A lot has changed since the first C4 Corvettes started rolling out the roll-up door at the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky. When it was introduced way back in 1983, it took the world by storm. Editors of the day touted it as the “highest excitement quotient of anything to come out of an American factory. Ever.” The fact that horsepower numbers have skyrocketed, easily triple of what the lowly C4 could muster back in the day shows how much things have improved for the enthusiast.
That doesn’t mean that the C4 Corvette has met its end-of-life cycle by any means. Both Dave Cruikshank and myself are proud owners of C4-generation Corvettes. My ’85 is best described as a Franken-vette and Dave’s ’95 is a really nice example of an original ragtop C4. Both have their issues, but both are still, just as nice of a driver as when they left the factory – perhaps, even better.
Dave’s recently went through a bit of a transformation, going from box stock to something more akin to his liking. The red-haired stepchild, as Dave likes to refer to it, was due for some maintenance and an altitude adjustment. This was a perfect opportunity to do a few upgrades in the process.
Dave will be filling us all in on the gory details of the process, but we wanted to take the opportunity to bring these economical Corvettes to the forefront and ask you, the readers of CorvetteOnline.com what year C4 you own, and what you’re working on right now.
Granted, C4s give their owners more opportunity for repairs than the latest and greatest C7s, but with right around three decades of driving on their odometers, this is to be expected. And besides, my good friend Jim always used to call each breakdown an, “SOI” (Significant Opportunity for Improvement).
So, here’s some highlights from Dave’s most recent SOI. We’ll have the details shortly of the entire process. While we strive to keep balanced coverage of all generations of Corvettes, we also wanted those C4 owners to know that this generation is firmly planted on our radar screens. Take a moment and share with us (and our readers) your C4 and what you’ve done/will do to it.