New from Corvette Central: 1958-61 Corvette Front Fender Side Chrome Moldings

Customers that have purchased  new side chrome moldings for their 1958 through 1961 Corvettes over the years are probably well aware of their challenging fit issues.  Corvette Central has decided to produce our own versions of the side chrome that meet our quality standards, and we think that you will be pleased with the results.  Our left or right specific versions ensure correct fit.  Part numbers 331230L for left side, 331230R for right side.  Order your set today!

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Corvette Central version, part number 331230L. This molding is being held in place by three clips. No pressure was applied to achieve this fit.

 

 

The hardest part was getting the trim out to the position of the wheel house curve. We stayed on it until it was just right.

 

 

Our competition’s left side version. The molding is seriously unbent (and this is the good side).

 

 

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Corvette Central part 331230R. If you look closely, you can see the marking “SAMPLE #5″ (i.e. the 5th try was the charm). The molding is simply sitting on the fender. No bending, twisting or cutting was necessary.

 

 

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Close up of Corvette Central part 331230R.

 

 

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The competition’s right side. This molding is more severely unbent than the left side.

 

 

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Competition’s right side. Note that the molding is hanging over the edge of the body by about 3/16″.

 

 

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This pair of competitor’s moldings were returned to us by a customer. There is no way anyone could install this on a car. Inset: We’re not sure what could be done about this without destroying paintwork.

 

 

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Competitor’s molding. We guess “too short” is the next best thing to getting it right.

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1986-96 Corvette Convertible Top Installation

Convertible owners know the joy of the open road. It is almost a magical experience with the wind whipping around. It was a big disappointment when GM dropped the convertible option from their lineup in 1976.

Fortunately, a convertible option for the Corvette returned in 1986.  By then, significant strides had been made in convertible technology.  Road noise and interior temperature control was abated with the addition of a headliner. The headliner wasn’t just functional though; its smooth, finished look greatly enhanced the interior and eliminated the unsightly steel top bows.  Additionally, it was now possible to wash the exterior without water intrusion concerns. Even water directed at the top of the windows was generally not a problem.

Our goal is to help you to feel more comfortable installing a 1986-1996 convertible top. Early tops and late tops are on entirely different ends of the spectrum when it comes to installation difficulty. On a scale of 1-10 with 1 being the easiest to install and 10 being the most difficult, I would rate early tops as a “10” and 1986 and later tops as a “1.” (more…)

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