Todd Hodgen

Todd Hodgen

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Friday, 27 November 2020 14:56

Christmas Lighting for your Corvette

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Lighting your Corvette for Christmas cruising can be great fun.  Or, if it is raining, it can be a real pain in the caboose.  Here are my recommendations:

If putting lights on the outside of your car, use lots of blue tape, but be forewarned, it doesn't still very well, and you will be re-applying it as your lights fall off from the rain and wind when driving.

If putting lights on the inside of your car, find 12-volt lights or find a small 110volt adapter to plug into your cigarette lighter.

If it's raining - it is no fun standing in the rain putting lights on your car - or standing in the rain to take them off.    I personally prefer to put them inside my car in the warm of my own garage.  But, it doesn't  have the same affect.  Maybe a mixture of both works best for you?

 

In the past, I ordered one of these converters for electrical from Amazon.- something like this - there are lots to choose from.  Do a search for 12volt to 110 volt converter   

https://www.amazon.com/Foval-Power-Inverter-Converter-Charger/dp/B07SVDH7CT/ref=sr_1_6?crid=ZRAI4GAJ7771&dchild=1&keywords=cigarette+lighter+to+110+converter&qid=1606518188&sprefix=cigarette+lighter+to+110%2Caps%2C210&sr=8-6

 

For your lights, you can go nuts and use anything you would like that plugs into this power inverter, or chose from many of the 12 volt lights available.   Something like these.- https://www.amazon.com/s?k=12+volt+christmas+lights+for+car

This can be an easy and fun project, and it does get you into the Christmas spirit. 

Don't forget to wear your Santa Hat, and make sure your elf has an appropriate hat on as well!!!

 

Thursday, 30 July 2020 22:16

C7 Seat Repair

This article explains how to repair the seat on a C7 Corvette when the leather pulls away from the seat trim.  Provided by Mike Roylance.  Thanks Mike!

Click here to download the article in PDF

Friday, 29 November 2019 17:27

C6 Paddle Shifter Right Side Reversal

C6 Steering Wheel

 

If you are like me, you are driven nuts by the paddle shifter paddles on the C6 Corvette.  I have 4 cars with paddle shifters, one thing consistent on them all, but the C6, is that you pull back on the left to downshift, and you pull back on the right to upshift.  The C6 is pull back on left or right to dowshift, and push on small buttons above the steering wheel to upshift.    Every time I get in the car, being used to driving the others, I shift badly with it.    This article is about a simple modification you can make by swapping two wires in the steering wheel to fix that.   When done, pulling on the left downshift, pulling on the right upshifts.  Pushing the button on the left upshifts, pushing the button on the right downshift.  I will no longer use the buttions, and having the paddles consistent with other cars is great!!!!

 c6 Paddle Shift Modification PDF File

Note - I did this modification.  Takes about 30 minutes.  I like it, its a great idea!  If you are an ECC member, and need help, let me know, happy to help you do it.   Todd Hodgen

Wednesday, 03 July 2019 16:05

C7 Battery Saver Mode

Transport Mode

If you have a C7, most likely you have a battery tender for it - so the battery doesn't go dead when you store it.   How about when you take it someplace and you want to ensure the battery doesn't go dead, and you don't have a tender?   The C7 has Transport Mode just for occasions like this.  Its an easy feature to use to save some battery when you need to.   Here is how it is done -

1. To turn the Transportation Mode on or off, it will be necessary to have all the doors closed.
2. Start the vehicle.
3. Activate the hazard flashers.
4. Press the brake pedal (automatic transmission) or clutch pedal (manual transmission).
5. Press and hold the Start/Stop button or turn the ignition key to the crank position for 10 to 15 seconds. The battery light will flash and the engine will start, but continue to hold the start button/key for approximately 10 to 15 seconds.
6. You will notice the radio will illuminate and the “Transportation Mode” message will disappear allowing you to be able to read the mileage.
7. The same steps are used to turn the Transport Mode feature on or off.

BTW, if you drive the car 50-150 miles with transport mode enabled, , it will disable itself.

 

 

Thursday, 28 March 2019 13:07

Beautiful 66 Restoration

Found this video of a 66 Corvette that is nicely restored.  What a beautiful car!

 66 restoration

 See the full video of the restoration here

Sunday, 02 December 2018 23:32

Home Made Corvette Clock

20181202 Corvette Clock

I was looking online at some Corvette Clocks.  They were interesting, but looked really cheap.  So, got this wild idea to make my own.   I went to Ebay and found a 1958-59 Corvette hubcap for $17.  I then looked on Ebay for a Clock piece and found one for $12 that I liked.  THere were many to chose from.   When both parts arrived, simply drilled a hole in the center of the hubcap, and inserted the clock.  Done!  It's not perfect, but fits my Vette Cave just fine and for the right price as well.    Got any great ideas to share - please do - we are all patiently waiting.

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