maintenace diary

Chronological diary of the restoration and maintenance of the Red Rocket.
Apr 27, 2022
Removed rear blower motor carpet cover. Cardboard backing was brittle and broken in the middle. Made a new backing board using 3mm PVC foam board and reused the original metal eyelets to reinforce the mounting holes. Glued carpet to new board using 3M High Tack spray adhesive. Original wire mesh screen at rear of blower motor cover was missing, made a new one using zinc-plated wire mesh.
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Apr 20, 2022
Measured diff ratio at S R Performance. Ratio confirmed as 4.11:1
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Mar 24, 2022
Chassis dyno tuned at S R Performance. Confirmed air/fuel ratio correct throughout rev range.
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Mar 17, 2022
Both headlights not opening. Removed right side headlight motor (suspected it was jammed). With right motor out, left motor works perfectly. Disassembled right motor and cleaned all parts. Tested armature with multi-meter (all OK). Cleaned armature and sanded contacts with 2000 grit. Greased gears, re-assembled and installed. Tested, motors now work correctly but right side still not closing completely. New drive gear required.
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Mar 1, 2022
S R Performance fitted Wilwood D8-4 front caliper kit with DBA discs. 4mm spacer fitted to provide wheel clearance. New dust shields, dust caps and braided stainless lines fitted. New left side stainless brake line fitted. Bearings repacked. Old calipers and dust shields cleaned and stored.
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Mar 1, 2022
S R Performance relocate tie-rods to rear hole on steering knuckles, grease all front end components and carry out wheel alignment. Steering improved significantly.
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Mar 1, 2022
Upgraded PerTronix ignition module from original Ignitor to the latest Ignitor 3. Fitted matching Flame Thrower 3 45,000 volt coil.
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Nov 23, 2021
Removed front sway bar, stripped to bare metal and repainted in Eastwood Steel Grey. Repainted brackets with Eastwood Chassis Black. Refitted with new rubber bushings (15/16") and new fasteners. Replaced end links with new links and rubbers.
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Sep 9, 2021
Fitted new Mastercraft White Sidewall tyres. 205/75R15s on the front and 215/75R15s on the rear. Tyres are filled with Nitrogen to prevent leakage.
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Jun 24, 2021
Heat Riser Valve removed and replaced with spacer (as used on FI cars).
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May 14, 2021
Steering box reconditioned. New bearings and seals fitted, shaft machined and sleeved. Filled with correct grease (not oil). Relay rod rebuild kit fitted when steering box reinstalled.
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May 13, 2021
Engine wiring loom replaced with new, reproduction loom made by Lectric Limited in the USA. Lectric loom is 100% exact match for original.
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Apr 26, 2021
Engine rebuild completed.
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Oct 20, 2020
Intake manifold vapour blasted by Sydney Vapour Blasting.
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Oct 16, 2020
Cylinder 1 and 3 plugs oiling up and engine dropping cylinders. Engine idle very high (vacuum leak) and breathing very heavily (oil on intake manifold). Mastertouch remove left head and diagnose oil ring failure and possible valve issues. Decision taken to remove engine and rebuild. Engine disassembled and sent for machining.
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Aug 27, 2020
One new, 'GM quality' valve cover hand finished, casting flaw removed. New cover and remaining original cover vapour blasted by Sydney Vapour Blasting. New 350 Horsepower decals applied.
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Jul 16, 2020
Removed Delco radio. Thoroughly cleaned console area. Had radio checked and cleaned by SH Electronics. Reinstalled and tested (sounds great).
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Jun 1, 2020
Removed fuel pump. Installed new 40083-style pump (correct style for 65 350hp engine). New fittings and stainless pump to filter line fitted.
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Apr 29, 2020
Removed and disassembled Delco Remy 10DN alternator. Sent cases for vapour blasting, cleaned and painted stator, installed rebuild kit (bearings, diodes, posts). Repainted fan with Eastwood Clear Zinc. Polished pulley. Reassembled and tested.
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Mar 20, 2020
Removed exhaust manifolds and sent out for ceramic coating (satin black). Finished result looks perfect.
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Feb 11, 2020
Removed and wire-brushed cast iron exhaust manifolds. Repainted with Bill Hirsch Cast Iron Gray High Temp paint. After curing, refitted manifolds with new exhaust gaskets and road tested. Paint burnt off immediately, a total failure.
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Oct 31, 2019
Repainted red-white-blue bands on wheel center caps. Bands are now correctly mirrored side-to-side.
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Oct 1, 2019
Upgraded instrument cluster lighting using LED bulbs in 4 of the 9 globes.
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Aug 30, 2019
Replaced power antenna with new, concours-correct antenna from Zip Corvette. Original antenna worked, but would fall apart when extended.
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Jun 10, 2019
Replaced torn clutch rod boot with new part from Corvette Central.
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Apr 26, 2019
Exterior paint work and chrome cleaned, clay blocked and polished by Complete Car Protection.
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Apr 22, 2019
Replaced firewall grommet for speedo and tacho cables.
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Sep 16, 2018
Replaced shifter boot (which was torn) with new boot from Zip Corvette. Added a layer of wool insulation under boot to reduce heat/noise in cabin. Replaced foam in armrest cushion.
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Jun 17, 2014
Carpet replaced by Paul Nelson, the Corvette's first owner in Australia.
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Apr 22, 2022
Set the Pertronix Ignitor Digital Rev-limit to 5000rpm
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Apr 18, 2022
Fitted new drive gear to right-hand side headlight motor. Headlight now works 100% correctly, both headlights open and close in perfect sync.
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