Thursday, February 22, 2018

Reinstalling the Wiring Harness for the Headlights Correctly

As I had mentioned previously in C3 Corvette Low Beams: Inside or Outside?, whoever took the Corvette apart to repaint it, completely screwed up reinstalling the wiring harness for the headlights.

This resulted in not only having the position of low beams swapped with the high beams but also a complete mess with the harness just thrown in behind the nose of the car.

Words that come to mind to describe the mess they made include clutter, chaos, pandemonium, and rat's nest to name a few.

I guess they thought since you can't see it, no one would care. Well, I care and, therefore, had to remove the harness as much as I could in order to reinstall it correctly.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

C3 Corvette Low Beams: Inside or Outside?

The photo below shows how the previous owner had the low beams installed, and as far as I know, none of the other five C3 Corvettes I owned in the past looked like this. Besides, it looks stupid to me so I had to do something, even though it took me three years to get around to it.

But this is not just a matter of unplugging them and then plugging them in the correct position. Nope. It takes a bit more work than that.

Since I rarely drive my Vette at night, this project kept getting pushed to the back burner, but since I recently refurbished the headlight actuators, I felt it was time to get this issue taken care of.

I started by manually opening the headlight assemblies, and then I removed the headlamp bezels. This time I did not use the RhinoRamps thinking this was going to be an easy and quick job. I was wrong!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Small Oil Puddle on the Intake Manifold

This is not an uncommon problem, but motor oil belongs inside the engine, not outside, so I took the time to immediately address this issue.

My '76 has an Edelbrock Performer intake manifold, but I've had the same problem before with OEM parts, and in this case, the manifold was not to blame. The oil was seeping through one of the manifold bolt holes.

The red arrow above points to the small puddle of motor oil that would accumulate one or two days after I drove my car.

Fortunately, this issue was limited to just one bolt and, therefore, the solution was simple:

Friday, February 2, 2018

Carburetor to Air Cleaner Gasket

It seems that anything that has the word "Corvette" attached to it costs significantly more than an identical part that does not. It doesn't matter if it is an aftermarket part or something made by Chevy. The word "Corvette" makes the price go up.

And while there's no doubt that many parts are unique and exclusive to a Corvette, there are hundreds—if not thousands—of parts that fit many other vehicles made by "The General," regardless of what badges say.

Just the other day, as I was removing the air cleaner assembly, I noticed that part of the gasket that seals the air cleaner base to the carb remained stuck to the carburetor, while the rest of it held onto the air cleaner. That gasket had seen better days.

If you are a DIYer who happens to have some gasket material laying around the garage, you can make your own. I've done that, and they usually work although they never look 100% right. So I went online to locate one.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Refurbishing the Headlamp Actuators

As I mentioned in Cleaning the Headlight Vacuum Hoses, the headlamp actuators also needed attention. Desperately!

The previous owner had done a "rattle can restoration" of the whole area, in what I believe was an ill-fated attempt to make things look better.

The whole area was a disaster when you take into account years of road grime, primer and paint overspray from a color change, in addition to layers of flat black spray paint.

Rubber hoses can be cleaned provided they are pliable and free of cuts or pinholes.

But actuator cans need a little more than just a cleaning, and in extreme cases, replacing the parts with new units is the only viable solution.