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Re: 2020 C8 Corvette. I WANT [Re: Hotrod Lincoln] #1342907 Mon Jan 20 2020 04:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Hotrod Lincoln
When I was driving an Austin-Healey 3000, I called Corvettes "Fiberglass Impalas"!
Jerry


3000 Austin Healey. One of those has been near the top of my Walter Mitty list for 50 years. Back in the day they were Always too expensive. Today that's still the case!


1951 3600 with Clark flatbed, T5, 4.10 rear
1970 340 Duster
1990 5.0 V8 Miata (1990 Mustang Gt Drivetrain)
1951 Farmall Super A



Re: 2020 C8 Corvette. I WANT [Re: moparguy] #1342914 Mon Jan 20 2020 04:40 AM
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I hope GM has done what no other mid engine car builder did and that is to make serviceability a non bank breaking affair. When I had a large general repair shop we had a tune up guy that they brought exotics from miles away for him to service. He would spend most of the day standing on his head with arms outstretched beneath the back window. With the Italians style was paramount so the engineers were stuck with fitting everything else into the sacred swoopy lines. Even the Ford Panterra was a Italian design stuffed with a Cleveland engine. Back in the 60's/70's a tune up on Lamborghini, Ferrari, or Panterra would use up most of a grand which would probably equal five or ten times that much in today's money. The giant killer Crown Engineering V8 Corvair's were the easiest to work on by just removing the top cover and rolling down the side windows but of course they lacked snob appeal. I'm 83 so I won't have to be around when some nut drags in a wrecked/burned/screwed up C8 and wants an AD body set on it---it WILL happen.

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Re: 2020 C8 Corvette. I WANT [Re: moparguy] #1342915 Mon Jan 20 2020 04:41 AM
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I bought my Healey for $300.00, drove it for 6 months, lost 1st. gear in the transmission, and a "friend" borrowed it one night, got drunk, and burned a rod bearing. I sold it for $200.00! I did a little better on a 1942 Harley-Davidson 45 flathead- - - -paid $50.00, rode it a year, and made a profit- - - - -sold it for a C-note! I'd love to have both of them today!

Evan, a buddy out in California built his own version of a Crown Corvair- - - - -only he did it with a Chrysler 392 Hemi!
Jerry



The murder victim was drowned in a bathtub full of Rice Krispies and milk.
The coroner blamed the crime on a cereal killer!

Cringe and wail in fear, Eloi- - - - -we Morlocks are on the hunt!
Re: 2020 C8 Corvette. I WANT [Re: moparguy] #1342917 Mon Jan 20 2020 04:53 AM
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RonR, you wouldn't happen to have a little mid-life crisis thing going there, would you?? grin grin wink


Rich

'47 Loadmaster

Life is like a roll of toilet paper--the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes!






Re: 2020 C8 Corvette. I WANT [Re: moparguy] #1342923 Mon Jan 20 2020 10:33 AM
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I bought a 1960 MGA in Dec. 1969 in a snowstorm, my wife asked why I wanted that to drive 489 miles to my next duty station and she was not going with me. I drove it at least once a month home to see her which was 250 miles out of the allowed range for a weekend pass and once the throwout bearing out. I called my Sgt and told him I would be late getting back. He asked where I was and I said a little north of Louisville which my limit, he said be careful until I got past Louisville. Anyway, I kept it for 49 3/4 years. Only 79,000 miles.


Ron, The Computer Greek
I love therefore I am.

1960 MGA Roadster Sold 7/18/2017
1954 3100 Chevy truck in the Gallery
2017 Buick Encore
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Re: 2020 C8 Corvette. I WANT [Re: Rich'sToys] #1342937 Mon Jan 20 2020 01:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Rich'sToys
RonR, you wouldn't happen to have a little mid-life crisis thing going there, would you?? grin grin wink


Could be. Been living with it since about 1969 when I graduated High School! smile


1951 3600 with Clark flatbed, T5, 4.10 rear
1970 340 Duster
1990 5.0 V8 Miata (1990 Mustang Gt Drivetrain)
1951 Farmall Super A



Re: 2020 C8 Corvette. I WANT [Re: Hotrod Lincoln] #1342938 Mon Jan 20 2020 02:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Hotrod Lincoln
I bought my Healey for $300.00, drove it for 6 months, lost 1st. gear in the transmission, and a "friend" borrowed it one night, got drunk, and burned a rod bearing. I sold it for $200.00! I did a little better on a 1942 Harley-Davidson 45 flathead- - - -paid $50.00, rode it a year, and made a profit- - - - -sold it for a C-note! I'd love to have both of them today!

Evan, a buddy out in California built his own version of a Crown Corvair- - - - -only he did it with a Chrysler 392 Hemi!
Jerry



Yep, had we only kept the "Good Ones". When Kathy and I married in '73 her Mom gave us a $100.00 bill to take a short wedding trip with. Wellllll,,, a few weeks later I spotted a orphaned looking TR3 a couple hundred yards off a little gravel country road in a black berry patch. Walked out to it and it was complete, had one small dent in the spare tire carrier door, two flats and faded original red paint.

My brand new bride agreed on using our wedding money and a couple days later the older Dad, sold his worthless sons (his words) abandon car for $100.00. A air tank, can of gas and couple hours later I drove it to our new home. Over the course of 5 years we painted it, redid the brakes and clutch hydraulics along with the top and side curtains and seats. It was a great little car that I foolishly sold for $500. Saw it in a small town parade in the late "90s but the owner wasn't interested in selling.


1951 3600 with Clark flatbed, T5, 4.10 rear
1970 340 Duster
1990 5.0 V8 Miata (1990 Mustang Gt Drivetrain)
1951 Farmall Super A



Re: 2020 C8 Corvette. I WANT [Re: moparguy] #1342947 Mon Jan 20 2020 03:29 PM
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I also bought a 59 MGA with a rod knock for $50.00, and sold it for $150.00. I got paid to rebuild the engine on that one for the new owner!
Jerry


The murder victim was drowned in a bathtub full of Rice Krispies and milk.
The coroner blamed the crime on a cereal killer!

Cringe and wail in fear, Eloi- - - - -we Morlocks are on the hunt!
Re: 2020 C8 Corvette. I WANT [Re: coilover] #1342966 Mon Jan 20 2020 05:24 PM
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Originally Posted by coilover
I hope GM has done what no other mid engine car builder did and that is to make serviceability a non bank breaking affair. When I had a large general repair shop we had a tune up guy that they brought exotics from miles away for him to service. He would spend most of the day standing on his head with arms outstretched beneath the back window. With the Italians style was paramount so the engineers were stuck with fitting everything else into the sacred swoopy lines. Even the Ford Panterra was a Italian design stuffed with a Cleveland engine. Back in the 60's/70's a tune up on Lamborghini, Ferrari, or Panterra would use up most of a grand which would probably equal five or ten times that much in today's money. The giant killer Crown Engineering V8 Corvair's were the easiest to work on by just removing the top cover and rolling down the side windows but of course they lacked snob appeal. I'm 83 so I won't have to be around when some nut drags in a wrecked/burned/screwed up C8 and wants an AD body set on it---it WILL happen.



Evan, Great point. You've caused me to look into that issue and I found the below on the Corvette Forum. If it's to be believed, GM has given service some thought and it looks like it's not bad at all.

From the Corvette Forum: If you see a pic of the engine, you'll see that evey item that would need to be accessed for most repairs and almost all routine maintenance can be easily reached from underneath the car. Coil packs are mounted low, as are the water pump (remotely mounted), alternator, AC compressor etc. Hell, the plugs can even be easily reached from underneath, thanks to the design of the headers.

About the only maintenance items that need to be reached from above are the oil fill, air cleaner, and injectors.

It looks downright easy to work on, as long as you have access to a lift.

In any case, its a small block Chevy engine with added dry sump lubrication...every small town country boy between Richmond and Panama City is born with the ability to work on one.


1951 3600 with Clark flatbed, T5, 4.10 rear
1970 340 Duster
1990 5.0 V8 Miata (1990 Mustang Gt Drivetrain)
1951 Farmall Super A



Re: 2020 C8 Corvette. I WANT [Re: moparguy] #1344732 Sun Feb 02 2020 11:08 PM
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I had a friend at work bought a Austin Healy 3000. We'd go to lunch and he would talk about how great it was. I bought a new 65 fuel injection Corvette, 4.11 rear, F40 suspension and took him to lunch one day. Didn't hear much more talk about his Healy. I ran it in SCCA production class for several years. Porsche 911's were in the same class. Can't recall ever losing to one that was stock. I sold it in 1978 - BIG mistake.

I bought a new 2006, it's faster than the 65 but I would rather have the 65 back. One thing I like about the 2006 is it uses all "standard" fluids, I can service it myself in less than an hour.

Not crazy about the styling but if I had the money (I'm retired now) I'd probably be looking at the mid engine Z06 when it comes out. However all the "electronics" worry me.


Harold Wilson
41 Chevy 3/4 Ton
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