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Old 09-02-2018, 10:16 PM
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** SOLD **
And driven almost 600 miles to its new home.

$14,500
86,200 miles (It had 69,800 miles when I bought it in 2001, so I drove it <1,000 miles/year.)

It’s not perfect and it needs a little work, but all the major modifications have been done: Engine, transmission, differential, suspension, brakes, exhaust, radiator, paint, etc. I put more than $24,000 into this car since I bought it in early 2001!

I had a detached garage with a 4-post lift and lots of room for parts and tools, but we moved “to the city” this year and downsized. I no longer have the space to work on it. I am deep into major remodeling projects, so I don’t have the time to autocross or otherwise enjoy it like we did. I used only tank of gas this year and about that much last year. (It gets about 20 mpg.)

Here are the highlights of 17 years of upgrades:
GM Performance 350 HO crate engine with iron 64cc Vortec heads, powdered metal steel connecting rods, cast-aluminum pistons, hydraulic flat tappet camshaft
(See more details at http://www.gmperformancemotor.com/parts/19210008.html. )
Edelbrock RPM Air Gap dual plane intake with heat reflecting ceramic coated inside, heat radiating black ceramic coated outside
Fuel Air Spark Technology (FAST) EZ fuel injection with a Walbro CA758-2 electric in-tank fuel pump (255 lph @ 50 psi)
Aeromotive 13129 Fuel Pressure Regulator (30-70 psi) and Summit 230103 40 micron billet fuel filter
GM Performance HEI distributor (Proform 141-682) with MSD control module, ACCEL Extreme 9000 ceramic spark plug wires
AGM Industries AC Delete kit
Long tube ceramic coated headers into a mandrel bent true dual exhaust with an X-pipe, Magna Flow mufflers with polished stainless steel downturned exhaust tips
Keisler RS500 5-speed manual transmission (based on the T45 transmission used on GT and Cobra Mustangs through 2001)
Centerforce DF735552 Dual Friction street/strip clutch with hydraulic actuator
Hydratech aluminum master cylinder on a Hydratech Hydroboost hydraulic brake booster
Champion aluminum radiator
Shrouded dual 11 in. fans with a Ron Francis Wiring dual fan controller (independently adjustable for each fan)
C5 Corvette-based cold air intake draws air from ahead of the radiator
SpeedDIRECT Steeroids power rack & pinion steering conversion
Composite monosprings back (360 lbs, lowered with C4 spring bolts) and front (adjustable rate and height)
Custom traction bar (It stopped wheel hop at the starting line!)
Tubular lower A-arms
Bilstein Sport shocks
VB&P front spreader bar and HD rear camber strut rods (threaded for easy adjustment)
1 1/8” front sway bar, 5/8” rear sway bar
Wilwood Forged Dynalite Big Brake Front Brake Kit with oversized solid surface rotors, black 4-piston aluminum calipers
Wilwood Forged Dynalite rear Brake Calipers, black 4-piston aluminum calipers on stock rotors
BOSS 338 wheels, 18”, 3/8” custom billet hub centric spacers in front
255/45-18 Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar, Z-rated, 220AAA tires
(Note: Tires meet the SCCA Classic American Muscle (CAM) class “UTQG Treadwear Grade 200 or higher” rule.)
Original Code 28 Dark Blue Metallic but not original paint. Previous owner’s red paint was media blasted and repainted to original color in 2005; original soft plastic bumper covers were replaced by fiberglass covers at that time (bonded and blended into body for a seamless look),
Oyster leather and vinyl interior
Mirrored glass T-tops
Blaupunkt Monte Carlo MP34 CD, receiver, full-DIN, X-BASS, detachable faceplate, max 45W x 4 channels (15W x 4 continuous), custom carpeted rear speaker box with Polk Audio 6x9 3-way speakers, power radio antenna
Upgrades and modifications reduced the weight a couple hundred pounds.
The Assembly Instruction Manual (AIM), dealer shop manual, Hayes, and Chilton manuals, instructions for all major upgrades, and numerous parts are included.
It also comes with hundreds of pictures of projects, etc.
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Things that need some attention:
Door locks
Adjust power windows
Reconnect Killer Lights electric headlight actuators (with Firebird Trans Am motors, C4 Corvette control module)
Heat and blower controls need to be connected
Body mounts are cracked but not really a problem. I have new ones, but this project never made it to the top of the list.
Corners of the adjustable aluminum front valance/splitter need to be trimmed if you need to comply with SCCA Classic American Muscle (CAM) class rule, “Front splitter, air dam, and/or spoiler may be added below the bumper, but must not extend past the perimeter of the original body…”
Transmission is leaking a little fluid, most likely from the press-fit cap on the yoke. It’s an easy fix (apply silicone sealer). I may have it fixed at a local shop.
https://www.corvetteforum.com/forums...k-keisler.html

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Old 09-05-2018, 11:38 AM
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Videos? Love to hear it.

Assuming you are located in Minnesota?
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If this car had chrome bumpers, I'd be begging you to take my money!! Nice looking and I like the mod list

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Originally Posted by bmackrell View Post
Videos? Love to hear it.

Assuming you are located in Minnesota?
Yes, we live in Plymouth, MN, a west suburb of Minneapolis.
The shortest video file I have is bigger (almost 2x) than the limit for this forum.
I'll look around to see if there's another way to share it.


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Originally Posted by MN80Vette View Post
Yes, we live in Plymouth, MN, a west suburb of Minneapolis.
The shortest video file I have is bigger (almost 2x) than the limit for this forum.
I'll look around to see if there's another way to share it.
put it up on youtube and a link here ???
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Great looking C-3 GLWS! Wish I could buy it!!
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Originally Posted by bmackrell View Post
put it up on youtube and a link here ???
Try this link. It's not a very good video, but you get the idea:

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Old 09-11-2018, 10:55 PM
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Originally Posted by bmackrell View Post
put it up on youtube and a link here ???
This video is a little better. I just looked at the date the video was recorded. This video was taken when it had a Holley carb on the engine. Acceleration is better with the FAST EZ TBI:



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Good luck with the sale. I've followed your build throughout the years. I'm not using my '80 that much either.
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Originally Posted by jimco84x View Post
If this car had chrome bumpers, I'd be begging you to take my money!! Nice looking and I like the mod list

Jim
If it had chrome bumpers it would be double the price......Some are just overpriced if you ask me....I think this car is a great buy....Seems like a knowledgeable owner...
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A few C3 Forum members asked to see pictures of various parts of the build, so here are a few of the highlights:
It was originally red when I bought, several shades of red. I had it media blasted at a local shop and spent MANY hours filling and sanding.





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Original headlight vacuum actuator headlights vs. Killer Lights with Firebird Trans Am motors and C4 Corvette control module.


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New diff, 360# composite rear spring, half shafts, VB&P HD rear camber strut rods, 5/8" rear sway bar, Centerforce DF735552 Dual Friction street/strip clutch with hydraulic actuator. (Bilstein shocks were added later.)







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Engine with Holley carb (pre-FAST EZ EFI), drop base, K&N filter and lid.
Ported, ceramic coated Edelbrock RPM Air Gap, copper-nickel hard fuel lines, C5-like cold air intake





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Free bump. Beautiful car. If it had a good working A/C I'd be all over it.
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Free bump. Beautiful car. If it had a good working A/C I'd be all over it.
Thanks!
AC would be a nice upgrade for much of the country, but you'd have to move the hard fuel lines to make room for the compressor. I don't know if Vintage Air or Classic Auto Air make a kit that would fit a 1980.
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Originally Posted by MN80Vette View Post
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AC would be a nice upgrade for much of the country, but you'd have to move the hard fuel lines to make room for the compressor. I don't know if Vintage Air or Classic Auto Air make a kit that would fit a 1980.
For me T-Tops are AC......Considering its going to be used as a second or third car, AC is not a big deal....This car seems to be really set up well......Best 80 I have seen..
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I love this car, just how I would build one.
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Always liked this car. I have followed the build on this for a long time. Really nice ride. I have also not used my car much. As a matter of fact it has not really been used for 6 years. Even built the Cobra and have not driven it much. Good luck with the sale. Life moves on to other things.
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