yds down the road we were sitting outside the bar on the bend with a coffee and Chardonnay. Guess who had the coffee Rolling Eyes

#704:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

It was actually a different Dave who spotted you!

#705: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Yeah not me. A Scottish Dave. Yes

#706: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: FIVE RED Location: North East Post Posted: Today at

Well whoever it was, The Lakes on Sunday was superb.

Will the 'real' Dave own up then Scratchchin Scratchchin Scratchchin

#707: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Love the Lakes.. Thumbs up

We stay at White Cross Bay and enjoy a freedom ticket from here to get around Windermere which takes us down to the museum and the steam train. Had a trip to Coniston and walked cross country down to the jetty where they filmed Donald Campbell's last moments. The start and end is marked with orange buoys. Very atmospheric place.

Some great drives too and some really scary low level fly bys by fast jets over the Lakes and in the hills.

#708: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

FIVE RED wrote (View Post):Well whoever it was, The Lakes on Sunday was superb.

Will the 'real' Dave own up then Scratchchin Scratchchin Scratchchin


He's a Mustang owner. But he does admit to owning a C5 at one point. Laughing

#709: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

stevel98 wrote (View Post): some really scary low level fly bys by fast jets over the Lakes and in the hills.

I love it when they are below me on the fells and especially if on or near a pass where they come uphill at you to clear the top. Very Happy Thumbs up

#710: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: FIVE RED Location: North East Post Posted: Today at

roppa440 wrote (View Post):FIVE RED wrote (View Post):Well whoever it was, The Lakes on Sunday was superb.

Will the 'real' Dave own up then Scratchchin Scratchchin Scratchchin


He's a Mustang owner. But he does admit to owning a C5 at one point. Laughing


Not sure if it's the same one but we did see a red mustang, sounded very good Cool

#711: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

No not his. He did spot that one as well and it made him think to bring his own next time.

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#712: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

This is his Mustang. His name is David Kenneth.

#713: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: FIVE RED Location: North East Post Posted: Today at

That's quite impressive Yes Yes

#714: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: jagr Location: Cheshire Post Posted: Today at

Got a new registration plate this week:

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This plate suits the car more than the last one.

#715: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: jagr Location: Cheshire Post Posted: Today at

Got mine MOT'd and it flew through with no advisories.

Very happy Very Happy

#716:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Starting to miss mine now, that's two weeks today since it was last driven... 2 weeks and three days until I'm next at it.

#717:  Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

Finally got my front license plate cover on and added the black lettering to match the rear. Small steps..... Smile

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#718:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Laaaavly. What are those protruding lights next to your fogs...?

PS get a Vararam Very Happy

#719: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: TexasVette Location: Suffolk Post Posted: Today at

She's on her way home for a while Miss her already Sad

#720: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: JonnyC4 Location: Diest-Belgium Post Posted: Today at

She'll have a safe trip, David. You'll see her soon and enjoy Florida.

#721: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: indy500pacecar Post Posted: Today at

See you next year David & Jan, have a lovely winter in that hot sun
Colin & Mo xx

#722: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

indy500pacecar wrote (View Post):See you next year David & Jan, have a lovely winter in that hot sun
Colin & Mo xx


Colin - Good to meet you and Mo earlier - welcome to the asylum Clap

#723: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: indy500pacecar Post Posted: Today at

Thanks Ross, good to meet you, hope to make one of your area meetings sometime

#724: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Drove it, then painted the inside of the garage magnolia, threw out tons of junk and drove it some more while I waited on the paint drying!

Relaid my cement floor earlier, that'll get painted next year. Always a good idea to seal (with PVA glue) and paint over bare concrete as it 'sweats' and allows the moisture to settle on the cars underside..

Drove it some more and again this morning into work and thence unto B&Q for a new striplight for said garage. Very Happy

#725: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: FIVE RED Location: North East Post Posted: Today at

Took it in for MOT this morning.
All good with no advisories - champion! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

#726: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

I had a trip out to Topcats Racing just the other side of Aylesbury for their open morning, what a top bunch of people who obviously know a lot about LS engines. I had a health check done on the car and all was good apart from a slight exhaust leak which I already knew about.

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An absolutely mental TVR Zagaris with a heavily modded ZR1/LS9 powerplant, this has been detuned to 703bhp and sounds insane!

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It's that Lambo orange colour again, it looks so good.
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This old girl is 98 years old...
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#727:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

^ planning something Colin? I fancy a visit there one day.

I got to see my car again this weekend! Went out for a spin to North Berwick with girlfriend and enjoyed it thoroughly. Still love my Recaro, still haven't had time to put in the second one. I think that'll be Christmas now. So nice to drive it again.

#728:  Author: '79 Silver Machine Location: North Walsham, Norfolk Post Posted: Today at

Me and my C3 are also "just the other side of Aylesbury" - sorry to have missed this open day:(

#729:  Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

Shifty wrote (View Post):^ planning something Colin? I fancy a visit there one day.


Always planning! I have to prioritise though, the interior is the first project with full soundproofing and new seats, I also have to replace my brake discs which should hopefully be done over the winter. I'm going with a set of DBA slotted T3's and I might have found a UK supplier, I'll paint the calipers while it is apart and stick on some new ss hoses while I'm at it.

The good thing about Topcats is that they have a lot of experience with LS engines and can also do tuning/mapping, really friendly buch of guys as well.

#730: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: jagr Location: Cheshire Post Posted: Today at

Been a busy day fitting my bits I brought back from Florida:


First we have the front indicators:

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Then HID main beams:

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Need to place wiring later:

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HIR dipped beam bulbs:

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New serpentine pulley, belt and idler:

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New K&N intake tube:

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New front mats:

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And new wipers.

#731: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Not even sat in my Corvette the last few weeks. Surprised

I have been too busy playing with other peoples cars.

#732: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

All three of those belong to my mate that lives in Denver.

His C3 is beautiful. You should see the quality of the bodywork and paint. Would be a show winner over here.

His brother built the car and fitted a tilt/telescopic steering wheel from a similar looking/aged model which really makes the driving position much better.

However I really can't get away with the manual gearbox on these. Really hard to shift fast between gears. Shape of foot well makes it hard to depress the clutch fully if you have wide shoes on.

#733: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

I also got a ride in these cars.

The AMX has been officially clocked at 185mph on a section of the Silver State road event.

The AAR Cuda is a Championship winner and a fastest in class on Pikes Peak.

#734: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

..WOW!! Cool ..an AMX and an AAR 'cuda!! Surprised

Wish I had friends like that.. Sad

#735: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Very lumpy roller cam in the Cuda. 340 "small block" stroked to 413 cubic inches.

Runs rough as hell at low rpms and when the engine is cold. Goes like a bat out of hell once over 3000rpm. Sounds really smooth over 3500rpm. Thumbs up

https://youtu.be/acNTBD2ho-Q

#736: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: FIVE RED Location: North East Post Posted: Today at

Impressive trip Dave, well done Clap

#737: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Not even the half of it mate. Yes Thumbs up

#738: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: TurboJet Location: Rugby Post Posted: Today at

Dave why has the AAR got a 71 front end? looks so cool BTW

The Black Challenger also looks amazing.

Cheers
Rog.

#739: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Because it is not a real AAR Cuda. It was a 318 powered 71 Barracuda.

The "gills" on the front fenders are just decals. The front fenders are steel but are very well flared in the arches. I didn't even notice until it was pointed out by Jess the owner.
Hood and trunk lid are fibreglass. Everything is lightened. Doors are a fraction of their original weight.

The black Challenger is my buddy and partner on the road trip. It was a 383 R/T. Now a 440. 275" tyres all round. He has built a black 383 70 Cuda with 71 front and AAR hood and same wheel tyre combo for his wife. Not quite finished yet but basically just needs interior.

#740:  Author: TurboJet Location: Rugby Post Posted: Today at

Thanks for that Dave, would love to see more Pic's

Cheers
Rog.

#741: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Are you on Facebook at all?

#742:  Author: TurboJet Location: Rugby Post Posted: Today at

Sorry Dave I know I should be but I am not.
But I know people that are 😃

#743: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

When I finish putting albums of my trip up I will post some links in a new thread for those that might be interested.

#744: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: moonmoose Location: Horsham Post Posted: Today at

This was my weekend. New leather handbrake and gear surround, painted brake calipers with the corvette part in black and a wash. Misty on Sunday but lovely on Saturday.


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#745:  Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

Nice work on the calipers and the interior looks good.

#746:  Author: z06_tim Location: Warwick, UK Post Posted: Today at

Calipers look great. What paint did you use, and how many coats?

#747:  Author: moonmoose Location: Horsham Post Posted: Today at

I'm trying Halfords brake caliper paint. As it's towards the latter part of the year I was kinda risking it anyway. If it holds up I'll be surprised but if it doesn't last then I'll go for better stuff.
I did 3 coats of red and 2 of the black.

#748: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

The halfords stuff works fine. Been on my Alfa's calipers since it was nearly new three years ago and still looks good.

#749: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

Did my C3 Calipers in satin black Hammerite Smoothrite a few years ago - has held out very well so far Thumbs up

#750:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Never had a problem on any of my cars with Halford's brake calliper paints. Seem to do the job well! Your car looks almost as stupidly low as mine Very Happy

#751: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: kentvette Location: Loir Valley, France Post Posted: Today at

Actually yesterday now – we attended a “Cars & Coffee” type meet in Le Mans. It was Toussaint (All Saints), hence the decoration on the 4L Trophy car next to us! Then after the obligatory stop at a Boulangerie we had a scenic run back home for lunch – shame there was so much traffic! A very pleasant 102 mile round trip.

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#752: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: dex99 Location: Newcastle upon tyne Post Posted: Today at

Bit of an experiment this.. Looked at hydrocarbon dipping the fuel rail covers and battery cover..

Wanted something that looked red from a distance, but closer look reveals skull design , bit of a nod to corvette racing..
Took a while to get the right balance, but really like the result..
Next job was applying black lettering in the form of stickers to get the contrast..
This does try your patience! , fiddly and one of those 5 minute jobs that goes into hours!!

if you decide to do this, suggest small tweezers, Stanley blade, for handling these transfer! And make sure your hands are clean!

Try and upload some photos ...

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#753: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Very, VERY nice mate. Thumbs up

#754: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: BlackZeD Location: Cleveland Post Posted: Today at

Very nice Dave, more details, who dunnit, how much, and what options are there.

#755:  Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

Very unique, nice one!

#756: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: popkid Location: Rugby Post Posted: Today at

Took car out for first time since MOT in early September! Just to run it up to temp, popped down to Buddies near Silverstone for lunch

#757: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

Nice job Dex99 Thumbs up

#758:  Author: dex99 Location: Newcastle upon tyne Post Posted: Today at

Cheers chaps ...

Dave it's hydro artworx in spennymoor... Loads of options.. And a lot you can add colour in.. The design I went with was black and white, then picked a Pantone to overlay... Guy is really helpful

#759: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

The guy was at the Gateshead cruise with a display. The options were endless.

#760: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

Is this process like a hi-tech application of transfers (like Airfix models) where its printed on a thin 'dope' like material and applied in a tank?

#761: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

This is the process.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enFSoiCo-lA&sns=em

#762: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

roppa440 wrote (View Post):This is the process.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enFSoiCo-lA&sns=em


Yes - same thing!

#763: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Don't remember doing that with my airfix kits. Laughing

Not sure from the videos if what is left on the water surface is a transfer film as such or just a film of ink?

#764: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: dex99 Location: Newcastle upon tyne Post Posted: Today at

roppa440 wrote (View Post):Don't remember doing that with my airfix kits. Laughing

Not sure from the videos if what is left on the water surface is a transfer film as such or just a film of ink?


finished product is hard as nails like paint really, also the battery colour had a rough surface, that he managed to 'smooth' out to give it the same finish as the fuel rails..

clever stuff Thumbs up

#765: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: FIVE RED Location: North East Post Posted: Today at

Connected the battery tender as I can't see the Vette coming out anytime soon, weather's sh*te at the moment.
Considered sorning at the end of last month but held out in the hope of dry sunny week-ends through November Scratchchin

#766: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

I did post this on a popular social networking site with the caption:

"Amazing - they don't melt in the wet"

Took it out yesterday, and it just behaves impeccably, even caught a couple of slippery unexpected moments with the traction, not a bad system and one that I'm surprised how well it works given that it was in the earlyish days of traction control

#767: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: dex99 Location: Newcastle upon tyne Post Posted: Today at

Took delivery finally of some C5 light upgrades to replace the candles currently in use
ACA bi xenons , along with switchback running lights ...

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#768: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Not a uk light pattern though I assume?

#769: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: dex99 Location: Newcastle upon tyne Post Posted: Today at

roppa440 wrote (View Post):Not a uk light pattern though I assume?

custom made Dave, set up for UK roads..

#770: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Yes but not the hockey stick shape to the beam?

#771:  Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

I think quite a few beams are now flat, perfectly acceptable and fine for both rules of the road.

Anything would be better than stock C5 headlights at any rate.

#772: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Acceptable beam yes. Same as US spec. Probably not flat. Oval shaped.

The kick-up on the left that uk spec has is very handy. Even though they are not great looking like these ones.

#773: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: chevykevv Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

I remember tanking up,the M11 in my C5 thinking I can only see about 100 ft. In front, not good at "70" mph Scratchchin

#774: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

I changed to UK spec headlights, fitted brighter bulbs, adjusted them correctly, and found them much better than the US ones that had been fitted before.

And no. I don't have any difficulty seeing ahead. At least as far ahead as I need to see. Even in the dark, wet, conditions of a November evening driving at speed from the NEC to Newcastle. I don't need to actually see Newcastle FROM Birmingham you know. Laughing

#775: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Hollant Location: Spain Post Posted: Today at

I had a spirited drive to the top of the Cumbre Del Sol North Costa Blanca
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#776:  Author: ColinG Location: Puckeridge, Herts Post Posted: Today at

Nice!

#777: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Makes my exciting Sunday trip to B&Q look a bit tame. Very Happy

#778: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Or mine to Dobbies, but I did save 20% off my Xmas stuff, got two free bags of bird seed, got us a free latte each, booked a huge prime rib for my Xmas dinner and... a half price hedgehog house for the garden!!

Result!! Thumbs up

#779: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Yeah you know how to live. Very Happy Better than driving up mountains any day. Laughing

Jealous? Me? Scratchchin Yes

#780: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

I got mountains (and waterfalls) right on my front door, but no way to drive up them..

My Corvette's going nowhere until I get a new battery for it. Just had other expenses so it'll have to wait in its nicely painted and ventilated garage..

However I have found a 4amp battery drain associated with the 15amp courtesy fuse which is probably the radio or the cig socket. So they'll be coming out to see if I can stop it.

..hmm Scratchchin

#781: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: kentvette Location: Loir Valley, France Post Posted: Today at

Hollant wrote (View Post):I had a spirited drive to the top of the Cumbre Del Sol North Costa Blanca
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Yes, and makes out 80 mile round trip to north Le Mans and back for our car club meet tame as well!

Love that they have left the Cofidis signage on the road and the "poster" by the road! The scenery looked fab down there on the Vuelta - we have the area high on our list of places to visit soon!

Of course, we're not at all envious of the weather! Laughing

#782:  Author: Blackadder Location: Kent Post Posted: Today at

Found a new use for my C6 today. Cure for man flue. !!! It was a case of sod it, I'll get the car out for a blast and a cruise whilst the roads are dry. Better that paracetamol.. Blimey a C6 is just a splendid car..
Next time flying jacket on and hood down, Yeah !!

#783: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Blackadder Location: Kent Post Posted: Today at

PS : On the way back to my place Ditton in Kent late afternoon today Sunday. As I turned off the main drag, A20 a nice C7 Coupe in yellow passed by. Anyone know of an owner in Kent ? Thumbs up

#784: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Quick hours work while dinner being made.

I tried to paint the induction air bridge last winter and made a complete mess of it. The paints I used reacted with the plastic and each other. Doh

I cleaned it up as best I could for the summer season by spraying it black but even though it probably went unnoticed it has been bugging me all year because I know it is there.

I tried to cut some carbon so that the grain all sat in exactly the same direction but didn't get that quite right. Never mind. It still looks a lot better and I am happy with it. Yes

#785: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Xmas trees are up, so are the decs.. So I thought I'd adjust the timing of my '87 last night.

Seems the stock 6deg static is ok, but 8deg is regarded as being a big improvement. So with the motor warm and idling easily and dist. wire disconnected, I set the timing to 10(ish)deg static for the hell of it.

The difference is definitely there.. It still idles easily, started well from cold this am, and pulls well. I have a long one mile empty straight with a slight uphill that is my yardstick as I use this route to work most days and the Corvette pulls like a train along this. Possibly the improvement is down to the minor things I have done as well as the timing adjustment, but its all good. Its definitely way better than how it was last year..

What I have done over a stock '87 is:

Oversize tyres on the rear,
removed about 150lbs in weight,
new fuel pump,
new fuel hoses,
removed the pump pulse modulator thing,
refurbed the injection rail,
refurbed the injectors,
fitted and adjustable fuel reg,
timing to 10deg,
all new ignition components, electronics and wires,
itg filter,
cut open air box,
descreened the maf,
aerofoil on the throttle body,
relocated the MAT sensor to a colder area,
1.5deg -ve camber,
around 8deg +ve caster,
removed the AC,
removed the AIR,

Of course all of these mods are very controversial, but my car is running REALLY well, handling better, and way better overall than it was a couple of years ago, but probably the best mod was the new paint job in Poison Apple red.. Actually, I thought it was VW Tornado red , the painter guy confess that he had a few used reds around and mixed it all together to use on my car hence the great job he did for £500!

#786: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

The timing not controlled by a computer on your model??

The timing to check is the total mechanical only timing. You need 36 degrees max mechanical timing and all in by 3000rpm. More than 36 degrees total will cause some "pinking" under load.

Even 10 degrees is not enough initial timing for modern fuel. A quick way on carb induction systems is to hook the vacuum timing up to manifold vacuum and re-adjust the idle speed back down.

How you do this on a fuel injected engine I do not know.


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#787: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: MIKERED Location: SANDY Post Posted: Today at

Often forgotten about, especially during the Winter I took my C5 down to Atlantic Autos in Sandy for them to service and recharge the air conditioning system.
Well pleased with the service and only cost £35 Clap
Took the car for a short spin after the service and noticed a marked difference in response time.
Money well spent, with a American car specialist that is on my doorstep.
MIKERED.

#788: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

roppa440 wrote (View Post):The timing not controlled by a computer on your model??

The timing to check is the total mechanical only timing. You need 36 degrees max mechanical timing and all in by 3000rpm. More than 36 degrees total will cause some "pinking" under load.

Even 10 degrees is not enough initial timing for modern fuel. A quick way on carb induction systems is to hook the vacuum timing up to manifold vacuum and re-adjust the idle speed back down.

How you do this on a fuel injected engine I do not know.


Hi..

Yes the ECU controls the timing and the advance so all you can set is the static timing which is 6deg stock. There is no mechanical or vacuum advance on the system, nor does it have a crank sensor.

I thought that by removing the EST wire to set the timing (same as pulling/blocking the vacuum pipe on an older car) it would stop everything, but it doesn't as I can still watch it advance when I rev it a bit. All you can do is adjust the static timing.. On the L98, 6deg is good, 8 is better and 10 is about the limit of usefulness and improvement.

The ECM will advance the timing 14deg on an L98 from its static setting, so I am running 24deg past 3000rpm approximately.

#789: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

You need 36 degrees from 3000rpm on a small block Chevy.

#790: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

That would mean a static setting of 22deg and upsetting the knock sensor big time!

Ok for a race motor with a cam and heads to match and race fuel too, but not for a stock L98 on pump gas. I could be wrong but all the signs and advice tell me that anything past 12deg static will cause knocking on unleaded on an L98.

I know the knock sensor will try and retard the advance to prevent pinking, but it kinda defeats the purpose of such a lot of static timing in the first place, so 12deg is probably the limit for 'normal' running.. Scratchchin


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#791: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

stevel98 wrote (View Post):That would mean a static setting of 22deg and upsetting the knock sensor big time!

No it won't. I set up most stock V8s with around 18 to 25 degrees initial and these are engines that don't like more than 34 total. The Chevy likes that little extra still.

You can't get knock at idle and low load and rpm.

Try it. You will love it I promise.


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#792: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

If you don't use super unleaded maybe take a couple of degrees off that number I gave you though.

#793: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Oh and if the starter motor struggles and kicks back take a little timing out too but I am sure it wont.

#794: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

roppa440 wrote (View Post):stevel98 wrote (View Post):That would mean a static setting of 22deg and upsetting the knock sensor big time!

No it won't. I set up most stock V8s with around 18 to 25 degrees initial and these are engines that don't like more than 34 total. The Chevy likes that little extra still.

You can't get knock at idle and low load and rpm.

Try it. You will love it I promise.


When you say 'initial', is that what I call 'static'? i.e. the basic setting at idle? Scratchchin

For me, as stock, that's 6deg at 600rpm. Over 3000rpm the max that this can advance to is 20deg.

Been reading this up on the various forums and what you say about the big numbers seems to work on the older motors with vacuum and mechanical advance, but on the L98, all the advice seems to be that 10deg static is the max you can get for usefulness. I might try more later.. Maybe when the roads are drier.

As most advances are about 14-18deg plus static, what do you run your C5 at? Scratchchin

#795: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Try not to read American Chevy forums. Only 1% know what the hell they are talking about. They are also not using our fuel.

All the timing on my car is computer controlled. No distributor at all. Only changed by programming so I don't know what it is.

The original style 350 (which apart from the induction is what you have I thought?) likes 36 max at 3000rpm without the vacuum advance but with super unleaded fuel. With the vacuum advance added it will probably have around 52 degrees advance at cruise?

I tuned a 350 C3 a few months ago and the timing was spot on at 36 degrees. I can't for the life of me remember what the initial timing was (no idea why you are calling it "static" when the engine at idle clearly isn't) but it was quite high with the vacuum advance connected to a manifold source.

You will get better mileage, better throttle response, easier hot starting, and more power.

What's to loose?


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#796: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Here is a typical question from a US forum;

Q. The torque setting for the rocker bolts on my LS1 engine is 22 lbs. My torque wrench only goes down to 25 lbs. Will that be OK or will I need to buy a new torque wrench?

He got dozens of answers saying the extra 3 lbs will break the engine.

He got as many more saying they have to be tightened in the correct sequence.

He got a couple saying you lose 10hp (dyno proven) if you don't torque them either in the correct sequence or 3 lbs too tight.

All the answers were complete and utter bollocks.

#797: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

roppa440 wrote (View Post):Try not to read American Chevy forums. Only 1% know what the hell they are talking about. They are also not using our fuel.

All the timing on my car is computer controlled. No distributor at all. Only changed by programming so I don't know what it is.

The original style 350 (which apart from the induction is what you have I thought?) likes 36 max at 3000rpm without the vacuum advance but with super unleaded fuel. With the vacuum advance added it will probably have around 52 degrees advance at cruise?

I tuned a 350 C3 a few months ago and the timing was spot on at 36 degrees. I can't for the life of me remember what the initial timing was (no idea why you are calling it "static" when the engine at idle clearly isn't) but it was quite high with the vacuum advance connected to a manifold source.

You will get better mileage, better throttle response, easier hot starting, and more power.

What's to loose?


Always called it 'static' from way back as its a static setting, i.e. the timing value is sitting still at idle, not advancing..

My advance only allows 14deg total advance (no vacuum or mechanical), so I would need to set the static at 22deg to get the 36deg figure.. Seems a big jump from the stock 6deg, but I'll give it a go when the roads are drier.

The odd thing is that, nowhere on the internet can I find any reference to an L98 running at more than 12deg static.. whereas I can find bigger numbers on older cars.


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#798: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

There might be a reason for it. But I can't see why.

I am right about it basically being an old style iron 350 small block aren't I?

Two exhaust ports next to each other in the middle of the head instead of evenly spaced?

The only thing I would worry about is having too much vacuum advance if it is manifold vacuum and not ported vacuum. But I think it will be alright.

22 deg. at idle is nothing. Really. The original timing setting for the older engines was only about 5-10 degrees initial (or static if you insist). But they love around 20 degrees with modern fuels.

#799: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Oh and add "run cooler" to the list of benefits. The cooling system will have to work less hard.

#800: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: dex99 Location: Newcastle upon tyne Post Posted: Today at

roppa440 wrote (View Post):Oh and add "run cooler" to the list of benefits. The cooling system will have to work less hard.

is this not true?

try starting conversations over there about where to store your gun in the car.. that always ends well Very Happy

#801: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

roppa440 wrote (View Post):There might be a reason for it. But I can't see why.

I am right about it basically being an old style iron 350 small block aren't I?

Two exhaust ports next to each other in the middle of the head instead of evenly spaced?

The only thing I would worry about is having too much vacuum advance if it is manifold vacuum and not ported vacuum. But I think it will be alright.

22 deg. at idle is nothing. Really. The original timing setting for the older engines was only about 5-10 degrees initial (or static if you insist). But they love around 20 degrees with modern fuels.


Yes, it has that port arrangement, and its an old skool mouse with power and torque much improved over earlier blocks.

No vacuum advance though.. Its all electronic. The L98 distributor is very simplistic. Just a body, spindle for a rotor arm and a bracket inside for an HEI chip and a capacitor. Nothing else, no vacuum, no attachments or any other mechanisms.


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#802: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: MIKERED Location: SANDY Post Posted: Today at

Not driving my C5 much just lately but the weather being dry and mild, I took the car into Atlantic Autos in Sandy for a regas and check of the A/C system. It is so easy to forget servicing.
Picked the car up a couple of hours later and had a ride out to check the a/c.
The response time with the regas was so much faster and well pleased with the result.
Cost of the regas and check £35 well spent. Clap
MIKERED.

#803: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

dex99 wrote (View Post):roppa440 wrote (View Post):Oh and add "run cooler" to the list of benefits. The cooling system will have to work less hard.

is this not true?

try starting conversations over there about where to store your gun in the car.. that always ends well Very Happy


Yes it is true. You're getting mixed up.

#804: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Ta daaa.. Got less in it than my old crossflow Ford did!

#805: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

stevel98 wrote (View Post):Ta daaa.. Got less in it than my old crossflow Ford did!

What? Less timing?

That's so you can run more initial. Most performance distributors have less timing for that reason.

#806: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

Steve - many timing calculations if they are related to the distributor need to be doubled-up. So 14 degrees in distributor is really 28 degrees - add that to the initial timing on the crank, say 8 degrees and you have your 36 degree total. Add-in vacumn advance and at cruise the timing can be way over 50 degrees.
My 489 cu in runs with 22 degrees initial (on the crank) and 16 degrees in the distributor giving 38 degrees total (all in at 2800 rpm) all on Shell Super Unleaded. It will run comfortably on 41/42 degrees total but is then totally reliant on Shell's finest.
My old L36 427 engine had a Moroso spring and bob weight kit in the distributor and ran with 36 degree total but was all in a 1800 rpm. This ran superb. Never had an issue with starter 'kick-back' or pinking.


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#807: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Cheers Ross..

If the advance figure is doubled, then I'm running 38deg at 3000rpm. It is running well but I don't understand why the advance figure needs to be doubled..

I've nothing in my dist. no mechanical advance or vacuum advance. Its all purely electronic.

Dave's inspired me in the past to try stuff with front end geometry which worked out and this sounds too good not to try out too. I like to tinker and try out tips like this. Once the storms subside and the place dries out, I'm on it! All views and advice appreciated. Thumbs up

#808: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

Distributor runs at half engine speed - so 360 degrees of engine/crank rotation means that distributor only turns 180 degrees. Engine has to turn 720 degrees (two rotations) to go through full 4 stroke sequence. Hence the need to double the distributor degrees. Its simple thing that causes so may people to time-up their engine 180 degrees out!

#809:  Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

Ross, you've made my head hurt as to what on earth you are on about. Advance timing is checked and measured at the crank, whether done static (light bulb on the points or lining line on the distributor up with the rotor arm) or dynamic with a strobe. The TDC and advance markings are on the crank pulley and timing chest on any engine I've fiddled with, only exception is where sometimes they are marked on the flywheel and made visible through a window on the bellhousing.

#810:  Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

FranV8 wrote (View Post):Ross, you've made my head hurt as to what on earth you are on about. Advance timing is checked and measured at the crank, whether done static (light bulb on the points or lining line on the distributor up with the rotor arm) or dynamic with a strobe. The TDC and advance markings are on the crank pulley and timing chest on any engine I've fiddled with, only exception is where sometimes they are marked on the flywheel and made visible through a window on the bellhousing.

Yes agreed, no argument - but the point I was trying to get at was that distributor degrees or rotation are not the same as crank rotation and are a potentially a source of confusion at times if comparing some manufacturers figures - the problem now is that my explanation seems to have confused matters even more Willy

#811: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Confused the hell out of me too but I know what you mean.

I always measure crank degrees of timing in the distributor. I never take factory spec for granted.

So to find out how many crank degrees timing you have in your distributor measure the initial and then the total. Take the initial off the total to get the crank degrees in the dizzy.

Then you know where you stand.

#812: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Just make sure you don't have any vacuum timing connected when measuring of course.

#813: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

In 'real world' terms 'cos the distributor turns at half speed any timing irregularities caused by worn dissy gears or rotor are multiplied by a factor of 2 making any problems even worse

Toetap

#814: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

To check and set the timing you really "need" a timing light with either a dial on the back or better still a digital readout on it where you can measure or set the degrees and use the TDC mark on the crank pulley.

Put a bit of chalk on the 0 deg. line on the tag and on the line on the pulley.

Disconnect and plug the vacuum source for the timing.

Adjust the timing on the light until the line on the pulley lines up with 0 deg. on the timing tag at idle. The degrees on the display is what the engine idle timing is. Use the in-built rev counter display to take your rpm to around 3500 and adjust the light to zero the chalk marks again to get the max timing reading.

To set max timing set the number of degrees you want (36) on the light first and then adjust the distributor to line the chalk marks up.

#815:  Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

Is this a 'digital' version of the 'dial back' timing light. These were great as they enabled you to 'plot' your advance timing curve by simply raising the idle speed and loggin the timing in 250 or 500 rpm increments and getting a far better indication of 'real' timing events at all revs.

#816: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

I really need to rethink what I'm doing here.

I just had the motor hot and running at 600 rpm then pointed the strobe light at the crank and moved the dist until it lined up with 10deg.

Need to acquire a better light I think.. Scratchchin

#817:  Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

roscobbc wrote (View Post):Is this a 'digital' version of the 'dial back' timing light. These were great as they enabled you to 'plot' your advance timing curve by simply raising the idle speed and loggin the timing in 250 or 500 rpm increments and getting a far better indication of 'real' timing events at all revs.

Yes when timing muscle cars I take readings at idle, 1500, 2000, 2500, 3000, 3500.

I then adjust the timing curve depending on where they are on the scale from street to strip. The more strip they are the faster you want it all in. Say by 2000rpm. The more street they are I just go for a straight line to 3000rpm.

This is done by fitting lighter springs or even removing a spring on the centrifugal weights.


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#818: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

The good old 'hot rod' way Yes Thumbs up

#819: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: autocolor Location: Hertfordshire Post Posted: Today at

Not exactly today, but a change of chariot over recent months, and yes finally a "RED Vette" no more silver for a while.

#820:  Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

Nice car Mike! The weather has been suiting it as well (mild for the time of year, in these parts)

#821: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Blackadder Location: Kent Post Posted: Today at

Very nice soft top too. Lovely. U.S Spec. Is it an auto Mike or stick. Driving

#822: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: bazza456 Location: Suffolk Post Posted: Today at

Took my C6 for a service and MOT yesterday.
I use Matt's Motors in Mildenhall - doesn't look much from the outside but Matt is very enthusiastic and experienced in looking after US cars as Mildenhall is almost part of America (for the time being anyway!). Took a stroll to nearby Angels cafe where they do a wicked breakfast for £5 - car already to go in just under 3 hours..
Total bill, including MOT & VAT was £390.
Highly recommended.

Barry

#823: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: bazza456 Location: Suffolk Post Posted: Today at

Took my C6 for a service and MOT yesterday.
I use Matt's Motors in Mildenhall - doesn't look much from the outside but Matt is very enthusiastic and experienced in looking after US cars as Mildenhall is almost part of America (for the time being anyway!). Took a stroll to nearby Angels cafe where they do a wicked breakfast for £5 - car already to go in just under 3 hours..
Total bill, including MOT & VAT was £390.
Highly recommended.

Barry

#824: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: WelshVette Location: South West Wales Post Posted: Today at

Hi Mike, - The new vette looks good hope you are happy with it.
I certainly am happy with your old one.... Very Happy

#825: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: autocolor Location: Hertfordshire Post Posted: Today at

Thanks guys yes I am very pleased with it, great to get back to a rag top have always preferred those for driving, plus with the top down I can click in the wild exhaust without worrying about droning.
Unusual colour 89U Crystal / Claret red tint-coat, so pearlescent base coat with a tinted clear over the top, real fun to match for local blow ins, and as for the drive train six speed auto.
Have done a little work on it, so far I have installed a by pass harness on the XM radio link to give me an aux input to the sat nav radio plus a simple blue tooth hands free which connects through the aux input and allows not only hands free phone but can also play my music Bluetooth via the phone or I Pad, so makes up for the single CD, sounds pretty good.
Currently tidying up the engine bay, painting fuel rail covers, intake, and a few other odds and sods, initially painted them the same as the car but doesn't look right so going to go with simple gloss black.

Who's a happy boy then Very Happy

#826: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Well, I decided to tidy the gaping 1.5 DIN radio hole at last, so after removing the dash fascia and the shifter fascia, I measured up to fabricate a cubby hole for phones and gloves etc, as the '87 is a bit light on storage especially if your a passenger. Rolling Eyes

Tidied the old radio wiring away, and after confirming that my cigar lighter socket was well rusty and dodgy looking (I have a 4.5a battery drain somehow, alleviated by removing the 15a courtesy fuse temporarily), I ordered another one from CorvetteCentral.. Smile

My moneys on the radio or lighter socket for the power drain, but I won't know for sure until I put the battery back in. I should have done this better and removed and checked them separately, but I couldn't be *rs*d. If this doesn't cure the drain, I'll need to go around the other items (there are many) on that fuse line.. Confused

Anyway, I bought some black acrylic 5mm Perspex, measured what sizes I needed to construct a box to fit in the old radio cubby hole. Tomorrow, I'll have my plastic angle section to stick it all together and I'll get on it.. Amazing what you can do with Loctite 454, double sided foam tape and a bit of red upholstery matting.. Very Happy

Meantime, I've been removing eons of dust, crap and assembly worker's Twinky bar crumbs (or they could be from fish fingers!) from down and around the shifter mechanism. Later I'll grease it all for smooooooth shiftin'! Cool

Photies later, ..although I doubt anyone's interested in my home brewed tinkering! Scratchchin

The finished cubby hole box that will replace my old radio.. Plenty of room for my phone which has radio and music on it should I feel the need, and I'm sure I can replace the old amp speakers behind me in the deck with Bluetooth ones later.


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#827:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

I came home, and saw & drove my car for the first time in six weeks.

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#828: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Tbug Location: Worcester Post Posted: Today at

Had a great day just fitted my Hurst short shifter and a Blackwing air filter.
The shifter was far easier than the filter. I will give her a nice run tomorrow weather permitting. Cloud9 Thumbs up

#829: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: moonmoose Location: Horsham Post Posted: Today at

Boring bits for me unfortunately.

Made the headlights actually show on the road since I changed the bulbs. Don't know how it happened.. all I did was swap like for like and it screwed the beam up from a bearable 6 foot in front of the car to 1 foot if that. So sorted that out. Now it's better than before! Yay me.

Getting the bonnet to sit flush to the body work. Think the seller lied when he said it hadn't been in a accident.. but that's all the fun and games I signed up for. Tweaking here and there.

And tie wrapping some body work stuff that is broken or loose until I can get it attached properly. Most are broken clips and body holes that have snapped. Joy.

#830: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

I draw lines on the back wall of my garage to align my head and fog lights. You should use 25ft between the front of the car and the wall with markings on but I find you can get away with 20ft fine. Which is the distance from the front of my car on the driveway to the back of my garage.

You can easily Google the instructions for doing it.

#831: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

I just park on a dark road and set the lamps the way I want them. Always passes the MOT anyway. Using Jeep Cherokee crystal lamps these days. Way better than the originals even with ordinary H4 bulbs. Scratchchin

#832: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Didn't realise the fuel tank filler on C5 was on the side.

Where's the tank located in the car? Can you still swap fuel pumps easily like on a C4?

#833: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Two tanks on a C5 with a connection joining them. Located right behind the seats. Pump is easy to get to? You might have to remove a rear wheel if anything?

#834: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Can't have a tank on the rear of a C5 because that's where the transmission is.

#835: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

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Its been several weeks since my laddo came over to help me lower the engine in the Vette. Problem was I didn't made it very easy for myself - didn't want the hassle of removing the gearbox and shifter assembly - not a nice job to replace. Didn't want to remove the radiator and shroud to make it easier at the front of the engine compartment (spent too much time 'sealing' the aluminium DeWitt radiator to the front end of the car) This did not give much room to manoeuvre the engine around - so little room that I had to remove distributor cap and rocker covers to get the thing in to the engine compartment.
Today was bolting bellhousing to engine. Another job that would have been so easy if affixed to engine/gearbox assembly before installing in car. A five minute job you might say, but not on a BB car! - You small block guys have it so easy in comparison to us big block enthusiasts Banghead

#836:  Author: FranV8 Location: Cambridgeshire Post Posted: Today at

Looking good Ross,glad to see it moving along. Taking it to Tom's on the 1st then? Wink

Keep it up!


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#837: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Didn't think posting porn on here was allowed. Lick

Big Blocks rule. Thumbs up

#838: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Sorts the men from the toys! Very Happy

#839: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Tbug Location: Worcester Post Posted: Today at

After the Hurst short shifter and Blackwing air filter install yesterday took my baby for a test drive. She changed gear like a Mazda mx5, tight and short and I love what it has done for the driving experience. Thumbs up

#840:  Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

FranV8 wrote (View Post):Looking good Ross,glad to see it moving along. Taking it to Tom's on the 1st then? Wink

Keep it up!


Tom's on New Years Day - most definately Fran Yes (did you ask which year Scratchchin )

#841: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

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Its been several weeks since my laddo came over to help me lower the engine in the Vette. Problem was I didn't made it very easy for myself - didn't want the hassle of removing the gearbox and shifter assembly - not a nice job to replace. Didn't want to remove the radiator and shroud to make it easier at the front of the engine compartment (spent too much time 'sealing' the aluminium DeWitt radiator to the front end of the car) This did not give much room to manoeuvre the engine around - so little room that I had to remove distributor cap and rocker covers to get the thing in to the engine compartment.
Today was bolting bellhousing to engine. Another job that would have been so easy if affixed to engine/gearbox assembly before installing in car. A five minute job you might say, but not on a BB car! - You small block guys have it so easy in comparison to us big block enthusiasts Banghead


All done to correct this noise!
~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1UdJz3FAvg&feature=youtu.be

#842: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

With a lake for a garden and my garage floor 6" deep in water, I moved the Corvette out to higher ground.

Thank God for Michelle's truck and its higher stance. Glad also that I tidied my garage earlier this year and got everything off the floor.

Couldn't get to work this am, but we're lucky compared to some.

#843:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Christ above. Sorry to hear that Steve. Luckily Edinburgh is still fine and we're quite distinctly uphill from the Firth of Forth so I'm hoping we don't get wet any time soon!!

#844: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Cheers Callum.. Thumbs up

Its working out ok for us unlike some, as our village was bounded by water this morning and it only receded enough for me to get to work around 1pm.

There are still a few bits blocked and I could see the roofs of cars of the brave and probably foolhardy with water lapping at them! Surprisingly, a few 4x4's in ditches too, but I really feel for those elsewhere who have had their homes flooded out, ..can't imagine anything worse..

Steve

#845: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: roppa440 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Post Posted: Today at

Yeah the Tweed was pretty high when I was staying in Dryburgh at the start of the week. Our planned romantic strolls along the riverside were scuppered. There wasn't a riverside any more. Just steps from the hotel leading down into a raging torrent. The Abbey hotel was more like an island. Doh

#846:  Author: Shifty Location: London / Edinburgh Post Posted: Today at

Dryburgh yuhsay...

Cheap!

Pretty horrifying seeing some of the roads up north completely destroyed. Bye bye A93...

#847: Re: What did you do with your Vette today? Author: Redlevel Post Posted: Today at

Next village had a bus submerged and its passengers airlifted out. My neighbour said.. "..oh, those poor children on that bus! How awful for them!" ...WTF! Lucky wee b*st*rds!<