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C5/C6/C7 Engine Cleaning

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…)

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Corvette Evolution: From Status Icon to Competent Cruiser

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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…)

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C4, C5, and C6 Interior Squeaks

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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…)

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C6 Production Numbers

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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
2005 26728 10644 37372
2006 16598 11151 6272 34021
2007 21484 10918 8159 40561
2008 20030 7549 7731 35310
2009 8737 3343 3461 1415 16956
2010 3054 1003 518 1577 3707 2335 12194
2011 3112 780 906 806 5212 2782 13598
2012 2820 621 478 404 5056 2268 11647
2013 2597 720 471 482 4908 1736 2552 13466
TOTAL 215,125

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C4-C6 Corvette Control Arm Urethane Bushing Installation Overview

 

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…)

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