A customer brought us his C5 Corvette with some unfortunate collision damage. The damage included a cracked front bumper, broken passenger side rocker panel, a hole in the rear bumper, damage to the passenger door, and scratches or chips on every other panel on the vehicle. We tore this car apart quite a bit during the repair process and fixed the broken rocker panel and some minor damage to the quarter panel as well. We replaced the passenger door, front bumper, and rear bumper. We then went over the rest of the car and repaired all the scratches, rock chips, and other defects before sending the car to the paint shop for a complete repaint. The car was repainted in the factory silver and a set of custom grey racing stripes were laid out to give it a different look. The rims were also refinished to give them a like new appearance. The end result is a C5 that now looks good as new and will stand out nicely with the custom paint.
The pictures below show the repair process from when we received the car until it was completed:
We recently had a customer bring us a C5 Corvette that two different local repair shops had told them had a seized motor. Replacing the entire engine would have been really expensive both in parts and labor. We had a sneaking suspicion it was something else when the customer brought it in though. We decided to remove the torque tube instead of the engine and see if that was the problem and sure enough it was. The torque tube on a Corvette is basically a housing that contains the drive shaft. The drive shaft rides on a set of bearings inside the torque tube. Somehow the inner shaft that spins had become dislodged and pushed backwards inside the torque tube. This caused the bearings and the inner shaft to seize up and stop turning. Because of the torque tube being seized it prevented the engine from being able to turn over. You can see the damage to the inner shaft in the pics below and the hole in the front of the torque tube housing where the inner shaft and bearing should go. The shaft basically pushed back into this hole and locked up in there. We were able to simply swap out the customers torque tube and get them back on the road saving thousands over doing an engine swap.
A few people lately have had some questions regarding doing work on some part of their drive train so we thought we would share some more information on this. The chassis and drive train design on C5 and C6 Corvettes is actually pretty cool. It takes several hours of work but if you have access to a lift, by unhooking some wiring and removing a few bolts, the entire running gear of the car can be be separated from the body. As you can see in the picture above, this is a car we worked on recently and had to remove the drive train. The engine, front suspension, brakes, torque tube, transmission, and rear suspension can all come out as one assembly. It can then be broken down into individual pieces if only one part needs to be replaced. This also gives you great access to the individual parts if you are doing performance upgrades or engine work as everything is out in the open and no longer in the car.
Here is another picture that shows the drive train assembly a little closer. The red bracing bars on the rear differential were an aftermarket add on this vehicle had and stock Corvettes will not have that on them.