Addendum: 1955-1966 Corvette Fuel Pump Rebuild


In a previous article, we covered how to restore your fuel pump. Those were the days! Disassemble the fuel pump, replace the check valves and diaphragm, and you were back in business. I have always felt fortunate that when I started out in this business, engines had carburetors and emission systems were in their infancy. At the local GM dealer, we repaired or overhauled components to fix them, not just replace pieces. Oh well, those days are over. All I can do is share those early experiences and hope they help you get through what would otherwise be a trying situation. (more…)

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Corvette Central Exhaust Systems Overview, Part I

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Exhaust systems have improved immensely from the early years when we would replace rear exhaust, mufflers and tail-pipes almost yearly on dual exhaust vehicles. Corvettes were no exception.  If they were driven infrequently with rich running engines, it destroyed the carbon steel exhaust tubing quickly. The rear of the exhaust system was most prone to damage as the moisture was blown backward and, in many cases, rarely dried up.  Most of us complained loudly when engine temperatures exceeded 180 degrees, saying that our engines would not last under the intense temperature pressure. That rise in temperature along with aluminized tubing just about put specialty exhaust shops out of business. Now we come to expect that an exhaust system will last the life of the vehicle, and in many cases, it will. (more…)

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1955-1966 Corvette Fuel Pump Rebuild

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There was a time when a component would fail it would require repair or rebuild.  But today we throw it into the appropriate recycle pile. Growing up in the 60s and 70s sometimes makes it difficult to trash anything; today it makes more fiscal sense to buy another one. If you worked in a GM dealership in that time period, the philosophy was repair unless it had catastrophic damage.  Of course back then metal was used  for most components; plastics were for the occasional trim piece. One of the many repairs you had to perform at the dealership was rebuilding windshield wiper motors, distributors, alternators, starters and fuel pumps. (more…)

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