December - At the Riverside Raceway in California,
Chevrolet previews the 1983 model Corvette, where the automotive press tests the car.
This is the first year of the 'new' Corvette.
The only 1983 corvette that exists is in the National Corvette museum,
350 Corvette Drive, Bowling Green, KY 42101
Production of the 1984 model started in the spring and it goes on sale in march.
My Corvette was built very early in the 1984 production run. It is #902 of the 51547 built,
probably in the second or third week of production.
December 29 - My Corvette clears customs in Sweden with 16341 miles on the odometer.
It was bought in Fort Lauderdale.
April 14 - New owner.
The digital dash was replaced because of a malfunction.
August 24 - New owner.
November 12 - New owner.
November 29 - New owner again.
December 22 - New owner.
The whole Corvette had a new paint job with the original color.
February 28 - New owner, EXLUSIVE CARS AB
March 13 - New owner
Added rear wing.
New paint job - BLACK.
New 87 Corvette rims.
ADS Superchip and low temp thermostat.
Replaced damaged rear drive shaft u-joint.
May 18 - New owner
March - The gearbox broke down when a potential buyer test drove the Corvette.
April 4 - New owner - ME. I own my first Corvette!
I bought the car the same day it came back from the tranny shop.
The first week I discovered that it was leaking tranny fluid.
Later that summer the tranny shop had the leaky tourqe converter replaced on warranty.
During the winter I replaced the steering rack.
Early in the summer when the tranny was supposed to shift WOT from second to third it
stopped pulling ... I looked in the rear view mirror and there was a HUGE cloud.
I pulled over and by the time I had stopped the tranny was out of oil. It was the the
converter seal that had blown out of the tranny and all the oil went straight down onto the exhaust.
I now found out that the original transmission was not rebuilt. It was an 1986 transmission in the Corvette.
A local guy rebuilt the th700r4 for me and he said that it was not rebuilt a year ago.
The converter bearing was worn and that allowed for too much oil to pass.
The oil drain could not keep up and that caused a pressure to build behind the seal to push it out.
A lot of other parts in the the transmission was also worn so they were replaced.
November 11 - Came home from Denver, Colorado with a Vortech V-1 supercharger.
This winter I installed the supercharger.
April 26 - First test with the supercharger.
April 27 Before lunch - Installed the LT1 fuel pump to get more fuel capacity.
April 27 After lunch - I lost second gear in the transmission ...
This time I sent it to a good shop 500 miles away to rebuild it. He told me that this was
not a Corvette th700r4 and some parts had to be replaced to build it to Corvette specifiations.
June 10 - Rear end broke. Bought a stronger Dana 44 to replace it.
End of summer - The Engine started to consume more and more coolant. I suspected a blown head gasket or a crack in one of the cylinder heads so I decided to pull the engine for a rebuild.
Januari - I pulled the engine and removed the heads. I did not find anything wrong with them. I took the block to an engine builder here in town for a compleate check.
Februari - I bought a lot of new parts for the engine. AFR 190 aluminum heads, a new Cross-Ram intake manifold, Hooker super comp headers, new cam, lifters, roller tip rockers, new rings, bearings and gaskets.
Mars - I went to Houson Texas to visit a friend and I brought all the parts with me home.
April - The engine is back in the Corvette.
May - I moved the alternator to the passenger side and modified the supercharger bracket.
May 12 - The Corvette is back on the road again.
June 2 - Bearing faliure in the supercharger. I bought new bearings and rebuilt it.
June 15 - The temperature was too high for the ring gap and cause a portion of the top ring land to break on two pistons as the ring end butt and lock right in the cylinder. This was probably caused by a combination of running a bit lean on too much timing.
July - I replaced the pistons and installed the larger Cross-Ram intake. I also modified a Chevy Blazer wiper motor to clear the larger intake.
November - The engine is running again. I just pud it together so that it could pass the yearly emissions / safety check.
Mars - I bought a pair of larger 90 pph fuel injectors.
April - I removed the A/C evaporator and modified the fan housing. I started the engine after the winter and after adjusting the valves 3 times I found a bad lifter.
After replacing that lifter I got the Corvette back in the road again. When I installed the supercharger again the transmission only lasted for a few miles.
I parked the Corvette.
October - I bought a used 4L80E.
I spent this summer building a new garage.
I installed the 4L80E, TCI T-Com and Haltech E6K.
The Corvette was running but not quite right.
I readjusted the valves a few times but there was a valve tick that got worse by the week.
When I removed the intake I found a cam lobe was almost gone.
I sold the intake and supercharger.
I bought a Holley Stealth Ram, a turbo and an intercooler instead.
I installed a new cam and new lifters.
I built the turbo headers.
I installed the intercooler.
I modified the HSR to fit under the stock hood.
I made a new fuel system.
I bought some big brakes for the front and started to figure out how to mount them.
I wanted to make the corvette run right before bolting the turbo on. I lost spark and bought a MSD 6AL and a Blaster II coil. I also converted to crank trigger.
When I finally started to get the engine sorted the tranny died on me again.
It was the converter that had a total faliure. The whole transmission was full of aluminum shavings from the converter. I bought a Vigilante converter from Precision Industries. It was a 9.5" with 3200 rpm stall and multiple disc lockup.
In seprember I went to Optand, Östersund for a test and tune day.
60 ft = 1.75 seconds.
1/4 mile = 11.14 seconds @ 203 km/h (126 mph).
Bigger turbo, more power.
60 ft = 1.827 seconds.
1/8 mile = 7.245 seconds @ 169 km/h (105 mph).
1/4 mile = 10.862 seconds @ 216 km/h (134.5 mph).
At the end of the summer the stock connecting rods gave up.
Building a new engine, 4.125 bore, 3.48 stroke and fuel system.
Removed the old Haltech engine control and TCI transmission control.
Installed a new MaxxECU system.
New radiator and new cold air intake to the turbo.
New relocated wastegate.
In September the Corvette went on the dyno rollers.
6.5 psi boost: 650 lbs ft @ 4500 rpm, 593 hp @ 5700 rpm. ( over 550 hp from 4500 rpm to 6500 rpm )
The turbo is a bit restrictive on the exhaust side causing high exhaust pressure and it get's worse at higher boost.
21 psi boost: 950 lb ft @ 4700 rpm, 851 hp @ 5050 rpm. ( At 5500 rpm exhaust pressure was 7 psi higher than boost pressure )
Test and tune, Hudik.
60 ft = 1.54 seconds.
1/8 mile = 6.34 seconds @ 186 km/h (116 mph).
New chromoly half shafts with safety loops.
In june I went to Sättna raceway for a no prep cash day. 29 cars.