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Old 09-12-2017, 12:58 PM   #1
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1957 corvette fuel injected car
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Old 09-12-2017, 01:04 PM   #2
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I had a call last week from a gentleman from n.c. he told me he has documentation that shows my car is a real EL 283 hp 1957 corvette and said where to look on the frame to make sure it matches the vin. on the post. and he would call me back. He never did but it does match I'm trying to find out if he is right does anyone know if there is documentation on these cars? Thanks Zano
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Old 09-12-2017, 01:05 PM   #3
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El Corvette as opposed to El camino
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Old 09-12-2017, 01:50 PM   #4
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Zano,

There's no documentation available in terms of what VIN cars were fuel injected. Previous owner testaments are probably the only way to document whether your car was fuel injected.

'57s are probably the easiest to fake as a fuel car. Supposedly regular production fuel cars began after November 1, 1956 (approx.). A few pilot cars before that. Otherwise they were produced throughout the run.

By the way, if your car was fuel injected it might not have been an EL (283hp/manual). There was also EM (250hp/manual) and the rare FK (250hp/auto).
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What he said is there was a person that use to go around the country documenting 1957 corvettes and mine was 1 of them documented. And the records show it was a El 3 speed standard car. Could it be true some one did this? Zano
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It could.

His name was Mike Hunt, and some people have some of his work (including me, in some old Vette Vues), but all of it ended up in the hands of a college, I believe, after his death on 2007.
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What is the VIN of your car?

Mike Hunt's old research is now at Kettering University. Many of us are trying to get access to the data.

We do have some of Mike's research.
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Keep in mind that while Mike's data is the best available about cars that existed while he was alive, he didn't document every existing '57. No one could. But if your VIN is in the info that JV04 and others have you'll have your answer.
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vin. number e57s105128 This is so interesting to me, it's remarkable some one would keep records like that. thanks Zano
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I typed in mike hunt data went to images it shows my vin. number and says 3 speed 283 hp engine 701 EL what would the 709 mean? Zano
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You sure his name wasn't Phil McCracken or Ben Beaton
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Can anyone tell the date the engine was built by the stamped number. I am tiring to figure out if it is original. block #f626el. Thanks Zano
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Can anyone tell the date the engine was built by the stamped number. I am tiring to figure out if it is original. block #f626el. Thanks Zano
Flint 6---26 or June 26th.

EL 283 CI 283 HP Manual Transmission.
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First, your early reference to the VIN - there is NOTHING in the VIN that will disclose whether or not your car was an FI car.
Second, if you're going to provide your engine assembly stamp, do so in the same style letters/numbers that stamped in the block. And PICTURES are better than typing, if you REALLY want input.
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Being that the vin number is in mike Hunts data base and he has it varified as a 283 hp fuelie I think your wrong. Zano
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OK Pilgrim. What do you think about them apples?
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You sure his name wasn't Phil McCracken or Ben Beaton
Or Al Coholic? Was he married to Illene Dover?

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Old 09-12-2017, 06:01 PM   #19
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Now the question is should I call the guys that said I was asking to much money for an undocumented car. Zano
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Mike Hunt wrote a running article for the NCRS DriveLine quarterly for years call 56/57 Research Project. I spoke with Mike many times over the years and met him in the mid 70s at a Rockford Illinois NCRS meet where my partner and I took the 57 Airbox car in my signature for inspection. The V.I.N. on the car was 834 and at that time Mike said it was a mule car for the Nassau factory racers. There are a few telltale signs of an original fuelie but of course they can be added. One of them is the accelerator rod. The vertical part that is flat on all other 57s but round on FIs. M car had many other things that were specific to an Airbox car such as the rear brake cooling tubes that run through the rocker panels.
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