In a previous article, we covered how to restore your fuel pump. Those were the days! Disassemble the fuel pump, replace the check valves and diaphragm, and you were back in business. I have always felt fortunate that when I started out in this business, engines had carburetors and emission systems were in their infancy. At the local GM dealer, we repaired or overhauled components to fix them, not just replace pieces. Oh well, those days are over. All I can do is share those early experiences and hope they help you get through what would otherwise be a trying situation. (more…)
The Other Way Of Stopping Wilwood C1 Front Disc Brakes
By Jay Heath
Wilwood front disc brakes help turn our fishtailing ’58 into a decelerating dynamo
As recent auction results make clear, ’53-’62 Corvettes continue to rank among the most desirable U.S.-built vehicles in the collector-car marketplace. Credit the car’s historical significance and timeless good looks, traits blissfully undiminished by the inexorable forward marches of time and automotive technology.
There was a time when a component would fail it would require repair or rebuild. But today we throw it into the appropriate recycle pile. Growing up in the 60s and 70s sometimes makes it difficult to trash anything; today it makes more fiscal sense to buy another one. If you worked in a GM dealership in that time period, the philosophy was repair unless it had catastrophic damage. Of course back then metal was used for most components; plastics were for the occasional trim piece. One of the many repairs you had to perform at the dealership was rebuilding windshield wiper motors, distributors, alternators, starters and fuel pumps. (more…)
Society often pokes fun at aging, but there are many positives to growing older that are often glossed over. Many types of wines and cheeses are encouraged to age. As a person grows older, they typically do so with increased wisdom and a better understanding of what is important in life. Fine art that was severely undervalued years ago during the artist’s life can be priceless today. We just celebrated the anniversary and amazing transformation of the Corvette over the past 60 years, a sports car that has certainly aged gracefully. (more…)
Time may heal all wounds, but it’s hellishly hard on automobiles. These depredations tend to fall into two categories: those arising from the inevitable effects of the aging process, and those inflicted—whether intentionally or not—by one or more of the vehicle’s owners over the course of its life. While the Corvette’s fiberglass skin confers some measure of immunity to the former, the vintage-Vette market is rife with cars still suffering the effects of poorly executed body modifications and other “custom” work performed throughout the years. (more…)