How To Restore Your C3 Corvette: 1968-1982 by Walt ThurnHow To Restore Your C3 Corvette: 1968-1982 by Walt Thurn

How To Restore Your C3 Corvette: 1968-1982

byWalt Thurn

Paperback | August 1, 2013

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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.

, and magazines. Along with his racing coverage, he has written a number of how-to tech articles about C3, C4, C5, and C6 Corvettes.
Title:How To Restore Your C3 Corvette: 1968-1982Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.38 inPublished:August 1, 2013Publisher:CartechLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1613250371

ISBN - 13:9781613250372

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Table of Contents


About the Author


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:

Tools and Equipment 
Paint and Primer 
Color Sanding 

Chapter 6:

Frame Restoration 
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 
Odds and Ends 

Chapter 8:

Brake System Installation 
Brake Lines 
Fuel Lines 

Chapter 9:

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

Chapter 10:

Manual Transmissions 
Aftermarket Overdrive Transmissions 

Chapter 11:

Wiring and Interior Installation 
Electrical Troubleshooting 
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 

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