Corvette Performance Projects 1968-1982 (Motorbooks Workshop Series)

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Of the five generations of Corvettes, the C3 or "shark" models are among the most popular with do-it-yourselfers. Produced from 1968 all the way up to 1982, most C3 Corvettes haven't reached the collector status (and inflated prices) of earlier models. Far from being the black sheep of the Corvette family though, these attractive cars are plentiful (500,000+ were built) and affordable enough that they can be purchased, maintained, and enjoyed by a large spectrum of car lovers. The vast majority are powered by the...

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Overview

Of the five generations of Corvettes, the C3 or "shark" models are among the most popular with do-it-yourselfers. Produced from 1968 all the way up to 1982, most C3 Corvettes haven't reached the collector status (and inflated prices) of earlier models. Far from being the black sheep of the Corvette family though, these attractive cars are plentiful (500,000+ were built) and affordable enough that they can be purchased, maintained, and enjoyed by a large spectrum of car lovers. The vast majority are powered by the popular 350ci small block-perhaps the most modified and successful performance engine ever.

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Corvette Fever, January 2007

“Benford provides the most direct Corvette-specific, how-to instructions anywhere.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760317549
  • Publisher: Motorbooks
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Series: Motorbooks Workshop Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 10.75 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Benford has been a freelance journalist for more than 30 years and contributes regularly to several national magazines. His titles for Motorbooks include Corvette: Five Decades of Sports Car Speed, Corvette Performance Projects 1968–1982, Corvette Gallery, Garage and Workshop Gear Guide, The Street Rod, and others. He lives in Brick, New Jersey.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6
Introduction 7
Tools 9
Section 1 Basics 15
Project 1 Jacking and Supporting Your Corvette 15
Project 2 Changing Oil and Filter 18
Project 3 Detailing 21
Project 4 Protecting Your Investment 25
Section 2 Under the Hood 27
Project 5 Fuel Pump Replacement 27
Project 6 Starter Motor Replacement 30
Project 7 Air Conditioning Upgrade 33
Project 8 Cooling Tips 35
Project 9 High-Performance Water Pump Replacement 39
Project 10 Racing Radiator Upgrade 42
Section 3 Brakes and Suspension 44
Project 11 Master Cylinder Replacement 44
Project 12 Installing Brake Pads, Rotors, and Calipers 46
Project 13 Bleeding and Flushing Brakes 50
Project 14 Rear Suspension Upgrade 52
Project 15 Half-Shaft U-Joint Replacement 56
Section 4 Interior 59
Project 16 Parking Brake Slider/Seal Replacement 59
Project 17 Forward Fiber Optic Console Trim Refurbishment 61
Project 18 Steering Wheel Upgrade 64
Project 19 Astro Top Installation 65
Project 20 Stereo System Upgrade 68
Project 21 Refurbishing--Seat Covers and Carpeting 71
Section 5 Body 78
Project 22 Basic Fiberglass Crack Repair 78
Project 23 Fiberglass Panel Bonding 81
Project 24 Rocker Panel Molding Mount Repair 84
Project 25 Flex-Glas Front Bumper Replacement 86
Project 26 Upper Windshield Frame Repair 89
Project 27 Fender Flares and Daytona Louvers Installation 92
Project 28 Complete Nose Replacement 96
Section 6 Electrical 101
Project 29 Using a Multimeter and Troubleshooting Electrical Problems 101
Project 30 Alternator Replacement 103
Project 31 Windshield Wiper Motor Replacement 105
Supplier Resource Directory 107
Supplier Contact Information 109
Index 111
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