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I know many of you do your own work, and I wish I could too, but I don't have the equipment or the know how. I am SO lucky to have a great guy that lives nearby who does build vettes and races them....he does my work. But I have often wondered what I would do without him...and there are a few things he doesn't do, but he refers me to who he uses.
For those of you who do not do your own work, who does your work?
Other Vette owner?
Are vette "groups" common? For instance a vette owner that has equipment doing work for others (for a fee of course)? Do people other than my friend do this?
It depends on what needs to be done. I do what work I'm comfortable doing myself. I also have a friend (I race with) who helps....he's forgotten more about cars than I'll ever know and he has a separate, 3-bay garage/shop with a lift. I've also used a variety of performance shops both in Arizona and in Texas (21st Century Muscle Cars and LG Motorsports). Occasionally, there are certain things that the dealership is best suited to do. I'm involved with the serious Corvette racers in Arizona so word gets around as to who to use for what. Again, it just depends on what I'm doing to the car.
I'm not sure where you are but I suggest you contact local Corvette Club members to see whom they recommend. For routine things there are likely good dealerships or independent mechanics around. For more performance related work, find serious Corvette racers in your area.....NASA or SCCA events would be a good place to look. Good luck.
__________________ 2005 Corvette C6 Coupe
Magnetic Red Metallic II/Cashmere, MN6, 1SB, F55
Lingenfelter 403 Conversion, LG Pro Headers (coated), Corsa Sport Exhaust, Lingenfelter CAI, Accusump, LGM Coil-Over Suspension & Bump-Steer Kit, T1 Sway Bars, Pfadt Control Arm Bushing Kit, Elite Eng. Tunnel Plate & Oil Catch-Can, SKF Racing Hubs/Bearings, AP Racing Brakes, DRM Brake Ducts, Custom Roll Bar, Sparco Seats, Wide-Booty, CCW C10 Wheels,Setup: LG Motorsports
Location: Out Where the Buses Don't Run, Eglin AFB/ Niceville FL
I do all of my own work that doesn't require specialized equipment. When it's a big job, I have a couple of friends that are very good with a wrench and live close by to lend a hand.
Warranty work I would have done by the dealer just so it would be on record. My 06 has only had one warranty claim since new and that was for the convertible top headliner replacement. The 13 only has 1500 miles on it with no claims to date.
2013 427 conv 1SB,Q6B CRM/black/ebony (21 Sep 12)
Mods: Splitter, Borla ATAK
2006 conv 3LT,Z51,LMB/black/ebony (30 Jan 06)
Mods:LG Pro long tubes, Borla Stingers, A&A V2 Si, Caravaggio rear widebody, LG World Challenge wheels, GM full width spoiler
I have and do all my own work. Having said that...Oil changes, fan belts and brakes are all I've had to do on my cars & trucks over the last 30 yrs. Before that, I had done major motor rebuilds, tranny's and rears.
Today's cars last a long time and I haven't had the need to tear into any of my car/trucks. However, I would be LOST if something went wrong with the computer.
Other than the roof, my car has been trouble free. I had the roof recall, completed by warranty. My clear top developed cracks, replaced by warranty. Only other item was the battery started to have issues, replaced but most of the issues turned out to be iPhone interference with FOB. I had a blackberry before and had no interference problems with it. Removed and replaced battery, change oil and replaced the rear axle fluid, that's it.
I do most of the work on the TT C6 with the exception of allignment, machining (heads @ WCCH) and dyno/tuning is by Westech Performance Group.
I've done my own upgrades to suspension (coilovers/sways etc), installed heads, cam, timing chain, lifters, HB, starter etc and all the general maintenance. I've also had to troubleshoot fuel and electrical issues. There are other things I'd rather be doing sometimes, but on the other hand I've saved thousands of $$ over the years. Performance modified cars are fun but require work. I highly recomend having some basic mechanical abilities, a few tools and a place to work on your car if you go in that direction. The internet is a great tool to research issues etc. There is a TON of good info available for free.