Corvette Project Guide - Weekend Warriors Unite

Simple Weekend Projects For Your Corvette

Tom Benford Jan 14, 2010 0 Comment(s)

Radio Noise Suppression
Applicable Years: C2/C3
Difficulty Level: 2
Tools: 1/2-inch and 3/8-inch wrenches
Time: 30 minutes
Parts source: Corvette Central

If you have an early alternator-equipped Corvette ('63-'82), and you're plagued by whining or other engine noise polluting the sweet sounds coming from your stereo (usually due to removing the ignition shielding or using upgraded audio components), the cure will only set you back about $20 and takes less than a half-hour to administer. It comes in the form of a noise-suppression kit from Corvette Central that consists of a large capacitor with two leads already outfitted with terminals and a black nylon cable wrap. To install it, you simply connect the red lead to the "hot" terminal of your alternator and, attach the black lead to the alternator's ground connection. Then find a discrete, out-of-sight location to tuck away the capacitor (or leave it in plain sight if you prefer), and use the cable tie to secure it. That's all it takes to get rid of that annoying radio interference and start enjoying your tunes again.

Hood Emblem Replacement
Applicable Years: C2/C3
Difficulty Level: 2
Tools: 5/16-inch socket and ratchet
Time: 30 minutes
Parts source: Paragon Reproductions

If you have a big-block C2 or C3 with engine designation numbers on the hood (or L-88 designators, for that matter), they are made of pot metal, and, as is the case with all pot-metal parts, they'll start to show their age due to pitting and oxidation over a period of time. Take heart, however, for replacing them is easy and quick.

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The FilterMag is a heavy-duty magnet that simply sticks right onto the side of your oil filter. Just pull your Vette up onto ramps or jack it up and support it with jackstands, slap the FilterMag onto the side of the filter (or filter canister for the early-year Corvettes), and that's all there is to it. I strongly suggest you let your engine cool before installing it to avoid any burns from hot exhaust components.

Oil Filter Magnet Installation
Applicable Years: C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6
Difficulty Level: 1
Tools: ramps or jackstands
Time: 30 minutes
Parts source:

If you're looking for a little peace of mind that there are no nasty metal particles circulating around in the engine of your Corvette, then investing in an oil filter magnet is a good idea, and it's easy to install. Log onto and enter the year, make, and model of your car to see which models are right for you. most years give you a choice of standard, SS, or heavy-duty magnets, and they simply stick right onto the side of your oil filter.




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