I am getting tired of the body work postings so I'll skip all the steps that got us to this point. All the hard work has already been done to these primered headlight buckets. They're now ready for paint.
When I let the paint dry for more than 4 hours I have to scuff the paint so that the next coat will stick and not lift. The bucket on the right has been scuffed and I am getting ready to do the other one.
The buckets are fiberglass but they do have a lot of metal reinforcing on the inside. I thought it best to paint the inside as a rust proofing measure.
I chose silicone grease for the headlight mechanism because it's waterproof. Waterproof? Yep, that's right. Not all grease is waterproof, but the silicone grease is. If I didn't use silicone grease it would only be a matter of time before rain and car washes would wash away the lubricant. Silicone grease is a great product but it comes with its drawbacks. It's almost impossible to wash off and it's the worse contaminate you could have when painting a car. That's the reason for all the tape in this picture. I am trying my best not to get anything on the primer sealer.
It took a whole afternoon to install and align both buckets. I even painted and installed the electric motors. There is still work needed under here but you can see how it's set-up. This is directly behind the nose of the car between the headlights.
Switching gears, this is the clutch pedal and the clutch rod that goes through the firewall. The clutch never quite felt right to me and it took me a long time to figure out why. After a lot of research I found out why.
We were missing this plate. The plate moves the clutch rod higher and it engages the rubber bump stop. The clutch operates much better now.
Then there's that grungy old steering column. It's original to the car and it's an original 63 but it's not friendly to "men of measure". It gets in the way. I talked to several people that own C2 Corvettes and many of them have the same issue, they don't fit well in their car. The solution? A tilt wheel!
Flaming River sells a tilt wheel steering column specifically for C2 Corvettes. Everything is identical to the original except for the extra lever. This one will be painted to match our car and it will allow big boys to drive in comfort. At least that's the plan. I know, it's not original to the car but this is one of the few things we are doing to improve the driving pleasure. Besides, it comes with a flasher and that's a great safety feature.