Friday, December 3, 2021

How To Pinstripe Your Corvette

Pinstriping—just like platform shoes, bell-bottom pants, and big hair—screams 1970s and 1980s, which means they are the perfect touch for a C3 Corvette.

But you don't have to spend hundreds of dollars with a professional pinstriper. Vinyl pinstripes offer a cheap alternative that not only looks great but it's also easy to apply and remove if you change your mind.

In this video, I show you how I installed pinstripes on the fenders and part of the doors of my 1976 Corvette Stingray, and also the sport rearview mirrors.

You will also see that even a DIYer with no experience whatsoever can achieve professional-looking results as long as you take your time.

The cost of this project is around $6.00 if you do it yourself. And for that low amount, there's no good reason not to give it a shot!

How to Adjust Corvette C3 Headlights


Improperly adjusted C3 Corvette headlights are not only annoying but also a safety issue.

Oftentimes, the best decision is to allow professionals with the right equipment to adjust your vehicles' headlamps so you can see properly at night without disturbing oncoming traffic.

Having said that, as a do-it-yourselfer who rarely drives at night, I decided to try to improve my Vettes lights which were completely misaligned to start with.

I am pleased to say that my "quick & dirty" approach worked well but one of these days I will let someone with the right equipment fine-tune them.

In this video, I show you how the C3 Corvette headlight adjustment mechanism works and how you can easily tweak them with a Phillips screwdriver.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

C3 Corvette Ignition Switch Rebuild

GM ignition switches of the pre-onboard-computer era, are inexpensive and, therefore, faulty original equipment switches are usually thrown away without a second thought. Especially when they look like the one below, from a 1969 Corvette.

But regardless of how bad they may look, these components can be cleaned, repaired, refurbished, or restored back to their original condition, although in this case, a complete restoration was not necessary.

By the way, the part referenced is the actual ignition switch, even though it is often confused with the key tumbler or ignition key switch as I call it sometimes. 

When you turn the ignition key, the key tumbler or key switch engages the ignition switch via a rod that pushes a block with brushes that make the contacts needed to activate the starter motor and then revert back to the Run position. 

Sunday, November 14, 2021

How To Make a 69-76 Vette Hood Lockpin Alignment Tool

Being unable to open the hood can be one of the most frustrating experiences a C3 Corvette owner can have. Don't ask me how I know.

Since the locking mechanism of 1969 through 1976 Corvettes can be adjusted, this makes it possible for a slight misalignment to occur and that is all it takes for the hood to remain partially latched thus making it impossible to open.

To avoid this situation, a special tool is required so the locking pins are perfectly aligned with the hood latches. And while such tools are available they are not inexpensive.

But if you want to properly align the locking pins today, you can make your own alignment tool with items you probably already have in your garage workshop. If you don't those items can be found locally and for a few dollars.

In this video, I show you how I made one and how to use it to get the hood locking pins precisely aligned so you never have to go through the nightmare of having a C3 Corvette with a hood that won't pop up open when you pull the hood-release lever.

Monday, November 8, 2021

Car Show. Gilbert's Cruise-In Ocala, FL

A few members of our local Ocala C3 Corvette Owners Group attended the Gilbert's Hardware Cruise-In on Saturday, October 9, 2021.
Great location for a car event and, thankfully, the weather was cooler, at least by Florida standards.
A varied selection of more than fifty vehicles was on display.
I hope you enjoy the video!