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LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible (Read 769 times)
Reply #15 - Jan 12th, 2018 at 6:51am

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68-73-77 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.
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I remember that day!  Shocked
For the next year or so, Veda thought you let me drive the blue monster and I was the one who broke it.  Grin
 

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Reply #16 - Feb 1st, 2018 at 12:02pm

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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!


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Reply #17 - Feb 2nd, 2018 at 1:15am

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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.
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Reply #18 - Feb 2nd, 2018 at 3:24am

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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 Grin. It's amazing what someone can accomplish when you put your mind to it. 
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Reply #19 - Feb 2nd, 2018 at 6:23am

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68-73-77 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

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

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Reply #20 - Feb 21st, 2018 at 8:03am

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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!
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Reply #21 - Mar 7th, 2018 at 3:08pm

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Get over that cold yet?
 

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Reply #22 - Mar 14th, 2018 at 7:13am

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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.

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Reply #23 - Apr 3rd, 2018 at 4:31pm

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So, what's new, it's two weeks later...
 

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Reply #24 - Apr 4th, 2018 at 6:45am

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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!

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Reply #25 - Apr 5th, 2018 at 4:33am

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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. Grin
 

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Reply #26 - Apr 5th, 2018 at 7:22am

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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

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Reply #27 - Apr 5th, 2018 at 10:23am

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Sounds like you are making good progress.
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Reply #28 - Apr 5th, 2018 at 10:45am

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This belongs in a Corvette magazine!
One MP Corvette!
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Reply #29 - Apr 11th, 2018 at 5:14pm

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yellowjacket wrote on Apr 5th, 2018 at 10:45am:
This belongs in a Corvette magazine!
One MP Corvette!
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Lol! My bride loves that shot!
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