1 Millionth Corvette Restoration

Craftspeople and technicians at the General Motors Design Center are painstakingly restoring the historic 1 millionth Chevrolet Corvette damaged nearly 16 months ago when a sinkhole opened beneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky.

The restoration crew is part of GM’s Mechanical Assembly group at the Design Center, which typically spends its time building prototype and concept vehicles. The white 1992 Corvette is a challenge because rather than build an all-new vehicle from the ground up, the workers are trying to preserve the original appearance of a production vehicle.

It is the second of three sinkhole-damaged Corvettes that Chevrolet has pledged to restore. The first, a 2009 Corvette ZR1 prototype known as the Blue Devil, was only lightly damaged and was returned to its original condition last fall. The National Corvette Museum will oversee the restoration of the third car, a 1962 Corvette.

Five other Corvettes swallowed by the sinkhole will remain in their as-recovered state to preserve the historical significance of the cars. They will become part of a future sinkhole-themed display at the museum.

Shared from: http://corvettemuseum.blogspot.com/2015/06/sinkhole-swallowed-1-millionth-corvette.html

If you are wondering  about all those signature they are original to the car when it first rolled through the assembly line.  This forced the restorers to fix parts that were originally set to be replaced completely.

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim

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Surprise discovery shifts strategy to save sinkhole Corvette

(CNN) For Corvette lovers it’s sort of like a painter being asked to touch up the “Mona Lisa.” Because — like Leonardo da Vinci’s painting — there’s only one 1 millionth Corvette. Restoring the white, 1992 LT1 convertible roadster doesn’t really come

2016 Chevrolet Camaro: To Be Manufactured In The US For The First Time In 23 Years

It’s good to be home!!!

Along with the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger, the Chevrolet Camaro is one of the most recognized American muscle cars. But ever since the fourth-generation Camaro was released in the early ’90s, the iconic U.S. car has been manufactured in Canada.That will end when the last 2015 Camaro rolls off the General Motors Canada assembly line in Oshawa, Ontario, on Nov. 20. The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro that goes on sale in the fourth quarter will be made in Lansing, Michigan. The shift is part of a $5.4 billion package of investments General Motors has slated for its U.S operations over the next three years.ADVERTISINGGM said last week it would invest $175 million to upgrade its Lansing plant to accommodate the new Camaro, which will go on sale in the fourth quarter. The vehicle will be built on the same platform in Lansing as the Cadillac CTS and ATS midsize and compact luxury sedans.

Chase this link for the rest of the article:

Source: 2016 Chevrolet Camaro: Iconic American Muscle Car To Be Manufactured In The US For The First Time In 23 Years

Thanks for reading.
Tim

 

GM: Second shift added to build Camaro at Lansing Grand …

UPDATE 10:00 a.m. – General Motors is gearing up for the 2016 Camaro to be built at the Lansing Grand River Assembly plant. In a morning news briefing, GM officials said 500 workers would be added into a second shift to …
GM to invest $175M in Michigan plant to gear up for 2016 …

The renovations to the Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant include three new paint systems for the 2016 Camaro and two robotic framers. GM is vying for the top spot in the pony car market with the redesigned, amped-up …

Journalist Crashes 2016 Camaro – GEEZZZE!!!

If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the video of the Jalopnik journalist hitting the wall with a 2016 mule Camaro.  Enjoy and then check below for my commentary.

Clearly the guy felt bad and a little shaken up, but the reality is, he shouldn’t have driven the car. If you just look at the beginning frame of the video or notice the position of his arms just before he hit the wall, you can tell there the skill set just isn’t there.

I auto cross my cars – my C4 when I had it and my C6 now (not to mention my drag racing stint with my Mustang). I’ve attended my SCCA Solo courses and even attended some training with Bondurant at Phoenix International Raceway with Formula 1 cars. And what I’ve learned is that you must have more than just enthusiasm over a new car, especially a powerful one. You have to have some driving skills and you must have respect for the car’s abilities and know yours.

Here is a parallel event I was part of with my corvette club.  We rented a part of the Bondurant facility to have an auto cross event.  It included all generations of Corvettes as well as a few other non-Corvette vehicles.   One of our members just purchased a brand new C6 and was very eager to run the course.  Short version of the story is – he lost it on his second run, went through the chain-linked fence at a post and got the car hung up on the concrete footing.  We had to dig him out and the Bondurant crew weren’t all that happy.   Clearly he wasn’t ready for the abilities/power of his C6 even though he had the enthusiasm (and for pete’s sake keep the traction control on until you are used to the car).

Don’t get me wrong, accidents happen, just watch any F1, drag or NASCAR race and you’ll see professional skilled driver hit the wall.  It happens.

Now back to the Jalopnik incident.  If you watch the video you can tell the journalist seems pretty excited. However his driving skills seem a bit off in a number of ways.  For instance, his sitting position is off, especially for track driving (maybe he’s just super tall or the mule car is not equipped with adjustable seats) for one.   You can tell by his expression in a corner, prior to his last corner and the contact with the wall, that he was at he edge of his abilities with that particular car.  As he goes into the now famous turn his arms cross – I didn’t realize a human could contort himself that much!!

I also found interesting was some of his commentary leading up to the crash with words like “rolly-poely”, “composed”, “nimble” especially in light of his comments that he was there to discuss the how it handles at the track.  You must have the ability to test those things to give your readers a comparison and the proper (or more familiar) terminology helps e.g., replace “rolly-polly” with “body roll”.   Wouldn’t GM want that too or at least his publisher?

There was a comment in his piece where he gave full disclosure, stating that GM wanted him to drive so badly, that they flew him out and paid for food and booze.  Don’t know if that’s ‘special’ or standard fare.  I also didn’t understand his comment – “GM asked me to leave the track” and they had to continued the video out in the street – seems a tough way to deal with someone, you really wanted there. Hopefully, GM doesn’t want their money back for the airfare or bill him for the damage to the mule.

Now I’m not a great blogger nor the greatest driver, but I do have car guy experience (including testing new models in a small auto cross scenario) and a fair grasp of the my native language.  I’m not sure what all of his credentials are, he did say he had some track time, and I did look over some of his other entries and gained my own opinions.

It suffices to say that I much prefer a “car guy turned journalist” vs.  “journalist turned car guy”, especially when to reading ‘car guy’ stuff and  certainly for reviews like this one.

I do feel badly for him and GM and but I’m also sure it wasn’t the first time on media day that a writer dented one of the cars.  He just had his published.  And thank the auto gods that he wasn’t driving a Z28!!!  I would have wept opening.

 

Regards

Tim

2016 camaro ss

Will the Redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Lead the Muscle Car Pack?

The 2016 Camaro SS is powered by a Corvette Stingray-sourced 6.2-liter V8 that produces 455 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque. By comparison, the 2015 Camaro SS has 426 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. No matter the engine, the …

 

 

Auto Factoids for Week of April 12, 2015

Just got this out for the week!!   Here is your Auto Factoids (#autofactoids) for April 12, 2015.

April 13 1965  Pontiac 10-millionth

The car was a 1965 Catalina.

1965 4 door Catalina the 10th Millionth Pontiac

1965 4 door Catalina the 10th Millionth Pontiac

 

April 13 1904  Caddy assembly plant burned to the ground.  More info on this site:   http://www.car-nection.com/yann/dbas_txt/Factq-s.htm

 

April 14, 1927  First Volvo is produced

1927 Volvo "Jakob"

1927 Volvo “Jakob”

It had wooden (ash and copper beech) underpinnings, sheet steel panels, leather upholstery, live axles and long leaf springs – loosely based on an American design.  It had a 4 cylinder engine that produced 28 hp.

 

April 16, 1908  Oakland motors sells its first car.

I believe they actually began producing cars in 1907.

I believe they actually began producing cars in 1907.

 

April 17, 1964 Ford Mustang debuts

1964 2+2 Mustang

1964 2+2 – My favorite of the under 1968 Mustangs.

 

 

4/17/1969 Ford began selling the Maverick.  <cricket…..cricket…>  Come on..it was a good car and getting more and more collectible!!!

 

1964  Maverick

1964 Maverick – Proper mods and you’ll have a monster street car!!

 

April 18, 1955  Lincoln becomes a separate division of Ford.   Lincoln started out as a separate brand in 1917 with its plant at 6200 West Warren Avenue in Detroit, Michigan and was name after Abe Lincoln. They began business by producing Liberty aircraft engine with pistons purchased from Ford for WWI.  After the war the re-fitted the plant and produced luxury  Ford bought the company in 1922.
April 18, 1964  Sunbeam Tiger Debuts

 

Shelby Cobra was the inspiration for the Tiger.

Shelby Cobra was the inspiration for the Tiger.

 

 

 Thanks for reading

Tim

#autofactoids

 

Auto Factoids for the Week of April 5, 2015 – Lotus and Tires

It’s a light week for the automotive history. April 5, 1923 Firestone introduces balloon tires. Everything we’ve accomplished with our rides has greatly depend and relied on Mr. Firestone’s improvement. It was a combination of …
Auto Factoids for the Week of 3/29/2015

Here are your Auto Factoids (#AutoFactoids) to finish out March and kick off April 2015. March 29, 1980 – Audi introduced their all wheel drive 1980.

C6 2007 Corvette – Fuel Gauge/Low Fuel/Service Fuel System

If you’ve viewed the links below you’ll know that there are a few glitches that you need to be aware of with the some of the C6 Corvettes and most you can live with….at least for a while.

One of those is the fuel gauge issue mentioned in this  posting  C6 07 Corvette – Fuel Gauge/Low Fuel/Service Fuel System http://wp.me/p2YxYx-I4 .   So here’s the rest of the story.

The gauge issue started out as an intermittent annoyance, which only occurred when I filled the tank(s).  As you can see in the above posting and subsequent postings/comments that there was a common ‘solution’ for the problem.  Most owners believed that the use of Techron gas additive would clear that up.  But I’m betting most of them discovered that it wasn’t a dirty sensor, but a defective on.   I tried the Techron solution for months and it never seemed to clear up.  Eventually the gauge failed to work at all, except every now and then it would kick up and hang at a position on the gauge for a few miles and then drop back to the empty position.

Recently (within the last month) it began to work in the opposite direction, steadily showing some sort of fuel level, but inaccurate.

Here are the offending pieces – (there a long back story on how I got the old parts and I’ll share that in the past part of this post).

Fuel Pump

Fuel Pump

Fuel Pump with pressure fuel line fitting

Fuel Pump with pressure fuel line fitting

Bottom with sensor connection

Bottom with sensor connection

Fuel pump - Top

Fuel pump – Top

Fuel filter

Fuel filter

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Bottom

Bottom

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Fuel Pressure fitting.  You need the release tool to disconnect

Fuel Pressure fitting. You need the release tool to disconnect

Sensor and float

Sensor and float

sensor

sensor

Sensor

Sensor

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The sensor run about $150 depending on where you find them and the fuel pump it’s self from $499 – $600.

More of the store coming up.

Stay Tuned!!!!

Tim

Also see  Livin’ with the  Glitches – 07 Corvette
http://wp.me/p2YxYx-tG

C6 07 Corvette – Fuel Gauge/Low Fuel/Service Fuel System
http://wp.me/p2YxYx-I4

They Made How Many? Chevy 1975 Part II

Continue with Baseball, Hot Dog, Apple Pie and Chevrolet 4th of July theme….

Last post we touched on the rare Chevy but they made some great car in 1975…ok….maybe…not ‘great’, but there are some collectible I think are over looked. (Keep in mind that I think just about any 2 door Chevy can be ‘all that’!!!)

Check these out.

How about the Monte Carlo for ’75?   It came in the S and Landau versions and with a total of 258,909 units built, there a good bet you can find used parts.

1975 Chevelle....the hood wasn't an option!!!

1975 Monte Carlo….the hood wasn’t an option!!!

The Nova was on the decline design-wise, but you could get it in  a V8 and a Super Sport version.  There were 273,014 Nova’s built-in two door and  (hiss…boo) 4 door configurations.  Of that total 138,879 were six cylinders and 134,103 were V8’s.  Within the V8’s 9,087 were Super Sport!!

Nova SS (Hatch backj?   Yup!)

Nova SS (Hatch back? Yup!)

There was a the Impala/Bel Air/Caprice platform.  No I am serious!!!!  The two door version are under rated and can be monsters in the right hands (the Bel Air only came in 4dr and wagon sub models).  The Impala had the Landau, Custom Coupe and Sports Coupe with a total production of 176,376.  The Caprice had Custom, Landau and the Convertible with 103,944 units coming off the assembly line.  That totaled included 8,349 Convertibles.

75 Caprice Caprice Convertible

75 Caprice Caprice Convertible

Saving (arguably) the best two platforms for last the Chevelle series (which included the Malibu, the Malibu Classic, the Classic Estate [station wagon] and the Laguna) and the Camaro.  The Camaro was still longish and sleek and the Chevelle etc was….well Monte Carlo like!!!  Both came in 6 and 8 cylinder and had a few two door configurations.  The Malibu and Malibu Classic and the Laguna Type S-3 having two door cars for the Chevelle and of course that’s all there was for the Camaro.   The Malibu units totaled out at 63,530 (21,804 – 6 cylinders/41,726 – V8s) with the Malibu Classic production at 131,455 (3,844 – 6’s and 127,611 – 8’s) and the Laguna Types S-3 (think NASCAR) 6,714.

NASCAR Laguna

NASCAR Laguna

75 Laguna

75 Laguna

The Camaro came in the base model and the LT.  There was the Rally Sport package which sources agree were about 7,000 produced.   There is some issue with the total number of Camaro produced with number ranging from 141,629 to over 145K.    But with other numbers like 145,755 had power steering and 29,359 with 6 cylinders and 116,430 with V-8s (totally 1445,789)   We do know that there were 4,160 car built for exports.

1975 Camaro RS

1975 Camaro RS

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim

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#car4sale #camaro Chevrolet : Camaro Camaro 1975 Chevrolet Camaro Base … http://t.co/GAwXUuCyIf #usedcar #forsale

Chevrolet Chevelle and Malibu turn 50 | Hemmings Daily

Chevrolet Chevelle and Malibu turn 50 | Hemmings Daily.

 

Hugely collectable with many a Malibu becoming “Chevelle SS” in the 69-72 years.  Beautiful car when they were angular and beautiful cars after they round them up a bit.

 

1964

1964

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim

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Chevrolet Chevelle

The Chevrolet Chevelle was a mid-sized automobile produced by the Chevrolet The Heavy Chevy (RPO YF3) was ONLY available with the base

Engine Tech: Borowski Builds Mild-mannered 427ci With LS Next Block – LSXTV

 

This is a MONSTER engine.  Read below and follow the link.

This is a MONSTER engine. Read below and follow the link.

 

LS-based engines have earned notoriety for power and performance while becoming one of the most popular choices for both drag racing and street-engine swaps. They have been strong, reliable engines in most applications, but then racers and engine builders soon began leaning on them with longer strokes, higher rpm demands, stronger boost levels in addition to other traditional paths to power.Unfortunately, these power quests sometimes revealed problems which ultimately prompted various upgrades and a few elegant solutions from the aftermarket. Such is the case with the Dart LS Next advanced cylinder block, a design refinement targeting some questionable design elements of the factory LS platform. The new block boasts hardcore racing features designed to upgrade oiling and crankcase breathing functions.

via Engine Tech: Borowski Builds Mild-mannered 427ci With LS Next Block – LSXTV.

 

Thanks for reading

Tim

Chevrolet LS7 427 7L V8 Z06 engine + LSX motor | Speed-Wars

2013 is likely the last year for the legendary LS7 427 7-liter V-8 engine in a Z06, 427 convertible, or any new production Corvette, but it will continue on in the 2014+ Camaro Z/28 muscle-car. 2013 is also the last year for the current C6 (sixth 

Buying a New 1963 Corvair at the Lambrecht Chevrolet Auction

Buying a New 1963 Corvair at the Lambrecht Chevrolet Auction.

 

I watched the event on History Channel – more thoughts on that later.  I didn’t actually see this particular Corvair, but I thought, wow that is a lot for this car.

$40k Corvair.  I wonder what the largest sum every paid for a Corvair?

$40k Corvair. I wonder what the largest sum every paid for a Corvair?

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim

Recap: the Lambrecht Chevrolet Auction | Mac’s Motor City Garage

A crowd estimated at 10,000 people, including 3,400 registered bidders, helped to shape the spectacle at the Lambrecht Chevrolet auction in Pierce, Nebraska this past weekend. 1963 Corvair Monza Coupe, 6 cyl. 4-speed 

 

Curb Weight – Corvettes and Corvairs

This is my latest segment.  It will be a frequent blathering of car stuff – current and maybe some old stuff.  I hope you enjoy it.

I’ve visited the Bowling Green assembly plant a few times and it never grows old.  The last time I was there they were expanding the plant to include Chevy Volt production and (not releasable at that time) and this as well:

The new Corvette Stingray will be built at GM’s Bowling Green, Ky., assembly plant, which underwent a $131-million upgrade, including approximately $52 million for a new body shop to manufacture the aluminum frame in-house for the first time.

Check out my post from one of my visits Bowling Green Corvette Assembly Plant Tour…AWESOME!!

OOOHHH....I'd work there!!!

OOOHHH….I’d work there!!!

I did a post from a car show down on the border and covered a corvair with a Ralph Nader for President bumper sticker which was a hoot. (See it here Corvair – The Last Car .) But one Corvair I haven’t seen in years at a car show  or anywhere is the  Lakewood.

1962 Lakewood

1962 Lakewood

There’s a good reason for this.  These  Corvair station wagons were only made in 1961 and 1962.  Only 33,271 wagons were produced in those two years.  A subset of those were the Monza of 1962.  Only 2567 of those wagons were produced.

A there were a couple of engine the 80 horse power Turbo Air and a 98 horse powered Super Turbo Charge.

That makes me think I need to do post on just Corvairs.

Thanks for reading.

Tim

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1954 Corvette dream cars – Corvette Corvair fastback, Corvette Nomad wagon and Corvette convertible coupe http://t.co/OrJk5A2sX1