Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Loose Leaf Spring-to-Differential Bolts

I have to admit that—by a fluke—I discovered that all of my Corvette's leaf spring-to-differential bolts were completely loose. Well, at least three of the four as one was missing, so I am pretty sure that one just fell off at some point.

The results of such a structural failure could've been disastrous, so I was very fortunate that I made the decision to get rid of the spare tire and also remove the spare tire carrier. This is how I spotted the missing bolt.

Years ago, I used a local shop when I lived in Central Florida and the mechanic made sure he used plenty of anti-seize on the threads where a thread-lock product should have been used.

This is why I tell Corvette owners that they have to inspect everything that's done to their vehicles whenever possible, or at least educate themselves so they can question the work being performed.

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Barn Find: 1972 Corvette Stingray LT1

You don't see many LT1 Corvettes at shows nowadays, and Chevy didn't build a lot of them to start with, so they are rare. A 1972 LT1 convertible with a/c is even rarer.

I recently had the opportunity to see this rare LT-1 right here in Ocala, and it appears to be the real deal. Having said that, it is in rough condition and in need of a full professional restoration. The video shows some of the many things that would have to be addressed, from the interior to the engine to the undercarriage.

I hope you'll enjoy the video and share your thoughts.

Monday, December 20, 2021

All-Corvette Show Ocala FL Nov 20, 2021

The 23rd Annual all-Corvette show by the Corvette Club of Marion County, Florida, took place Saturday, November 20th., 2021 in Ocala.

Almost 200 Corvettes of every generation attended, including fifteen C3s!

In this video, I focus mostly on the C3 Corvettes there. Unfortunately, I lost footage of a couple C3s including the beautiful metallic blue 1968 you see in a few shots, as well as my friend Frank's silver metallic 1975 Stingray who drove up from Orlando to participate.

My 1976 Corvette Stingray was awarded one of the Best In Show C3 trophies which was a true honor considering the caliber of the competition.

I hope you enjoy the video.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

How Much Would You Pay for this C3 Corvette?

I recently had a chance to inspect a 1976 C3 Corvette Stingray for sale by the owner.

It was advertised as a project and the classified ad made mention of a few of the missing parts, such as the seats, for example.

So I made an appointment to come over and have a good look at it, and on a warm August morning, I had a chance to give it a quick inspection.

I say quick since even though I had estimated an hour for this process, it quickly became obvious to me that there was no way I would purchase this vehicle.

But to be fair, and as I mentioned in a recent video about inspecting another '76 Corvette for sale by the owner, placing a dollar amount on anything is totally subjective. In other words, the "One man's trash is another man's treasure" axiom certainly applies when making a purchase. Any purchase, really.

So is it a good idea to buy a project Corvette?

Well, it all hinges on several factors, money usually being the driving force for making the decision, even though money should really be the last item on a long list of considerations.

Monday, December 6, 2021

Market of Marion Car Show: Corvettes and more!

I took my 1976 Corvette Stingray to the Market of Marion Cruise-In and show, hosted by The Villages Classic Automobile Club on the Market of Marion grounds right off Hwy. 441 in Belleview, Florida.

There were several Corvettes there, including a couple of C3s which is always great to see.

It was a great event and I even managed to bring a trophy back home.

I hope you enjoy the video.