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Post  rsv1cox Fri Apr 26, 2024 7:17 am

crankbndr wrote:The flywheel, fan and gear are one piece pressed onto the crankshaft. The crank has to be driven out the flywheel with a punch on a completely dissembled engine. Removing that screw won't help. There has to be another way. I don't have one in my hands to look at.

CB is right, driving out the crankshaft is the best way to do it but you have to remove the screw to get to the crank.   I have had this one apart but it's been years.  

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Post  getback Sat Apr 27, 2024 7:31 am

OH Man that's a Nice GOAT !! 3 deuces !!! Thats all I got LOL Very Happy This Site Rocks!
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Post  GTO455 Mon May 06, 2024 3:11 pm

First, I would like to thank everyone that commented in this thread. Without your assistance, I would have not been able through to get this first restoration without breaking something! Many thanks for the advice and the encouragement!  This Site Rocks!

After about a week of sitting in a WD-40 and Gumout bath, I was able to free up the motor! It didn't go willingly though, it did require a little bit of heat to get it moving.

Once it started moving, I got everything cleaned up and put back together. I also coated everything inside with a light coating of Marvel Mystery Oil. While the motor was soaking, I concentrated on cleaning up the body, removing the ripped stickers and replacing with some alternatives.

I don't have any intention of running it, but my brother is egging me on to start it. I wouldn't know the first thing on how to get it running in today's world, so if I get inclined to do so, I may ask you guys for more information. I definitely know won't have that signature Nitro Methane smell though! Very Happy

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Post  rsv1cox Mon May 06, 2024 4:48 pm

Nice job. I checked your additional pictures. Before and afters always tell a story.

The Black Widow spider on the roof. I have only seen one in real life. Actually quite beautiful. In the middle of winter in Marylnad I was moving a plant pot on the front steps when I uncovered one. Not tiny, about an inch leg to leg, black with a vibrant red hourglass. I put it in a pickle jar and showed it off at work. Not a big hit!

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Post  Ken Cook Mon May 06, 2024 6:27 pm

I thought or at least use to think I had a premium example of the Stinger. Yours looks terrific. One thing I will say is that I never seen one without a wrinkled decal. The hood decal came out of the box that way. Eventually the wrinkle would tear.
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Post  GTO455 Tue May 07, 2024 8:11 am

Ken Cook wrote:           I thought or at least use to think I had a premium example of the Stinger. Yours looks terrific. One thing I will say is that I never seen one without a wrinkled decal. The hood decal came out of the box that way. Eventually the wrinkle would tear.

Hi Ken,

Thank you. The original decals were driving me nuts. After I cleaned the body, the poor shape of the decals really stood out. I was on the fence whether or not to redo them, figuring that changing them would alter the value of the car. I finally thought, hell that will be a problem for my kids to deal with since I am never selling it.

I removed all of the "glass" decals, and then the hood decal. Man what a job that was. They are paper, but the adhesive was strong enough to bond heat tiles to the space shuttle. After that, I removed the black widow from the roof, which actually peeled right off thankfully.

I used "sign vinyl" to replace the glass and hood black. It is the same stuff used on the letters for commercial signs. It is strong and very flexible. I also have a sign plotter to cut letters and designs, similar to a Cricut, but much much older. I found clip art of a black widow and a web and made replacements. It is not identical to the original, but I used some creative license to make it as close as possible. I also added some additional accents to the rear lights and back bumper not original to the car.

I left the remaining original stickers on since they were in pretty good shape.
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Post  getback Wed May 08, 2024 8:21 am

Good job on the restore ! Decals can bee a PIA for sure yours look nice the way you changed them ,Heck it your car do what ya want with it ! Very Happy
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Post  GTO455 Fri May 10, 2024 2:01 pm

Well, I finished the Vette last night. It was much more work than the dragster. It took quite a bit more work to get it degreased and cleaned, and the engine was really, really caked up with gunk. The car was actually given to me when I was around 12 years old, and I don't think I ever ran it. Here is a link:   Although the emblems look grey, they are actually bright white. My camera phone obviously didn't like the lighting. Thanks again to everyone who offered advice and encouragement!


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