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Body & Paint

84-96 Door Outside Seal Strip Replacement

84-96 Door Outside Seal Strip Replacement By Chris Petris Automotive door sealing technology has improved dramatically from the early days when rain water came in from all angles. By 1969 GM changed the outer seal strip that wipes the glass clear on those damp mornings to do a good job of keeping water out of… Read more »

C5 (97-04)

1997-2013 Shock Absorber Information and Replacement

1997-2013 Shock Absorber Replacement By Chris Petris Shock absorbers are considered a consumable product with a limited lifespan here’s why… The C5 Corvette shock absorbers and C6 Corvette shock absorbers are both Mono-tube design. Mono-tube shock absorbers construction begins with a single cylinder (tube) filled with hydraulic fluid. Another piston is used to separate the… Read more »

C4 (84-96)

Corvette Rear Suspension Bushing Installation and Component Installation

By Chris Petris Petris Enterprises This is the third installment of a C4 suspension overview series. Click to view the first article, Click to view the second article. In this installment, we tackle the rear suspension bushing installation and component installation. So far I have covered all the C4 suspension disassembly and have the front… Read more »

Body & Paint

C1 Corvette Windshield Post Problems and Fixes

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… Read more »

C4 (84-96)

C4 Suspension Overview

  By Chris Petris 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… Read more »

C1-C6 (53-13)

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 »

C4 (84-96)

C4 Corvette Tackles One Lap of America Endurance Race

Story and photos by Chris Petris The Brock Yates’ One Lap of America endurance race, formerly known as “The Cannonball,” consists of a variety of challenges on the dry skid pad, drag strip, and racetrack. It is the equivalent of the Hot Rod Power Tour with track challenges at each stop. However, it is grueling… Read more »