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Not a Surprise: New Mid-Engine Corvette Delayed

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20 minutes ago, Wolfbane said:

First thing I did with the GPS in my German made car was hack into it to replace the machine’s annoying New Jersey accented woman’s voice. I replaced it with a hot sounding British woman’s voice.

i did the same with my phone ... british female voice giving me instruction/information. 

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Chassis is right then all right.

Their are benefits you may know of pulling back the engine eight inch.

Creating a new chassis for a mid with the engine is certainly a good thing (?) Done right. The Corvette needs no setback from original

design.

 

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19 minutes ago, BigStewMan said:

i did the same with my phone ... british female voice giving me instruction/information. 

I still not dare to move unless madame requires...in stasis

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Here's an early Fuel Injected Corvette from the car show earlier here today. Probably interesting to work on.

 

Wb

 

 

 

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That Rochester mechanical fuel injection, new in ‘57, was tricky to make run correctly.  A high school friend’s father had a ‘62 327 fuelie.  He was a mechanic at an Olds dealership, but he had a well deserved reputation for being able to properly setup up that fuel injection unit.

 

A very good friend of mine and his wife owned two ‘65 Vettes, a 327 300hp blue coupe and a silver 327 365 hp convertible.  The license plates read, “HIS VET” and “HER VET.”  In the days before cell phones we drove both from Grand Haven, MI to the INDY 500 using walkie-talkies from Radio Shack to communicate with each other while driving.

 

To illustrate just how good a friend, he lent me the convertible for the weekend in 1980 when my now wife and I reunited after losing track of each other for eight years after college.  I enjoyed driving that car, but she could not have cared less about it.  

 

The 365 hp 327 was the same as the 375 fuel injection engine, except a large Holley carb replaced the mechanical fuel injection.  Otherwise, the same cam, solid lifters, dual point ignition, and compression ratio as the fuelie. The car was silver with black leather interior, aluminum knock-off wheels, and factory side pipes, similar to the attached photo.  That car is worth serious money today.

 

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Rochester fuel injection was also available on the ‘57 Chevy Bel Air.  The same friend mentioned above owned one that his father kept running like a Swiss watch.  We took it from Portage, MI to Indy and got a kick out of the reactions when people saw the “Fuel Injection” logos on the front fenders. The gas pump jockeys (remember those days) wouldn’t believe it was really fuel injected until they popped the hood.

 

An even more rare option was Rochester fuel injection on ‘57 and ‘58 Pontiacs.  It was similar, but not identical, to the Chevy version.  Last photo.

 

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^^^ Above brings back memories of my childhood^^^.

 

I had a friend who was a neighbor and friend of my parents two doors down from their first home. As dad was always working 6 days a week and Jerry had no boys of his own,  he kind of adopted me and he being a machinist was into automobile engines. Especially small block Chevy's. He taught me a lot of things by allowing me to come to his machine shop and work on stuff. I never touched the Rochester FI system shown but knew how to rebuild for performance pretty much everything else with an engine and carb by the time I was 15 or 16. I really liked the Rochester Quadrajet which Jerry called the most FI like carb on the market. I also got into Mopars and could rebuild their Thermoquads which were also easily modified for performance. The weak link on the old Carter Thermoquads was the plastic main body which tended to warp with time and heat.

 

Wb

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