My Corvette Build up Part 2 Tear Down Loosing Weight
Build Up Loosing Weight
Its been a while since my Corvette build up project has been updated. The car has been undergoing some work but have not had time to write up some more information onto the web. I will try to make more updates as time goes by. Stripes added to hood and center of the car. Engine’s built and ready to install. It has an Edelbrock tunnel ram and two 600 cfm carbs. Should be good for close to 500 hp. I also got a 1984 Corvette for parts and it comes with a good transmission and non ABS brake lines to help remove the ABS unit and gives me a normal braking system in the car.
Tear Down Loosing Weight…
I’ve been working on the build up of my corvette. To loose weight and tear down the car for the build. I have been removing the interior and wiring harness. The engine, transmission and parts due for replacement and simply not needed removed. I removed all the carpet and sound proofing material and the junk found floating around a car of this age. The wiring and electronic components removed. Since the 1989 corvette is heavily designed with electronics it has several pounds of wire and relays along with a pile of little gizmos. Including the Heat and AC with all its components. The complete Bose stereo system with its over sized speaker boxes and amplifiers. Seats and seat belts were removed to make way for new racing seats and harnesses.
Loosing Weight In More Places Than You Think
The tear down also included a massive amount of nuts, bolts and screws. Tons of small clips brackets and other equipment. This tear down easily accounts for hundreds of pounds of weight that has been removed. This should mostly stay out of the car. I will be rewiring the engine and chassis with a custom harness. I also pulled the ABS unit and computer along with the complete EFI system since this car will run a twin carburetor tunnel ram engine with GM HEI.
Custom Dash Coming Soon…
Made from foam and possibly thin plywood and fiberglass. I am also going to make some custom door cards made from some thin carbon fiber I have laying around and some thin plywood and a foam top section to hold the window seal. I am going t use the power windows and oem glass since there is no other options on the market. A custom solution for roll up windows or plastic windows will not help much and not really road worthy.
The dash will also hold some switches for Main power, Ignition, headlights, interior lights and any other needed electrical items. Will also need a solution for turn signals, brake lights and high/low beams. Starter will be a simple push button. The car has no outside door handles. There opened with the remote control. This should make things simple. The gauges are standard aftermarket round gauges. The expected oil pressure, Water Temp, fuel pressure, speedometer, tachometer, Voltage and any other normal gauges needed or wanted. I like to know how the car is performing and if it has any issues. I will also include a lean rich gauge and some basic temp sensors for under hood and brake areas. Just to be sure things are not too hot.
Future Wiring Needs
Because most of the dash will work off of normal toggle switches like a race car the wiring system should be easy to wire and setup. I also plan on using them for the windows and other common electronic systems. I was planning on using some LED’s to light up the dash. Providing indication of power being delivered. With these both sides of some of the common relays. I can use these to diagnose any problems that arise.
Roomy inside is amazing…
Surprised it had so much room inside the car with interior removed. Looked like the passenger could have a nice couch laid out inside there. With the stock interior installed the car was tight, once removed it revealed an open look.