all eyes look to heaven on a day like this, let's remember our shuttle
crew STS-103 commanded by Curtis
L. Brown, Jr. Most of you will remember Commander Brown as the
commander of John Glenn's famous STS-95
Shuttle flight during 1998. http://www.c5registry.com/Special/friendship7/f7c5s3.htm
After the John Glenn parade in
Cocoa Beach in which Brown got a chance to drive a C5
with the HUD option, Commander Brown went out
and bought a C4. After several months he
traded it in and ordered a BRAND NEW Millennium
Yellow C5 just so he could enjoy Head
Up Display (that ought to make Steve "Mr.
HUD" Stringfellow proud!) Word is that Commander Brown will be
picking up his C5 after his Millennium ride
in space! We have sent him an email wishing he and his crew "God
Speed" from the C5 Registry.
If you are interested in
sending an email to the STS-103 crew please
click here http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/feedback/expert/
All of you Yellow Jackets out
there might want to send Brown a patch and invite him to be an Honorary
December 23, 1999
In keeping with our Holiday
tradition, read on to find out:
23, 1999 2:42 pm
Who's Been Naughty and
Who's Been Nice?
Chevrolet in Tampa, FL, get the LUCKY nod for who's been NICE as they
receive the last C5 TO head out the plant door today which is also the
LAST C5 to be SHIPPED this CENTURY! This lucky C5 is a Black (41U)
Coupe with Black (19I) Sport Seats (AQ9) interior. It is a 6-Speed (MN6)
VIN Y5116233 - JOB # 016244 with the following additional options: Memory
Package (AAB), Power Seats (AG2), Body Side Moldings (B84), Single Glass
Top (CC3), Dual Zone A/C (CJ2), Active Handling (JL4), Base Suspension
(FE1), Heads Up Display (UV6), Base Wheels (QD4), Fog Lights (T96), CD in
Dash (UN0) and 12 Disc Changer (U1S). This collectible C5 is headed to one
lucky boy or girl who must have been very good during 1999 and will
probably pony up to a MSRP of $44,569!
NAUGHTY . . . . The NOT-SO-LUCKY nod goes to Les Stanford Chevrolet, in
Dearborn, MI, as a C5 Black Convertible Automatic with Black Top/Black
Interior (VIN Y5116234 - JOB # 016245) still sits (ALL WRAPPED UP!) inside
the plant door, and will do so until the plant re-opens on January 3,
2000, when it will be shipped to Michigan.
"YOU CAN BLAME IT
This Z51 Performance Suspension C5
includes Sports Seats (AQ9) interior, Dual Zone A/C (CJ2), Performance
Axle (G92), Base Wheels (QD4), Fog Lights (T96), CD in Dash (UN0), and
Heads Up Display (UV6) with a MSRP of $48,744.
You know, the more we think about it . . . . Maybe Les
Stanford hasn't been so naughty after
all -- as this will be the first 2000 C5
shipped in 2000 . . . .the new CENTURY!
23, 1999 6:12 am
to the GREAT C5 factory
ELVES who worked 10 hour shifts and several Saturdays throughout 1999 to
produce MORE C5s THAN EXPECTED for all the "BIG CHILDREN" of the
World to ENJOY!! In fact, the 1999 Year End C5 TOY Production was 1313 C5s
over 1998 Year End production (1998 C5 Calendar Production was 31874 and
1999 C5 Calendar Production was 33187). A BIG HO HO HO THANK YOU FROM
EVERY MEMBER OF THE C5 REGISTRY (3350 members and growing fast!). WE WISH
EVERY EMPLOYEE AT BOWLING GREEN A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
Dan Say's WHAT A YEAR!!!
December 20, 1999
winner of the one-of-a-kind 2000 Platinum Purple coupe Corvette, was
Corvette Plant employee Billy Phelps. Billy has been a 2nd shift
electrician at the Corvette Plant since 1984. Billy was not in attendance
for the drawing, held at the GM Corvette Assembly Plant. The drawing took
place at 130 pm before Billy's shift started.
There was a 30 minute ceremony with remarks from
Will Cooksey, plant manager and Billy Jackson, UAW 2164 president. They
showed a short video detailing what the Platinum Power campaign meant to
both of them. The video included some unique comments from plant employees
on what they would do if the one the Platinum Power Corvette.
Following the video presentation, there were five
other drawings held prior to the GRAND PRIZE!
- A 4-day all expense paid trip (including airfare)
to Disney World. The lucky winner was Vivian M. Snardon, who works in
the paint department and is the plant chaplain.
- A computer was won by Dottie R. Angle.
- A big screen television, was won by Billie
"Baldy" Morris, a material driver.
- A $1000 Best Buy gift certificate was pocketed by
Jack W. Davis, a line repairman.
- A Barbeque Grill went to Selvin
"Beaver" McKinney, another material driver.
- Gwendolyn L. Wharton took home a special leather
After the prizes above were awarded, Jim Campbell,
Brand Manager, had the honor of drawing Billy Phelps' name from the prize
drum! Mr. Phelps was later quoted in the Daily News, the Bowling Green
local newspaper as saying, "For about 15 minutes there, it was a
pretty good roller coaster ride. At first I didn't believe them, so I had
to do some verification and find out it was true," Phelps said.
"I was on a great big high, and then I came down just a little bit
until I got it verified, and then I went back up again."
Update: According to
the December 23 issue of the Vette Gazette (the Bowling Green plant's
weekly newsletter), "After a brief trip to Cave City Chevrolet for
pre-delivery inspection, the purple C5 will be at home in Phelp's
"Corvette House". It will join his recently purchased '98 model
in a special garage that is filled with all things Corvette. "Right
now I've got my '98 in there along with a lot of posters and all the
memorabilia we get here at work," he said." The one-of-a-kind
Corvette sticker price is $42,481 and internet chat groups have the C5
priced above $200,000.
The big question is, of course, will he keep or sell
his new Corvette? "Right now, I think I need some legal advice,"
he said. "I really doubt if I drive it. I may possibly put it on
display at the museum. This is all just now starting to sink it. My wife
and I are just very, very happy."
In August the Corvette Plant kicked off a
major campaign known as "Platinum Power," in which employees had
the opportunity to enter a raffle to win the commemorative Corvette. This
give away was the culmination of the campaign, designed to heighten
employee awareness in building world-class quality Corvettes.
The C5 Registry office has learned more
about the A-pillar moldings concern (see
November 23rd post ). The vinyl is not discoloring,
it is delaminating from the plastic substrate that it is glued to.
This usually takes heat and humidity. The molding can literally be replaced
in a few minutes and does not require any tools or other components
to be removed.
Power Corvette is now complete and on display for all plant employees to
drool over! The VIN number is 1G1YY22G8Y5113591 and the Job Number is
013592. The official paint code/name on the build sheet reads XXX with an
asterisk and the name Platinum Purple Metallic below
the paint code box. This remarkable paint scheme also features two
"Grand Sport" style stripes in an off gray almost a Pewter
color. Options include 6-speed (base suspension), heads up display, active
handling, one-of-a-kind "platinumish" sports seats with
embroidery, tilt telescopic wheel, CD in dash, fog lights, and memory.
Once again, the big
drawing will be at 1:00 pm Kentucky Central Time on Monday, December 20!!
December 12, 1999
Here is some IMPORTANT
information the C5 Registry has received
regarding the "running out of gas" problem "There have been
several comments lately regarding the operation of the fuel gauge or
system and people running out of gas.
There has recently been a problem
identified with the transfer of fuel from the right hand to the left hand
tank. This problem is NOT currently correctable by a dealer. Replacing the
right hand sender will NOT correct this concern. Corvette engineering is
developing a fix and a service bulletin will be published when parts
become available." We will let you know what
that Bulletin Number is as soon as we get it.
December 9, 1999
It will be a very merry Holiday season for one lucky Corvette
plant employee . . . . on Monday, December 20, a drawing will be held at
the Bowling Green Plant for the Platinum Power 2000 model Corvette Coupe.
Each eligible employee will automatically receive one ticket. Additional
tickets can be earned through perfect attendance. Jim Campbell, Corvette
Brand Manager, will be drawing the winner's name from the Prize Drum
during the one o'clock break period.
The latest word we have is the 2000 model
year is aiming for a 32,000 projected model run.
December 3, 1999
The exciting news around the BG Plant on
Wednesday prior to the Thanksgiving Holiday was the production start of
the Platinum C5 -- VIN Y5113591 Job # 013592
--( Pursuing the JD Power Platinum Award for Excellence ) . Some notable
options on the C5 Coupe are 6-speed with FE1 Suspension, Heads Up Display
(UV6) and Active Handling (JL4). The most significant news about this
particular C5 is the "one-of-a-kind" factory produced paint job
will be awarded to a lucky Corvette Plant employee on Monday, December 20.
Again, the custom paint color will be called RADAR
PURPLE METALLIC. We do know that it will
also have a very special interior. The production is still underway. Rumor
has it that the Platinum C5 has been moved off the line and is being hand
assembled. The C5 Registry just wonders how many Corvette COLLECTORS will
be poised outside the plant doors offering untold sums ($$$$$) to the
December 2, 1999
From GM Detroit - C5
owners have complained that there is a pulsation when applying the brakes,
the cause of this complaint is that the rotor surfaces are not parallel
and this causes the pulsation when the brakes are applied. Brake rotor
uneveness (warping) is a concern that is being worked on by engineering.
It is believed that the most likely cause is the interface between the
wheel/hub/rotor. If there is any unevenness between these components when
they are bolted together it may cause the rotor to turn unevenly between
the brake pads. This causes the rotor to wear unevenly resulting in a
"warped" rotor. One of the most likely causes of this condition
is that the wheels have not been properly torqued. It is important that
the lug nuts be torqued in the proper sequence and to the correct torque
setting. Should you have the tires changed, you need to be sure and
have the lug nuts torqued to specification or you could develop the same
December 1, 1999
HOT NEWS FOR MEMBERS EYES ONLY!!
I received the following update from a contact at GM in Detroit. It is
very important that we do not post this outside of the C5 Registry. It has
taken me a long time to cultivate this contact and I am afraid that if it
appears all over the Internet, this relationship would be severely
damaged. If this or other information begins to show up all over the Net,
I will no longer be able to share it with the members of the C5 Registry.
We all benefit from the information this individual shares with me.
This is just the beginning of some of the
information that can be available to us if I can nurture this relationship
along. I appreciate your cooperation in this matter.
"TSB 99-08-49-008 is titled, Chime
Sounds When Key is Removed from Ignition, Intermittent Operation of the
Power Door Locks, Keyless Entry, Steering Column Lock or Memory Seats,
(Inspect/Replace Lock Cylinder Actuator or Lock Cylinder Assembly).
Bulletin 99-08-49-008 was issued because all of the possible symptoms were
not included in the original bulletin 83-83-20. Dealers were advised to
discard bulletin 83-83-20. The statement that these are two different
problems is correct, but the fact is if the "system" does not
correctly recognize whether the key is in or out of the ignition cylinder
some or all of the above mention functions may not work properly."
Dan Adovasio, Director
November 28, 1999
There has been some discussion on
matching the Magnetic Red paint on the C5 in the event a touch-up or
re-paint is needed. The C5 Registry
did some checking, here's what we found out: GM
sent a Service Bulletin to all Chevrolet and Cadillac dealers detailing
the correct paint codes for 1999 Magnetic Red and for 2000 Magnetic Red
II. Do not depend on the paint codes on the Service Parts Identification
label for 2000 Magnetic Red II cars built prior to DEC 1999.
November 24, 1999
We have heard from many members about what they believe is a
belt tensioner concern on the LS1 engine. The engineers that we have
spoken with are well aware of this. The concern is only with C5s with AUTOMATIC
TRANSMISSIONS. Members who have contacted us have stated that when
they are (as an example) at a red light with their foot on the brake and
A/C on, their C5 seems to have a "rough" idle (noticeable
shake). There was an earlier service bulletin to deal with this -- the fix
was to reflash the C5's computer system to allow the C5 to idle at a 50
RPM increase with the A/C on. (Again, automatic transmissions only!)
It is believed by members that this did not resolve the problem 100
percent. So . . . . . an effort is underway for a new and improved
tensioner (including a possible modification of the pulley system) to be
released into production and available through GM parts for those who may
have a warranty claim. Some tensioners (very few - estimated to be 190
model year 2000 C5s) have failed early due to improper manufacturing by
the supplier. But, in most cases, it has just been an annoying problem.
Again, the right folks are on the job and the fix is just around the
C5 VIN's 108800 through 109800: the garnish moldings (which
cover the A pillars) are possibly discolored. They are supposed to be
black but, due to a vendor glitch, some may discolor in a short period of
time. The garnish molding is the molding which covers the windshield
pillar on each side of the cockpit interior. The molding runs from where
the windshield meets the dashboard to the top of the windshield on each
side. The fix is to contact your dealer and have him order new garnish
moldings. The problem has been corrected within the C5 parts system.
November 22, 1999
PART 3 - Mr. Hill graciously accepted
questions from the C5 Registry members (Cont.)
- Death Watch issued for Nassau Blue! When
Mr. Hill was asked about how GM makes decisions on paint colors, he
stated that they are based on acceptance and when a color falls below
a certain level - three percent - that color is put on a death watch.
If the color does not rise to about five percent, the color is
discontinued during the next production year. He went on to say that
Nassau Blue is at the three percent level and he mentioned that
"if you want a Nassau Blue C5 you better get your order in the
order bank this year!"
- Are the 2000 wheels forged? Mr. Hill
answered that yes, they are. He said the wheels are made in Virginia
and California. A small history lesson was given on later model year
C4 wheels, which used a squeeze cast wheel - the pour is compressed
into a dye. This allowed stronger and wider wheels to be used. Again,
with forging, this allows Corvette wheels to be carried to the next
level. Research is underway right now for an even better wheel in the
future. And when it is available, Mr. Hill stated that "Corvette
will have it!"
- When asked why Corvette does not go to a
twin cam engine, Mr. Hill answered that the existing C5 LS1 engine
still has enough "head room" for expansion (another subtle
hint about a possible LS6!). It is a simple and efficient design and
dimensionally smaller than the twin cam version.
- What about other (than Chevrolet) GM
brand dealers servicing a Corvette? At this point Jim Campbell,
Corvette Brand Manager, joined in the discussion and said that there
were discussions taking place with management that GM dealers can
service other GM brands if the platforms are the same (such as a
Pontiac dealer servicing a Camaro - both are F-body cars). Corvette
will never be included in this category because it does not share it's
platform with any other GM product. When it comes to service issues,
the Registry believes that the C5 Net is a good forum weeding out
those poor servicing dealers and singing the praises of the good ones.
If you need feedback on a particular GM dealer, we suggest you ask on
the C5 Net. Because of contractual restraints, GM is unable to provide
this kind of feedback.
- What about a 6th generation
Corvette? Mr. Hill answered that the 6th generation
Corvette "will require more head scratching to improve the
existing C5." The engineers will begin doing internal clinics in
January 2000 for the next generation of America's famed sports car.
The Registry still believes this will take place in the 2004-2005 time
- What will the 2003 50th
Anniversary Corvette be like? Mr. Hill answered that the 50th
Anniversary Team is busy "scheming wonderful things" for
this Corvette! Special paint color? . . . . . . Maybe you should be at
our next C5 Registry event!!
November 18, 1999
PART 2 - Mr. Hill graciously
accepted questions from the C5 Registry members.
- Starting with "What is the status
of the Steering Column Lock problem?" His response was this is a
computer misdiagnosis when the engine is on and the computer
interprets the steering column is not unlocked. The C5 does go into a
limp mode and needs a technical remedy. There is a TSB available to
assist dealers in remedying this problem. Mr. Hill mentioned that
rumors have surfaced that this problem has occurred while the C5 is
being driving. GM took these reports very seriously and upon research
of each and every incident found that the steering column did not lock
up on any C5 while being driven. Changes have been made to fix this
problem and there have been no incidents reported since the change.
- Are there plans for a 5-speed automatic?
No immediate plans have been made to produce one in the near future.
(Most of us believe that the 5-speed has been tested and could be a
part of the C6 program). Mr. Hill went on to say that he has driven
Porsches, BMWs and others with 5-speed automatics and said each has
enough idiosyncrasies in all of them. GM would have to come up with
their own 5-speed automatic concept.
- How many C5 Corvettes were produced in
1999? Mr. Hill stated that there were over 33,000 C5s produced in the
model year 1999. He recommended that you get the exact information
from the C5 Registry web site. The audience got quite a chuckle from
his recommendation! Dan was seen grinning from ear to ear!
- Why was the passenger door key removed
on the 2000 C5? Mr. Hill stated that Corvette intended not to have
this key lock assembly from the inception of the C5. And following the
lead of others (BMWs, Mercedes and Ford), it is economical and simpler
to build. It also gives a much cleaner design profile. The C5 Registry
believes that in the future you may not have a key on either side and
your car would be unlocked electronically.
- Mr. Hill was questioned about how the
Corvette stands up to other performance cars. After a lengthy
discussion on how great the C5 is, he concluded with the comment that
the "Corvette is a tremendous performance value."
Watch for PART 3 on
Monday - 11/22
November 15, 1999
Dave Hill, chief Corvette engineer and GM Performance Cars
Vehicle Line executive, spoke during the C5 Registry Dinner in Las Vegas.
Mr. Hill spoke for approximately 25 minutes at the dinner and then took
questions for an additional 25 minutes.
Below is a summary of most of
his comments to a full house of C5 Registry members and guests.
- Mr. Hill started with the Corvette team
in 1992. He was instrumental in bringing the entire program together
for the 1997 launch of the C5.
- Mr. Hill offered his thanks to the C5
Registry for the "Big Thank You" at the plant during the C5
Registry Birthday Bash in April. He commented that this had never been
done before at any GM plant. To see 400+ members holding signs and
passing out candy and pins to appx. 1000 plant employees was something
he will always remember.
- Currently, Millennium Yellow and Bowling
Green Metallic are both selling well. A big thank you to the C5
Registry for promotion of Millennium Yellow into the biggest color of
choice. It is projected that Millennium Yellow (currently produced at
75 C5s a week) is already sold out for the 2000 model year and puts
the color at 13 percent of 2000 model year Corvettes.
- Magnetic Red II was enhanced because
testing showed that if they made some adjustments to the formula, the
color under the clear coat would exceed a ten-year GM specification.
The color is slightly darker. Magnetic Red II is currently running at
five percent of 2000 model year Corvettes.
- There will be an additional tint coat in
the future - again, many C5 Registry members are looking for a new
"silver" - rumored to be called "sterling silver."
Special colors are more expensive in part due to a shorter shelf life
and a more time consuming paint process.
- Due to the high demand for the Z51
suspension package, engineers found ways to make it better than it
already was! Sway bars, bushings and suspension support parts have
- The computer system settings of the F45
suspension have been broadened to "feel" a larger number of
road conditions and make the appropriate ride adjustments.
- Each week the Corvette plant builds a
better Corvette than the week before. The Corvette is always being
improved each and every day. Improvements are being implemented to the
C5 as they are ready. In 1999, there were over 300 small-to-large
technical improvements made during the model year. The decision was to
make improvements as they were "discovered" - not hold the
improvements for the next model year. This same philosophy continues
with the 2000 model year.
- The big applause of the night came when
Mr. Hill - who is always quiet about "the future" - made the
statement that the 2001 Prototype Corvette will be technically
reviewed and approved on Monday, November 8, and will "EXCEED
YOUR EXPECTATIONS." Many registry members believe he may be
referring to the well-rumored "bad boy" Z06!!
The C5 Registry
was at the 1999 SEMA show before the race at the Las Vegas Speedway. Check
out the photos of the Budnik C5 Convertible Hardtop and give us your
feedback. Photos are online for the Skunk Werkes Corvette Speedster,
and the new CaVallo GT.
Click Here to View.
November 3, 1999
Factory Exhaust Headers for the 2000
Corvette are different than the previous 97 - 99 headers. The differences
are due to the fact that Chevrolet has added a second set of cats' to meet
more stringent emissions of several state. This action required the
flange, length and angle of pipes to change.
The collector of a 2000 aftermarket header is slightly longer in order to
connect to the factory exhaust pipes. Factory and aftermarket headers will
not interchange between the 2000 Corvettes and the 97 - 99 C5's. Actually,
the 1999 Driver's side header was changed to allow an alternator bracket
to be added. For those of you getting aftermarket headers, we wanted to
bring this to your attention.
November 2, 1999
LAS VEGAS — Beginning early next year, weekend warriors with
a need for speed will find that owning a GM Performance Parts LS1-V8
engine for custom car and hot rod applications is only a few mouse clicks
away from reality on the General Motors Service Parts Operations (SPO)
Internet Web site at www.gmgoodwrench.com.
The GM Motorsports factory-produced LS1-V8 utilizes the same technology as
the Vortec Red, which was named the official 2000 season engine of the ASA
ACDelco Challenge Series on July 10. The announcement of the Vortec Red’s
selection as the official engine of the ASA heralded the introduction of
electronic timing and fuel injection to the ASA. For the complete release,
please go to CLICK HERE
November 2, 1999
LAS VEGAS (November 2, 1999) – Today Chevrolet announced that
it was expanding its sports-car racing stage internationally with the C5-R
Corvette’s participation in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2000. And now it
has captured one of its new stars to help lead the way. General Motors
officials announced the signing of sports-car veteran Justin Bell to join
Team Corvette and drive the C5-R in 2000. The 1998 GT2 class winner of the
24 Hours of Le Mans joins Team Corvette from Viper Team ORECA.
For the complete release, please go to CLICK
November 2, 1999
CORVETTE'S C5 COUPE TO PACE ROLEX 24 HOURS AT DAYTONA -LAS
VEGAS - In recognition of Chevrolet's latest-edition Corvette entering the
next millennium, the Detroit automaker has incorporated the
perfect color into the paint scheme of its 2000 Corvette pace car -
Millennium Yellow. For the second consecutive year a Corvette is slated to
pace an international field of world-class sports cars at Daytona
International Speedway's famed road course as the C5 coupe will serve as
official pace car for the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona endurance race on
Saturday and Sunday, February 5-6, 2000. The Corvette C5 hardtop paced
this year's Rolex 24 and coincided with Corvette's debut at Daytona with
the C5R Corvette GT2 racer. For the complete release, please go to CLICK
October 27, 1999
CADILLAC EVOQ COMPLETES GM SUCCESS IN AUTOMOTIVE NEWS INTERNATIONAL
Opel G90 Named Concept Car of the Year- G90 Also Elected Environmental Car
of the Year
Zürich / Detroit - Opel's G90 concept
vehicle was named Concept Car of the Year by the authoritative magazine
Automotive News International. In a ceremony at the Tokyo Motor Show, the
G90 was also presented with the environmental Concept Car of the Year
award by the same magazine. General Motors' commitment to introducing
innovative concept vehicles was further underlined by the Cadillac Evoq
finishing second in the Concept Car of the Year category. For the complete
release, CLICK HERE
October 25, 1999
Two executive appointments were announced today at the GM
Powertrain Defiance, Ohio, plant. Edward L. Hoover was named production
manager and Kris K. Chand was named manufacturing engineering manager.
Hoover will report to Michael B. Hamilton, plant manager, and Chand will
report to Hamilton and Alan K. Steffe, manufacturing engineering director
for Casting Operations. The positions become effective November 1, 1999.
For the complete release, CLICK HERE
October 22, 1999
Chevrolet announced price increases for
the 2000 Corvette
today. The average increase was $235. Delivery went up $20, G92
Performance axle went up $200. Check out the 2000
RPO Page for a full details on the increases.
20, 1999 - Update October 28, 1999
NOTE: We were notified October 28, 1999 that the part number for
the weather strip has been changed to 10418925 please read the paragraph
below before ordering.
On October 11th, we reported a fix for water running into your
speakers when you open the hatch on the targa coupe. "It has come to
our attention that the installation of the new GM
Part Number 10418925 - W/STR R/C - Y Body application 1997-2000
- which lists at your GM counter for $25.50) is a bit more complex than
first reported. Registry members who have attempted to replace the
weather strip have found that the hatch lid must be removed from the coupe
in order to properly access the channel for installation. "We
have been contacted by GM engineers who are telling us they do not
recommend that you attempt to convert your 1997 through early 1999 model
year C5 weather strip to the new weather strip for a number of reasons. It
appears from the conversations we have had this is an item that you should
not attempt to retrofit."
Upon removing the old weather strip, some have found small amounts of glue
in the channel. This glue is not related to the weather strip you
are removing -- it is excess glue from that hatch glass installation at
the factory. Again, as we reported earlier, just place the new
weather strip in the channel and lightly tap in with a rubber mallet. No
glue will be needed. Then reinstall your C5
Another related observation is that C5 coupes
built after March 1999 have a one-inch (25 mm) groove/cut down located in
the channel that allows the new weather strip ends to fit within the
channel without being crushed. Without the channels grooved, the
ends would eventually collapse and you would have to replace them
"Recently the word we are hearing is that due to the HIGH DEMAND for QF5
High Polish Wheels, the QF5 wheels will NOT
be available to dealerships for over the counter sales. At this time it is
not clear how replacement (warranties/damaged or stolen) wheels are to be
handled. Members who have "done the tour" are reporting that,
during their tour, they saw nothing but High Polish Wheels on almost every
C5 under production. This information seems
to back up what we have already stated . . . we predict that the QF5
High Polish Wheel will be 70-75% of the total 2000 C5
production - IF the supplier can deliver!"
October 17, 1999
The Bragg-Smith Advanced Driving School has arranged a one time special
offer for the C5 Registry. All schools must
be booked and attended before the last school in December 1999. The Level
1 Corvette 3 day School has been reduced from the regular price of
$1,695.00 to $1,345.00 The Level 2 Corvette 3 day School has been reduced
from the regular price of $2,295.00 to $1,995.00. There is an additional
cost of $150.00 for insurance. Please phone Bragg-Smith at 800-391-6891
for more information.
Attention F45 Selective Real Time Damping,
Electronic Suspension C5 Owners For those of
you who may be out of your warranty period and develop a leak/problem with
one of your $400/piece (new) Bilstein C5
shocks, we have learned that Bilstein (German manufacturer) has a
refurbishing center in San Diego, CA. The information we have is that they
can rebuild your existing shocks for approximately $100/piece. You can
reach them at (619) 453-7723. While this information may not be important
to you right now, it will certainly be helpful down the road if problems
PONTIAC, MI - Connie M. Corwin has been named
plant manager for the GM Powertrain Fredricksburg, Va., components plant.
The announcement was made today by J. Michael Williams, manufacturing
manager of GM Powertrain's (GMPT) Casting Operations. Corwin's position is
effective October 16, 1999. She replaces Rodney M. Black, who was recently
named director of Powertrain Operations at Saturn Corporation. Corwin will
report to Joe Choate, plant manager of GMPT's Flint Component Operations.
"Connie will make an excellent addition to the GMPT Fredricksburg
plant," said Mike Williams.
For the complete release, CLICK HERE
With demand running at an all time high for the new
Millennium Yellow (RPO 79U), we have learned that GM is averaging 75
Millennium Yellow C5s
a week. This number also holds true for the new Magnetic Red II (RPO
86U). The Tint Coat Spraying Robotic Process must be cleaned on an
accelerated basis due to the unique painting process used for these two
colors. This limits the number of Tint Coat C5s
(Millennium Yellow & Magnetic Red II) that can be produced each
To follow up on a previous HOT
NEWS: ("Pursuing the JD Power Platinum
Award for excellence), the plant is building a special one of a kind, Six
Speed Targa Coupe, with custom paint and interior. The special
"Platinum Edition" one of a kind will be awarded to a lucky
Corvette Plant employee.") We have learned that the custom
paint color will be called RADAR PURPLE.
We know that some of you 98 Indy C5
Pace Car owners think you have Radar Purple . . . but the official name of
your color is Radar Blue (RPO 21U)!
For all Coupe (Targa) Owners: Are
you tired of the water running into your speakers when you open your hatch
lid? The BIG news is that Corvette has finally come up with an
improved weather strip for the hatch lid. This new molded weather
strip, GM Part Number 10418925
- W/STR R/C - Y Body application 1997-2000
- which lists at your GM counter for $25.50) has a "channel"
built with an extension that allows the water to run off outside the
C5 and not into
your Bose rear speakers. Our understanding is that this new weather
strip was installed on production C5s
beginning in March 1999. See October 20, 1999.
For the "do it yourself" C5er:
With the hatch open, you should be able to literally pull out the original
weather strip from the channel in the hatch lid. Then, just place
the new weather strip in the channel and lightly tap in with a rubber
mallet. No glue should be needed
The Leguna Seca World GT Race - Final lap results at the "Checkered
- 1. Heinricy Corvette C5-R
- 2. Biskup Porsche
- 3. Archer Viper #32 (For the
- 4. Kitchak #03 Porsche
- 5. Schardt Toyota
- 6. Cooper Pirate C5-R
- 7. Judy BMW
- 8. White C5-R
- 11. Lackey #02 C4 Corvette
- 14. Bragg-Smith #75 Pirate ZR-1
- 15. Polli #67 C4 Corvette
POWER TOUR HITS THE ROAD- When the
1955 Chevy, '63 Impala and '67 Camaro Z28 finally can no longer be found
or restored what will automobile enthusiasts take to American drag strips?
What will they drive to cruise-ins? And what vehicles will they labor
under in garages finding new ways to improve horsepower and performance?
For the complete release, CLICK HERE
"The C5 Registry would like
to congratulate Jeff Altenburg who won first place with his #72 C5 Hard
Top, at the SCCA Valvoline Run Offs in the T1 division, at the Mid Ohio
Sports Car course, in Lexington, OH. Jeff beat the #17 Porsche 996 of
We would also like to congratulate third place finisher, Scotty B. White,
(C5R# X1686) in his #97 C5 Hard top. Rounding
out the top five finishers, fifth place went to another C5 Corvette, Bill
Deters, with his #14 C5 Hard Top.
The Valvoline Run Offs is the finale of all SCCA racing across the country
where the best of the best compete. In the T1 class (slightly
modified/factory stock cars), the C5s dominated the Vipers and Porsches,
collecting three of the the top five finishes and dominating the
The $2 million Chevrolet Nomad and Cadillac Steinmetz Catera
concept cars will make rare appearances when the Hot Rod Magazine Power
Tour visits nine eastern American cities on its way from Fitchburg, MA, to
Panama City, FL, October 9-17. CLICK HERE
FOR PRESS RELEASE
Information on both the
Eckler's and Las Vegas events have been updated. Check the Events
Page for the updates.
By implementing a select group of advanced powertrain
technologies and leveraging its expertise in systems integration, General
Motors plans to achieve significant improvements in automotive
performance, fuel economy and emissions controls in the new millennium.
For the complete release please click on THIS
October 16 - 17, 1999 is Eckler's 20th Anniversary Bash, and
the C5 Registry
will be there. If you plan to attend, CLICK
HERE for the latest updated Information. The local Day's
Inn Oceanfront has a Toll Free Number - (800) 962-0028 - and is
aware of C5 Registry rates.
October 2, 1999
Corvette’s new Onboard Refueling Vapor Recovery (ORVR) system is
designed to capture fuel vapors escaping during refueling. The ORVR system
also has the ability to self-diagnose leaks and notify the driver of
required service. This new ORVR system meets the EPA rules that all U.S.
vehicles need to comply with for model year 2000. Other features consist
- A revised fuel tank filler neck
- Additional vapor harnesses
- A non-vented fuel cap
- A new tank pressure relief design.
LEV Compliant for 2000
Revisions to the 2000 Corvette with a properly equipped LS1 V8 make it
compliant with Government mandated LEV (Low Emissions Vehicle) standards*.
The changes reflect a 50% reduction in nitrogen oxide and 70% reduction in
*In California and Northeast states only as required by the California Air
Resources Board (CARB).
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