C1 Corvette Windshield Post Problems and Fixes

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Many of our 1956 to 1962 Corvette customers report a noticeable vibration or rocking at the base of their windshield.  More frequently than not,  the windshield mounting posts are snapped off.  Over the years, many of these posts have been subjected to questionable repair work, with shims, metal strips and welding being employed to varying degrees of success.  In the mid-1980’s, Corvette Central developed a permanent fix for this issue by designing a machining operation which allows the installation of steel tabs that are much more resilient than the originals.  Follow along as we describe the post variations, breaks, and solutions to windshield posts.

 

There are two variations of  windshield frame posts.  The 1956-58 version has a square notch relief for the door post with the upper window stop (Corvette Central part number 281009).  The 1959-62 version has an angled notch to allow for the later style door weatherstrip, which features a built-in stop and continues over the door post (Corvette Central part number 631010). (more…)

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C5 Easy Z06 Front Grille Installation

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Article & Photos courtesy of

www.AllAboutVettes.com magazine

If you want to really dress up the nose of your stock C5, then adding Z06-style front grilles is an easy and inexpensive way to do it. Corvette Central offers these after-market grilles for less than $100 a pair and installing them really couldn’t be easier. In fact, you don’t even need any tools, and the whole installation takes well under a half-hour, even if you’re a novice wrench. Here’s how to do it! (more…)

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C4 Suspension Overview

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This is the first installment of a C4 suspension overview series.  Click to view the second article,   Click to view the third article

The fourth generation Corvette was a radical departure from General Motors early Corvette engineering.  It eliminated a perimeter frame to support the suspension and driveline.  Two front frame rails integrated into the first ever Corvette uni-body construction.  This made for an interesting driveline mounting installation.  The front suspension subframe was bolted to the frame rails while providing engine mounting points. The lack of a transmission crossmember added another twist, with a torque arm supporting the transmission and connecting it directly to the differential. The differential was mounted with two large bushings at the outer uni-body rear frame area. Rear vehicle weight was supported by a transverse spring that bolted directly to the differential rear cover.

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