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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 »

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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 »

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C1 Corvette Battery Tray and Welding Risks on E-coated Parts

Pictured above on the right is Corvette Central’s Made in USA C1 battery tray (part #171301), along with a black coated tray that is a foreign made copy.  The black tray is a good reproduction, as well as an option if your top priority is saving $20.  However, readers should be aware that the black… Read more »

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Checklist for Summer Cruising

By Chris Petris Let’s face it: summer has officially arrived. If you have not already done so, now is the time to make sure that your Corvette is ready for vacation travel, car shows, and everyday commuting in extreme temperatures. Use this brief guide to ensure that you address all of the major summer maintenance… Read more »

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New from Corvette Central: 1958-61 Corvette Front Fender Side Chrome Moldings

  Customers that have purchased  new side chrome moldings for their 1958 through 1961 Corvettes over the years are probably well aware of their challenging fit issues.  Corvette Central has decided to produce our own versions of the side chrome that meet our quality standards, and we think that you will be pleased with the… Read more »

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1986-96 Corvette Convertible Top Installation

Story and pictures by Chris Petris Petris Enterprises   Convertible owners know the joy of the open road. It is almost a magical experience with the wind whipping around. It was a big disappointment when GM dropped the convertible option from their lineup in 1976. Fortunately, a convertible option for the Corvette returned in 1986. … Read more »

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1968-82 Corvette Door Hinge Repair, Door Window Seal Installation and WIndow Adjustment

  Article and photos by Chris Petris   You know it will eventually happen: your C3 Corvette’s door hinges wear out and the resulting alignment issues cause a multitude of problems. Sagging, broken seals, road noise, and water leaks to name a few.   Have you ever wondered how many times you have opened and… Read more »