Winter

Don't know about the rest of you, but it's been a fairly ugly winter here (if Floridian Ric Seyler is still lurking, I don't want to hear it). I have
the car on battery tender, but it's still good to exercise it a bit once in a while, if only to keep seals from drying up.
Anyway, we are in between storms and I actually got to take the cover off and drive it for an hour yesterday on clean and dry roads. Even got a wave from a state cop who had a Trailblazer pulled over.
AJM '93 40th Anniversary coupe, 6 speed (both tops)
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Look at the plus side, you didn't have to clean any bugs off when you got home. I've been looking at another one for my little collection and most won't even let me come and look at them because "the Corvette is in storage until spring" is the most likely excuse.
Had the '05 and the '64 out last week and was quickly reminded that wide cold tires just don't stick very well in this weather and the '64 I just don't push that much to fine out how 4" wide tire do. ;-)) The '72 wouldn't start and what do you know there was no juice because the side mount post fell out, a first for me.
Right now looking at a '96 coupe with 27K miles for $16K or a '04 with 60K for $20K. Most likely the '04 will win because of the few miles on the '96 puts me off and can spell niggling problems. Don't sweat the prices as I'd would never pay asking price for an outright buy.
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I've been discussing an '07 Atomic Orange coupe, 6 speed, with a little under 9K on it. I don't think we'll get there. I really like the car, but we're waaay apart.
AJM '93 40th Anniversary coupe, 6 speed (both tops)
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Just a heads up, the '08 with the LS3 engine I feel is a much better engine.
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Outright buy? What other kind is there?
My '64 is running rough and I changed the plugs. Seems the Holley is hosed so a rebuild is in order. Car has been in my garage for 20 years and the last 8 has not seen much driving.
I have used a battery tender and the battery still died after 3 years. Retorqed many of the engine bolts including those on the valve covers. Amazing how the bolts seem to come loose over the years.
In So Cal, we never have to worry about the weather except for rain and the wipers take care of that. I hate that white stuff and only look for it in the moutains when I want to ski.
Vito

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Well yes there is as a matter of fact, we were working on a trade but he wouldn't pay the difference I wanted. He has badgered me for years to get my drilling in 16X16X7X57 Suhl but I'm more fond of it than he is right now, I can wait. Like your Corvette it don't get cheaper sitting in my vault.
Although I don't/won't own any foreign cars that depreciate, I do own a few of their rare guns that have doubled in value in the last 3 or 4 years. Plus I don't get hit with taxes on a private deal, as we all do with cars.
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That drilling must be worth a lot. I am pretty through with my firearm collecting days. I have most of the firearms I have lusted over and now just wait for time to make them worth more. I have stockpiled ammo thanks to Obama-generated fears and that stash can almost go nowhere but up too. It all sits in my safe. I do not really shoot much and have it all just to have it??
My favorites in my collection are a Colt Python and a Sweet 16.
I drove my 64 yesterday with no carb rebuild. Apparently the seals in the carb dry out and make the engine run rough. Get gas in the carb, wait one week for the seals to soften and swell and it runs just fine. I am pleased with that. I will still get the gaskets at the next swap meet so I will have the parts to rebuild when I feel like it.
I have loads of dust on my car. I notice paw prints where critters have run across it. It is either a very small cat or a gigantic rat. I have heard noises in my garage when I go out to the refrigerator at night. I do have poison out, but it could be too old.

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Got it while I was in Belgium, try that some time. Shipping wasn't much but it took nearly 3 months to clear. Would never had made it if my neighbor hadn't been the head of our overseas shipping and a gun nut to boot. You better be wearing cotton gloves to handle it or you get to clean the engraving. The clock I brought back bought my '72 Corvette.

Only have 4 Colts worth much and 2 have tripled or more in value in 12 years, my SAA will never be worth more that I have in it. The1908, .32 I found in a wall wrapped in oil cloth back in 1950s while remodeling a house.

Don't look for a rebuild to do you much good as far as seals, the open air carburetors just allow the fuel to flash off, plus the '64 is a vented fuel system. Today's rebuild kits are required, not NOS as the rubber seals are not compatible with today's fuel. I finally made a Teflon cup for my accelerator pump just to keep it from falling on its face on acceleration. If you can get someone to re-bush the shafts, helps more than the rebuild will.
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On Sat, 5 Feb 2011 10:41:34 -0800, "uncle_vito"

On the rat front. I posted here a couple weeks ago about bagging my car and asked about desiccant etc. Got the info from the group.
I chose to go with a plastic tarp to try out the repellent ability. I unwrapped the car yesterday and found much to my liking - no evidence of anything living under my hood. Good and cheap and easy. Before wrapping there was always evidence if even just a few days had passed.
A couple thoughts. I completely wrapped up the car hence the need of desiccant, but I think that all that needs to be covered with the tarp is the bottom and up the sides to the top of the fender line. Every thing can be pulled snug with bungee's. This smaller tarp is enough to keep the critters out and is a lot easier to deal with (especially on the corners). And with the top of the car open (under the breathable car cover) I don't need to worry about condensation.
I've had a lot of rodent experience and think the tarp will work just fine because of the slick, non food surface doesn't give them any reason to chew.
brian
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