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Column's out - what else should I do? (1/4)
 6/14/20 3:04am
daveo76
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Vancouver, WA - USA

Vette(s):
1976 Silver/Firethorn. L48, 4spd. Original 2 bolt, vortec heads, 9.4:1 CR, Speed Pro Cam: 224/224@0.050, 112 LSA, Eagle Steel Crank.


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I have my steering column out to install my Borgeson steering box.  I know brake booster for sure - I just ordered a new one from Bair's. I'm pretty sure mine is original and it looks like it will be WAY easier to get to those four nuts with the column out.  Anything else?  At first I was thinking I might rebuild the column but after it was out, I got it collapsed enough for the Borgeson without any trouble.  It turns super smooth and the bearings don't have any play.  I don't really want to tear into the column if I don't have to - everything else works fine.  

Any tips on getting the booster out?  Three nuts look pretty easy but that fourth, upper left one is going to be tough even with the column out.  I remember reading other posts years ago about folks struggling with this project.  multiple articulating joints for a socket if I remember correctly?  

 



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1976 Silver/Firethorn.  L48, 4spd.  Original 2 bolt, vortec heads, 9.4:1 CR, Speed Pro Cam: 224/224@0.050, 112 LSA, Eagle Steel Crank.
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Re: Column's out - what else should I do? (2/4)
 6/22/20 1:20am
daveo76
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Vancouver, WA - USA

Vette(s):
1976 Silver/Firethorn. L48, 4spd. Original 2 bolt, vortec heads, 9.4:1 CR, Speed Pro Cam: 224/224@0.050, 112 LSA, Eagle Steel Crank.


Joined: 8/25/2005
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Not sure if anyone really cares - don't see too many technical here discussions anymore 😢 - but FWIW, I'm proceeding with the brake booster removal.  Tonight I finally successfully got the upper left nut off the stud (the hardest of the four).  I had to remove the clutch linkage between the pedal and Z-bar and the clutch interlock switch.  Had to remove the linkage to get enough room to rotate a ratchet, with it installed there's not enough room to get even one click.  Now I'm just waiting for the new booster to arrive from Bairs and the rest should be fairly easy.  Famous last words....

I decided to not do anything else while the column's out, other than a brake bleed/fluid replacement.  Doesn't seem like there's anything else to do, since everything in my column is working fine.  Some other '76 owners might decide this would be a good time to get rid of the Vega steering wheel, but I'm keeping it.  It's part of the car and one of the few things that make a '76 unique.  

And although I have no experience the other way, I'm fairly confident replacing the booster is far easier with the column out.  Having my head in the footwell, legs in the luggage compartment, looking up I'm wondering how the hell I could have gotten to those bolts with a big tube right in my way.  



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1976 Silver/Firethorn.  L48, 4spd.  Original 2 bolt, vortec heads, 9.4:1 CR, Speed Pro Cam: 224/224@0.050, 112 LSA, Eagle Steel Crank.
Re: Column's out - what else should I do? (3/4)
 6/22/20 4:48pm
BillHanna
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Cana, VA - USA

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1975 Stingray 71 350 engine Flat top pistons Sniper fuel injection Hyperspark ignition


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I for one care about technical discussions.  Keep the questions -- and answers -- coming.  This forum has helped me significantly with getting my '75 all fixed up.  If anyone has been following my issues, I can say that at the moment, everything works on mine --  for now -- ya'll know that does not last long on these 40 something old cars.

I feel for anyone that works under the dash of one of these cars.  I do most of the work myself on mine, but when it comes to working under the dash, I take it to my mechanic -- who does not seem to mind the small space as much.  I don't even see how anyone can get to the fuse panel.

 



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Re: Column's out - what else should I do? (4/4)
 6/23/20 1:58am
daveo76
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Vancouver, WA - USA

Vette(s):
1976 Silver/Firethorn. L48, 4spd. Original 2 bolt, vortec heads, 9.4:1 CR, Speed Pro Cam: 224/224@0.050, 112 LSA, Eagle Steel Crank.


Joined: 8/25/2005
Posts: 838

Thanks for the comments, Bill.  Yeah, I've been following your threads recently (your car is definitely easy to follow!) -- I'm going to try to speak up more often on the technical topics going forward.  I've been a member here since the mid-2000s and have had my same '76 since 2001.  Back in those days, this place was always hopping with technical topics, but it seems like there's not as much engagement on the tech side as there once was.  I still like that this is a paid site and the people that are here really want to be - the arguments and general mean behavior on free car forums drives me nuts - but I might have to break down and become a member of one of the other Vette forums.  :-(

the booster arrived from Bairs today - looks great.  Always fast and good service from them.  I'm hopeful the hardest part of the booster project is done, but I'm sure there will be some challenges getting linkages (some with "Jesus clips") hooked up.  

I'll report back on progress.  



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1976 Silver/Firethorn.  L48, 4spd.  Original 2 bolt, vortec heads, 9.4:1 CR, Speed Pro Cam: 224/224@0.050, 112 LSA, Eagle Steel Crank.
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