Light ’Em Up
If your ’80-’82 Corvette’s taillights are getting a bit dim or cracked, check out these repros from TrimParts. They’re licensed by GM, have all the correct markings, and are even molded in period-correct colors. Ask for PN A5827S, since TrimParts offers nearly 1,200 Corvette components.
In the Hood
Seibon’s new carbon- fiber hood for C5 Corvettes was literally fresh from the mold at show time, and information was scarce. Given the company’s reputation for building top-notch carbon parts at reasonable prices, however, this stylish, gloss-finished piece should prove a welcome addition to the Corvette body-enhancement market. Look for more details in a future issue.
Also brand new at SEMA was Hawk Performance’s line of 6061 forged-aluminum wheels. The Peregrine, shown here, is available in 18-/19-inch sizes and various offsets to fit Corvette Z06 and Grand Sport applications. Hawk, best known for its popular line of high-performance brake pads, displayed the wheel on a new Torch Red GS, a configuration that elicited many an admiring gaze from show attendees.
Tuning into Corsa’s Power Channel
To complement its line of Corvette exhaust components, Corsa now offers C6 performance intakes with “Power Channel” technology. Consisting of parallel channels designed to direct airflow more efficiently from the filter to the throttle body, this configuration is said to improve throttle response and optimize power levels. Corsa’s intakes are hand-formed from aerospace-grade carbon fiber that ensures both high strength and low weight, and they feature an integrated thermal barrier to lower air temps.
Kookin’ With Kooks
Now in its 50th year of business, this family-owned-and-operated business prides itself on producing high-horsepower headers and exhaust systems for domestic performance vehicles. One of the company’s latest offerings is a header designed to fit the small-block Chevy engines installed in ’63-’82 Corvettes. These headers are made of 304-grade polished stainless steel, available in two primary sizes (13⁄4x3 and 17⁄8x3 inches), and designed to provide both gains in horsepower and that classic sound your Corvette deserves.
Fly By Wire
American Autowire’s new harness for ’53-’62 Corvettes is specifically designed to update the C1’s electrical system for use in modified, Pro Touring, or restomod applications. It can handle upgrades such as electric fans, aftermarket A/C, gauges, powertrain combos, and so on. Like many of the company’s other Classic Update kits, this one includes new ignition, lighting, and dimmer switches, as well as new taillamp sockets and headlight-bucket harnesses.
Cooler fluid for your transmission means not only longer life, but also more-reliable, consistent shifting in high-performance applications. Flex-a- lite’s new Translife Cooler Kit for ’68-’82 Corvettes is designed to provide just that. This kit (PN 4118GMT) includes the cooler, 4 feet of rubber hose, hose clamps, and nylon nuts and bolts for mounting. Also available from Flex-a-lite are direct-fit aluminum radiator/electric fan combinations for all C3 models (pictured). Because they require no drilling or cutting, these combo units can be installed in approximately four hours.
Mid America Motorworks now makes dressing up your Corvette’s interior even easier, with its pre-fitted Console Cushion Lid Assembly for ’97-’04 C5s. This GM-licensed, bolt-on lid (PN 695-005) includes a 100-percent leather cover with redesigned, comfort-improved foam installed on an OE-style molded substrate. It’s available in multiple designs and color combinations, and with various embroidered Corvette emblems.
To commemorate America’s Sports Car turning 60 this model year, Lloyd Mats has rolled out the carpet with a pair of new licensed Crossed Flags designs. This new “60 Years” configuration is available on both floor and cargo mats, and it can even be paired with the Corvette word as a double logo.