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 aid in straightening your crossmember if the majority of damage is within the perimeter of the inner forcing plate coverage area. (more…)
All-American Look For Your Mid-Year Vette
Story by Jerry Heasley, Vette Magazine
Factory side pipes go on a Vette like a set of pinstripes on Mickey Mantle’s Yankee uniform. The combination just looks right and all-American.
Mike remembered side pipes on his ’67 big block coupe. Although that car is long gone, today he owns a ’66 coupe with no side pipes, officially RPO code N14, catalogued as “Side Mount Exhaust System” for 1965-66-67 Corvettes.
After the installation, Mike admitted the side pipes seemed a little louder than he recalled from the 1960s. Back then he was a foot loose teenager without a wife in the passenger seat.
Of course, a more robust exhaust is one reason for installing side pipes. His base 327 four barrel also felt a little stronger after the installation.
Of course, he got the look. Side pipes, with their aluminum covers, chambered pipes and stainless steel tips add flash and dash to any Mid-Year.
Mike ran into two surprises during the installation. Surprise #1 was he had to cut off an ear of each lower front fender. Surprise #2 was he had to bend back the steel brackets visible beneath the original side molding on each side of the car.
He also discovered the passenger side bend in the factory pipe near the header would not fit. Apparently, the pipes had suffered some damage sometime in the past. Luckily, skillful heating and bending restored them to their original shape. Possible wear and tear on OEM side pipes is why ordering a reproduction set, which saves money, might be the better alternative except for restorers after points in concours judging.
Buying a new set of side pipes from the aftermarket will assure a good fit of the pipes and the option of longer lasting stainless steel.
The installation is fairly straightforward with some important key points included in our picture set.
Power steering is a mechanical wonder that many of us often take for granted. For some, it is hard to even remember a time without power steering. Today’s systems are cost effective to manufacture and are very reliable with just basic maintenance. It is likely that these systems will remain in place for several more years despite the pressure to continually increase fuel economy.
The power steering system consists of a reservoir, pump, relief valve, control valve, power cylinder, and high/low pressure hoses. The system is effective because of the pressure differential that is created by the power steering pump. A quick explanation of how power steering works is in order. The reservoir supplies the fluid to the pump, which is driven by the engine via belt. The fluid is pressurized and sent to the control valve and the relief valve. When the steering shaft is turned, the control valve sends fluid to the power cylinder and the power cylinder uses a piston to aid in reducing steering effort. (more…)
Article courtesy of Clifton Klaverweiden, Corvette Online (www.corvetteonline.com)
Even though they are one of the defining characteristics of a C2 Corvette, the repairing or replacing the roll-over headlights can be one of the biggest pains you’ll encounter in restoring a C2. In this video we found on YouTube, the guys from Red Dirt Rodz give us an overview of how to get the job done while keeping your sanity intact.
It’s not uncommon for the headlights to be badly damaged, malfunctioning, or missing altogether in a C2 that needs restoration. Luckily, the aftermarket has just about any parts you might be missing, right down to a complete replacement kit, like the one Red Dirt Rodz picked up from Melrose T-Top for their 67 C2 Roadster. The kit includes every nut, bolt, screw, and hard-to-find component that you literally could spend a lifetime searching for individually from scrap yards or eBay.
Overall, the install is time consuming, and requires quite a bit of forethought, but all in all it’s definitely the type of job the average enthusiast should be able to do themselves. That’s not to say that there aren’t a few “gotcha’s” that you’ll need to watch out for, but luckily having a great video like this from Red Dirt Rodz to walk you through the assembly will make the job much, much easier on you when it comes time to work on the headlights of your own second gen Corvette.
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