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Adding Electric Windows to a C3

Adding electric windows is one of the easier upgrades that can make the C3 a little more user-friendly. Although somewhat labor intensive, since it was a factory option, both the mechanical and electric parts of conversion are a bolt-in proposition. There’s no fab work required: no welding, drilling holes through the firewall, or trying to find ways to splice into factory wiring. The only real modification is to cut holes for switches in the plastic parking brake housing, and that’s only if you don’t want to order a new housing with holes already there. No special tools are required, and if you’re mechanically adept, it should take about a day’s work. You’ll need to remove the dash, center console and parking brake housing, in order to route the wiring. (more…)

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Updating the Cooling System for LS Power

LS swaps are one of the hottest things going in the automotive aftermarket, and that includes shoehorning them into Corvettes that rolled out of St. Louis thirty or forty years before the LS1 debuted in 1997. Powerful, lightweight, and relatively drama-free, the ultra-efficient LS engines make big-block power out of a small-block package and get ridiculously high gas mileage. They have no right to be this good…but they are. Fitting one into an early Corvette is easy; there’s plenty of room in Sharks and Midyears to accommodate the compact package, and engine mount adaptors are readily available to bolt it in place. Wiring can be as easy or complicated as you want to make it, and plumbing the fuel system is relatively straightforward. But adding serious LS package power also means beefing up virtually every other system on the car, including the all-important cooling system. (more…)

body mount install kits

Shark Body Mount Installation

Whether you are doing a frame off or partially restoring a Shark, the body mounts should be replaced. All rubber products degrade as they age, dry out, and crack. Moisture causes corrosion, eventually tearing the rubber apart as the body mount steel reinforcement sleeves grow larger. Deteriorated body mounts affect door alignment and will eventually this will cause stress cracks and deformed body panels. (more…)