Well, I learned a good lesson this weekend in patience and common sense. Friday night I went out an picked up a master cylinder bleed kit, a brake bleed kit and some Dot 3 brake fluid from my favorite place AutoZone. My plans were to bleed the brakes on Saturday. I woke up and started pulling the air filter to replace it. I opened the new one I purchased and much to my surprise, it was not the correct filter even though it stated it was a fit for a 1971 C3 454. Fail.
I then moved on to the master cylinder. I pulled the top off and was surprised to see it was bone dry. I filled both chambers, closed the lid back up and secretly hoped that it would solve my brake pedal issue. I climbed in the car and started it up. As I listened to the engine rev very high, I punched the gas a bit to settle it down… no luck. I turned the car off and then fired it back up. I am not sure what happened but the idle settled in to a normal cadence and the car sounded pretty good.
As I was enjoying the sound and playing back the master cylinder issue, it wondered what other fluids maybe low. I turned the car off and let it cool a bit. I popped the radiator cap and sure enough, it appeared to be dry. This isn’t good I was thinking, I need to put coolant in. Before doing so, I started to squeeze the upper and lower radiator hoses. The upper felt a bit soft but not terrible. The lower hose on the other hand, felt like there were rocks in it. I could feel things in the hose as I squeezed it. I am not a mechanic but even I know that isn’t good.
I mulled over what was happening, took a look under the car to see how to get to the hoses and determined I could handle it. I then retreated inside and headed over to Zip-Corvette to order new reproduction hoses and brackets. The order is currently in process and I am hoping to get the hoses by the weekend.
- Change the upper and lower radiator hoses
- Add engine coolant
- Bleed the master cylinder
- Bleed the brakes