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Old 01-24-2019, 01:59 PM
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Not a lot. Before the price spike several years ago, a lot were bought as track cars, as the 308s were considered not collectible, as they made about 12,000 of them from 1975 thru the end of the run in 1985. Some people with extra coin had 3.5 L engines built for them out of the 3L V8 they came with. One or two creative types managed to get some 3.6L pent valve engines in them, but that was a "lot" of work. The occasional turbos were added on some.

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So tell me about this black rear upper spoiler thingie, circled in blue.

Is it stock? Just on certain years?



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QV injected cars only on the rear deck wing, '80-'85. The carbed cars are more collectible, though they take bit more maintenance.
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One thing you will notice when you start working on your car is how it is put together. The frame, is a hand welded triangle strut twin ladder frame made from 1"x 2" rectangular tubing, with other assorted frame structure stuff welded to it for the engine and suspension and this and that support. The body is put together with pop rivets and the body is pop riveted to the frame. A simple solution for a low production automobile. Various access panels s are inside teh fender wells and on the under body pan to get to replacement things like cooling and heater hoses.
The rear inner fenders remove for access to both sides on the engine, though at first they may seem non-removable once the retaining screws and bolts are taken out, if you get them in just the right position, they just pop in and out before you know what happened.
If you ever have to deal with the alternator belt or alternator, contact me and I will tell you how to do a simple hack that makes tightening the alternator belt into a 20 minute process (which includes R&R of the wheel and inner fender) instead of couple hours of frustration.


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2 things:

When was the last ďmajor serviceĒ done on the car including the timing belts? This needs to be done regardless of mileage every 5 to 9 years depending on who you ask.

When closing the rear trunk lid, DO NOT press down on the sheetmetal. Youíll easily dent it. Instead, press down on the sail panels.

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That Mecum QV car looks like it may have had the energy absorbing bumper shock absorbers collapsed to tuck the bumpers tighter to the body, which in teh case of that car, looks really stupid as the plastic pieces on the sides are now out proportion to teh bumper and the top of the diaper is exposed.

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That Mecum QV car looks like it may have had the energy absorbing bumper shock absorbers collapsed to tuck the bumpers tighter to the body, which in teh case of that car, looks really stupid as the plastic pieces on the sides are now out proportion to teh bumper and the top of the diaper is exposed.

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I did not know much about these cars at all (still donít, really) but that bumper just looked weird to me.

That car was in Chicago, it would have been an easier delivery.
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Nice! Here is my 1989 328 GTS. I have had it for 7 years now and it has been amazing.
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Nice! Here is my 1989 328 GTS. I have had it for 7 years now and it has been amazing.


My delivery is delayed a day because apparently record setting below zero temps are a problem for Reliable. Oh well, wait Ďtil Thursday.
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You ain't gonna be driving it anyway until the snow is gone, but yeah, i am sure you would like to have it in your garage to start becoming familiar with it.
maybe you can start it up and drive it back and forth three feet in the garage like i remember kids doing in the driveway who were too young to have their license yet. Or practice getting in and out of until you are Magnum suave.
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You ain't gonna be driving it anyway until the snow is gone, but yeah, i am sure you would like to have it in your garage to start becoming familiar with it.
maybe you can start it up and drive it back and forth three feet in the garage like i remember kids doing in the driveway who were too young to have their license yet. Or practice getting in and out of until you are Magnum suave.
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True story, when I bought my first Corvette in 1977 it was a 4 speed Ď65. I didnít know how to drive a stick. My brother drove it home and was teaching me how to drive it when he had to leave. I was stalling it a lot at the time, so I literally sat in the car in my parentsí driveway and drove it up and down the driveway learning how to work the clutch!

I havent thought about that in a zillion years.
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Finally.

After a delay because of record low temps yesterday, the car was delivered today. I underestimated how cold it was (single digits) because it was so much ďwarmerĒ than yesterday.

The redhead had no intentions of going anywhere.

Had a tough time starting it. Jumped it, starter fluid, just didnít want to turn over . It was just too cold, maybe the oil was not cooperating. Shockingly, as we discussed 4 people pushing it up a slight incline to my drive (probably not) or having my buddy winch it onto his trailer and drive it to my garage (ugh) it miraculously started. Probably fouled the plugs, whatever. Itís in.

Id like to say that I am absolutely thrilled with the Reliable service and the driver couple. They were pleasant, considerate, called when they said they would call, on time, professional and at the point when I thought all was lost, the guy said ďour job is to get this car to your door and we arenít going anywhere until it is.Ē Impressive.

So, hereís a couple pics to start out with...



Here comes the big orange truck


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Congrats! She's a beauty!!! Yeah, Italians like the warmth, and a full belly.......keep the battery charged up and the tank topped up. And remember: avoid shifting into 2nd gear until the trans is good and warmed up. Those synchros don't mesh well when cold, and are expensive to replace!
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I see some one honked up the power antennae. When that happened to mine, many years ago, i bought a generic parts store power antennae and installed it. Much cheaper.
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I see some one honked up the power antennae. When that happened to mine, many years ago, i bought a generic parts store power antennae and installed it. Much cheaper.
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Antennae definite on my shopping list, along with decklid struts and a manual set with pouch.
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Yes, you need some of these items. Buying from the original owner, 35 years ago, had its advantages, nobody had purloined the goodies yet.
Doug

PS: Go take a six pack of good beer out to the garage and find a comfy chair and marvel at how beautiful your car is. The lines..., the functionality of everything...




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Yer killiní me, Dougie.

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So those are the books Iím looking for? Iím getting confused with those and a couple others marked 1978, 78-79 or 1979.
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