C1 Grille Teeth Manufacturing Process

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In an earlier post, we discussed the first products ever offered by Corvette Central, the 1953-60 grille teeth.  Although the original  process has been enhanced with the addition of a state-of-the-art CNC machine and electronic controls for the die casting machine, the original dies from 1975 are still in use.  Recently we had a chance to photograph the grille teeth manufacturing process from start to finish.

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Spring Tune Up Guide

For Corvette owners that live in the northern climes, the season of Spring is a cause for much celebration. The days are not only longer but also warmer, the rain has washed the last remnants of salt off of the roads, and thousands of Corvettes awaken from their hibernation with a rumble. Why not make that last ritual as enjoyable as possible with a Spring tune up? Follow along as we go through the checklist.

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C3 Production Numbers

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This week we’ll continue our look at Corvette production numbers through the generations with the 1968-1982 models.  This 14-year time span was the longest for any Corvette generation to date.  Corvette team designers did a commendable job freshening the car from it’s early “chrome bumper” stage from 1968-1972 periodically until the final, lower production (in anticipation of the C4) 1982.  Notable models during this generation include the competition-ready 1968-69 L88, the well-balanced 1970-72 LT-1, the last convertible model until the introduction of the C4 (1975), the base model 1976 Corvette with only 165 emissions-controlled horses, the Silver Anniversary (pictured) and Indianapolis Pace Cars of 1978 and the hatchback-glass equipped 1982 Collector Edition. (more…)

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HVAC Odor Technical Service Bulletin

IMAGE_413_detailWhile we know it’s not the most exciting topic to discuss, we are aware of this issue through several Q&A magazine sections and forum postings. The problem centers on a musty odor coming from the vents whenever the A/C is activated. The odor seems to diminish after a short time, but recurs after the car is shut off and restarted a while later.

More often than not, the culprit seems to be microbial growth on the evaporator core caused by condensation. In humid parts of the country, the condensation doesn’t seem to evaporate on its own. A plugged HVAC drain may create the same condition on the evaporator core.

Fortunately for owners of 1993-present GM cars and trucks (including Corvettes), there is a Technical Service Bulletin (#99-01-39-004C) that remedies this condition. It is a complex job, so it is recommended that a certified GM technician performs the work. However, if you’d like to attempt the procedure on your own, we have the TSB below. (more…)

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Corvette Racing’s contributions to the ZR1 and Z06

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From a front splitter designed for improved high-speed down force to a rear-mounted battery for better weight distribution, engineers have been racing to make you a better Corvette. Click on the pic above for an expanded informative graphic depicting the eighteen different ways Corvette Racing’s engineering and development efforts trickle down to the ZR1 and Z06 Corvettes. Very cool. Although for what it’s worth, the 1953-62 Corvettes were sporting exposed headlamps too…

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