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LS7 in a 1969 Corvette Convertible (Read 4283 times)
Reply #60 - Sep 26th, 2018 at 6:17am

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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
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Reply #61 - Sep 27th, 2018 at 8:39am

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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-...

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
 
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Reply #62 - Oct 2nd, 2018 at 7:06am

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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.


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Reply #63 - Oct 5th, 2018 at 6:46am

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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!
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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
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Reply #64 - Oct 8th, 2018 at 11:32am

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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.

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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
 
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Reply #65 - Oct 10th, 2018 at 8:50am

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Well you got some stuff done! Now you have all winter to finish up. No excuse not to be out crusin' next Spring. Grin
 

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Reply #66 - Oct 10th, 2018 at 9:42am

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I do have a question was this vet a SB original car? If so have you beefed up the rear end?
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Reply #67 - Oct 10th, 2018 at 11:54am

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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

 
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Reply #68 - Oct 10th, 2018 at 11:56am

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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. Grin



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

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Reply #69 - Oct 15th, 2018 at 6:46am

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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

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Reply #70 - Oct 15th, 2018 at 9:53am

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You'll be happy you did this if it ever breaks Shocked
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Reply #71 - Oct 15th, 2018 at 11:54am

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Heh heh!
I hope to never know!

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Reply #72 - Oct 16th, 2018 at 10:05pm

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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 Grin
I can't imagine what would have happened without the safety loops... couldn't have been good that's for sure.
 

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Reply #73 - Oct 16th, 2018 at 10:06pm

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68-73-77 wrote on Oct 15th, 2018 at 9:53am:
You'll be happy you did this if it ever breaks Shocked
Alan Smiley

Hey Alan, have you stomped on it since then?
 

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Reply #74 - Oct 17th, 2018 at 4:07am

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Yes, but the rear is much beefer now Cool
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