If your Chevy Corvette Stingray could use a tune-up, order this handy owner's manual from The Motor Bookstore ASAP. You won't believe just how much you can learn from this one book, which covers all Corvette Stingrays from 1963-1982. For classic car owners, the best way to save money if by learning a little DIY, so this manual is sure to come in handy. From the classic 1963 Corvette Stingray all the way to the sleek red 1977 Corvette to the more modern 1982 Stingray, you'll get insider info to help you maintain any Stingray from this 20-year period. And why wouldn't you want to keep this car looking good and running like a dream? After all, Stingrays from this era are among the most enviable of all classic sports cars.
With the help of this Chevy Corvette Stingray 1963-1982 repair manual, you'll be able to complete many of the maintenance tasks that would otherwise cost you thousands of dollars over the years. Even if you do see a mechanic for maintenance, the knowledge shared in this guide will help you stay informed so you get the best value every time you visit a pro.
This repair manual covers 1963-1982 Chevy Corvette automobiles. All U.S. and Canadian models.
V8 engines covered by this manual:
Manual transmissions - service info covered:
- Muncie 3-speed
- Borg-Warner T-16 3-speed
- Muncie 4-speed
- Borg-Warner T-10 4-speed
Automatic transmissions - service info covered:
Book Excerpt: 1963-1982 Chevy Corvette, Stingray Repair Manual
- Turbo Hydra-Matic 350
- Turbo Hyrdra-Matic 400
ENGINE AND ENGINE OVERHAUL
LAPPING (See Figures 53 and 54)
When valve faces and seats have been re-faced and re-cut, or if they are determined to be in good condition, the valves must be "lapped in" to ensure efficient sealing when the valve closes against the seat.
NOTE: Valve lapping can also be done by fastening a suction cup to a piece of drill rod in a hand "eggbeater" type drill. Proceed as above, using the drill as a lapping tool.
- Invert the cylinder head so that the combustion chambers are facing up.
- Lightly lubricate the valve stems with clean oil, and coat the valve seats with valve grinding compound. Install the valves in the head as numbered.
- Attach the suction cup of a valve lapping tool to a valve head. Moisten the suction cup to securely attach the tool to the valve.
- Rotate the tool between the palms, changing position and lifting the tool often to prevent grooving. Lap the valve until a smooth, polished seat is evident (you may have to add a bit more compound after some lapping is done).
- Remove the valve and tool, and remove ALL traces of grinding compound with solvent-soaked rag, or rinse the head with solvent.
Due to the higher speeds involved when using the hand drill, care must be exercised to avoid grooving the seat. Lift the tool and change direction of rotation often.
(See Figures 8 and 9)
All instruments are contained in one cluster.
- Disconnect the negative battery cable. Remove the instrument panel harness from the lower steering column switch and disconnect the switch.
- Remove the steering wheel cap and the center nut and washer.
- Remove the steering wheel with a suitable puller.
- Remove the steering column escutcheon screws and the nuts from the column support U-bolt.
- Loosen the lower column clamp at the firewall.
- Loosen the lower spring stop-clamp and slide the stop and spring down on the shaft.
- Paint or mark the steering shaft and coupling with chalk. Remove the upper coupling clamp bolt.
- Pull the jacket and steering shaft assembly from the coupling and very carefully pull it out through the dash, at the same time sliding the lower spring stop, spring, bearing, and seat off of the steering shaft.
- Disconnect the tachometer drive cable, cowl-vent control cable brackets, and headlight motor switch from the instrument cluster.
- Disconnect the parking brake lever support bracket from the cowl crossmember.
- Pull the headlight switch on. Reach under the instrument cluster and push in the detent pin on the switch; remove the knob and shaft.
- Screw out the retaining nut with a wide bladed screwdriver.
- To service instruments other than the speedometer and tachometer, follow radio removal procedures. Small instruments are easily removed, after the center cluster is removed from the console.
- To remove the driver's-side instrument cluster, first disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Lower the steering column.
- Remove retaining screws and washers at the door opening, dash top, and left side of the center panel.
- Unclip and remove the left, front console trim-panel.
- Pull the cluster slightly forward for access to speedometer and tachometer cables, headlight switch connectors, and lamp wires.
- Remove the cluster. Speedometer and tachometer may now be serviced.
- Install using a reversal of the removal procedure.
NOTE: This procedure outlines the removal of the speedometer and tachometer cluster. Refer to the previous Radio Removal and Installation procedure to remove the center/console cluster.
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Remove the left air distribution duct.
- Remove the screws attaching the lens to the bezel and remove the lens.
- Remove the cluster attaching screws and pull the cluster slightly forward.
- Disconnect the speedometer cable and lamp connectors as necessary.
- Installation is the reverse of removal.
Subject: 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982 Chevrolet Corvette service, maintenance, repair. ISBN-10: 0801990718 | ISBN-13: 9780801990717 | Chilton 28500