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Username Post: Another question about my 77 'Vette        (Topic#348401)
KaelFarmer 
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11-26-17 02:46 PM - Post#2715819    

Last month, I acquired a 77 Corvette and decided that I I needed to experience some time behind the wheel in order to really figure out which questions to ask. So far, I have racked up 3400 miles (most of them in one weekend) and it will going into a winter hibernation soon.

The last time I drove a C3 'vette was about 25 years ago so my memory of the experience isn't very good. Also, that previous time consisted of about 25-30 miles (about an hour looking through the windshield).

I would like to know is there a decent way to improve the ride quality of this car without excessively modifying it from stock? I understand that the car is 40 years old and will not be equal to a new car, but these recent 3400 miles have been less than the comfort level I have experienced with many other vehicles.

A few of the vehicles that I have recently driven that have been far more comfortable are: 60 Chevy 3/4 ton truck - long box (stock with load range E tires); 55 Chevy 2 door sedan (stock except for radial tires); 52 Chevy 4 door sedan (stock); 92 Chevy 3/4 ton 4 x 4 - extended cab, long box (stock with load range E tires); 1996 Chevy S-10 pickup, 2wd reg cab, shortbox; 1997 Chrysler Minivan; 2001 Chrysler Minivan; 2002 Chevy 1/2 ton 4 x 4 ext cab, short box (lifted - 4" suspension and 3" body, 35" tires); 2001 Ford 1/2 ton (lifted 6" suspension & 3" body, 38" tires), & 98 Pontiac Grandprix GTP (stock).
Obviously the vehicles listed were not designed with a lot of comfort in mind, most of them were intended as basic transportation. I am not trying to compare the 'Vette to a Cadillac, older Buick, or any of the other "luxury" type cars. Sadly, I have to say the 'Vette is probably the worst riding vehicle of the entire list.

Any suggestions to make it more enjoyable to drive? A car is supposed to be driven, but so far, I don't find this car to be an enjoyable experience especially for my traveling companions that are more accustomed to a new car ride.

Kael



Edited by KaelFarmer on 11-26-17 02:47 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 




junkman104 
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11-27-17 05:00 PM - Post#2715978    
    In response to KaelFarmer

My 81 C3 has the fiberglass springs in it, the ride is good but my problem is the butt hurt I have for the 100 plus mile rides from the seat. Since I am 6'4" more padding in the seat is out. I have fun and deal with it.

Its been a long time since I drove one with steel leaf springs but do remember the ride was much stiffer.



 
KaelFarmer 
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11-27-17 05:57 PM - Post#2715993    
    In response to junkman104

Thanks, I was considering switching the springs for a fiberglass one when I get the rearend rebuilt. Although I would like the opportunity to find one local to ride in with the replacement spring before laying down the money.

Kael



 
KaelFarmer 
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11-27-17 06:29 PM - Post#2715999    
    In response to KaelFarmer

I had read information about the fiberglass springs a few years ago, but I wasn't able to remember if read it in a book or in a magazine "tech article". I tend to view tech articles as an advertising sales pitch for whichever company sponsors the article.

Kael



 
TAT_2 
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11-28-17 05:35 AM - Post#2716063    
    In response to KaelFarmer

I LIKE THE HARD RAW FEEL,THE WIFE CONFERS

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KaelFarmer 
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11-28-17 03:23 PM - Post#2716150    
    In response to TAT_2

But even that can only last so long or you may need to seek medical attention



 
bowtiefan 
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12-04-17 04:57 PM - Post#2716890    
    In response to KaelFarmer

First I would check the rear spring. If it has a 7 leaf instead of a 9 leaf, it may have the FE7 gymkhana option which included heavier springs, both front & rear. Also, check the shocks. I'd put some stock Monroe shocks on it. Also, check the air pressure in your tires. I run 30 psi front and 32 rear. If it has a rear sway bar, take it off. The rear bar will not affect the ride much, but it will make the back end loose on hard cornering.
We have a fiberglass spring on our 67bb, and I hate it. I'm going back to a stock spring. It's either too rough or so soft you feel like a bobble head. Good luck.
Ken

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Edited by bowtiefan on 12-04-17 05:01 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 




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