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.
About the Author
Walt Thurn has been involved with the Corvette hobby since 1963 and has been a Corvette owner since 1965. He has writeen many how-to articles on street Corvettes and has covered many Corvette racing events. He has been published in VETTE, Corvette Fever, Corevette Quarterly, Corvette Enthusiast, and CorvetteMagazine.com magazines. Along with his racing coverage, he has written a number of how-to tech articles about C3, C4, C5, and C6 Corvettes