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PM’s Jim Dunne Debunks Corvette SS Rumors

by Keith Cornett on July 12, 2007

Corvette SS Spy Photo by Jim DunneThe coming of the Corvette SS has generated a buzz on the interwebs that hasn’t been seen since… well, perhaps never. When you’re talking about a brand new $100,000 Corvette, truth and rationale seem to go right out the window. Popular Mechanic’s Jim Dunne, who has taken his share of the uber-Corvette’s spy photos has decided to give readers a reality check by debunking the top five Corvette SS rumors. Myth 1: The Corvette SS will be offered in a manual transmission. False. The LS9 has proven to be too strong for GM’s manual transmissions, so the SS will only be offered in an Automatic. Myth 2: The Corvette SS will use twin turbochargers to develop 650 hp. False. The LS9 has a single supercharger mounted between the cylinder banks. The intercooler appears to be mounted above the supercharger just under the air scoop. Myth 3: Chevrolet will produce 3,000 units of Corvette SS. True. The company is planning 1,500 units each year for two years and then will halt production. Myth 4: The New Corvette will cost $100,000. True. That price point may actually be higher and could end up between $100,000 and $125,000. Myth 5: The Corvette Z06 will be dropped from the Chevrolet lineup. Don’t Know. This story goes both ways with either the Z06 continuing to be placed on the moderate end of the high performance lineup or that it will be gone all together. Here is my take on these five myths: Myth 1: If the Corvette SS will only be offered in an automatic, then there will surely be tears shed by the enthusiasts who believe high end sports cars need a manual shifter to compete with the exotics and other high end competition. On the other hand, there has been a constant drumbeat from the same base to have Chevy offer the Z06 as an automatic. Myth 2: I don’t think anyone believed the Blue Devil/SS was going to be turbocharged. Myths 3 & 4 appear to be dead on. The two year run would take the program to 2011, which is when the C7 is slated for production. My guess is that depending on how well the SS program is received will determine its place in the future C7 lineup. Myth 5: The demise of the Corvette Z06 would cause a lot of consternation among the fan base, especially if the SS program is slated to run only two years. Corvette fans like options, and the idea of a Base/Z06/SS lineup has a lot of appeal.
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Ultimate Mod: Chevrolet V8 Engine = BBQ Grill

by Keith Cornett on July 12, 2007

Usually the combination of the words “engine” and “barbeque” bring out the worst fears in any gear head, with visions of a torched engine compartment full of burnt metal and molten plastic. However, two enterprising guys have turned the negative combination of words into a delectably positive one.

Chevy V8 Grill Chevy V8 Grill
Trent Whatley and Terry Bacon converted a real Chevy V8 engine into a propane gas grill capable of 60,000 BTU’s. It’s the ultimate grill for any die-hard Chevy fan. And I love the fact that it’s mounted to an engine stand. I think these guys may have just stumbled onto a business. Imagine the possibilities. The big block grill for people who like entertaining, the small block grill for everyday use, or customize an old battery into a grill for the greenies. Extending the brand, you got the Hemi grill or the Ford 350 Cleveland grill. The idea is awesome and it sure beats the Weber I got out back.
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Carzi.com Technorati Tags:
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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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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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Cool Things Being Made - A midyear Corvette seat back.The National Association of Manufacturers has a series of documentaries aptly titled Cool Stuff Being Made and Pennsylvania-based Corvette America’s interior products factory is featured in this week’s installment. The hour-long video has an introduction by Corvette America President David Hall and then Vice President John Weaver takes us onto the 55,000 square foot factory floor where we can watch cool Corvette stuff being made. The first segment of the show features the step-by-step process for manufacturing door panels. We then see how a seventies Corvette upper dash pad is molded as well as seats and other interior items made by the company. The format might be a little long for the casual observer, but for Corvette fans interested in how reproduction Corvette parts are made, this episode of “Cool Stuff Being Made” is for you.
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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 Racing: #4 Corvette C6.R Wins Lime Rock

by Keith Cornett on July 8, 2007

Bouncing back from the DNF (Did Not Finish) at Le Mans, Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta braved the traffic on Lime Rock’s 1.54 mile raceway and scored a victory with a margin of just .384 seconds over the #3 Corvette C6.R. The winning Corvette went 165 laps and finished 8th overall. They led the #3 Corvette C6.R driven by Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen the entire race, although never separating more than a few seconds.

Corvette Racing Program Manager Doug Fehan said “At the end of the day these guys finished a couple of tenths of a second apart, and it’s just incredible to think they can do that race after race,” he said. “Other teams have tried to accomplish that and can’t seem to do it. Today was a testament to the work that Corvette Racing has done.”
The #4 Corvette C6.R won the pole on Friday by an even smaller margin of .013 seconds. The starting grid was based on the practice times as rain washed out the official qualifying sessions.
“This is the smallest, narrowest, bumpiest, and craziest track we race on,” said Gavin after notching his 25th career ALMS victory. “When you have the prototypes driving up behind you with a lot of pace on the straights and GT2 cars with great speed in the corners, you have to keep you wits about you all the time. It’s very satisfying to come back to America and get a victory in our first race after Le Mans.” “It was like riding a bicycle in the middle of a highway with trucks and cars all around you,” Beretta explained. “Staying out of trouble was not easy, but (crew chief) Ray Gongla did a terrific job of spotting for me in the pits. It was difficult to stay out of trouble because of the traffic, but both cars are in one piece, and that was the goal.”
Beretta extended his record for career ALMS victories with his 33rd win. The “two Ollies” now unofficially lead the GT1 drivers championship by 32 points. Coming up next for Corvette Racing is the Acura Sports Car Challenge at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio on July 21st. Race time is 3:15 p.m. EDT and will be shown tape-delayed on 2 p.m. EDT on Sunday, July 22nd.
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June 2007 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on July 7, 2007

For the first time this year, GM posted a monthly sales total for Corvette that was higher than last year’s monthly total. June 2007 saw 3,055 Corvettes sell compared to 2,938 Corvettes in June 2006. For the 2007 calendar year (January-June) sales total 17,158 Corvettes, still -6.8% off of the 2006′s Corvette sales of 19,063. A couple of factors worth watching for the rest of year will be to see how the 2008 Corvette, with its upgraded LS3 engine and new interior refinements will sell compared to the 2007 model, which set a yearly production total record for the C6 at 40,561 units. The factory also is in the middle of a two-week hiatus with no Corvettes being produced until the plant restarts production on July 16th, 2007.

Month Calendar Year-to-Date
Month 2007 2006 % Change Months 2007 2006 % Change
January 2,234 2,579 -16.8% Jan-Jan 2,234 2,579 -16.8%
February 2,784 3,058 -9.0% Jan-Feb 5,018 5,637 -11.0%
March 3,158 3,655 -16.7% Jan-Mar 8,176 9,292 -12.0%
April 3,227 3,516 -0.6% Jan-Apr 11,403 12,808 -11.0%
May 3,300 3,317 -4.3% Jan-May 14,703 16,125 -8.8%
June 3,055 2,938 0.1% Jan-June 17,758 19,063 -6.8%

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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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The DCZ is moving up in the standings as the team roars around the Mid-America Motorplex in Iowa.


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