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4/27/14 4:26pm - Original Message: 'IT LIVES!!!'
dyoes
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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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After five years, mucho dollars, and several new swear words, I started the '74 up, broke the cam in, set the timing, and went for a ride!! Not too many bugs. Moan/rub sound when I let off the gas at speed (I'm guessing it's a tire rub, the alignment is waaaay off from having the trailing arms rebuilt and it's got 265/50's on it). Good sized power steering leak. Was proud to have my 14-year old boy out there getting greasy with me. Still lots to to... Like Dave, I've got body work and paint to go, and probably several other things that I don't know of yet. But it started, shifted, charged, and generally behaved. And I drove it for the first time since May, 2009!! But its put to bed now so I can have the celebratory whiskey sour (or four). Life is good! :)

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4/27/14 4:48pm - Reply: 'Re: IT 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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By the way, the chambered exhaust from Mid America sounds AWESOME.  Its very, very loud, however.  I don't know if I can live with it as I'm bound to piss off the neighbors.  

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4/27/14 6:24pm - Reply: 'Re: IT LIVES!!!'
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Ash Fork, AZ - USA

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1981 Red Interior White exterior

Joined: 4/18/2007
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Woohoo!!Thumbs Up Congrats! Don't you love a plan when it comes together!

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4/28/14 12:05pm - Reply: 'Re: IT 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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First drive after a long resto is always a happy thing!

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4/28/14 3:17pm - Reply: 'Re: IT LIVES!!!'
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Temple City, CA - USA

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1969 Daytona Yellow. 350 / Automatic.

Joined: 10/3/2010
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dyoes said: After five years, mucho dollars, and several new swear words, I started the '74 up... But its put to bed now so I can have the celebratory whiskey sour (or four). Life is good! :)

Great going!  Beer

and thanks for the reminder to go give my neighbors their weekly rumble.

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4/28/14 3:26pm - Reply: 'Re: IT LIVES!!!'
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macedon, NY - USA

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68 COUPE 454 HAS MOTION HOOD SCOOP, REVERSED GILLS ZL-1 FENDER FLARES AND MOTION REAR SPOILER, LEMAN'S GAS CAP, BUCKET HEADLIGHTS. CAN-AM FRONT RACING SPOILER. CHROME HOOKER HEADERS AND SIDE PIPES! 4 SPEED M20, LOOKS FAST STANDING STILL !!

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That first drive is fun and scary at the same time !!! But your heading in the right direction !!!! have fun !!!!

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4/28/14 8:16pm - Reply: 'Re: IT LIVES!!!'
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Valley Springs, CA - USA

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1978,Metalic Money Green W/Gold emblems,TH350 w/gear splitter,black & grey interior.1978,two tone,Metalic Rootbeer & gold ,Doeskin interior,auto. trans. 1981, Silver w/mirrored T-Tops,4 spd, charcoal interior.

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Oh yeah ! it's nice to have everything running ain't it ? Let the good times roll.

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4/28/14 8:38pm - Reply: 'Re: IT 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... :(

Joined: 1/27/2013
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Rubbing sound is NOT a tire rub, but most likely the rear end.  I'd guess the lash adjustment is way off, and it's moaning pretty bad when I let off the throttle.  But all in all, I'm not too disappointed.  After all, that's the one thing that I didn't rebuild!! 

So I'll pull it this weekend and drop it off to be done.  After all, it's only money.  (Said VERY tongue in cheek...)  Lots of little things to do while it's being worked on.

Thanks for the kind words!


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4/29/14 9:27am - Reply: 'Re: IT LIVES!!!'
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Honeoye Falls, NY - USA

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1980 Coupe, T-Tops, Red, 4-Speed, ZZ4 350 from Chevrolet Performance.

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Congrats! Aint it the coolest feeling in the world?! Who cares about the neighbors? They're just jealous. I'm blessed to live in a neighborhood where there are 12 Vettes and 6 owners! Loud exhaust and 93 octane fill the air around here! Enjoy!

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4/29/14 8:17pm - Reply: 'Re: IT LIVES!!!'
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Very KEWL..............congratsThumbs Up



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5/1/14 12:18pm - Reply: 'Re: IT LIVES!!!'
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Long Valley, NJ - USA

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1972 454 Coupe, 4 speed, Targa Blue with blue interior, luggage rack

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Awesome!  Hope to have that feeling myself this summer after about 5 years (and mucho dollars too!)  Gotta go, still more to do!

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5/1/14 4:45pm - Reply: 'Re: IT LIVES!!!'
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Holland Patent, NY - USA

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#1 *1980 White, Red interior 14,000 mile #2 *1980 Red, Oyster interior 93,000 miles Resto project car, rebuilt to 383 stroker

Joined: 6/3/2008
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Dave, nice to see!
Been following your post for years!!!! lol
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5/2/14 9:32am - Reply: 'Re: IT LIVES!!!'
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Phoenix, AZ - USA

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1975 Stingray Nomad Wagon, with Daytona front, custom hood scoop, dual side vents; 420HP 350; Doug Nash 5 speed; 1980 rear end W/4:11 gears; Cherry Red metallic paint.

Joined: 3/13/2004
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congrads!  

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5/2/14 9:36pm - Reply: 'Re: IT LIVES!!!'
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Palos Heights, IL - USA

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1971 LT 1 4spd Coupe numbers matching #s114893

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I had the chambered exhaust on my 71. WE couldn't hear our selves think, it was great for a couple of years, but we changed to c/c magna-flows and the sound is awesome! LT1 383 stroker with new Tremic 5spd. Enjoy and turn up the music!!!!!!!!! 

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5/2/14 11:45pm - Reply: 'Re: IT LIVES!!!'
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Kimberling City, MO - USA

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1976 Stingray

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dyoes said: By the way, the chambered exhaust from Mid America sounds AWESOME.  Its very, very loud, however.  I don't know if I can live with it as I'm bound to piss off the neighbors.  



I also got the same exhaust and was shocked at how loud...but as time passes...they do not seem as loud...LOL...maybe it's the Dynamat! Have spent the winter on the interior and almost ready for align. shop. Good luck with the paint.




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5/3/14 10:05am - Reply: 'Re: IT LIVES!!!'
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Red Lion, PA - USA

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1974 White 350 Corvette, TH400 Automatic 1972 Tangerine /Go Mango Convertible 383 Stroker, 2004r Automatic

Joined: 10/27/2006
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congrats on getting it back out there. Noise is a good thing. Tell the neighbors all vettes are loud! Keep up the good work and hope to see some additional posts on the rear update!
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