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The Corvette is in a league of its own. As the all-American V-8 sports car, no other high-performance American car can match it for enthusiast interest, collectability, and in many cases, performance. GM has cranked out model after memorable model continuously from 1953 to present, with the only exception being 1983. During this time, the Corvette earned a fanatical following and iconic status. Over the course of 14-year production run of the third generation, more than a half-million Corvettes were built.

Many Corvettes have been driven aggressively during their lifetime while others have not been properly stored nor maintained. Whether it's hard use, neglect or just elapsed time, often these 30-years-old or older cars require a major restoration and not just simple repair. Through the pages of this book, you are expertly guided through each crucial stage of the restoration process from disassembly to inspection and parts selection to assembly. The hands-on restoration techniques for all major component groups are explained in exceptional detail for professional results, including suspension, engine, interior, body, paint, brakes, steering, electrical, and interior. Special coverage is devoted to restoring the birdcage frame and the fiberglass body. These restoration procedures are explained with extensive step-by-step captions and brilliant full-color photos so you confidently complete each step and ultimately the restoration of an entire car. In addition, the author addresses the real-world benefits and drawbacks of doing the work yourself. In addition, it will contain essential model information, VIN identification, powertrain and interior options and more. If you’ve been looking for the authoritative guide for restoring your 1968-1982 Stingray, then you’ve found it.

There has been and will be a strong and flourishing restoration industry for the third-generation Corvette. Whether you're an informed owner or skilled enthusiast, this book will provide an essential information source for those who want to restore this affordable Corvette model at home.

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The Corvette is in a league of its own. As the all-American V-8 sports car, no other high-performance American car can match it for enthusiast interest, collectability, and in many cases, performance. GM has cranked out model after memorable model continuously from 1953 to present, with the only exception being 1983. During this time, the Corvette earned a fanatical following and iconic status. Over the course of 14-year production run of the third generation, more than a half-million Corvettes were built.

Many Corvettes have been driven aggressively during their lifetime while others have not been properly stored nor maintained. Whether it's hard use, neglect or just elapsed time, often these 30-years-old or older cars require a major restoration and not just simple repair. Through the pages of this book, you are expertly guided through each crucial stage of the restoration process from disassembly to inspection and parts selection to assembly. The hands-on restoration techniques for all major component groups are explained in exceptional detail for professional results, including suspension, engine, interior, body, paint, brakes, steering, electrical, and interior. Special coverage is devoted to restoring the birdcage frame and the fiberglass body. These restoration procedures are explained with extensive step-by-step captions and brilliant full-color photos so you confidently complete each step and ultimately the restoration of an entire car. In addition, the author addresses the real-world benefits and drawbacks of doing the work yourself. In addition, it will contain essential model information, VIN identification, powertrain and interior options and more. If you’ve been looking for the authoritative guide for restoring your 1968-1982 Stingray, then you’ve found it.

There has been and will be a strong and flourishing restoration industry for the third-generation Corvette. Whether you're an informed owner or skilled enthusiast, this book will provide an essential information source for those who want to restore this affordable Corvette model at home.

Pages : 176
Size : 8.5 X 11 (inches)
Format : Paperback / softback
Illustrations : 493 color photos and charts
Publisher : CarTech
ISBN : 9781613250372
Product Code : SA248

Acknowledgments 


 About the Author


 Introduction


Chapter 1: C3 History 
The Pre-Dawn of the C3 Corvette
Finally, the C3
Front and Rear Chrome Bumper Cars 1968-1972
Soft Bumper Cars 1973-1982
Chapter 2: Planning and Evaluation
Choosing the Correct Level of Restoration
Do-It-Yourself or Professional
Budget and Timeline
Evaluating a Corvette for Restoration
Project Planning
Parts Storage
Tools and Equipment


Chapter 3: Disassembly and Storage
Body/Frame Removal
Body Assessment
Interior Removal
Trim and Glass Removal
Parts Inventory


Chapter 4: Bodywork and Paint Preparation 
Windshield Frame Replacement
Fiberglass Repairs
Structural Damage or Broken Parts
Cracked Bonding Seam
Excessive Door Gap
Damaged Body Panel
Bumper Covers
Final Sanding and Filling
Who Will Paint the Car?
Old Paint Removal


Chapter 5: Painting
Tools and Equipment
Supplies
Paint and Primer
Painting
Color Sanding


Chapter 6: Frame Restoration 
Inspection
Engine and Transmission Removal
Front Suspension Removal
Rear Suspension Removal
Remaining Frame Parts Removal
Frame Evaluation
Straighten Damaged Frame Sections
Rust Repair
Paint or Powdercoating Preparation


Chapter 7: Suspension and Differential Reassembly
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Differential
Odds and Ends


Chapter 8: Brake System Installation 
Brake Lines
Fuel Lines
Brakes


Chapter 9: Engine Rebuild or Replacement? 
Development History
Engine Rebuilding Overview
A Portfolio of Completed Engines
Crate Engines


Chapter 10: Transmission 
Manual Transmissions
Aftermarket Overdrive Transmissions


Chapter 11: Wiring and Interior Installation 
Wiring
Electrical Troubleshooting
Interior
1968-1977 Dash Installation
1978-1982 Interior Installation
1968-1975 Convertible Top Installation


Chapter 12: Body Installation
Power Brake Booster Installation
Master Cylinder Installation
Body and Frame Preparation
Body Installation
Connect the Steering
Install the Headlight Doors
Remove the Front Bumper Cover
Align Frame to Body
Front Bumper Installation
Secure the Body
Fluid Level Check
Brake Bleeding
Exhaust System Installation
Vacuum Line Connections
Air Conditioning System
Odds and Ends


Source Guide 

How to Restore Your C3 Corvette: 1968-1982

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