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Old 02-01-2019, 01:02 PM
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First time poster here:

Just purchased a Ď96 coupe from a relative whose husband passed away. This car was his baby. I feel super lucky that the car is in perfect shape and has been featured in vette mags for its performance and condition. I donít know a ton about Vettes but want to do right by it and honor him. Good news is he kept a meticulous binder on maintenance so Iíll know more about history when it arrives.

Here are highlights from the spec sheet (some of this is Greek to me):

383 stroker (balanced and blueprinted)
Callies crankshaft
JE pistons (11.0:1)
1.6 crane roller rocker arms
lunati connecting rods
manely valves
ported heads
58mm throttle body
forced air into K&N filter
Custom programmed PCM
crane h-16 ignition
magna core wires
custom 8.8 qt oil pan w/ external cooler
high capacity aluminum radiator
Custom 4.09 final drive
ceramic jet hot shorty headers
rampage 3in custom exhaust
cross drilled rotors/reinforced grandsport calipers/carbon metallic pads/stainless lines
shift light
grandsport wheels/tires
Rippie coil over suspension

Aside from respecting the power and not driving like an a**, anything else I should know before owning a car like this? Doís/doníts of ownership? It will be covered and garaged when not in use.

Thanks in advance!

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Originally Posted by LegaC4 View Post
First time poster here:

Just purchased a Ď96 coupe from a relative whose husband passed away. This car was his baby. I feel super lucky that the car is in perfect shape and has been featured in vette mags for its performance and condition. I donít know a ton about Vettes but want to do right by it and honor him. Good news is he kept a meticulous binder on maintenance so Iíll know more about history when it arrives.

Here are highlights from the spec sheet (some of this is Greek to me):

383 stroker (balanced and blueprinted)
Callies crankshaft
JE pistons (11.0:1)
1.6 crane roller rocker arms
lunati connecting rods
manely valves
ported heads
58mm throttle body
forced air into K&N filter
Custom programmed PCM
crane h-16 ignition
magna core wires
custom 8.8 qt oil pan w/ external cooler
high capacity aluminum radiator
Custom 4.09 final drive
ceramic jet hot shorty headers
rampage 3in custom exhaust
cross drilled rotors/reinforced grandsport calipers/carbon metallic pads/stainless lines
shift light
grandsport wheels/tires
Rippie coil over suspension

Aside from respecting the power and not driving like an a**, anything else I should know before owning a car like this? Doís/doníts of ownership? It will be covered and garaged when not in use.

Thanks in advance!
Welcome, sounds like you got a tire ripping monster there, keep 'er pointed in the right direction. I'm assuming it's a manual if it has a shift light, if it is hopefully the clutch was upgraded with all that extra power.
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Welcome, sounds like you got a tire ripping monster there, keep 'er pointed in the right direction. I'm assuming it's a manual if it has a shift light, if it is hopefully the clutch was upgraded with all that extra power.

Thanks. Yes, itís a 6 speed manual.
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Welcome to the forum! You will find a lot of help here when you are specific with your questions.

My main suggestion is to get a battery tender. If you let it sit, it will run the battery down. Charge the batt every now and then.

Drive it easy at first and get used to the low slung riding position and all the stares & attention!
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Originally Posted by LegaC4 View Post
First time poster here:

Just purchased a Ď96 coupe from a relative whose husband passed away. This car was his baby. I feel super lucky that the car is in perfect shape and has been featured in vette mags for its performance and condition. I donít know a ton about Vettes but want to do right by it and honor him. Good news is he kept a meticulous binder on maintenance so Iíll know more about history when it arrives.

Here are highlights from the spec sheet (some of this is Greek to me):

383 stroker (balanced and blueprinted)
Callies crankshaft
JE pistons (11.0:1)
1.6 crane roller rocker arms
lunati connecting rods
manely valves
ported heads
58mm throttle body
forced air into K&N filter
Custom programmed PCM
crane h-16 ignition
magna core wires
custom 8.8 qt oil pan w/ external cooler
high capacity aluminum radiator
Custom 4.09 final drive
ceramic jet hot shorty headers
rampage 3in custom exhaust
cross drilled rotors/reinforced grandsport calipers/carbon metallic pads/stainless lines
shift light
grandsport wheels/tires
Rippie coil over suspension

Aside from respecting the power and not driving like an a**, anything else I should know before owning a car like this? Doís/doníts of ownership? It will be covered and garaged when not in use.

Thanks in advance!
Welcome to the forum and congratulations on snagging a bada$$ c4!
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We don't believe you own a Corvette until you post some pics
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Congrats on you new BA '96 and welcome to the Forum.

Enjoy the ride, save the wave and keep the paint side up...
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Welcome and congrats on getting the car!!! The car sounds like its amazing!! Would love to see some pics if you get a chance!
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welcome to the site. car sounds like I wouldnt want to drive in the rain and not ever, ever nail the loud pedal going around a sharp curve.
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C'mon dude, don't tell me your smart phone doesn't have a camera!
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"Perfect shape" ... "featured in vette mags for performance and condition" ... *** no photos *** LOL!

But seriously, we just want to see this perfect Corvette!
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Originally Posted by LegaC4 View Post
First time poster here:

Just purchased a Ď96 coupe from a relative whose husband passed away. This car was his baby. I feel super lucky that the car is in perfect shape and has been featured in vette mags for its performance and condition. I donít know a ton about Vettes but want to do right by it and honor him. Good news is he kept a meticulous binder on maintenance so Iíll know more about history when it arrives.

Here are highlights from the spec sheet (some of this is Greek to me):

383 stroker (balanced and blueprinted)
Callies crankshaft
JE pistons (11.0:1)
1.6 crane roller rocker arms
lunati connecting rods
manely valves
ported heads
58mm throttle body
forced air into K&N filter
Custom programmed PCM
crane h-16 ignition
magna core wires
custom 8.8 qt oil pan w/ external cooler
high capacity aluminum radiator
Custom 4.09 final drive
ceramic jet hot shorty headers
rampage 3in custom exhaust
cross drilled rotors/reinforced grandsport calipers/carbon metallic pads/stainless lines
shift light
grandsport wheels/tires
Rippie coil over suspension

Aside from respecting the power and not driving like an a**, anything else I should know before owning a car like this? Doís/doníts of ownership? It will be covered and garaged when not in use.

Thanks in advance!
Sounds like a very stout machine. So some of that is greek to you? It's all pretty basic stuff when talking engine building or building a car. Why buy a monster Vette right out of the gate? Just got a deal or do you have to have the baddest car around? I'm also in for the pics...
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Aside from respecting the power and not driving like an a**, anything else I should know before owning a car like this?
Don't be too surprised when you break something! It will happen. Welcome to the Forum.



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Sounds like a very stout machine. So some of that is greek to you? It's all pretty basic stuff when talking engine building or building a car. Why buy a monster Vette right out of the gate? Just got a deal or do you have to have the baddest car around? I'm also in for the pics...
I bought it from a family member whose husband passed away. He was a real car dude and loved the hell out of it. I hope to do the same.

BIG rookie mistake talking cars with no pics. Lesson learned haha.







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Thanks for the pics. Very nice car! I love that it has factory-looking exhaust tips.
I noticed that the panel gaps on the passenger door are offset (bigger on one side, smaller on the other), but the gaps on the driver door are normal. Not a big deal if the door closes OK, just curious.
And maybe I missed it, but is this an automatic or manual car? Any work done to the transmission (shift light)? All 1996 models with a manual trans left the factory with the LT4 engine.
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Congrats, great looking C4!
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