C1 (53-62)

Brake Pad Bedding Procedures Explained


Brake pad bedding defined

Brake pad bedding involves heating a brake rotor and pad, through braking, to a specified temperature in order to allow the formation of a transfer layer.  In order to maximize braking performance, brake pads must be bedded-in with their brake rotors.  Following the bed-in procedures provided by the manufacturer will assure a smooth, even layer of transfer film on the rotor and will minimize brake vibration. Read more on “Brake Pad Bedding Procedures Explained” »

Body & Paint

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 tasks. These topics are covered in more depth in prior CC Tech articles. Read more on “Checklist for Summer Cruising” »

Body & Paint

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!


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).




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.



Chrome Molding Close

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.



Paragon Miss Resized

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



Hole edit

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.



Paragon End resized

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

Body & Paint

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.  By then, significant strides had been made in convertible technology.  Road noise and interior temperature control was abated with the addition of a headliner. The headliner wasn’t just functional though; its smooth, finished look greatly enhanced the interior and eliminated the unsightly steel top bows.  Additionally, it was now possible to wash the exterior without water intrusion concerns. Even water directed at the top of the windows was generally not a problem.

Our goal is to help you to feel more comfortable installing a 1986-1996 convertible top. Early tops and late tops are on entirely different ends of the spectrum when it comes to installation difficulty. On a scale of 1-10 with 1 being the easiest to install and 10 being the most difficult, I would rate early tops as a “10” and 1986 and later tops as a “1.” Read more on “1986-96 Corvette Convertible Top Installation” »

C1 (53-62)

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. Read more on “Corvette Central C1 Dash Insert Overview” »