Interchange Parts for your 53 to 62 Corvette
This document was handed out during a Tech Session presented at the 2005 SACC Convention. The listing had been published previously in the On Solid Ground. Unfortunately, most salvage yards have processed their old ’50 series cars and those that still have any such cars on hand – the carcasses have been pretty well picked over. However, this listing might be of some benefit to someone looking for that illusive part.
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Interchange Parts For Your 53 to 62 Corvette by Larry Richter
Several years ago I started scavenging wrecking yards and observing parts that were interchangeable and totally correct for our early Corvettes. The wrecking yard is a great place to find early Corvette parts, and for some of us it’s kind of fun getting into the old cars and scrounging around in the rust, oil, and dirt. I have compiled the following list of parts for Corvettes that can be found on other cars. The list is by no means complete and does not include many of the internal engine and mechanical parts that are interchangeable.
CORVETTE PART SAME PART ON THIS CAR
Bolts, nuts, fasteners: GM cars and pickups. Remember the pickup plant was also in St. Louis.
1958-62 Corvette Any 1955-56 Bel Air clock.
Courtesy Light Buttons Brown - All early 1959 GM cars.
1953-55 Corvette 1953-54 passenger car (Same, but black. Must be painted white.)
1956-57 Corvette 1956 passenger car knobs.
Door Glass: 1956-62 Must be cut, but originals have the correct logo. (watch date codes.)
1956-62 Corvette 1955-56 passenger door handles with the thin bottom part of the handle.
1956-62 Corvette Both left and right, 1955-57 2 door or hardtop passenger car.
1956-62 Corvette Any GM 1955-56 2 door car.
1956-62 Corvette 1955-57 passenger car door locks.
Door (window) parts: 1956-57 car parts. (Must rework main arm.)
Door (Power Window Motor):
1956 Corvette 1956 Chevrolet Passenger car
1957-58 1957 to 59 GM Passenger cars
Emergency Brake Flasher Switch 1955-57 Chevrolet
1953-62 Corvette All 1950s, early 60s GM cars.
1953-55 Corvette 1953 Oldsmobile (Change the knob)
1956 Corvette 1956 Chevrolet passenger car horn.
1957 Corvette 1961 Chev. pass. car. - Placement on Corvette; right horn on left, left horn on right.
1958-60 Corvette Same as above + rotate bracket 180 degrees.
Mirror - Outside Y-50:
1953-62 Corvette 1950 Cadillac (Right side) Possibly Buick.
Rear license plate bracket:
1956-57 Corvette 1955-56 passenger car trunk bracket.
Trunk Latch Cover 1955-56 passenger car.
1953-62 Most 1952-58 GM cars
Turn Signal Housing Cone:
1953-57 Corvette All 1953-54 cars.
Waffle Pattern Upholstery:
1956-57 Corvette 1955 Nomad
1958-62 Control Unit Most 1950s GM cars. Early 1958s may have used the glass jar, on the later cars you must change the top.
Windshield Washer Red Top Container:
1957 (1st design) All 1958 cars that used a foot operated pump with raised bar on top.
Windshield Washer Nozzles:
1953-62 Corvette Any early 50s Chevrolet or GMC truck.
1953-55 Corvette 1956-57 car using the electric wiper motor.
1956-62 Corvette 1955-56 passenger car wheels (Must be welded, not riveted.)
Rear Spring Plates:
1958-62 Corvette 1955-57 car. On 1960-62 Corvette, you will need to drill a hole for the sway bracket
1956 Corvette 1956 car Wonderbar radio. There is a slight difference in the power pack unit, Chevrolet has power pack lead on
left going over radio, Corvette is on the right
1957 Corvette 1957 Chevrolet Wonderbar radio.
Wonderbar Radio knobs:
1953-55 Corvette 1953 Buick - Chrome back knobs
1956-57 Corvette 1956 car headlight knob. (Take shaft off)