I bought an 85 corvette couple with the removable glass roof. I don't know
how to remove the roof. I did not get an owners manual. I have torx
wrenches, but I can't believe I need to actually remove two screws on each
side. Is there a trick? Help please. Thanks, Larry
No trick there are actually 4 screws two under the visors and two in the
The big trick is to have the car level and flat, especially when you are
putting the roof back on. I could never figure why they did not have
some sort of a cam/lever arrangement
The roof actually holds the car together, with it off it shakes like a
dog passing razor blades. It's in fact a structural member of the car,
therefore it is bolted in place. The repair procedure is to replace it
with a C5, end of the shaking. BTDT
I had the perfect railway track to cross. My old '88 twisted and groaned
from the lack of structure with the roof off. It would have been so
much easier if some smart engineer would have come up with a better way.
How is the roof held on in the newer cars. I have a '00 convert and have
never looked at the roof on the coupe
The C5/C6's have the hydroformed frame which is MUCH stiffer than the C4's
thereby eliminating the need for the solid mounting of the roof by bolting
it on. Come on Dad, tell us once again how you really feel about the C4
(just kidding, we already know).
Well as a matter of fact you may not know how I feel about the C4. In
it's day it was the best, still is a good machine, it just had a weak
structure. The C3s were the best there was before that and they were
the worst quality GM every put out. It is the only car I ever ordered
and turned it down when it came in. Then there was the pitiful 1963
POS, which set a hallmark for trash but it is now a legend after they
have all been rebuilt to a quality they should have been in the first
place. C1, what can you say besides they were to die for, fun, fast,
and unique. I can still remember coming home with my '61, top down,
with my arm on top of the door, and my left hand on the windshield
post and I could feel the glass shift in the rubber as I turned into
the driveway. Never gave it a thought then, it rattled, squeaked, and
leaked but it was my Corvette.
I was driving and owned a third of a 1929 Dodge before the first
Corvette was built. My brothers and I ran that old Dodge all over
southern Michigan and had loads of fun. Learned how to paint on that
car because of some water melons spots we picked up one night. As they
left for service I was left to the farm work which allowed me to
accumulate 18 head of cattle. Just before I graduated I sold them and
went looking for a '57 Belair hardtop. They were the hot item then
with the fuel injection and as I found out they were also way over
priced. The dealer I was dealing with made the statement that he could
sell me the '57 Corvette sitting beside the Belair for the same money.
It was not moving because it had a 3 speed stick. As the tired old
saying goes, "The rest is History". I've been hooked every since.
They are unique in the automotive field and always will be able to
make an owner proud he/she bought it and he/she can enjoy it for
years. If I can still drive when the C7 comes out I'll have one, got
to try them all....... ;-P
Wow, and I thought I was just being a smart ass. Thanks for the personal
history lesson, I guess I won't snicker to myself when I see you badmouthing
the C4's anymore. I've got a derelict 78 and a 96 coupe and like you say,
they both make me proud. Drive safe and have a great day.
Some felt rigidity but my feeling are it's mostly just that, felt, a
perceived slight improvement. After about the third time I took it off
it was driven the next 90K miles with it on. It ate 4 sets of tires
with its squirming down the road like it had the "Big Chill". Maybe
the $75 I paid for the brace saved me the cost of the 5th set of
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