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Good Times

At The Petersen Museum in Los Angeles At The Petersen Museum in Los Angeles
February 28, 2016, hanging with fellow Corvette peepes at the Petersen Museum. The drive there with LA freeways and in town traffic wasn't so great but a good time was had when we arrived.

1968 Chevrolet Corvette Greystone Mansion Beverly Hills Getting Interviewed by Dave Kunz | abc7.com
1968 Corvette Windshield Up Close Had a great honor in May 2015; was invited to the Greystone Mansion Concours in Beverly Hills. A classy event, made that much better as it included tours of the mansion. There were a lot of high dollar cars in attendance. Above Right: Was interviewed by Dave Kunz | abc7.com.

Charming Boy Checking out 1968 Corvette There are many rewards for owning a vintage Corvette, some of them unexpected. I was at the Supercar Sunday event in Woodland Hills CA when this little tyke ran up to Safari and kept pointing at it. He didn't say anything but he indicated a lot of excitement to his parents. I let him have a seat and he just smiled and pointed to this and that. A future 'vette enthusiast? Let's hope so!

1968 Corvette Exhaust System - Before
Around 2017, some problems with the exhaust system became apparent. There were occasional rattles and other issues. I was never happy with the aftermarket header exhaust flanges as they were the lowest part of the car and therefore vulnerable to speed bumps etc., a common malady for low slung cars.
Gils Muffler, Northridge CA Dale at Gils Muffler, Northridge CA
Enter Dale from Gils Muffler, Northridge CA. I asked where Gil was and Dale told me that Gil was his dad who started the business in 1957, retiring 40 years later. Dale himself started in 1977, so he also had 40 years in the business. Clearly this experience and background is what you want for working on a car like the Corvette.

The system previously installed wasn't bad but it did carry some negative baggage. The mufflers themselves were clumsily installed and were hitting the body; some sections of the body had been cut away due to clearance issues. Also missing were hangers just before the frame opening.

1968 Corvette Exhaust System - After 1968 Corvette Exhaust System - Header Joint, After
Dale worked his magic and I was very pleased with the results. The flanges were cleaned up so speed bumps and other threats were mitigated. Proper hangers were installed and the mufflers themselves got better placement. The exhaust tips themselves were changed to a more correct type with an angle cut, although I really wasn't going for a "concours" result.

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Royal Hibbard(Vancouver, Washington, US)says...

Just wanted to add to my comments. I never thought of the C3 body style as "coke bottle" rather I referred to it as "Mako Shark" type.

Royal Hibbard(Vancouver, Washington, US)says...

Great information thank you for all your work putting this together. I had a 1968 convertible 327/350 hp, LeMans Blue/ white top, 4spd.I bought it in 1970 and it still had the firestone redline tires on it. Two weeks later the right rear axle bearing basicly melted, what a learning experience that was. 10 years later I was the Corvette,heavy duty truck,and motorhome mechanic at lyman Slack Chevrolet in Portland Oregon.A couple of things I noticed as per differences between early and late 68's was the late's had a brace between the fender and the wheel well at the hood hinge area to help keep the Fiberglas from cracking in that area.Also the trim piece that runs under the front fender back to the rear wheel well was black on the early's but silver on the later models (as I remember it ) so I painted mine silver. My steering wheel looked to be wood and I never had a left hand clearance problem with it.

Scotti Von Douglas(St Peters)says...

I Love Corvette Stingrays. Always have‼ i used to work at a Corvette shop in Westport plaza in Maryland Heights Mo. from 1977 to 1982. I've owned a 67 a 73 and a 79. Always something to learn. Great hobby❗

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