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LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible (Read 23442 times)
Reply #45 - May 17th, 2018 at 6:37am

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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! Cheesy

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Reply #46 - May 18th, 2018 at 4:44am

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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

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.
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Reply #47 - May 18th, 2018 at 6:55am

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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
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Reply #48 - May 19th, 2018 at 7:38pm

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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

 
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Reply #49 - May 20th, 2018 at 4:25am

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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.
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Reply #50 - May 20th, 2018 at 6:48pm

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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.

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Reply #51 - May 21st, 2018 at 6:07am

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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!
 

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Reply #52 - May 21st, 2018 at 6:55am

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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. Shocked  Not sure how you got your wife under there but more power too you Wink
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Reply #53 - May 29th, 2018 at 9:07am

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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!

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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!

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It was a great weekend!
Scott
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Reply #54 - May 30th, 2018 at 5:03am

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You had a great weekend indeed... family, corvette time & sailboating! Love the pipes.
 

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Reply #55 - Jun 15th, 2018 at 7:27pm

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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?
 

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Reply #56 - Jun 20th, 2018 at 8:29am

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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!

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Reply #57 - Jun 20th, 2018 at 2:15pm

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The Bald Eagles are out when the tide is low....
 

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Reply #58 - Jul 23rd, 2018 at 4:49am

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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.  Grin
 

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Reply #59 - Jul 26th, 2018 at 7:51am

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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!
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