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What did you do with your Vette today?


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FIVE RED

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Wed 14 Feb 18 17:59

Re: What did you do with your Vette today?


stevel98 wrote (View Post):I'm totally amazed at the facilities some people have on this forum.. Lifts and space!

I've mentioned this before but my lift is based around the Hamer Car Lift http://hamercarlift.com/

Yes my garage is classed as a double but in reality only a car and a half, plus I've got a stack of stuff stored either side of the car.
Anyway I found the Hamer lift to be a very versatile piece of kit but couldn't afford the 'real thing'. I drew up my own version and used a local fabricator to make it (a classic car enthusiast) for 500 cash plus the cost of the farm jacks at 25 each on ebay.
If you fancy going down a similar route you'll see that such a lift would fit in your 9' garage. http://hamercarlift.com/HAMER-DIMENSIONS-CAPACITIES


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C5 owner & very happy about it!

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Redlevel

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Thu 15 Feb 18 10:36

Re: What did you do with your Vette today?


Looks good but my issue with that kind of lift is that it looks difficult to remove the wheels if the car is sitting on a ramp. There's not really much to do under the car once you've replaced fuel and brake lines apart from maybe a bit of painting. Handy for draining (ATF showertime) the autobox fluid as I'm planning to do later though..

If I was going for a lift, it'd need to be a two post affair to support the body and let the wheels hang down.

Its academic really as I'll be retired in a year or so then I'm thinking of selling this gaff and maybe move somewhere drier like the east ..down sarf and escape these bleeding heart, pinko, lefty, socialist, tax obsessed types up here.

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Daytona Vette

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Thu 15 Feb 18 11:31

Re: What did you do with your Vette today?


stevel98 wrote (View Post):Looks good but my issue with that kind of lift is that it looks difficult to remove the wheels if the car is sitting on a ramp. There's not really much to do under the car once you've replaced fuel and brake lines apart from maybe a bit of painting. Handy for draining (ATF showertime) the autobox fluid as I'm planning to do later though..

If I was going for a lift, it'd need to be a two post affair to support the body and let the wheels hang down.

Its academic really as I'll be retired in a year or so then I'm thinking of selling this gaff and maybe move somewhere drier like the east ..down sarf and escape these bleeding heart, pinko, lefty, socialist, tax obsessed types up here.


what is a Pinko?


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Redlevel

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Thu 15 Feb 18 12:23

Re: What did you do with your Vette today?


Daytona Vette wrote (View Post):stevel98 wrote (View Post):Looks good but my issue with that kind of lift is that it looks difficult to remove the wheels if the car is sitting on a ramp. There's not really much to do under the car once you've replaced fuel and brake lines apart from maybe a bit of painting. Handy for draining (ATF showertime) the autobox fluid as I'm planning to do later though..

If I was going for a lift, it'd need to be a two post affair to support the body and let the wheels hang down.

Its academic really as I'll be retired in a year or so then I'm thinking of selling this gaff and maybe move somewhere drier like the east ..down sarf and escape these bleeding heart, pinko, lefty, socialist, tax obsessed types up here.


what is a Pinko?


For real? Its persons who enjoy capitalist trappings, yet maintain a sympathy to the left which takes in all the Scottish political parties except for the Tories. We have a lot up here, as its kind of fashionable especially if you work in the public sector.

At least the real hard line left (Scottish Labour and the Greens) make no bones about how abhorrant they feel about people working and actually being allowed to pocket their income instead of the state taking most of it and giving us back heavily subsidised industries and services like healthcare, food, education, housing, transport, holidays etc, plus maybe a bit of pocket money..
SNP have courted more votes in recent times by handing out a lot of free stuff that you pay for down south, but now its time for us Scots to pay for this and our (declared) taxes are rising every year.

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FIVE RED

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Thu 15 Feb 18 17:24

Re: What did you do with your Vette today?


stevel98 wrote (View Post):Looks good but my issue with that kind of lift is that it looks difficult to remove the wheels if the car is sitting on a ramp.

Point taken but I bought a small type low profile trolley jack in Walmart some years ago which sits lovely on the runner and side rail. Working on each corner at a time is a joy with full access to the brakes/suspension etc at a perfect height. The jack I bought allows the crank handle to be swung through 90deg so no extra space beyond the jack needed for the handle.


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Graham.
C5 owner & very happy about it!

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Redlevel

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Mon 19 Feb 18 10:19

Re: What did you do with your Vette today?


Took a trip down Highway #1 (A77 coast road south) as the sun was shining (not for long) and the roads fairly empty so I could progress at a fair lick.. My '87 was a bit grubby, but so what, its the drives I enjoy most..

Parked outside Donald's golf course and hotel.. (Two pints of ale, Vodka and coke and a diet coke.. 37.60)

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We got volcanoes in Ayrshire!
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When I get a dry minute, I'll have it looking like this again..

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roppa440

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Mon 19 Feb 18 10:31

Re: What did you do with your Vette today?


I had a drive out to run some fuel system cleaner through before the MOT.

Met up with a few local people for a bacon butty.

Some interesting cars out. But everyone agreed the best car there was this 125cc motor cycle engined miniature Jeep which, as it was been driven buy a little lad, arrived overland to avoid public roads.
His granddad was riding shotgun too keep an eye on him.

I think we all would have loved one of these as kids. The lucky bairn. Yes

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Redlevel

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Mon 19 Feb 18 16:30

Re: What did you do with your Vette today?


WOWWW!! I totally want one of those!

I would have killed to own such a vehicle when I was a kid (..and even now!).

I had to make do with soap box carts (latterly with a Ford starter motor spindle/rubbing against one of the back wheels (..no pedal, rope steering, and just an on and off switch and no brakes).

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FelixP

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Mon 19 Feb 18 23:33

Re: What did you do with your Vette today?


Having owned my car for 2 years this week I was giving it a bit of a birthday, even cleaning the ends of the doors for the first time. I noticed this sticker and was tipped off that a Z49 code was a Canadian spec car. I paid for a Carfax and turns out it was delivered in Ontario! I didn't think Americans could use proper gearboxes and this just confirms my theory Rofl

Happily it also has a clean record!

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roppa440

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Thu 22 Feb 18 10:11

Re: What did you do with your Vette today?


When the keyboard warrior yanks heard I was going to run my car at 180F instead of the stock 195F-210F they normally run at they threw their arms up in despair and were very insulting about it. Very.

Most also insist you need to have the engine retuned if you fit headers because it will run lean. Or rich. Depending on which idiot was having a go.

The main concerns they had were;

Will the engine even be warm enough to go from open loop to closed loop on the exhaust air injection system that richens the mixture while the engine is cold (like a choke)?

The engine oil will not be hot enough to burn off condensation in the engine.

The cats will clog up and be ruined.

The car will not pass emissions tests.

Basically I am not a GM engineer so how could I possibly know what I am doing.

Well....

I have spent a few weekends data logging and yesterday I had the MOT and emissions test.

Even my MOT guy took one look at the headers and high flow cats and said "That isn't going to pass emissions".

Results:

The engine goes into closed loop after just warming up slightly. Miles below my 180F. Fuel trim is well within it's operating parameters.

I am making 20lbs/ft more torque (measured before the headers were fitted)

Even with the high flow header cats my emissions are as good as any 3 year old car the MOT guy had tested that day EVEN THOUGH HE DIDNT GET THE CAR ABOVE 170F BEFORE THE TEST.

Fast idle test.
CO. Pass = 0.20 % Vol. My Corvette = 0.14 %
HC. Pass = 200 ppm. My Corvette = 61

Natural idle test.
CO. Pass = 0.30 % Vol. My Corvette = 0.18 %

Lambda.
Pass = 0.970 - 1.030. My Corvette = 1.010

Bring on the summer! Smile

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