Saturday, March 17, 2018

Cleaning and Painting C3 Brake Calipers

C3 Corvette brake calipers are not the prettiest around, but since they're usually hidden behind Rallies or slotted mag wheels, you can hardly see them.

But they do get more than their share of brake pad dust, road grime, weather and, consequently, rust.

Depending on the age and condition of yours—they always find a way to spring a leak—you may have to replace them for safety's sake. But even brand new, out-of-the-box calipers will start to corrode as soon as you get them installed, if not sooner. That's the nature of the cast iron beast.

My calipers were in pretty decent condition, albeit covered in surface rust. But leak-free which is a money-saver.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Pace Car Air Dam For My 76 Vette | Part 2

Almost a year ago I purchased a Pace Car air dam for my '76 Stingray, but the lack of garage space and having most of my tools stored in boxes relegated this project to the back burner.

Well, since I now have a new home with a small, yet nicely equipped garage, it was time to tackle this project and get the front spoiler installed.

As far as the front spoiler is concerned, you have two options. Either a one-piece fiberglass unit or the three-piece urethane air dam that I chose for my Corvette.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Reinstalling the Wiring Harness for the Headlights Correctly

As I had mentioned previously in C3 Corvette Low Beams: Inside or Outside?, whoever took the Corvette apart to repaint it, completely screwed up reinstalling the wiring harness for the headlights.

This resulted in not only having the position of low beams swapped with the high beams but also a complete mess with the harness just thrown in behind the nose of the car.

Words that come to mind to describe the mess they made include clutter, chaos, pandemonium, and rat's nest to name a few.

I guess they thought since you can't see it, no one would care. Well, I care and, therefore, had to remove the harness as much as I could in order to reinstall it correctly.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

C3 Corvette Low Beams: Inside or Outside?

The photo below shows how the previous owner had the low beams installed, and as far as I know, none of the other five C3 Corvettes I owned in the past looked like this. Besides, it looks stupid to me so I had to do something, even though it took me three years to get around to it.

But this is not just a matter of unplugging them and then plugging them in the correct position. Nope. It takes a bit more work than that.

Since I rarely drive my Vette at night, this project kept getting pushed to the back burner, but since I recently refurbished the headlight actuators, I felt it was time to get this issue taken care of.

I started by manually opening the headlight assemblies, and then I removed the headlamp bezels. This time I did not use the RhinoRamps thinking this was going to be an easy and quick job. I was wrong!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Small Oil Puddle on the Intake Manifold

This is not an uncommon problem, but motor oil belongs inside the engine, not outside, so I took the time to immediately address this issue.

My '76 has an Edelbrock Performer intake manifold, but I've had the same problem before with OEM parts, and in this case, the manifold was not to blame. The oil was seeping through one of the manifold bolt holes.

The red arrow above points to the small puddle of motor oil that would accumulate one or two days after I drove my car.

Fortunately, this issue was limited to just one bolt and, therefore, the solution was simple: