I know this isn't about a Callaway, but since this is the only area of Corvette Action Center I visit, I thought I'd share the good news with you all!
After over 5 weeks of switching bodyshops, part ordering, and waiting, we finally got to pick up my sister's Z28 from the dealership today!
They did a great job on the rear quarterpanel repair (see pics of the damage here if you don't remember them: http://rides.webshots.com/album/554164129UczmBX), and the new door looks great. Overall, they did a pretty nice job. It isn't perfect, but they did a good job. I'd rate it 8 out of 10 right now.
There are a few areas of the paint that they need to touch-up, but we're going to wait until Thanksgiving to have that done. Also, someone (either the flat-bed tow truck guy or one of the bodyshops) wrecked the front end of the car into something. Fortunately the license plate and license plate bracket took seemingly all of the damage. I will have to further inspect this in the next few days. The collision guy at the dealership said he'd order the bracket for us and charge it to the insurance or something. The car got pretty close to being totaled! $3796.39 to the insurance company!
We learned something new about the car today also; we thought we had a slow coolant leak because of an occasional green spot on the garage floor, but it turned out being a seal leak in the A/C compressor. Apparently the compressor has a green dye added to the oil inside it, and it just so happens to match antifreeze perfectly. (Now wonder my dad and I could NEVER find the place the coolant was leaking from :L). This needs to be repaired ASAP, because if the A/C is running, and the oil is all gone, the compressor is going to seize up and snap the belt on the alternator. Good to know ahead of time. (It also has a few oil leaks, but they are at the crankshaft, the rear of the intake manifold, and at the oil pan -- very common for a 12 year old Camaro... or Vette for that matter I'd imagine). They are quite common for a car of its age. No need to worry about them as they are very slow leaks, and we'd prefer to change all of the gaskets on the engine at one time... like when there's a quart of oil on the garage floor instead of 2 drops...)
Also, I learned something else new today; on at least the '93-'97 Camaro Z28s, the handbrake is used to readjust the rear brakes. There is a piston and spring in there that will adjust them. Since the car is an automatic, we've never used the handbrake except two times in the past 11 years that I remember. The mechanic (who has owned 3 Camaros interestingly enough) said that we should use the handbrake everytime we park. Cool stuff, I wondered why the brakes didn't feel like they were working well. New pads, brake fluid, and a lot of brake bleeding could have been prevented :cool
pretty good repair job
I'm not sure the paintjob is completely up to snuff, but it works!
Back in its rightful place next to its buddy!
f'ed up license plate and bracket thanks to a random act of carelessness (tow truck guy? the first bodyshop? the second body shop?)
no rust! but a few leaks a couple years old...