Saturday, August 25, 2018

Building 3" Car Ramps

Three inches is not a lot, but three inches allows me to maneuver and position the low-profile jack I have a lot better, thus allowing me to raise my Corvette without flexing the body as much. If you've ever lifted your Vette from one side, pay attention to the door gaps and you'll see what I'm talking about.

I built four ramps in order to drive the car up on them and keep it level. This also allows better access all around, especially after you jack up the vehicle and have it sitting on jack stands front or back or both.

Since I did not want to break the bank with this project, I purchased inexpensive,  construction-grade lumber. You could build nice ramps from an exotic hardwood, for example, but for my garage, this lower-grade stuff is just fine.

Monday, July 30, 2018

C3 Corvette Oil Change

I like to take care of as many routine maintenance jobs for my '76 Corvette as I possibly can. There is a certain amount of pride as well as confidence when you know a particular job was done by you and done right.

Of course, you can always take your pride and joy to the local 10-minute-oil-change shop and hope they know what they're doing and that they will use the right oil and filter. And you can also hope they will tighten everything properly plus take a few minutes to look for any leaks, make sure the oil pan bolts are tight, and stuff like that. They probably won't, but you can always hope.

I much rather know for sure everything was done to both factory and my own standards, which are pretty darn high, as they should be.

But before you get on the ground with wrenches in hand, STOP!

Proper planning is of the essence and it pays off to plan your work, then work your plan.

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.