I've seen some posts on here about a purchase of a blue Corvette from
Les Stanford in Dearborn Michigan. Was supposed to happen last week
and I see nothing on here about how it worked out. Also looks like
they forgot to take it off their web site after it was sold. Vin
number 1G1YY25U865105540 I believe.
Its mine (same VIN). . Took delivery of it from them about 2 weeks ago
; I flew out to Dearborn,Mich and picked it up. Drove it back to
northern illinois -- 5.5 hour trip. Everything worked out real well
with the purchase, the dealer, and the car. Got it for $4900 off of
sticker. Its a 2006 LS2 with Targa top and base (LT1) package. I
averaged 26 mpg driving home varying the speed from 60-90 mph most of
the trip , as GM recommends. Getting some bolt ons done soon : Dynatech
Header/cats/x pipe with Route 66 catback , Hallteck CAI, 160 f stat, and
Tune. I also opened up the two end plastic blanks of the frontal lower
shroud so ram air can enter the engine bay on each side -- GM should
have done this to get some good airflow across the motor.
I love the car and its engineering. Dont like the 1-4 shift but am
getting that taken out with the Tune. How do you like yours ? Any
problems/recalls, etc ???
All four breaks have air ducts but they didn't stick them out front
and the side like they did on the rear of the C5 Z06, they're on the
underside. May have come from some of that testing as you suggest.
I've only had it up to speed once and could not detect any lift, but I
was busy right then. That's another reason I would like to see the
HUD's G meter and tach as numbers like the speedometer, easier to see
at a quick glance.
I saw a documentary
(http://shopping.discovery.com/product-56588.html ) on
the Discovery channel last week about the development
of the C6 (old news to the group?). At the speed
trials in Germany, there was a problem with front end
lift with the larger brake cooling vents. They tried
smaller vents but the brakes got too hot. I don't know
if this is the same thing you're talking about.
Tip, '99 C5 coupe
Yup, same story. Read it while waiting for a haircut about a year ago.
The game was to keep the front end loaded while keeping the brake temps
at/near Vmax below those of Porsche and other German iron.
IIRC, the work was all cut-and-try in Germany (flying prototype parts in
from the U.S.) during the drive-off at Nόrburgring. This, in contrast
to formal tuft-grid or 3-D studies in a wind tunnel. Sometimes it's
quicker, easier and less costly for experienced mechanics & metalsmiths
to cut-and-try than for a bunch of engineers to screw around in a tunnel.
As Dad says, each one gets better and the "perfect" wind tunnel solution
can wait for the C7. (Assuming that GM will still be able to spring for
There was a great note on CNN regarding Ford. They now have
"preferential" parking areas in their employee lots. Drivers of Ford
products get the preferred spots. If you work for Ford, buying rice is
OK, but you will be relegated to the back row. --- I like it!
Have a great holiday everyone. Fly the flag.
That's Brokeback Mountain you're thinking of, but I didn't know there
was a tunnel there.
An old cowboy sat down at the Star bucks and ordered a cup of coffee.
As he sat sipping his coffee, a young woman sat down next to him.
She turned to the cowboy and asked, "Are you a real cowboy?"
He replied, "Well, I've spent my whole life breaking colts, working
cows, going to rodeos, fixing fences, pulling calves,bailing hay,
doctoring calves, cleaning my barn, fixing flats, working on tractors,
and feeding my dogs, so I guess I am a cowboy."
She said, "I'm a lesbian. I spend my whole day thinking about women.
As soon as I get up in the morning, I think about women. When I
shower, I think about women. When I watch TV, I think about women. I
even think about women when I eat. It seems that everything makes me
think of women."
The two sat sipping in silence.
A little while later, a man sat down on the other side of the old
cowboy and asked, "Are you a real cowboy?"
He replied, "I always thought I was, but I just found out that I'm a
You should see the multi intrest groups endevor in the wind
tunnel/tersting facility being built down by BMW in Greer SC. I don't
remember all of the details right now but it is said that NASCAR will
be using it as well as some of the major car manufactures. May also
have some of the pointy heads from the higher learning facilities down
that way using it if they can get Bubba to show them how.
Not new for Fold, oops, Ford to do that, it was that way in the
sixties. When ever we had a Rep. go in there we made darn sure he was
driving a Ford. Chrysler did the same thing at some of their plants as
well as GM.
GM recomends 60-90 miles per hour on the public roads?
But what do they know, right? Plus they offer a suspension brake, and
tire package to handle the base engine better and don't let the Z06
out of their sight without a suspension brake, and tire package to
handle that HP. Then it hits the public and without regard to the
other people on the road they will build the engine to preform way
past its design limits, go figure.
Do a search, I've not been bashful about what I've said about the C6,
it's the best Corvette yet. That's the way it works, the newer they
are then the better they better be.
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You got the brakes part backwards.... With new pads and rotors you want
to do a series
of very very hard stops from 50-60mph to stop, with time for them to
cool between. This
will deposit a layer of pad material on the rotors, creating a proper
co-efficient of friction material...
That way you won't suffer from weak braking in the wet, and shorter
stopping distance in the dry...
Babying the brakes during break-in and you will have terrible terrible
brakes in the wet,
and so so brakes in the dry.
Owners manual sez...........
Starting and Operating Your
New Vehicle Break-In
Notice: Your vehicle does not need an elaborate
break-in. But it will perform better in the long run
if you follow these guidelines:
Keep your speed at 55 mph (88 km/h) or less for
the first 500 miles (805 km).
Do not drive at any one constant speed, fast
or slow, for the first 500 miles (805 km). Do
not make full-throttle starts. Avoid downshifting
to brake, or slow, the vehicle.
Avoid making hard stops for the first 200 miles
(322 km) or so. During this time your new brake
linings are not yet broken in. Hard stops with new
linings can mean premature wear and earlier
replacement. Follow this breaking-in guideline
every time you get new brake linings.
Following break-in, engine speed and load can be
dunno what GM has going then.
But any other brake manufacturer will tell you to do
what I was saying..... Maybe that is something very unusual
and specific with GM "manufactured" pads.. But if the manual states
that, then I guess I'd do as it says. <shrugs shoulders again>
I tend to think you're both right here. Aside from drive train concerns,
some 'fast start/hard stop' counsel for the first 50 miles is aimed at
letting tire beads settle. I agree with several conditioning stops from
50 mph to condition brake pucks--that was even standard in the drum-shoe
days. A cool down after each stop is in the cards as well. For a
Corvette, I consider a "hard stop" to be from something over 85 mph.
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