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Re: What do you plan to do with your C3 this winter? (26/36)
 11/22/21 9:35am
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Re: What do you plan to do with your C3 this winter? (27/36)
 11/22/21 10:25am
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BillHanna said:
gapl1953 said:

Bill don't feel alone. Not a Corvette, but when I went into the garage yesterday my 1961 Norton ES2 motorcycle had a large puddle of oil under it. I did not notice the puddle before yesterday and it was oil tight all summer. The only difference was  that we had below zero temperature two days ago and the garage is not heated. I have no idea why that would cause it to leak the oil. I'll need to wait til spring to check it out. 


Is there a chance that there was some water in the oil, and freezing caused it to push the case apart a bit?


Hi Bill,

Better late than never, I didn't see your response until today, go figure.

The engined wet stumped and the oil came out of the weep hole for the main bearing on the drive side of the engine. I drained the oil tank this winter so it won't happen again. Thanks for your idea on the subject.

This winter I'm having the interior renewed along with body mounts and the suspension rubbers replaced. I'm having a restoration shop near me do the work because I don't have the ability to lift the body for the body mount replacement. The rest of the work will save me time next summer so I can drive it more. Besides it is in a climate controlled environment for this winter.

Re: What do you plan to do with your C3 this winter? (28/36)
 12/1/21 8:38am
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Did you check the fuel regulator, many of the fitech's were sent out with 3 bar instead of 4 bar regulators, I had to change two units to get them to work correctly as the injectors are 4 bar. Good luck



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Re: What do you plan to do with your C3 this winter? (29/36)
 12/3/21 10:42am
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I plan to get the parking brake working. Of course, first I have to get under it and see what parts I need to order. Real soon now...

Re: What do you plan to do with your C3 this winter? (30/36)
 12/3/21 4:23pm
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I'm new to this site/club.  My mostly original 327/4sp convertible '68 made a noise and quit running.  So I might be doing a lot to it this winter.  I have it at the shop where they will advise whether it just needs a bit of attention or maybe I am looking at some bigger decisions.  I always thought if the original engine went kerplunk (that's what it sounded like) I would consider my options.  I am considering what to do when I get the diagnosis...rebuild the orig 327/300 and keep it as much of a survivor as possible (never been graded), follow my teenager still in me (part of the reason we all play with these things) and go with a 383 stroker/new 5 spd gearbox, drive axle etc and throttle body fuel injection, go with that same line of thinking but add significantly more to the budget and go with an LS conversion, new 5 spd gearbox, etc etc etc.  I can help but hope a little bit that the oig therw a rod, cracked the block and I am forced to make some "more power" decisions.  Has anyone got any feelings/experience about the Holley throttle body injection system vs full on LS conversion???

Signed...torn between my budget and more power

 

Re: What do you plan to do with your C3 this winter? (31/36)
 12/3/21 7:51pm
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jgoglick said:

I plan to get the parking brake working. Of course, first I have to get under it and see what parts I need to order. Real soon now...

I had new parking brake shoes, drums, and cables replaced on mine, and it still does not hold on just a slight hill.  I use both the parking brake along with putting it in 1st or reverse gear to keep her from running away. . .

I wonder if there is something else I should be looking at in order to make the parking brake more solid.  It is adjusted so the handle is only about half-way up when pulled hard.



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Re: What do you plan to do with your C3 this winter? (32/36)
 12/3/21 7:58pm
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timecapsule68 said:

 

I'm new to this site/club.  My mostly original 327/4sp convertible '68 made a noise and quit running. 

 I always thought if the original engine went kerplunk (that's what it sounded like) I would consider my options.  I am considering what to do when I get the diagnosis...rebuild the orig 327/300 and keep it as much of a survivor as possible (never been graded), follow my teenager still in me (part of the reason we all play with these things) and go with a 383 stroker/new 5 spd gearbox, drive axle etc and throttle body fuel injection, go with that same line of thinking but add significantly more to the budget and go with an LS conversion, new 5 spd gearbox, etc etc etc.  I can help but hope a little bit that the oig threw a rod, cracked the block and I am forced to make some "more power" decisions.  Has anyone got any feelings/experience about the Holley throttle body injection system vs full on LS conversion???

Signed...torn between my budget and more power

 


I don't know about the 300 hp 327, but I had a factory crate 327/360 hp in a 62 Chevy Nova, and that was an awesome motor -- high RPM, gobs of power.  I'd take something like that over a 350 -- at least in a light car like the Nova.  On the other hand, the LS is a powerful and robust motor.

My understanding of the 5 speed trannys is that they are quite a bit larger than a 4-speed, and probably require some cutting of the trans tunnel. . .

 



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Re: What do you plan to do with your C3 this winter? (33/36)
 12/4/21 1:16am
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BillHanna said:
jgoglick said:

I plan to get the parking brake working. Of course, first I have to get under it and see what parts I need to order. Real soon now...

I had new parking brake shoes, drums, and cables replaced on mine, and it still does not hold on just a slight hill.  I use both the parking brake along with putting it in 1st or reverse gear to keep her from running away. . .

I wonder if there is something else I should be looking at in order to make the parking brake more solid.  It is adjusted so the handle is only about half-way up when pulled hard.



If you didn't replace both cables (main cable and crossover cable) then you need to verify that they're not frozen inside their housing. That was a problem in the rust belt when people didn't use their parking brake regularly.

Did you use a stainless steel parking brake shoe and hardware kit?



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Re: What do you plan to do with your C3 this winter? (34/36)
 12/4/21 9:25am
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As a possibility, cables stretch,  so they may need to be adjusted underneath the car. Very easy to get to. If the inside handle comes all the way up with little resistance, that may be your next project. 

Re: What do you plan to do with your C3 this winter? (35/36)
 12/4/21 2:53pm
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73shark said:
BillHanna said:
 

I had new parking brake shoes, drums, and cables replaced on mine, and it still does not hold on just a slight hill.  I use both the parking brake along with putting it in 1st or reverse gear to keep her from running away. . .

I wonder if there is something else I should be looking at in order to make the parking brake more solid.  It is adjusted so the handle is only about half-way up when pulled hard.



If you didn't replace both cables (main cable and crossover cable) then you need to verify that they're not frozen inside their housing. That was a problem in the rust belt when people didn't use their parking brake regularly.

Did you use a stainless steel parking brake shoe and hardware kit?

I did get the all stainless kit for the brake shoes.  The washers that hold the springs down in the kit I got were not machined right and would not hold onto the little rod that they twist onto, so I had to get those at a parts store.  You'd think for the price they charge they would at least work correctly. . .


I wonder if I need to adjust the slack adjusters at the brake shoes?

 



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Re: What do you plan to do with your C3 this winter? (36/36)
 12/5/21 9:45am
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New front carpet and install new leather seat covers, (Corvette Americas) 

After having done this back in 1994 when I first got the car, I thought it was time for a refresh. 

I bought the seat covers and carpet from our friends at Willcox.



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