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Well, I Guess I Won’t Be Buying Any Machines For Awhile…

By whthrs166

2 years ago


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#101 2 years ago

So today I worked on the rest of the rear section of the car. I brought out the shine in the paint. There is still some crazing but it looks muuuchch better. I also removed the fuel tank. Not too difficult. It was a complete mess. Rusty goop inside stinkin and nasty. It was the right move to replace. I also ordered a new sender. Picked up a new fuel pump also. Now the entire fuel delivery system will be replaced. At this point I am thinking that the carburetor on the engine is probably toast. I am expecting it to have issues. Of course that is no problem because I will just install the dual quad set up.

#102 2 years ago

Be sure to either change or flush out the steel fuel lines, replace any rubber hose in the fuel system, replace fuel filter, etc. There is nothing worse than fighting with "shit" in the fuel system headed up into your carb when you are out for a drive on Saturday afternoon.

New fuel tank is a great starting point but unless you go through everything you are likely just asking for issues down the road.

Sadly brake system will likely need the same treatment. Typically if a car sits for more than a couple years moisture and other contaminates in the brake fluid will goop everything up. Take the time to make sure everything in your brake system is in great condition before driving down the road in that beauty. The last thing you want to do is hit the brake pedal and have the car go faster instead of slowing down!

#103 2 years ago

Yeah, you have to do more than flush it. You blow it out with air pressure while the line is in a jar. That way you can see if it is contaminated. The lines were emptied when it was stored. The fuel tank was probably contaminated before he stored it. All the rubber lines have been replaced except the ones right at the tank sender. I will change those.

#104 2 years ago

The matching number carb came in.

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#105 2 years ago
Quoted from whthrs166:

Yeah, you have to do more than flush it. You blow it out with air pressure while the line is in a jar. That way you can see if it is contaminated. The lines were emptied when it was stored. The fuel tank was probably contaminated before he stored it. All the rubber lines have been replaced except the ones right at the tank sender. I will change those.

If you are going to keep the same metal fuel line in the car fill it with something like Berryman B-12 and once you have flushed it completely cap one end and let the "B-12" sit in the line a day or two. Then flush that out with some clean gas to be sure all the varnish buildup is gone.

BE CAREFUL when flushing the line with B-12 because that takes paint off anything it hits. I always used an old electric fuel pump to flush fuel lines in cars that had been sitting more than a year (or so).

Just make 100% sure nothing but fresh clean fuel is going from that fuel tank into a nice carb. The time & effort is well worth it!

#106 2 years ago
Quoted from too-many-pins:

Just make 100% sure nothing but fresh clean fuel is going from that fuel tank into a nice carb. The time & effort is well worth it!

I will look into that stuff. Thanks

#107 2 years ago

Skip is right on about flushing out your lines. You can bet the inside of the lines look exactly like the inside of your tank. Blowing it out with shop air won't be enough to clear it completely of gummed up nasty varnished gas. A new pre-bent line is only about $50 and worth it.

-Paul

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#108 2 years ago

Well I spent a large portion of the day replacing the fuel pump and flushing/blowing out the main fuel line. I flushed the line with Gumout Carburetor Cleaner. Then blew it out with air pressure. There was a litle bit of somethin in there but was pretty clean for the most part. Next I killed off a can rubbing compound, a bottle of Maguires and two bath towels.

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#109 2 years ago
Quoted from whthrs166:

Well I spent a large portion of the day replacing the fuel pump and flushing/blowing out the main fuel line. I flushed the line with Gumout Carburetor Cleaner. Then blew it out with air pressure. There was a litle bit of somethin in there but was pretty clean for the most part. Next I killed off a can rubbing compound, a bottle of Maguires and two bath towels.
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#110 2 years ago

I’m watchin football for the rest the afternoon.

#111 2 years ago

Such a cool find! Beautiful car

#112 2 years ago

Got around to replacing the fluids today. Oil change ( looks like 30 year old oil to me) there was no coolant in the radiator. ( that was good) just getting it ready for start up. Looks like it will be this weekend.

#113 2 years ago

So I picked up the correct distributer on Ebay. The dual point distributer was used on the higher performance (340 and 360 ) hp engines which means it was supposed to be with this car. I will install it with Mighty mouse when the time comes.

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#114 2 years ago

THIS JUST IN! The engine in the car is not a 69 350 It’s 62-67 327! Holy Shit I can’t believe it, but numbers don’t lie. Block Casting number 3782870 Wow! Now it is not the correct engine. But it is another step up for me. The number was impossible to read. I had to scratch at it with a wire brush for quite awhile and hit it with carb cleaner.

#115 2 years ago

Edelbrock Dual Quad ready for install!

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#116 2 years ago

My plan is to run the dual quad on the engine in the car for awhile til I get might mouse done.

#117 2 years ago
Quoted from whthrs166:

THIS JUST IN! The engine in the car is not a 69 350 It’s 62-67 327! Holy Shit I can’t believe it, but numbers don’t lie. Block Casting number 3782870 Wow! Now it is not the correct engine. But it is another step up for me. The number was impossible to read. I had to scratch at it with a wire brush for quite awhile and hit it with carb cleaner.

So after learning that the engine in the car is in fact a 1962 327 I called the previous owner. He was completely surprised. He said the man he bought the car from told him that it was a 69 350. He never looked to verify nor did the dealer in New York, even when (the dealer) documented the engine date code. Someone went to a lot of trouble to make sure that the Vette had a 1962 engine. Maybe so they could say that the car had the correct engine (even though it does not). I am very pleased with the fact that it does not have a 350 in it. The engine in the car is very complete. Carb, manifold, water pump, distributer, fan are all correct for the year and hp. I want to run it for awhile with the dual quad while I build the correct engine.

#118 2 years ago

Fuel tank came in today. Never could understand why things always seem harder to put back together that to take apart.

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#119 2 years ago

Time to take care of the vent. Tired of lookin at it.

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#120 2 years ago

Done! Ahhhhh much better! In a couple of weeks I’ll clear coat it.

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#121 2 years ago

Since the courtesy lamp bulb was an incandescent, it would get so hot it would burn your hand in just two minutes if you touch the lens. The lens already had a black spot on it. I have a new one so in order for me to replace it, that damn bulb had to go. It was a number I had not heard of. (1004). Two pad single element. I found an LED replacement and it was a Pain in the ass to get it to lock into that socket. I had to grind the pads down some and use dielectric grease. But it works great. Now it’s time to thumb my nose at Neo!

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#122 2 years ago

Can you take out those seat belt buckles and get them powder coated in matching red?

#123 2 years ago
Quoted from boscokid:

Can you take out those seat belt buckles and get them powder coated in matching red?

Sure if I can get them apart. I can also buy the right shade of red and paint them. I just need to research what they are supposed to look like when they are restored. It may be as simple as just painting the buckles or they may have some kind of manufacture Logo on them. Now you got me interested....

#124 2 years ago

OK I found a pic of what my seat belts are supposed to look like. All the reproduction seat belts for this car that I found are not correct. The buckles are polished metal not painted. So I know what I am going to do.

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#125 2 years ago

Hilarious that you said you were working on the car with some Mothers. I suspect you'll be meeting a lot more of them in the near future!

#126 2 years ago
Quoted from Pinbub:

Hilarious that you said you were working on the car with some Mothers. I suspect you'll be meeting a lot more of them in the near future!

Now wait a minute.... My wife does lend a hand here and there so she does qualify as a mother! It's really her patients and understanding on all of this that really make it possible.

#127 2 years ago

Fuel delivery system complete. Got her started this afternoon. The carburetor is not quite there yet. It may not get there so at some point I will bail on it and install the dual quad. Here is a short video of the momentous occasion.

#128 2 years ago

So after yesterday's conclusion on fuel delivery repairs and the start up, The Carburetor idle circuit has issues. I have decided not to devote anymore energy to the WCFB carb and go with the new Edelbrock setup. I will see if I can pick up the gaskets today and start the swap. I went for the "good stuff" yesterday when I put in the first 5 gallons of gas. I got 5 gallons of Sunoco 100 Octane. The price was an eye opener for me at 8 bucks a gallon!

#129 2 years ago

Got it all done but ran out of time. I will play with it this weekend.

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#130 2 years ago

So sweet! Keep up the good work.

#131 2 years ago

Found my old Dwell Meter! Thought I would never use this thing again. Almost threw it away several times. Now I need to find my timing light.

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#132 2 years ago
Quoted from whthrs166:

Found my old Dwell Meter! Thought I would never use this thing again. Almost threw it away several times. Now I need to find my timing light.
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That brings back memories! I gave my timing light to my brother. I can't remember what the dwell meter is for.

#133 2 years ago
Quoted from drummermike:

I can't remember what the dwell meter is for.

It's for adjusting the points. The Dwell is the amount of time the points stay closed. Now for a Dual Point Distributer, I am going to have to remember how to do that. It's been a long time....

#134 2 years ago

Fooling around with points is fun and all the first couple times but why not convert to electronic ignition?

#135 2 years ago
Quoted from boscokid:

Fooling around with points is fun and all the first couple times but why not convert to electronic ignition?

Oh I agree no doubt. HEI is one of the best ignitions ever built, superior in every way. However, I am sticking to the original equipment here. The lower hp engines for 62 Corvette got a single point distributer with tach drive and a vac advance. The 340hp/360hp engines got the dual point distributor with centrifugal advance and tach drive. I just found a new one on ebay with the original GM cap. This project is about returning the car to it's original design to create a period piece. I am not looking for a national show winner by any means. No body off restoration. Since this car is in such good original condition I am not going to load it up with a bunch of cheap foreign made reproduction parts. I want to fix or replace what's here with original equipment if and where ever possible.

#136 2 years ago
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#137 2 years ago
Quoted from whthrs166:

It's for adjusting the points. The Dwell is the amount of time the points stay closed. Now for a Dual Point Distributer, I am going to have to remember how to do that. It's been a long time....

I think they unplug and you do one at a time. Maybe? It has been a long time. Time seems to go faster the older you get.

#138 2 years ago

THAT... is a beautiful ride, man. Congrats

#139 2 years ago
Quoted from drummermike:

Time seems to go faster the older you get.

That is for sure! So I checked the factory manual. It said you have to block one set of points (with a piece of cardboard) and check the other. Dwell angle 29 degrees. 34 degrees for both sets operating. Man, it's been a long time...

#140 2 years ago
Quoted from whthrs166:

That is for sure! So I checked the factory manual. It said you have to block one set of points (with a piece of cardboard) and check the other. Dwell angle 29 degrees. 34 degrees for both sets operating. Man, it's been a long time...

Yes. Now I remember. The cardboard is the trick! Wow!

#141 2 years ago

So the carburetor showed up today and I got it installed. The car now idles properly. It’s very likely I will need to replace the spark plugs even though the previous owner said he changed them before he put the car away for storage. (30+years ago) I have wires coming Friday so maybe that will be a good time.

#142 2 years ago

So my birthday is on Saturday and my wish is to be able to drive the car to a local show. I still need to replace the brake fluid and change the transmission oil before attempting any driving. The weather these next few day is supposed to be stellar so that won't be an issue. There is another show next weekend, so if it doesn't work out, I have another chance.

#143 2 years ago

Got the oil changed in the transmission tonight so that is good to go. I started the car when I got off work and it still seems a bit jerky. I checked for vaccuume leaks couldn't find any. So I had a notion to play around with the adjustment screws on the secondary carb. Backed them out a half a turn and she smoothed out. Bingo! I have no idea what made me think to do that... Now I can snap the throttle and reach in the drivers door and turn the key and it fires right up to an idle. After that I had to lockdown an oil leak from the passenger side valve cover. I didn't have a gasket for that side so I siliconed it. Didn't get something sealed right, anyway got that done. My wires come in tomorrow. I found out from a conversation with the previous owner that there are little rubber wire looms that are missing. (damn, thats what goes in those slots on the brackets) so I ordered those. Should be here Saturday. Shooting for the first drive on Saturday. (fingers crossed)

#144 2 years ago

Back on the road after 32 years. I think the song “Bad to the Bone” comes to mind. (The original)

#145 2 years ago

Nice day for this

#146 2 years ago

Very nice sir, congratulations.
I'm Mustang, and Mopar guy, but that Vette is a Stone Cold Classic.

#147 2 years ago

It's funny, The first time I drove it I thought, "Man this thing sure has a long first gear" I was starting out in third gear! I did have a little trouble today. My wires came in but they were too short and they ended up on the manifold. You might have picked up on that in the videos. Did get to go to the Car Show though. It made it there and back with only the wire issues. Ran fine just a bit blubbery. The brakes are absolutely Stellar! Those damn manual brakes will put you through the windshield. No pulling or grabbing. You couldn't ask for better manual braking. Car steers really nice. There again, Manual steering but nice and in touch with the road not too hard to steer. The car could use some shocks though.

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#149 2 years ago

The show was a small local gathering to support a new business and the local High school activities. There were about a dozen or more cars there. Corvettes were well represented but mostly later years (C6) with a new one (C8) that did show up for a bit. There was a 57 T bird, a Cobra kit car, half a dozen Muscle cars. The quirky show up for the night was early 60's Mayflower moving truck! Crazy looking thing. It looked like a giant box with wheels. I had two guys that were Corvette owners stop over and were fascinated with the Barn Find story. They told me not repaint the car and agreed with what my plans were for the little beast. They said that the car was more valuable in it's present state. My plan is to return the car to it's original design as much as possible. (with a couple small tweaks here and there) Next weekend there are a couple more events. We will see what the weather has in store...

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