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Black '68


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Ddave

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Mon 05 Dec 16 23:00

Re: Black '68


It's FINALLY here!!

having had a few hours to come to terms with it... I'm now ready to kick on!

that said... now making the obligatory *MANY* observations that I didnt pick up when first looking at it...

The good:

-Despite >3 months in transit; with some fresh fuel in the tank and a bit down the carb; it started remarkably easily.... and after a bit of initial rough running, is now as sweet as a nut

-It had a few more parts than i remember; so i've got a couple of duplicate bits from my subsequent shopping spree... i'll advertise them if anyone needs them once i've validated my inventory

- for the most part; it's as I remember!

The bad:

-no idea how i missed it when i first looked at it - but its originally an AC car! it's still got a vacuum actuator mounted in the passenger footwell - and has the 'astro ventilation' stickers on the window.... but every other conceivable part of the system is gone! - so i plan to convert it to a non ac car (but will need to research how! - unless someone has a spare 68 air con setup somewhere that they are desperate to get rid of?)

-the hand brake cover/console unit has been damaged in transit (it's very brittle) - so either need a new one or need to repair this one... any tips?

-in the next day or two - i'll be posting a biiiig parts wanted list....

The ugly:

-The big, freeflowing headers I mentioned earlier.... absolutely foul where the heater box should be... so i've either got to swap the headers or work out a way to 'encourage' it to fit.. any suggestions welcome?


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roscobbc

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Tue 06 Dec 16 12:18

Re: Black '68


Ddave wrote (View Post):It's FINALLY here!!

having had a few hours to come to terms with it... I'm now ready to kick on!

that said... now making the obligatory *MANY* observations that I didnt pick up when first looking at it...

The good:

-Despite >3 months in transit; with some fresh fuel in the tank and a bit down the carb; it started remarkably easily.... and after a bit of initial rough running, is now as sweet as a nut

-It had a few more parts than i remember; so i've got a couple of duplicate bits from my subsequent shopping spree... i'll advertise them if anyone needs them once i've validated my inventory

- for the most part; it's as I remember!

The bad:

-no idea how i missed it when i first looked at it - but its originally an AC car! it's still got a vacuum actuator mounted in the passenger footwell - and has the 'astro ventilation' stickers on the window.... but every other conceivable part of the system is gone! - so i plan to convert it to a non ac car (but will need to research how! - unless someone has a spare 68 air con setup somewhere that they are desperate to get rid of?)

-the hand brake cover/console unit has been damaged in transit (it's very brittle) - so either need a new one or need to repair this one... any tips?

-in the next day or two - i'll be posting a biiiig parts wanted list....

The ugly:

-The big, freeflowing headers I mentioned earlier.... absolutely foul where the heater box should be... so i've either got to swap the headers or work out a way to 'encourage' it to fit.. any suggestions welcome?

If the headers are Hookers then it's very likely they won't fit an a/c car - perhaps why a/c is removed -Hedmans probably will fit - you'll need to do some research. Rear centre console is very fragile - probably broken by someone kneeling on it - get a new one and reinforce it underneath.


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jmvette

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Tue 06 Dec 16 13:49

Re: Black '68


If you are doing an L88 tribute car you do not want air con. No Big Block corvettes with solid lifter 4 bolt high hp engines had air con from the factory, you could not order it as an option , with a big block 390 hp you could have it because it is a 2 bolt hydraulic lifter engine.

John

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yenko 1969

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Tue 06 Dec 16 20:50


How much have you allowed for L88 parts/repro-original $$$$$$


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Ddave

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Wed 07 Dec 16 05:22


I've reflected on that for a while - and have decided to park the idea for the moment.. (despite temptation every time i see a set of 074 aluminium heads going cheap on ebay.com!)

It comes back to vehicle purpose - this is a car that I want to be able to drive regularly / without too much hassle... I live about 15 miles from the nearest place that has 100 octane fuel readily available; and i'd rather not be perpetually waiting for mail order fuel to be delivered!

I havn't completely shelved it; and will leave the L88 hood on the car for now - but immediate term - I've decided to get the car presentable/on the road with the current driveline; and reconsider direction once its a going concern...

That said, JM's right - I'll steer away from options that would make it harder to go back if i throw the kitchen sink at the L88 tribute concept at a later date...


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CaptainK

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Wed 01 Feb 17 09:34


Ddave wrote (View Post):Nice.. What colour is yours? Do you have any pictures?

Given all that originality, How attached are you to your big block hood? 😀

For some reason I only just noticed this post and that I didn't reply. Sorry about that.

My 1968 is blue and I love my big block hood. Its gets people excited when they see the car and think "Wow! its a big block!". Just gotta remember not to lift the bonnet up...... (my little 327)

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Ddave

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Sun 26 Mar 17 09:01

Re: Black '68


doesnt look much.. but these pix encapsulate;
new power steering pump and slave cyl
new brake booster
new wiper motor (and rewire as the original had been hacked about)
complete vacuum system from scratch - was totally missing
installation OEM pop up headlight units in lieu of rectangular fixed jobbies (made painful by poor quality and incomplete cores)
new original style valve covers/pcv setup; thermostat housing etc
plugs, leads and most importantly.. a few stickers Smile

and probably a few other jobs that have been blocked from my scarred memory...

the car is 'at the farm' atm getting a new seatbelt anchor welded in (original had been poorly helicoiled by previous owner) - and will get punted on to the body shop next week for paint... by the time it comes back - the interior will be finished; will go back in the car and it might finally be on the road...

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yenko 1969

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Sun 26 Mar 17 10:00


Morning Dave, good work. Maybe the Vac Can I think goes the other way around the hose at bottom?


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Ddave

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Sun 26 Mar 17 10:30


i was dithering on that!! some photos online have have them to the top, some to the bottom...

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yenko 1969

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Sun 26 Mar 17 12:17


Bottom! NCRS trust me.......


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