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kev8alot
I love my Chevy Chevette!
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Posted: 10/06/12 08:38 PM

So I thought I should introduce myself on the forum if I'm going to be asking a lot of questions. At least now you can read and understand a little more about who I am. I am Kevin, a community college student transferring to UMASS for Mechanical Engineering. I tend to use cars as a focus for math, physics, and engineering. My hobbies are cars, outdoors, writing, computers, and models.

My Story thus Far...

I work as a computer technician through staples and managed to move up in the company where I go to onsites where I set up computers and stuff. I went to this mans house and spent a lot of time just talking with him. I know slacking on the job(computers only load so fast...). Anyway I ended up talking to him about his rebuilt classic in the garage(I saw it on the way in) and he told me his story. So I said I was interested in rebuilding a motor(I firmly believe that good engineering doesn't come from numbers it comes from knowledge from both perspectives). He said I could have the spare in the garage. A spare!! What are the odds, then he says it's a 1979 Chevy Corvette Motor. SWEET!! I got it checked and found the code with ZAH proving what it was a corvette with a max HP around 195. Anyways since then I have disassembled it and begun the research to maximize this engine for power.

If you wanna know more, ASK!! I'll tell ya anything I think is in reason. Thanks.  

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kev8alot
I love my Chevy Chevette!
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Posted: 10/06/12 09:15 PM

Almost forgot the picture lol.

http://imgur.com/a/KbcRv#0  

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vega4
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Posted: 10/06/12 09:33 PM

Good luck.  I really mean it.  But just cause it came from a Vette doesn't mean a thing.  It would have to be an L82 motor to be worth something.  And it would say that on the hold.  

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kev8alot
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Posted: 10/06/12 10:10 PM

I appreciate the luck and in terms of worth, I don't expect to sell it. I'm really just want to enjoy the mechanics of working on it.  

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redneckjoe69
I mow my lawn and find Chevys
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Posted: 10/07/12 09:00 AM

welcome to CHP!    when i saw you write that youve disassembled the engine, i was curious if youve marked all the mains and rods?   anybody can tear a motor down, but its a good idea to use a punch, etc. to mark everything first.      picking up a book on rebuilding small chevys would be helpful if you havent done this before.  im not sure of your experience?  

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68scott385
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Posted: 10/07/12 11:13 AM

79 vette motor, 195hp

LMMFAO

gotta start somewhere I guess...

+1 Joe, buy a book or 2 or 3

"Automotive Math" will thrill your inquisitiveness  
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kev8alot
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Posted: 10/07/12 03:48 PM

I'm honestly happy you mention that because once I took the valve covers off and realized they were position specific due to wear and if I wanted to use the original ones I should start labeling things. I've labeled everything that came out of the engine with respect to front to back, left and right. Thank you for the suggestion with the books I'm sure I can find something.  

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kev8alot
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Posted: 10/07/12 03:49 PM

For now I think I'm more interested in theory and practice. Once I hone what skill I may have and understand it a little more then I'll move up in the motor world.  

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pepsi1
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Posted: 10/07/12 07:50 PM

Kev8alot

1.Get the number off the crank

2.Get the numbers from the block

3.Get the number off the heads

4.Post them, and we can decifer them for you

I do work for a friend that has many Corvettes. He has a display of Corvettes. They are in a climate controlled building, as most collectors do.(When I go there he blind-folds me so) Only Kidding...LOL...I myself live in Western Mass.

I replaced oil pan gasket on a his 1984 Crossfire Corvette. He has a Collection of Vettes and has a work shop at one end of his garage, and displays them. Anyway he couldn't wait to see what was in the bottom end of the Corvette. I told him not to be surprised at what we find.

He was standing there when I dropped the pan. I should of had a camera on his face when I dropped the pan. It is a (2) bolt block,cast crank, and cast rods.

There was no HIPO parts in the lower end. Boy was he disappointed. Good Luck and don't be fooled by what it should be.

Bob  

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68scott385
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Posted: 10/07/12 09:00 PM

book + theory = David Vizard

once you digest that soup you'll feel better about what you're doing  
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68scott385
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Posted: 10/07/12 09:09 PM

why do i suddenly sound like skyeking?  
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76Skylark
Big Block power for the win
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Posted: 10/08/12 07:13 AM

Icon Quote68scott385:
why do i suddenly sound like skyeking?

NOW THATS FUNNY!!  

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pepsi1
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Posted: 10/08/12 08:25 AM

Scott:

Don't you pick on Skyeking. He has been through alot this year. We need to get him to start working out...LOL.. He maybe a little fuzzy but he's still with us.  

Bob  

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pepsi1
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Posted: 10/08/12 08:32 AM

Icon Quoteredneckjoe69:
welcome to CHP!    when i saw you write that youve disassembled the engine, i was curious if youve marked all the mains and rods?   anybody can tear a motor down, but its a good idea to use a punch, etc. to mark everything first.      picking up a book on rebuilding small chevys would be helpful if you havent done this before.  im not sure of your experience?

OUCH JOE..

The automotive math does not change. That little dream wheel I have that I've taped together for years Moroso still makes the same one under the same part number. I know mine is 38 years old...

Lets hope he did. Or some machine shop will be working over-time to figure the mess out...LOL... Confused

Bob  

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68scott385
I mow my lawn and find Chevys
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Posted: 10/08/12 08:50 AM

Icon Quotepepsi1:
Scott:

Don't you pick on Skyeking. He has been through alot this year. We need to get him to start working out...LOL.. He maybe a little fuzzy but he's still with us.  

Bob


I'm not picking on anyone, Skye usually sounds/reads Shakespearian to me; meaning I have to decipher the true meaning from the masterful use of language, part poetic, part cryptic. He uses few words to draw large pictures, I respect that. In my posts (like this one) I either say it clearly or ramble until the reader is utterly confused and/or bored to sleep.  
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