Black Friday - Corvette Forum : DigitalCorvettes.com Corvette Forums
 
 
Go Back   Corvette Forum : DigitalCorvettes.com Corvette Forums > C4 Corvette Forums > C4 Corvette
Register Forums Garage Garage Mark Forums Read Auto EscrowInsurance

Notices

C4 Corvette General | Technical | Performance | Aftermarket | Discussions

Other sections:
Corvettes Classifieds
Corvette Detailing & Car Care
Corvette Audio/Video/Radar
General Automotive/Shop/Tools
Corvette Performance Driving/Racing

Shops/Tuners
Custom Image Corvettes
A&A Corvette
Corvette tuner

Interior
Corvette aftermarket products

Insurance

Parts & Products
Race Ramps
Edelbrock
ATI/Procharger
Corvetteguys.com
Melrose Motorsports
Parts Taxi
Airaid
Mid America Motorworks
Pfadt Racing
Madvette Motorsports
Hi-tech Custom Concepts
Corvette aftermarket products
Corvette Garage
Corvette Parts and Accessories
Corvette Car Care Products
Corvette HID
Mid America Motoroworks

Tracks/Schools
Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving
Corvette driving school

Wheels/Tires
Cray Wheels

Services
BADWERKS.com
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 11-30-2012, 11:43 PM   #1
DMCCobra
DC Crew
 
Posts: 18
Member #116509
Member since: Apr 2011
Location: Orange County, California

My Corvette(s)
1996 LT4

Thanks: 1
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Black Friday

Picked up my new ride last Friday. Drove it home and then later that night went to pick up my son and the battery croaked on me! Guess that was my immediate introduction into the world of C4 repairs. Learned how to get that side panel off of there. New battery is all charged up and ready to go in tomorrow.

Dying to drive it again, but it's raining out here now.

Sorry about the pictures - new to the car photography thing.











DMCCobra is offline   Reply w/quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 12-01-2012, 04:12 AM   #2
1963SS
DC Crew
 
1963SS's Avatar
 
Posts: 2,607
Member #96709
Member since: Dec 2009
Location: Eastern, KY

My Corvette(s)
1995 C4

Thanks: 62
Thanked 312 Times in 195 Posts
The only car I've ever owned that you have to pull the rocker panel to change the battery. No one believes that.
1963SS is online now   Reply w/quote Quick reply to this message

When you are dead, you don't know that you are dead. It's difficult only for the others.

It's the same when you are stupid

Old 12-01-2012, 06:10 AM   #3
87vette81big
DC Crew
 
87vette81big's Avatar
 
Posts: 2,749
Member #117927
Member since: Nov 2011
Location: IL

My Corvette(s)
1987 Corvette Convertible

Thanks: 236
Thanked 96 Times in 88 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by 1963SS View Post
The only car I've ever owned that you have to pull the rocker panel to change the battery. No one believes that.
Yes its a PIA on a C4 Vette Gunny.
But its worth it after turning the ignition key & engine breathes to life again.
87vette81big is offline   Reply w/quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-01-2012, 07:38 AM   #4
raidmagic
DC Crew
 
raidmagic's Avatar
 
Posts: 32,532
Member #1067
Member since: May 2003
Location: Brandon, FL.

My Corvette(s)
Rare 1987 bright red

Thanks: 35
Thanked 115 Times in 85 Posts
Perfect black Friday present
raidmagic is offline   Reply w/quote Quick reply to this message
Sampson 9/22/97-1/1/05




Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read


Florida muscle car enthusiast click here
Old 12-01-2012, 09:09 AM   #5
Bob88
DC Pit Crew Boss
 
Bob88's Avatar
 
Posts: 11,487
Member #1057
Member since: May 2003
Location: Brandon, Fl

My Corvette(s)
88 convertible

Thanks: 276
Thanked 34 Times in 24 Posts
Nice ride, congrats
Bob88 is online now   Reply w/quote Quick reply to this message
1988 Competition Yellow convertible

Florida muscle car guys click
here

Your Proctologist called, he found your head.

"My dog Minton ate two shuttlecocks yesterday."
"Bad Minton."



Open air box, K & N, Throttle body bypass, Air Foil, AFPR. Brodix heads, Harland Sharp 1.6 roller rockers, Lingenfelter cam, Superram, 2800 stall torque converter, 3:54 rear, Melrose exhaust system, long tube headers, 3" high flow cats, LT1 mufflers. ZR1 rims 17 x 9.5 front with 275's and 17 x 11 rear with 315's
Old 12-01-2012, 11:54 AM   #6
mbwalker
 
mbwalker's Avatar
 
Posts: 2,092
Member #7872
Member since: Jan 2004
Location: In my car

My Corvette(s)
96 LT4 sold, 04 sold, 08 flooded (RIP), 09

Thanks: 22
Thanked 20 Times in 19 Posts
Congrats!

Our first one was a Torch Red LT4. Really fond memories of that car. Nothing like sliding into a C4. Your first one? How about some more details? Looks very clean.

We didn't even tell the kids when we bought ours. We told one of them to go get something out of the garage and...surprise! That was too funny since my kids know I'm thrifty w/my money and don't normally buys things like that. The next day I had class at night, and the wife washed it while I was in school...all the neighbors walked over and checked it out. It was a very sharp C4. Never regretted buying it.

Time to become a pro at car detailing!
mbwalker is offline   Reply w/quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-03-2012, 03:27 PM   #7
DMCCobra
DC Crew
 
Posts: 18
Member #116509
Member since: Apr 2011
Location: Orange County, California

My Corvette(s)
1996 LT4

Thanks: 1
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Guys,

Thanks for the complements.

Well, I got the battery in and it fit fine, not much wiggle room there because the old battery had this compressed foam "blanket" thing around it that I chose to reinstall. Before I took off the side panel I took two sets of business cards and wedged them into the gap between the panel and the doors at both the top and the bottom of the panel gap. That way I would know the proper spacing when I resinstalled the panel. It seems to have worked out OK - the gap is a little wider than I'd like and it might be a little uneven between the top and bottom though. No interference when opening the door, though. Calling it good enough as I realize that I could probably spend hours trying to get it to look just right.

Yeah, this is my first corvette. A couple of years ago I saw an older C4 in a parking lot with the roof off one day and started talking to the owner. Loved how low it sat. Then I made the mistake of going onto Leno's Garage and watching the video on his C5 z06 with the LS7 that he dropped in there. I was hooked after that.

I looked at C6s, C5s, and C4s. Love the engines in the newer cars, but kept coming back because of the C4 styling. Also, I like the direct linkage of the tranny and how little of a blindspot these cars have, especially compared to my 94 Mustang convertible.

A little bit more about the car: it's a '96 LT4, black with grey interior, 73K miles. Car is all stock, except for some aftermarket "mudflaps" (don't know what else to call them) that I don't know if I would have bought myself, but I'll probably end up keeping on the car. I think there were 4 previous owners, which was a negative for me, but the last owner had receipts for the replacement of the radiator, opti, a rear hub, and water pump, and that pushed my over the edge to purchase.

Originally, I planned to get a car and immediately get H/C/I package on it, but then I drove a '95 and I thought it felt pretty healthy already. With just a bit more (LT4), maybe I would just call it good enough. I know those are famous last words, but for now it's remaining virtually stock.

I say virtually because one thing that I really want to do is liven the exhaust up a bit. Thinking about taking the resonator off and replacing it with an x-pipe. Here's someone who did that with his '95:

I don't know if that would cause problems or not, since my car already has a factory h-pipe.
DMCCobra is offline   Reply w/quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-03-2012, 06:22 PM   #8
mbwalker
 
mbwalker's Avatar
 
Posts: 2,092
Member #7872
Member since: Jan 2004
Location: In my car

My Corvette(s)
96 LT4 sold, 04 sold, 08 flooded (RIP), 09

Thanks: 22
Thanked 20 Times in 19 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by DMCCobra View Post
With just a bit more (LT4), maybe I would just call it good enough.

Yeah, right.
mbwalker is offline   Reply w/quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-04-2012, 06:57 PM   #9
wildcatlock
DC Crew
 
wildcatlock's Avatar
 
Posts: 687
Member #117437
Member since: Aug 2011
Location: Goddard KS

My Corvette(s)
86e w/91 facias soon to be GS replica '90 gone and now 88 Vert w/ 43k original

Thanks: 14
Thanked 28 Times in 26 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by mbwalker View Post
Yeah, right.
The disease has now taken hold !!!!!
wildcatlock is online now   Reply w/quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Corvette Forum : DigitalCorvettes.com Corvette Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name (12 CHARACTERS MAXIMUM), your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:16 PM.




Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.
2003-2011, DigitalCorvettes.com - All Rights Reserved