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6/23/13 7:39am - Original Message: 'Bubba Lives'
dbarnesid
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Boise, ID - USA

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1972 mille miglia red corvette convertible. This is a car currently under restoration. The pic above is of me and my Ph.D. candidate daughter. She, not my Vette, is my pride and joy. Smile...

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I'm doing the interior and gauges of my 72 now. Here's what I found. No two screws are the same on various portions the same part. Most screws are rusty. (Yes, age and water are named Bubba too.) Bubba visited the driver's door latch mechanism. He broke part of the lock then attached the handle with the wrong screw. I had to drill out the oversized screw. That was fun. :( The gauge cluster had been reattached wrong and sat in the dash askew. Bubba dyed much of the interiorin place so I get to clean up all kinds of overspray. He got a windshield leak and sealed it from the inside with two colors of silicone. I get to replace the rusty window frame... maybe more. I love Bubba. He helped me learn all about my new vette. Can anyone top my Bubba encounter?

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6/23/13 11:36am - Reply: 'Re: Bubba Lives'
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2004 Commemorative Edition Coupe, Auto w/HUD. 13K miles in 2015. Sold 1982 Red Coupe

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At least now you know everything will be done right now.
I was lucky with mine. Not too many non-professionals worked on it over the years.
Except of course for me.Cry


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6/24/13 7:20am - Reply: 'Re: Bubba Lives'
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Boise, ID - USA

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1972 mille miglia red corvette convertible. This is a car currently under restoration. The pic above is of me and my Ph.D. candidate daughter. She, not my Vette, is my pride and joy. Smile...

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dwright said: At least now you know everything will be done right now.
I was lucky with mine. Not too many non-professionals worked on it over the years.
Except of course for me.Cry



Yeah... someday someone will call me Bubba. :-D

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6/24/13 12:21pm - Reply: 'Re: Bubba Lives'
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#1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/ Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight" #2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas

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6/25/13 11:55am - Reply: 'Re: Bubba Lives'
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Woodland, WA - USA

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1977 T-Top,350,Auto Black Ruby Pearl,Steeroids R&P conversion

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I have those tools and my name is Bob I hope I am not bubba cousin

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6/25/13 12:48pm - Reply: 'Re: Bubba Lives'
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Lake Oswego, OR - USA

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1972 Steel Cities Gray T Top. Original Owner, Original Paint and Interior. The running gear has been rebuilt after 240,000 miles.

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rraider1 said: I have those tools and my name is Bob I hope I am not bubba cousin

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6/25/13 2:17pm - Reply: 'Re: Bubba Lives'
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I am Bubba.  Its not that I don't want to do it right, its the money man, the money!

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6/25/13 10:07pm - Reply: 'Re: Bubba Lives'
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Vancouver, WA - USA

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1976 Silver/Firethorn. L48, 4spd. Original 2 bolt, vortec heads, 9.4:1 CR, Speed Pro Cam: 224/224@0.050, 112 LSA, Eagle Steel Crank.

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I have to admit about being a recovering Bubba - I've had the car for 11 years now and virtually all of the Bubba stuff is mine!  (Seems like the other two owners used a dealer for just about everything - car was bone stock when I bought it.)  It's interesting to see the changes I've made in my philosophies over the years.  Stuff I did 11 years ago no longer meets my standards and I've redone most of it.  Except the "two-piece" radiator shroud -- that is definitely Bubba but I'm keeping that!  So much easier to remove the shroud and/or radiator that way.  

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7/26/13 2:14pm - Reply: 'Re: Bubba Lives'
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Boise, ID - USA

Vette(s):
1972 mille miglia red corvette convertible. This is a car currently under restoration. The pic above is of me and my Ph.D. candidate daughter. She, not my Vette, is my pride and joy. Smile...

Joined: 5/29/2013
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Well... Bubba struck me again. My gauge cluster bezel is different than most. It comes in two pieces. It doesn't fit just right and I've been scratching my head for a month.
Now, I realized, it's not SUPPOSED to be in two pieces. Bubba broke it at some point and just reinstalled it anyway. That's why it doesn't fit right. Confused
 
So I figure if it were an NCRS car it would be dinged unless I replace the bezel. It would be dinged because it's broken. If I countersink two holes in the top portion and attach it to the dash (like the lower portion of the bezel) it will be dinged because it's modified. Either way I lose.
 
So... I'll contersink some holes and attach it to the dash just because it will look better. Does that mean I'M Bubba?


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7/26/13 2:34pm - Reply: 'Re: Bubba Lives'
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Zachary, LA - USA

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1974 L-48 Auto. Just your basic Vette. GM crate motor w/vortec heads and intake. Crane cam. Scorpion rockers, Edelbrock carb. Lots of parts still in boxes... :(

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Those bezels on the 76 and earlier cars are very, very fragile just below the A/C vents.  That part is razor thin, and if you try to install or adjust it by pushing the top of the bezel in place it will snap very easily.  New ones are not cheap.  The 77 and later cars bezels were made of plastic, a lot more sturdy, and they fit a lot better. 

And yep, drilling holes where they don't belong is definitely a Bubba move!  Welcome to the family!

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7/26/13 3:44pm - Reply: 'Re: Bubba Lives'
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Boise, ID - USA

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1972 mille miglia red corvette convertible. This is a car currently under restoration. The pic above is of me and my Ph.D. candidate daughter. She, not my Vette, is my pride and joy. Smile...

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Sometimes drilling a coupla holes and installing a coupla screws for a total cost of 50 cents makes more sense than spending over $100 to get basically the same look and functionality.
 
I guess Bubba is practical. Tongue  (And/or poor.)
 
By the way, by the looks of your Vette you're not shooting for NCRS. No matter, that is one sweet looking Vette. Clap


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7/26/13 9:05pm - Reply: 'Re: Bubba Lives'
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Zachary, LA - USA

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1974 L-48 Auto. Just your basic Vette. GM crate motor w/vortec heads and intake. Crane cam. Scorpion rockers, Edelbrock carb. Lots of parts still in boxes... :(

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Thanks! I am shooting for NCRS, but in my case, it stands for "Not Correctly Restored Stingray!"

Unfortunately, with work being the way that it is, the closest I get to the car right now is this forum.  I had plans to have it ready for Cruising the Coast this year, but it looks like 2014.  I have two transmission cooling lines to connect and then start and break in the engine, then get the car ready for paint.  So close I can taste it.

Fortunately, my Dad is a Vetteaholic so I live vicariously through him.  He has an '04 Torch Red Convertible, a '69 350 4-speed coupe, and a '69 427 Convertible.  I get my Vette fix occasionally!  :)

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7/28/13 9:44am - Reply: 'Re: Bubba Lives'
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Boise, ID - USA

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1972 mille miglia red corvette convertible. This is a car currently under restoration. The pic above is of me and my Ph.D. candidate daughter. She, not my Vette, is my pride and joy. Smile...

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I sorely need a paint job and minor body work. About $6500 should do it. I'm sorely tempted to go to our vettefest show and shine with this sign. "Soon to be retired enthusiast needs to continue restoration. Anything helps." Not to disrespect truly needy people but I'm also stalled due to lack of funds. Sigh...

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7/28/13 12:13pm - Reply: 'Re: Bubba Lives'
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Vancouver, WA - USA

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1976 Silver/Firethorn. L48, 4spd. Original 2 bolt, vortec heads, 9.4:1 CR, Speed Pro Cam: 224/224@0.050, 112 LSA, Eagle Steel Crank.

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My bezel has been broken at that location below the vents since before I bought the car.  Fortunately I've taken it apart and put it back together numerous times and I always seem to get it back together so it's not noticeable.  requires some jockeying, though.  I concur, I'll go with the Bubba move in this case, no reason to replace that particular part at this particular juncture....

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7/28/13 10:45pm - Reply: 'Re: Bubba Lives'
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Boise, ID - USA

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1972 mille miglia red corvette convertible. This is a car currently under restoration. The pic above is of me and my Ph.D. candidate daughter. She, not my Vette, is my pride and joy. Smile...

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Oh good. I have a co-conspirator. I hate to drill those holes but... I hate the ill fitting bezel more.

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7/29/13 8:19pm - Reply: 'Re: Bubba Lives'
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Zachary, LA - USA

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1974 L-48 Auto. Just your basic Vette. GM crate motor w/vortec heads and intake. Crane cam. Scorpion rockers, Edelbrock carb. Lots of parts still in boxes... :(

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In the immortal words of Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele: "Drill Baby, Drill!"

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8/19/13 2:27pm - Reply: 'Re: Bubba Lives'
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Boise, ID - USA

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1972 mille miglia red corvette convertible. This is a car currently under restoration. The pic above is of me and my Ph.D. candidate daughter. She, not my Vette, is my pride and joy. Smile...

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OMG!!!
 
Bubba is outdoing himself on my car. Tranny leak. One of the leaks is coming from the shifter. Tranny guy checks it out closely and finds that there is no seal. Thus the leak. AND... Bubba apparently tried to seal it himself using... wait for it... EPOXY! Tranny guy doesn't know yet if there is a crack or a chunk taken out of the case or whether Bubba was just trying to create his own seal.
 
More later as the saga unfolds. Disapprove


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8/20/13 12:18pm - Reply: 'Re: Bubba Lives'
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Duncanville, TX - USA

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#1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/ Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight" #2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas

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Gomer and Goober strike again!! I'm curious to see what he finds.....stay tuned, indeed!

 

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8/20/13 1:01pm - Reply: 'Re: Bubba Lives'
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Boise, ID - USA

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1972 mille miglia red corvette convertible. This is a car currently under restoration. The pic above is of me and my Ph.D. candidate daughter. She, not my Vette, is my pride and joy. Smile...

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Well, I have some answers. I went to the shop and I saw my tranny laid out in all of its glory.
 
Bubba did not try to build a seal with epoxy. At some point he decided to remove the shifter seal but, without benefit of the proper tool he did it with a screw driver or a chisel. He did a lot of damage to the case and he put a big gouge and left a large burr in the shifter shaft.
 
When he put the tranny back together he inserted the seal and because of the damage he had done the seal didn't seal. So, he covered it with epoxy hoping to stop the leak.
 
Now I get to buy a new shaft and new tranny case. I guess the good news is that this 42-year-old tranny with 147,000 miles on it was completely original and could probably use a face-lift anyway.
 
I was given the option of just putting in the necessary parts and put it back together or doing a rebuild. I chose to put in a new shift kit. The expensive hard parts are fine. But as long as I have to have it torn apart to fix Bubba's little adventure I may as well come out of it with a new transmission.  
 
Goober and Gomer for sure. Even Bubba knows better than this. Censored


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8/20/13 4:17pm - Reply: 'Re: Bubba Lives'
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#1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/ Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight" #2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas

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What kind of $$$ are they wanting to do a "Shift Kit"? Gotta be careful....all it takes is drillin a couple of holes a little larger, and removing a couple of springs to make one shift pretty firm. That don't really cost anything. If you buy a commercial "Shift Kit", it could cost quite a bit, and you'll wind up with the same shifts as the no-cost deal....
just throwin that out there....don't wanna see anyone get the shaft(no pun intended).

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