Friday, October 13, 2017

The Art of Miroslav Porochnavy — Part II

After a delay by Hurricane Irma, I was able to finally take my 1976 Corvette drawing to the local Hobby Lobby in order to have it professionally framed.

The staff at Hobby Lobby in Orange City were great and helpful assisting me with ideas that would enhance the drawing and even suggested I choose double-matting which created a red pinstripe effect that matched the red of the car and really made the whole piece pop.

In order to protect the artwork, I chose the basic UV-coated glass instead of the non-glare or museum options, which were just too expensive for my taste.
I think that it will be just fine with my choice of glass since I do not plan to shine a light directly on the artwork.

Everyone who's seen the drawing is amazed by how realistic it looks, and I agree. Miroslav's artwork is truly incredible, and if you own a collector vehicle, owning one of his drawings is a must-have.

Needless to say, a Porochnavy drawing would make an amazing gift for any occasion.

Having said that and taking into account that these are hand-drawn renditions, plus the fact that Miroslav lives in HumennĂ©, Slovakia, you must allow time for the drawing as well as time in transit and customs at the destination.

I had my drawing in approximately 45 days from the time I contacted Miroslav to when the U.S. Postal Service brought it to my door.

By the way, payment was made upon artwork completion via PayPal, and Miroslav kept me up-to-date via Messenger.

And here's the finished product, which Hobby Lobby delivered ahead of schedule. It looks great and the quality of their work is impressive. And the glass really makes the drawing shine.

If you would like to contact Miroslav, visit his Facebook page.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

C3 Corvette Starter Heat Soak — Part 1

Friday, October 6, 2017

I've been having problems when I try to restart my Corvette once the engine is hot.

Yesterday, I took the car for a spin around town and, after a stop at the local Sunoco, I went to start the car, only for the starter to barely turn like if the battery was almost dead. What's interesting is that while it struggles for a few seconds, eventually it spins somewhat normally and the car starts right up.

The dashboard battery gauge proved that the alternator was doing its job by showing the battery was being charged, so I believe that's not the culprit as I think the loads being imposed on the battery while trying to restart the car, are strong enough to require the alternator to recharge it, as shown by the gauge. After a minute or so, the needle settles back down to a normal positive voltage.

In order to chase this issue, I removed the battery to have it tested at the local auto parts store, where it showed a 95% charge and it was given a clean bill of health for both voltage and cold cranking amps.

The battery, by the way, is barely two years old, and—it's been my experience—that you can get approximately five years of life out of a car's battery.

Since my Vette is not a daily driver, I think that getting six years of usable life out of the battery may be possible and reasonable. Anyway, the battery does not seem to be at fault here.

After getting back home, I wiped the battery down, but first I decided to inspect the battery terminals and clean them. While at AutoZone, I purchased a pair of side-mount terminal bolts since the original ones looked pretty tired and corroded. I assume they were original to the car.

Removal of the terminal bolts is easy. All I had to do to remove them was apply light pressure on the threaded side of the bolt and they slid out of the cable end.

While I had them out, I took the opportunity to clean the plastic cable end covers the best I could, considering that the battery is located behind the driver's seat which makes access to it a bit challenging. Thankfully, removing the driver's side T-top helps.

After cleaning the cable end covers, I sanded the cable ends to remove some of the corrosion and ensure good contact, plus I coated the area with dielectric grease to keep any future corrosion at bay. I then installed the new terminal bolts.

Since it appears the issue is not battery- or alternator-related, I will have to do a little more research to see if the issues I'm experiencing point to a defective starter, even though the one in the car is barely a year old, but since it is a remanufactured AC Delco unit, you never know.

Again, this problem only happens after the motor reaches normal operating temperature so I am starting to believe that it may be the dreaded "Heat Soak" problem that I've heard affects GM starters of the 1970s and 1980s, although I have to say that I don't remember having these type of problems back in the day.

Since I do not have a lift and am in the process of starting to rehab a house I just purchased in DeBary, Florida, plus all the associated moving expenses and work in order to be ready to move all of my stuff to the new place before the end of the year (when my current lease expires), this project will have to be continued in a few months.

Sunday, October 10, 2017

I went ahead and reconnected the battery and the car started right up. I let it idle until it reached operating temperature, but wasn't able to recreate the issue, so I am thinking that the motor may need to run a bit longer for heat to build up and cause this issue, which by the way, I have no idea if it affects the starter solenoid or something else.

It was suggested by two mechanics that I replace the almost-new AC Delco starter with a newer GM unit with a reduction gear. That sounds great but such a purchase would cost around $300 which is money I rather spend on the new (to me) home.

Once I am able to crawl under the car I will see about cleaning all the electrical connections and ensure the ground is properly connected as someone mentioned it could be contributing to the issue I am experiencing.

I may also install a heat shield, or cover the starter with a heat mat, or both!

Stay tuned for an update in a couple of months, and thank you for following.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Cops and Corvettes. Donuts Anyone?

This is an online photo compilation of Corvettes, of different generations, being used as police cars. Most of them are U.S. cop cars, but a few are from other countries, which proves good taste is not limited to these shores.

Are they all "the real McCoy?" I do not know for sure. But one thing I do know is that I wouldn't want to see the popo cruising around in Corvettes... of any vintage.

I think that would be "police brutality."

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Night Moves — C3 Corvette Garage Photos

Blame it on boredom or tiredness after a long day, but I had to shoot a few photos of my Corvette after a late-night paint polishing session in my small garage.

Unfortunately, my iPhone—or any other camera for that matter—is incapable of capturing the "mood," but at least some of the pics show the shiny surfaces as well as the intricate and sexy shapes of a C3.

It is obvious I am not a professional photographer, but that won't keep me from trying and sharing my C3 with the world!

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Wax On, Wax Off — Waxing and Detailing your Corvette

I believe that if you want your vehicle to stand above the rest, you have to pay attention to even the smallest details.

When people talk to me about my Corvette, they always say that it is the cleanest one they've ever seen, and that's nice to hear, but I believe my attention to detail also helps hide some of the flaws or imperfections.

My car is far from perfect, but if there's one thing I do constantly is to keep it as clean as possible and the paint polished to the best of my ability.

To that end, I like to use a liquified Carnauba wax I found at a local car show a few years ago. Actually, I like it so much I usually buy four or five bottles every time I start running a bit low.

And even though you can apply and remove the wax very easily in direct sunlight, I avoid doing that and, instead, wax my car in the garage and sometimes allow the wax to dry and stay on for days. I know it sounds excessive but it wipes off without any effort and, I believe, adds to the paint shine and depth.

Best of all, I can also use the product on glass and chrome, and the water-repelling properties are an added bonus.

Of course waxing the paint is a given. But most people limit the waxing to the exterior of the car. I go beyond that point and if it has paint on it, I will wax it. From door jambs to fender lips, areas under the rubber bumpers, and even the license plates get a coat (or more) of wax.

But wait... there's more!

I also apply wax under the hood! Items such as the air cleaner assembly, brackets, valve covers, the brake booster, and more, all get a coat of wax. My Vette's engine always stands out at car shows and cruises and people notice.

But detailing does not stop there. A while back I wrote a fairly comprehensive article about detailing the windshield wiper trough. Needless to say, the wiper arms, actuating rods, and even the hoses were also detailed. And while I was at it, I also removed the wiper motor and detailed it as well.

If you are a C3 owner, I don't need to explain how Chevrolet chose to "finish" the windshield wiper trough. The amount of excess seam sealer plus barely a coat of black paint made for an area that was not suitable for a Corvette. Granted, it was out of sight when the hood was closed, but it looked hideous when you opened it.

The photo above shows some of the seam sealer "turds" as I scraped the trough. The firewall/hood crossover lip was also in desperate need of attention. This detailing project took me about two weeks but it was worth the time and effort. Click here to read the two-part Restoring the Wiper Bay Area article.

Paying attention to detail also allows me to spot small nicks and scratches that are bound to happen from normal use of the car. This is an excellent time to touch up paint chips or detail small parts that get usually ignored.

Door jambs get plenty of wax, as do the inside painted areas of the doors. And again, this is an excellent opportunity to remove screws and bolts to give those a little love too. Most of the time all that's required is a good scrubbing with a metal bristle brush, and what a difference it makes!

After I wax the glass, I turn my attention to the rims. After spending a few days detailing a set of original slotted C3 Corvette wheels I found on Craigslist, I like to keep the rims looking like new by waxing them often. I do polish them at least once or twice a year, but the wax does an excellent job of keeping them looking great while protecting the finish.

Other chrome items such as the door handles are also waxed for looks and protection, and as I mentioned earlier, a few brackets and other items under the hood are also cleaned and waxed as needed.

By the way, the C3 door handles are usually an item that fails due to age, use, and fatigue. After all, these cars are in their forties or pretty darn close to that number, so if you have to replace yours, make sure they are of the best quality available as the Made-in-China repops are worthless.

And while you're at it, get a pair of new gaskets so everything looks fresh and in like new condition.

Needless to say, if you remove the original door handles and replace them with new high-quality reproduction parts, make sure you take this opportunity to touch up any paint chips in that area, which due to use, gets more than its share of scrapes and scratches.

Since I use and love this wax, I happily recommend it. But please know that I am not affiliated in any way, shape or form with the seller, other than as a regular customer.

If you would like to order a bottle of Classic Touch Premium Liquified Carnauba Wax, contact Lee Henson directly at 321-229-9164.

I shot the video above to demonstrate how easy it is to remove this wax even after a couple of days. Sometimes I wax my Corvette a few days before a show and let it sit like that in the garage for three or four days. Then the night before the event I remove the wax with a clean microfiber rag and the car is ready to show.

As a matter of fact, I've seen Lee wax his first-gen Camaro at car shows in direct sunlight. Then easily remove the sun-dried wax with a rag.

Time spent detailing your Corvette is not wasted and it will make it stand out from the rest. Just take your time to do it well and enjoy the process.

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