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    Back up on blocks for winter work

    Had a bunch of custom exhaust work done and the first thing the guy said when he put it up on the rack is,"Get rid of that header wrapping!".

    So, the exhaust work is done and works great, but I have to disassemble the exhaust and strip the headers, then send them off for Hot Jet coating.

    Also, have a "Fast Lane" super duper alternator to install as the short drives aren't cutting it with the computer and upgraded stereo.

    In the meantime I got a convertor to adapt the OEM radio to an optical sound feed I am gonna hook up.

    If time allows, may turn attention to the fuel delivery system as I have a bunch of parts I have been collecting for it.


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    Re: Back up on blocks for winter work

    You need a gf.
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    Re: Back up on blocks for winter work

    So odd, I'm taking mine off the "blocks" to drive for the winter. My motivation is dwindling as I put it back together, every bolt I turn seems to be a huge effort. I'm exhausted, largely from doing the fuel system.

    So what's the big plans for the winter...give the list.

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    Re: Back up on blocks for winter work

    Quote Originally Posted by philistine View Post
    So odd, I'm taking mine off the "blocks" to drive for the winter. My motivation is dwindling as I put it back together, every bolt I turn seems to be a huge effort. I'm exhausted, largely from doing the fuel system.
    I know how that feels. It's fun to dig into stuff and make it better...but not so much fun reassembling it. Beer + music and get into the zone! The DANGER ZONE!


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    Re: Back up on blocks for winter work

    Quote Originally Posted by philistine View Post
    So odd, I'm taking mine off the "blocks" to drive for the winter. My motivation is dwindling as I put it back together, every bolt I turn seems to be a huge effort. I'm exhausted, largely from doing the fuel system.

    So what's the big plans for the winter...give the list.
    List is in the post.

    Funny, but winter is where you live (for the most part).

    I drive Mr. Vette for the next 6 months (or I wouldn't drive it at all, the V is that much fun).

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    Quote Originally Posted by rand49er View Post
    You need a gf.
    At least with this I don't feel bad locking it in the garage.........lol
    Last edited by heavymetals; 10-20-13 at 10:41 PM.

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    Re: Back up on blocks for winter work

    Quote Originally Posted by philistine View Post
    So odd, I'm taking mine off the "blocks" to drive for the winter.
    Wait, they still call it Winter down there? That's a cruel joke.

    Quote Originally Posted by heavymetals View Post
    At least with this this I don't feel bad locking it in the garage.........lol
    Well that, and it's not illegal.

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    Re: Back up on blocks for winter work

    This should be a familiar sight to anyone who mods. lol

    I got the "Race Ramps" from a guy who didn't need them at a very good price.

    I thought that they must be a joke as they weigh close to nothing, but they work and store very well.
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    Re: Back up on blocks for winter work

    I have the exact same set +1 for RaceRamps

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    Re: Back up on blocks for winter work

    You live in southern california and you put the V away for winter?!

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    Re: Back up on blocks for winter work

    You drive up on those things ? Looks scary...

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    Re: Back up on blocks for winter work

    Exhaust is out, headers are next.

    Then ship off to get Hot Jet Coated.

    Alternator install next while waiting for stuff to come back.

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    Re: Back up on blocks for winter work

    Spent the day working on getting the alternator out.


    The ALRADCO doesn't give much room, but I think if I take the power steering pump out I have enough clearance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pato View Post
    You live in southern california and you put the V away for winter?!
    I have to drive Mr. Vette sometime........

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    Re: Back up on blocks for winter work

    Ok, the alternator is out.

    Got ready to install the new one and noticed the pulleys are different sizes.

    Stopped work and placed a call.

    Mechman says to use the alternator as received (smaller pulley) as the only way to improve the low RPM output was to use a smaller pulley.

    Have to get a shorter belt now.

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    Re: Back up on blocks for winter work

    So how do you get the car on those race ramps ?

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    Re: Back up on blocks for winter work

    Quote Originally Posted by jmargo View Post
    So how do you get the car on those race ramps ?
    For the front, I used two jacks and the oem jacking points.

    Get it up high enough after chocking the rear wheels and install the ramps.

    For the rear, two jacks (one each) underneath the wheel spring seats as the oem jacking points will not let me jack it up high enough.

    FYI I feel safer under the car now then I ever did with jack stands.

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