Wednesday, May 18, 2022

How To Restore a 4-speed Manual Transmission Shifter

A few years ago, my Vette developed an annoying rattle that appeared to be coming from the shifter.

I did not consider the possibility that the culprit was telegraphing the rattle somewhere other than the originating point, and after a fruitless search for the reason, I just gave up and decided to consult a few professional mechanics who, unfortunately, were as confused as I was.

One of them suggested the factory 4-speed shifter was probably going bad and most likely the cause of the rattling sound. So out came the old shifter and I got to spend $200+ buying a new one.

Once the "bad" original shifter was on the workbench (see photo), we inspected it and—after accumulating dirt for 40 years—it looked like it was ready to be replaced, even though my car at the time, only had approximately 44k original miles since rolling out of the Corvette Assembly Plant in St. Louis, MO.

Well, the 4-speed shifter had absolutely nothing to do with the rattle. The culprit was a missing $3.75 spring, ironically called the Clutch Fork Rod Anti-Rattle Spring.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

How to Restore Your Steering Wheel and Make it Look New

This late-model C3 Corvette steering wheel had seen better days. 

But since the seller at the swap meet only wanted $10 for it, I decided to buy it and try a steering wheel rescue of sorts. Even though I've never fully restored a steering wheel.

The leather was a dried-up mess, and you could easily chip it off by scraping it with your fingernail. Leather pieces were missing and what was there was cracked and discolored. Not only that but the spoke paint was chipped along with some rust.

I guess ten bucks was not really cheap considering the horrible condition, but I had a plan...

In this video, I show you how I brought it back to life and service for under $50. Step-by-step.

This is a long video as I felt it was necessary to include as many details as possible. And when you see its original condition you will understand why.

I hope you enjoy the steering wheel restoration video!


Tuesday, May 3, 2022

C3 and C4 Corvette Salvage Yard in Florida


I recently visited Wally Dye, owner of Corvette Generation in Dade City, Florida, which is a salvage yard specializing exclusively in C3 and C4 Corvettes.

Click here for the video I posted to 76vette on YouTube.

But before you start loading your toolbox in your truck, keep in mind that they are not a You-Pull-It operation, and the boneyard is not open to the general public. Sorry!

In addition to the huge inventory of used, original parts, you can also buy a project car or a restored C3 or C4 (they do all the work), so check with them if you're in the market for a "new" car.

The inventory is a fleet of over three hundred C3 and C4 Corvettes plus eighteen full-size trailers packed full of parts.

So if you're looking for a pre-owned, factory-made, all original part, give Corvette Generation a call. Chances are they will have it. And they ship worldwide!

Contact:
Corvette Generation
16541 US Hwy 301, Dade City, FL 33523

Phone: 352-523-0900 or visit CorvetteGeneration.com

Monday, April 25, 2022

1977 C3 Corvette for Sale by Owner: Inspection & Test Drive

 

I recently had the opportunity to check out a 1977 Corvette offered for sale by the owner. He was asking $10,500 which was reasonable, but we did not reach an agreement, so no deal. Anyway, this is a video of the inspection and test drive.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Polishing Dynomax 17733 Super Turbo Mufflers

This job would be a lot easier with far better results had I done it before I had the mufflers installed. Alas, the idea did not cross my mind until recently.

I had a muffler shop replace the gigantic original mufflers with a pair of Dynomax 17733 Super Turbo mufflers, which were recommended by several people in online forums.

Above: Dynomax mufflers sound great and are affordable.

The Dynomax mufflers are smaller and thinner than the originals, and the shop that did the installation also installed a true 2.5-inch dual exhaust. I posted a detailed article when I had this done back in 2016.