You may want to hold off on doing those three separate steps until you have all the pieces set aside. This photo shows how the headers, cats, and X-pipe flow into the mufflers. When you purchase from Volunteer Vette, you can trust that you're buying top quality aftermarket Corvette parts. If you want a little more road feel, consider poly bushings. Connection of the ancillary components should be discussed with the harness modifier so the proper wires can be identified and tagged for simple connection once you receive the harness. A popular package is the Vette Brakes Street and Slalom setup for those who want a stiffer ride. Step 3: Remove Engine General Motors used this foam-rubber seal to keep hot air out of the transmission tunnel starting in 1976 after a year of dealing with catalytic converter heat.
Find C3 Corvette engine and drivetrain parts below for the following years:. You just need to refurbish the entire system. Aluminum engine blocks or cases, as General Motors calls them do not always hold up well in crashes and may have sustained serious damage. Electronic gauges use 5-volt reference current with an internal voltage regulator for much greater accuracy. Rotate the hub as the adjusting nut is tightened. This equates to less weight under the hood and power that rivals a big-block, so your Shark handles much better. The facts are, silicone is more viscous and has more of a lubricating feel.
If you want a custom-fitting hose for a modified system you can use the Aeroquip blue hose and steel fittings. Wheels This is where I tend to get frustrated with C3 owners when they chop the body up to fit a custom set of wheels and tires. Corvette Central Performance Browse Corvette Central's full line of performance parts for your Corvette. The wires are not subjected to direct header heat and are left alone. Wheel bearing hub runout can cause excessive rotor run-out. However, when I found one that worked while researching this book, I wanted to share the good news with you. Some say that the silicone fluid expands so much that brake lock-up is possible.
There are the hardcore few, who go with the front leaf spring, but many think that the added cost isn't worth the performance gain if any. If you have a big block and would like to contribute, please email me. Of course true race Sharks have rollbars, but few are driven on the street, probably due to their value. Brake kits come in many forms: calipers only, calipers and disc pads, and high-end kits with all the pieces. Switching to shorties nets minimal gain, if any. The engine removal and crate engine install takes at least four or five days if all goes well. Never leave hoses or tubing on headers or exhaust pipes.
A piece of flexible hose suitable for gasoline that can withstand at least 200 psi should be used for the connection to the frame-mounted fuel line. If you need to worry about emissions, the best thing to do for more performance is to get a 2. The oval-port cylinder heads provide the engineered components you need to deliver 502 hp. If you plan to buy used assemblies from various suppliers or assembling them piecemeal, you need to read up on the changes that have occurred for compatibility and obtaining maximum performance. The Honker directs cool air from outside the engine compartment. Depending on your working environment this may be the way to go; building engines in the driveway is tough, and the results are usually less than mediocre. Make sure the reservoir cap seal is working well; the rubber bellows allows the fluid to change level in the reservoir without exposing the fluid to the atmosphere.
DefenderWorx Front Splitter Any Vette runs better with a high-performance front splitter. Nitrous bottles are usually stored in your luggage compartment, and braided lines are run to your engine. But the stigma of it being from a Vega hurt its reputation. As with other plumbing, make sure you route the fuel lines away from heat as much as possible, and avoid hose damage from sharp edges. You have to apply more pedal pressure when the rotors and pads are cold. If you goto Guldstand's site, you see he offers a good 5-link rear suspension.
American Speed American Speed builds crate engines with an individualized approach, asking what your goals are, and then recommends a base engine that can be modified to fit your application. As C5 Corvette mods go, this one might me the easiest — and certainly one of the most stylish! Often one of the most challenging parts of the install is integrating the electronics and wiring into the chassis. The installation is simple and makes sense for a true performance Shark. While we received a large selection of the best and worst mods to do to a new Corvette, we had to pick and choose to bring you the best from the list of options! In the case of the Corvette, each side of the engine has four tubes, welded to a flange, that come together into a collector. You have to bolt on the supplied cylinder heads and add the required pieces to make it Shark friendly. The hose at the top is a replacement factory-style hose for the 1968—1979 Shark. The small block Chevy engine is no less iconic than the car.
Locking up the front or rear brakes entering a corner can be disastrous. The caliper is loose even though the bolts are tightened to their correct torque specification. All Baer calipers are aluminum to save weight and they use banjo-style fittings to connect their supplied stainless-steel hose assemblies. I choose the 140-mph speedo face to replace the original 85-mph unit. Smog legality can limit you. I often find a long run of powersteering steel tubing coming out of the pump with no support. General Motors used two different starters for all small-block engines; if the mounting boltholes are inline it is for a small-diameter 153-tooth flywheel or flexplate.
The 10 available bigblocks are 555-ci Dart iron blocks, with a healthy Scat forged-steel crankshaft as a base with Edelbrock cylinder heads. If the wiring harness is under stress, this leads to premature failure and electrical problems. Callaway sent detailed instructions, clamps, filter, housing, and parts. There are two very important disc brake rotor checks to make rotor thickness and run-out. If you were not looking for that extreme a lot of people went with wider fenders better known as fender flares so they could install wider tires for better looks and traction.