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Old 07-08-2018, 08:52 PM
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I'm far from the vehicle & still searching for someone knowledgeable in the Olympia, WA area to check it out. The seller states it has the original engine & transmission, looks & runs good with only a small leak at the top of the radiator. Apparently, there's documentation going back to 1981 to verify its 63K original miles, including the original window sticker & a clean title.

Of course, pictures don't tell the full story, but I'm interested in hearing what forum members think thus far. Thank you.





















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The 81 is a one-year-only computer controlled carb. Trying to meet emissions standards. Doesn't work very well. Best bet is regular carb, but may be an emissions inspection problem. Many states are emissions-free at some point in the past. What are your states rules. Please don't say California. And if you do, say it better than Arnie does.
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The 81 is a one-year-only computer controlled carb. Trying to meet emissions standards. Doesn't work very well. Best bet is regular carb, but may be an emissions inspection problem. Many states are emissions-free at some point in the past. What are your states rules. Please don't say California. And if you do, say it better than Arnie does.
In Oregon, emission testing is required in the Portland area.

"All 1975 and newer cars, trucks, vans, motor homes and buses powered by gasoline, alternative fuels (such as propane) or hybrids registered within the Portland testing boundaries."

The vehicle could be registered outside of the area, so it shouldn't be an issue. Is it possible to easily swap the carburetor to a regular one without issues?

Also, does it not work well because it doesn't meet emissions standards or because it causes other functionality issues?

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Looks like a decent car , motor is a L81 BTW , I would not chit can the carb so fast if it runs OK .... it may be a one year only carb for a vette but that type carb was used in a ton of GM vehicles so it's not anything rare . I prefer stock so that's just my opinion . ... the four speed is a big plus
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Looks like a decent car , motor is a L81 BTW , I would not chit can the carb so fast if it runs OK .... it may be a one year only carb for a vette but that type carb was used in a ton of GM vehicles so it's not anything rare . I prefer stock so that's just my opinion . ... the four speed is a big plus
I was thinking of the '80 L48 vs L82. Thanks for the correction.
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...Looks like a decent car...
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Run do not walk! There is no love of this vette by its owner,
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Run do not walk! There is no love of this vette by its owner,
What do you mean?
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Originally Posted by pdx-vette View Post
In Oregon, emission testing is required in the Portland area.

"All 1975 and newer cars, trucks, vans, motor homes and buses powered by gasoline, alternative fuels (such as propane) or hybrids registered within the Portland testing boundaries."

The vehicle could be registered outside of the area, so it shouldn't be an issue. Is it possible to easily swap the carburetor to a regular one without issues?

Also, does it not work well because it doesn't meet emissions standards or because it causes other functionality issues?
very easy change over to regular carb and distributer.i would say the new fuel injection change over would be just as easy and better than the carb.

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Run do not walk! There is no love of this vette by its owner,

i agree.
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I have never seen rust like that on a brake reservoir. To have that much rust under the hood I would assume the birdcage is in horrible condition.
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In the 17th pic is that part of the rad support missing?
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I greatly appreciate the wealth of knowledge that you've all shared. I've informed the seller that unfortunately I'll pass on it.
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