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  1. The two I have bought over the years were sourced from eBay and Pelican classified. They come up reasonably often. Just check for broken tabs!
  2. Brian, there are some photos on the CPA Facebook page.
  3. Oh Brian! I'm certainly not here to defend the entire production run of this car as there are many moments best forgotten. For me, my personal opinion, the versions before and after the C2 are those ones. As I've said before C3's are far too Dirk Diggerly for me. There is a deliberate reason why I specifically called this thread "Any C2 Corvette Enthusiasts Here?" I agree that there have been periods where the "Vette is the antithesis of the 911" but for you to make a sweeping statement like that indicates an ignorance of possibly both Corvettes and 911's. Whilst I'm obviously a 911 enthusiast, I'm certainly not blind to the foibles of the various series and have my favorites and are also clear about ones that I wouldn't touch with a barge pole. Similarly I think its unhelpful to lump all Corvette's together too. As for the space in front of the engine in Corvette's, that originated from Arkus -Duntov deliberately shifted the engine rearwards from the front axle line for improved mass centralisation in the C2's. Arkus-Duntov was also very clear that his favorite C2's were the small block ones I think of myself as a "car person" not exclusively a Porsche person as life is too short to arbitrarily cut off exposure to other equally good or better (!) motoring experiences. You're welcome to have a drive of my 911 on our next State of Origin run, just like you'll be welcome to drive my C2 if I ever manage to get one. Next time we catch up I'll also tell you about my first Jaguar and how I'm itching to get another to create "my" perfect garage of a 911, a C2 and a XJR. Although I have another mate suggesting I should buy a Bentley Continental GT. That would be the antithesis of an air cooled 911!
  4. Are the two universal joints firmly clamped to their shafts? I had a 993 that had one joint moving on the splines and was making the noise you described. Half a turn on the clamping bolt fixed it.
  5. Transport for NSW don't even know themselves when it will open to any traffic at all There are a couple slips still moving and as recent as Thursday night new slip cracking was evident in the pavement of one curve. .
  6. So I'm starting to think there are no C2 enthusiasts here........😀
  7. I know the C3's are iconic but for me they just make me think of Dirk Diggler and decline in tastes and sensibilities. Interesting discussion here though: Like it or not, the C3 Corvette is an American auto icon PETER CHENEY PUBLISHED APRIL 6, 2016UPDATED APRIL 6, 2016 When archeologists dig down through the sedimentary layers of the 1970s, some dubious items may emerge. Shag carpets and mirrored ceiling tiles. Polyester disco suits and Farrah Fawcett wigs. And sooner or later, they will unearth the most telling cultural artifact of them all: a third-generation Chevrolet Corvette. Few machines are as polarizing as the C3, also known as "The Coke Bottle Corvette." The C3 hit the market in 1968, and lasted until 1982. With its narrowed midsection and flared nose and tail, the car did resemble a Coke bottle, but other comparisons may be more apt. Viewed from the front quarter, the carapace is a steroidal vision: Like it or not, an engorged, V8-powered phallus comes to mind. From the rear, the C3's swollen thorax and nipped waist conjures a fiberglass Kim Kardashian that has been decked out with cooling scoops. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as they say, and for a certain stylistic constituency, the C3 was the perfect car. As I recall, Corvette ownership circa 1975 ran heavily toward the Fu Manchu-moustache-and-leather-jacket end of the scale – it was powered by testosterone as much as gasoline. When fictional porn star Dirk Diggler of Boogie Nights chose his dream car, what else could it have been but a Corvette C3 with a Hurst shifter, a high-lift camshaft and hand-rubbed Competition Orange paint? But the C3's story isn't quite as simple as that. The vehicle was also the chosen ride of the Gemini astronauts (they did get a discount from a Florida Chevrolet dealer, but the car definitely suited them, with its air of raw American performance). Other wellknown C3 drivers included Sammy Davis Jr. and David Partridge (he of the ultra-lame Partridge Family musical group). Most confounding of all, the C3 was the car of my literary hero Joan Didion, author of some of the finest non-fiction ever written. (If you haven't read Slouching Toward Bethlehem, you owe it to yourself to do so.) Didion is a style icon, famous for her laconically cool presence and letter-perfect sense of fashion. In 1972, she became indelibly associated with the Corvette when she was photographed for Time magazine by Julian Wasser in what would prove to be a timeless series of pictures. Among the collection were images of Didion with her 1969 Corvette C3. (The pictures are black and white, but Didion's car was Daytona Yellow.) I never really liked the C3 Corvette, but seeing Didion with hers challenged my aesthetic assumptions. With her leaning on its fender, a cigarette dangling from the thin fingers that had typed The White Album, the car suddenly seemed perfect. The horndog macho mobile was redeemed, at least for a moment. Chalk it up to style by association. The history of the Corvette is not unlike that of America itself, veering from high to low, with the occasional excursion into farce. It all began in 1953, when Chevrolet introduced the first-generation Corvette at New York's Waldorf Astoria hotel as part of the Motorama exhibition. The C1 was a sensation, but under its stylish skin (masterfully crafted by Don Draper-esque GM stylist Harley Earl) it was a mediocre machine, with an underwhelming engine and sub-par suspension. In 1963, the second-generation Corvette was introduced. This was the Sting Ray, a car that inspired Beach Boys music and captured the spirit of America as it began its historic odyssey toward the moon landing. The sophomore Corvette was spot on, with an inspired combination of aggression and restraint, and a tail-end that conjured days on a California drag strip. And then came the C3. In a 1968 road test, Car and Driver magazine called the new Corvette "the Barbarella of the carmaker's art," and waxed poetic about the car's magnetic allure to the male species: "Corvette owners begin with very young men who can barely afford the front money, care nothing about sports cars, and invariably lose their driving licenses for overindulging," they wrote. "But Corvette owners also include middle-aged doctors and lawyers who view their cars as surrogate mistresses." The 1968 model was available with a 427-cubic-inch V8 that produced 400 horsepower. But as the years passed, tough new emissions standards gradually choked the life out of the 'Vette – by the mid– 1970s, the C3 was a wheezing, emasculated parody of its former self. (If you watched Boogie Nights, you will realize that the decline of the car paralleled that of Dirk Diggler himself as cocaine and partying took their toll on his priapic powers.) The Corvettes that followed the C3 were toned down, as if GM had finally lost its nerve. Generations four and five look like rental cars compared to the C3. Now we're up to the C7, which is a far better car than any of the previous models, with a just-right combination of bulges and curves. But will it go down in history like the C3, hormone-laced mako shark that it was?
  8. Makes perfect sense and resulted in me staying with an air cooled for that "sensation" of speed .
  9. The $220k price tag might have something to do with that! That's at least one bevel drive Ducati more than I want to spend but admit it's pretty damn cool. (Needs a good detail though!) I can't see how the iconic split widow can be priced at $220k but owners of later big blocks expect higher amounts and even into the 3 hundreds. I struggle to understand the C2 pricing.
  10. What's all this Corvette talk in a Porsche forum? The guy standing next to the silver C2 above, drove for the Porsche team in '54 and '55 at Lemans,. Won his class in '54 in a 550. Also introduced Porsche to skid pan testing, shared Maurice Olley's seminal suspension analysis with them and apparently was the reason 356's got a front sway bar in the form it did. He became known as the model's godfather The guy below airbrushing a Stingray concept car, led Porsche styling for 2 decades after he left GM.
  11. A big block Tomo? From what I can see all the C2's are overpriced and just sit on Carsales. Even worse than some 911 sellers! While my tastes don't align with Allan's lairy C2, we both share the Corgi toy story. Here is the one I stole from my brother and have held in my clutches for nearly 50 years:
  12. Regular water user here as its often covered in squashed bugs. Also enjoy driving it in the rain and on dirt roads. Just take care to dry the bottom corners of the window openings and leave the frunk lid open and dry around the seal as they hold moisture. Also take care to clean away any mud /gravel that accumulates in the front of the rear mudguards. Fishoil/wax the body shell box sections, especially the front cross member, and under the battery, make sure all the body grommets are in place, make sure the battery vent tube is in place, the door drain holes are clear and I don't think you have anything to worry about. A squirt of Aquawax is used to dry off the duco too if it has been washed rather than just got wet. Not a guru but the first thing I would check is that the black corrugated plastic tube that drains the ventilation plenum has not become dislodged from the fresh air blower box.
  13. Hey dr Most likely a 3.2 Carrera will have chocolate brown interior like my old '85. I've never seen any other shade of brown used in 3.2's. Much more interesting than black that I have in my current 3.2
  14. I've had a hankering for C2 Corvettes since I was a little tacker and go through phases of following them on Carsales for a while until reality sets in and I give up on the idea of ownership. However recent realisation that I'm running out of time has got me thinking that if I'm going to do it, it really needs to be my next car purchase. (Well after a dualcab ute and a XJR but that's another story or two.) But following Carsales suggest they are priced at levels where they never seem to sell! Can anyone give me some guidance on the forums I should be lurking on and who are the wheeler dealers that I should be chasing up? No interest in big blocks, just a later 327 4 speed with disc brakes in smick condition is what I'm thinking. 1963 Corvette Stingray - Jay Leno's Garage - YouTube

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