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#1954 of 2032 89 vette removable top separation
May 15, 2010 (7:18 pm)
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!!
#1955 of 2032 Looking for some help
May 29, 2010 (9:32 am)
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.
#1956 of 2032 Re: Looking for some help [iaff2879]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
May 29, 2010 (11:43 am)
You might cruise the "Services Offered" section of Hemmings Motor News (www.hemmings.com). 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.
#1957 of 2032 Re: Looking for some help [iaff2879]
May 30, 2010 (3:49 pm)
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.
#1958 of 2032 09Z06 Fender Damage -Repair or Replace
Jun 03, 2010 (2:43 pm)
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?
#1959 of 2032 Re: 09Z06 Fender Damage -Repair or Replace [jkmz06]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Jun 03, 2010 (3:17 pm)
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.
#1960 of 2032 Re: 09Z06 Fender Damage -Repair or Replace [Mr_Shiftright]
Jun 04, 2010 (6:15 am)
Thanks for your insight.
#1961 of 2032 Re: 09Z06 Fender Damage -Repair or Replace [jkmz06]
Jun 04, 2010 (9:35 pm)
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.
#1962 of 2032 Alignment for C6
Jun 27, 2010 (1:53 pm)
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 !
#1963 of 2032 Re: Alignment for C6 [bust_it]
Jul 06, 2010 (7:00 am)
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.