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Continuing On

By Phynally

Lots of things have been going on. Only one car show entered this year. Likely no more. Visit my page on FB.

The 55 Chevy is turning into something I really love, but may regret, since the divorce took most all my spare change. I have no time to upgrade and improve on what it is and that is a shame.

I want to install rack/pinion steering, a different rear end gear to make it more street worthy. Gas mileage is not the best.

Still a Corvette Guy, But. . .

By Phynally

I once owned a 55 BelAir that I paid $800 for in the seventies. Would like to have kept it, but issues at the time dictated I let it go. When I saw this 55 210 4 door I figured it was likely my last chance at having a hot rod. So for a tidy sum I scooped it up with Libby's blessing. She really wanted a 56, because that was the year she was born, but I assured her the since she was concieved in 1955, it would be a better choice. HA! It has much in the way of something to work with. The body is solid with very little rust. I detect bondo, but not a lot. Someone did go through the trouble of installing a power brake system with four wheel disc brakes. Then installed 18" wheels on the front and 20" wheels out back. The stance is just right. My dream list is to install a 700R4, a new street rod instrument cluster. Lastly, I'd like to have the rear doors suicided. That would make it a bit more unique. Anything else will be simplier tinkering.

2nd Annual Chili Cook-off, Car Show and Gospel Sing

By Phynally

My neighbor, Jeremy, coordinated this 2nd Annual Chili Cook-off and Gospel Sing by adding the car show this year and I was quite surprised to see so many cars. For a small town of Richlands, NC there were several hundred people showed up for all the events. My hat is off to Jeremy.

I entered my '90 Vette, knowing I wasn't going to win with a daily driver, but it was interesting. I met several new people and enjoyed talking with all of them. Whether we drive this car or that truck we still have a comraderie and that's our interest in our hobby. To some it is more infectious than for others, but the interest is great.

On other news, my girlfriend and I became members of Twin Rivers Corvette Club in New Bern NC last fall and that is one thing that we've been involved in a good bit or as much as we can. We went on the December Mike Casey Toy Run for Marine children. Believe it or not, some of these young Marines don't have a lot of money for Christmas and they need help. Mike has passed on in 2007 and his wife still organizes this endeavor.

Libby and I also went to see the TransSiberian Orchestra with our new Corvette friends in December. The club also sponsored six WWII veterans on the Honor Flight back in the early fall. This is a great club to be involved with. They also give money to food banks, help students with tuitions with our Spring Display/Car show each year. This year is in mid April. Visit our site at:

Now as of yesterday Libby and I went for a test hop in a 2003 50th Anniversary Edition Corvette convertible. I have asked for the numbers on a purchase. It was on sale for $21.5K. Folks, that's a steal I believe. It has 82K miles and runs excellent. I have pictures in another album. It is also posted on this blog post.

Hope you all are doing well and stay well this year.

The Mike Casey Toy Run

By Phynally

I want to thank those who viewed the pics of the toy run the first of December. You're welcome to join us next year if you want.

My last few years have not been so good and this is a bright spot in my year.

After a lot of money, my Vette is now road worthy for much longer trips. From the time I got it there was a nagging issue with it at idle and the mpg gradually dropped to @ 12 mpg. I have replaced many items, but when we got to the injectors we found the biggest source of the problem. That and some other smaller issues were taken care of and the mpg is back up to 18/23. Now if the price of gas would go back down.

Something I Hadn't Planned On!

By Phynally

I submitted a photo of my car to USA Today for an article on Covettes Through The Years.


To my surprise I got an email from them today to tell me my car was in the photos of Corvettes from all over the United States.

Take a look!

Ah, the joy.

By Phynally

My girl is in the shop again. No drive train issues, no mechanical issues of other nature. My a/c blew the fuse and I replaced it for it to blow again. Something is amiss. So my bud is looking into why. Gotta have the a/c. Everyday for the last couple of weeks it's been at least 100 degrees on the heat index and hardly ever below the 93-95 actual degree range. Humidity is hell. Maybe not like Louisianna where I spend boot camp many moons ago. But for here it's bad. Hey, Terry O. I visited with friends today visiting from LA. They showed us pictures of the snow you guys had there last winter. Seems so long ago now I would suppose. Anyway. I just want my car back. I wanna put my butt in the seat and feel the cool while I ride.

More Work, Getting better

By Phynally

Since I've bought the Vette three years ago I have strived to make my car better. Since hitting the 100k mark I've replace the water pump, alternator, computer, starter injectors and head gaskets, along with the short shaft's U-joints. I'm heading towards replacing the front rotors and pads and mufflers. It would seem to be a money pit, but I love the car and you gotta figure its 20 years old. Parts are parts and they will wear out. So I fix it and enjoy driving it. There's no other car like it on the road. My only problem is that I've had to use it for my daily driver for the last year and that sucks.

Now I'm looking at a late 90's S10 LS extend cab that has been lowered and has 20" wheels on it for my beater and work driver. It's not in the best of shape, but the A/C works (HA!).

Update on Phinally

By Phynally

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Last summer everything with the engine performance came to a head. Gas mileage dropped to 12-14 mpg. It was to the point it barely run and sooted the tail pipes in just a few miles. To the shop it went. The computer was replaced. Got another custome programmed chip. Typical tune-up was done with plugs, wires, cap, rotor, oil change and then all the sensors were checked. Then came the biggy. I had the fuel pressure regulator and injectors replaced and that fixed the issues. Gas mileage jumped to 23 mpg the day after I picked it up. One thing though. I thought it was a bone stock engine, but after all the crappy running previously I was unable to detect that it has had a cam change. It has a rumpity, rump at idle. My mechanic and I can only agree on the idea that the cam is a mild street cam. It runs like it has much more hp than stock. I'm completely happy with it since the mpg is doing no less than the new car estimated mpg.

Since then I've had the U-joints in the rear axles replaced and it's in the shop presently having the head gaskets replaced since I blew one on them this past week. I've had to use it for a daily driver the last few months and I really need something else to drive to work. I want to park it back under the carport under the cover. I just really want a beater truck to use for work.

Anyway, that's an update in a nutshell.

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