Welcome to our homepage
We hope that you share the same warm feeling for the corvette as we do. If you are not, then we hope the vettevirus will catch you soon haha.
My goal for this homepage is to keep track of every restauration I've done, this could be useful in case my memory has faded.
My second goal and maybe the most important goal: Create a knowledge base with as much technical articles as possible. Every technical info is placed under the button Technical Articles (Duh). This is still a thing which needs to be elaborated.
Feel free to mail me as much technical articles as possible. By doing this my knowledge can be increased and hopefully for you as well.
Review on previous work
The last time I realy had time to work on the car was winter 2007 up to april 2008.
From the stats I've seen a lot of responses for the borg warner super T10 transmission overhaul. Since this section is not fully completes yet, I'll put my effort in completing this one.
Since 5 january 2009 we have got our first child named Dylan. Last winter was overhauling dipers more or less ;-). But this is as nice as working on the vette.
Upcoming work summer 2009
The car now needs some more stuff to be added. Now the dollar rate is so good (and in the las year), I've purchased a stock of materials to put onto the vette. It is better to make a special topic of these minor hardware installations.
BUT! The main topic of this year (now august 2009) is to search for more torque and horses!
The current engine is out of a C-20, C-30, 2500 or 3500 heavy truck. The block has originally 160 HP. and 250 lb/ft As I found out on the heartbeatforum in the netherlands.
The big advantage is that it is a 4-bolt mains block.
The cylinder heads match the truck type. Our head number is 3998991 found on www.mortec.com
The number information says: year 72-73, engine size 307/350 CUI and 75 cc chambers and a 1-8,5 compression ratio.
To improve performance I need better flow in the heads, bigger valves ( with 3 angle valve job) and a matching camshaft.
After lot's of reading and searching on the internet I came to the conclusion that randomly picked components won't work. That's why I've chosen the easy route which leads to a hopefully satisfying result. I've purchased Edelbrock performer 64cc heads with a matching Edelbrock 2102 camshaft.
I'm hoping to reach 340Hp and at least 400 lb/ft of torque. The intake is an performer 2101 and flowtech headers are installed. Everything is ok now only the flow and compression ratio is the bottleneck for corvette worthy torque and horses. The static compression ratio will go up with 1,5 from 1:8,5 to 1:10. The dynamic ratio will be a guess. This is because of the overlap of the intake and exhaust valve and rpm. The compression can be tested with a tester which I just bought in an american dumpshop (www.valkenpower.nl).
A lot of horses can be extracted from the chevy smallblock engine, even well above 500. But what happens then, how reliable is the block, what is the next weakest link? Gearbox? Lid of the differential? That's why I'm aiming for 300+ HP and approx 400 lbs/ft of torque, Which is approx 540N/m.
I'm very curious to see the condition of the cylinder walls when the heads are lifted. Hopefully I like what I see and continue with the head swap.
So again an open heart operation for a firsttimer surgean. Luckily I've seen a couple of video's and attended one engineblock meeting where we have assembled an engine with a couple of enthousiasts.
Now I'm on holiday at home. Next week is free for the big operation.
So stay tuned for more horses. Click here for the Edelbrock article
Old Activities of the winter 2007/2008.
- Remove trailingarms and have them powdercoated + new PU bushings
- Replace rear wheel bearings
- Paint drive axles and install new U joints
- Replaced the differential pinion seal and painted the differential
- Brake calipers overhouled
- Replaced bushings of front suspensin with PU and have them powdercoadted
- New Koni shock absorbers front and rear
- New balljoints and tyrods
- Galvanizing and powdercoating of several parts
- Galvanizing of all bolts, nuts, washers and turn some more rusty junk into new parts again
- Changing the brake fluid and paint the master brake cylinder
- New rear lights, uncracked and as bright as is should be
- Paint the chassis and partially the body
What I wanted to do, but didn't have the time for:
- Darken the doorwindows by a professional
- Rebuild the steeringbox (as soon as it starts raining in the Netherlands)
- Insulation of the firewall to prevent scorching feet after driving some while
- Check if the heating is allways on, of are melting feet normal????? Yep also when it is sunny
- Some electrics
- New carpet
- If possible, make a mould of instrument cluster to produce carbon fibre clusters
- Find an other steering pump. Ours is a bit noisy
- Replace the airo system and have it refilled again
- Replace the hamonic balancer and pulley
- Sandblast and paint the power brakes
- Ands some more stuff
Have fun exploring the website!