Has the lower dash on your C5 Corvette seen better days? If the plastic mounting tabs on your lower instrument panel knee pad are broken, you’re probably dealing with a loose panel and a seam on the lower dash that is an eyesore.
Your first thought may be to replace the entire panel – but have you priced a new GM panel lately? A new panel will set you back nearly $300 and they’re only available in limited colors. For certain, GM will be discontinuing these Corvette Parts within the next few years and then your Corvette’s interior will be stuck with its original.
Zip Corvette has the best fix available for your C5 interior – and it won’t set you back a few hundred bucks. Our new C5 Corvette Instrument Panel Knee Pad Repair Kit will restore your Corvette’s instrument panel in minutes and keep it from hanging down in your way. This custom designed aluminum reinforcement will make your Corvette’s panel better than new – bridging the broken plastic to provide a new mounting pad for proper installation.
To install the reinforcement, simply place it over the stock alignment stud, drill 3 holes with the specially sized and supplied bit (the reinforcement serves as your jig with its 3 pre-drilled holes) and install the 3 specially sized screws and nuts through the reinforcement. Your repair is now complete and at a fraction of the cost of purchasing a new knee pad.
Customize the dash of your C5 with a 1997-2004 Corvette Stainless Dash Trim Kit from American Car Craft. Specifically designed for your C5 Corvette, this 6-piece kit contains 4 stainless trim rings to surround your a/c vents, 1 stainless trim ring for your radio and 1 stainless trim ring for your a/c control panel. Available in brushed or polished stainless steel. Includes 3M attachment tape for easy peel and stick application!Sometimes, it’s the smallest details that make the biggest impression. Adding a few pieces of stainless to the interior of your Corvette will give it a sleek, smooth and polished look.
American Car Craft is the premier manufacturer of Corvette stainless accessories. Stainless will not rust, tarnish or pit – so your Corvette’s accessories will look great for years to come. All American Car Craft products are made in the USA!
When your Corvette is missing these small buttons, you cannot reset their functions nor can you reset the oil life maintenance function.
Installation of new trip and fuel system reset buttons is easy – just mount them into the instrument cluster. This is a simple fix that will improve the appearance of your Corvette’s dash and help keep your C4 in top shape.
Your humble parts blogger (HPB) has a small fleet of Corvettes and one of them is a 1995 C4. Back in the mid-’90s, when the final interior restyle was done for model year 1992, many of the soft Corvette Interior trim pieces on the dash, covering the center stick or the center console were coated or, maybe, “painted,” with a rubberized material that remained pliable and gave interior trim a nice feel.
As these cars have aged, GM has discontinued virtually all the interior trim so, when I broke an HVAC vent grill about five years ago, I was left with having to “glue” the unit back together–which I did–or look for something from a wrecking yard–which I didn’t because I was too lazy. Problem was, even with the best repair, I could still see a tiny line where the glued seem was so I was resigned (sigh) to start a wrecking yard search.
But wait! Zip Corvette’s new line of reproduction late C4 Corvette HVAC Grills have solved all my problems. No more gluing interior parts back together or trolling the Internet for used Corvette parts.
Zip Products has all three styles of grills for 1990-1996 C4 Corvettes. The 1990-1991 grills are reproductions of the OE parts and have the correct, metallic-gray finish. The 1992-1993 grills reproduce the original parts with vertical louvers and rubberized finish. The 1994-1996 pieces, which fit my 1995 Corvette Coupe, have the horizontal louvers and the proper rubberized finish.
These interior parts are functional and correct replacements for the stock interior trim and attach using the original fasteners. Zip Products has left and right, inner and outer HVAC vent grills, the right side dash vent grill plate for 1994-1996 Corvettes, the speedometer/tachometer bezel for the 1990-1992 model years and the center-stack/radio/instrument bezel for the 1994-1996 C4s. All are correct reproductions with the correct paint or coating color.
Early Corvette Interiors featured a rich tapestry of different materials, textures, and surface finishes. One of the more outstanding features is the aluminum dash insert found in 1958-1962 Corvettes. Replacing the dash insert is not complicated but does require attention to detail and patience.
Begin by removing the screws holding the chrome escutcheons at each end of the passenger side grab bar. Slide the escutcheons toward the center of the bar to expose the screws hidden beneath them. Remove these screws and lift the bar out. Unscrew the nuts that retain the insert assembly to the dash by reaching behind the insert. Once the nuts are removed separate the insert assembly from the dash. Once the insert assembly is out you will see how it is put together. The delicate aluminum insert sits on a heavy steel backing and is held by thin stainless steel trim that clips over the edges of the aluminum and steel around the perimeter. The stainless trim is tack welded to the steel backing and you must cut the welds, a task best accomplished with a small grinder or rotary cutting tool. Take care not to cut beyond the weld or you risk damaging a part of the stainless trim that is visible. After the welds are ground pull the stainless off and separate the aluminum from the backing. Glass bead and paint the normally rusty backing and polish the stainless trim. Lay the new insert onto the backing and carefully clip the stainless back into position. Avoid touching the insert as it scratches easily and even the oil from your fingers can blemish it. Gently clamp the assembly so that both pieces of stainless fully seat. Apply a thin layer of two-part epoxy to the area where the stainless meets the steel backing on the reverse side. After the epoxy dries remove the clamps and reinstall your newly restored assembly.