Having removed the old '76
frame and cutting it up in pieces for
hauling to the dump, the '82 frame is
ready to accept the body.
The critical clearance
area with the motor's rear crossmember
was at the A/C housing. It's a real
close fit - about 1/8" clearance. I may
do some minor grinding on the housing so
that as the body-mount bushings age and
compress there is still some clearance.
These pictures aren't in
order. Here's an old fitting of the
motor's rear crossmember to make sure
everything is goes together.
The '82 frame uses a
different transmission crossmember. The
'76 required minor modifications where
it bolts to the frame.
The shift is generic BW/Muncie. It was a
good price - especially knowing that I
would have to modify it.
I'm not a believer in
directly mounting the motor to the
transmission so I made a hub that uses a
RAM spring damper/coupler. My concern
was minor motor pulsations resonating
throughout the car.
I wanted the motor as low
as possible (due to the clearance at the
A/C housing), but I was limited by the
steering drag link. At full steering
lock, there is about 1/2 clearance.
These parts are rock solid so running
them tighter would not have been a
problem - until the idler arm has 75,000
miles on it!
How do you fill a
one-gallon bucket with with two-gallons
twenty-four Odyssey PC1500 batteries
with the belief I could somehow cram
them into the car.
With a lot of creative mounting, I've
shoe-horned them in with ample space for
accessories - like an antenna for the
The Corvette dash borders on trash.
The only good things are the speedometer
The console is also antiquated so it too
will be trashed.
I was going to keep some of the
wiring from the old gauge cluster, but
eventually canned that idea.
The dash pad, while new,
is only going to be used as a template -
vinyl is vinyl, even when it has
Here's the full
drivetrain. At the top of the picture
are the tubular upper control arms - not
necessary, but the price was right.
Another shot of the wiring
and some items that will be part of the
instrument cluster and console.
After hours of looking for
the "SAE" specifications for electric
car charging connector, I eventually
came upon that elusive hardware.
While I won't need the CAN
bus, etc., they at least look