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LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible (Read 4789 times)
Reply #180 - Jul 30th, 2019 at 5:14pm

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Your getting there and summer is on its last legs too.
 

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Reply #181 - Aug 29th, 2019 at 7:50am

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After running around with Air conditioning I find that the cold air warms up noticeably if the car comes to a stop.

I learned that I should have the fans come on with the air so I hooked up a 30 amp relay. I used the signal to the compressor to flip the relay so when the air is on, the fans are on! Nice except the fans would not turn off! Doh!

It seems my Bosch 30 amp relays would lightly weld themselves on when the fans came on.

Hmm, thanks to Amazon I had new 50 amp relays arriving in two days! Nice! Last night I hooked up the 50 amp relay and all worked perfectly!  Yes, I know when the car is moving I do not need the fans on for the air conditioning but I do not have a trinary switch and am to lazy to get, wire and install one! LOL!

Did not get to drive her today but tomorrow I will and test the new setup!
Just in time for Labor Day!  Cheesy

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Reply #182 - Aug 30th, 2019 at 9:42am

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I've got electric fans in the 73 & a 10k rpm rated flex fan in the 68. Both have air & the 68 with the bigger motor runs cooler. 170 degrees + or - a few degrees in all weather. I think the main thing in these cars is to make sure that front is blocked off so all the air has to go through the radiator. That big lower scoop on the 68 helps alot too & keeps the car glued to the ground at higher speeds. Seems like little things can make a big difference.  Glad you figured out that relay problem.  I also repulleyed my alt so it puts out 14V at low rpms Smiley
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Reply #183 - Aug 30th, 2019 at 4:16pm

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Scott, you use air conditioning around here???
I've never used air conditioning in my cars or house since the 22 years I've been up here?

Maybe I am too use the the hot 100+ temps from where I grew up in Southern Oregon....
 

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Reply #184 - Sep 3rd, 2019 at 9:48am

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Absolutely!
I love my creature comforts!

While rolling a C3 convertible is reasonably comfortable however come to a stop on a hot day in traffic with black interior and no roof and you get cooked pretty fast. I added the sound dampener heat shield stuff also when I re carpeted! Yeah, I know, sound deadening material in a convertible with pipes . . . . but it makes a big difference with a top on! My car is downright civil! LOL!  Grin


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Reply #185 - Sep 10th, 2019 at 1:52pm

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Better be glad you don't live in Medford, Oregon where I grew up where at least 30 days of the year it's over 100 degrees, a couple times hit 114 degrees.
 

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Reply #186 - Sep 11th, 2019 at 7:30am

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Yeah, I grew up on the other side of the state! It gets hot over there in the summer and very cold in the winter! No thanks!


Couple of days ago I installed a "Catch Can" in Sharky. Not much room left but I found a place. Tonight I will be installing a new "Neutral Safety Switch". Mine does not work. This should also fix my backup lights!


I did find a "Like New" soft top frame all original from a 69 that had been stored for 30 plus years. Since mine has a broken bow, I pulled my soft top off the car and installed the original 69 top. The canvas is great but not stretchy enough anymore so I will recover the new frame this winter! I swore I'd never do that again but here I go again . . . . .

Anyone need a convertible soft top let me know ASAP I'll sell it complete but once I start the recover I'll pick and choose best parts from both tops! Smiley For example the new frame has latches but the adjust screws are gone. Ecklers wants 10 bucks each for a screw! Sheesh!  Also the latch pins are missing on the new frame so I'll take those too. So if you need a top SPEAK UP NOW! Not sure how to ship the thing though.

I'll post in the FS area too.

IS this car EVER going to be done??  Cheesy

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Reply #187 - Sep 11th, 2019 at 6:44pm

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69Shark wrote on Sep 11th, 2019 at 7:30am:
IS this car EVER going to be done??  Cheesy

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NOPE!!!  Grin

That's a C3 for you and why I probably won't have another one... getting too old to crawl under them anymore. Next one will be a lot newer  and won't need so much work. I did enjoy the ten years fixing up yellowjacket though.
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Reply #188 - Sep 16th, 2019 at 7:14am

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Well I finally get to see real fruits from my labor!

Saturday was GM Nationals at SIR or Evergreen Raceways here in Seattle. Heavy threats of rain kept most away but there were still a lot of cars including a show with maybe 75 vehicles.

My first and slowest run was against my brother and his 68 Firebird.
I ran an 12.8 he ran a 10.8. OK, we are not in the same class and we got lucky the official was nice to let us run! I could not hook up and was all over the place.
Even had some nice fellow come to me after the race and try to explain how to launch a street car! Great tips and Great guy.I did get LOTS of input from my brother too.

I was in Sportsman or StreetRod class he is in ProStreet. Doh!


I ran 4 or 5 times kept getting faster.
My my best run was a 12.06! I consider that perfect! If I HIT 11'S the rules change and I'm required to have a roll bar, harness, battery switch, etc etc etc!

So after all that work in street trim, street tires, pump gas, no slicks, drive to the track for an hour and then home afterwards I still show 3/4 tank of gas AND ran a 12.06! YES!

I am very happy with my car!
I know if I could drive better I'd be in the 11's without a doubt!

LS7, I highly recommend it!  Cool
Scott



In line at Pre Tech inspection
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At 110 MPH my headlights popped up! Guess I should hook up vacuum! LOL!
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The paperwork!
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Reply #189 - Sep 16th, 2019 at 9:28am

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Great times for street tires. You put 17's on it & you be in the low 11's for sure & that 60' time will come down. Those times will blow my cars off the road today.  My 17's really hook also put some shocks on the front that let the front end really come up. Never took my 68 to the track & I know I'd only get one run same with the Dodge so I just don't bother plus my insurance would be void if I crashed.
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Reply #190 - Sep 16th, 2019 at 9:56am

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Thanks Alan!
Yeah, My insurance is not good at the track so care is taken!
I am very pleased with the 12.06!  I know I can get more but hey, then they'd yell at me! I'm surprised they let me run a vert that fast as the rules clearly indicate requirements much stricter on verts! My red hard top was very intentional! Not the black vinyl!

Believe it or not, I just put her in drive! No shifting at all! No overdrive though!
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Reply #191 - Sep 16th, 2019 at 10:33am

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I almost forgot you are running a auto at least no missed shifts...I ripped my left half shaft off with Jack in the car when I took off in second...he couldn't hear it but he sure felt it Grin. Since then I'm kinda lighter in the foot dept.
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Reply #192 - Sep 16th, 2019 at 5:00pm

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69Shark wrote on Sep 16th, 2019 at 7:14am:
Well I finally get to see real fruits from my labor!

Saturday was GM Nationals at SIR or Evergreen Raceways here in Seattle. Heavy threats of rain kept most away but there were still a lot of cars including a show with maybe 75 vehicles.

My first and slowest run was against my brother and his 68 Firebird.
I ran an 12.8 he ran a 10.8. OK, we are not in the same class and we got lucky the official was nice to let us run! I could not hook up and was all over the place.
Even had some nice fellow come to me after the race and try to explain how to launch a street car! Great tips and Great guy.I did get LOTS of input from my brother too.

I was in Sportsman or StreetRod class he is in ProStreet. Doh!


I ran 4 or 5 times kept getting faster.
My my best run was a 12.06! I consider that perfect! If I HIT 11'S the rules change and I'm required to have a roll bar, harness, battery switch, etc etc etc!

So after all that work in street trim, street tires, pump gas, no slicks, drive to the track for an hour and then home afterwards I still show 3/4 tank of gas AND ran a 12.06! YES!

I am very happy with my car!
I know if I could drive better I'd be in the 11's without a doubt!

LS7, I highly recommend it!  Cool
Scott



In line at Pre Tech inspection
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At 110 MPH my headlights popped up! Guess I should hook up vacuum! LOL!
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The paperwork!
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Great times for leaving it in drive!!!
Playing safe is good. Way to go Scott!!!
Had you shifted using the tach, you'd been in the 11's easily.
 

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Reply #193 - Sep 16th, 2019 at 5:02pm

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68-73 wrote on Sep 16th, 2019 at 10:33am:
I almost forgot you are running a auto at least no missed shifts...I ripped my left half shaft off with Jack in the car when I took off in second...he couldn't hear it but he sure felt it Grin. Since then I'm kinda lighter in the foot dept.
Alan Smiley
Yup, I won't ever forget that!
Veda was mad at me for while as she thought Alan let me drive it when it happened. She thought Alan was covering for me. LOL
 

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Reply #194 - Sep 17th, 2019 at 4:11am

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I just thank god I installed those half shaft safety loops or the car  and or me would have been destroyed. It did force me to beef up the rear drive train though. That's the problem with these cars if they hook good & you have tons of TQ  the stock parts can't handle it. I can't figure out how they drove with those skinny little tires, but I was one of them so I guess we just slid all over the place. Grin
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