Whether prepping your Corvette to roll across the auction block or display at a show, cleaning the engine adds value. A spotless engine shows just how important and well maintained is your Corvette. Filthy engines are more apt to retain heat and make it difficult to detect small leaks. Dirt and dust cause pulleys and belts to squeak from undue wear. Worst of all, it just looks bad. (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…)
While plastic certainly has its merits in our modern society, it can be problematic when it is used extensively in automotive interiors. Temperature extremes, excessively bumpy roads, and improper removal/reinstallation are the biggest factors that can cause annoying interior component squeaks. 1984-1989 Corvettes are arguably the worst affected, with later C4s, C5s, and C6s being less susceptible to squeaks and rattles barring improper removal and/or reinstallation techniques. (more…)
As of this edit, the last of the C6 Corvettes have been produced in Bowling Green, KY. The C6 was introduced in 2005, and was another all-new design, just like the preceding C5 was all-new compared to the C4. The C6 continues the Corvette Team’s mission to improve on the previous generation in every category. The resulting base model Corvette for 2005 boasted numbers like a 4.3 second sprint to 60 miles per hour, a 186 MPH top speed, and fuel economy ratings of 18 city/28 highway for manual equipped versions (15/25 with the 4L65-E Hydra Matic automatic). Somehow, the team managed to undercut the cost of the base 2004 Corvette by $300. Pretty impressive!
Since it’s 2005 introduction, the base Corvette received a new 436 HP LS3 engine, providing supercar levels of performance. The well-sorted chassis prompted Corvette engineers to develop enhanced Corvette models, including the 505 HP Z06 (2006), 635 HP ZR1 (2009) Grand Sport (2010), and 427 convertible (2013) models. Speaking of the Grand Sport, Chevrolet produced more of these in 2010 than the base model coupes and convertibles.
|Model Year||Coupe||Convertible||Z06||ZR1||Grand Sport Coupe||Grand Sport Convertible||427 Convertible||Total|
Photos and article notes by Chris Petris
Over time, the original rubber control arm bushings on C4-C6 Corvettes will wear out and fail. While some owners will want to stick with new rubber bushings as a replacement option, there is another option that has become almost second nature in recent years: urethane bushings. These bushings offer two primary benefits: longer life and a firmer, more responsive feel behind the wheel. While this is a task best suited for those with experience and access to a hydraulic press, it can be accomplished with a conventional vise. Follow along as we remove the OEM bushings on a Corvette and replace them with urethane versions. (more…)