Corvettes are special cars. They are not the run of the mill, and certainly are not used everyday. Pure common sense tells a corvette car owner to keep their precious vehicle indoors, parked in a garage, but the truth is that this is not really enough. Whilst the car may be tucked away from the harm of nature’s harsh elements, there are still enough destructive elements indoors. Dust is the biggest factor here. Dust gathers in the car, and when the special moment arrives for the Corvette to be used, it is an endless job getting rid of all that dust. The car will need hours of cleaning, and polishing just to bring it back to its normal state. It doesn’t really seem to make sense spending all that time and money, when the Corvette is kept in a garage to begin with! When kept indoors, the car can still fall prey to nicks and dings that will leave marks on the exterior. Garages are not known to be the most spacious of places, and when people brush past the car, they often end up scratching it, particularly so if they have things hanging out of their pockets, or from their belts. That is not the only cause for little scratches and dents. When taking out the garbage, the car is likely to get knocked by the bag, and this could have a diverse effect if there was a heavy object in the bag.
However, all these disasters could be averted with a simple Multibond car cover. The Multibond is designed for cars that are kept indoors, and are even equipped with enough basic protection for the occasional outdoor use too. It is a lightweight cover, made up three-layers of polypropylene fabric, that will resist any dust, dirt, rain, and ultra-violet rays from filtering through. The fabric is breathable so that air and moisture can escape away through the material, allowing the car to sweat whilst covered, without getting steamed up and moldy. At the same time, rain will be prevented from entering the fabric and harming the car beneath it. Multiword’s three-layered material means that the car will be cushioned from any bangs and bashes. The cover will be able to absorb the shock of these knocks, and shield the car from getting any marks. The inner layer of the cover is soft, and therefore will not scratch the paint-work of the car. Having a car cover couldn’t be simpler to use as it is elasticized at the front and back, giving more stretch and movement, making it easy to put on and take off. When not in use the sun cover for car folds up quite compactly, enough to fit in the trunk of the car, allowing it’s owner to take it with him, wherever he goes, thus enabling him to have constant protection.
Buying Genuine Corvette Gifts
If there’s someone on your gift list who lives and dies for the American sports car classic Corvette then consider giving him or her a gift they will really enjoy with genuine Chevy Corvette gifts. Inspiring, powerful and defining the Corvette has graced the American landscape since the early 1950’s and now everyone can celebrate the rich heritage with genuine Corvette apparel, interior and exterior parts, jewelry and many other fine car parts and accessories that make for great gift ideas. With Corvette gifts you can choose from a wide selection of practical Corvette parts and fun accessories that will add a custom touch to your speed machine. From a range of apparel including hats, shirts, jackets and glasses to performance parts including brakes, alternators, fuel injectors and even car covers you can find a terrific selection of genuine Corvette parts and accessories that will satisfy any hardcore Corvette fan. Gifts can be as practical as suspension and transmission Corvette parts and kits or a more decorative offering such as custom Corvette jewelry, licensed apparel and sunglasses. With classic cars like the Corvette you get die-hard mechanics and people who just love the look claiming allegiance to the iconic car brand.
From Ferrari to Mercedes Benz car brand apparel and fashions have become very popular especially among young men and women. Corvette is no stranger to the designer wear collection and the American car brand offers a great selection of high quality and colorful Corvette embroidered shirts, polo shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, hats, bags and fleece pullovers to outfit any fan head to toe in Corvette gear. If the person receiving the gift has a knack for mechanics and can work their way around an engine you may consider offering high quality Corvette parts as gifts. You can find great sets and kits for many Corvette performance parts including brake kits, fuel pump repair kits and Corvette engine chrome kits to add a unique shine under your Corvette hood. Depending on the person’s mechanic skill set you can choose from intricate exterior and engine parts or more easy to install interior decorative pieces. Corvette parts are available for the expert mechanic who can handle engine, transmission and brake repairs and upgrades while the novice car owner would probably be better off starting with easy to install interior and exterior lighting kits and stereo replacement parts.
Finding Rare Corvette Engine Parts
Since 1953 Chevrolet has been manufacturing six generations of the famous Corvette sports car. During that time the engines powering successive Corvette models have been modified and improved and the parts and accessory parts that one needs to perform enhancements and maintenance on specific models can be difficult to find. From 1960 and 1970 Sting Rays and Mako Sharks to 1990 C4’s and 2000 ZR1’s Corvette engines are intricate and precision fit machines and careful attention needs to be paid when replacing any engine part to avoid damage and ensure high performance.
Unlike Corvette exteriors the interior parts and accessory parts can’t be compromised with imitations and near-fits. To ensure continued excellence from your Corvette engine replace parts with only genuine Corvette parts specific to the model you own. There are six existing generations of Corvette models with a 7th on the way. Each model Corvette has its own unique engine design and will feature specific engine parts including batteries, fuel injectors, intake manifolds, valves, radiators and many other accessory parts. Finding the right match isn’t always easy but it’s important to fit the right part with the right model to get the most out of your Corvette. Luckily the Corvette aftermarket is always turning over new and used genuine Corvette parts so with a little research and effort you should be able to find parts and accessory parts to repair and maintain air cleaners, alternators, camshafts, crankcases, fuel pumps, intake manifolds and other engine parts. Corvette dealers will most likely have the latest Corvette engine parts but at a steep price. These dealers stock for current models, though, and finding valve covers, gas tanks, radiators and other miscellaneous engine parts for older Corvette generations will require a more in-depth search.
When seeking out older generation Corvette engine parts its best to interact with other Corvette owners who can share tips and past experiences. There are many Corvette chat rooms and web sites dedicated to Chevy Corvettes and though there is a lot of bragging and showing off you can still find valuable information regarding specific engine parts, what parts work best in which models and where to find rare Corvette engine parts and accessories. The web is an open source for opinions so remember that when reading through advice and don’t make a hasty purchase based on one review. Browse a few Corvette-related web sites before making any decision on engine modifications. The web is also full of aftermarket vendors who stock everything from current model engine parts to the rarest of 1953 Corvette accessory parts. Even if you don’t find the part you are looking for a quick phone call or email to the vendor can put you on the right track to finding an elusive part. The auto parts aftermarket often deals in referrals and a vast network of body shops, junk yards and garages can help turn up rare, hard to find coolant hoses, distributors, fuel injectors and power steering components.
Perhaps a Long Corvette Production Run Isn’t Such a Bad Thing
The C4 had the second longest run with 13 years. C4 changes were limited to wheels, fender vents, and front-rear bumper covers. C4s came in like a lamb with 205-horsepower and went out roaring with 330-horsepower.
Tuners loved the C4s, most notable being the 1989 Callaway Sledgehammer. This 349.8-CID, 898-horsepower, twin-turbo small-block beast was TOTALLY STREETABLE! In fact, John Lingenfelter drove the car from Callaway’s Connecticut shop, 800 miles to Transportation Research Center in Ohio and blasted the 7.5-mile test track with a 254.76-mph run! Afterwards, the car was checked and driven back to Callaway’s shop. C4s raced in the Showroom Stock Series from ’85 to ’88 and beat up the 944 Porsches so badly that Porsche bought two Corvettes to take apart to learn why they were so fast. The C4s were kicked out for being “too fast.” Then there was the ZR-1. The all-aluminum, double-overhead-cam, Mercury Marine-built ZR-1 packed 375-horsepower from ’90 to ’92 and 405-horsepower from ’93 to ’95. Base ’90 Corvettes had just 250-horsepower and from ’92 to ’96 had 300-horsepower with the new LT1. Tommy Morrison ran a specially prepared ’90 ZR-1 to a 24-hour average speed of 175.885-mph, shattering a 50-year record! Lastly, in ’96 we saw the 330-horsepower LT4 optional engine, as well as the limited production Grand Sport.
What we’re saying here is that a long production run isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Now the 2010 C6 enters it’s sixth production year – just one more than the C2 Corvette. In just six years, Chevrolet has dished up the Z06, the 205-mph ZR1, and a base model with 430-horsepower. A recent road test of the ’10 Grand Sport showed that the base LS3, when installed in the Grand Sport with its Z06 dry-sump oil system, gets a little more TLC, resulting in a power output that’s just a tad on the high side. According to Motor Trend, the ’10 Grand Sport does 0-60 in just 3.9-seconds and the quarter-mile in 12.2-seconds @117-mph. To the uninitiated, that’s downright frightening. There was talk of the C7 Corvette being a 2013 model. That certainly would have been enough time to develop the C7 and get it right. Corvette marketing and product planners would have had a field day releasing the C7 as a 60th Anniversary special option. Then the C7 release date got pushed back to 2014. Now, it’s indefinitely on hold. How can the Corvette group justify a $500 Billion capital expenditure for a car line that just posted a 52% drop in sales in today’s market? They can’t, and for now, they should keep a low profile.