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MTI Dynos a 2008 Z51 Corvette; 2007 Owners Cry

by Keith Cornett on July 16, 2007

2008 Z51 Corvette on the DynoLast week we shared the dyno numbers from an LG Motorsports test of an automatic 2008 Corvette. This week, Corvette tuner MTI puts another LS3 2008 Corvette to the test and the numbers we see are even higher. MTI’s test vehicle is a bone stock 6-speed manual 2008 Corvette with the Z51 package and new NPP Dual Mode Exhaust. Only 6 miles were on the odometer at the time of the test. According to Zach@MTI, the Corvette made an additional 50 rear wheel horsepower over the last 2007 stock model tested. Results for the 2008 Corvette finished with a Max Rear Wheel Horsepower of 395.3 and Max Torque was 384.5. LG Motorsports test of their Automatic 2008 was 370.8 Rear Wheel HP and 363.8 Max Torque. Unfortunately, all these dyno tests on the new LS3 Corvettes are having an unintended consequence for 2007 Corvette owners, many of whom now seem to be experiencing buyer’s remorse.
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CorvetteForum.com Related:
LG Motorsports Dynos the LS3 2008 Corvette
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Flickr Photo of the Day: 1969 Corvette Convertible

by Keith Cornett on July 15, 2007

From the Flickr Corvette Pool:

1969 Corvette Convertible
Photo Credit: The Photomat
1969 Corvette Options and Facts There were 38,762 Corvettes produced in 1969. Production was split between 22,129 Coupes and 16,633 Convertibles. Base price for the Coupe was $4,781.00 while the Convertible model was priced slightly less at $4,438.00 6 different engine options available:
     350 ci 300 hp
     350 ci 350 hp (L46)
     427 ci 390 hp (L36)
     427 ci 400 hp (L68)
     427 ci 430 hp (L88)
     427 ci 435 hp (L71) 10 Exterior Colors Available:
     8 Interior colors were offered
     No quantitiy records for exterior colors available for 1969 model year How to Spot a 1969 Corvette:
The 1969 Corvette was very similar to the 1968 Corvette, the first of the C3 generation. In 1968 and 1969, there were four vents behind the front wheels. Only in 1969 did a Stingray script appear about those vents. Side mount exhaust and trim inside the four vents also differentiated the 1969 model from the 1968 Corvette. 1969 Corvette Highlights:
The Stingray moniker was reintroduced on the 1969 Corvette, however this time it was spelled as one word instead of two. The 1969 Corvette featured the first base engine with a displacement of 350 cubic inches. The steering wheel was reduced in size from 16 inches to 15 inches. A strike caused production of the 1969 Corvette to run an additional four months, through December 1969, which resulted in the largest single year production of Corvettes at that time. 1969 Corvette Values:
The 1969 Corvette has become one of the most popular Corvettes to own in the last few years, so much so that the five year appreciation rate for the Convertible model is an astounding 51% while the Coupe is 46%. Average prices are in the affordable mid $20,000′s and it is not uncommon to see the Big Block collectibles upwards of $80,000.
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LG Motorsports Dynos the LS3 2008 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on July 11, 2007

Lou Gigliotti of LG Motorsports loves to get his hands on the new stuff and there’s nothing newer than the 6.2 liter LS3 V8 engine in the 2008 Corvette. Last week, Lou had delivered to his Dallas-based tuning shop a Red 2008 Corvette with an automatic A6 paddle shift transmission. The Corvette had just 29 delivery miles on it. Totally stock with no changes, the LS3 dyno’d at 370.8 rear wheel hp and 363.8 rear wheel torque. Click below for the graph.

LS3 Dyno Sheet 2008 Corvette LS3 Engine
Following the thread at CorvetteForum.com, Lou has been experimenting with different setups on the LS3, swapping cams, headers and other tuner tricks to maximize performance. With his LG G7X-4 Cam, LG Pro Long Tube Headers, and a K&N Air Charger, the Corvette dyno’d at 484 rwhp and 440 rwtq. That’s Z06 territory, folks! Lou also has an LS3 with a 6-Speed manual transmission coming in this week so we are real interested to see what the bone-stock dyno will be for that Corvette.
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CorvetteForum.com Related:
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Video: Real Life Superhero Drives A 1975 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on July 10, 2007

If you though the only cape-wearing superhero driving a Corvette is Rick “Superman” Conti, then you haven’t heard about this real life dogooder from Clearwater, Florida named “Superhero”. “Superhero” is a self-proclaimed police advocate who provides logistical and backup support for local law enforcement. Every hero needs a special mode of transportation and so “Superhero” drives a 1975 Corvette, motoring up and down the local roads offering roadside assistance to those in need. Click the video to learn more about “Superhero”. We wish there were more people out there like him…looking after the little guys while driving a 75 Stingray!


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Superhero’s MySpace Page via RationReality.com Related:
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Sunday Afternoon Tradition: Washing the Corvette!

by Keith Cornett on July 8, 2007

In my view, there’s nothing better than wrapping up the weekend with a car wash for my Corvette. After a week of work and even more work around the house on the weekend, the car wash gives me a chance to play with the Corvette and get her ready for the next time she’s out.

I’m not an obsessive car washer, but I do have my routine down pat. Like a surgeon, I get everything I need from wash to dry ready to go before a single drop of water touches the paint. I’m not really committed to any one product or brand when it comes to detailing products, so no product pitches today. However I am interested in trying Adam’s Polishes when its time to wax again, but that is a blog post for another time.

I’m not going to bore you the details of how some guy washes his Corvette. However, I will share with you something I learned a while back that makes drying a wet car, especially a black car, a piece cake. Your neighbors will laugh at you because this technique totally fits the image of the compulsive car washer.

I wash a section at a time (hood, driver’s side, rear) and then rinse. But when I rinse I always go back and rinse all the sections I washed previously so that when I finish the last section, the whole car is still very wet. Then I pull out my trusty Toro leaf blower and keeping it about 12 to 18 inches from the body, I blow the water off the car, starting with hood and working my way down and to the rear. Black cars are very susceptible to showing water spots, but the blower removes most of the water before it can dry. It’s especially good at getting water from under the emblems and around the lights and exhaust bezels. When I have about 75% of the water off the car, I then finish drying with a couple of microfiber towels.

Washing a 1966 Corvette Convertible Washing a 1966 Corvette Convertible Washing a 1966 Corvette Convertible

Using a blower as part of the drying process you’ll save time and effort and you will use less towels. And best of all, no more water spots!

If there are any C2 Convertible owners out there, I’d especially like to hear how you wash your rear deck where the top folds under. I’m always paranoid that I’m going to soak the interior.

Got any good car washing tips? Let me know!


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Corvette Values: 1985 Lingenfelter Corvette Coupe

by Keith Cornett on July 3, 2007

GH from Washington submitted the following car to Corvette Values:

1985 Corvette Coupe1985 Corvette Coupe, red with graphite leather interior. VIN is 1G1YY0784F5121XXX. 59,000 Miles, 383 Lingenfelter conversion with the original motor crated and stored. Manual transmission. Power steering, brakes, windows, A/C. Borla mufflers. Paint is in good condition and interior is excellent. No documentation available.
The VIN #1G1YY0784FS121XXX indicates it was built midway through the 1985 production year at which time a total of 39,729 Coupes were built. This Corvette is Bright Red in color with a Graphite leather interior. The Bright Red paint was selected by the majority of buyers in the 1985 production year. The paint can be considered good, however, a few ‘road chips’ in the paint were noted. It is powered by a modified 383 Lingenfelter built motor. A Lingenfelter conversion has been a growing modification for late model Corvettes especially the C5 Corvette (1997-2004). This one can be termed an early conversion. The original motor was retained and has been crated for future use should this Corvette be returned to factory original condition. The existing motor is coupled with a manual transmission. This Corvette is equipped with the expected power steering, brakes and windows and also has air conditioning. From a price perspective, few 1985 Lingenfelter Corvette conversions are found and offered for sale today. On a comparative basis, a Callaway Twin Turbo motor was offered in 1987-91 at an option price of $20-30,000 depending on the model year. In today’s market, the Callaway option will add $10,000 to the average resale price of a Corvette. We place a value of $19,000 on this 1985 described Corvette Coupe based on the Callaway Turbo price rationale above. Corvette Appraisals:
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VetteFinders.com Appraisal Service
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Flickr Photo of the Day: 1965 Corvette Coupe

by Keith Cornett on July 1, 2007

From the Flickr Corvette Pool.

1965 Corvette Coupe
Photo Credit: jryle79
1965 Corvette Options and Facts There were 23,564 Corvettes produced in 1965. Production was split between 8,186 Coupes and 15,378 Convertibles. Base Price for the Coupe was $4,321.00 while the Convertible model was priced slightly less at $4,106.00 6 different engine options available:
     327 ci 250 hp
     327 ci 300 hp (L75)
     327 ci 350 hp (L79)
     327 ci 365 hp (L76)
     327 ci 375 hp (L84 – Fuel Injection)
     396 ci 425 hp (L78) 8 Exterior Colors Available:
     Nassau Blue was most popular at 6,022 (26%)
     Tuxedo Black was the rarest at 1,191 (5%) How to Spot a 1965 Corvette:
The 1965 and 1966 both have three vertical vents behind the front tires. But the 1965 Corvette’s grill was unique to the C2 generation. Horizontal grill bars were changed to black, but the outer trim is bright. The 1966 Corvette’s grill is referred to as an egg crate because of its mesh design. The only logo on the 1965′s hood is the center-fixed Cross Flags. The 1966 Corvette has the Corvette Sting Ray script logo in the front right corner. Highlights:
The big block 396 ci 425 hp engine made its debut in March 1965, a mid year addition which required the need for a new hood with a center bulge. The ’65 Corvette was the last year of the fuel injected engine until the Cross Fire Injected engines were introduced in 1982. 1965 also marks the first year that four-wheel disc brakes were included as standard equipment. A power antenna was also standard. The instrument cluster was restyled with black flat faces and the center dash area where the radio was located was painted rather than vinyl covered.
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Final 2007 Corvette Production Numbers

by Keith Cornett on June 30, 2007

With the conclusion of the 2007 Corvette Model Year, the Bowling Green Assembly Plant has released the final production numbers for the year. Corvette production for 2007 totaled an astounding 40,561 Corvettes. This is the most Corvettes produced since the introduction of the C4 model in 1984 and only the sixth time in 54 years that Corvette production crossed the 40,000 unit threshold. As with the last few years, Corvette owners still prefer Red Corvettes. The two shades of red, Victory and Monterey, combined for 28.9% of total production. However, the single most popular color for the third straight year was Black, accounting for 23.5% of Corvettes. Second place was Victory Red at 16.5% and Machine Silver third at 13.6%. Atomic Orange, the new color for 2007 that replaced Daytona Sunset Orange Metallic finished at 3,790 Corvettes or 9.3% of production nd more than doubled DSOM’s 1,729 units in 2006. The percentages of Corvettes with orders for the 6-Speed Manual, Paddle Shift Automatic and Z51 6-Speed Manual are relatively unchanged from 2006. I expected to see a decrease in true manual 6-Speeds in favor of the Paddle Shift as it has the Automatic modes, but that was not the case. The MN0 Paddle Shift had an option penetration of 55.3% vs 2006′s 56.1%. Here are the final 2007 Corvette Production Numbers:

Corvettes Produced Amount Percent    
         
Coupes 21,484 53%    
Convertibles 10,918 27%    
Z06 Hardtops 8,159 20%    
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Total 40,561 100%    
         
         
Exterior Colors Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
10U Artic White 2,387 1,312 676 399
19U Le Mans Blue 3,854 2,243 784 827
41U Black 9,526 4,908 2,091 2,527
45U Velocity Yellow 3,755 1,672 843 1,240
67U Machine Silver 5,518 2,887 1,589 1,042
74U Victory Red 6,708 3,556 1,701 1,451
80U Monterey Red 5,023 3,157 1,866 0
83U Atomic Orange 3,790 1,749 1,368 673
         
         
Convertible Top Colors Total      
         
35T Cashmere 2,813   2,813  
37T Storm Gray 979   979  
41T Ebony 7,126   7,126  
         
         
Interior Colors Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
02I Cobalt Red 3,071 1,066 622 1,383
19I Ebony 24,267 13,529 5,334 5,404
31I Light Cashmere 7,359 4,135 3,224 0
84I Light Titanium (Gray) 5,864 2,754 1,738 1,372
         
         
Transmissions Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
MN6 6-Speed Manual 12,670 3,433 1,078 8,159
MX0 6-Speed Auto Paddle 22,422 14,093 8,329 0
MZ6 6-Speed Manual w/Z51 5,469 3,958 1,511 0
         
         
Wheels Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
P4A Painted Alum Indy Car 500 0 500 0
QG6 Painted Aluminum 7,500 6,422 1,078 0
QG7 Polished Aluminum 3,461 2,452 1,009 0
QL9 Z06 Polished Aluminum 3,459 0 0 3,459
QX1 Gray Painted Aluminum 1,091 945 146 0
QX3 Chrome 19,850 11,665 8,185 0
Q10 Z06 Base 1,457 0 0 1,457
Q44 Z06 Painted 545 0 0 545
Q76 Z06 Chrome 2,698 0 0 2,698
         
         
Other Options Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
Z51 Performance Handling Pkg 13,696 8,966 4,730 0
C2L Dual Roof Pkg 3,558 3,558 0 0
F55 Magnetic Select Ride 5,619 2,777 2,842 0
UV6 Heads Up Display 22,948 13,022 9,926 0
U2K XM Satellite Radio 28,897 12,220 9,789 6,888
UE1 OnStar System 18,074 6,935 6,488 4,651
U3U Navigation Radio 20,653 7,661 6,849 6,143
R8C Museum Delivery 1,104 402 288 414
         
         
Export Units Total Coupe Convertible Z06
CV3 Mexican Export 34 23 11 0
MAE European Export 1,327 522 87 718
Z49 Canadian Export 860 286 256 318

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Bowling Green Assembly Plant via CorvetteConti.com Related:
Final 2006 Corvette Production Numbers Technorati Tags:
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Today is National Drive Your Corvette To Work Day and so I thought I would do just that. Despite the fact that I work in a home office, I was able to get the Corvette out on my weekly trip to our server hosting center to change out my backup tapes. As I mentioned in my earlier post today, this is also the 41st anniversary of my father buying the Corvette, so it was a nice way to celebrate that milestone as well.

Even if you didn’t or couldn’t drive your Corvette to work today, just get it out soon and enjoy yourself. These cars were meant to be driven!
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Photo: 2008 Crystal Red Metallic Corvette

by Keith Cornett on June 28, 2007

Just last night I was hoping to see a 2008 Corvette with the new 89U Crystal Red Metallic exterior and this morning our Corvette Muse named Conti came through again:

2008 Corvette in Crystal Red Metallic
Now this color will be a hit because it’s not that big a leap from the color it replaced, Monterey Red. Besides all Corvettes are Red, right?
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CorvetteConti.com Related:
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