Friday, May 25, 2018

The Corvette Hunter: Kevin Mackay's Greatest Corvette Finds

Becoming The Corvette Hunter

It all started back in 1981 with a plan to do a 100%-correct restoration on a 1965 small-block Corvette Kevin Mackay purchased after selling his '64 convertible.

And so, with parts list in hand, Kevin traveled from swap meet to swap meet until every single correctly-identified nut and bolt was found.

After two years of work, the '65 was completed and Kevin took it to one of the largest Corvette shows in the New York/New Jersey area. Luminaries in attendance included Zora Arkus-Duntov and Larry Shinoda.

But perhaps more importantly—at least for Kevin—also present was Ed Mueller, a respected and well-known car collector.

When Mueller asked Kevin, "What shop did the work?" Kevin answered, "I did the car myself." Mueller handed Kevin his business card and told him, "If you ever open your own business, I want to be your customer."

Kevin's 1965 Corvette won "Best in Show" out of the 100-car field. Not too shabby for a Vette restored in a New York backyard.

For the next three years, Kevin enjoyed his '65 Corvette until he got laid off from his job as a mechanic for the City of New York.

Friday, March 30, 2018

C3 Wheel Well Detailing: Undercoating and Paint

Detailing the wheel or fender wells is a dirty job, but if done correctly the difference can be stunning. And the amount of time and effort is well worth it.
It transforms a car completely and makes it look showroom fresh.

Don't believe me? Read on...

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

2018 Spring Turkey Rod Run - Daytona International Speedway

The weather for this year's Spring Turkey Rod Run at the Daytona International Speedway was as close to perfect as you can hope for.

And even though every morning started on the chilly side, it warmed up into the high 70s. Again, just perfect.

As usual, Friday and Saturday were quite busy, but Sunday was pretty quiet in comparison. I arrived early enough each day, but Saturday was quite busy by the time I rolled onto the infield by 8:00 am.

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.