1974 Corvette Restoration

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1974 corvette

1973 started Corvette's transformation from muscle to touring sports car. A Chevrolet advertisement headlined: "We gave it radials, a quieter ride, guard beams and a nose job. Indeed, redesigned body mounts and radial tires did improve Corvette's ride, and interior sound levels were reduced by 40%. The chrome blade front bumper was dropped for the federally required 5-mph standard for a light-weight front bumper system with an inner transverse tube attached to the frame with two Omark-bolts-(special steel fasteners which absorbed energy when a forming die, pushed back by the bumper, was forced down their length), and an injection-molded urethane bumper cover. The urethane nose was chosen over Chevy's other alternative, a more protruding version of the previous metal bumper. The base L-48 engine produced 190 hp (142 kW); The L-82 engine was introduced as the optional small-block engine (replacing the LT-1 engine) and produced 250 hp (186 kW); the 454 big-block engine produced 270 hp (201 kW). The domed hood design was new and included rear air induction which increased power (but didn't show up in the horsepower ratings), and cut 0-60 times by a second while keeping the engine compartment cooler. An aluminum wheel option (left) was seen on '73 and '74 pilot cars, and a few '73's were so-equipped, but later withheld for quality issues, and wouldn't be available until 1976.

For 1974, a body-color rear end finished the job Chevy started in '73. A new bumper system replaced the squared tail and chrome rear bumper blades introduced in '68 with a trim, tapering urethane cover carrying an integral license plate holder and recesses for the trademark round taillights. Underneath sat a box-section aluminum impact bar on two Omark-bolt slider brackets similar to the system used in the nose which allowed the Corvette to pass federal five-mph impact tests at the rear as well as the front. The new rear design was quite beautiful, and more up-to-date than the 60's shape that it replaced with the vast majority of enthusiasts embracing the new design. For the 1974 model only, casting limitations mandated left and right bumper covers with a vertical center seam. The standard L-48 engine's horsepower increased to 195. A '74 Stingray equipped with the L48 195 hp (145 kW) small-block was capable of 0-60 in 6.8 seconds;[9] comparable to the 6.5 second time of the '68 small-block rated at 300 hp (224 kW); proof the '72-74 Corvette engines had ample power regardless of the reduced horsepower ratings. Tailpipes were now down-turned as the new bumper cover eliminated the tailpipe extensions. Resonators were added ('74 only) to the dual exhaust system which helped quiet the interior. The radiator and shroud were revised for better low-speed cooling, and the air conditioning system was improved. The inside rear-view mirror was increased to 10-inches in length, and lap and shoulder seat belts were now integrated in coupes. 1974 was the end of an era for the Corvette. It was the last year with a true dual exhaust system, the last without a catalytic converter, and the last 454 big-block engine offered in a Corvette.

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