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Postby f.Channell » Thu Oct 25, 2007 6:52 pm

"Operation Mongoose" was a pet project of Duntov and was aided by top execs but not endorsed by GM. President Eric Donner of GM sent a letter directly to Duntov to abide by the 1957 racing ban. It is still unknown how those cars were snuck out of GM. But the 550 hp alloy block didn't happen and the cars ran 327 iron blocks. They had to get weber carbuerators instead of the fuel injection which was the original plan.
Although helped through the "back door" the cars were not officially recognized by GM. What some GM employees did after hours helped the project, but not enough. Ford went on to fame with those cars. Duntov would have crushed them. He was a brilliant engineer and racer.

Most of this comes from Corvette by Richard Nichols, but I have other info from years of Corvette magazines and other Corvette books.

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Postby Hugh » Thu Oct 25, 2007 9:39 pm

If you reallly are interested in the history of Chevy and racing during the period of the AMA ban, you should get a copy of the Van Valkenburgh book as it is a first-hand memoir of the events from one who was very much a part of them.
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Postby JOHN THURSTON » Thu Oct 25, 2007 10:38 pm

Hi:

Who, honestly, could not love a Cobra 427??

My Z06 has been described. It is my 6th and probably last Corvette.

It cannot Compete with the new marks of the Z06 or even the standard Corvette-shceduled to go to 700 and 500hp in 7.0 and 6.2 liter form.

The immediate standard Corvette features a 6.0 litre short block based, on the famous '327' block.

The Old 7 litre Block's origins are not known to me at this sitting.

The current 7.0litre Z06 is based, I beleive on this short block in cast aluminum form.

although of the same heritage, and convertible to 7.0 litre for modest (about $12000) fees my little 405hp 5.7litre is no longer the King Kong Of Corvettes.

I rather favor the C-3 and C-5 variants out of the ones I owned. The "shark' concept introduced by Ankus Duntov was not my favorite, but I quite enjoeyed the used one I picked up for $3500 in 1970.

Sold it for $5000 and thought I was a real smartass. :lol:

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Postby f.Channell » Fri Oct 26, 2007 2:34 am

There's a whole host of tuners John that could make that Z06 go as fast as you want.

I remember my brother telling me about a Doug Rippie motor sports car which went by him in his ZR1 like he was standing still. But he was going 150 at the time. A lot goes on in Pennsylvania during Carlisle. You should go to that "Mecca" if you haven't.

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Postby JOHN THURSTON » Fri Oct 26, 2007 3:51 pm

Fred:

I think we should get together and see if there is anything reasonable that I can do.

It doesn't get driven enough, for example, for a supercharger to harm the engine.

But in the meantime, help me out with the generations of this car. I also wish to see your 'vette.

C-1 1958 to 1963
C-2 1963 to 1968
C-3 1968 to ?
C-4 ? to 1998 (they did not build them one year)
C-5 1999 to 2004
C-6 Present

I have a beautiful Corvete Book my wife gave me going thru the C-5s and it has pictures of virtually every Corvette the family has owned.

I will post the pictures of the models my family had in their original paint scheme as I beleive the book has examples of all of them.

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Postby f.Channell » Fri Oct 26, 2007 6:00 pm

The C3 ended in 1982. No 1983 model year. 1984-1996 was the C4.

Mines warming up right now. Going for a ride.

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Postby JOHN THURSTON » Fri Oct 26, 2007 8:42 pm

have fun Fred. Talk to you soon.

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Postby Stryke » Sat Oct 27, 2007 2:41 am

You guys are a bad influence ....

went to a bike show today , and of all things a 77 stingray was for sale ...

hard work walking away .

not this one , but for me this is one of the great shapes ....

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Postby JOHN THURSTON » Sat Oct 27, 2007 4:31 pm

Sorry pal:

I know the feeling.

Remember I know nothing of motorclycles and-----ah---get even


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Postby f.Channell » Sat Oct 27, 2007 7:42 pm

Bikes are nice, however my nephew had a 73 before he got married, and all you have to do is park it at the beach and wait for your next girlfriend.

I don't know if that's true of bikes, or the girls you attract. :lol:

How much Stryke?, those are usually reasonable.

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Postby f.Channell » Sat Oct 27, 2007 8:09 pm

warning, attractive girls and corvette racing link.

http://www.pimpmyridenow.com/imagegalle ... etteC5.JPG
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Postby Stryke » Sat Oct 27, 2007 9:09 pm

Hey Fred , why do fast things always seem to go together 8O :wink:

it was only 18K , but doesnt compare when your talking NZ monopoly money :lol: , good deal though down here , see them go for much more
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Postby f.Channell » Sun Oct 28, 2007 2:17 am

Probably in top notch shape.
I bet I could hunt around and find a high mileage 77 for less than 10K around here.

Drove by a 82 collectors edition for sale and resisted stopping today.

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Here ya go!

Postby Hugh » Tue Nov 06, 2007 2:22 pm

Here is one for the 'Vette enthusiasts:
http://www.autoweek.com/apps/pbcs.dll/a ... 05002/1065
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Postby f.Channell » Tue Nov 06, 2007 7:40 pm

There you go John.

You already have the z06!

8)

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