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First long drive in my vette new configuration! (Read 60 times)
Oct 8th, 2019 at 12:19pm

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Friday after work we took my vette to Eastern Wa! Over Stevens Pass into the Wenatchee Valley and over to East Wenatchee.

Heavy stop-n-go traffic on Friday, very heavy rain, and over a mountain pass. Winding two lane roads, heavy police presences, and 3 hours of driving and we finally made it to my moms house! After stretching our legs Sharky got a nice wash! We left her at my moms house and took the pickup because we were staying in a hotel. Back the next morning at my moms house we met up with one of my brothers and his 68 Firebird and headed to the Wings and Wheels Car Show.

I had a prime parking spot and a like new 70 BB Maybe LS5 ?? convertible parked next to me! BEAUTIFUL car!  Cool
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Bittersweet story, her and her husband owned the car and he was diagnosed with cancer. They sold the car. A few years later he wanted his car again and had limit time. They looked and looked with no success for it. Many owners later someone in Canada North of New York contacted them about . . . . yep. That car. They bought it back, he had it for one more year and passed. She now shows it in memory of him.
Wow.

OK, Sunday Sharky took 8.5 gallons of fuel. We headed back over the pass and into horrible traffic. again 3 hours later we made it home.


After at least 6 hours of drive, MUCH rain, some sunshine, and a couple of burnoffs, Sharky never went over 204 degrees, She drove great, great gas mileage, and still looks nice!

What a weekend!

Scott

 
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Reply #1 - Oct 9th, 2019 at 2:03am

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Sounds like you had fun, minus the bad traffic.
Yep we've had a lot more rain than usual this year.
 

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Reply #2 - Oct 9th, 2019 at 9:50am

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Sounds like a great weekend & an even better vette experience.
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Reply #3 - Oct 10th, 2019 at 1:50pm

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seems to be the thing to do if you want to truly drive and enjoy your classic Corvette, put a modern drivetrain in with fuel injection and overdrive gear ratios to maximize mpg's. glad to hear Sharky performed flawlessly but then again, you've certainly built her to do nothing less!!
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Reply #4 - Oct 11th, 2019 at 6:58am

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ve77er wrote on Oct 10th, 2019 at 1:50pm:
seems to be the thing to do if you want to truly drive and enjoy your classic Corvette, put a modern drivetrain in with fuel injection and overdrive gear ratios to maximize mpg's. glad to hear Sharky performed flawlessly but then again, you've certainly built her to do nothing less!!
.............Chris  Smiley


Yep!

Funny how things happen that make you change your ways!
When I bought my vette she had a 383 Stroker that was a BEAST. I live at sea level as did the previous owner. One day I took my vette over the mountain and went to pass someone! All that HP and she fell flat on me!Yes, I safely passed someone but boy what an eye opener! I know, high altitude, thin air, hot day, running rich, etc.

Last weekend it was the opposite. Again, I wanted to pass someone. You know, get the timing right, on coming traffic, car ahead of me, and I accelerate with anticipation of after the on coming car goes by, I'll be up to speed already, and can simply glide around the PU ahead of me. OMG! my vette was up to speed SO FAST I had to brake because I gained on the PU so quickly! What a difference!

I'm not a carb expert and am in no way discouraging carb owners. I am however a believer in my fuel injection!  Cool

Scott
 
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Reply #5 - Oct 11th, 2019 at 10:19am

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You are correct in carbs being touchy & to get them right takes a little experience especially in a high hp engine.  I love the cool weather like we are getting now..they pull like freight trains. Roll Eyes
Alan Smiley
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Reply #6 - Oct 11th, 2019 at 1:45pm

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I'm sure it compares performance wise to your C-6 but with sooo much more style!! yes the newer ones are certainly nice and offer better ergonomics and creature comforts but to have the modern drivetrain in a classic chrome bumper 1969!!! I can't even begin to imagine the smiles per miles!!
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