Posts Categorized C3 (68-82)

Body & Paint

Sealing a Shark: 1977-1982 Weatherstrip

Using aftermarket weatherstrip pieces in the past, we had to choose either adjusting the windows to seal, or adjusting the windows to roll up and down without the door open. There was no way to do both. ’77 and earlier models used a different style rear vertical weatherstrip that wasn’t solid so it made window… Read more »

C3 (68-82)

C3 Radiator Core Support Installation

The radiator core support has two functions: radiator placement and front end support. Weakened core supports allow the nose of your Corvette to droop, increasing the gap between the upper part of front fender and the door. When that occurs, stress is placed on the inner fenders. Before the core support project begins, a thorough… Read more »

C1 (53-62)

Corvette Central Exhaust Systems Overview, Part I

By Chris Petris 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… Read more »

Body & Paint

1963-1982 Corvette Dent Removal tool instructions

Story and pictures by Chris Petris Your 1963-1982 Corvette front crossmember is subjected to large rocks, unimaginable road debris and damage from repair work (poorly positioned floor jacks). As a result, many, if not all, the frames under C2 and C3 Corvettes have caved-in front crossmembers. The repair tool (Corvette Central part number 182100) will… Read more »