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1962 Corvette Resto Mod build


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Drove the car home tonight. All those hours and we can finally drive it. It is almost surreal.  Cool how well it drives at 80mph on the freeway compared to an old one on a stock chassis. Dying to run it hard but need to wait until the variable cam is locked. And get a full tune done. Didn't mean to but ran it 4500 rpm tonight.  Trans is shifting good now. Barks the tires from first to second. Also put on an older style single wire alternator so it is fixed and charging. Can bus circuit under the dash is all repaired and the gauges work perfect. Time for some car shows. Then we can think about upholstery. :igor:

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First day of Good Guys in the books. So much fun to see all the cool cars out there. When you build a car like we did you realize how much time so many people have put into their hot rods.  Glad to see we are past the covid shut downs and people are having fun. Today was pretty busy for a Friday. Tomorrow will be packed out there. Planning on going out Sunday as well. My electrical gremlin is back and the tach, speedo, water temp, and oil pressure all quit working sometimes and then come back on. What a PITA. I need to call Dakota Digital back and then dive into it again.  Car runs great. I have run it up to 5,000 rpm once by accident. Need to get that cam timing limiter installed.

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Month and a half break and I am almost ready to start tinkering again. Chevrolet made the interior slightly larger on the 61-62 models but for me with my long legs it is still VERY tight. Knees are very close to the dash.  We built custom seat bases for the car. Today I started playing with some shims to tilt the seat back.  Helped it a little bit and I will machine some spacers. Means I will have to completely redo the brackets for all of the electronics. Another 10-15 hours easy. I had found a nice leather lumbar pad that matched pretty close. Took it apart and sliced the memory foam to make it thinner. Would be nice to put some lumbar supports into the seats. Might ask the upholstery guy about that.  Also ordered some stainless fittings today to start getting the AC lines built. There is still so much to do and I just need to get back into a rhythm. Can't quite see the light yet.  

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Drivers side done. Computer moved back at least 2" and clearance for the seat going back further. 

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Stock seat and deck lid look like this. You have to open the deck lid to tilt the seat forward.

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Doing the hard way but the right way. That seat mount is 5/16 plate steel getting sliced and diced. This way it distributes the load evenly. Only spotted together on the first one. This will be a project. We had built the seat brackets to lower the seats from the stock position. Now with the seat reclined in the back position the gap from bottom of the decklid to the top of the seat is pretty wide. Doesn't look that good. But there is one notch to click it forward and make the gap tighter. Might tear the frames apart and see if I can add another detent position to come forward a little more. Although I like being able to recline a little bit. Now thinking we are going to have the upholstery guy remove some foam at the top of each seat. Also thinking about pulling the electric steering shaft apart and shortening to move the steering wheel forward. Looks like we can get 1.5". 

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I think the adjuster was off for the cable and not letting it go all the way back. So now I don't need to tip the seats. This is in the forward detent and then further back after moving all of the modules and computers. Top of the seat still has way to much foam so they still need addressed by the upholstery guy. 

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I had to reverse my slice and dice on one bracket. Just enough weld that after hitting it with the sander you can barely tell it was ever cut. Glad I didn't do all 4. Welded both sides. 

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Got about half the wiring done today for the emergency brake controller. Same way I did the buggy when I built it in 2005. (110 hours in the Funco the first time I built it). After putting the wires together hand wrap with another piece of wire. The solder and shrink wrap. I always feel for burrs and wire sticking up and crimp around the joint with some pliers. Trying to figure out how to clean up all the wiring around the computers and modules. Thinking I might find some nice cloth tape and hand wrap all of it. So many different sizes I think loom would be harder to make look good. 

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Simple thin little bracket for the emergency brake control switch. Figure we won't use it much so it is hidden in the center console glovebox. And there is plenty of crap under the dash. Mounted to the side so the tumbler clears.  Still have to figure out the AC vents. 

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Picture of the old race car from 1969. Had never seen this pic until a couple of weeks ago. Can just see my mom. That carry all got painted yellow and I had not seen any pics before the paint. Pretty cool. I always wanted to build a replica of that race car with my dad. Never happened so this is our race car project. 

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Was thinking how it would be to just have the two vents only in the center. This car has it that way. The right side is pretty easy to incorporate a vent with the package tray under the grab bar. Left drivers side is the tough one to make fit and work. Knees already almost hit under the dash. 

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