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Message started by 69Shark on Jan 2nd, 2018 at 1:55pm

Title: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Jan 2nd, 2018 at 1:55pm
How is that for a project?

Well,
Most folks around know that I have been interested in an LS swap for my vette.
Final choice is a GM Crate LS7 plus a 4L75E transmission. Goal is to keep my 69 looking reasonably stock. Stuff an LS7 under the hood and play!

Lets go!
In my mind, the first step of the swap is to provide some whoa before adding all that go. Alan, here was kind enough to help me in what I need to refresh my brakes will a little more capability.

Early 2017 saw me putting new Cryo treated rotors, aggressive pads, and dumping all the rubber brake lines in my baby! She was also treated to a complete e-brake rebuild with stainless parts! Sadly mid install I was called to help my daughter replace an alternator in her Subaru. Doing the simplest mindless thing I popped my back! OMG! I walked her and her hubby through the reinstall of the alternator and almost had to crawl to my truck and drive it home. What a miserable ordeal. I was broken for almost a month! I now have great empathy for folks with back issues. That was my first and pray it was my last.

Sitting on the new quickJack


Wheels off and new parts are in!


Old setup!


Removed calipers


New pads, rotors, lines, and ebrake!


Spring 2017 finds me LS shopping. Oh how hard it is to decide on crate vs a used motor. My neighbor is a professional mechanic and is pressing hard to get me to buy a used motor from a wrecked vette. Even found a few. Price is tempting. Something in me kept saying don't do it. Just go crate. I was literally slowly driving myself crazy over the choice. My bride finally just told me to be honest with myself and what do you really want? Well, crate. Comes with a warranty, has been tested, and you know the entire history.

While deciding, my new baffled fuel tank and internal fuel pump have arrived and I installed!

I forgot to take pictures but here she is mid progress of fuel tank swap!


Pulling the trigger. It would seem GM has a monopoly on the LS7. Maybe price fixed? Who knows. Wherever I looked the price was the same. I even went to local dealers parts department and was shut down on price. No deals. Yikes. I assumed since paying cash SOMEONE would negotiate. Nope. Finally found a rebate on GM motors and pulled the trigger on a connect and cruise kit that included the tranny of my choice, LS7, wiring, and necessary computers.

Transmission is here!

then . . . . .
LS7 is here !!


September 2017
Time to sell the extremely reliable Ramjet I've had in my baby for years!


Craigslist wins again! First person to look made an offer for my motor, 2004R, radiator and fuel tank. Offer accepted. I drove my vette to his house. 4 hours later my car is stripped of the drivetrain.
Buyers garage

Work done!



We dragged her up onto his car trailer and back home we went.


October 2017
My son, neighbor and I pushed the car into the driveway since the engine hoist is to tall for my garage. We bolted the tranny and motor together and slipped the unit into my vette!!!

Note the clutch!

Now removed!


Engine and trany together!


Installing motor mount adapters!


Here we go!


Hmm, this isn't working . . . .



Notice the much steeper angle now! Much better . . . .



Unfortunately the oil pan did not fit because of the steering. Dang. So she was to sit in my driveway on jack stands, motor and tranny blocked in place but neither mounted.

Surprise!!!! Doctor visit, surgery, and more downtime. Yes my baby sat in the driveway on stands. for over a month. She even saw snow. Covered. Yes. even set a SB hood on her to protect the motor from the elements.   

So I ordered and received steeroids! Rack and pinion.
Another friend had pity on me. OR maybe it was the car.
Came over and said lets drop out your steering, mount the motor and tranny, and get that car in the garage! Yeah right! I can barely walk. Can't lift, and you'd end up doing all the work, thanks but I can wait. Well, that did not sit with my buddy and under the car he went. The day was nice and I became a tool gopher. Well the ones I could lift anyway. My bride assisted with others. Finally tie rods to rag joint were gone! Pushing the car back in the garage was done by my bride and buddy. I was still broken. FYI Try pushing a car 30 feet with nothing to keep the front wheels from turning! That is a trick! LOL! ( well I laugh now ) OH yeah it was pouring rain by then!

Back in the full little garage. Still wet. Still SB hood. Still sitting.


More waiting while my body healed.
Ah Finally the OK to do things.

Put my car back on jack stands nice and high so I can work in her.

Installed the steeroids! Yes!



installed accessories!



My radiator with dual fans has arrived!
Just waiting for the radiator support rubber gaskets to arrive to put the radiator in!



Still a long ways to go but I am getting close!

Pictures come to this post shortly!

Scott



























Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Jan 4th, 2018 at 12:52pm
Wow, pretty impressive Scott! Good write up too. [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Jan 4th, 2018 at 2:26pm
Thanks Jack!

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 68-73-77 on Jan 4th, 2018 at 2:37pm
I have to admit I have been conversing with Scott quite awhile on this & he finally is approaching the finish line..gonna be a real nice car to drive anywhere anytime 8-)
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Jan 5th, 2018 at 7:03am
Yep!
Alan has been extremely helpful in this process!
I was quiet on the forum for most of this, especially in the early stages as I was aware I might change my mind! LOL!

I started early asking Alan about my brakes and what to do for the upgrade.
Alan shared his wealth of knowledge and experience freely on several subjects during this mod!

I can't say thank you enough!


For anyone interested, the build is purely for giggles!
I may run her in the 1/4 mile just to see one day but that is not the goal!
She always has been and will continue to be a driver!
She'll stay clean and reasonably stock looking!

Big difference will be in the Happy Pedal!  ;D

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 68-73-77 on Jan 5th, 2018 at 7:32am
It was my pleasure to share, you will truly enjoy the difference I've blown vipers, porches & many exotic cars away. I think we share about the same  power , but your engine is definitely lighter & rev's higher. I do have a 5 spd though. Just be careful for awhile as that much power in a C-3 can be intimidating. Never did take mine to the track especially after I tore the half shaft out with Jack in the car (2nd gear did it), but I suspect it's easily  a 10 second car so I'd only get one run & they'd throw me off the track.
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Jan 8th, 2018 at 7:33am
Slow weekend but at least last night the radiator went in!
The fans were not mounted in the center of the radiator so I had to move them so they could pass the upper A-Arms!

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 68-73-77 on Jan 8th, 2018 at 2:00pm
Make sure you use distilled water with the antifreeze...it'll keep everything on the inside nice & clean ;)   Did you ever look into a spreader bar ? to beef up the frt end. I bought one for the BB but it wouldn't fit thinking of putting it in the 73 if I can find it :-?
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Jan 9th, 2018 at 6:43am
I did not look into the spreader bar.
Half shaft loops is where I was looking!

Those are on the list but still a ways out yet.

Lots of little items I need to do still. All the hoses and wires have not even been touched yet. Fuel, tranny, etc.

That stuff drives me nuts trying to figure out the right sizes etc.

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 68-73-77 on Jan 9th, 2018 at 8:32am
I had a hose (top) on the 73 this summer & because it's a different setup than stock I couldn't figure out the right hose for the replacement. Finally ordered a 1 1/2" flexible hose 30" & it fits perfect.  Stay away from those metal hose as most don't fit to tight where they connect to the radiator or thermostat.
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Jan 10th, 2018 at 7:17am
Thanks Alan!

Last night I torqued the steeroids all down to spec.
Took a photo and posted above where appropriate!

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 68-73-77 on Jan 11th, 2018 at 12:28pm
My u joints binded  a bit..they hit the headed pipe sometimes. When you attach them drill a short hole where the lock down screw goes in so it gets a good bite & holds better when you get it finally in the right position.  I put a tack weld on mine (lazy) :)
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Jan 12th, 2018 at 6:37am
Good idea and I will do that!
Thanks!

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Jan 12th, 2018 at 6:51am

68-73 wrote on Jan 5th, 2018 at 7:32am:
It was my pleasure to share, you will truly enjoy the difference I've blown vipers, porches & many exotic cars away. I think we share about the same  power , but your engine is definitely lighter & rev's higher. I do have a 5 spd though. Just be careful for awhile as that much power in a C-3 can be intimidating. Never did take mine to the track especially after I tore the half shaft out with Jack in the car (2nd gear did it), but I suspect it's easily  a 10 second car so I'd only get one run & they'd throw me off the track.
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

I remember that day!  :o
For the next year or so, Veda thought you let me drive the blue monster and I was the one who broke it.  ;D

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Feb 1st, 2018 at 12:02pm
Latest updates going forward are going to seem insignificant as there is no visual changes!LOL!


I have installed the starter. Am waiting for a new pulley for the power steering. The one provided hits the A-Arm.

I started wiring the transmission however could not get my hands in to plug in the harness! Had to drop the cross member again to get to the wiring. The tranny coolant lines should arrive any time now. All new 30 amp Bosch relays arrived two days ago including a set of factory made plugs for a nice fit and wiring up the dual fans on the radiator!

Yesterday my H valve arrived for the heater hoses. The vintage air turns off the water to the heater core to avoid heat in the cockpit however this is not ideal on a SB Chevy. Even the LS motors. It is my preference to instead of turning the flow off simply reroute the water back to the return line to the water pump. That keeps the thermostat happy! Included is a spot for another temp sensor allowing two separate controls for the dual fans should I decide to go that route!

I did a trial fit of the SB hood and so far all fits under that hood nicely! I strongly prefer the BB hood however I might get the SB hood painted to match and put it on once in a while as a sleeper! LOL!

So, yes , there is progress albeit slow at this point. I'm literally working one system at a time so I don't forget anything! Also keeps my mind from feeling overwhelmed by the volume of things I still need!

Lastly I work on her until I get tired or get frustrated! Either scene and I just stop and come back when I feel better! LOL! My guitar is a great break when I need it!


Scott





Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Feb 2nd, 2018 at 1:15am
You have a very sound mind for that kind of work. I remember the 10 years I built up yellowjacket and many times I had to stop, go do something relaxing for awhile and come back the next day or so and resume what I was doing. One of those times was when I was installing a completely new suspension system from VBP.
http://corvettec3.com/VBPcatalog1a.jpg
(I ended up being featured in VBP catalog too)
Here is the post/threads on that one:
http://corvettec3.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1181489272

I was online with Alan a few times on that project as you will see in the second link. He helped me a lot and many other times too.

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 68-73-77 on Feb 2nd, 2018 at 3:24am
Looks like you are doing the conversion in a very logical manner (it's really the only way to do it). Yes Jack I remember when you redid your suspension..I think a spent quite some time on the phone with your friend relaying info.  Still remember telling him to tell you to hit the the ball joints as hard as you can so they'd break apart ;D. It's amazing what someone can accomplish when you put your mind to it. 
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by Artsvettes on Feb 2nd, 2018 at 6:23am

68-73 wrote on Jan 9th, 2018 at 8:32am:
I had a hose (top) on the 73 this summer & because it's a different setup than stock I couldn't figure out the right hose for the replacement. Finally ordered a 1 1/2" flexible hose 30" & it fits perfect.  Stay away from those metal hose as most don't fit to tight where they connect to the radiator or thermostat.
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

A Dodge van comes to mind but the year, I don't remember...jack

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Feb 21st, 2018 at 8:03am
Just got back from Long Beach California!

Our son and his lady friend purchased a house there and completely remodeled it!
The interior is so much nicer now! They have created nice open space style home that is very comfortable to be in! Their little patch of back yard includes an orange tree, a grapefruit tree, a lime tree, an avocado tree and a banana tree!

One evening our adult beverages were made from the grapefruit tree! He climbed up, dropped 15 grapefruits which I caught, pressed several for the juice, and mixed up some drinks! WOW! We had a great visit!


Otherwise the chevy has received a second power steering pump which I believe will still not work. I have to trial fit tonight.


Diane and I have been sharing a nasty cold so my vette is in wait. Hopefully this weekend I can get more progress!
Scott




Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Mar 7th, 2018 at 3:08pm
Get over that cold yet?

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Mar 14th, 2018 at 7:13am
Yep! Finally getting the urge to work on my car some more!

I dropped the tranny cross member to lower the end of the tranny.
This gave me access to the tranny coolant nipples on the tranny.

I finally last night found the GM part number for the quick connect ends for the lines and immediately ordered them. At the same time I ordered a straight thermostat housing as the factory one would not work, and ordered a connector for the Camaro alternator I installed. I hope this next weekend to finish up the tranny lines to the radiator and then to the tranny cooler and back.


So looking at the car no real change but under the car I am starting to make progress again.

Finances created a slight stall in the build this spring also however that issue is resolved.

Scott


Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Apr 3rd, 2018 at 4:31pm
So, what's new, it's two weeks later...

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Apr 4th, 2018 at 6:45am
Frustrations!
Over and over receiving the wrong parts for the tranny coolant lines.

We had last week off so I spent two days driving from transmission , to hotrod shop, to car parts stores looking for help since I got tired of returning wrong parts.

Finally relief and I found the parts. So the coolant lines are hooked up at the transmission and the cross member back in place. Had to remove the power steering pulley to install the pump and all is looking good! Unfortunately I slightly bent the pulley on removal as I did not use the correct tool. I now know better. so , , , , I will order a new pulley probably today.

I purchased a 2013 Corvette Oil tank off CL a month ago. temporarily set it in place last week only to find it is a bit to tall for the area I want to install it. Dang it!
SO now I am researching an after market oil tank and breather.  I think I found a source at Peterson Fluid Systems. Even found a tank I think might fit! Listed there are two oil breathers that look promising also.

I think I contacted the same place once before but I can not find any emails so my mind is wondering why the web page was familiar. Guess my "sometimers" is settling in !LOL!

Either way, progress was made last week and weekend.

Even found radiator hoses and installed them.
I have done very little wiring.

Saving that for near the end as I actually enjoy those challenges.

Last items off the top of my head:
1) Drive line
2) Exhaust 
3) Fuel lines hooked up
4) Adjust the new rack and pinion steering
5) WIRING! and mount computers

I'm sure there are more details but those are the biggest items now left.

OH what fun!
I do drive Diane's Corvette from time to time so I get my corvette fix!
Sure wish I had a bigger garage though. I get tired of moving Dianes vette and the Harley every time I want to work on mine!

Scott




Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Apr 5th, 2018 at 4:33am

69Shark wrote on Apr 4th, 2018 at 6:45am:
Frustrations!
I know all about "frustrations" when I had yellowjacket! LOL, but very much worth it!
OH what fun!

I do drive Diane's Corvette from time to time so I get my corvette fix!
Sure wish I had a bigger garage though. I get tired of moving Dianes vette and the Harley every time I want to work on mine!

Scott

Ha! I wish I had your "problems". My time will come, a 40th Anniversary ruby red will be in my possession in a year or two. Meanwhile I'll pretend my 400 hp Hemi truck is a corvette. ;D

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Apr 5th, 2018 at 7:22am
Shocked!

The unmarked power steering pump pulley that NAPA could not identify . . . . . .
A call, about 5 minutes, and I had the part number yesterday early morning!

Internet shows Oreileys has the brand! So I call the one next to my house . .  . .
They had it delivered from their warehouse by noon!

I picked it up and trial fit and all looks good!
Not pressed on yet as I need to hook up the fluid lines first!

Now off to Peterson Fluids and Jegs websites!
Scott

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 68-73-77 on Apr 5th, 2018 at 10:23am
Sounds like you are making good progress.
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Apr 5th, 2018 at 10:45am
This belongs in a Corvette magazine!
One MP Corvette!

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Apr 11th, 2018 at 5:14pm

yellowjacket wrote on Apr 5th, 2018 at 10:45am:
This belongs in a Corvette magazine!
One MP Corvette!


Lol! My bride loves that shot!
Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Apr 11th, 2018 at 5:28pm
Ok,
Time on the Peterson fluids website left my wallet light and hopes up.
I ordered all the LS7 parts. Not the AN stuff yet because i have a good grasp on that.

Well the tank and breather arrived today. The box was huge and my heart sank.
You see I read the dimensions carefully and measured my desired install spot.
Good lord, now what.

I opened the HUGE box and much to my surprise things were double boxed!

Ok, enough crap, I unboxed the tank an breather and they fit perfectly in the hole I had for Them!

Wow! For all the ups and downs, this is a big up for me! The oil tank and breather are the only true unknowns for me left. Now I have them and they seem to fit! Next few days will see me mounting them and getting ready to plumb them! Yeah! One more ( in my mind) hurtle working its way out!

Back to my glass of wine with my bride on the deck! Gas fire pit is nice!
We will fire up the firedisk shortly for a simple stir fry!

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Apr 16th, 2018 at 7:12am
Saturday was a good day to be in the garage.

I purchased stainless steel nuts and bolts as well as washers. Picked up some aluminum for backing plates and headed into the garage.


I managed to get the 2 gallon tank mounted behind the passenger side gills and the breather tank just forward of that.

Given the tank holds 2 gallons of oil I added backing plates to support the extra weight.
I'll be squirting the plates  flat black in the near as they shine nicely and are visible in the front right wheel well. Once black and wheels remounted it should disappear.

I also ordered Koul Tools kit to make my AN lines. Last time I did this without the tools and my fingers bled a lot! LOL! This time I hope the tools willmake the line end assembly easier.

Scott

Here you can see the oil tan and catch can!

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Apr 17th, 2018 at 6:17pm
Wow  :o That engine and bay area looks really, really NICE!  [smiley=cool.gif]

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 68-73-77 on Apr 18th, 2018 at 6:02am
Looks great
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Apr 18th, 2018 at 6:36am
Thanks guys,
Yeah it is getting there. One piece one at a time!
Engine bay is starting to get full though. I have room between the radiator and engine but that is about it! LOL! Filling the engine oil will be a trick as the tank fill is under the fender. Doh! It does not seem bad right now but I'm sure I'll curse myself over the years!

The only thing I do not like is the tank is very visible through the gills. The average guy will not know the difference however a true vette guy will likely notice. We'll see there. IF it gets attention I may pull it and paint it flat black also.

It is almost like I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel!  :D

Scott 

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Apr 27th, 2018 at 7:10am
Almost all my AN fittings have arrived.
Tonight I will start plumbing!


Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Apr 30th, 2018 at 8:24am
What a day! Some good friends from Canada we have not seen for almost a year arrived early this morning with about 20 minute warning! Fortunately I was up and ready to go to the store, so I woke my bride who took a quick shower! Lol!
Great visit!

After lunch, I made my run, came home and the kids showed up! Doh! What a great visit!

So, a late start today.
Goal?
Plumb the oil system and then the pcv system.

So I started making lines and my bride labeled them so I could put them in correctly later should I get distracted again!


Making AN lines is a pita no matter what you do unless you are an expert. I am not.
Here are some tips I found out and what worked for me.

Tools I used:
1 electrical tape
2 wire ties
3 koul tools 12AN tool. Google it! I never once poked myself! Awesome!
4 Dremel cut of wheel. They have two, I bought the slightly larger one on sale at Home Depot.
5 two large crescent wrenches to fit the 12 AN fittings.
6 oil can. You know, squeeze the lever and get a few drips of oil .

What I did:
Cut the perfect end off that came pre cut for me from the distributor. You know, the 12AN braided line, cut the end off.
Why? I found the braid to be cut perfect but the end of the rubber hose was so stiff, I could not put the fitting on!

Cutting:
I wrapped the cut line on the steel braid with electrical tape. It was the only immediately available tape. Then, at the center of the tape i put a wire tie nice and tight. Just a regular cheep 10 inch or so tie. Nothing special. Then i put the line into a vise and cut the line with my dremelworking around the line as my wheel was not big enough for a single sweep.
I actually cut about a 3rd of the width of the tie off! No worries.

Next was assemble the fitting! Using the koul tool, I oiled the braid, put the fitting in the koul tool, and twisted the braided hose in! Wow! Easy! No blood drawn at all!. Next twist in the other half of the fitting. Nice! Admittedly I am no expert. I could easily clean up a few of my lines as I actually twisted the hose in to much! Doh! As long as ther are no leaks, I do not care! FYI I have no connections to “koul tool” other than I bought the tools! They are koul!
As noted earlier, no blood!

See a couple of lines labeled and ready for install!



Notice no fancy red or blue. Simple black where I can! Lines hooked up to the oil tank!


See minimal oil pan! My new lines hooked up and ready!


I'm getting there!
Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 68-73-77 on May 1st, 2018 at 4:44am
Sounds like you are getting the hang of it. I use a porta-band saw or a regular band saw with the black electrical tape stretched very tight. I also heat upp the end with a heat gun to get the rubber soft so it slips on easily. I have used a cut off wheel but prefer the band saw...it cuts like butter. I actually have to make some up for the 73 because I changed carbs & I'm not a rubber hose fan.
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]
If there is one tool that is really handy working on old cars it's a porta-band saw it'll go through 1/4 steel  like you were cutting paper...I'm actually on my second one 8-)

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on May 1st, 2018 at 11:29am
Thanks for the comments!
Wow Alan! I never knew that existed!

I'd have probably bought that instead of the cut off wheel!
Oh well!

Hopefully no more AN fittings in my future!
Oh wait, fuel line! Doh!

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 68-73-77 on May 1st, 2018 at 1:01pm
This is what I have :)
https://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-DWM120K-5-Inch-Deep-Portable/dp/B001W0ZIK4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1525205980&sr=8-1&keywords=portaband+saw
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on May 3rd, 2018 at 5:53pm
Ok,
After the motor and tranny swap i find the driveline will not fit. So off to the highly recommended shop. I received advice and purchased a spicer yoke. Went home, made measurements and the next day took my driveline and yoke back to the shop. I provided the described measurements and was told leave the parts and see you in a week. You see they are busy. So I wait. In the mean time I am researching exhaust. So far Allen exhaust stands out but not the “quiet” exhaust. It would seem that is new to them and fails regularly per my interpretation of internet reviews. I had hoped for nice quite driver exhaust with cutouts for, you know, those days.

More research shows side pipes and quiet are not reasonably compatible. So, I just ordered the stock sounding big block pipes for my car. They will need minor modes for o2 sensors and size adjusted for the ls7 collectors. I’m thinking I may hold off on the cutouts and see how the B.B. pipes work.

This weekend I am back to the rack and pinion stearing. It is installed but not adjusted in any way.

It feels weird to think I now have a limited list of things to do! No longer the huge task! Just some things to do!

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on May 7th, 2018 at 7:01am
Saturday we woke up very early to see our neighbors daughter compete in rollerskating.
Sadly we arrived just moments to late because some skaters did not show and she was pressed into an earlier spot! Doh!

Same day my neighbor came over to help with the steering on my car. The steeroids multiple knuckle coupling is very painful to fiddle with alone. After a while we did get my steering wheel to turn freely with no binding at all! Whoo hoo! Still no running engine so we have yet to experience the power steering.

Next he studied my air conditioning lines and asked about hooking them up. I said the smaller one is a bit short! :(  . SO after some fiddling, tweaking, bending this angle, bending that angle, he had just enough line! Nice air conditioning is now plumbed!

Next? we opened the wiring harness box! OH wow! I did not realize they provided yet a whole nother fuse box with relays etc already to go! Good lord where will I put this!

Either way, we made lots of headway on Saturday!


Sunday my bride and I spent pressure washing the topsides of Destiny!

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on May 8th, 2018 at 4:16am
[smiley=thumbsup.gif] Yup, Spring is here! I pressure washed the whole house last week. Looks brand new again!

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on May 15th, 2018 at 7:08am
HA!
I picked up my drive line yesterday afternoon!

Looks great!
I hope to get it in in the next few days!

Unfortunately my after work time is generally spoken for so I'll have to sneak out in between other obligations! LOL!

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on May 16th, 2018 at 3:04am

69Shark wrote on May 14th, 2018 at 11:02am:
NO real movement on my 69 this last weekend!
With Mothers Day and all I was not going anywhere near my car! LOL!

Otherwise we drive to Eastern Wa to visit my mom on Saturday and spend Sunday pampering my bride!

Scott

Very smart man!!! Now we know how you stay married longer than most do in the NW.

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on May 16th, 2018 at 6:52am
Yes sir Jack!
I was lucky to find my bride and I want her to know it!

Here is the driveline!


Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 68-73-77 on May 16th, 2018 at 9:13am
I would seriously consider a drive shaft loop protector too. Small price to pay so you don't cart wheel down the road someday.
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on May 17th, 2018 at 6:37am
Yesterday my side exhaust pipes arrived!

I finished a financial program for my dad yesterday evening so I hope I can work more on my vette after work now! :D

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on May 18th, 2018 at 4:44am

69Shark wrote on May 17th, 2018 at 6:37am:
Yesterday my side exhaust pipes arrived!

Scott

Hey! Show a pic of that! I always love sidepipes!


68-73 wrote on May 16th, 2018 at 9:13am:
I would seriously consider a drive shaft loop protector too. Small price to pay so you don't cart wheel down the road someday.
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

Yup, I was with Alan once in the Blue Monster when he stomped on it and snapped the Ujoint. Boy was that loud. Could have been much worse without a shaft loop.

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on May 18th, 2018 at 6:55am
Hey Jack,
The pipes I got are basically the same as what I had with bigger pipes and air flow.
They are BB Factory style!

I have not opened the boxes yet. That will be Saturday. Then I'll take photos!



Last night I tried to put the drive line in NO where near enough room! Doh!
Looks like I have to either disassemble the u joints or somehow rotate the rear end.

Anyone have suggestions? Length looks good, I just can not get the thing in place with the limited space!


I did hook the tranny cooler lines to the radiator which is a simple 3/8 pipe thread!
Brass fittings were easy to find and install!
 

I have most of the weekend to fiddle with the car so I hope to get more done!

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on May 19th, 2018 at 7:38pm
So, Saturday,
Today I was going to put the drive line in.

However the sister-in-law came over to spend the night Friday and watch the "wedding" in the wee hours of the morning.

Now, I love my sister-in-law. ( incase my wife is watching )

However she is a bit, how do I say, Oh yeah, LOUD!

So for my sanity I spent the night Friday in the RV! NICE!
Antenna TV has reruns of Johny Carson! Perfect!

Saturday morning after a great sleep.  I Called my pop and spent several hours doing a 5 minute job. YIKES. My dad is getting older. Dang. So I went out in the garage at an early 1:00 PM in the afternoon. Darn. Instead of fussing with the driveline, I tackled the lose rear sway bar. It seems one of the bolts came lose and was not able to simply unbolt it. It was buggered up. Yeah, I do not have a lift so the creeper was the tool of choice! I managed to use a saws all to remove the existing bolt! NICE! I then used a magnetic tool that extends like an antenna to put a new bolt in place! YEAH! Then with small needle nose I could grab the bolt, pull it down through the hole in the frame and pull the magnetic tool off! NICE! I assumed a 3 hour job and it only took an hour or so! Sweet!

The rear anti sway bar is now bolted nicely as it should be with no lose ends!

Tomorrow?
The driveline . . . . . . . .

I have already removed one of the bolts on the cross member that holds the pumpkin.
I hope the other bolt removed will allow me to rotate the pumpkin enough to install the driveline!
We will see . . . . .

Scott


Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 68-73-77 on May 20th, 2018 at 4:25am
I'm thinking if you tape up the frt ujoint & unbolt it you should have just enough room after the yoke is full seated...then just slide it back a bit.  I had enough room to do it the normal way ..frt in first then the rear slides in barely.
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on May 20th, 2018 at 6:48pm
Wow! What a chore! I for the life of me could not get the new u-joint off the yoke.
I pulled the little spring loaded copper looking ring easy enough but absolutly could not get the caps off the u-joint.  I suspect the fresh paint was an issue. So, the pumpkin had to move. I figured if I could roll the pumpkin enough I could slide the drive line up and over the top and then slide the yoke in. Easier said than done given my baby is on jack stands and not a lift. 4 hours under the my baby, pulling the rear spring, the crossmember the pumpkin is bolted to, and just getting frustrated, and I had the driveline in and all the stuff I removed back together! Diane even spent a moment or two on the creeper under the car giving me a needed 3rd hand! I made dang sure her hair did not get in the creeper wheels!

Either way, one more item on the list is now complete! New balanced driveline, ujoints and yoke! All installed and done! For those wondering, I had to shorten the driveline for the 4l75e transmission.

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on May 21st, 2018 at 6:07am
Glad I got all my stuff done to yellowjacket long ago... I know all about those kind of jobs that don't go as planned. But it was a fun 10 year run with yellowjacket, shared right on this forum with tons of help from Alan!

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 68-73-77 on May 21st, 2018 at 6:55am
Sorry to hear about the nightmare driveshaft install.  This is the reason I bought a lift when I got the 68 16 yrs ago, then a 2 post & now the best of both worlds. At my age if I rolled around on a creeper I'd never get up. :o  Not sure how you got your wife under there but more power too you ;)
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on May 29th, 2018 at 9:07am
Ah! Long 3 day weekend!
Spent most of my time with family but I did get some more wiring done on the vette! Specifically replaced alternator wires as they were old and the insulation was cracked.

I did open my still boxed exhaust pipes! They look great!

 



We did however hit the water in our sailboat. We stumbled across the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chiefton having mock battles on the water! The canons were fun to hear!



It was a great weekend!
Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on May 30th, 2018 at 5:03am
You had a great weekend indeed... family, corvette time & sailboating! Love the pipes.

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Jun 15th, 2018 at 7:27pm
It's been two weeks, Whatzup?
Shouldn't you be driving Sharky now that it's summer?
Or is it just the Harley for now?

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Jun 20th, 2018 at 8:29am
Been on the Harley!
My father spent the last week at our house, we had Diane's family the week before and the vette has literally been just sitting.


Not likely going to get work done this weekend either. To hot in the garage for mid week work and this is the first weekend in a long time Diane will have time alone! LOL!

We will likely spend most of this weekend on the boat! Need to launch the dinghy!

For those in Puget Sound area, you should get to the water and see the extremely low tides! You already missed the lowest for the year but they are still low!

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Jun 20th, 2018 at 2:15pm
The Bald Eagles are out when the tide is low....

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Jul 23rd, 2018 at 4:49am
Looking like Sharky is gonna be a fall, winter project now that summer is halfway over. At least you have wifey's Corvette to drive... if she lets you.  ;D

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Jul 26th, 2018 at 7:51am
Yeah, I've been moving slow on her. Yesterday I cut to fit the air cleaner and intake.
Been extremely busy. Add to that the heat and my lack of motivation on Sharky she has been sitting a lot. Every item I work on now fights me tooth and nail!

Finally got bigwavedave's vette up to speed and road worthy as well as taking his son for a drive and show his wife how to drive the car. She had never driven the car and was nervous.

My dads vette is now in my driveway and getting love for what looks like the first time in a while. We've kept it open in all the heat to try and kill the mold in it. He had cleaned the interior before sending but there are areas still needing attention. I'm going to TAB the car so I can drive it more often. It is a pretty car that just needs a serious buffing and to be driven. It is not bad but can certainly gain from attention.

So Sharky gets less attention that I want. She is close though!
Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Sep 26th, 2018 at 6:17am
Over two months and nothing done? Must be a wintertime project now... does it feel strange not to drive Sharky after driving her all these years in the summer. Or is your Harley that much fun? You have two other Corvettes to drive so not all is lost. LOL
Just wondering

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Sep 27th, 2018 at 8:39am
Just got the air intake and cleaner finished.
Had to order and cut 4" ducting for that "perfect" fit.

Then took it to the local machine shop to have the MAF bung welded in place.
Proper measurements required as the bung had to fit between the power steering reservoir and alternator. Had it put in at 45 degrees  off the side to ensure it fits under the hood.

Now trying to decide if I should leave it polished aluminum or have it powder coated flat black for a more subdued look.

Lowes was selling all their Cobalt brand toolboxes for half price since they are now selling craftsman toolboxes.

So I grabbed this:
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-3000-64-5-in-W-x-41-in-H-11-Drawer-Ball-bearing-Steel-Tool-Cabinet-White-and-grey/1000438415

Basically a bottom role away box but almost 5 1/2 feet wide! Very nice!
So my garage is getting moved around at the moment.

Yes, Sharky has been sitting as my desire to work on here waned a bit. Everything is a fight now. getting all the little stuff to work! Doh!

As far as the Harley? Heck yeah! Road up to Oyster Run last weekend! Very nice weather and ride! I took a simple 55minute slab run and stretched it to 2 hours on back roads!

Desire to play with Sharky as again grown in my heart and progress is starting back up!

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Oct 2nd, 2018 at 7:06am
Over the weekend I decided to get the main computer and wiring installed.
Well, getting the GIANT plugs through the firewall is a bit of a challenge. I only have one through at this time.

I did however find a place for the new fuse block that came with.
I will mount it on the firewall on the drivers side. I had to find a mounting bracket for it. I found a part number that is now discontinued. I called the local chevy dealer and asked the part guy what car did this part number come from?

1996-2005 Astro and safari vans!

Hmm, Local "Pick and Pull" has two of them in the yard! So last night off I went!
The first van had the mounting bracket but someone was kind enough to damage it during fuse block removal. Thanks.

It took a bit but I found the second van. Here someone completely removed the bracket and set it aside! I'm guessing they wanted the fuse box.


SO, all I had to do was pick it up and put it in my tool bag! LOL!
7 bucks later and I was on my way home with an Astro Van part destined to live in my Corvette!

A test fit proved it to be the correct part!

For the curious, the part number is a GM number 15723696
I noticed a minor difference in the bracket between the older cars in the range and the newer. Both will work. Both would need a large tab trimmed off to fit flat on my firewall.


Scott



Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Oct 5th, 2018 at 6:46am
Another small milestone last night!
With the wiring harness that GM provided there are 3 HUGE plugs for the computer that runs the engine. Getting these three individually through the firewall is a major challenge if you do not want to cut up your car. GM was kind enough to bundle the three plugs together in a wire loom with only a few inches of wire pigtail each! YIKES!


Well fortunately I replaced my heater box with vintage air. That in itself left almost enough room. I still had to pull the passenger side dash apart, remove the hoses, and partially remove the new heater box. What a chore! Finally with much time, patients, and arm bending I was able to snake the three plugs into the passenger side of my car!

Today my right wrist and arm are sore likely from the twisting and turning I had to do!
I hated dong that job but now it is done and I feel good about it!

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Oct 8th, 2018 at 11:32am
Saturday was busy with friends.
Sunday however found me with a couple of hours free so back to my Shark!
After several attempts to mount the computer and reassembling the passenger dash, I finally found a place for the engine computer that works.



It is super snug right there!
I was able to put the dash back together and screwed in place!
Nice!

The transmission computer was next. Since it clearly states it can survive the engine bay, i mounted it on the firewall where the wiper door plunger thing goes. Holes already there, just bolt it in!

Next, I unmounted the already mounted fuse box so I could stuff wires through the firewall. OBDII plug went in easy, MIL wires went in ( not sure what those are yet) , but the throttle wire was a no go. Plug is just to big. My thoughts are to pull the throttle cable and enlarge that hole. Not done yet.

My bride came home so off to help her with stuff and cook dinner soon!
Easy day.
Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Oct 10th, 2018 at 8:50am
Well you got some stuff done! Now you have all winter to finish up. No excuse not to be out crusin' next Spring. ;D

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 68-73-77 on Oct 10th, 2018 at 9:42am
I do have a question was this vet a SB original car? If so have you beefed up the rear end?
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Oct 10th, 2018 at 11:54am
I have not personally beefed the rear end however have every reason to believe it has been. Per Adam (remember Monkey Wrench ? ) My drive line and uJoints had been beefed up along the way by previous owner.

I do know the gears were changed to 3.73' from the original 3.08's and she had some race history. Nothing famous.

FYI, I am waiting for the half shaft loops from Dragvettes.

She is an original SB car. I hope to retain drivability!

Scott


Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Oct 10th, 2018 at 11:56am

yellowjacket wrote on Oct 10th, 2018 at 8:50am:
Well you got some stuff done! Now you have all winter to finish up. No excuse not to be out crusin' next Spring. ;D



If I don't get her done soon, my bride might shoot me! LOL!
Our garage is pretty tight!

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Oct 15th, 2018 at 6:46am
At the suggestion of Alan, I decided to install half shaft loops.
they arrived Friday! Saturday I could not budge the bolts on the half shafts at the wheel end. So I soaked them in anti seize over night! Sunday I was able to break all loose with no issues. Took me about 2 hours taking my time. I unbolted each half shaft at the wheel. Not at the pumpkin. I then used a pry bar to uncouple each from the hub. Once loose but not removed, I used my Chinese puzzle skills to slip each loop over the shafts! Note they are different. There is a loop for the passenger side and one for the driver side. I bolted the half shafts back in place befor bolting the loops. The rest is pretty easy following a video online. Easy sell to my bride as these are a safety item.
Scott






Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 68-73-77 on Oct 15th, 2018 at 9:53am
You'll be happy you did this if it ever breaks :o
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Oct 15th, 2018 at 11:54am
Heh heh!
I hope to never know!

[smiley=beer.gif]

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Oct 16th, 2018 at 10:05pm
I did that on yellowjacket. Especially after riding in the Blue Monster and hearing/feeling the driveline blow when Alan stomped on it. That was spooky. LOL ;D
I can't imagine what would have happened without the safety loops... couldn't have been good that's for sure.

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Oct 16th, 2018 at 10:06pm

68-73 wrote on Oct 15th, 2018 at 9:53am:
You'll be happy you did this if it ever breaks :o
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

Hey Alan, have you stomped on it since then?

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 68-73-77 on Oct 17th, 2018 at 4:07am
Yes, but the rear is much beefer now 8-)
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Oct 23rd, 2018 at 7:08am
NO work on the vette last weekend.
We took Thursday after work through Sunday and Stayed aboard on Destiny!
We took her to Poulsbo which was 5 hours in thick pea soup fog!

I am the only boater I know that uses their radar on calm clear days just so I can know how to use it when needed! We have a good friend with electronics way newer than hours follow us in the fog because he knew I could get there!

Coming home the only excitement was coming across a seiner in the middle of the sound in fog and having to go around his nets!

Great weekend with good friends!

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Oct 26th, 2018 at 6:33am
Last night was low key and easy.
I mounted the shifter cable braket, installed the shift lever on the tranny shaft, and hooked up the shift cable! My bride was kind enough to sit in the car and step through each gear making sure it felt solid and shifted nicely!

So I guess you can say that Diane was the first to run through the gears in my new setup!

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Oct 29th, 2018 at 7:10am
Yikes. Frustrating Saturday.
It started out with me going out in the garage and bumping the floor jack.
The handle promptly decided to flip back and down right onto the fender of my Harley.
Nice.  So I decided to hook up the last brake line to finish the line lock.
It had been fighting me. Well, Saturday was no different. After extremely carefully threading the line into the proportioning valve, I started to tighten up the last bit with a wrench and .. . . . yup. The brake line popped out taking the brass threads with it. Dang it. So I stopped for the day and ordered a new proportioning valve and brake line.

Sunday was better albeit time limited. I decided to pull the little Lokar dipstick out. It installed easy enough however once installed I could not get the dipstick back in!
Previously I had contacted Lokar, explained what I was doing and requested a part number for my needs to replace the one I have. I received the new LONG dipstick in a few days and it sat. Well, per the internet, if I freeze the thing before install it will go right in . . . YES! I did freeze it and the rubber simply slid right into place! Very nice! I mounted the other end on the passenger side above where the old heater core was! Very easy and quick job even with pulling a bell housing bolt and reinstalling it!

SO, a couple of steps backwards and one forward this weekend,
I am VERY close!

Scott


Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Oct 29th, 2018 at 2:54pm
Yup, I've had of few of those moments "Two steps backwards, one step forward" with yellowjacket the 10 years I had her.

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Oct 31st, 2018 at 8:22am
My engine oil primer tool arrived yesterday!
Seems pretty pricey for a plastic tank and manual pump for the LS but I guess I need it!


Almost ready for fluids!

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 68-73-77 on Oct 31st, 2018 at 1:19pm
Is your engine broken in or do you do it?
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Nov 1st, 2018 at 6:52am
The engine was test run at GM however they do give break in instructions.

Last night I sold the SB pipes I had taken off.
YEAH, more room in the garage!

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Nov 1st, 2018 at 7:04am
Hey Scott, your 69 has been a labor of love all these years... I've had fun watching it.

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Nov 1st, 2018 at 9:05am
Thanks Jack!
Yeah, I think back at all the things I have done to her!

Absolutely crazy what I have learned!

All in the same little garage! LOL!

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 68-73-77 on Nov 1st, 2018 at 10:04am
When you break it in put a couple of fans in front of the radiator & keep an eye on the temp & oil pressure. If they get out of range shut it down. It helps to have someone in the drivers seat watching the gauges.
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Nov 1st, 2018 at 2:23pm
Good thinking!
Thank you!

For now my gauges are going to be an IPAD!

Yep 69 corvette speaking to an ipad!
LOL!

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Nov 5th, 2018 at 7:34am
This weekend my new proportioning valve and brake line arrived!
I took a while to get all the lines off the old valve one and back on the new one but hey!
I did it! A neighbor came over and caught my wife and I bleeding the brakes. It would seem she left a candle lit on the edge of her bathtub and it eventually caught the tub on fire! It is not an old school tub but a plastic one. She had an extinguisher and put it out. Be careful out there!
Next step was to wire the starter. I ran the wires and put rings on the ends only to find out the keyed purple wire requires a plug at the starter! Dang it. Another week while I wait for one from the interwebs.
I did trace the fuel pump wires and am ready to hook those up tonight. I'll also install a nice ground wire for the electric fans.

With being so close I decided to add some fluids. Yesterday I put 2 gallons of Mobile1 5w30 in the oil tank. No leaks! Well, so far! Then I decided to add coolant. While pouring I could hear it hit the floor. Doh! Now what. It would seem my new radiator has a valve on the drain which was open! So I crawled under, spun the wing nut up and in, cleaned up the mess and tried again! Doh! More coolant on the floor! WTF? I crawled underneath, confirmed the valve was tight and could not find another source of leakage. So for giggles I ran the wing nut out ( anti clockwise ) and by golly it snugged up the other direction! It would seem spinning it in opened the valve all the way! Spinning it out closed the valve! SO I filled the radiator without further issues.

Still need to run hoses for power steering but I'm getting even closer to firing this beast!

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Nov 6th, 2018 at 8:49am
Last night was short and sweet.
I hooked up the fuel pump wiring including grounding to the block as well as the ground for the fans.

I think I am booked for tonight so I don't expect a change.

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Nov 12th, 2018 at 7:02am
Wow!
What a Saturday. I thought i was going to hook up my power steering. Nope. It would seem my wonderful bride cohorted with one of my brothers. You see, I was a tad depressed about my car. She’s never been down even close to this long. Over a year now. So, about 10 this morning we hear a motor. Omg! What is that . . . My brother came up with his 68 firebird! Yeah, I know. We all love vettes. All my life my bro has had a 68 Firebird. It was alway bada$$. High school to today. This beast is now 750+ hp. Mini tubs and streetable. I’ve never driven such a beast. You open the door, open the roll bar and climb in. He let me drive it but only with the promise I do not get on it. Done! You see, today’s cars have the hp but traction control and other electronics tame the ponies. I was good and did not get on it but i did play some . . . .

either way, I am back in the groove and want my baby rolling!
Today we visited. I asked my bro if he’d drill my hood for the 427 emblems! He said sure! Lol! I showed my template, showed my errors and the problem with the downloaded pattern. So, we spent a lot of today re- drilling my aluminum plate with holes as a template for the 427 on the hood. I must say, he is better than me measuring it out. The online pattern is great but the “4” is tilted . Not much but to much for me. Once the plate was drilled all we had to do Was transfer the pattern to my hood.
Phuck! What a stressful job! We dove in and just did it. Ok, he did it.
enough chat, here is a couple of photos.
Scott
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Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 68-73-77 on Nov 12th, 2018 at 12:17pm
I remember doing that to my BB those templates are a bitch
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Nov 13th, 2018 at 7:14am

68-73 wrote on Nov 12th, 2018 at 12:17pm:
I remember doing that to my BB those templates are a bitch
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]



Yeah, well at least now I have a nice aluminum template should I ever have to do that again! LOL! It was pretty funny watching my brothers wife looking over his shoulder and "assisting" him! She is Quality Control at Boeing!

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Nov 13th, 2018 at 7:18am

yellowjacket wrote on Nov 12th, 2018 at 5:07pm:
One NASTY looking hood! Only hood I like better this the '67 hood. I had that on yellowjacket.


I agree Jack, it is very hard to beat the stinger hood! My bride has made it abundantly clear that the small block hood is a no go on my car. I wanted to get it painted to match just to mess with folks. I guess that hood will stay in my garage! LOL! Everything does fit under it though!

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Nov 14th, 2018 at 7:10am
Since my new starter wire plug arrived, last night I wired up the starter. My brother noted on Saturday I need to run a ground from my block to my frame. I had a ground wire purchased and now with my high pressure power steering hose, it to is missing. Dang it, I probably have a small box if stuff put somewhere because I'll need it later! Doh! Now it is later and I have no idea where these items are.

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Nov 19th, 2018 at 7:11am
Slow weekend on the car again. I ran the main power to the computer.
I hooked up two ground straps from the block to bolts on the frame.
Put 3 of 4 tires on. I left the one next to the power steering off for now. Hopefully my power steering hoses will arrive tomorrow so I can finish that project.

After the steering is hooked up, I'll put the last tire on, set her back on dollies. I can then move her away from the wall and get to the drivers side and install the gas pedal.


OH yeah, I dumped 4 quarts of tranny fluid in as well but until she is running I can not really check the level.


Scott



Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Nov 26th, 2018 at 7:10am
Whew!!
What a great Thanksgiving!
We had family over for an early dinner and then my bride and I took off in the travel trailer for the rest of the weekend! We celebrated 27 years together! NICE!

We came home pretty early on Sunday. We buttoned up the trailer and I had a little time!

I previously attempted to install my power steering pump pulley but my tool was not correct for the LS. I guess the threads are different on a 69 pump! LOL!

SO I ran down to a buddies house and borrowed his! The pulley went on exactly as expected and without any issue. I installed the last of the tires.

At this time she is sitting on the car dollies and not on jack stands!
Now I can move her around so I can install the gas pedal! YEAH!


Scott



Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Nov 27th, 2018 at 6:56am
Last night I re assembled the various parts I had to take off again. I'll need to tuck some wires once the new fuse block is mounted which occurs after the gas pedal is installed.

This weekend we’ll clean the garage floor, move the motorcycles and other vette,
spin my baby around so I can get to the drivers side. That will allow me to install the new electronic gas pedal.
once that is done, hook up ignition to the computer and I think I can crank her over!

even the fan belt is in! Oh so close!
Scott



Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Nov 27th, 2018 at 9:47pm
No hurry Scott... long winter ahead. ;D

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Nov 28th, 2018 at 10:00am
No hurries but we are still moving forward!  ;)
Last night we spun her around in the garage so I can now get to the drivers side!



Ha! My Pachinko machines on the wall! I have a third in the shed. It is from the 50's. I have not started restoration on it. My dad wants it to restore, so when he moves back to Washington it is his!




Final spot for now!
Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Dec 3rd, 2018 at 7:01am
Friday I was home from work so out to the garage!
the gas pedal wiring had a large plug on it. I was preparing to drill a hole in my firewall large enough for the plu and could not find my stepped drill bits. Glad I did not find them. I sat on a stool and studied the plug! Hey it comes apart! So I simply completely disassembled the plug, slid it through an existing hole in the fire wall, and re assembled it! Nice!

so the gas pedal is in! Looks a little odd but works perfect and does not hit the carpet!
I took photos so folks can see it can be done!

Scott

Before disassembling take a good photo of the wires, colors, and positions!

Here it is all disassembled!


Wires pulled through the firewall!


Start reassembling the plug!


Other side of plug notice the little brass connectors and their orientation!


All wires back in almost back together!




Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Dec 3rd, 2018 at 7:02am
Well dang.
Sunday was to start my car but she decided no. First thing was power steering fluid all over the floor. Hmm.
Found the loose connector and snugged it up. Checked the one next to it at the rack and pinion and snugged it a bit only to spin the 90 elbow pinching the hose on the frame and pop! Out came the AN6 fitting! Doh.

Next getting the oil primer plug out was impossible for me so I called a neighbor who graciously came over. He brought 8mm Allen wrench socket and extensions. With much effort we finally got the plug out! We primed the oil easy enough!

Now is the time! Video on! Turn the key! Nothing.
Well, there is no ignition at the starter. By then it was dinner time so all efforts stopped for the day.

Scott





Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Dec 3rd, 2018 at 3:34pm
Always snags in a project like yours. Looking good though!

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Dec 11th, 2018 at 8:56am
Whew! A hurricane of busy! However Sunday I was able to play with Sharky a bit.
Confirmed no power to the exciter wire. Thus no start. So, in good fashion I simply jumped the wire! YEAH! Oh wait, nothing. Dang it

So, last night I cleaned up all the fluids on the floor and got on my creeper and under the car I went. I unplugged the exciter wire. It is one of GMs weather protected plugs.
It seems that when I plugged it in I bent the pin over! What the heck. Seems a crappy design. I prefer the old bolt and nut version! Either way, I bench tested the starter and it is in fact just fine. So back under the car and reinstall the thing, CONFIRM the plug was still in, hook up main power, etc. Oh man my arms are sore from holding that dang thing.

I very carefully confirmed the computer was NOT keyed up and jumped the starter! AH!
My baby turned over just fine! All I need to do now is find out why I have no 12v at the exciter wire with the key turned on. That is for tonight's entertainment.


I do need to fix a power steering line but other than those two issues I should be able to attempt  a start.


Scott



Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Dec 11th, 2018 at 6:18pm
Your having way too much fun Scott!!!

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Dec 12th, 2018 at 1:04pm
Yes sir Jack!
This type of stuff I can find and fix.


I have the steering column lowered so I can access the ignition switch on the back of it. Tonight I should be able to figure out if it is getting power or if maybe the switch is bad. I won't have a lot of time tonight but I do have tomorrow off to play with it!

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Dec 19th, 2018 at 5:35pm
Ok! Good news and bad. I confirmed the ignition switch is bad.
So, I simply ordered another. Still waiting.
However these cars are easy to Hotwire! So, on December 13 I hotwired my baby with My bride recording . . . After a few seconds of spinning she fired right up! Whoooooo hoooo! After 40 seconds or so, I shut her down! Adrenalin flowing hard! Big grin and feeling good until my bride says what’s that under the car? Whu? Under car was all my inti freeze. I have yet to figure out why.   So after Christmas, the trouble shooting begins.

Progress but as usual with my project another step backwards! Doh!

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Dec 22nd, 2018 at 5:52am
Sounds about right with these C3's. One step forward, two backwards... I remember that 10 year with yellowjacket.

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Jan 7th, 2019 at 8:53am
OK,
I've been neglecting posting here mainly because my ipad does not like these pages and fights with me. I generally update here from work! Today I am at work so here is an update!


At last post I had started my baby but dumped fluids everywhere! I do not even remember why but I thought antifreeze!. Nope a combination of power steering and engine oils! Being stumped as to why the oil dumped I was at a stand still.

<<<RW> I was trying to sell the original oil tank and breather. There was a fellow very low balling me on the price. Periodically pinging me if I had decided to take his offer. HMM <back to current> IF this guy wants it so bad, and knows the value I bet he is an LS7 expert of some sort. So I made a deal to accept his offer but only if he could come by and give advice on my setup. Yes, I did due diligence . . . .

Well, just before Christmas he arrived with a heavily built 2006 Z06. Race seats, rollbar, quick release steering, etc etc etc. SWEET car! It was clearly cammed and sounded awesome! Long story short, he knew his stuff and showed I had over filled the oil and it simply spewed out the breather. Power steering is simply a leak.

With confidence restored, I went back to work on my baby. Fixed the starting issue, new ignition switch, buttoned up the dash, and have her to the point of turn the ket and she starts every time! Turn the key the other way and she stops! Nice! I started cleaning up the interior and re installing the console ( not complete yet ), and started buttoning up the under hood!

A neighbor came over and helped install the hood.
Doh! the pretty aluminum radiator cap, yeah, no fit. I had to go buy a stock 6 dollar radiator cap! It fits great!

I finally decided to cut up the fuel rail covers and put them on!

So here she is today!



I need to get my dads C5 running which should not be an issue and move it so I can get mine  ride out of the garage. Once in the driveway I can check the brakes and gears and even the steering somewhat. IF all is well I can schedule time at the muffler shop for the side pipes.

Unfortunately just before new years my bride and I came down with colds. So Sharky sits. I had rolled the Harley out so I could work on my vette and the cold set in. My poor Harley has set outside now for almost 2 weeks. Hopefully tonight I can get her back in the garage.

Today is my first day back to work and man I am already tired!

Scott









Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 68-73-77 on Jan 7th, 2019 at 9:39am
Gotta admire a man that never quits 8-) Sounds like you are in for a fun ride soon..get vwell. 
Between taking care of my BIL & the excessive rain we've had last year I don't think I took my 68 out more than 2 times last year. Started it up in the garage this morning with the extension hose going out under the door ...revved it once & blew the hoses off :D
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Jan 7th, 2019 at 7:30pm
You was off work for two weeks with a cold??? :o
That must have been a bad one. I had mine last year.

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Jan 8th, 2019 at 7:07am
Actually I was out of work on vacation burning extra vaca days. You know use it or lose it where I work. First day off was the 13 Dec thus working on my car. We went to Wenatchee to visit my mom and one of my cousins came to visit also! She brought her kids and they were all sick! Doh! I only missed 3 days because of sickness. Oh well! Great to see everyone but man, they are little petri dishes! LOL!

So the recovery begins! Got my Harley back in the garage last night which is good!
Scott
 

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Jan 17th, 2019 at 6:38am
Big day yesterday!
When I got home last night, I moved the C5, the C6, and the Harley. Then I moved all the crap that built up behind my C3 in the garage. I jacked her up and took her off the car dollies.

I fired her up and backed her out of the garage on her on power!! WHOO HOO! SHE LIVES!
I used that 427 ci to turn her around and back her back into the garage!

I still have a power steering leak so I will try and fix that over the weekend.
Next step is to get her to an exhaust shop! Need to get the pipes modified slightly and have the 02 sensor bungs welded in!

heh heh! Looks like I might make the spring season for cruisins!

FYI I have a 1 minute video of backing her out of the garage. I'll see if I can get it posted somewhere and link here!


Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Jan 17th, 2019 at 8:56am
Like to see that video.
BTW, remember this?
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Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Jan 17th, 2019 at 9:01am
Yep!
I remember that! That was when I had brownish hair!
All grey now! We still have the same boat too!

Lot of our friends have changed severl boats over but I gues we are just the same! LOL!

I'll likely need to create a Youtube account and post there. the 1 minute video is 125MB in size! Doh!


Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Jan 17th, 2019 at 5:11pm
Not only the same boat, but same Corvette too.
That is a good thing.
Your living the good life, three Corvettes, a Harley and your sailboat. And a terrific bride to share it with is the cherry on the top.

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Jan 21st, 2019 at 6:58am
OK,
Saturday I fired her up and pulled her out of the garage.
My new Blue Tooth dongle plugged in! My iPad and new 9 dollar software up and running!
The connection was a success!

I can now read my computer and many PIDs! My goal was to heat her up gently, feel the thermostat turn on, and then the fans!

Whoo hoo! Thermostat opened! I could feel the water temp in the hoses! Nice!

After waiting for what seemed an eternity, the engine finally reached 200 degrees and the fans kicked on! YES! More things working well! Other than my power steering fluid going out of the system about as fast as it can! Doh! Thought that was fixed.

So back in the garage and the front end up. Engine off. No problem. Engine running . . . . fluid everywhere! So I figured I'd have fun instead of fiddling with the steering.


My new JBL GTR-104 amp has arrived! I'll install that! Blue tooth ready it will feed all 4 speakers and I can control the gain on each! NICE! Well, not so . . . .
Dang thing would not power up. Out comes the power probe. All wiring is good. All fuses good. Even the remote wire was confirmed hot. Ground confirmed.

Return Label already received. Darn it. I was looking forward to that. Looked like a nice unit.

Scott







Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Jan 23rd, 2019 at 7:51am
Back under the car last night.
Good news! I found the leak in the power steering!

Bad news . . . . . it appears I hooked up the pressure side hose to the none pressure side of the rack and blew the gasket at the input shaft! Quite the pita to get to and see but the gasket looks pushed out! Doh.

More work for me!

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 68-73-77 on Jan 23rd, 2019 at 9:14am
If it makes you feel better..my Dodge came with power steering I never could get it to work & tried everything so I finally through everything in the trash. Ordered a  manual gearbox & everything works great. Sometimes you have to suffer before you can enjoy. ::)
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Jan 23rd, 2019 at 5:22pm
Thanks Alan!
I feel stupid because I know I checked that! Doh!

Here is the first start!
https://youtu.be/BmZb8xs-Huc

Here is the first move on her own!
https://youtu.be/uEkivi6jmHs

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Jan 23rd, 2019 at 6:30pm
I enjoyed both of those... I think you enjoyed it more! [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Jan 25th, 2019 at 6:27am
Yes I did!
Yesterday I took her in a car trailer to get the side pipes modified and installed!
Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 68-73-77 on Jan 28th, 2019 at 9:49am
Honey do's are always a priority ;D
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Jan 29th, 2019 at 5:45am

68-73 wrote on Jan 28th, 2019 at 9:49am:
Honey do's are always a priority ;D
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

...and the lists keep getting longer. ::)

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Jan 30th, 2019 at 12:32pm
Yes sir! Happy wife . . . . . ..

:)

Still waiting for my gaskets!
Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Feb 7th, 2019 at 6:35am
Oh my gosh!
I just received and email from Speed Direct that my gaskets were ready for shipping!
All this time I thought they'd shipped and things were slow because of weather.

Amazon sure has spoiled me and my expectations.

On the other side, I have used my 4 wheel drive legitimately 4 days in a row now and we are expecting more snow! At one point I had to lock the rear diff AND use 4X4 just to get out of my driveway.

Around here folks still tailgate in the icy conditions. I turn 4X4 off and let my truck slide a but and they tend to back off! LOL! I also leave a hitch in the receiver as preventative maintenance in the parking lot.


Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 68-73-77 on Feb 8th, 2019 at 2:38am
Yes Amazon does tend to spoil you, we have a 2 giant Amazon warehouse close & they send there on trucks out for deliveries & it's usually the next day or the 2nd day at the most. Sure saves on gas.
We have really had a snow-less winter so far, but it's been real cold.
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Feb 9th, 2019 at 7:37pm
We had recording breaking snow here the past couple days... not liking it.

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Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Feb 9th, 2019 at 8:17pm
Wonderful pic Jack! I love the snow but only because it goes away fast around here! My bride and I drove to Destiny today to make sure she is ok. Total guess of 8+ inches on her! Yikes! The marina is beautiful with all the snow. Destiny is a toasty 43 degrees inside! We use an oil heater to supplement the electric forced air and it works great!
1 oil, two electric forced air and two dehumidifiers keep her in good order! We use the same oil heater in the rv plus propain heat and all stays a toasty 50 degrees to prevent frozen pipes.

Today I installed a JBL GTR-140 amp that is capable of blue tooth! The ole Rockford Fosgate amp made so much noise on startup that the new amp seems awesome! Soon the vette will be road worthy! So many projects and so little time!

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Feb 11th, 2019 at 6:56am
Side pipes are great! Sounds similar to before but louder and deeper.
I have yet to driver her and see what it is like.

I have to regasket my rack and pinion.

Enyone here ever do that or should I just take it in and get it done?

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Feb 15th, 2019 at 8:26am
My replacement rack is on its way.
Been working with speed direct and they with me!

+1 Speed Direct

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Mar 4th, 2019 at 6:57am
We are back!
Diane and I took a week off from work and snow and headed out to Hawaii!

7 Days on the island of Hawaii was a blast but not enough time! We literally went from top to bottom and drove completely around the island in two days!

We did a night snorkel with the Manta Rays which was freakin awesome!
Diane and our daughter swam with the dolphins!
We went to the top of Mt Kilauea!
We stayed at the Hilton on the dry side of the island and drove to Akaka Falls in heavy rain and fog!
We visited the rain forest gardens!
We even visited the town of Kona twice! LOL!
While sitting and eating dinner on our last day we could see the Maunakea observatory! WOW! LETS GO! Oh, wait, they close before we could get there. They have limited visitation at this time. Oh well.


Either way it was a blast! No pun intended with the volcanoes.

While away we get the ping on our cell phones that there was motion at our front door at home. Yep, with no email or warning my new rack and pinion arrived! Had to call a neighbor and have them put it in the house for me!

Today you ask? Yes, back to work.
Doh!


Scott













Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Mar 4th, 2019 at 1:34pm
Wow! You did have a blast Scott!
It's always a bummer first day back at work too.

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Mar 11th, 2019 at 7:34am
Saturday I had some time so I finished the install of the steering.

I decided to go ahead and drive her down to the neighbors house and see how well she does.  Down and back a block at little more than an idle! Whoo hoo!

Second time was a little more throttle and I blew the fan belt off! Doh!
Sunday evening I had time so I got and installed a new belt! Ah! I can clearly see the air compressor is off slightly! I'll adjust that tonight!

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 68-73-77 on Mar 11th, 2019 at 9:56am
A great way to get it spot on is use a laser light
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Mar 11th, 2019 at 10:00am
Good idea! Thanks!
Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Mar 18th, 2019 at 9:02am
Sunday was a good day!
About mid day I jumped into my vette and drove to the gas station!

I filled her to the top with premium with the first fresh gas in a year and a half!
Steering felt good and I did not spin off the belt! She shifted properly now that I have the correct wiring set up and she just simply drove nice! The brakes may need to be bled again as the pedal went to far to the floor for my tastes.

Over all she seemed a bit zippier than before. I did baby her but oh boy did the happy pedal feel good!

Ah, life is good! Still lots of little things to do like hook up the vacuum headlights, gauges, and torque converter wire to brakes bit over all she is in good running order again!

For now my gauges consist of an IPAD hooked up to a dongle on the OBDII connector!

:)

Scott



Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Mar 19th, 2019 at 12:36am
Just in time for Spring weather too! It hit 74 sunny here in Tacoma today. Wore a T shirt... whoo hoo

SPRING IS HERE!!! SPRING IS HERE!!! SPRING IS HERE!!!

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 68-73-77 on Mar 19th, 2019 at 4:56am
Sounds like you are nearing the finish line 8-)
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Mar 19th, 2019 at 7:36am
Spring sure does feel like it is here! Beautiful day yesterday, today is looking great and even tomorrow is scheduled to be fantastic!

The snow is a long ago memory now!

Yes Alan,
All my major tasks seem to be complete and it is a matter of dialing her in the way I like her now.

It almost doesn't seem real because she has been down so long! LOL!
Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Mar 20th, 2019 at 6:49am
Drove my baby to work today and man does it feel good to be rolling again!
I had to manually push up and then later lower the headlights as I have not hooked up the vacuum yet but otherwise what a great drive to work! I'll drop the top for the ride home later!

:D

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Mar 22nd, 2019 at 5:36pm
I bet that felt good!!!

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Mar 25th, 2019 at 7:15am
Yes sir! LOL! [smiley=beer.gif]

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 68-73-77 on Mar 25th, 2019 at 10:36am
I don't think I asked this but did you check the code on your axle? Because if it's a 350 car it won't hold up with that new engine. Also did you upgrade your ujoints & driveshat ujoints?
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Mar 26th, 2019 at 6:56am
The previous owner raced the car and already beefed everything up. When I had the drive shaft shortened, I had them put spicer ujoints in and told them the car would be pushing North of 500 hp and to make sure it would support the new power. The shop was very promising saying No problem with what I have.

I did not change the ujoints on the half shafts because they felt good and I know the previous owner had beefed things up. Remember MonkeyWrench? He had to help me identify things a long time ago because of changes and he is the one who told me things had been upgraded. Also PO added 3.73 gears.

I think I am OK but who knows! LOL!

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Mar 26th, 2019 at 7:29am

69Shark wrote on Mar 26th, 2019 at 6:56am:
I think I am OK but who knows! LOL!

Scott

Famous last words Scott! LOL
I recall riding with Alan in his Blue Monster when he thought his was "OK", stomped on it and wow, found out the hard way it needed more beefing. Good thing he already had the safety stuff on there.

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 68-73-77 on Mar 26th, 2019 at 8:06am
I think you will be fine unless you go to a 17" tire. I just don't get on it off the line anymore ..not worth the problems it can cause.
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Mar 28th, 2019 at 7:57am
Yesterday was a good day!
I took my 69 out for a drive after final adjustments on the pullys.

Once around the big block which is about 4-5 miles.
Diane was ready for a "Come help call" LOL!

She sat at 198 degrees and I checked the belt when I got home. No movement! She held her belt fine!

Second run around the big block, Diane came with me! She could hold the iPad and watch the speed and RPM for me. We briefly got up to 60 MPH and she was at 1750 RPM! YES!

At a light, a feller in a big diesel Dodge truck had pole position with me. He clearly was egging me to run with him. I did not. Light changed, he launched and I pressed the accelerator. Remember my bride was with me. He was instantly a truck length ahead and I continued to ease into the throttle. By 3/4 pedal I was a length ahead of him with a lot left. I wasn't even shifting. Just letting the new tranny do its job! I let out of it and he roared by with a huge grin on his face! Those trucks are LOUD!

My baby was very quick! I have no doubt had I decided to let my vette loose I'd be sporting a black eye from my bride and the truck feller would not be grinning so much! LOL!

So far so good!

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 68-73-77 on Mar 29th, 2019 at 4:58am
I know the feeling seems like everyone wants to challenge the 68 & 73 but hardly ever the 67 Dodge ;). I have diffently mellowed over the years & rarely take anyone up on the off the line thing. Sometimes if I can take to them I ask what they have under the hood  if they have less than 500 hp I tell them it's not worth the gas & that usually pisses them off.
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Mar 29th, 2019 at 7:36am

68-73 wrote on Mar 29th, 2019 at 4:58am:
it's not worth the gas
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

;D

I love it!

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Apr 3rd, 2019 at 11:18am
OK,

After a week or two I was periodically peeling a rib off the serpentine belt! WTF?? Seemed unpredictable. What I learned was amazing!
Did you know there are cheap serpentine belts and expensive ones? If you have a pulley even very slightly miss aligned the cheap belts can SQUEEEEEEEAL loudly! OMG!
Then they get shredded it is almost like they know they are at end of life! LOL! The expensive ones . . . .die slower and generally quieter!

NOTE: if you have a bad squeal from your serpentine system, take a squirt bottle with water and lightly squirt the ribbed side of the belt at each pulley. If the squeal goes away then comes right back you likely have a misaligned pulley and not bad bearings. Sometimes you can even isolate where the misalignment is by the noise!

Yesterday I think I finally resolved the issue. Starting at the crank pulley on the driver side, I have the crank pulley, an idler pulley, the power steering pump pulley, and the alternator pulley all on the driver side.
With a straight edge I could not get a straight line on all the pulleys because the idler pulley with no grooves was in the way. I had to remove it. Once out of the way, the other three pulleys were in clear view.
I immediately noticed the crank pulley had a wider lip than the other two and for me to hold a straight edge on the crank pulley would actually miss align the others! AH the lights come on in my head! I had to carefully hold the end of the straight edge next to the crank pulley but not on it. Instead hold it to the approximate thickness of the edges of the other two pulleys ( pump and alternator ) OMG! it was immediately obvious somebody was out of alignment!

After a bit of staring and studying, it was clear the power steering pump needed to be pressed in something like an eighth or sixteenth of an inch in! Using a special tool, it was easy access and easy to press in. I did it very slowly and checked every 1/2 turn until the straight edge aligned perfectly on all three pulleys! I then reinstalled the idler pulley and belt. I ran the motor for a bit at various RPMS and the belt stayed in place perfectly! SOOOooo, up the freeway I went for about 5 miles at freeway speeds and then took back roads home. The belt stayed perfectly in place with no squealing or pealing off a rib!!!!

What a relieve! I now feel confident I can drive her to an alignment shop!

Hope this helps the next guy!
Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 68-73-77 on Apr 4th, 2019 at 4:14am
Great explanation ...yes I know there are cheap & good belts...you pay for what you get usually. Last yr I had a very small pin hole leak in the upper radiator hose on the 73. After a 90 or so mile cruise the serpentine belt came off & I couldn't figure out why. Just enough anti freeze came out to cause the belt to become slippery & come off. The anti freeze that came out was so little that it disappeared almost immediately. I couldn't see the leak but my SIL who has eagle eye saw it.  These cars can be a challenge at times. Glad you finally solved this problem. :P
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Apr 4th, 2019 at 7:31am

68-73 wrote on Apr 4th, 2019 at 4:14am:
These cars can be a challenge at times.  :P
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]


Yes sir and that issue was driving me nuts! Several times I thought "FIXED" only to drive a little further than the last run and lose the belt again!

I drove her in today with the vinyl hard top , spare belt, a socket, and a breaker bar! LOL!

This is her third run since the last fix described above and so far so good!

One of these days I'll be a knowledgeable back yard mechanic! LOL!
Scott 

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Apr 8th, 2019 at 5:22pm

68-73 wrote on Mar 29th, 2019 at 4:58am:
I know the feeling seems like everyone wants to challenge the 68 & 73 but hardly ever the 67 Dodge ;). I have diffently mellowed over the years & rarely take anyone up on the off the line thing. Sometimes if I can take to them I ask what they have under the hood  if they have less than 500 hp I tell them it's not worth the gas & that usually pisses them off.
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

Are you "packing" when you say that?  ;D

When I had yellowjacket, I rarely got challenged. Probably because she looked and sounded nastier (hooker sidepipes) than she really was.


69Shark wrote on Apr 3rd, 2019 at 11:18am:
Hope this helps the next guy!
Scott

All these posts in your thread will help a lot of people and you taking the time to post them, even jokes, is greatly appreciated.

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Apr 9th, 2019 at 10:26am
OK,
Next issue.

She refuse to warm start. Example, I jump in, fire her up and she starts immediately!
She drives with no issues. I go to a gas station. Stop and fuel her up. She wont start.
I wait thirty minutes and she starts without hesitation and runs great!

Warm Start:
1)She cranks very strong.
2)Fuel pressure 57.9
3)Air intake temp 120 degrees
4)Coolant temp 198 degrees
5)Can hear relays coming on with key on.
6)Fuel pump comes on if not already pressurized
7)Tack reads RPM when cranking

Note values are pulled via OBD blue tooth dongle and iPhone

Cold start:
1) Turn key and go! LOL!


I have already replaced the battery to one equivalent or better than a 2013 Z06 Cold cranking amps from Interstate battery.

I have used MAF cleaner to clean the sensor.

I have gone into the house grabbed some wine and sat in frustration . . . . LOL!


My next idea is to jack her up again and look for possible burned or pinched wires.

ANY ideas are welcome.

While I can drive her and she feels great I must plan when and where I shut her down!

Scott









Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 68-73-77 on Apr 9th, 2019 at 12:53pm
Try a can of air cleaner ( it gets cold if you hold it on something) spray some sensors & see if cooling them down detects a bad one.  Spray the distributor & coil too. Also pull your plugs (look and see if they are wet) to check that you don't have a leaking fuel injector which would flood your engine. Remember if it's getting spark it's almost gotta be a fuel /air mixture problem. Check to see that you are getting 12+ volts everywhere (the ignition areas)

Good luck

Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Apr 11th, 2019 at 6:39am
I have gone into the house grabbed some wine and sat in frustration . . . . LOL!
Try Vodka

ANY ideas are welcome.
Buy a brand new trouble free Corvette?

While I can drive her and she feels great I must plan when and where I shut her down!
Drive sharky to work, then home after work... and as a dinner car. Take time eating, go get in sharky and drive her home... end of problem.


Just tying to lighten the mood... been there done that many times with yellowjacket.


BTW, Can you give me the brand of what your using for that OBD bluetooth dongle and iPhone? And what you think of it?
Jack


Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Apr 12th, 2019 at 1:04pm
LOL! I'm with ya Jack!

I was going to drive her in today and get the dongle part number for you but it was raining so I do not have it handy yet.

The software I have been using is called "Auto Doctor".
It is rather difficult to use on an iPhone while driving but does read my "bad check sum" computer. Other cooler software packages would not.

IF you decide to buy a dongle, remember blue tooth works best with iPad and wifi for androids per what I have read. Also the dongle must be capable of turning itself off when not used. Otherwise it will drain your battery if you leave it in the car and plugged in.


Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Apr 13th, 2019 at 1:20pm
I'll probably get the OBD dongle you have and same software as your familiar with it. I have three cars so will it work with all of them, or just the one car? I don't plan to keep it plugged in but just to check now and then and especially if the engine light comes on which it does all the time with the 2000 Ford ranger I have. Which software version of "Auto Doctor" you have? The "Express" or "Standard".

Before contacting you, I was checking out this OBD
https://scanneranswers.com/foseal-wifi-obdii-scanner-review-2016/
and this software.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/obd-fusion/id650684932
Last question, I was reading where some of them can even give you a estimated HP?

Oh yeah I finally after 15 years of android phones switched to iPhone this year. Only because it was buy one get one free from T-Mobile... wifey won that one as she has always had a iPhone. Me, I still like the Samsung Android phones  :(

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Apr 17th, 2019 at 8:41pm
Scott, you forget me?

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Apr 19th, 2019 at 11:28am
Yup, Sure did. Sorry about that!
The scanner I have in my PU is now getting older but works for both PU's and Diane's vette.

it is Labled :
OBDII Xseries
Wi-Fi ELM 327



The one I want however is the "BlueDriver" it is pretty pricey but I have a fried with one and he really likes it.

If you do not have any particular desire for a specific unit,
PM me with your mailing address. If I send this one away, I'll need another . . . .LOL!

Scott




Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on May 3rd, 2019 at 7:20am
A little bit and it will get worse before it gets better! LOL!
This week the love has gone to our dinghy. This weekend and next week it all goes to Destiny. We haul her out on Thursday so all other projects stop until she goes back in the water.

As far as Sharky,
She scared me a bit last weekend!
I was getting on a highway and pressed the happy pedal a bit to much!
She hooked up real good for a moment setting me back in my seat. I hung tight to the wheel though! Unfortunately my telescoping steering wheel used that moment to remind me it can telescope! All the excitement and gear change and she was fish tailing. I was able to regain control without issue but boy is it a reminder to be very careful.

Took several days to get the pucker marks out of the leather seats!  [smiley=beer.gif] 

I did pick up another mechanical fuel gauge though. My mechanic neighbor wants me to see if the fuel pressure drops when she gets hot. I hope to get to that tonight but I have another obligation I must attend to after work.

Sheesh, kids move out and we get busier??

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on May 3rd, 2019 at 11:29am

69Shark wrote on May 3rd, 2019 at 7:20am:
Sheesh, kids move out and we get busier??

Scott

Your gonna find out time never slows down but goes faster as you get older. Funny how most young couples think they will have more time when their kids get older and out of the house. And they never listen either. LOL
Speaking of TIME:
Quoting the Bible, King David once said, "Our days on earth are like wildflowers, we bloom and wither and die. The wind blows, and we are gone—as though we had never been here."

.

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 68-73-77 on May 3rd, 2019 at 11:41am
Glad you didn't loose control...you might want to consider getting 17" tires that grip better.  Mine was not a fun car to drive with the 15"'s.   That much power in these cars can be a scary.  Go out & practice with it..you will see that the back end will kick out faster than you can blink..so lesson #! never floor it unless the wheel is pointed
straight unless you plan on doing donuts :)  at 60 mph or faster
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on May 3rd, 2019 at 11:56am

yellowjacket wrote on Jan 12th, 2018 at 6:51am:

68-73 wrote on Jan 5th, 2018 at 7:32am:
It was my pleasure to share, you will truly enjoy the difference I've blown vipers, porches & many exotic cars away. I think we share about the same  power , but your engine is definitely lighter & rev's higher. I do have a 5 spd though. Just be careful for awhile as that much power in a C-3 can be intimidating. Never did take mine to the track especially after I tore the half shaft out with Jack in the car (2nd gear did it), but I suspect it's easily  a 10 second car so I'd only get one run & they'd throw me off the track.
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

I remember that day!  :o
For the next year or so, Veda thought you let me drive the blue monster and I was the one who broke it.  ;D

That was a good memory! Fun riding in the Blue Monster.

NOTE: I actually spent an hour reading all the posts, all 11 pages. This quote above was several pages back.

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on May 3rd, 2019 at 1:38pm

68-73 wrote on May 3rd, 2019 at 11:41am:
. . .never floor it unless the wheel is pointed straight . . .
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]


Yes sir! I've been told by several folks now the same thing. She's in a whole new class now than she was before. It will take me time to relearn how to drive her!

Scott



Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on May 10th, 2019 at 8:28pm
Back to the hard start issue. My fuel pressure gauge showed I had way to much fuel pressure. So, I ordered a fuel pressure regulator. I got it installed last night and my vette runs and starts the way she should now! I still need to hook up speedo, tach, temp, etc but with the blue tooth tool there is no hurry! With the heat today and tomorrow it makes me want to charge the air conditioning! Lol!

Today Diane and I sanded the bottom of Destiny and bottom painted her! Wow what a lot of work! Tomorrow is buffing!

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on May 22nd, 2019 at 7:59am
With Destiny completed and back in the water, I had some time t work on Sharky.
A couple of nights ago I hooked up my "Speedbox". It is a device that can use GPS, OBDII, or transmission signal to drive an electric motor that spins my factory speedometer.

For simplicity I hooked up the GPS with antenna. The unit comes with GPS built in so all I did was take the antenna and using its magnet stuck it to the center top of my radiator support. GPS signal passes through fiberglass! Keyed power and a ground plus my speedo cable and it was done!

I have to say I really like it! very accurate and responsive with minimal delay.
It has the typical GPS issues like it takes a few moments to sync up on startup and it can lose signal at times but hey, It really works!

I'll eventually hook up the tranny signal and it will default to GPS and fall back to the tranny feed when needed.

Pretty cool if you want to keep your original speedometer!

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on May 23rd, 2019 at 9:15pm
About time your back! Is that the new toy that replaced what you sent me?

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on May 24th, 2019 at 7:13am
Completely different.

This device is basically an electric motor that drives/spins the speedo cable. It has the GPS built in, and can take signal from OBDII and/or tranny. I've had it over a year because I new I would need it and purchased it with my initial startup budget on my LS swap. Just got around to installing it.

The new toy is an OBDII dongle that creates a wireless network in your car allowing one to use a tablet or smart phone to act as gauges for the car. As simple as Speed, Temp and RPM or more complex including boost, MPG, etc. I am using this now as I make my gauges work one by one. I have speed, tach, fuel, and clock all working and I WANT temp and oil pressure working.

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on May 24th, 2019 at 7:15am
Oh yeah, the speedbox is dedicated to my vette where the OBDII dongle is mobile and will work in all our cars. It just plugs in.

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Jun 27th, 2019 at 8:31am
It's been over a month since your last post... Sharky taking the summer off now?

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Jun 28th, 2019 at 11:54am
Nope!
She's sitting outside my office window right now!
Drove her in to work today on the back roads and will likely take the same route home!


We took Destiny to the San Juan and Gulf Islands for two weeks so I was MIA for a while! :)

We had a great trip, saw Minki, Gray, and Orca whales!
Great trip except I think we may have lost the motor in Destiny.
I'll be looking into that this weekend as well as hopefully charging the air on Sharky!

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Jun 29th, 2019 at 3:32am
I think we may have lost the motor in Destiny.

What happened? Racing another sailboat?




Just joking on the last sentence.

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Jul 8th, 2019 at 12:55pm
Without disassebly it appears we may have dropped a valve.
I can turn the motor over very easily but only 1/2 turn and it CLANKS.
Same thing other direction. She just puked in Possession Sound outside of everett at the end of our trip. Given zero wind I towed her home with the dinghy.


On another note, my Speedbox died. After a very nice chat with SpeedHut, I have an RMA and will be returning it for repair.

Looks like Speed Hut has pretty darn good customer service so far!

Nice!

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Jul 8th, 2019 at 11:52pm
You've had a bit of bad luck...

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 68-73-77 on Jul 9th, 2019 at 4:22am
Sorry to hear about the engine. I remember when I had my chrysler marine V-8 engine worked on in my Penn Yan. The speed shop had a hard time getting it out because on the trailer it was almost 8' to get it over the rails. Then when they put it back in all the water fittings & hookups were wrong. I spent many hours getting thast sorted out.  That thing had a double impeller raw water pump that sucked enough water to work as a fire hose. That engine ran 160 degrees at 4000rpm & the exhaust manifolds were cool to the touch...

  What size engine is it anyway, I'm guessing a 4 banger?
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Jul 9th, 2019 at 10:21am
Yeah, we broke a lot of things on our trip this year. It was amazing how many items gave up the ghost on us. I could list them here but it would scare you all away from boats! LOL! Fortunately I have redundant systems and we still had a great trip but repairs this year have already cost me a lot and will cost a whole lot more. Fortunately Diane and I have prepared for such issues so we are fine and Destiny will be cared for nicely!


As far as the motor, she is currently a Perkins Prima 50 4 cylinder 50hp Diesel. Over 1/4 of a century old now. We had planned on major work on it already but were not expecting a complete failure. I'm sure she can be rebuilt but it will be a complete rebuild not just a head/valve job.

We are currently eyeballing this yanmar 4jh57 . It is a brand I am familiar with and all new technology. Tonight I will be aboard taking measurements and confirming the engine angle, shaft angle, prop diameter, etc. We'll need to gear the new tranny properly for our boat and ensure the angles the motor tranny, and shaft are at.

OH the fun. I already know the exhaust will need to be redone and most likely water intake and exit through hulls will get replaced.

Fun Fun!  :D

Scott

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Jul 9th, 2019 at 10:37am
Sorry Scott, but I'll never have a sailboat like yours for three reasons.

1. Can't afford it LOL

2. I KNOW you diligently take care of your cars, boats, so to have those things happen will spook me forever.

3. I like speed, so when we buy our next house in a couple years, we plan to buy a fishing boat with two motors, a 50-75 HP with a trolling motor. With all the water we have around here, the bay, lakes etc, it's stupid not to have a boat. I have a rubber raft for lakes, but need one for the rivers and Puget Sound Bay.

Did I say I can't afford it? ;D

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Jul 16th, 2019 at 1:01pm
Yeah, boats can cost a lot! Even if cared for things just break. It is looking like the Yanmar is the engine of choice. Still need a couple of measurements but it will fit in the hole anyway! LOL! Now figuring out the tranny. We've had Destiny about 15 years now and she has gone from being our boat to more like a part of the family. We gave very strong consideration to upgrading but at this point, no kids in the house, Destiny is perfect if not a little large! We can upgrade her way cheaper than a new boat so that is our plan of action. She'll get everything she needs, a few things I want and a few Diane wants.


Back to the vette:

I received an email from SpeedHut that my speedbox will arrive tomorrow! WOW! What turnaround! I am impressed! We are looking at about a week and a half including shipping both ways! I assume it will work! I have already wired the Transmission to the harness and confirmed the GPS antenna should have no issues where I have it mounted under the hood. Hooking up the tranny removes all delays for speedo function. Once the GPS makes connection the GPS feed will be the priority signal as it should be most accurate. Should GPS be lost, the tranny feed takes over. I am very excited to see the unit in action again. I hate non working gauges! LOL!

SO far the LS is AWESOME! North of 500hp and ultimately reliable! Backed up by the 4L75E she runs at 2000 RPM or so at 65 MPH The tranny shifts nice and smooth if I baby the car around town. Almost don't feel the shifts. Get into it some and the shifts firm right up and she feels quite snappy! Jump on the throttle and the shift points are delayed and down right hard! Tires just cannot grip the road! I still cannot feather it nicely  ;D but I am learning! As far as that beast C6 that my bride drives . . . .  it is not even close in a straight line! I can leave her in my smoke! Tire smoke that is!  :D

My baby is far from the fastest car I've ever been in but she is far faster than ANY car we've ever owned!  8-)

Scott



Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 69Shark on Jul 29th, 2019 at 7:09am
A rare day in the C3 world on Sunday!

Back up to Friday . . .
I took my baby in to an air conditioning shop and had the evac and filling of R134A! I had just replaced the dryer just to be sure! We found two leaks and fixed them on the spot. One was a lose fitting, the other, some idiot that installed my new compressor forgot an "o" ring  in one of the lines! I won't mention my name so you won't know who it was!  :D

The compressor did not want to spin. We had 1.8 lbs of R134A in the system. Decided it my be to much so we removed some. The compressor started to catch better and spin up. Nice! As I drove home I turned the system on and off several times and she started working great!

Sunday morning, I had the hardtop on, windows up, and it was about 75 degrees! Up the freeway I went to test the air at speed instead of stop and go traffic. OH WOW! My feet got freezing cold! OMG! Yeah, I know, it was only 75 out but it sure was nice to not be HOT driving my vette! My cheap 6 dollar kithen thermometer showd 39 degrees coming out my ball vent!   8-)

One more thing working again!
Scott

Oh yeah, my cruise control unit is ordered and on its way! LOL!

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by 68-73 on Jul 29th, 2019 at 9:39am
With that small cabin the after market air works very well...good to hear everthing is coming together
Alan [smiley=beer.gif]

Title: Re: LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible
Post by yellowjacket on Jul 30th, 2019 at 5:14pm
Your getting there and summer is on its last legs too.

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