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1969 Tri-Power

Posted: Sep 14th, 2014 7:12 pm
by Love_69
Hi All,

Well, after many months of patience, our 1969 427 Tri-Power has arrived to its new home :drool:
Here are some photos of the new toy, as it arrived and after its first wash.

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I haven't managed to get it started yet - the battery went flat during transit and there was no fuel in the tank. I put 10 litres of 98 octane fuel in and replaced the battery with the one from my 302 Ford ute. It was then I found that the ute battery did not have enough juice to crank the big block! Oh well, no matter, I checked the fluid level in the Corvette battery and put it on charge over night.

:cheers:

Re: 1969 Tri-Power

Posted: Sep 15th, 2014 7:35 am
by a66toy
That's a nice looking toy. Good luck with it.

Re: 1969 Tri-Power

Posted: Sep 15th, 2014 6:33 pm
by vito
Glad your ride made it safe. Time to get ready for your summer.

Enjoy.

Cheers

Vito

Re: 1969 Tri-Power

Posted: Sep 18th, 2014 3:07 am
by Love_69
Thanks guys. Well, after an overnight charge, I reinstalled the battery, and turned the key. On the second attempt, she burst into life...OMG! It sounds bl**dy awesome! :drool:

I took it for a quick jaunt down the road and back, because I can, and parked it. :) :) :)

A rebuild of the carbs is top priority as the forward most carb leaks fuel - rapidly. So it's pretty dangerous to allow the engine to get to operating temps. So, I've been doing some searching around here in Oz, and found that the gasket kits for the Holley 2300's ain't cheap ($117ea x 3)...so I'll have to get a shopping list together and order them from the U.S.

Do any of you blokes have a favourite online store for this sort of thing (not necessarily a Corvette specialist)?

Cheers,
Will.

Re: 1969 Tri-Power

Posted: Sep 18th, 2014 6:19 pm
by vito
Will,

Try Amazon. http://www.amazon.com.au/ or http://www.amazon.com

There really isn't much in the kits.

Cheers

Vito

Re: 1969 Tri-Power

Posted: Sep 18th, 2014 8:09 pm
by rbryce1
Jegs is another good place to look for general car parts,

http://www.jegs.com/

and Corvette Central has been good with me also.

http://www.corvettecentral.com/

Re: 1969 Tri-Power

Posted: Sep 19th, 2014 8:42 pm
by Love_69
Thanks guys,

I have found in my search that the price differs greatly for these gasket kits. I am looking for a carby gasket kit for the Holley 2300. The part number is: #37-1537.

At Holley, they want $86.95 per kit (I need 3 of these)...
https://www.holley.com/products/Fuel_Sy ... ts/37-1537

but, at the Carburetor Doctor, the price is: $37.95 (which is great, but are they the same thing??!!)
http://carbkitsource.com/carbs/kits/CK038.htm


The price difference is too great, and you all know the saying, "if something is too good to be true..."

Your thoughts?

Will.

Re: 1969 Tri-Power

Posted: Sep 19th, 2014 11:48 pm
by rbryce1
My first reaction is from the instructions for the Holley kit, the Holley kit is for a large number of different carburetors, including 4 barrels, which means you are paying for a lot of parts you will not need. Carb companies frequently do this to prevent from having a few hundred different kits. From the photo of the parts on the cheaper one, it looks like it only applies to the 2 barrel.

Can't be sure from the photos, but that seems like it may be the case.

Re: 1969 Tri-Power

Posted: Sep 20th, 2014 1:13 am
by Love_69
That makes a lot of sense, and has cleared-up a moment of confusion for me. Thank you rbryce1

:cheers:

Re: 1969 Tri-Power

Posted: Sep 20th, 2014 10:10 pm
by MaineVette
Wow, she's a beaut! It's in much better shape than I imagined. The paint job looks perfect in the photos. :thumbs:

Any chance you can post some pics from under the hood? Gotta love a tri power setup!

Congrats! :cheers: