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 results.  Our left or right specific versions ensure correct fit.  Part numbers 331230L for left side, 331230R for right side.  Order your set today!

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Corvette Central version, part number 331230L. This molding is being held in place by three clips. No pressure was applied to achieve this fit.

 

 

The hardest part was getting the trim out to the position of the wheel house curve. We stayed on it until it was just right.

 

 

Our competition’s left side version. The molding is seriously unbent (and this is the good side).

 

 

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Corvette Central part 331230R. If you look closely, you can see the marking “SAMPLE #5″ (i.e. the 5th try was the charm). The molding is simply sitting on the fender. No bending, twisting or cutting was necessary.

 

 

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Close up of Corvette Central part 331230R.

 

 

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The competition’s right side. This molding is more severely unbent than the left side.

 

 

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Competition’s right side. Note that the molding is hanging over the edge of the body by about 3/16″.

 

 

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This pair of competitor’s moldings were returned to us by a customer. There is no way anyone could install this on a car. Inset: We’re not sure what could be done about this without destroying paintwork.

 

 

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Competitor’s molding. We guess “too short” is the next best thing to getting it right.

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Corvette Central C1 Dash Insert Overview

Ever since they were designed into the 1958 Corvette, passenger side dash inserts have been a somewhat of a headache for Corvette owners. The OEM inserts were subject to damage that the rest of the interior could generally resist. In a short time span, these inserts became dinged, dented or scratched, making the dash of C1 Corvettes look years older than they were. While aluminum dash inserts have been available for many years, the installation has always been time consuming and difficult…

…until now, that is! Corvette Central has all of the well-received, U.S. made C1 aluminum insert and insert assemblies, for 1958 Corvettes with white letters, 1959 with black letters and the 1960-62 versions with red and blue bars. The balance of the parts on the dash insert come from overseas with the assembly work completed (as always) by Corvette Central. C1 owners now have the luxury of replacing their dash inserts at any time. (more…)

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Pfadt Releases the Latest Corvette Coilover Technology

What follows has been reprinted with permission from Corvette Online. Written by Lindsey Fisher.

Corvette Central part # 575042

The latest and greatest Corvette coilovers have arrived. Offered by Pfadt, the new feather-light, single-adjustable, coilovers have a new design offering many revolutionary components and benefits. If you want the latest technology for your Corvette, look no further than Pfadt for a unique ride.

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GM issues recall for 2011-12 Corvettes over faulty hatch hinges

General Motors has issued a recall for  5,755  2011-12 Corvette coupes for potentially faulty hatch hinges that could break loose in a crash.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the rear hatch hinges on cars built between January and September do not meet federal weight capacity requirements.  The NHTSA campaign ID Number is 11V491000.  GM will notify owners per the comments in the official release below.

 

Report Date : October 9, 2011 at 12:45 PM
NHTSA Campaign ID number : 11V491000

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
CHEVROLET / CORVETTE 2011-2012
Manufacturer: GENERAL MOTORS LLC Mfr’s Report Date: OCT 03, 2011
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V491000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: STRUCTURE:BODY:HATCHBACK/LIFTGATE:HINGE AND ATTACHMENTS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 5,755
Summary:
GENERAL MOTORS (GM) IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011-2012 CHEVROLET CORVETTE COUPE VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED FROM JANUARY 24, 2011, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 1, 2011, FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NUMBER 206, “DOOR LOCKS AND DOOR RETENTION COMPONENTS”. THE REAR HATCH HINGES MAY NOT MEET THE LOAD REQUIREMENTS SPECIFIED IN THE SAFETY STANDARD.
Consequence:
THE REAR HATCH COULD SEPARATE IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH, INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURY.
Remedy:
GM WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE BOTH REAR HATCH HINGES FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 7, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438.
Notes:
GM’S SAFETY RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 11258. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

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Introducing Correct C1 Push-Down Antennas from Corvette Central

Corvette Central is pleased to introduce correct push-down antennas for C1 Corvettes, available in three versions: 1956-58 (early), 1958 (late)-60 and 1961-62.  Our new assemblies not only reflect the attention to detail that judges are looking for during shows, but our dedication to producing the highest quality parts possible.  As an example, the antenna tips on all three versions of our C1 antennas are identical to factory specifications.

161021 (1956-1958E)
Correct push down mast antenna as original. No rings on mast.  Fully extended, the mast is 45 inches. Normal height, not extended, is 11.5 inches. The mast pushes down into the antenna approximately 2 inches as they did from the factory.

161017 (1958L-1960)
Correct push down mast antenna as original. Features rings on mast.  Fully extended, the mast is 45 inches. Normal height, not extended, is 11.5 inches. The mast pushes down into the antenna approximately 2 inches as they did from the factory.

161016 (1961-1962)
Correct push down mast antenna as original. Fully extended the mast is 26.5 inches. Normal height, not extended is 15 inches. The mast pushes down into the antenna approximately 5 1/2 inches as they did from the factory.

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