Took the time to get the Corvette ready for winter. Oil and filter,
lube (yes, it has grease zerks), air filter, checked anti freeze pH,
and freezing point, washed it with Dawn, washed the inside-windows in
and out, put on the rain tires and retrained the sensors. Need to add
some additive to the rearend, getting some chatter in reverse while
turning. Then I'll be ready to head to SC to see my son for
Damn, I love to drive this car...............
05 C6 Silver/Red 6spd Z51
72 Shark Black/Black/4spd
64 Red/red/white top/4spd
================As a matter of fact life sucks... !
Got a call Yesderday that my sister in law died... (Brother passed
away in 2002) ... Heading out this morning ...Earlier this morning
my neighbor died...!
Nothing good ...my neighbor had a 34 ford street rod 98 percent
finished ...more then 100K invested in it... sold his vette a couple
of years ago to get the money to finish this car... what a life !
My brother still has 3 Corvettes in his garage... his C5 Convertible
was listed in his will to be given to me... I never had the guts to
even ask his wife when she would be ready to get rid of his cars...
(or other toys) .. SO I guess I will get the C5 in the very near
BUT DAMN I can not say I'm at all happy at the moment... this "He who
dies with the most toys BULL SHIT just does not cut it ... Drive em
while you can Boys & Girls...
64 72 & 98 Convertibles
76 & 79 Coupes
"Bob G." <rg327_remove_comcast.net> wrote in message
Snipped lifes certainties
Got to agree, seems to me I'm loosing a friend/relative every few
weeks. That's why I don't put the damn thing away for the winter. Why
in God's name would I buy a car, hide it, take the depreciation, clean
it, and keep all the miles off it so some unknown person can drive the
hell out of it when I'm gone? That's my job man!!
The one that dies with and used the most toys has already won, God
rest their souls. In place of a moment of silence, crank'im up!!
05 C6 Silver/Red 6spd Z51 - 130 yesterday, corn is off & can now see
At a recent car show, I spoke to a few of the Corvette owners who were
displaying their cars -- mostly C4s and 5s. None of them drove their cars
much at all -- except to car shows and the occasional Sunday drive. They
all expressed frustration in getting any reliable service from the local
Chevy dealers. By contrast, I spoke to a young man who had an 2005 Honda S
2000 which he drove in autocrosses and as a daily driver -- with 90k
trouble-free miles on it. When I had my Corvettes back 37 + years ago, I
drove them every day -- hard. They were'nt exactly trouble-free, but I
could fix em myself for the most part. If have one -- you ought to drive
it. Life is too short.
Humm, he had to buy that as soon as the 2005s were introduced and then
average 30 thousand a year. Seems a bit of a reach. As for the Chevy
dealers, you get good ones and bad ones. There are some I trust to work
on mine, and others I trust will screw it up. But drive 'em thats what
they were designed for. And as far as he who dies with the most toys,
well he's still dead. Enjoy it while it lasts!
My '63 had over 260,000 miles on it when I sold it. Used and put up
wet many times but always maintained. Guy who bought it drove it
straight through from Dallas to Seattle in two days and said it
performed perfectly. Burned a lot of gas though.
I think I may get mine ready for winter later this week. My list is
- Wash it
- Polish it
- Pack away the painted roof
- Install the tinted roof
- Take it for a drive
I love to drive my 40th, and I love Arizona winters.
C4 always has the glass top. Winter prep consists of removing the
stick-on perf stuff from the inside and giving it a good cleaning.
C5 is more problematic. Sandblasted the windshield in our SantaAna
windstorm two weeks ago. Much luckier than others who lost homes and
fine cars in the fires.
Now gathering estimates on a new windshield -- when you say "HUD" they
I didn't consider that in AZ the sun would be brutal coming through the
tinted top in the summer. It gets warm here, but nothing like the desert
southwest. I use the body-color top in the winter because it has insulation
and I stay warmer. I like the look of the car with body-color top on
'93 Ruby coupe, 6 sp (both tops)
Yes, the car gets far too hot with the tint top in summer, Even in
spring and fall the sun is too strong for it. Winter though is great.
The sun keeps the car warm, as it lets in just enough sun to keep it nice.
I never owned a Corvette before moving here, but I did own a Triumph
TR7. I drove it in New York, and when I visited Colorado during the
winter. It was really bad in the snow. It wasn't all that good on dry
pavement either :-).
'92 Ruby coupe, auto (My wife can't drive a standard, and I didn't have
the heart to buy one that she could never drive) (both tops)
Just a heads up on the C5 windshield. When it was removed from my '04
the guy said the installer at the plant got carried away with the
sealer on the top outside edges. Not so, it's built that way and he
put it in without it and the resulting air leak was like driving with
the top unlatched. He broke the new one trying to remove it and it had
to have a second one put in. Since I had the manual I took it with me
to show them how it had to be fitted. No problem this time, it's the
way it was designed to give the corners more room to flex. HUD glass
was not the problem, just paying attention to how the car was built
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