Anticipating Problem Areas in Restoring a Classic Corvette
There it sits. Your classic Corvette. Sexy, fast -- and at the moment a total wreck. You’ve got a guy who can get the engine purring like a big cat, but can you handle the cosmetics on a do-it-yourself basis? There’s plenty of available reference material, but before anyone touches a classic Vette, there are some problems areas that need to be considered.
Body Off or On?
There’s no question that more money is involved in doing a body-off restoration, but it may be the only way to get at corrosive damage, especially that caused by road salt used in colder climates in the winter. The real issue is getting all the shims back in the right place to avoid vibration and noise once the job is done. Corvettes use shims made of metal, cardboard, and rubber. The key to a good body fit is exactly duplicating their original position and composition.
Key Interior Issues
Working on the interior of a vintage Corvette, restorers generally encounter problems in the following areas:
Basically, the only easy cosmetic job on your treasure will be the paint coat. The real beauty of a classic Vette lies in its powerful performance and the coherence of its aesthetic appeal. You want everything to match and to appear seamless. A do-it-yourselfer with some know-how and an eye for detail will be fine, otherwise, start looking for someone who has done this before.
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