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Corvettes and all things about them



  • ernied2ernied2 Posts: 1
    I have a 1967 Corvette Coupe that the tank sticker identifies as coming from dealer number 715. Does anyone have any idea how to find out where that dealership is?
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,648
    You'd have to know the ZONE as well. There would be more than one dealer # 715 around the country.

  • ggreen3ggreen3 Posts: 2
    I have a 1989 corvette that has a removable top. It appears to be made of some type of acrylic material with a metal frame. My problem is that the acrylic is coming loose from the frame... What type of adhesive can I use to stick it back together?? Any help would be appreciated!!
  • iaff2879iaff2879 Posts: 1
    My wife just got a 75 Stingray from her father. He bought if from the original owner and has had it garage kept for quite some time. I'm looking to get a no bs appraisal on the car to properly insure it. We live in the panhandle of Florida and need to know the best way to go about this.
    The vehicle has all original components, to include the engine, which was rebuilt with all original components still on it, and transmission. Definitely needs some more TLC to get it back to show condition, but we're working on it.
    So any help would be greatly appreciated.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,648
    edited May 2010
    You might cruise the "Services Offered" section of Hemmings Motor News ( Be sure to check the appraiser's credentials and be sure he is an independent appraiser and not a dealer. Insurance companies don't like dealers doing appraisals, because they tend in inflate values.

    Also, keep in mind that any legit appraisal is based on what the car is at the time of the appraisal. You can't put future plans into the car's value. So you may want to hold off until you get the car to some decent point, or, you might do an initial appraisal for a lower value and then revise the appraisal (a simple update) later on.

    If the car is currently a bit shabby, it's not going to have a lot of value, so if you have it appraised while it still has lots of needs, don't be disappointed at the low numbers that come up. Once you spiff the car up, it'll look better on paper. The 75s are not the hottest Corvette in terms of collectibility but these can be nice drivers once you get them squared away.
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    In general I agree with Mr Shiftright. (Almost always always agree with his views.)

    But I will be somewhat more 'pointed/direct'.

    Just go to your insurance agent and have this car insured. If it's a 75 in need of some 'TLC', I personally would not seek out 'speciality' insurance. Maybe after a total rebuild, probably including new interior and paint, would increase the value to where it might need more coverage than your regular insurance would cover.

    A 75 isn't terribly collectable. They were low powered, smogged down autos. I've owned a 72 and and 81. By 81 they were still slow (85mph speedometer), but a very well handling car - it had larger tires and sit closer to the road than the 70's.

    I am of the opinion to 'keep it stock'. You might consider this when applying the TLC. Keep the colors stock. Buy parts from Corvette catalogue people that furnish reproduction parts that would be close to original. I think this makes the car worth more than if you re-painted it your 'favorite color' and had the local auto upholstery shop put new seat covers and carpet in it. Use repro covers and carpets that are exact to what the original ones were.

    Otherwise, if the car runs well and seem reliable, just drive it and enjoy it in the meantime, as you correct the needed items.
  • jkmz06jkmz06 Posts: 2
    I bought a new Victory Red 09Z06 a year ago and use it as a daily driver. It is garaged at home at at work. The right rear fender was damaged last week with a 1/2" hole and 12" tear right above the wheel well. I plan to keep the car as a classic but don't know which type of repair is the best for the value of the car as a collector. Should I have the panel repaired or should I have it replaced?
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,648
    Here again, don't worry about things like this. Just get the car fixed as professionally as possible. If the job is done right, there will be no decrease in value. As for collectibility, your car is far too new for that and it will behave, price-wise, as an ordinary used car for at least the next 15 years--that is, the older it is, the less it will be worth. This is how Z06s have been in the marketplace. They are not appreciating in value. At best, they depreciate less than base Vettes. Even ZR1s behave this way.
    True "collector" cars generally become *more* valuable as they age.

    So really you are thinking about things that might not even concern you in 15+ years. You have a swell car, so drive it and enjoy it.
  • jkmz06jkmz06 Posts: 2
    Thanks for your insight.
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    Also, the fenders on current Corvettes basically 'screw off'. You said rear fender, right? Open the hatch and look at the screws around the edge - these, with some other screws and fasteners will remove the fender.

    I would have a complete new fender put on. Getting a color match would then be your big problem. They might want to 'fade in' the door, etc to make a match. I don't know about wanting this. I would request they paint and if needed, repaint, the complete fender until they get a match for the rest of the car.
  • bust_itbust_it Posts: 21
    Can someone please re-post the settings for long distance driving ! Factory settings are too aggressive and wear the inside edges of the front tires ! PLEASE !
  • starrow68starrow68 Posts: 1,142
    I presume you are talking about front camber settings. While I have a C5 and not
    a C6 I can't see that will make much difference. The factory setting for the C5 is
    up to -.70, negative camber will wear the inside of the tire. That said, I run -.90 and
    don't have any issues with excess inside wear and the car handles much better
    going around turns with that setting. Backing off to -.4 or -.5 will help you some
    but going to zero will cause outside wear, I would think. I never bothered to look
    at the other end of the range.
  • Can you put the same tires on a c6 thats on a 07 zo6 ?
  • starrow68starrow68 Posts: 1,142
    edited November 2010
    Not sure but I think it is like the C5, the Z06 wheels are wider than the stock ones.
    So on a C5 that is 8.5" front and 9.5" back on the stock model and 9.5" front and
    10.5" back on the Z06. According to Tire Rack, 245/285 on the base C6 Vette and
    275/325 on the Z06, same size wheel diameter so like the C5, the Z06 wheels
    and tires are likely to fit the coupe or vert but the Z06 tires are not likely to fit the
    base model wheels.
  • porchrdporchrd Posts: 1
    I am now 69 years young and have always loved and driven high performance or modified them to be that way vehicles. I have previously owned 7 CORVETTES 19651/2 thru 1990 and now that I have gotten my 1st C-5 2004 Z-06 I can honestly tell all of you vette owners it is BY FAR the best vette ever that I have ever owned. It is probably 98.9 % faster than all of todays vehicle. You can say that I am bragging well you are right for I have been there and done that and more than once too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    My car will run 11's all day long
    0-60 under 4secs
    Top Speed you will want to change your underwear

    Best body style ever period. Why on earth did G.M. stop making this coupe with a real trunk lid???? I will never know. I hope in the near future to install a complete ZR-1 drive train
    in my car unless G.M. brings the coupe body back.

    My millenium yellow vette really stands out from all of them, even from the new Z-O6's I know that I have driven over a million miles in WRAP YOUR [non-permissible content removed] WITH FIBERGLASS ha ha ha

    Question to you guys and gals:
    1. Is there a Z-O6 Vette yearly gathering??? and if so when & where???
    2. When & where is the NCCC meet this year???
    3. Is CORVETTE QUARTERLY history or will it go into print again???

    Hope to hear from any and all of you wether your feedback be positive or negative.
    Thiis is what I love about being an american and living in the USA we have FREEDOM OF SPEECH & PRESS
  • starrow68starrow68 Posts: 1,142
    Glad you like the new Vette, they are amazing. Just a suggestion, instead
    of spending a bunch on more power, like you said, you have plenty now,
    try going to a few driving events at your nearest road course. I spent years
    on Sears Point (Infineon) and Laguna Seca, in addition to a few others, it
    made a great difference in my enjoyment of a performance car. As most
    see it, it's the most fun you can have. At Sears, doing over 100mph, four
    times each lap and getting the most out of your ride is work and tons of fun.
    After several years I got to be an insturctor and even got some lap time for
    free. Check it out. Search on Corvette Forum and I'm betting you will find
    a couple places with more info.
  • eliaselias Posts: 1,830
    One thing about Corvettes some people are interested in is how much better they are than Camaros. (or are not!)

    So for example, please advise a hypothetical person cross-shopping a 2012 Camaro ZL1 and Base corvette - the prices are apparently within $2k.

    I understand 2012 Camaro ZL1 will include magna-ride & HUD, two great options that hypothetical person might consider.
  • This is a little off topic, but is anyone else totally hyped to see the Corvette Racing C6 ZR1s at Le Mans this weekend? I've been following these guys in the American Le Mans Series, they're just the sexiest cars on the planet. :)
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    "One thing about Corvettes some people are interested in is how much better they are than Camaros. (or are not!)

    So for example, please advise a hypothetical person cross-shopping a 2012 Camaro ZL1 and Base corvette - the prices are apparently within $2k."

    Yes, but what about all-wheel-drive, 22" wheels, rear-seat DVD, and a two-speed transfer case with neutral position for dinghy towing?

    The Avalanche is the vehicle to be cross-shopping!
  • starrow68starrow68 Posts: 1,142
    edited June 2011
    If you want a Pony car, drive a Camaro, if you want performance get the Vette.
    The Vette is so much lighter it just is a better package altogether.

    As for LeMans, fantastic result, really had me worried at 7 hrs to go!
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