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What am I forgettin'? (1/6)
 4/6/14 9:29pm
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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Oil, water, transmission fluid.  Three gallons of fuel.  Brakes bled, new Mid-America chambered exhausts installed.  Timing set (SWAG).  Oil pump power-drill spun, 40# of oil pressure.  Power steering fluid, valves set (as much as I can).  New fire extinguisher standing by.  Plugs gapped and installed (not so easy with these headers).  The boy and I bled the brakes this afternoon, and took it off of jackstands.

All that's left is to trailer it to the muffler shop on Friday to weld the header outlet to the exhausts.  Then, of course, the inevitable fixin' stuff that don't work and several thousand dollars in paint and bodywork.

I'm ready to fire it up for the first time since 2009.  Any last minute tips?  Prayers?  Chicken bones?  Should I just sell the entire hulk on eBay and buy a new one? 

Beer

After all this work, I'm too scared to turn the key.

- engine work
- new heads and cam
- trans flush, filter change, new torque converter
- new rubber everything (bushings, mounts, etc.)
- new u-joints
- rebuilt P/S pump
- new shocks
- rebuilt trailing arms
- new bearings on all four corners
- new fuel tank (rubber bladder) with top pickup.
- all new driven accessories (alt, water pump, etc).
- Vintage Air A/C
- All new wiring (from a '75)
- Autometer arctic white gauges in the center stack
- Four rebuilt brake calipers
- New brake lines
- New slotted calipers rotors
- New master cylinder
- Rear end rebuild
- New brake and fuel lines
- Interior completely redone
- MP3/Digital tuner that looks kinda like a stock radio
- 100 w amp, with 6x9 box in the cargo tray.
- New headlight actuator seals and relays
- Dynamat on every surface I could reach

Ad nauseum

About the only thing I didn't change was the front ball joints.  But the rivets had been replaced with bolts, so I figure they've been changed before, and there was no slop that I could feel.

What am I missing for that initial startup, other than a cam break in and transmission fill?

Hopefully Zora Duntov and Harley Earl will be smiling on me when I turn the key next weekend!







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Re: What am I forgettin'? (2/6)
 4/6/14 6:23pm
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Grapevine, TX - USA

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1972 LT-1 convertible with factory air.


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Well, do you still have the ignition key?

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Re: What am I forgettin'? (3/6)
 4/7/14 4:57am
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SOLD - "The Toy" - 1970 Convertible
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You didn't mention coolant fill - assuming that has happened.

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Re: What am I forgettin'? (4/6)
 4/7/14 8:09am
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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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 I don't see blinker fluid, or charging the flux capacitor on that list, Darryl.....very impotant steps....don't forgit those.
Other than that, FIRE THAT PUPPY UP! Clap


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Re: What am I forgettin'? (5/6)
 4/7/14 4:05pm
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Does the rear end have fluid?

Double check all the suspension nuts and bolts

Coolant in your overflow tank to make up for the trapped air inside the engine when it cools.

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I just went thru this with my '73 last week and found that I left the upper A-Arm nuts a little loose.

Good luck,
John



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Re: What am I forgettin'? (6/6)
 4/10/14 8:18pm
dyoes
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Zachary, LA - USA

Vette(s):
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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Oh yeah, blinker fluid!!  No wonder they won't work!!  Clap

Good suggestion on the suspension bolts... I went over it again and realized I had left the motor mounts loose when I installed the drive shaft. 

Exhausts going on next Wednesday, firing it up the Sunday after.  Fingers crossed!!

Beer


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