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Old 12-07-16, 01:09 PM   #1
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Good Performance shop for 1971

Hello All,

I just purchased my 1st C3 and I am thrilled.

So the Question 1st... I am looking for a good shop close to Bala Cynwyd to take my 1971 for some performance upgrades. The car has a GM Goodwrench crate 350 SB with Edelbrock Intake/Carb, Hooker Headers and sidepipes. I have a decent budget but still trying to decide on mods to current engine vs. new crate 383 or something else. I want more power. Right now my 2008 Altima with a 270 hp V6 is faster.

Anyway, on the Manic side...I can't get enough of it. I am obsessed. Took the week off of work just to be around it. I'm looking out the window right now hoping the pavement will dry so I can go for a ride. Decent shape overall - compared to others I looked at anyway. Previous owner was in Green Lane area so some of you may know the car.

Thanks in advance for any help.

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Old 12-07-16, 05:11 PM   #2
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Scott, Congrats on your "new" Corvette. We have a '68. I can't tell you the best place to go for mods as we haven't had any done on ours. You will get more opinions from people that have had work done. Horsepower = $$$. Your best bet might be a new crate motor, with a warranty. Sell the old for a few bucks. You are right about the new cars being faster than the old, but in my opinion the old are better anyway. Enjoy your new ride and check out our club. Dennis
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Old 12-07-16, 09:01 PM   #3
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Congrats Scott. I've never used them, but my aunt works in the office (and is a CCDV member) at the Vette Shop in Doylestown. They have been around a very long time and I'm sure some members here have used them....
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Old 12-09-16, 07:48 PM   #4
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This may have been addressed by the previous owner(s) but one thing to go over is all of the suspension components - especially the trailing arms. Make sure the brake calipers have been updated also. These C3's are notorious for worn calipers and trailing arms.

Always best to get the suspension and brakes up to snuff before adding more power.............

I have no experience with any shops in the area as I do all of my own work, but I have heard good things about the Vette Shop.


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Old 12-10-16, 02:58 PM   #5
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You can also consider County Corvette for mods. I haven't used them but they also have a good rep.
Our'76 was stock until about 10/12 years ago. I found a mechanic in the N/E philly area who has worked on the Vette ever since. Upgrades incl: Added new trailing arms, fiberglass rear spring and some other suspension goodies, installed Performance aluminum Stainless calipers all around, replaced the old (tired) orig. L48 with a GM crate ZZ4, added a Holley 750, electric fans, changed the 3.08 rear to 3.55, installed a set of '69 orig. side pipes (for sound & looks) and added a trans kit.
The Vette can best most C-5's and finally runs like a "yellow monster", yet not too radical.
Oh yes, 2 years ago add a 125 shot of Nitrous. Now it's even more fun!
Consider which way you want to go, seek the best mechanic as you are doing & GO FOR IT!!
Bought our '76 new in June '76 and joined CCDV that same month. Also owned a 1981 & 1995 coup. Past President 1989, 1990, 2000, 2001 & 2014. Presently CCDV's VP, Club Historian & still own our '76!
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