It's been a while since I (or mostly anyone) has had much to write, but things may be picking up some for myself.
First, the center console cover I had ordered about a year and a half ago finally came in, and it was worth waiting for. Really nice. I got it from the company that actually manufacturers new ones for Zip and Corvette Central, but at a really discounted price. Actually, I didn't need it all this time, and I didn't have to store it for the past year.
Our Corvette Club's annual Corvette show (actually, our 25th anniversary show), that is normally held in May, was rained out badly last May during the Tropical Storm that hit us. The ground was so soft from excessive rain, the cars would have sunk 6" into the mud after sitting there for 6 hours. So, we opted to postpone the show until August 25th, which is this Saturday. I am the Show Chairman, and it was hard enough putting a show together in a city park with 200 Corvettes and 32 vendors, let alone having to do it twice! But by Saturday afternoon, it will all be over and I can get back to working on the '65 again.
Temps are still in the low to mid 90's here, and I need to work on the car in the garage with the AC running. Since all I am doing is finish sanding, I put a HEPA filter on the AC unit and it runs fine without getting clogged up with fiberglass dust. Only have to finish the drivers side front fender, some of the hood and the lower portion of the doors.
I have made hotel reservations for the week of Sept 24th in Charleston SC to take the car there and hopefully get it finished up and painted. Worst case is I will need to drop it of for a longer period of time if they cannot finish everything in during that week. My $350/day part time job has allowed me to put away over $24k, so instead of working my rump off in 90 degree heat, I think I can use some of that to pay them to finish the car!
Once it is painted, I will bring it back to St. Pete and install the interior, then start playing with it and get back to work on the '68 !!!
I finally ordered and received the new Edelbrock high performance high compression aluminium heads. They look awesome. They have 100 cc combustion chambers, which makes them high compression compared to the standard heads which have 110 cc chambers. The stock heads had 120 cc chambers, but also used 12:1 compression high domed pistons. Edelbrock says the 110 cc chambers with the flat top pistons I am using will only develop 8.0:1 compression, but the 100 cc chambers will give me 9.25:1 compression, which is really nice in the big block and it can still run on pumped gas.
Soon I can start assembling the engine. The block is ready, the cam bearings are installed, I have the new Comp Cam, the pistons, rods, bearings, and gaskets. Problem is with the intake manifold.
Edelbrock says they do not have a intake that will fit under the hood of a stock big block engine except for the super high L-88 hood design.
L-88 high rise hood:
Stock big block hood:
I thought, when John Jamison made my tilt nose, he used the stock 427 hood and modified it by moving the recesses from the front to the side. Now I'm not sure, as my hood looks like it is far taller that the stock big block hood. I am hoping he started with the L-88 hood and inserted the recesses from the stock 427 hood in the sides. Also, I don't have the flip up wiper door, I have the cowl induction style wipers, and my hood is high all the way back to the windshield instead of flattening out before the wiper door. Guess I have some measuring to do, but it sure looks like my hood is much taller than the stock big block hood.
I believe I have the front height of the L-88 front and the mid hood height of the stock big block hood, based on the height where the recesses are. Here's hoping! If that turns out to be the case, I can use pretty much any high rise manifold.
Guess that will be in my next post.