Welcome to the Restoration Blog for my 1972 Stingray       *** UPDATED 10/21/12 ***
 

   
   October Update:
   
   Took the 72 through NCRS flight judging and moved from Third Flight to Second Flight !
   Still more work to be done and looking forward to moving the score even higher.


   July Update:

   Restoration work on interior is done !     Seats, Door Panels & Carpet.     Putting the car
   back to its original trim tag correct interior.   2nd owner had installed a deluxe interior over 30
   years ago.   Seats were beat; carpet a bit spotty and loose and door panels did not match.    New
   interior looks great
  
                            BEFORE                                                                             


AFTER




  In October 2011 was the first time I decided to take the Corvette to an NCRS (National Corvette Restorers Society) 

  Judging Event.   For $75.00, you register the car and have it judged.   It's actually a good way to

  find out what's what and get a good baseline report on what's correct.. what's not correct.. 

  what's missing.. etc.     There are other cars and  owners at the event and about 20 cars are typically 

  registered for the event.    It's an all-day event with a team of about 6 judges evaluating each car in 

  the categories of Operations, Mechanical, Interior, Exterior and Chassis.


     

 Above:  Judges compare notes and score                            Above:  All part numbers are checked         

 

 Every car starts out with all the points (about 4,500).  You get a "deduct" for things that are not right.   

 There are three possible "flight levels" you can achieve.   


 Top Flight is 94% or better.    

 A Top Flight car is very often one that is trailered to the event (or show) and is relatively pristine and "as new".     


 Second Flight are those vehicles that score 85% to 94%.    

 A Second Flight car is a very nice condition car that is often well prepped for the judging event.     


 Third flight goes to scores between 75% and 85% .   

 Third flight vehicles are very nice condition, often with a few things that need to be changed or updated to reach the next level.    

 That's where I landed.   80% first time out with little proper preparation.     Logic being let's go with "what it is" and then 

  take the judging report and improve all the items that received deductions.



    

 This blog documents the process and transformation of a Third Flight to a Second Flight Corvette.  
Here's a list of things from the first judging in October 2011.   

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 Description Issue   Installed  Comment about the item
 Hazard Button  Worn    10/11  10/11 - Direct Replacement
 Done
  Dash Screws   
unpainted    10/11  Paint existing
Done
 Washer Push Button    Missing    10/11  Reproduction  Installed
 Done
 Passenger Courtesy Bulb              Burnt    10/11    Standard - remove dash pad to  
 installation completed
 Done  
 Ashtray    Rusted    10/11  Reproduction  Purchased &  installed
 Done
 T-Top Adj Screws  Rubber Grommet    10/11  Replacements installed
 
Done
 Brake Pedal Trim Non-Original    10/11 10/11 Remove for Judging
 
Done
 Gas Pedal Trim  Non-Original    10/11  Remove for Judging
 
Done
 Blue VIN Label  Missing    10/11  Reproduction ordered, created  and installed.
 
Done
 RH Vert. Ign Shield  Missing    10/11  Restored Used Original and  installed.
 
Done
 LH Front Grille Screw  Missing    10/11  Installed Original
 
Done
 Gas Door Spring  Missing    10/11  Purchased/Installed NOS
 
Done
 SS License plate rear
 Missing    10/11  Installed Replacement
 
Done
 SS License plate front  Missing    10/11  Installed Replacement
 Done
Gas Boot Drain Line  Misrouted    10/11  Corrected
 
Done
 High Speed Blower Relay  Dead    11/11  Replaced & Working
 
Done
 Wiper Tach Solenoid  Dead    11/11  Reconnected & Working
 Done
 Wiper Arm Adj.  Won't Close    11/11  Corrected
 
Done
 Passenger Door Ajar Switch   Missing    11/11  Replaced & Working
 Done
 Door Ajar Light  Out    11/11  Repaired/Now Working
 
Done
 Stamped Steel Valve Covers (OEM)
 Missing    11/11  11/11 - located /ordered;
11/28 - stripped and painted
11/30 - installed
Done
Valve Cover  Hold downs   Missing    11/11  11/11- Located, painted &  installed
 
Done

 Valve Cover RBW Screws  Missing    11/11  Located, painted & installed
 
Done

 Engine lifting  Eye Missing   12/11  11/27 - Ordered
 11/30 - Shipping
 12/9 - in hand/not installed;  need  2 additional bolts
 12/22 - Bolts rec'd/painted/install
 
Done

 Alternator  Incorrect      11/11  Judging error; Alternator is  correct 1100544
 Done

Alternator Pulley   Incorrect    11/11  Judging error;  Alternator is  correct; stamped "06"
 
Done

 Engine ID Code Decal  Missing    12/11  11/11- Identified Source
12/9 - part being mfr'd
12/28 - received not installed
Done

 Delco Horn   9000-032 Incorrect     12/11 11/29 -Located Original;
12/9 - part undergoing restoration in WI.
12/14 - notified part ready!
12/15 - Payment
12/22 - received
12/23 - installed
 Done

 Keys with  Knock outs  Missing    12/11  
12/9 - purchased!
12/14 - In - hand
Done


  Spare Keys  Missing    12/11   11/11 - in hand
 
Done
  (Not cut yet)
 Radiator Cap   Not Original    12/11  Have Original
 
Done
 Manual /Info  Bag Missing    12/11  Have original manual;  12/12 ordered bag
12/22- Bag received
12/23-Bag installed
 Done

Carb 4BBL   Not Correct    1/12  11/26 - Located Original
11/29 - Ordered Original  74022202 A2 DJ
12/9 - bracket being plated 
12/22 - received
Done

 Ignition 
 Warning
 Buzzer
Malfunctioning    1/12 Done
 TSC Solenoid  Missing    1/12 12/8: Located   
12/9: Ordered
 12/22:  in hand
 
Done

 Idle Stop Missing    1/12  11/30 - found & purchased
12/9 - in-hand, not installed
Done

Fuel  Line Clip Missing    1/12 Judging error;  Have only found 1 fuel line clip on an LT-1.
12/24- confirmed judging error.
 Done

 Vacuum Clip   Missing    1/12 11/11 - in hand
 12/11 - Judging error/not needed
 
Done
 Headlamp Bulbs:  
Original 1972 T3 Guide Low Beams and 1972 T3 Guide High Beams models number 4001 and 4002
 Incorrect Bulbs installed.  Need to replace.    2/12  12/9 - working on locating reasonably priced set of high beams and low beams  T-3 Guide 4001 & 4002

1/31 - Scored 4 NOS headlamps on ebay !    $25.00 for two 1972 high beams and $40.00 for two 1972 low beams!

2/3 - Installed

Done
 Warranty Protection  Booklet with POP  Missing    2/12 Temporary Copy
Done
 Consumer Info Booklet Missing    2/12 Temporary Copy
Done
Accessory bag with seat back shims and washers   Missing    2/12  Found Bag - Done
Ordered Shims -Done
 12/1 - Bag & Shims in car
Working on Washer ID:  Temps in bag

Done
 RFI  Points Shield  Missing    2/12 12/9/11
In Hand/not installed
 
Done
 Battery hold down  Missing    2/12   12/9/11
In Hand/not installed
 
Done
 Battery hold down screw  Missing    2/12  12/9/11
In Hand/not installed
 
Done
 Boot Lock Cover  Missing    2/12  12/9/11
In Hand 
 
Done
 Delco 308 Distributor Cap Patent Pending R script with window  Incorrect    2/12  
11/11 - Ordered
12/9 - in hand 
Done
"WB" Bolt for alternator support Incorrect    2/12 112/15- ordered
12/23- received
2/12 - done
Done
 Bad Voltage Regulator Spiking to 40    2/12 Temporary replacement alternator purchased and installed.  
Done
 Vacuum Hose System  for Headlamp Leaking    2/12  2/8 - Ordered replacement Kit
2/18 -Received
2/19 - Installed
Done
Glove Box Lock  Inoperable    3/12 2/27 - Ordered 
Replacement, keyed alike with a "D" Key
3/8 - Received
3/9 - Installed
Done
 Alarm Lock  Inoperable    3/12 2/27 - Ordered Replacement keyed alike to Alarm & Glove with a "D" key
3/8 - Received
3/9 - Installed
Done
 No Key for Spare Lock Inoperable    3/12 2/27 - Ordered 
Replacement Keyed allike  to Alarm & Glove with a "D" key
3/8- Received
3/9 - Installed
Done
 Theft Alarm Horn  Not working    3/12 3/9 - Troubleshooti Rekey Door Locksng
(will likely need to be rebuilt;  will remove and send out by 7/1)
 Seat Covers  Incorrect    4/12     3/16 - ordered
6/10 -
Done
 Door Panels  Incorrect    4/12   3/16 - ordered
6/10 -
Done
 Carpet  Incorrect    4/12 3/16 - ordered
6/10 - Missing Piece
6/10 - Order Temp
          Underlayment
6/19- Hushmat due
6/19- Missing Piece
         due

 7/12 -
Done

 Coil Spring Decals  Missing    9/12  Done
 Rearview Mirror  Glass Discolored   7/12  7/12 - Replaced entire unit with NOS
 Done
 Washer Fluid Bag  Leaking    8/12  8/12 - Installed
Done
 Wiper Arms with Tubes  New Repro    9/12  8/12 - Carlisle
 9/12 - Installed
 
Done
 Wiper Blades (Trico 1972)  Found Orig    9/12   8/12 - Carlisle
  9/12 - Installed
 
Done
 Neg Batt. Cable Incorrect    8/12 Pending
 Radio Rebuild  Replacement

   7/12 7/12 - Send out
11/12 - Est. Return
Pending
 Alternator Rebuild Rebuild Original    9/12 9/12 - Send out
12/12 - Est Return
 
Pending
  Air Filter  Need Repro   9/12  Done
  Oil Filter  Need White    9/12  Pending
 French Locks  Missing    9/12     12/1 - ordered
12/9 - in-hand, not installed
 
Pending  
 S. Plug Heat Shield LF  Missing    9/12
 S. Plug Heat Shield RF  Missing    9/12  
 Starter Shield  Missing    9/12   
 Shock Absorbers  Incorrect    9/12   
 Rekey Door Locks  Ign Changed    9/12 Pending
 Radiator Support Rusted    9/12 Non NCRS item - 
Basic Mechanical.
 
 Alarm Horn Wire Broken    9/12  Pending
 F70x15 Tires RWL Not Original    9/12  Find replacement  Wide O Ovals

 Master Cylinder Cover  Replacement    9/12  Not sure if worth changing
Hold
 Master Cylinder  Replacement    9/12  Not sure if worth changing
Hold
 Original Spark plug wires  Not Original    9/12 Not sure if worth changing.
Hold
Dipstick & tube  Not Original    9/12 Not sure if worth changing.
Hold
 Fuel Pump  Replacement      New in 2010  / not changing-
 Done
 Water pump  Replacement      Definitely not  changing this.
 
Done
Windshield  Replacement      Definitely not  changing this. 
 Done


I

Before:     Taken 7/31/2010


After:   as of....   11/28/11



Aft

After..  as of 12/28/11







In October 2012, achieved 2nd flight status !     






As with any hobby, you need to go into this with an open mind and not take feedback personally.   
It is supposed to be enjoyable.  Some of the guys (car owners and judges) take this a little too seriously -- 
so be prepared to deal with all types of people.   My experience so far has been great and I've met some 
remarkably interesting, helpful and knowledgeable people.   Remember, in the end, it all really 
doesn't matter in the big scheme of things -- so put it into perspective and you'll enjoy the ride.

Best of all.. now you get to shop ebay with a purpose!

   

 








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