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2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: Damaged

October 27, 2010

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I noted a while back that my driveway has become less Corvette friendly with my neighbor's tree uprooting a section of the concrete. Well, the situation has become downright hostile. I had the Z06 for a weekend and was skirting around the offending bump as I was departing and WHAM! A litany of expletives followed immediately thereafter.

As I surveyed the damage, I felt that sickening feeling in my gut. It's moments like this that make you wish you had a Tivo skip-back button that worked in life. Maybe I could've driven further away from the hump. Maybe I should've taken a motorcycle. Maybe I didn't need to run this errand.

Then I looked at the offending piece of driveway concrete. It was no longer a moderate hump, it now sports a jagged edge protruding above the hump. It looked to me like the slab on the downslope side of the hump cracked under the weight of the front wheel. This forced the peak to jut upwards, right into the Corvette's rocker panel (see the animation below).

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That fresh concrete edge took a chunk of fiberglass out of the Vette's underside that was the size of my fist. It also put a crack in the side of the panel. Now that the Z06 is back in service after the most recent tire-shredding incident, it's time to see how much damage I inflicted. I'm hoping that it really was just the fiberglass that took the hit, not anything structural.

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I sent a picture of the damage to my landlord to let him know that this is most definitely a problem, but he's dragging his feet. I'm thinking I'll have to take care of the problem myself. In the meantime, I'll have to avoid bringing the Corvette home.

Let the internet flaming of Takahashi begin.

Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor

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