This 1956-1957 Corvette Factory Assembly Manual is a licensed factory reprint of the original assembly instruction manual published by the Chevrolet Motor Division.
So it's time to restore a 1956 or 1957 Corvette? Well, this manual may provide the detailed assembly information that you are looking for. The 1956-1957 Corvette Factory Assembly Manual was originally designed to graphically illustrate the necessary assembly instructions to factory assemblers at the actual assembly plant. There's not much written text in this manual. It's mostly all sectional photos of different areas of the car with the actual/original parts and how they should be assembled, including measurements, torque, etc.
The manual is arranged in sections that correspond, as closely as possible, to the Uniformed Parts Classification (UPC) Groups to which the component parts and assemblies were originally assigned.
A few facts about the 1956-1957 Corvette, according to Wikipedia:
There was no doubt Chevrolet was in the sports car business with the release of the 1956 model. The 3-speed manual transmission was standard. The Powerglide automatic was optional. The six-cylinder engine was gone. The V8 remained at 256 cubic inches but power ranged from 210 hp to 240 hp.
This manual is ideal for any mechanic, restorer or fabricator that is interested to learn the details about how the 1956 and 1957 Corvettes were assembled by the factory. The illustrations show exploded views of component assembly instructions and list the actual part numbers, part cross-referencing, torque specs, revisions, redesigns and even the Chevrolet Engineers written notes (however these notes are sometimes difficult to read, depending on the engineer's handwriting).
The 1956-1957 Corvette Factory Assembly Manual published by the General Motors Corporation and available at The Motor Bookstore provides 164 pages of copiously illustrated tips on how to tackle the task of rebuilding and/or restoring one of these classic pony cars yourself.
The 1956 Chevrolet Corvette featured the first body change in the initial generation of the beloved GM sports car. An optional fuel injection system became available on Corvettes the next year. Optional features such as a hydraulically operated power convertible top, power windows and heavy duty brakes and suspension were also cutting-edge (at the time) innovations on the 1956-1957 Corvettes. The Corvette assembly manual covers information on cements and sealers, trim heights, cowl and dash piercing and other details you'll need to rebuild and restore a classic 'Vette.
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