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7/1/14 10:35am - Original Message: 'What's the worst Job you ever did on your vette?'
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1981 Red Interior White exterior

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Not necessarily the toughest but the one you just had to say  "This Censored sux!!!"  

Since I don't have a garage I'll move the car to the grass to work on a more comfortable and cooler surface.  Not to worry, I put cardboard down to catch all the bolts and nuts I drop(after I drop the 3rd one).Embarrassed  Between all the little springs and washers and nuts and bolts I've dropped and had to find the absolute worst job was reattaching the after market fan this past week.  After getting great advice on doing the roller rockers I thought I was in great shape.  I put this thing on in the first place but, that was with the hood off a couple yrs ago.  With my back being so banged up and the weird angle it just killed me.  Didn't help that we had upper mid 80's temp and high humidity.  At least, that's what it felt like to this short fat guy!  Took me more than 40 minutes, not including the break I had to take and it gave me two cuts on my arm.Angry Censored Nuke


My number two would be my wipers...still not working.  I've given up on those for the time being because electrical problems are magic and I need a wizard to figure them out(and a contortionist to look at the fuses).


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7/1/14 10:51am - Reply: 'Re: What's the worst Job you ever did on your vette?'
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Eagan, MN - USA

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1981 Corvette Two-Tone Claret color, 4 spd, C7 Vert

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7/1/14 11:58am - Reply: 'Re: What's the worst Job you ever did on your vette?'
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1981 Blue Ice Met. w/pearl ghost flames TKO500 5speed. LS1 Swap 3.45 Dana 44.

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Ha! That's a no brainer for me…

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7/1/14 1:17pm - Reply: 'Re: What's the worst Job you ever did on your vette?'
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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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There are no "worst jobs" on a Corvette...they're ALL a labor of love.....right? Right? Censored
ANYTHING in the interior is my Achilles's heel....I HATE that crap. Oh....and anything to do with the friggin side WINDOWS. Angry F- that...let 'em leak...I don't care anymore.....LOL


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7/1/14 2:39pm - Reply: 'Re: What's the worst Job you ever did on your vette?'
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1972 LT-1 convertible with factory air.

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Parking brakes.

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7/1/14 5:17pm - Reply: 'Re: What's the worst Job you ever did on your vette?'
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Cadiz, KY - USA

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Agree with Joel. Anything to do with adjusting the door glass, let em leak. But, any work on a Corvette must bring blood or you have not worked hard enough.

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7/2/14 8:24pm - Reply: 'Re: What's the worst Job you ever did on your vette?'
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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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The Censored dashboard.  All of it.  Any of it.  Nothing worse than thinking you've gotten it all installed, and finding a Censored light bulb swinging by the wire in the footwell.  Or worse, a vacuum hose that's popped off of the light switch.  Horrible, horrible job. 

I finally got mine installed, working, and looking great and now dang tach stopped working.  CensoredCensoredCensoredCensoredCensored

So I'll be ripping it out again soon...  Thanks, Larry Shinoda, for an intuitive and easy to work on instrument cluster!!  (Heavy sarcasm intended)


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7/2/14 10:43pm - Reply: 'Re: What's the worst Job you ever did on your vette?'
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While I agree with the pita factor of doing dash werk, Shinoda had absolutely NOTHING to do with the interior design, or engineering.
One trick to doing work on/behind the tach/speedo cluster is removing the upper dash pad...you can actually SEE, and get to a lot of crap with that off. Thumbs Up


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7/3/14 5:13pm - Reply: 'Re: What's the worst Job you ever did on your vette?'
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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

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Mine was the complete restoration/mod on the entire 72. It all was a drawn out process. But if I had to pick just one job its the replacing of the rear e brake shoes! Yes the interior replacemet wasnt fun since non of the parts seemed to fit as I would expect. The body work was terrible because the fiberglass gets into your arms and drives you crazy. The bleeding of the brakes can be a nightmare. Yes after reflecting on the restore/mod I would put the whole thing in as the worst job. But in the end I will say it was worth it!
Also I can tell you that I am in the middle of doing a restore/mod to another car that does not carry the Corvette name, It falls into the same category as the worst job! None are worth it until your driving down the road then all bad times are forgotten!
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7/3/14 5:40pm - Reply: 'Re: What's the worst Job you ever did on your vette?'
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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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One trick to doing work on/behind the tach/speedo cluster is removing the upper dash pad...you can actually SEE, and get to a lot of crap with that off. Thumbs Up

Great idea!!!  But isn't the dash pad bolted in place with an L bracket that you can only get to with the tach/speedo cluster removed?  I can't remember.  I blocked the whole horrible memory from my mind.  I do remember having to unbolt the column and let it hang so I could install the driver side instruments.  The second time I did it (which I swore would be the last time) I had the steering wheel off, which was a big help.

I'm considering converting the speedo and tach to AutoMeter arctic white gauges to match my center stack stuff rather than repairing my inoperative tach.  Very expensive conversion, including going from a mechanical to an electric speedo.  Plus I'd lose the turn signal, bright, and brake indicator bulbs and have to come up with some decent looking way of recovering them. 

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7/3/14 10:04pm - Reply: 'Re: What's the worst Job you ever did on your vette?'
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dyoes said:... But isn't the dash pad bolted in place with an L bracket that you can only get to with the tach/speedo cluster removed?


Nope...just the screws in the defrogger vent, and the screws across the front of the dash cluster, map pocket, and center stack(wiper switch/vent/ gauges). You'll need to remove both side pillar trim pieces, too, but those only have one screw in them, and plastic velcro.
Once all the screws for the upper dash pad are out, and the pillar trim, push up in the center of the dash pad....you'll have to "bow" it up some, since it fits behind the pillar posts. It's really not that hard, unless your upper dash pad is in bad shape, and brittle....if that is the case, you'll wind up spewing a few bad werds if it breaks. Censored

I've had mine out plenty of times with no problems, as well as a few other cars. Thumbs Up


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7/3/14 10:13pm - Reply: 'Re: What's the worst Job you ever did on your vette?'
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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 Joel.  I'll give it a shot, maybe tomorrow...  I still can't get my headlights to work, even with every single component replaced (except the light switch).  So it'll be a good opportunity to run that down as well.

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7/4/14 1:25pm - Reply: 'Re: What's the worst Job you ever did on your vette?'
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1969 Daytona Yellow. 350 / Automatic.

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The horn and the wipers.  Still don't work although the horn did start blaring while we were replacing the brakes. Haven't heard them since.

I've got a replacement vacuum hose set to put on for the wipers.  I'd rather do anything else -- so I do.


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7/4/14 6:34pm - Reply: 'Re: What's the worst Job you ever did on your vette?'
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Gloucester, VA - USA

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1979 T-Top, Metallic Green ZZ4 350/355 hp 405 ft/lbs torque Dual Spal Fans 700R4 4 Spd O/D Transmission 2004 Z06 Commemorative Edition

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F4Gary said: Parking brakes.

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7/15/14 7:41pm - Reply: 'Re: What's the worst Job you ever did on your vette?'
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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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Replace the brake booster. When you reconnect to the brake pedal arm.... Crap...you can burn hours and invent a few new words! And making the plastic Velcro work. I don't think I have any of it working. But I tried...and tried...and gave up.

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7/15/14 10:11pm - Reply: 'Re: What's the worst Job you ever did on your vette?'
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Jacksonville, FL - USA

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79 L-82 4-speed. Engine stock except long tube headers. Previous owner replaced upholstery and carpet with OEM. I replaced and upgraded steering and suspension.

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I have experienced many of the horror stories I read above including dash work, rear brakes, etc., but my worst job was replacing the rear hub, seals and bearings. Not too bad going back together but getting them out was a bear.

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7/16/14 11:57am - Reply: 'Re: What's the worst Job you ever did on your vette?'
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71 Colonnade Hardtop Coupe Torch Red with black interior originally L48 built to push around 360hp

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dbarnesid said: Replace the brake booster. When you reconnect to the brake pedal arm.... Crap...you can burn hours and invent a few new words! And making the plastic Velcro work. I don't think I have any of it working. But I tried...and tried...and gave up.


Dave reminded me of Effingham Pig where about ten of us (including you Joel) climbed under the dash of, (if I remember right Bobbiesvet), trying to get the clip on the pedal shaft, and the booster.AngryCensoredCry Now that sucked!! Barb finally gave it a shot and got-er-done.Thumbs UpBeer 

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7/16/14 12:46pm - Reply: 'Re: What's the worst Job you ever did on your vette?'
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1972 conv, 4-speed, 350, 200hp, numbers match, rally wheels, war bonnett yellow w/white top. good condition, nice driver.

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Ouch  YUP! I was under that dash as well. Not a fun time, but it was accomplished in time to travel.   Did one in my garage for another friend. Did my own also. Not a job to look forward to. The BEST way I found is to unscrew linkage from the pedal clevis and not take the clip off. Much easier and less cramping of the fingers.

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7/16/14 1:37pm - Reply: 'Re: What's the worst Job you ever did on your vette?'
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my7t1 said:

Dave reminded me of Effingham Pig where about ten of us (including you Joel) climbed under the dash of, (if I remember right Bobbiesvet), trying to get the clip on the pedal shaft, and the booster.AngryCensoredCry Now that sucked!! Barb finally gave it a shot and got-er-done.Thumbs UpBeer 

Remember that one Jethro?


Yup...I sure do. It wasn't Barb's car, tho...it was Jeff's, I think. Lot'sa fun, that one! NOT! LOL



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7/17/14 10:04am - Reply: 'Re: What's the worst Job you ever did on your vette?'
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manchestershark said: Ouch  YUP! I was under that dash as well. Not a fun time, but it was accomplished in time to travel.   Did one in my garage for another friend. Did my own also. Not a job to look forward to. The BEST way I found is to unscrew linkage from the pedal clevis and not take the clip off. Much easier and less cramping of the fingers.


Ah...so true, but...if ya remember, the issue on this particular car was that the pushrod to clevis threads were screwed up.....we needed to remove the clevis to be able to see that. Thumbs Up
Slinky widdle Barb was able to squeeze in there and get that dadgum clip back in place.


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