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5/24/15 2:29pm - Reply: 'Re: While I've Got That Apart - PROJECT UPDATE'
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1973 L82 4 Speed Coupe - Very original, well documented driver/survivor. 2016 Bend Regional NCRS Top Flight.

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Thanks Cindy, hope to have it back together and running today. Glad to hear you've got at least one of your cars to enjoy this summer. Keep pushing on the '75, once you turn the corner and start putting all those new and cleaned up parts back together it will all be worth it !!

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6/2/15 4:52pm - Reply: 'Re: While I've Got That Apart - PROJECT COMPLETE'
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So my harmonic balancer came back from rebuild and installed with no problem. For those interested I had it rebuilt by Dale Manufacturing, you can check them out at www.hbrepair.com. Family business since the 70's, great guy to deal with. Total rebuild including return shipping was $167.65. The only minor issue was he'll repaint it in any color as long as you want it black. I asked him to do a "primer only" and I sprayed it with a light coat of Chevy orange before installation. It will be interesting to see if judges notice silicone rubber insulator vs. original rubber ?? As I mentioned in my previous update, the biggest reason I went to Dale was that he rebuilt my original HB, not one from the core pile. All of my research suggests that no one (including NCRS) is recognizing date codes on HB's yet, but mine had a clear L2F stamped on the face of it. Perhaps L = Nov., 2 = 1972, which would be correct for this car, time will tell. 



The rest of the re-assembly went just as well, original rebuilt water pump back in along with correct radiator and heater hoses from Bair's. Removed the dist., primed the oil pump and fired it up. No funny noises and my drip pan is now clean and dry. I was a little concerned when the new rear main seal dripped about three or four drops upon the initial prime and fire, but after a few trips up and down the block, everything is dry. Overall I think the engine is running and accelerating smoother, it certainly seems quieter. I attribute both to the worn timing chain components. I noted a little more oil pressure at the gauge with the new pump and pick-up, but certainly nothing to be concerned about. On the glad I did scale of 1 to 10, I'll give the project an 8. Just a little bit more piece of mind as I drive this car a little farther away home.

So what now ?? My wife just bought me Richard Prince's Corvette '68 to '82 Restoration Guide (2nd Edition) for my birthday. It looks like I will dive a little deeper into all things numbered and dated on this project.  


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6/3/15 12:35pm - Reply: 'Re: While I've Got That Apart - PROJECT COMPLETE'
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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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Judging on the balancer would pretty much be for configuration only, since there's really no way to see much else. I doubt anyone will be looking for something other than factory rubber on it. As long as it is the "correct" thickness, diameter, and has the "correct" shape on the backside, you'll be fine. Good Job!! Thumbs Up

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