Corvette Build: Tear Down Loosing Weight

Corvette Build: Tear Down Loosing Weight


My Corvette Build up Part 2 Tear Down & Loosing Weight



Corvette Build: Update

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. The car is painted and still needs to be buffed out and some strips added to look the way I want. Engine is also built and ready for 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.

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 other parts to be replaced or simply not needed have been removed. I also removed all the carpet and sound proofing material and of course all the junk found floating around a car of this age when the seats and carpets are removed. The Complete wiring and all electronic components were also 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 also removed since I will be using racing seats and harnesses.

Corvette Build: Tear Down

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.



Corvette Build: Loosing Weight


I am building a custom dash. It will be 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 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. Since the car has no outside door handles and can only be opened from the remote theft is not a concern. It will also not be left anywhere for long outside of a garage. This should make things as simple as possible. The gauges will be standard aftermarket round gauges with 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 that things are not getting out of hand.

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 also planning on using some LED’s to light up the dash and signal that power is being delivered to each part of the circuit. With these set to both sides of some of the common relays i can use these to diagnose any problems that arise.

I have to say i was shocked to see so much room inside the car after the interior was removed. Looked like the passenger could have a nice couch laid out inside there. With the stock interior installed the car was cramped and tight but once it was removed I was pleased to see the open look.

More to come soon once i get the car a little closer to engine install.

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