Body & Paint

Corvette Central Project Split Mod: Part I

 

By Chris Petris

 

Corvette projects are something many car guys consider doing at some point in the future.  Some enjoy just being a part of any restoration project, watching the process from conception to completion.

 

Corvette Central has been a huge part of the restoration hobby for many years and has been instrumental in manufacturing previously discontinued Corvette parts.  One of their specialties is exhaust systems that they manufacture in house.  The exhaust kits are ready to go with all the factory bends and original looks. With the myriad of parts available, Corvette Central wanted an opportunity to show customers what they supply in person. What better way than to have rolling live Corvette projects on display? This is where Chris Petris and the guys at Corvette Central come together.

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C1 (53-62)

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.

Body & Paint

C4 Corvette Cutaway Car Parts Gallery

For your convenience, we have identified the following parts on our C4 Corvette Cutaway, as well as some larger overview shots at the beginning to help you orient yourself as while viewing them.  Clicking on each thumbnail will expand the image to fill your screen. Read more on “C4 Corvette Cutaway Car Parts Gallery” »

C5 (97-04)

1997-2011 Corvette exhaust system installation

 

By Chris Petris

 

The fifth and sixth generation Corvettes are engineering masterpieces. As the first Corvette built for comfortable extended highway travel, the C5 Corvette has plenty of power and torque with excellent fuel economy, and the C6 continues to improve the breed. Accolades aside, the stock exhaust systems leave a lot to be desired. For one, the puny bell-shaped outlets do not fill out the valence. And the sound? Just a low hum at road speed and non existent at idle. Whether satisfying federal regulations or NVH objectives, engineering an OEM exhaust system is quite a feat. The result? Mundane exhaust systems on factory built performance cars.

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C1 (53-62)

Corvette Central announces alliance with the Registry of Corvette Race Cars.

Lineup at Monterey Historics

Corvette race fans take note!  Corvette Central is pleased to announce an alliance with the Registry of Corvette Race Cars (RCRC).  The RCRC was formed to “…preserve the heritage of Corvette race cars that keeps the Corvette legend alive”.  The organization maintains an active registry of all Corvette race cars, from C1 through C6, in various racing series, including but not limited to the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA), Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and many others.

Corvette Central will be publishing feature stories covering topics of interest from within the RCRC, with the goal of building awareness for Corvette owners and enthusiasts.  Look for updates here in the CC Blog, as well as Corvette Central’s Facebook fan page.  We have also established a gallery that will showcase many different Corvette race cars (most still actively racing) and events across the country.

The first installment will be an overview of Watkins Glen, the “birthplace of sports car racing” after World War II.  Stay tuned!

C3 (68-82)

1968-1982 Patriot Header and Exhaust System Install

 

By Chris Petris

Original small block “rams horn” exhaust manifolds (produced up to 1979) can be said to flow efficiently. Their flow may not be optimal, but they are better than many of the original equipment manifolds. The idea is to reduce back-pressure while tuning the flowing exhaust gases. The center exhaust ports on the OE cast iron manifolds dump into a rectangular box that the outer cylinder exhaust gases flow into. This mixing of exhaust gases so close to the cylinder head and exhaust valves hurt engine performance from lack of flow.

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Body & Paint

C5 Z06 Reproduction Mesh Grilles

Have a C5 Z06 in need of replacement mesh grilles, but can’t find any that will utilize the OEM mounting holes?  Our new C5 Z06 reproduction mesh grilles take functionality a step further with the addition of mounting tabs.

Where other manufacturers versions (pictured above on right) simply add double stick tape, our versions (pictured on left with arrows) go the extra mile with true mounting tabs just like on the originals.  The result is mesh grilles that will work on all C5 Corvettes, including the Z06.

Get your set today!  Part # 335120.