1966 Chevrolet Corvette: Rebuilt the Carb, But Trouble Persists
June 22, 2015
In our last update, the carburetor on our 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was drooling fuel. We took it to John at C&J Engineering to rebuild the carburetor. While it was there, we asked him to dial-in the Vette.
In addition to rebuilding the carburetor, C&J gapped the spark plugs, set the timing and rebuilt the distributor. The car spent one full day at the shop, but was out of service for a total of five days, including four days spent marooned in Cameron's driveway.
After the tune-up, the Stingray ran great.
From the shop, I took the extra-long way home. I even kept the car for the next three days. About 100 miles into our weekend of bonding, the Corvette opened up and showed me something it had not before: A single, red light in the center of the dashboard. Then it was gone.
On my way into the office Monday morning, it relit, glaring a steady red. As with the first time, the gauges relayed no signs of distress. Everything read as normal. I pulled into the garage and by the time I parked, the light was gone again. I shut down the car and walked upstairs to think about the next step.
Next time we came down, the Corvette would not start. The battery was dead.
Total Cost: $821.14
Total Days out of Service: 5
Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager