A sampling of interesting Corvette components.
Late production 1963 cluster. This is actually a 1964 cluster housing. The opening for the steering column was much higher in a 1964 cluster housing. In order to fill the extra space, a nicely formed filler was used, from the factory! How about that for creativity!
This wiper motor below was sent to our shop for a restoration. Customer had a one owner 1964. Very unusual 5044518 motor. Had a #13 case that is very seldom used on a 518. Then we noticed a very clear 5-64 date on the main case, and a 3-62 date on the pump! Cannot remember the last time we saw a date on a pump cover, and such a difference in production time. We had no doubt that this was a factory installed part, and had not been serviced. Correct fasteners in the correct position, ground lug properly positioned etc. Customer requested a Type 1 restoration. We contacted the owner and suggested a “survivor restoration” to retain the original finish and patina. A complete service was performed to get the motor running like it should!
Finished views of the survivor restoration on this late production 1964 #5044518 wiper motor.
Also see below the headlight motors out of this extremely well preserved late 1964 Corvette.
Apparently this 1964 Corvette had the optional transistorized ignition! Factory crayon marking would make one think so anyway!
This is the frame and magnet from a 1963 Buzzer tach. (Hi Rpm tach used part of the year, would signal a buzzer at redline.)
Problems in this tachometer! Notice the grease residue at the lower edge. This is a no no! Often we see this with a speedometer, seldom with a tachometer. Tolerances are very close where the magnet spins inside the speed cup. Even a little bit of grease will cause major problems. Fortunately, this one was intact and we were able to restore properly, with the buzzer function working as it was supposed to.
This picture (left) shows the residue clearly on the bottom of the frame after the magnet was pressed out. The gold colored magnet is a high cobalt type that was used in the 63 and 64 tachometers. Speed warning speedometers also used this type of magnet.
This photo (right), shows the backplate. Lots of grease was coming through the cable!
Pictured above is a gold High Cobalt magnet. These were used on 1963-1964 Tachometers, and 1967-1969 Speed warning Speedometers. Note center of magnet on the left. The jewel is extremely worn. Same magnet on the right after new jewel is installed. Worn jewel allows pointer to wobble, and eventual failure of the unit. We have the proper tool and parts to save the magnet. These magnets must be used to insure proper operation in the units mentioned.