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    Post a photo of your first Corvette. Extra points for pictures with you in it! Mine was a '70, a true 5 footer, until the paint started crazing on the door tops. It was a textbook example why it's better to buy the best you can find vs one needing a little of this and that. It was 8 years old but had previously been winter driven (Michigan) which facilitated a cutting torch to change the non working air shocks on the rear. I did my first....... and last engine rebuild on this one. Of course I loved it and the passage of time lessens the "warts" and embellishes the rest. I sold it, funded an IRA and bought a new Yamaha motorcycle. A few years later I went into Vette withdrawal and took the cure and have been fine ever sense.
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    My 66 Rdstr from the late 70's-80's .... Loved this SB Hot Rod !!!
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    2002 C5 that I bought at LouGrubb on I-17 and Camelback. I bought it in mid 2003 with 65 mi on the odometer. GM had shipped it to Glendale Community College where it sat for over a year and was used as a training aid for their GM training done there. I owned it for 2+ yrs until I was t-boned and the entire drivers side was replaced.
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    Bought as a basket case. Took 3 years to bring it back
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    hope to see a lot of you out there either racing or watching. It can't all be pavillions and parking with your hoods up
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    What a great time we had. It was so nice to be able to relax and catch up. Tim and Johni thanks for you for putting this out there. Donna it is always fun hanging out. We need to do this more often. Now if we get just winπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. To all you newbies, if you get a chance to go on this trip next time, we highly recommend it. Here is the finger at 6:30 a.m. this morning. 😎😎
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    Good for you! I am still driving on the tire I "ruined" by plugging it . . .
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    The Mexican highway wasn't as abondoned as it should have been, but 10 miles later, it cleared up a bit. A momentus occasion was captured. A hundred thousand ten at 110.
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    Long drive to Fountain Hills this morning, thought I wouldn't make it.
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    Some have followed this build and for those who have we got it on the dyno tonight and got pro efi dialed in. Car is an f1x and still has a 200 shot on top. After these events coming up a glide is going in it next. But we made just under 1400 rwhp boost only. We will be taking this car along with mine and a few others to Texas invitational next weekend as we were officially invited. Looking forward to being the first domestic shop in AZ to be invited to attend. Previously it's only been evolution motorsports that has gone from AZ.
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    First - I hope whatever mid-engine car they come up with doesn't replace the traditional and very practical front engine layout. Corvettes are 40% of the total sports car market for a darn good reason - people like it more than the alternatives! Now, as to weight distribution, there is also the issue of polar moment of inertia which very roughly can be thought of as resistance to turning. The closer you get the weight to the center of the car, the more responsive it is to turning inputs. Here's an easy demonstration with an egg carton and four eggs. 1. Put the eggs at the corners, close the lid. While holding the carton in the middle from below, rotate it side to side like a car turning. You'll feel the weight out on the ends resisting the turn. 2. Move the eggs to the center spots in the carton and repeat the turning motion. You'll feel how much more easily the carton rotates. 3. In both cases, weight was the same and was distributed 50/50, but the more centered layout, which has lower polar moment of inertia, turns more readily. That's why, for instance, the brake calipers on performance cars are toward the center, not toward the ends - small details add up when you're trying to move weight to the middle. But, a Corvette is a first class sports car that gets raced, not a race car that gets street driven (like a Ford GT). As such, the many comfort, convenience, serviceability and other issues that go with a mid-engine layout are best avoided. We have the best setup now for what a Corvette is. That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it!
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    This one is for small businessowners and their guest. I wish it was everyone but they pick different groups each time they do something cool so that it doesn't get overwhelming. So if you do a side business (income supplementing that may grow), that's good too.
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    Ha!!!! Gary and das Chad winning the internet today
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    Great time at the show! I have 145 pictures here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/4ApZYRd7vS3fnFEk2
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    For Sale - 61 Vette, hot rod, not stock. 327 with Edelbrock Heads, Hooker Headers, 097 Solid Cam, Richmond Street 5-Speed (3.28 First Gear, 1:1 Fifth Gear), 3:08 Posi original style rear. Black with Red Pearl Flames, red interior. Front Discs, New DeWitts Radiator, Hardtop restored, soft top (Black Haartz Cloth) bought new from Coffman Corvettes, frame and all. Centerline Wheels. Asking $52.5K Car is located in Prescott AZ. Contact Mike at mjtarrant65@gmail.com
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    9/15/2017 Update: We only had a few hours on a Friday afternoon to work on the Vette together, but Carl had gotten a lot done on his own. The video pretty much speaks for itself. Carl has set a date of three weeks from today for completion which would be near the birthday of the car which is 10/07/1968. We also found and recovered the tank sticker!!!
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    The first tire forensics class I went to, the engineer talked about how rubber hardens over time. The rate of hardness increase depends upon exposure (mostly to ozone, heat, and UV rays). He actually has a rubber hardness gauge to test his own tires. If tires are properly stored out of the sun in controlled temps, they can go far longer than 5 years. Other tires, if mounted, driven and sat outside, may not. If a tire has any cracking on tread or sidewall, it is a sign the rubber is too hard, but not the only measure of "too hard". Most manufacturers set their warranties to cover the expected use of the tire they sell. (just like auto manufacturers set their vehicle warranties) Just trying to help understanding. I'm not trying to defend a corporation. Feel free to think they're just greedy.
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    I edited it to 85 mph which is the lowest speed rating. You're a nitpicker and you should have been an attorney. The fact that you didn't crash or suffer a tire failure running 110-120 for 10+ miles is anectodal and not proof it was safe. It IS safer to replace a damaged tire rather than running that fast on a tire with a plug. Plugs are not waterproof according to the tire engineer. Any contact with water has the POTENTIAL (whether it occurs or not) to allow water into the belts. They don't know where or when or how long a customer drove before arriving at the tire shop. Their policy may not be to repair it. It's their liability if the tire fails after the repair. I'm just trying to share some things I learned from people who know far more than I. What is safe according to you may be different than what is safe to me. Likewise, what a tire engineer considers safe is important to me. TJ told us he would not drive a car with a plugged tire and that's his expert opinion. You can go as fast as you want on your patched tire.
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    65 because that is generally an acceptable speed to flow with traffic in the right lane of the freeway. Right lane provides ready access to the shoulder in the event of tire failure. Higher speeds mean lanes out in the middle or even the HOV lane, meaning more traffic involved and greater distance to a safe stopping place in the event of a sudden, complete failure. The water on the inside of the tire for mounting is contacting a sealed rubber surface. Water entering an improper plug is contacting the internal structure (e.g. metal banding) inside the tire tread around the hole. Entirely different things.
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    I have had the pleasure of attending two separate tire forensic classes taught by tire engineers. The second class was taught by the Chief Safety Engineer from Bridgestone who took over after the Ford Explorer Fiasco and had a lot to do with Bridgestone's recovery. He said that the plug kits are not waterproof and can allow water to penetrate into the plies and belts. Once that happens, corrosion can occur and cause air to enter until the belts separate and the tire fails. The only proper repair (for some companies) is dismounting the tire and patching from the inside and sealing the hole to keep water out. Even if your tire did not get wet, they have no way to know the integrity of the inner tire is safe. Also, some tire repair voids the speed rating on almost all manufacturers. Some of the manufactures don't allow any repairs. He also said that if a tire is run that has less than 75% of the recommended pressure for a load it was designed to carry, it causes enough damage to the sidewalls to void the speed rating. ANY travel on a flat tire also voids the safety of that tire and it should be replaced, even if it has good tread and can be made to hold air. All of this is because tire failures lead to injury, death, and damage, which leads to lawsuits. Don't blame Discount Tire for their policy. It's dumb people who hired lawyers. Don't be cheap with your tires. I wouldn't drive that tire faster than 85 mph if I were you. But, I just investigate accidents for a living, what do I know?
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    Donna, I worked in my dad's tire shop for many years. The problem with plugging a tire is some times the nail does not go straight in. The tire will make the nail go in sideways. Most people will try to plug straight in causing two holes on the inside of the tire allowing air to still enter the one unplugged hole and cause a tread separation. They need to dismount the tire to see if this occurred. The correct method for repair is that patch that was mentioned earlier that is a combination patch/ plug. That plug portion will fill the hole in the tread plies and not allow any contaminates in the tread plies. You can sometimes get lucky with a plug holding but in our heat, I would not drive fast or far with one. Take it to one of the smaller tire shops and see if they will look at the inside of the tire to see if it is fixable.
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    That bug has a butt like Kim Kardashian!
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