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Instagram 68_Corvette Update (1/10)
 1/4/19 2:14pm
NDBoyd
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Vette(s):
1968 L89 Coupe Silver, 2007 silver convertible


Joined: 11/26/2018
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New to the forum and wanted to let you know that my updating process for my 68 is being documented if you want to follow.

This is what I'm starting with:
68 Corvette, Silverstone Silver, 35,000+ miles/Black Leather Interior / Aluminum Cylinder Head Equipped (L89) / 4 Speed Close Ratio Transmission / AM/FM radio / tinted glass / head restraints / special-purpose suspension / 435 hp turbo-jet V8 / telescopic steering wheel / I am the original owner.

Here's where I'm going:
Ridetech coil over system / Wilwood Brakes / ZZ427 Crate Motor / Fuel Injection / keeping the Rock Crusher / Wheels & Tires / etc.

Yep, modifying numbers matching car. I want reliable, user friendly toy.

Instagram:   68_corvette


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Re: Instagram 68_Corvette Update (2/10)
 1/4/19 3:34pm
73shark
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Overland Park, KS - USA

Vette(s):
1973 Orange Metallic Coupe (orig owner), L82, 4 spd (WR), PS, (A/C & PW (I installed from wrecked 73)), leather, AM/FM Stereo, ran with '65 FI unit earlier & will again some day.


Joined: 7/9/2003
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Sounds like an interesting project. I checked out the RideTech website and I was wondering how you determine which spring to get with the shocks. Also wouldn't you have to beef up the rear upper shock mounts for it to be able to support the weight of the vehicle?

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Re: Instagram 68_Corvette Update (3/10)
 1/4/19 8:54pm
NDBoyd
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1968 L89 Coupe Silver, 2007 silver convertible


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Tech guy that I talked to at RideTech was very knowledgeable and had a good handle on which way to go with springs to meet my particular goals.  The coil over system for the rear requires an entirely new rear crossmember which provides the rear upper shock mounts.


|UPDATED|1/4/2019 5:54:02 PM (AZT)|/UPDATED|


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Re: Instagram 68_Corvette Update (4/10)
 2/4/19 1:54pm
NDBoyd
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1968 L89 Coupe Silver, 2007 silver convertible


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Update 68_Corvette

Rear suspension completed:

New engine arrived, ZZ427/480:



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Re: Instagram 68_Corvette Update (5/10)
 2/5/19 2:08am
73shark
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Overland Park, KS - USA

Vette(s):
1973 Orange Metallic Coupe (orig owner), L82, 4 spd (WR), PS, (A/C & PW (I installed from wrecked 73)), leather, AM/FM Stereo, ran with '65 FI unit earlier & will again some day.


Joined: 7/9/2003
Posts: 549

I like it. Can't quite figure out the lower shock mounting points from the picture. Looks like you don't replace the entire crossmember, you just have some attachment points that look like they bolt on. Is that accurate? Is that a crate engine? Edit: I just saw from the original post that it is a crate motor.

|UPDATED|2/4/2019 11:08:21 PM (AZT)|/UPDATED|


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Re: Instagram 68_Corvette Update (6/10)
 2/5/19 3:01am
NDBoyd
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1968 L89 Coupe Silver, 2007 silver convertible


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Here's some more detail:






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Re: Instagram 68_Corvette Update (7/10)
 2/5/19 3:51am
73shark
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Overland Park, KS - USA

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1973 Orange Metallic Coupe (orig owner), L82, 4 spd (WR), PS, (A/C & PW (I installed from wrecked 73)), leather, AM/FM Stereo, ran with '65 FI unit earlier & will again some day.


Joined: 7/9/2003
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Wow, a lot of new hardware.

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Re: Instagram 68_Corvette Update (8/10)
 2/5/19 1:01pm
F4Gary
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Grapevine, TX - USA

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1972 LT-1 convertible with factory air.


Joined: 8/26/2006
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If you are going for user friendly, why not a 5 or 6-speed conversion?

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Re: Instagram 68_Corvette Update (9/10)
 2/5/19 1:51pm
NDBoyd
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1968 L89 Coupe Silver, 2007 silver convertible


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Degree of difficulty!  Full coil over with crate ZZ427 with Fuel Injection seemed like enough to tackle.  Not doing any resto on frame this time, so body off at some point, then maybe make room for 6-speed.

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Re: Instagram 68_Corvette Update (10/10)
 5/10/19 12:51pm
NDBoyd
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1968 L89 Coupe Silver, 2007 silver convertible


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Thought the installation of the Flow Master exhaust with headers might be interesting.  I like the clean lines of the C3 and could never really love side pipes though I had some for a while.  The Flow Master exit in the stock rear position and feature an X pipe to improve performance.  I have headers on the big block so I needed to build a connection to the Flow Master system.  If you're running the stock manifolds with stock downpipe, the X pipe will hook right up to it.  The X pipe provides a unique sound.

 

 

 

 



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