1982 C3 Corvette

1982 Corvette Overview

After General Motors opened the Corvette manufacturing plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky in the summer of 1981, many enthusiasts began to suspect that the arrival of a next-generation Corvette was imminent.  Their suspicions were correct.

Model: 1982 Corvette
Generation: C3 Corvette
Type: Two Door Base Coupe, Collector’s Edition Coupe
Available Colors: White, Silver, Black, Silver Blue, Dark Blue, Bright Blue, Charcoal, Silver Green, Gold, Silver Beige, Red, Dark Claret, White/Silver, Silver/Charcoal, Silver/Dark Claret, Silver Blue/Dark Blue
Engine: 350ci, 200HP Engine (standard)
VIN: 1G1AY8786C5100001 – 1G1AY8786C5125408 (Bowling Green)
Transmission: 4-speed automatic transmission
Original Price: $21,800.00 (Base Coupe)
Units Produced: 25,407
Specs: 1982 Corvette Spec List
1982 Corvette
The Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The 1982 Corvette was the first model year to be produced solely at the Bowling Green Plant. (Image courtesy of GM Media.)

While most of the design specifics surrounding the new C4 Corvette model were still a carefully kept secret from the general public, it was known amongst automotive enthusiasts that a new model was coming, and that it would be another front-engine design keeping in the tradition of Corvette since 1953.

Of course, it wasn’t only the introduction of a new manufacturing plant that indicated a coming change in Corvette’s near future.

Certain design changes to the 1981 C3 had already unveiled clues – such as the introduction of fiberglass mono-leaf springs – about what enthusiasts might expect from the next-generation Corvette.

Despite the certainty that the next-generation Corvette was close at hand, a decision was made by General Motors brass to continue production of the existing Corvette for one final year.

Chevrolet executives knew that testing out new manufacturing machinery and developing standardized assembly procedures made more sense when working on a familiar design, rather then trying to develop all of these production standards while simultaneously attempting to manufacture an all-new vehicle.  Hence, the 1982 Corvette would, for one last model year, continue to be a third-generation model.

1982 Corvette Ad
Brochure Photo from a 1982 Corvette Ad. (Image courtesy of GM Media.)

1982 CorvetteThe 1982 Corvette (seen here with a 1962 Corvette) was the last of C3 Corvettes. (Image courtesy of GM Media.)

Ironically, while the 1982 model would continue to carry forward traits from older-generation Corvettes – the 1982 Corvette was the last of a generation which dated its basic body structure to the 1968 model and its chassis back to 1963 – it would also continue to be a “test bed” for technology destined for the fourth-generation Corvette.

Chevrolet recognized that it did not make sense to release a new drivetrain at the same time as a new overall design, so it was decided that the 1982 C3 Corvette would be fitted with the revised engine and transmission developed for the new C4.

DID YOU KNOW:  Sometimes, it’s all in the details… In the 1982 Corvette, console mounted clocks were quartz units and had the word “QUARTZ” printed on the face of the clock. While this may seem a small detail to most, this is nonetheless a unique characteristic of the 1982 Corvette. While the 1980 and 1981 Corvettes had console mounted clocks, they were not quartz units and were therefore not labeled as such, making the “QUARTZ” clock a defining characteristic of the last model of the C3 Corvettes.

1982 Corvette Engine
The Cross-Fire Injection system was developed for the fourth-generation Corvette, but was actually introduced in the 1982 Corvette.

“It’s a harbinger of things to come” said David McLellan, Chief Engineer for Corvette, “For the 1982 model is more than just the last of a generation; it’s stage one of a two-stage production.  We’re doing the power team this year.  Next year, we add complete new styling and other innovations.”

Although Corvette fans would actually end up waiting nearly 18 months before they’d finally be able to see the re-designed fourth-generation Corvette, they were able to see the future Corvette’s engine and drivetrain immediately.

The new engine was essentially the time-proven 350 cubic-inch V-8 that had powered Corvettes since the mid-1950’s, though it now came equipped with a newly developed twin throttle-body fuel-injection system instead of a carburetor.

The result of this change was the introduction of the first production Corvette “fuelie” since 1965.  However, this wasn’t fuel injection of the type that had been available like that found from 1957 thru 1965.  Instead, it featured an injector unit within a carburetor-like throttle body for each cylinder bank (a total of two injectors), while a crossover intake manifold fed the air/fuel mixture to the bank on its opposite side.  This process sped up mixture velocity for more complete combustion, which resulted in greater thermal efficiency and power, plus the added benefit of reduced emissions.

1982 Corvette
Cross-Fire Injection System Overview Schematic. (Image courtesy of GM Media.)

Improved Computer Command Control (CCC) electronics, a technology that first appeared along with the lG4 California V-8 engine in 1980, governed the duration of injector opening in response to signals from various engine-mounted sensors.

The new CCC was capable of making eighty adjustments per second (compared to just ten adjustments per second on earlier versions of the system).  The fuel delivery system was given the name “Cross Fire Injection.”

The “Cross Fire” 350 was given the engine designation L83, and was rated at a respectable 200 bhp at 4,800 rpm, which was a 10 horsepower increase over the 1981 Corvette’s L81 engine.

The engine also delivered a peak torque of 285lbs/ft at 2,800 rpms.  While neither of these numbers was overly impressive, the modest increases in horsepower and torque was still an improvement over the 1981 Corvette.  More important, though, was the fact that this horsepower increase was achieved while emission outputs were reduced at the same time.  Interestingly, the L83 engine was the only engine offered to consumers during production of the 1982 Corvette.

1982 Corvette
One of the few notable outward changes to the 1982 Corvette was the addition of the Cross-Fire Injection emblem on the front fenders.

Similarly, only a single transmission option was offered in 1982.  While a manual gearbox had been available in every Corvette built since 1955, the 1982 Corvette was only offered with a standard four-speed automatic transmission.

Designated 700-R4, the four-speed automatic was basically a variation of the three-speed Turbo-Hydra-Matic with a long striding overdrive fourth gear added on.  The 700-R4 automatic was electronically linked to the car’s ECM (Engine Control Module).  Shifts and the torque converter’s lockup clutch feature were precisely controlled by the ECM, depending on varying speed and load data inputs.

As before, there was a torque converter lockup effective on all forward gears except first. It used a higher first gear ratio (3.07:1) for improved acceleration.

This synchronization between transmission and ECM was one of the most advanced setups ever developed for use in any Corvette to that point.

Other mechanical changes to the 1982 Corvette included the addition of an in-tank electric fuel pump as well as a new fuel metering system which included a positive fuel cutoff to prevent engine run-on (dieseling.)

A new solenoid-operated trap door was installed in the hood that opened at full throttle to allowed the engine to “breathe” better.  The charcoal air filtering element of the 1981 model was replaced with a paper element.  The exhaust system was extensively redesigned around a significantly smaller and lighter catalytic converter.

The exhaust pipes leading into the converter were redesigned to deliver hotter exhaust gases to the converter to increase its efficiency.

Outwardly, the base coupe model received few cosmetic alterations.  The most notable outward changes were the addition of “Cross Fire Injection” labels above the front fender vents and a two-tone paint option – silver over a deep burgundy – that was reminiscent of the 1978 Pace Car Replica models (those these earlier cars were actually painted silver and black.)

Similarly, the interior of the base coupes remained nearly the same.  Although not a unique feature to the newest Corvette, 1982 would mark the last year that an 8-track radio (RPO UM4) would be available to consumers looking to take possession of a future generation Corvette.

To celebrate the departure of the third-generation Corvette, Chevrolet decided to offer a final commemorative “Collectors Edition” model.  However, recalling their experience with the 1978 Pace Car Replicas – namely, the number of bogus Pace Cars that were created by consumers who converted base level coupes into Pace Car “clones” – it was decided that the 1982 Collector Edition Corvettes would be built only “as needed” to satisfy customer orders.  Additionally, unique vehicle identification plates were affixed to help further deter someone from turning a standard car into a Collectors Edition knock-off.

For many enthusiasts and critics alike, the 1982 Collectors Edition Corvette was the best C3 of them all.  David McLellan stated that it was “a unique combination of color, equipment and innovation (resulting in) one of the most comprehensive packages ever offered to the Corvette buyer.”

1982 Corvette
The Collectors Edition Corvette was the first to feature a rear lifting glass hatchback, which has since become a standard on all Corvettes built since 1982. (Image courtesy of GM Media.)
1982 Collectors Edition Corvette Interior
The interior of the 1982 Collectors Edition Corvette.

First and foremost, the 1982 Collectors Edition Corvette introduced a frameless lifting rear-glass hatchback – a Corvette first – in place of the customary fixed backlight (which had been standard on the C3 since its introduction in 1968.

The introduction of the rear hatch on the Collectors Edition C3 was a definite precursor to the next-generation C4 Corvette.  Aside from the glass hatch, the Collectors Edition also featured many unique accoutrements that set it apart from other 1982 Corvettes.

Outwardly, the car featured cloisonne emblems – including a special crossed-flag emblem on the hood that read “Corvette Collector Edition” around the rim.  Addition emblems were located on the rear deck, and steering wheel.

The car was finished in a special silver-beige metallic paint with graduated shadow-like contrast striping on the hood, fenders, and doors.  It received special bronze-tinted glass T-tops. It also featured finned “turbine” alloy wheels like the ones first introduced on the 1963 split-window Stingray.

Within the interior of the Collectors Edition, the car featured a silver-beige leather upholstery and door trim that matched the car’s exterior paint color.  In addition to the leather upholstery, the steering wheel also received a matching hand-sewn leather wrap including the horn cap.

High end, color-matched, luxury carpeting was also installed in all Collector coupes.  An optional radio was also offered at a reduced price to consumers purchasing the Collectors Edition package.  RPO UN5, a Delco ETR AM/FM stereo with cassette deck and CB radio, could be purchased at a discounted $695.00 instead of the regular price of $755.00.

The 1982 Collector Edition Corvette Coupe carried a special VIN code (which could be used to uniquely identify a real car from a clone).  It was represented with the number ZERO in the sixth digit, though the collectors edition Corvettes did not have a separate serial number sequence.

1982 Corvette Ad
Chevrolet Advertisement for the 1982 Collectors Edition Corvette. (Image courtesy of GM Media.)

In addition to its unique VIN number, the 1982 Collector Edition Corvette was the first Corvette to break the $20,000 price barrier.

The new coupe, which listed at $22,537.59, was considerably more advanced – and more expensive – than a well equipped 1968 coupe, which would have retailed for around $4600.00.  In all, Chevrolet sold 6,759 of the Collector Edition Corvette.

The base coupe, while less expensive than the more coveted Collector Edition Coupe, still commanded a hefty price of $18,290.07, and that was without any additional options added to it.  Chevrolet sold only a modest 18,648 of these.  Some speculated that it was because of the Corvette’s steadily rising price tag, while others stated that the decline in sales was the result of an ailing economy, but most critics and enthusiasts alike agreed that it was most likely the result of GM’s announcement that a fourth-generation Corvette was on its way and that the 1982 Corvette would officially mark the last of the third-generation model.

Due in large part to the Cross-Fire Fuel Injection system and the improved horsepower output of the 350 cubic-inch engine, the final C3 small-block Chevy engine showed definite performance improvements.  This occurred despite its performance limitations as the result of Corvette not offering a manual transmission in 1982.  Road & Track magazine timed the ’82 Corvette’s quarter mile time at 16.1 seconds, running at a speed of 84.5 miles per hour and accelerating from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 7.9 seconds.

Throughout its fifteen year production run, the third-generation C3 Corvette was solidify itself as a true survivor.  Throughout the sixties and seventies, the Corvette had been plagued with a number of challenging events  – including oil embargoes and increasing emissions standards – yet the car persevered.  While the “Shark” model of Corvette underwent a number of mechanical, and cosmetic changes, it never lost sight of the car’s essential mission and character.


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1982 Corvette Specifications

1982 Corvette Main Specs

MODEL: 1982 Chevrolet Corvette
BODY STYLE: Two-door coupe, front engine, rear wheel drive
MANUFACTURING LOCATION: Bowling Green, Kentucky
CONSTRUCTION: Frame features a cross-member for transmission (with bolting assembly for transmission). The frame is all welded (full length), ladder constructed. The full frame includes four cross-members and is sealed with a corrosion resistant material. The body is constructed of a corrosion-resistant, steel-reinforced fiberglass. The front bumper features a honeycomb cushion system. The rear energy-absorbing bumper features twin hydraulic shock absorbers. The hood and doors are constructed of fiberglass and feature a double-panel construction method. The roof assembly features two removable roof panels.
VEHICLE NUMBERS (VIN):
1G1AY8786C5100001 – 1G1AY87865125408
ENGINE SUFFIX: ZBA: 350 CUBIC INCH, 200 HORSEPOWER, AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
ZBC: 350 CUBIC INCH, 200 HORSEPOWER, AUTOMATIC, CALIF. EMISSIONS, EARLY PRODUCTION
ZBN: 350 CUBIC INCH, 200 HORSEPOWER, AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
ENGINE BLOCK NUMBER: 14010207: ALL
HEAD NUMBER: 462624: ALL
TBI NUMBER: 17082052: REAR UNIT
17082053: FRONT UNIT
CARBURETOR NUMBERS: ROCHESTER Q-jet #17080204: 350 C.I., 190HP, AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
ROCHESTER Q-jet #17080207: 350 C.I., 190HP, MANUAL TRANSMISSION
ROCHESTER Q-jet #17080228: 350 C.I., 230HP, AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
ROCHESTER Q-jet #17080504, 17080517: 305 C.I., 180HP, AUTO. TRANS, CALIF. EMISSIONS
DISTRIBUTOR NUMBER: 1103479: ALL
ALTERNATOR NUMBER: 1101071, 1101075, 1103091, 1103103
AXLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER OJ: 2.87:1 RATIO, AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
OK: 2.72:1 RATIO, MANUAL TRANSMISSION
PRODUCTION ENDING VEHICLE: OCT., 1981: 100564 FEB., 1982: 107287 JUN., 1982: 117686 OCT., 1982: 125408, NOV., 1981: 100590 MAR., 1982: 110060 JUL., 1982: 120227, DEC., 1981: 102647 APR., 1982: 112598 AUG., 1982: 121889,
JAN., 1982: 105004 MAY, 1982: 115020 SEP., 1982: 124433

1982 Corvette Pricing & Options

CODE: DESCRIPTION: QUANTITY: RETAIL PRICE:
1YY87 Base Corvette Sport Coupe 18,648 $18,290.07
1YY07 Corvette Collector Edition Hatchback 6,759 $22,537.59
AG9 Power Driver Seat 22,585 $197.00
AU3 Power Door Locks 23,936 $155.00
CC1 Removable Glass Roof Panels 14,763 $443.00
C49 Rear Window Defogger 16,886 $129.00
DG7 Electric Sport Mirrors 20,301 $125.00
D84 Two-Tone Paint 4,871 $428.00
FE7 Gymkhana Suspension 5,457 $61.00
K35 Cruise Control 24,313 $165.00
N90 Aluminum Wheels (4) 16,844 $458.00
QGR White Letter SBR Tires, P225 / 70R15 5,932 $80.00
QXH White Letter SBR Tires, P255 / 60R15 19,070 $542.52
UL5 Radio Delete 150 –$124.00
UM4 AM-FM Radio, electronically tuned stereo with 8-track tape 923 $386.22
UM6 AM-FM Radio, electronically tuned stereo with cassette 20,355 $423.00
UN5 AM-FM Radio, electronically tuned stereo with cassette / CB 1,987 $755.00
U58 AM-FM Radio, stereo 1,533 $101.00
U75 Power Antenna 15,557 $60.00
V08 Heavy Duty Cooling 6,006 $57.00
V54 Roof Panel Carrier 1,992 $144.00
YF5 California Emission Certification 4,951 $46.00

1982 Corvette

1982 Corvette Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN)

VIN Range 1G1AY8786C5100001 – 1G1AY8786C5125408 (Bowling Green)
1 (First Digit) Country.  1 – U.S. built / 2 – Canada built.
G (Second Digit) Manufacturer.  G – General Motors
1 (Third Digit) Make.  1 – Chevrolet
A (Fourth Digit). Restraint System.  A – Nonpassive/manual belts
Y (Fifth Digit) Series.  Y – Corvette
87 (Sixth and Seventh Digit) Body Type.  87 – Coupe 2-Door Plainback Special / 07 – Collector Edition Hatchback Coupe
8 (Eight Digit) Engine Type. 8 – 5.7L CFI
6 (Ninth Digit) Check Digit. This number will vary.
C (Tenth Digit) Model Year. C – 1982
5 (Eleventh Digit) Plant. 5 – Bowling Green
1XXXXX (Twelfth thru Seventeenth Digits) Plant Sequence Numbers.

The last six digits for the Corvette Coupe begin at 100001 and run thru 125408 accounting for all 25,407 Corvette Coupes built in 1982. Each Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is unique to an individual car.

1982 Corvette Vehicle Serial Number Plate

For all 1982 Corvettes, the location of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is stamped on a plate attached to the left front body hinge pillar. (See Figure 1 below.)

1982 Corvette Vehicle Serial Number Plate
1982 Corvette Vehicle Serial Number Plate

1982 Corvette Vehicle Serial Number Plate

  • Location:
    • On the driver’s side upper left-hand door hinge pillar.
  • Example:

  • A01 – Body build date code.
    • A – Designates the Month (See Charts Below).
      • C10 – Oct., 1981 C11 – Nov., 1981 C12 – Dec., 1981 C01 – Jan., 1982 C02 – Feb., 1982 C03 – Mar., 1982, C04 – Apr., 1982 C05 – May., 1982 C06 – Jun., 1982 C07 – Jul., 1982 C08 – Aug., 1982 C09 – Sep., 1982, C10 – Oct., 1982
    • 01 – Designates the Day of the Month.
    • 642 – Interior Trim code. 642 – Camel (Leather)
    • 59L – Exterior Color Code Upper. 59 – Silver Beige
      • Codes were often followed by the letter L, but some trim plates had an exterior code preceded by the number 9 with no letter L following.

1982 Corvette Transmission Identification

  • Location:
    • Chevrolet produced engines will be stamped with a source, production date, and engine suffix.
  • Engine Identification Example:
    • V0615ZDA
      • V – Source Designation.
      • V – Flint, MI
    • 0615 – Date Code. Month and Day. 0615 – June 15.
    • ZBA – Type Designation. ZBA – 350ci 200hp, automatic transmission.

1982 Corvette Engine VIN Derivative (Bowling Green Built)

  • Engine VIN Derivative Example:
    • 1C51XXXXX
      • 1 – Division. 1 – Chevrolet
      • C – Production Year. C – 1982
      • 5 – Assembly Plant. 5 – Bowling Green
      • 1XXXXX – Vehicle Sequence Number

1982 Corvette

1982 Corvette Factory Options

CODE:
DESCRIPTION:
QUANTITY:
RETAIL PRICE:
1YY87
Base Corvette Sport Coupe
18,648
$18,290.07
1YY07
Corvette Collector Edition Hatchback
6,759
$22,537.59
AG9
Power Driver Seat
22,585
$197.00
AU3
Power Door Locks
23,936
$155.00
CC1
Removable Glass Roof Panels
14,763
$443.00
C49
Rear Window Defogger
16,886
$129.00
DG7
Electric Sport Mirrors
20,301
$125.00
D84
Two-Tone Paint
4,871
$428.00
FE7
Gymkhana Suspension
5,457
$61.00
K35
Cruise Control
24,313
$165.00
N90
Aluminum Wheels (4)
16,844
$458.00
QGR
White Letter SBR Tires, P225 / 70R15
5,932
$80.00
QXH
White Letter SBR Tires, P255 / 60R15
19,070
$542.52
UL5
Radio Delete
150
–$124.00
UM4
AM-FM Radio, electronically tuned stereo with 8-track tape
150
$386.22
UM6
AM-FM Radio, electronically tuned stereo with cassette
20,355
$423.00
UN5
AM-FM Radio, electronically tuned stereo with cassette / CB
1,987
$755.00
U58
AM-FM Radio, stereo
1,533
$101.00
U75
Power Antenna
15,557
$60.00
V08
Heavy Duty Cooling
6,006
$57.00
V54
Roof Panel Carrier
1,992
$144.00
YF5
California Emission Certification
4,951
$46.00

Base Corvette Sport Coupe (1YY87)

  • The base price of the 1982 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe without any optional equipment.
  • A 350 cubic inch, 200 horsepower engine, 4-speed automatic transmission, leather/vinyl or cloth/vinyl interior trim, tinted glass, AM/FM Radio, power windows, air conditioning, tilt telescopic steering wheel, and T-tops were included in the base price

Corvette Collector Edition Hatchback (1YY07)

  • The base price of the 1982 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe Collector Edition Hatchback without any optional equipment.
  • A 350 cubic inch, 200 horsepower engine, 4-speed automatic transmission, leather/vinyl or cloth/vinyl interior trim, tinted glass, AM/FM Radio, power windows, air conditioning, tilt telescopic steering wheel, and T-tops were included in the base price.
  • Additionally, the Collector Edition included a lifting rear hatchback glass, commemorative aluminum wheels, silver-beige paint, side body decals, accent pinstriping, silver-beige leather interior, leather wrapped steering wheel and horn cap, special cloisonné emblems.

Power Driver Seat (AG9)

  • Six-way driver’s side power seat.

Power Door Locks (AU3)

  • Factory installed power door locks.

Removable Glass Roof Panels (CC1)

  • Tinted glass lift-out roof panels.

Rear Window Defogger (C49)

  • An optional rear window forced air defogger.

Electric Sport Mirrors (DG7)

  • Electric, twin remote, sport mirrors.

Two-Tone Paint (D84)

  • Two-tone exterior paint scheme from the new Bowling Green plant included the following choices: Silver/Dark Blue, Silver/Charcoal, Beige/Dark Bronze, Autumn Red/Dark Claret

Gymkhana Suspension (FE7)

  • An optional, heavier-duty suspension system for higher levels of performance.
  • The Gymkhana rear leaf springs contained 9 leafs, though the top leaf is very small.  GM identifies the rear leaf springs as an 8-leaf spring.
  • Included a stiffer front sway bar and stiffer springs.
  • There were no restrictions on ordering this option – it could be ordered with any engine/transmission combination.

Cruise Control (K35)

  • Cruise control allowed the car to maintain a set speed without the driver depressing the accelerator pedal.
  • The cruise control option was only available with MX1 automatic transmission.
  • Included “Resume” control. Resume allowed the driver to return to a preset speed.

Aluminum Wheels (4) (N90)

  • Included four aluminum wheels and a conventional steel spare.

White Letter Steel Belted Radial Tires, P225/70R15 (QGR)

  • Optional size tires with special raised white lettering.

White Letter Steel Belted Radial Tires, P255/60R15 (QXH)

  • Standard size tires with special raised white lettering.

Radio Delete (UL5)

  • Radio deletion for a credit of $118.00
  • Deletes standard radio and speakers.
  • AM-FM Radio, electronically tuned Stereo with 8-Track Tape (UM4) – The standard/stock radio equipped with an 8-Track Tape Player.
  • The radio received broadcast in FM 2-channel stereo, FM monaural, and AM monaural.
  • Includes 8-track tape deck.

AM-FM Radio, electronically tuned Stereo with Cassette (UM6)

  • The standard/stock radio equipped with a Cassette Tape Player.
  • The radio received broadcast in FM 2-channel stereo, FM monaural, and AM monaural.
  • Includes Cassette Tape player.

AM-FM Radio, Stereo with Cassette and CB (UN5)

  • The standard/stock radio equipped with a Cassette Tape Player and CB Radio.
  • The radio received broadcast in FM 2-channel stereo, FM monaural, and AM monaural.
  • Includes Cassette Tape player.
  • Includes Citizens Band Radio.

AM-FM Radio, Stereo (U58)

  • A standard/stock dealer installed Corvette radio.
  • The radio received broadcast in FM 2-channel stereo, FM monaural, and AM monaural.

Power Antenna (U75)

  • A rear deck antenna that retracts and extends when the radio or ignition is powered off and on respectively. The power antenna extends 31 inches.
  • Not available with UL5, UM5 or UN5.

Heavy Duty Cooling (V08)

Roof Panel Carrier (V54)

  • A carrier mounted to the rear deck for external transport of the removable roof panels.

California Emission Certification (YF5)

Notes:

  • A manual transmission was not available for the 1982 Corvette.
  • A new 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive fourth gear was introduced.
  • During full throttle a solenoid operated door in the hood opened to allow air directly into the air cleaner.
  • Cross-Fire Injection was introduced in 1982 with dual throttle-body fuel injectors that claimed to increase engine performance.
  • A new paper element air filter was used on the 1982 Corvette.

1982 Corvette

1982 Corvette Recalls

Recall 03E032000

Make: CHEVROLET
Model: CORVETTE
Model Year: 1980
Manufacturer: CARDONE INDUSTRIES, INC.
Mfr’s Report Date: MAY 07, 2003
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 03E032000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: SERVICE BRAKES, AIR:DISC:CALIPER
Potential Number of Units Affected: 15899

Summary:

REMANUFACTURED REAR BRAKE CALIPERS, PART NOS. 18-7019, 18-7020, 16-7019, AND 16-7020, MANUFACTURED FROM FEBRUARY 1, 2002, TO APRIL, 25, 2003., AND FOR USE ON 1965 THRU 1982 CHEVROLET CORVETTES. THE SUBJECT BRAKE CALIPERS WERE MANUFACTURED USING IMPROPERLY MANUFACTURED PISTON SEALS. THESE SEALS ARE INTENDED TO PREVENT FLUID LEAKAGE BETWEEN THE CALIPER HOUSING AND THE PISTONS. THESE BRAKE CALIPERS ARE FOR USE ONLY ON 1965 THRU 1982 CHEVROLET CORVETTE VEHICLES. THIS RECALL DOES NOT INVOLVE GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION OR ANY OF ITS PRODUCTS.

Consequence:

UNDER THESE CONDITIONS, THE VEHICLE OPERATOR MAY NOT BE ABLE TO STOP THE CAR, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH.

Remedy:

CARDONE WILL NOTIFY ITS CUSTOMERS AND ALL UNSOLD INVENTORY WILL BE REPURCHASED AND WILL PROVIDE A FULL REFUND TO CUSTOMERS. OWNER NOTIFICATION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MAY 2003. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT CARDONE AT 215-912-3000.

Notes:

ALSO, CUSTOMERS CAN CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION¿S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).

Recall 07E088000

Make: CHEVROLET
Model: CORVETTE
Model Year: 1980
Manufacturer: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Mfr’s Report Date: OCT 19, 2007
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 07E088000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: EQUIPMENT
Potential Number of Units Affected: 121,680

Summary:

CERTAIN HONEYWELL FRAM RACING BRAND HP4 AND HP8 OIL FILTERS THAT WERE MANUFACTURED FROM MAY 25, 2006, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 14, 2007, AND SOLD FOR USE AS REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT FOR VEHICLES LIST ABOVE. THE AFFECTED FILTERS ARE MARKED WITH A DATE CODE A61451 THROUGH A72571 SEQUENTIALLY. THE DATE CODE AND PART NUMBER APPEAR ON THE FILTER HOUSING. FRAM RACING HP4 AND HP8 OIL FILTERS NOT BEARING A DATE CODE IN THIS RANGE ARE NOT AFFECTED BY THIS RECALL. THE GASKET OF THE OIL FILTER BECOMES MORE PLIABLE UNDER HIGH TEMPERATURES AND PRESSURES.

Consequence:

THIS CONDITION MAY CAUSE INADEQUATE SEALING AND LOSS OF ENGINE OIL, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A FIRE.

Remedy:

HONEYWELL WILL REPLACE THE AFFECTED OIL FILTERS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN DURING NOVEMBER 2007. OWNERS CAN CONTACT FRAM CUSTOMER SERVICE TOLL-FREE AT 1-800-890-2075.

Notes:

CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.


1982 Corvette Service Bulletins

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1982 Corvette Common Issues

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1982 Corvette Maintenance Schedule

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Source Material:

  1. The Pocket Book of the Corvette: The Definitive Guide to the All American Sports Car – Copyright 2003, Barnes & Noble
  2. CORVETTE: Sports Car Superstar – Copyright 2005, PIL – Publications International, Ltd.
  3. Corvette Black Book – Copyright 2009, Michael Bruce Associates, Inc.
  4. The Complete Book of Corvette – Every Model Since 1963 – Copyright 2006, MBI Publishing
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