So I fell into a donor car. 1981 corvette, blue, $1k. I got it home and got it running on the trailer. Next to put tires on it and see if it moves under it's own power. It looks to have a new master cylinder, pads and a passenger front caliper. Then I'm going to pull the quadrajet off it and out it on ALex's car. Hopefully that will allow his to run.
I've looked at pictures of several stock 1981s and they all look to have dual snorkels. No HP, but at least a lot of air can get in there. I liked that is made 280 lb ft at only 1600rpms! Total diesel torque.
So the front end came off Bruce. I removed the quadrajet from Bruce and installed it onto Alex's vette. You push the gas pedal 2 - 3 times and it fires right up. It has a bad exhaust leak. But it runs. Next to get the brakes working and to see if it moves under it's own power.
For Bruce, the next step is to remove the body entirely and then push the drivetrain and chassis outside for a little but while we focus on Alex's car.
This car has the computerized QJet.
I’m going to try replacing the computerized hei with the non-computerized one.
It looks like 81 is an oddball emissions OBD year.
I’d like the improved reliability of the sniper.
The body guy recommended a new nose. He’s afraid the rubber/plastic repaint may crack sooner.
I have shorty headers sitting on the shelf. Plus I plan to remove the emissions.
I would think if you plan to keep this car, then all those upgrades would be a great idea, including the better quality front nose piece. If it's only a high school beater for Alex, I would go the cheap route and just let him drive it like a Civic and beat it up.