New Hover Conversion

Produced by Goldie Wilson for the C4 Corvette

Not only Deloreans
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But the real update is I always forget how long wrenching at home takes. All that stuff I wanted to do and I only got the rear shocks on, the rear lowering bolts installed..... and nothing else. 7 different trips to stores and trying to figure out how to get the front mono leaf out took up most my day.

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My first headache was getting 1 lower control arm off so I could pull the spring out through that side. Thankfully GM decided to assemble the sub frame out of the car so when they put it all together the bolt faces into an area without enough space to get it out. So I had to cut the bolt off. Which required a trip to the hardware store.

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Of course after all that disassembly the leaf has too much curve in it to pull out with the limited ground clearance my jack and jack stands could provide. So here comes the being dumb. I tried to jack the car up more with a bottle jack so I could get a large piece of wood in between the floor jack and the lift point. well that all toppled over and the car slammed onto the jack stand. This people is why you always use jack stands. Fortunately both myself and the car are fine. No injuries to myself other than my pride and the car got a broken side sill and not the driver door has difficulty opening and shutting. The side sill I had another of and promptly replaced it. As for the door either it came out of adjustment from the fall or the car isn’t level now because I had to move a jack stand and it might be higher than before, but I am not sure. Really a problem for if it still is consistent once on the ground. Oh and in my frustration opening the door I accidentally broke the knob off the lock switch so another thing I have to buy.

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In other funness the bottom of the new rear shocks was not wide enough to fit. Strange considering these are specific to the C4 Corvette. A little digging shows that other people have called QA1 about it and they know. They tell the people to add shims. So instead of adding that in the instructions or putting shims in the already supplied hardware kits, just have upset customers. Sure guys *eyeroll*

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In other news I don’t think I will be able to do the front lowering with the spring in the car. It is too difficult. Maybe I can go bug TFritsch and get access to a lift so I can finish that.

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So there you go. I was working on the car from 10am to 8pm.... I feel like I wasted the day yet I feel like I got beaten on all day. Ah the joys of wrenching.

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