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Old 11-08-2012, 08:05 PM   #1
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Howdy! I finally have a Vette of my very own! I traded into a 1985 with 250000k miles on that has been well maintained but still needs some love. I've been lurking for a couple of weeks and I've already learned a lot! I took apart my throttle body and cleaned it yesterday after pulling my codes and some other basic stuff. Tomorrow I'm pulling the radiator shroud off to clean out the junk and I just ordered some new Bilsteins, FIC type III injectors and a fuel filter. I Plasticoated the stock wheels flat black and lowered the rear an inch and a half with a kit from Ecklers. The 4+3 was weird at first, but I rebuilt the reverse lock-out rod and put the short throw levers on it and I'm starting to really like it! The engine was rebuilt 55K ago and it runs nicely but the front Y pipes are starting to rust through so exhaust will probably be the next project as soon as I get the other parts installed. I've wanted a Corvette since the first time I ever remember seeing one back in the 70s so it feels like a long time coming. I look forwards to learning a lot here on this great forum!
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:28 PM   #2
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Cool! Welcome to the forum.
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:38 PM   #3
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I also purchased a 1985 in August

It's black with graphite interior, I'm the 3 rd owner and it's got 42,000 miles. It was babied it's entire life, always inside a garage

It's needs the power windows done, I plan on that over the winter

Again, good luck!
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:44 PM   #4
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Welcome and enjoy the forum!
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:00 PM   #5
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Congrats on the purchase

Just one thing

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Old 11-08-2012, 09:07 PM   #7
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Welcom to the forum I got my 1986 in
in July this year. I really like the early C4s
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:00 PM   #8
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:52 PM   #9
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Welcome and don't forget the wave..
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Old 11-08-2012, 11:01 PM   #10
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You sound like a "Do it yourselfer". You'll really enjoy making changes and making the car more fun to drive.
Welcome aboard and we're still waiting on those pics.
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Old 11-09-2012, 01:13 AM   #11
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sounds like a great investment!! would love to see some pics of the new 85!
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:20 AM   #12
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Congrats on your first vette and we won't stop bugging you until you upload some pictures!
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:36 AM   #13
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Congrats!! Enjoy the ride! Looks great!
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Congrats and welcome to the forum. Drive it and enjoy.
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Welcome and congratulations on your 85. Good to hear your really into your car and enjoying it.
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Congratulations and welcome!
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:08 AM   #18
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What was wrong with the wheels before you painted them? Just a bit too much in my opinion, but the car itself is still nice.
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Howdy! I finally have a Vette of my very own! I traded into a 1985 with 250000k miles on that has been well maintained but still needs some love. I've been lurking for a couple of weeks and I've already learned a lot! I took apart my throttle body and cleaned it yesterday after pulling my codes and some other basic stuff. Tomorrow I'm pulling the radiator shroud off to clean out the junk and I just ordered some new Bilsteins, FIC type III injectors and a fuel filter. I Plasticoated the stock wheels flat black and lowered the rear an inch and a half with a kit from Ecklers. The 4+3 was weird at first, but I rebuilt the reverse lock-out rod and put the short throw levers on it and I'm starting to really like it! The engine was rebuilt 55K ago and it runs nicely but the front Y pipes are starting to rust through so exhaust will probably be the next project as soon as I get the other parts installed. I've wanted a Corvette since the first time I ever remember seeing one back in the 70s so it feels like a long time coming. I look forwards to learning a lot here on this great forum!
Looks great ! Did you mean to say it had 25,000 miles or is it 250,000 miles like you stated ?
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:13 AM   #20
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Nothing was wrong--I just like black wheels
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