FR 78 CorvettePosted by Don Dillard Fri, November 15, 2013 12:00:53
We got the Corvette all back together and running good a couple of months ago. Then we had it detailed to get ready to go back to the customer. Unfortunately, the paint on the top of the hood and fenders had been abraded beyond repair at some time in it's past and it still didn't look great after polishing. So, the next step in the restoration was repainting it.
FR 78 CorvettePosted by Don Dillard Tue, September 03, 2013 17:12:44
The Corvette is back on the ground. All the suspension, brakes, steering, & driveline are done. The engine and transmission are in and most of the engine accessories, hoses and wires are hooked up.
We have a few more details to attend to under the hood and then we will fire it up and go through the engine break-in procedure.
FR 78 CorvettePosted by Don Dillard Wed, July 31, 2013 14:23:48
The rebuild of the entire suspension, steering, driveline and rear axle is complete except for assembling the front hubs. The outer front wheel bearings are backordered causing us a bit of delay in this area. So, we're turning our attention to getting the engine accessories that will be reused cleaned up and painted. This includes things like the manifolds, valve covers, pulleys and brackets.
On the suspension and driveline, we replaced all servicable parts including wheel bearings & seals, ball joints, suspension bushings, sway bar bushings, sway bar end links, tie rod ends, power steering components, driveshaft u-joints, axle u-joints, brake pads, and shock absorbers. The rear differential was rebuild using all new bearings and seals. One of the rear spindles or stub axles was worn too far to allow the bearing race to be assembled with a press fit so, it was replaced. The other rear spindle appears to have been replaced already as it was much cleaner and well within the proper specifications.
In the engine compartment we have installed all new vacuum hoses for the headlight doors, new wiring loom cover, a new windshield washer bottle and a new coolant recovery bottle.
The fiberglass spare tire tub had a lot of cracks in it so, we ordered a new one of those.
As soon as we get those front bearings, it'll be back on it's wheels on the ground and we can focus on getting the engine and transmission installed.
FR 78 CorvettePosted by Don Dillard Mon, July 15, 2013 11:19:00
At least one of the crew is working on the Corvette everyday now. The current stage is pretty dirty work. All of the suspension and steering components have been removed for cleaning and replacement of serviceable parts like bushings, bearings, ball joints and seals. We also have the engine compartment cleaned and painted. The radiator core support had quite a bit of rust damage on the lower section so that will be replaced with a new support.
We ordered and received quite a few new parts to rebuild the suspension, steering and brakes so, now these parts can begin going back together.
FR 78 CorvettePosted by Don Dillard Mon, June 03, 2013 11:16:18
Work has been a little slow on the Corvette due to other projects in the shop. Now that a few of them are nearing completion we will be able to devote more time to this one.
We got the transmission completely rebuilt and opted to replace the engine rather than source a bunch of new parts and rebuild the L82 350 that was already poorly rebuilt at least once.
We ordered a new 290 HP 350 crate engine that comes from Chevrolet. It has comparable power and specifications to the original engine when new and should provide trouble free service for years to come. At the same time we sourced new accessories for the engine including the starter, alternator, HEI distributor, spark plugs & plug wires, a Power steering pump, water pump, harmonic balancer, motor & transmission mounts, valve cover & intake gaskets, and an Optima battery.
FR 78 CorvettePosted by Don Dillard Tue, April 30, 2013 15:38:29
We recently got this Silver Annivesary Corvette in the shop from an International customer. The plan is to keep it all stock and restore it to factory specs mechanically. Then, as the budget allows we'll work on getting the cosmetics in order.
Our first inspection indicates that the car has been well cared for. It has not been molested and all of the original component appear to be here.
So far we have removed the engine, transmission and all the accessories. Due to the large number of vacuum powered accessories on the car we were careful to document and label all parts as they were removed to insure that the re-assembly goes smoothly.
As we tore down the engine it became apparent that it has been apart for repairs in the past. One of the cylinder heads is incorrect, the camshaft is not the original L82 and the pistons are .030" oversize.
The next steps will be to detemine whether the engine should be rebuilt or replaced, and to get the transmission rebuilt.