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Corvette Lovers Nightmare

By SmokeGray89

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We had our yearly Corvette Club birthday party meeting at Contemporary Corvette. It's a Corvette salvage yard in PA. It is a real nightmare for a Corvette lover taking a tour of the yard. There is row after row of wrecked and burnt Corvettes. These pictures of the yard show some of the Corvettes. They include everything from C3s all the way to C6s. There are also Camaros, Impalas and Firebirds in another section. Check out the 11 pictures of the yard. I'd say enjoy the pictures, but that isn't likely.

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Race Day

By SmokeGray89

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I finally had a Corvette Challenge race that didn't get rained out.
We had 2 rain delays on Saturday, but did finish the event.
It was the first race with the new governor in the Vette. I had to change out the custom one because it was set up for a new intake manifold that never went on the motor. The 5800 shift points were too high even for a modified TPI intake system.
The day started out great, on the way to Englishtown the Vette was running strong and getting 31 MPG at 75 MPH. Once at the track everything was still looking good. It had rained at the track before I arrived and while everybody else was busy drying their Vettes all I needed to do was wipe off the water that splashed up from the puddles in the pits. I lower the pressure in the drag radials and was ready to finally race again.
I knew I was going to have a bad day when the new governor shifted the trans from 1st to 2nd at 3200 RPM, way too low. The 2/3 shift was an acceptable 5000 RPM.
The first time trial which turned out to be the only one we got was a very disappointing 14.887 @ 92.31 MPH. This from a Vette that runs consistent low 13 second passes. I was very lucky in the first round because my opponent was in the same position, not knowing where to dial his Vette. I settled on a dial of 14.8 and won the race on a double breakout with a 14.70 @ 94.60 MPH. I now had 2 runs on the weather station and it gave me a prediction of 14.40 and I dialed a 14.45. This time the weather station was way off (not enough runs) and even though I won on the tree I was way off my dial running a 14.759 @ 93.97 MPH and was done for the day.
The worse part of the last race was smoke coming out the rear about 2/3 down the track. The car was fine all the way home without any smoke at all even when I push it hard on the way home.
The next race is July 12 and I'm hoping to have a new governor installed to get the shifts back up to the 5000 RPM for all gears and get back down into the 13s again.
I'd still say a bad day racing is better than a good day of anything else and after Saturday's disappointments, that is still true.

Hoping for a better year racing

By SmokeGray89

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As the first 2008 Corvette Challenge points race date March 29 gets closer, I still can't get last year out of my mind. I usually use our tax refund to try to add power to my Vette each year. The year before last I added a Crane cam to my L98. The engine didn't seem to respond with the power boost I expected. I finally decided that the valve springs needed to be replaced. That was done in February 2007 with a Crane spring set matched to my cam. At first everything seemed great on the first test run on the interstate, the low end performance was great and the top end was unbelievable compared to what it was with the old springs. Then it happened, I looked in the rear view mirror and I was streaming smoke like a crop duster. I pulled over and the smoke was coming from the engine, OK oil leak.Then I notice the oil pressure is 60 lbs and holding steady no matter the RPMs. I got home and found that the back of the manifold was leaking. The smoking was no big deal, but the oil pressure was, so a new pump. I get the engine back together and go for a ride the smoke is gone the oil pressure is perfect and then it hits 55 lbs and doesn't move. I pulled the sending unit and find that the oil was pushed through the unit by the bad oil pump. Then in no special the alternator, oil cooler leak, temp sensor, radiator hose, cracked valve cover, it just went on and on with a total of 18 problems happening one after another. The last was the best, everything was finally back together and the I start getting a miss. A compression test made it appear to be a blown head gasket, but while taking off the heads for a 3rd time I noticed there were 3 bent push rods. I now have to check the pistons and valves for damage, I'm lucky everything is fine. I can only guess that the old push rods just couldn't stand up to the new springs. I buy a new set of Crane push rods that match the cam and the springs. Now I finally have it back together and the test runs are great, no smoke, a lot more power at higher RPM and no more misses. I finally make it to my first race of the season in October after missing the first 9 races. The 2 time trials go great, times are good and the engine is running great. The first round a win and the car runs strong, a little smoke coming out the tail pipes. The 2nd run another round win and I'm really smoking now. The 3rd round the smoking is down to almost nothing again, but I loose. Now one more points race left and I have a smoking problem again. The first thing of course is pull the plugs, but they are clean, no oil residue. That means one thing, the new exhaust valve seals aren't working. I pull the heads again to replace the seals with a different type that are supposed to seal better. I miss the last race. I have had the car out, but it has been to cold to really see have the new seals will hold up. I'll know for sure if it's finally race ready on March 29. I can't wait, I've only been to the track that one day since November 2006 and that's just too long of a break. I was so frustrated last year that this year I didn't do any speed up grades, I bought wheels.
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