What have YOU being doing or are you planning to do with your Vette?

teamzr1

Well-known user
Thanks! I've got a bit of time now, at least – the next event isn't until March – to think about the next steps...

Great to see another top ender like me, and congrats in getting your feet wet and the itch to go faster !
I plugged your C4 into my simulator (my GM guys tested it and says better than the one they use)
If knowing what your elevation, weather and gas used I could then do a D/A correction for max speeds over distance and time
Also need type of tranny, rear end gear and wheel/tire sizes

First I selected a track Silverstone in the UK that you might know and here are the results as totally stock (again no D/A correction)

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Then I ran your C4 for maximum speed without D/A correction to find the max stock speed and distance to get there
Once I know your D/A corrections, I could then baseline max speed over distance

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If you have a way to burn tunes into an E-prom I do custom tuning via emails
Best is you really need to get a OBD-I scanner that records while you drive, if you need to know of a decent one for cheap cost
I could point you to the vendor, then that collected data can be analyzed and custom tune to match what engine and tranny need

Existing GM tune lacks goo WOT timing, esp at upper speed and RPMs

Rev limiter, fuel trims, timing and shift points (if you have auto tranny) clearly need changes in tune to get better top end for stock and
then if you add other mods good custom tune changes

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Once you get this bug in your blood, it is hard to stop doing it :)
I did until my C5 ran over 237 MPH in Open Road Racing
 

James Vette

Well-known user
I had a fantastic day out on Monday with the Straightliners at Elvington. I've long wanted to get my '89 up there so I could establish a standing mile benchmark before I carry out more significant modifications; aside from some minor tweaks and its different wheels, the only real performance upgrades it has at the moment are a set of long-tube headers and a high-flow centre cat – so now's a good time to get some figures in.

Originally, when shiny and new, it would have topped out at some 153mph (as far as I'm aware), presumably after a few miles. I was consequently hoping it would do about 130mph in the standing mile but it ultimately clocked a best of 144.239mph, which I was very happy with. It also did ~144mph three times in a row – 143mph was the final pass, hence the sign – so it's also consistent!

At the end of the day, I'd racked up six passes and ~260 miles on the road, with no issues. I couldn't have asked for more, especially given that it's recently endured a 450-mile trip to Castle Combe and four sessions on track.

A big thanks to the Straightliners crew as well, as they couldn't have been more welcoming or helpful. Highly recommended, across the board.

Right, time to start shopping for more speed parts...

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Awesome C4!
 

theseoldcars

CCCUK Member
Once you get this bug in your blood, it is hard to stop doing it :)
I did until my C5 ran over 237 MPH in Open Road Racing
Thanks for all of that – really interesting! Yes, it's something I've long wanted to have a go at. Great bunch of people, too, which makes all the difference.

I'm probably going to change to a Haltech management system, to avoid having to deal with PROMs and get some more features (anti-lag, boost control, etc.), plus it'll just be nice to have that degree of flexibility. I'll keep you posted!

Funnily enough, I figured that it might max out at around the high 150 mark, if I had several more miles... :D(y)

Thanks all, for the positive comments, too. Hope you all have a good week!
 

CaptainK

CCCUK Member
That's an amazing job, good going with the speed :)

Shame your number was C87 and not C89 - combined with your placement of 4th, then that would make a "C" "4" "89" :cool:
 

Chuffer

CCCUK Member
Took the Vette to Silverstone Circuit yesterday and today for the finals of the Historic Sports Car Club championship . Got freebie Competitors tickets from the guys who operate out of the workshop where the Vette lives so to good a chance to miss . Go anywhere pass and access to the British Racing Drivers Club stand . Some great racing both days and made more exciting today due to very damp conditions this morning . Plenty of V8 power in action with Chevrons , Mustangs , Gurney Eagles and F5000 cars . (y) My pals and entered three F2 / Atlantic / Formula Ford 2000 cars with two drivers but were blighted by problems yet again with the Torro Rosso car and new intried / tested BMW F2 . Narrowly missed out on a podium place in a gripping but red flagged Formula Ford 2000 finals . :cry:DSC_0333.JPGDSC_0371.JPGDSC_0293.JPGDSC_0384.JPGDSC_0385.JPGDSC_0385.JPGDSC_0329.JPG
 

antijam

CCCUK Member
Well, got it all back together and dry assembled into a new shift console to check fit prior to replacing it in the car, together with my overhauled radio and centre instrument console (that now includes a working clock!).

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Now I'll find out if I can remember where all those wires go......:unsure:

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Incidentally, I had to buy a new shifter console as my original was split in practically every place it could be......

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I have to say I'm not impressed with the quality of the replacement - but that seems to be the case with a lot of 'new' parts these days. :(

After much profanity and at the cost of multiple cuts and abrasions I have finally got the overhauled instrument and shifter consoles back in place and (nearly) everything working. This was a surprisingly difficult task but the reward is the sight that greets the driver - a great improvement over the tired 50 year old original! To brighten it up further I've fitted new dash ventilation 'balls' too, since the originals had lost their chrome.

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The thing that annoyingly doesn't work is the seat belt warning light. Despite the fact that on removal the only failing was a dud bulb, that when replaced restored full functionality, when retested just before refitting the unit stubbornly refused to extinguish on a button press. Obviously being restored to life after probably many years of inactivity was such a shock to the module that it chucked in the towel and said 'no more'! After removing the bulb I replaced the unit it as it was anyway and I've no doubt I should really be grateful for the lack of the 'idiot' reminder.

Anyway, with everything back in place, yesterday was fine and sunny so I happily leapt aboard and went for a fill up prior to a more extensive airing. It was at the fuel station that I discovered an unfortunate - and potentially very dangerous - re-assembly error on my part. As part of the 'face lift' I'd fitted a replacement leather shifter boot. This boot is assembled to the shifter console plate and slid over the shifter as the plate is refitted. Obviously to do this the shifter knob and (on the manual) the reverse lock-out 'T' handle and rod are removed, and this leaves a step on the shifter over which the boot needs to be pulled down.


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I neglected to do this and left the (tight) collar of the new boot sitting on top of the step,.....

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....so when I refitted the lock-out handle and rod it was sitting on top of the collar rather than the step - meaning the reverse lock-out rod was always pulled out of engagement and therefore ineffective! :eek:

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This I discovered on leaving the forecourt, when having engaged what should have been first gear, I let out the clutch and took off smartly in reverse. Very fortunately there was no car immediately behind but had there been the result could have been 'embarrassing'. I didn't immediately realise what had happened but since obviously something was wrong I drove home carefully - fortunately avoiding a down change from second to reverse on the way! Having eventually deduced the nature of my folly I refitted the boot correctly....

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........and now all is well, so went for the celebratory drive today - but in rain rather than sunshine! :( Still, it gave me a chance to check the effectiveness of my new soft top. :)
 

CaptainK

CCCUK Member
That console looks really nice now - much better than mine.

Chuffer - good photos and really fab you did a single seater, that's on my to do list too. Any photos of you driving the Vette around the circuit? :cool:

And to add to the "what have we done with our Vettes recently, well, I've changed out all the chrome work at the rear of my Vette. The licence plate bezel just looked awful like someone had shot it continuously with a really weak shotgun or ball bearing gun. It wasn't dented, but just awfully pitted etc. The bumpers have been replaced too with new shiny ones as they were bubbling and starting to rust. I did look into re-chroming them, but it seemed that was far more expensive than getting new ones. Sad but true. I'm not fussed though, as looking at my old bumpers they don't look like they are original ones and like they have been replaced before.
 

Chuffer

CCCUK Member
That console looks really nice now - much better than mine.

Chuffer - good photos and really fab you did a single seater, that's on my to do list too. Any photos of you driving the Vette around the circuit? :cool:

And to add to the "what have we done with our Vettes recently, well, I've changed out all the chrome work at the rear of my Vette. The licence plate bezel just looked awful like someone had shot it continuously with a really weak shotgun or ball bearing gun. It wasn't dented, but just awfully pitted etc. The bumpers have been replaced too with new shiny ones as they were bubbling and starting to rust. I did look into re-chroming them, but it seemed that was far more expensive than getting new ones. Sad but true. I'm not fussed though, as looking at my old bumpers they don't look like they are original ones and like they have been replaced before.
Cheers Captain , you really must do a single seater day it is huge fun / challenge and absolutely nothing like driving any other kind of car . The grip , handling and acceleration is phenomenal ! Even with just Ford Duratec power . When the instructor during the morning tutorial session said you can take the chicane `flat out` , I thought " no way man" I am not up for that but after a few practice laps you realise that the car can far exceed your skills with its point and squirt abilities . After the tutorial it was practice sessions then group races in the afternoon . The day was a present from my wife and daughter and was a scorching hot summer day . I was soaked in sweat inside the race suite , balaclava and helmet . I came away with huge respect for F1 drivers and their ilk . No wonder they loose so much weight during a race . DSCF1785.JPGWe were only playing at it !! :rolleyes:
Only shot I have of the Vette on Silverstone Circuit is blasting down the start / finish straight of the Grand Prix circuit past the` Wing ` International Pits at the Classic in 2018. :D . Got some taken of the Vette somewhere that a pro photographer at a Rockingham Raceway track day before it closed down . Great fun on the banked section taking the high line with the sound of the V8 `s straight through exhaust bouncing off the walls . :D I will have to trawl through old memory sticks sometime and find them .
 

CaptainK

CCCUK Member
That is awesome work getting the Vette on Silverstone. Alas with most tracks too far away for me to bother taking my Vette to, I doubt I'll get it on track. That said, I have many photos of my FTO and previous 205 GTi on track, including the Nurburgring.
 

Chuffer

CCCUK Member
lt was only a few parade laps with CCCUK at the Silverstone Classic but good to have a drive on the iconic Grand Prix circuit and have a bit a blast here and there if you hung back and let the `traffic` clear .:D I did get to do several quick laps of the full circuit with the Marcos Owners Club when I had my Mantara V8 Spyder although I came worrying close to the kitty litter at Copse Corner on the first lap when I got my line all wrong . :eek: One member had a truely awesome Marcos Mantis with twin supercharged Chevy LS1 power that was insanely rapid and sounded fantastic . Also did a couple of track days at Curborough Sprint Circuit plus Rockingham in it a couple of times and Prescott Hill Climb in it too which was fun .Curborough day Sept 2008 132.jpg
 

antijam

CCCUK Member
Today I changed the thermostat on my 350. Not a particularly logical decision but the temperature gauge has always barely staggered off the pin and I'm just going through all possible sources of a low reading. Although the sender and the gauge check out as functional I suspect the likeliest source of error is the sender resistance not being a match to the gauge. I've changed the sender once with no effect on the reading but it seems a common problem that modern replacements are incorrectly calibrated against the gauge. Temperature checks around the engine show the 'stat is working but since I've no idea what stat may have been fitted by a previous owner, a change to a guaranteed stock 160° can do no harm.

I disconnect the top hose and have some towels to hand to mop up any coolant spill, although it turns out there is very little. The housing bolts take some shifting and when they do come out are covered with a lot of rust, but they clean up OK with wire wheel. I remove the old 'stat and gasket and suck out some coolant to bring the level below the manifold face.

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The faces of the manifold and the housing show some corrosion pitting after cleaning so although the new gasket has moulded on polymer sealing rings on both faces.....

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........I give both the housing and manifold faces a light smear of Blue Hylomar to make sure of a seal and fit the new 'stat.

After respraying the housing GM orange I re-assemble with plenty of Copaslip on the bolts, re-connect the top hose, top up the coolant with Mannol AG 13 antifreeze diluted 50/50, start it up and look for leaks......

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No leaks and the 'stat works fine; temp checks show it opening when it should, but the gauge reads exactly as before. So no change, but at least I now know what 'stat I have and the gauge problem is almost certainly calibration.
 

Oneball

CCCUK Member
Today I changed the thermostat on my 350. Not a particularly logical decision but the temperature gauge has always barely staggered off the pin and I'm just going through all possible sources of a low reading. Although the sender and the gauge check out as functional I suspect the likeliest source of error is the sender resistance not being a match to the gauge. I've changed the sender once with no effect on the reading but it seems a common problem that modern replacements are incorrectly calibrated against the gauge. Temperature checks around the engine show the 'stat is working but since I've no idea what stat may have been fitted by a previous owner, a change to a guaranteed stock 160° can do no harm.

I disconnect the top hose and have some towels to hand to mop up any coolant spill, although it turns out there is very little. The housing bolts take some shifting and when they do come out are covered with a lot of rust, but they clean up OK with wire wheel. I remove the old 'stat and gasket and suck out some coolant to bring the level below the manifold face.

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The faces of the manifold and the housing show some corrosion pitting after cleaning so although the new gasket has moulded on polymer sealing rings on both faces.....

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........I give both the housing and manifold faces a light smear of Blue Hylomar to make sure of a seal and fit the new 'stat.

After respraying the housing GM orange I re-assemble with plenty of Copaslip on the bolts, re-connect the top hose, top up the coolant with Mannol AG 13 antifreeze diluted 50/50, start it up and look for leaks......

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No leaks and the 'stat works fine; temp checks show it opening when it should, but the gauge reads exactly as before. So no change, but at least I now know what 'stat I have and the gauge problem is almost certainly calibration.

Do you want the sender out of my original engine? I’m imagining in modern parlance it’d be called pre-loved vintage.
 

teamzr1

Well-known user
Today I changed the thermostat on my 350. Not a particularly logical decision but the temperature gauge has always barely staggered off the pin and I'm just going through all possible sources of a low reading. Although the sender and the gauge check out as functional I suspect the likeliest source of error is the sender resistance not being a match to the gauge. I've changed the sender once with no effect on the reading but it seems a common problem that modern replacements are incorrectly calibrated against the gauge. Temperature checks around the engine show the 'stat is working but since I've no idea what stat may have been fitted by a previous owner, a change to a guaranteed stock 160° can do no harm.

I disconnect the top hose and have some towels to hand to mop up any coolant spill, although it turns out there is very little. The housing bolts take some shifting and when they do come out are covered with a lot of rust, but they clean up OK with wire wheel. I remove the old 'stat and gasket and suck out some coolant to bring the level below the manifold face.

View attachment 13934

The faces of the manifold and the housing show some corrosion pitting after cleaning so although the new gasket has moulded on polymer sealing rings on both faces.....

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........I give both the housing and manifold faces a light smear of Blue Hylomar to make sure of a seal and fit the new 'stat.

After respraying the housing GM orange I re-assemble with plenty of Copaslip on the bolts, re-connect the top hose, top up the coolant with Mannol AG 13 antifreeze diluted 50/50, start it up and look for leaks......

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No leaks and the 'stat works fine; temp checks show it opening when it should, but the gauge reads exactly as before. So no change, but at least I now know what 'stat I have and the gauge problem is almost certainly calibration.

Take a Ohm meter and take the wire off the sensor located in block
Using both probes of meter, one goes to ground and other to the output connector of sensor

Match that measured resistance value to this GM chart to convert to what the sensor is reporting
will quickly determine if the ECT sensor is at fault or not

Could also then is connecting the wiring connector back on and go to the temp gauge in dash and see if the same resistance values are reported
So in this example if ECT is assumed to be 160 Deg F then resistance should be measured at 467 Ohms

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