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Front Air Dam on a 79?

Joined
Feb 25, 2003
Messages
887
Location
Clarksville, Tennessee
Corvette
1979 Bright Red L-82
I have a 79 with the optional front and rear spoilers like the ones on the 78 Pace Car. I was wondering if you need the front Air Dam also when you have the spoilers? Does the front air dam bolt onto the bottom of the radiator? Thanks in advance...
 

Paul T

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Joined
Sep 1, 2003
Messages
160
Location
Charlotte
Corvette
1967(427/400),2011(Z06)
Hi D, I also have a 79 with the factory pace car spoilers and the air dam was not used with them. Sounds like you are good to go.
Paul
 

bobherr46

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Joined
Oct 13, 2003
Messages
87
Location
Illinois
Corvette
1979 coupe,L82,4speed
I think the front air dam is an essential part of the cooling system because it deflects air up and into the radiator rather than letting it pass under the car. I put a new 406 motor in my 79 L82 car a couple of years ago and had cooling problems. I replaced the front air dam which had been torn off and the cooling problem was solved. The dam actually attaches to the plastic or fiberglass pieces up underneath the nose of the car. There are some pieces of metal riveted to the plastic and the dam is bolted to these. If the threads in the metal are stripped or bolts are twisted off you may have to drill out the rivets to get the metal pieces off and repair them before you can properly install the air dam. - Bob
 

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