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Corvette by the Numbers: 1955-82

The Essential Corvette Parts Reference

by Alan L. Colvin

Softcover, 8 3/8 in. x 11 in.
596 pages
over 1000 photos, illustrations and diagrams
GM Part No. 88960650
ISBN-13: 978-0-8376-0288-2
Price: $84.95

How to identify and verify Corvette drivetrain parts for small and big blocks on 1955-1982 models, including:

  • 265
  • 283
  • 327
  • 350
  • 396
  • 427
  • 454

Based extensively upon original source materials from Chevrolet Archives

"a valuable resource for restorers or those who want to make some period changes."
- Toronto Star

Corvette by the Numbers is the only authoritative reference for identifying and verifying, by casting number, the correct engine and drivetrain parts for your exact model Corvette. From Alan Colvin, the author of the highly acclaimed Chevrolet by the Numbers book series, Corvette by the Numbers documents part casting numbers and applications using original source material from General Motors Archives. No other book has this authoritative factory information, including photographs, engineering blueprints, technical service bulletins, and build sheets.

Part numbers can tell you what parts fit, but they can't tell you what part your car was originally manufactured Only casting numbers can tell you what a part's exact model and year application is, when the part was manufactured, and which plant made it. This book shows you where to look for casting numbers on parts and how to decipher their codes so you can be sure you have the correct part for your car.

The Chevrolet by the Numbers series set the standard in Chevrolet parts identification. This same tradition has been continued with the release of Corvette by the Numbers. In this book Colvin has managed to go beyond the Chevy books by including information such as Delco starters and radios, LOF glass codes, and year-by-year model changes.

Restoring your Corvette to original factory specifications? You'll find the casting numbers that correspond to your car's Vehicle Identification Number to help you avoid buying the wrong parts. Buying a Corvette? You'll find how to tell if it really is a "matching numbers" car. Interested in Corvette history? There are fascinating stories that explain mid-year running changes and production idiosyncrasies.

Whether you are new to the Corvette hobby or a 15-year Bloomington Gold judge, you can learn something new from Corvette by the Numbers.

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Silver Medal winner for Technical: Reference category at the 2002 International Automotive Media Awards
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Overall view of #3703524.
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This photo shows the casting number H 18 5 (Aug. 18, 1965). Most Corvette water pumps use these types of casting dates.

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Reader Response Form

Are you having trouble identifying a part on your car? Is there a part on your car that you believe is original, but its casting number is not listed in this book? Are there codes that you dont understand? Are you interested in the national trim validation service mentioned in Chapter 1? If so, print the PDF of our reader response form, fill it out, noting where your question or comment is, and mail or fax it to the author at the address listed. Help make this book the best reference it can be.


Corvette by the #s 55-82
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