Corvette Project Guide - Weekend Warriors Unite

Simple Weekend Projects For Your Corvette

Tom Benford Jan 14, 2010 0 Comment(s)
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The Eastwood Company's Flexi-Black aerosol rubberized coating is great for refurbishing battery trays, and their acid-neutralizing battery mat helps keep the tray looking clean and new for a long, long time.

Battery Cut-Off Switch/Bypass Circuit Installation
Applicable Years: C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6
Difficulty Level: 1
Tools: 1/2-inch wrench (top terminal) or 5/16-inch wrench (side terminal)
Time: 30 minutes
Parts source: Mid America Motorworks

If you store your Corvette for any period of time, it's a good idea to disconnect the battery to avoid draining it and having it go dead. But you don't actually have to remove the terminal cable, not if you take a few minutes to install a battery cut-off switch. as an added bonus, you can take the switch's contact knob with you to foil any would-be thieves, since they won't be able to start the car without the battery making full contact to power the starter. You can get a cut-off switch in either top- or side-terminal configuration from Mid America Motorworks, and you can also get a by-pass circuit with an in-line fuse to keep things, such as your clock and radio stations/seat memory from "forgetting" their settings.

Battery Tray Refurb/Battery Mat
Applicable Years: C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6
Difficulty Level: 1
Tools: steel wool or wire brush, newspaper, masking tape
Time: 30 minutes
Parts source: The Eastwood Company

The battery tray generally starts looking ratty after a few years due to water drips, rust, dirt, and grime. If that's the case with your battery tray, take a half hour on a weekend and refurbish it. All you have to do is disconnect and remove the battery, and use steel wool or a wire brush to knock off any caked-on rust or other crud on the tray. Then use some newspaper to mask off all areas you don't want to get any overspray on, shake up the aerosol can of Eastwood's Flexi-Black durable black rubberized coating, and spray your tray. As is always good practice with aerosols, give it three or four light coats rather than one heavy coat for better coverage and to avoid any drips or runs. Then, when the tray is thoroughly dry, place an acid-neutralizing battery mat (also from Eastwood) in the bottom of the tray to keep it looking good. Reinstall your battery, reconnect the cables, and you're done.

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