|Quoting WildcatYXU (Reply 13):|
The base engine is called LT1 and of course, it's a push rod engine.
Push rods vs DOHC engines ? "Surely you jest, Mr. Feynman?" (which is, not even worth arguing about!)
Corvettes ? To me, the biggest "wonder" of all about Corvettes is.............that they STILL make the things ! Before I get mired in my "opinions" about them, I'm wondering if anyone knows if they are still making the things at Bowling Green, Ky. ?
(which is where they wisely decided to build the "International Corvette Museum" BTW)
I had very mixed opinions about Corvettes when I was still in the business of transporting them from the assemble plant, to the dealers (mostly on the East Coast) where they sold many of them. I can tell you this about the type; I had very MIXED emotions when told to proceed to BG
and pick up a load of Vettes; on the one hand, every load I ever hauled made me a LOT of $$$.....which is the name of the game to be sure; on the other hand.......they are about 9 times more "pain in the ass" to load, AND
"look out for", on the 600 to 800 mile trip to the dealers they went to.
When you arrive at the Corvette yard, all of the loads are "lined up" in rows, each row being a load; before you even move a unit, you MUST spend 4 times as much time inspecting every unit, PLUS all of the "throw in" items; no two Vettes have exactly the same items, and EVERY item represents "many$$", so you have to double (and triple) check each item, lest you get to the dealer, and something is missing. All of this "checking" takes lots of time; then, the vast majority will have auto transmissions, but a few will be "sticks"; after you've backed a few "sticks" up onto, across the trailer, and onto the head ramp of a carrier, you will have become a firm believer in automatic transmissions in Corvettes; the next "challenge" is finding the damned tie-down holes in order to chain them down; most cars it's quite easy, with Vettes, it's much less so; (sometimes bordering on "damned near impossible"); but you MUST chain them down; (otherwise they'll fall off !) (which will result in your untimely execution, or worse !) There is only ONE sin greater than having one "fall off"; and that's having a big wreck, which in 99.9% of the time, results in all 12 of the things becoming "junk", (which incidentally causes the carrier to become responsible for paying Generous Motors the "dealer's cost" for all 12 "banged up" Corvettes, AND
.......they don't even get to KEEP them ! (All "write-offs" are paid for by the carrier, then promptly made into "blocks" by a huge "gloppa-ta-gloppada" machine at a junk yard,) (The wisdom behind which is.........."can't have anyone getting their filthy hands on any of these "car parts" when "exorbitantly priced car parts" is our MAIN business !) (Bet you always assumed selling cars was the main business; it's second; the afore-mentioned being first.)
That's the "easy part"; when you get the insufferable things to the dealer, the check-in "procedure" is about 9 times as "pain in the butt"as it is for all other cars put together. (one scratch on a Vette being "equal" to a hood bashed in on other cars)
Hauling many Vettes WILL make a better car hauler out of one; (especiallly those wishing to remain gainfully employed);
Next is my overall "take" on owning a Vette, which is..........Dismal ! Highest insurance rate in the land, (unless of course you've recently "down-graded" from Ferrari's); and you of course will require a "secure" place to park your less than comfortable "ride"; a large bank vault comes to mind, but is normally not easy to find. And cops.........cops LOVE to "ticket" people driving Vettes; (seems one ticket to a Vette guy is worth 3 or 4 to a guy in a "lesser ride". in addition to the the preceding..........I don't even like the damned things.......(which of course is just my opinion, and as we all know, opinions vary!)
And of course, there's that "other" question.........WHO actually drives Corvettes, anyway? Once again, ........IMHO........narcissists, "wanna-bees", pro tennis types, (NBA and NFL
types won't "fit" in them), and various "look at me" types, and possibly the occasional homeless person who has just won the lotto would be my best guess.
So forgive me me for not becoming excited over the "new" Corvettes............
Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein