Sunday, March 22, 2020

Resealing Quadrajet Well Plugs | Part 4

Lessons Learned

Putting these articles together is no simple task.

Between photos, videos, all the necessary editing, then putting the whole process into words—after actually taking the carburetor apart and then reassembling it—takes long hours.

Needless to say, I was happy when the process was over. I stayed up late and put my thoughts into words. However, with so many words plus photos, I had to break them down into three installments.

The next day, a Saturday, I test-drove my Corvette and recorded the hot-engine-start video I published in Part 3, but as I mentioned at the end of that article, I was not 100% happy with the car and it bugged the heck out of me.

So early next morning, I was back in the garage taking the carb off of the engine and I disassembled my Quadrajet... again!

Monday, March 9, 2020

Replacing a C3 Corvette Exterior Door Handle

I was very fortunate to find a replacement exterior door handle in excellent condition at the 2020 NCRS Winter Regional swap meet.

I had purchased a cheap China-made repop a few years ago which looked worse than my original door handle. Not cosmetically, of course, since it was brand new, but aesthetically since the door flap was down like in the case of a broken door handle spring.

The one I found, however, is—according to many—one of the best reproductions available, and they usually retail for around $75. They are made by Trim Parts.

The original door handle on my '76 Stingray is scratched and pitted beyond repair, which ironically, you cannot do as you would have to literally break the assembly in order to take it apart.

The only solution in these cases is to replace the original door handle.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Resealing Quadrajet Well Plugs | Part 3

I really didn't plan for this article to get so long and detailed, but I hope it will give the average do-it-yourself mechanic a good idea as to how involved the process really is.

Yes, I could've just concentrated on how I resealed the factory well plugs, but to the average C3 Corvette owner who is unfamiliar with the intricacies of the Quadrajet, it wouldn't have been of any help if they were to attempt such a repair.

Disassembling, inspecting, fixing and/or replacing parts, then reassembling the carburetor is enough of a challenge that requires a series of articles, at least in my opinion.

My point, I guess, is that with enough information, the average DIY shade-tree mechanic can rebuild his or her Quadrajet at home, and in a couple of days.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Front Bumper Specialty License Plates

Florida used to require two license plates per vehicle, but that requirement ended all the way back in 1922.

And while the State of Florida does allow vehicle owners to use a vanity or specialty plate in the front of the vehicle, it does not permit anything obscene in nature on the plate. And if you choose to use a license plate from another state, you may do so as long as it is not a valid plate.

As you can imagine, the options are endless. And with such a variety of designs available, I wanted to make the best possible choice in a way that made sense to me.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

DIY: Building a Carburetor Stand

During my visit to the 2020 NCRS Winter Regional, I was fortunate to find a few goodies for my stockpile of C3 Corvette parts. This included a Quadrajet off of a 1978 Corvette with manual transmission.

The carburetor was in decent shape but in desperate need of a rebuild, which I did with the help of an ACDelco Rochester Quadrajet rebuild kit.