Rebuilt the Carb, But Trouble Persists - 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Long-Term Road Test

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1966 Chevrolet Corvette: Rebuilt the Carb, But Trouble Persists

June 22, 2015

1966 Chevrolet Corvette

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

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