C far Corvettes are amazing , except when you have to get in and out of them today .
I'm going to show you two different methods that will suit all ages and body styles .
I'll also show you how to avoid the big mistakes that owners often make that can easily damage your car and cost you hundreds just from getting in and out .
Plus a few warnings that I found out about the hard way .
So step right up and I'll show you how to do this the right way .
Hi , I'm Brad and welcome to retro cars .
Forever New Channel aim , but still focusing on how to have fun with retro cars from the eighties nineties and two thousands .
And it's hard to find a car from that era .
That's more fun .
The drive than 1/4 generation Corvette like mine .
The only trouble is getting in or out has more challenges than an obstacle course .
The foot space is narrow , the seat bolsters are prominent and there are these tall structural seals that you have to step up and over .
But the biggest challenge you cannot use the steering wheel to help you .
This is the number one mistake that most owners make and it leads to one of the most common issues you'll see in these cars , a loose steering column especially evident if you pull the wheel down into the left , like you see in this example , if you put any of your weight on the steering wheel while entering or exiting , eventually , the pins or the housing deep within the column will bend or break fixing .
This is a complicated fiddly job , do it yourself and plan on around 300 bucks in parts and tools and a full day of aggravation take it in and have it done for you and it will cost you about a grand .
So here's how to get in and out of your C four without touching the steering wheel .
So you don't have to deal with that problem in the first place .
There are two methods .
One that's quicker and easier , but you need to be agile and in decent shape to do it .
The other method is slower but much easier on the body .
All right , let's start with the first method because this is the one that I use every day , open the door as wide as you can .
The further out the door is the easier .
This will be a saving grace is the fiberglass doors are very light and easy to open and close .
Take your right foot and thread it through the space between the steering wheel and the seat resting it in the foot .
Well , now this is the trickiest part , you're going to duck your head down to clear the roof and stick your butt out , angling it towards the center of the car .
Be careful not to rub your seat against this side bolster , this section can wear out fast if you do .
So , try to aim your butt towards the middle of the seat .
Instead , this will sort of feel like a trust fall .
But if you use your leg muscles , you'll be able to control your descent into the cockpit , finally guide your left leg up and over the sill and into the car and you're in getting out is basically the reverse of this process .
Notice that I'm not really using my hands for anything but balance getting in or out .
This method is all about leg strength .
So what if you don't have much leg strength or you can't contort your body the way that you used to be able to ?
Well , here's the second way to get in and out without harming your car .
It takes more time , but it's easier on the body first .
Make sure your steering wheel is tilted all the way up to give you more space , open the door as wide as you can then stand 90 degrees away from the opening , bend down and put your hands on the sills to help support your weight , stick your butt out and drop down into the seat .
You might find it easier to park it on the sill and then scooting down into the seat either way .
Once you're seated , you'll rotate yourself around , lift each leg one after the other up and over the sill and into the cabin .
If your leg strength ain't what it used to be .
You can use your hands and arms to guide your feet in getting out .
It's the same thing , but in reverse , just remember to tilt the wheel up to give you more room .
You'll really notice how your hands and arms will help you up using this method .
Earlier , C fours have plastic sills with a pad built in to one side to help with this .
But for some reason , they dropped the sill design in 1988 leaving just bare carpeting instead .
And speaking of sills , I'd highly recommend that anyone who has carpeted sills like mine get covers , these are not stock , but they really should have been the opening between the dash and the door opening is super narrow .
So no matter which method you use to get in and out , your feet will inevitably drag against this part of the sill .
If you have the stock bare carpeting here , it will wear out quickly and sill covers protect against that .
There are a ton of different companies out there that make these silk covers so you can pick and choose whatever design you like .
Best installation is pretty easy and they go for about 75 bucks a pair .
Well worth it .
A word of caution for either method .
Watch out for this window glass .
If you're going to leave it up , as you can see the glass curves in quite a bit towards the top .
And it's easy to smack your face on it when exiting the car , especially if it's a tight space and you can't open the door all the way I did this way more times than I care to admit when I first got my car and one last tip , don't brace yourself against the top of the car .
Either these removable target tops are either going to be made of a light fiberglass that matches the body color or very thin .
See through acrylic like the top I have installed right now .
Either way it's yet another delicate piece of the C four that you're gonna want to avoid putting your weight on .
So , yeah , getting in and out of ac four Corvette is a challenge harder than any of the other Corvette generations .
But like anything , the more you practice it , the easier it gets , it'll seem tricky at first , but eventually it will become muscle memory and hey , look at the bright side who couldn't use a little bit of an extra workout in their daily routine .
So those are my tips .
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