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Old 01-21-2019, 09:48 AM
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Their ad says that their piece reduces the weight of the cover function "by close to 25 pounds". Is the factory assembly (wiper cover, grill, linkages, and vacuum can) that damn heavy?




Good question. There are a lot of parts, but I’d guess about half what they claim at most. I rebuilt one and seem to remember the original cover was cast.
I have some numbers : Wiper door 2.56 kg or 5.64 lbs Grille 1.6 kg or 3.52 lbs Mechanism and vacuum can 3.14 kg or 7.49 lbs
So a total of 7.30 kg or 16.65 lbs

Then if you replace it with a fiber panel at say 1.5 kg or 3.3 lbs it is still significant !!

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Old 01-21-2019, 12:34 PM
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Needle in the haystack

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Or this,

1969 corvette guide book. By Rick Bizzoco <—-edit: flipped through this,didn’t see anything.




This adds wheel spacers and light weight panels:

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Old 01-22-2019, 12:36 AM
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Funny !! I was reading this article about the lightweight C3 last night !!
My next project : Find a convertible ,use and abuse the body with a disc sander , paint it the same than my actual car and swap body !! Et voila, 2 sec per lap !!!!

And yes needle in the haystack !!! But you know, it is when you are not looking for it that you will find it !!

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Did you or do you have an original set of covers for sale ?
I find that my repro are good but not that good.
it`s a sore subject but basically (with the help of ebay) mine were stolen, originals were plexiglass, reproductions should be the stronger Lexan. do a google search for Vintage Exotics, Jim Cantrell is a Corvette racer in Tuscon who makes and sells the FIA covers, ask Jim about the wiper door cover also.
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I asked famous Corvette racer Tony Delorenzo about "lightweight cars" all he could think was they were referring to aluminum heads.
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Did you or do you have an original set of covers for sale ?
I find that my repro are good but not that good.
it`s a sore subject but basically (with the help of ebay) mine were stolen, originals were plexiglass, reproductions should be the stronger Lexan. do a google search for Vintage Exotics, Jim Cantrell is a Corvette racer in Tuscon who makes and sells the FIA covers, ask Jim about the wiper door cover also.
I bought my kit from Jim, as I never had a single reply of my numerous email to Classic aircraft, so I am not surprised that they are not replying to my actual one !!
It was good to deal with Jim matter of facts. And yes he is selling wiper door, spoiler and other body panels either fibre or carbone.

Pity about your covers !! I feel that mines are a bit , how to say it , diluted !!
By maybe, being taken from a mold of a mold. But I have never seen an original, so maybe I'm wrong there.
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I asked famous Corvette racer Tony Delorenzo about "lightweight cars" all he could think was they were referring to aluminum heads.
Legends are made that way, or maybe Tony had already a lightweight car !! By replacing damaged body panels by after market lighter one, you will end up that way ?!
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I asked famous Corvette racer Tony Delorenzo about "lightweight cars" all he could think was they were referring to aluminum heads.
Iím not surprised that urban legends exist in the auto industry. Good info.

I dug out my L88 book, corvette racing legends, but since it has no index, you would have to skim each page.
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I must do one thing, is to apologize to Jim Teasley . I said that I never had any replies to all my emails , well !! He did reply to my last one, and the most important. Thank you sir.
Here is the content, who I think will interest some members.


Thierry,

I can tell you that the L88 Flares and L88 FIA Road Racing Light Kits did have part numbers. The Wiper Cover and Front Spoiler were manufacture by Greenwood Racing. Burt and John Greenwood sold and used these two items on the cars they built and raced. I'm 72 years old and can tell you all of these items were used during the 1968 and later racing venues here in the states and even at LeMans and Sebring.

I will get you the GM Part Numbers for the Flares and Road Racing Light Parts. Give me a few days to retrieve this information.

Jim Teasley
Classic Aircraft & Auto Inc.
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I have one real deal GM L-88 rear flare left, the part number was printed a on a piece of paper and glassed into the back side, I believe the flares were originally built for GM by Diversified glass.
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