I'll probably get blasted for this post but I'm looking for a forum that
focuses on older Corvettes. I have a 78 L82 25th Anniversary that I bought
new. It's in great shape and runs really well, but I need things repaired
such as AC recharge, ignition and exhaust system upgrades, etc. Any
newsgroups etc. that focus on older Vettes and processes for home repair?
Thanks, and sorry for barging into your group.
Bob from Northern VA
Two Major ones...
One completely free and one that costs 10 bucks a year ...
1. Corvette Forum (www.corvetteforum)...look for the C3 forum
2. The C3 registry (www.C3VR,com) cheapest membership (all the rights
however) is only 10 bucks a year...
The C3 registry has maybe 15 different forums all dealing with ONLY
the C3 Corvettes... ...seperate forums for electrical, suspension,
Engine etc... I will tell you up front that I got so much help from
this forum that I wrote a check to become a lifetime Member . Lots
of active members WHO know what they are talking about. There are
not many problems that someone (usually more) has not run into and
Latest problem I had was a Distributer that refused to work after I
put in a new moduel and coil etc.. Just could not figure out what I
had done wrong since I had correctly done this many times before.
Long story made short...within 3 hours I had 4-5 replies and the car
was running perfect...
64 72 & 98 Convertibles
76 & 79 Coupes
With few exceptions, most on here talk when talking needs to be done. Hence,
you see a low number of posts.
On places like Corvette Forum, many talk to raise their post counts, so you
think that there is a lot being said but you really are seeing lots of
If you want help, you have to ask here. There isn't much to search for. So
if you need to know how to remove the rear end or what distributor works the
best, you have to ask. On CF, you can search and find 500 posts on the
subject, most of which are the same or TTT or "I agree" or other such waste
If you had asked for the AC recharge, ignition and exhaust system upgrades,
you would have gotten answers.
AC recharge. The R12 is the coldest, hands down. It depends on if you can
get someone local to charge it with R12. Otherwise, you have to convert. You
can get the kits, but really, in a 30 year old system, you need to replace
seals and hoses to get the R134 to work its best, which is still less than
the R12 will in the original R12 system.
Ignition. I'm a firm believer in the original GM HEI. You need to find a
local shop with a distributor machine and set it up for your best curve. I
suggest you go over to the NCRS technical discussion group (www.ncrs.org)
and request Duke's remapping scheme so you can get the best out of it for
your car on today's gas.
MSD is a great system for racing. It makes a poor system perform when
conditions are their worst. However, on the street, if you simply make sure
your system is in good condition (new plugs, wires, etc.), then a stock
ignition will perform well enough. Usually the advances of the MSD is over a
points system. The HEI is already throwing such a hotter spark than the
points, you don't have that issue.
Accel and other drag-inspired parts. They are great on the drag strip. I
prefer to drive more than 1/4 mile at a time.
Exhaust. The ram horn is about as good as you get. The 2-1/2 inch manifolds
with 2-1/2 inch pipes in true dual will open it up as much as you can
without headers, and headers will only have an advantage under mostly WOT
situations. Or you talking for the street or racing? If street, the stock
ram horn, maybe the 2-1/2 inch if you have several hundred burning a hole in
your pocket, and true dual exhaust will do all you really want.
Acronym for wide open throttle"
and, for the 'tuners' among us:
'=========================Sorry guys, got tired of parking lot trivia.
'=========================Whoops: Sorry gals, flashback to my ugly sexist side.
'89 Hookercar '02 e-blu coupe
Yes, Wide Open Throttle. I thought that was a given for Corvette guys.
Tired of that Parking Lot double parking, too. Heck, I'm at the point of
driving up to Chicago to look for Dave's Corvette just so I can park 20
shopping carts around it. Not touching, as I respect the car. But enough
to get the thought across, as I don't respect anyone taking two spots for no
reason. Maybe chain them together so he has to figure how to get his car
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