When all the fuel system components were replaced or repaired, we proceeded to get our '62 roadworthy by servicing the ignition system, brakes, cooling system, and suspension. We had to replace the rear crossmember and repair the frame at the left-side kick-up. It's common to see corrosion at the rear crossmember on a straight-axle car. The crossmember holds up the rear springs, which can cause a sticky situation if a spring shackle punctures the trunk. Obviously, the brake system is a critical area to inspect, but all systems should be checked for integrity. Wiring woes can be a frustrating problem.
Many times, rodents enjoy nibbling wire insulation when the vehicle is in deep hibernation. Steering components corrode, causing tough steering by preventing lubricants from penetrating the rotation joints. When lubricating the steering components, the steering wheel should be rotated while pumping the grease to get complete lubricant coverage.
Straight-axle Corvettes are very driveable, especially when equipped with radial tires. Driving an early Corvette gets attention because they are like mobile pieces of Art Deco. But as great as they are to look at, they are equally great to drive. Let other people enjoy the sight of your straight-axle. Get out there and beautify America!.