Body & Paint

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 coating, known as “e-coating”, is not recommended by most professionals (including our own e-coater) as a “weld-through primer”.  In short, there are health risks associated with welding fumes.  To avoid this issue, it is recommended that the e-coating be blasted or ground back in the weld areas.  If your intention is to burn off the coating by welding, make sure the resulting fumes are directed away from you in a well-ventilated area. Read more on “C1 Corvette Battery Tray and Welding Risks on E-coated Parts” »

C2 (63-67)

1963-1982 Corvette Alignment Information

By Chris Petris


Before an alignment is done, it is important to make sure all suspension components are in good shape. For example, loose wheel bearings on the front or rear will affect alignment and worn components front and rear will alter the alignment over time. Tire wear will indicate how the suspension and tires are handling the adjustments. Read more on “1963-1982 Corvette Alignment Information” »

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.



Paragon Close 1 resized

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.