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Old 01-20-2014, 07:45 PM   #1
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OK, it does not work on FireFox. Sorry.

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Old 01-21-2014, 03:04 PM   #4
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Second try. If you have Adobe you should be able to read this.

The subject car is a 1979 L-82 owned by me moons ago and now owned by my Brother. Ron is the mechanical genius. The work was done last October. The text was prepared by my Brother and commented on by other contributors.

http://www.capitalcorvetteclub.ca/in...rm-replacement

The 1979 and my current 1974.

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Ahh, memories. Did mine about four years ago.

I read the horror stories about people having to cut the bolts out. I got lucky, mine being a relatively rust free Florida car, sprayed some PB Blaster, and the bolts came right out. Not much difficulty with the shock mounts either.

Had Vansteel rebuild the trailing arms after I got them out.

Vansteel has a reputation for doing great work so hopefully they will last longer than me.

Great writeup with the photos (and tech tips).

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Ahh, memories. Did mine about four years ago.

I read the horror stories about people having to cut the bolts out. I got lucky, mine being a relatively rust free Florida car, sprayed some PB Blaster, and the bolts came right out. Not much difficulty with the shock mounts either.

Had Vansteel rebuild the trailing arms after I got them out.

Vansteel has a reputation for doing great work so hopefully they will last longer than me.

Great writeup with the photos (and tech tips).
This was a straight swap for new/rebuilt from Vansteel. I don't know what my Brother got for the old cores.
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Thanks, interesting read. The white with buckskin? is a nice color combo on a C3.
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Thanks, interesting read. The white with buckskin? is a nice color combo on a C3.
That is code 59, Corvette Light Beige. I believe the interior was called doeskin. I drove that car for 17 years before I bought a 1967 coupe in 2003. People poo-poo the 1979 but I loved that car and still do. A pic from about 2000.

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Actually, I think the '78/'79 cars are the prettiest of the plastic bumper C3's.
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Actually, I think the '78/'79 cars are the prettiest of the plastic bumper C3's.
That opinion is not shared by many....To be honest I prefer the 1980. But I sure enjoyed the 1979.

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Getting ready to reinstall mine in the 70.

Thanks for the inspiration.

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Thanks for the replies. It looks like -29C (-20F) tonight and I have a few things to do before tomorrow morning to keep my DD working. This cold is brutal.

Those of you in the NE USA be safe! Not very nice down there.
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Your timing is appreciated....I just removed the entire rear suspension last week for cleaning/rebuilding/painting.

Thanks again!
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Thanks for the replies. It looks like -29C (-20F) tonight and I have a few things to do before tomorrow morning to keep my DD working. This cold is brutal.

Those of you in the NE USA be safe! Not very nice down there.
Drove into work yesterday, instead of taking the train [which sometimes experiences delays or shutdowns during inclement weather]. Took roughly 4 hours to get home.

Ive got a trailing arm, differential replacement, suspension rebuild project in my garage right now that is almost done. Like others, I read the horror stories of difficult to remove TA bolts, but got lucky as well.

And another thing...78-79 cars are hot stuff, especially with front and rear spoilers.
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