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  • 1971 Corvette Stingray

    Make/Model: Chevrolet Corvette Stingray LS5
    Year: 1971
    Name: "Dolores", "Lo", "Lola", "Lolita"
    Body: Fiberglass with steel birdcage frame
    Colour: Sunflower yellow (factory colour)
    Interior: Black leather 'deluxe' interior

    Motor: Stock (for now) 365hp LS5 (factory detuned) big block, 454 cid.
    Gearbox: TH400
    Differential: 3.08:1 10-bolt

    Suspension (f): Unequal length double wishbones
    Suspension (r): Trailing arm multilink IRS
    Brakes (f): 4 piston radial mount calipers
    Brakes (r): 4 piston radial mount calipers
    Wheels: 15x8 'Ralley' wheels with 235/60R15 tyres











    Last edited by Bad Bird; 28-01-2012, 07:06 PM.
    |1971 Corvette, 365hp 454, TH400, PS, AC, T-tops|

  • #2
    Looks good
    1992 Mitsubishi magna

    It not what you drive, it how you drive it


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    • #3
      Current mods:

      Chrome aircleaner, rocker covers
      Billet aluminium IRS cradle reinforcement plates
      VBP tie-rod adjuster sleeves
      VBP "Smart struts" IRS camber adjusters

      Planned work:

      Fix and clean any rusty parts/screws/bolts
      Fix the front valence and re-fit factory front spoiler
      Get the factory fiber optic dash working perfectly
      Change the rear exhaust tips back to the factory rectangular tips and modify rear valence panel to suit
      Smooth out all fiberglass damage and eventually repaint the car
      Replace all worn parts and weatherstripping

      Planned future mods:

      Transmission conversion to a Tremec T56 Magnum 6 speed manual
      "Tom's" 12-bolt differential conversion
      "Tom's" upper IRS link conversion
      Replace factory 2.5" half-shafts with 3" or 3.5" aftermarket units
      "69DirtyRat" frame reinforcements
      Replace 454 with 540 Merlin (all aluminium big block with ~700 hp)
      Replace steel "Ralley" wheels with 17 x 8 (f) and 17 x 10 (r) Halibrands
      Global West tubular upper control arms (for greatly increased caster)
      Borgeson steering conversion (to replace the antiquated hydraulic ram power steering)
      Rear steel transverse spring replaced with a carbon fiber unit from TRW or Hyperco
      Modify a modern headunit to fit into the factory unit's case for stealth

      The basic idea will be a machine that looks as the designer intended, but that drives like a genuine modern supercar. Can I do it... who knows. But given enough time I'll sure give it a go!
      |1971 Corvette, 365hp 454, TH400, PS, AC, T-tops|

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      • #4
        Daaaaayyyyyyyyyyyymn.

        Thats all really.

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        • #5
          Nice Corvette
          Originally posted by Bad Bird View Post
          Modify a modern headunit to fit into the factory unit's case for stealth
          there is a company that makes head units like that
          Originally posted by MOOG
          Volvo is turbo and proper mad.
          Originally posted by Jenga
          You see, when a piston, block, crankshaft, and some fuel and air all love each other very, very much.....

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          • #6
            Awesome find Fortkid! Thank you. Cheers guys for the nice comments.

            Other mods already done are a PWR alloy radiator and transmission cooler, dual Spal electric fans.

            Another future (hopefully soon) mod is a spreader bar, the Corvette equivalent of a strut tower brace.
            |1971 Corvette, 365hp 454, TH400, PS, AC, T-tops|

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            • #7
              WHAT. AS IF YOU HAVE THAT.

              That's the American dream. You have to tell us more about why you chose the car and how you found it and.. STUFF. Super cool.

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              • #8
                Changing out the exhausts?? I think they look really nice at the moment :x I'd assume they'd provide higher flow and more performance for when you drop the new engine in also. But its your car man, and by the mod list you have its going to be friggin awesome.

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                • #9
                  Nice. I see that just just squeeze your numberplate in there also. I have to bent mine as well.

                  I don't think NSW does the Squarer plates like a couple of the other states do.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by D.J View Post
                    Nice. I see that just just squeeze your numberplate in there also. I have to bent mine as well.

                    I don't think NSW does the Squarer plates like a couple of the other states do.
                    Yeah, NSW doesn't do anything at all that imitates American plates, so they've had to be modified to fit.

                    Originally posted by Rosey View Post
                    Changing out the exhausts?? I think they look really nice at the moment :x I'd assume they'd provide higher flow and more performance for when you drop the new engine in also. But its your car man, and by the mod list you have its going to be friggin awesome.
                    The big tips do look pretty good, but I prefer the factory style:



                    I'll be sticking with my 3" exhaust, but will convert the "H pipe" to an "X pipe".

                    Why a Corvette? Well I've had some pretty lousy cars in the past (mostly 90's Camrys and indeed I still have one as a daily), and a few that I really loved '72 Torana, '75 Falcon Coupe, black R33 Skyline (totally stock). I'm not biased to either "Imports" or "Domestics" (although the 'Vette is much more an import than a domestic), I just like nice cars. I've always loved Corvettes and this one came up for a relatively cheap price. Of course it means that the car isn't "matching numbers" or "totally original" or in perfect condition. But that way I can make the car the way I want without pissing off the purists.
                    |1971 Corvette, 365hp 454, TH400, PS, AC, T-tops|

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Bad Bird View Post
                      Of course it means that the car isn't "matching numbers" or "totally original" or in perfect condition. But that way I can make the car the way I want without pissing off the purists.
                      I hate people who obsess over numbers matching cars, or feel they're in some way superior to their "cobbled together" counterparts. That's not to say I hate numbers matching cars or the people who buy them, I think it's awesome when an old classic stays as a whole, but there are some people who just drive me mad.

                      A friend of a friend, for example, has a numbers matching 1976 Stingray with 68,000 km or so that he just sits and looks at. He NEVER drives it, he washes + waxes it religiously (I'd hate to be the guy who has to restore that paint in a few years when there's an foot of wax baked/layered on), and probably hasn't even started it in months. It just sits on his property, destined to be a garage queen for the indeterminate future. It pains me to see an otherwise cool old car sit and basically die because it's all original. I mean, it's a cool thing if you're into that sorta stuff, but at the same time, I bet the non-NM owners are having a LOT more fun with their cars.

                      Congrats on the 'vette, I love the colour and the wheels, I wouldn't change them if it were my car. I think a classic car looks better without massive modern wheels, but that's just me.

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                      • #12
                        how much did u buy the car for bro?

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                        • #13
                          I can answer that.


                          A lot.

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                          • #14
                            Jesus.

                            That is pure porn.
                            If at first you don't succeed, add duct take.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Lib View Post
                              how much did u buy the car for bro?
                              Originally posted by sup2a View Post
                              I can answer that.


                              A lot.
                              I'll add one. Too much!

                              Originally posted by ADowbs View Post
                              I hate people who obsess over numbers matching cars, or feel they're in some way superior to their "cobbled together" counterparts. That's not to say I hate numbers matching cars or the people who buy them, I think it's awesome when an old classic stays as a whole, but there are some people who just drive me mad.

                              A friend of a friend, for example, has a numbers matching 1976 Stingray with 68,000 km or so that he just sits and looks at. He NEVER drives it, he washes + waxes it religiously (I'd hate to be the guy who has to restore that paint in a few years when there's an foot of wax baked/layered on), and probably hasn't even started it in months. It just sits on his property, destined to be a garage queen for the indeterminate future. It pains me to see an otherwise cool old car sit and basically die because it's all original. I mean, it's a cool thing if you're into that sorta stuff, but at the same time, I bet the non-NM owners are having a LOT more fun with their cars.

                              Congrats on the 'vette, I love the colour and the wheels, I wouldn't change them if it were my car. I think a classic car looks better without massive modern wheels, but that's just me.
                              Cheers and thank you for expressing how I feel so well. I have nothing against beautifully perfectly restored 'NCRS Top Flite' and 'Bloomington Gold' Stingrays. But you can't drive them without depreciating them. And you can't modify them. And I never would modify one of those rare, perfect ones. On the other hand, for me, these cars were the original tuners. The factory gave you a good starting point to make the car your own. I love to play around with things and I like to improve on the factory's faults and deficiencies.

                              As for the wheels, I was thinking of having two sets. The original Ralleys, and the Halibrands for their improved ride and handling. Plus I think the Halibrands are a classically styled wheel that don't detract from cars of this vintage:



                              |1971 Corvette, 365hp 454, TH400, PS, AC, T-tops|

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