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Late Corvette C4 hood and gas tank lid emblem replacement.


Just recently replaced my front and back Corvette emblems... Purchased the GMPP replacements on eBay for about $78..

They are both held on my two 10mm nuts and they are also both held on with two sided tape which you must work off. I found using a razor blade to cut between the two sided tape and then using a small screw driver atop the still inserted razor blade allowed me to work the emblem off. After that I found my finger nail worked best peeling off the rest of the two sided tape from the body of the vehicle. Using mineral spirits I cleaned the area real good and re-installed the new ones. Boy what a difference! Managed to do it without scratching anything too!

I will add that the front is a bit more tricky as the nuts are recessed into the hood. Best to have something sticky in your socket so the nut does not fall into the hood cavity area or you'll be trying to dig it out. Same goes for the installation of the nut on the front. Other than that, it's not a bad job but I would plan for a few hours and not be in any hurry or you will damage something. Also important to realize that I did this on a 90 degree day with the car sitting in the sun for an hour to get it nice and soft. If doing this in lower temps you would want to use a heat gun to warm up the two sided tape to ease it pulling away from the body. 

I just got done cleaning the vehicle after a camping trip this 4th of July and I am about the wax the car tomorrow. I'll post the end result photos once it's all polished up! 



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Good work, & she does look a lot better.

I can't believe the cost of the badges however...That's nearly what I'd call a rip-off...Especially if that was $78:00 each...

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It was $78 for the pair with shipping included. Got them on eBay with proceeds of old parts sales otherwise I probably wouldn't have splurged. 

Just finished waxing and cleaning the Corvette yesterday and as usual by the time I finished it was already dark, just like when I put the emblems on. So no photos yet but today is a sunny day and I'll be sure to click a photo of the finished product. 

Amazing how little things like this can make a big difference, plus I was able to remove all the old emblems without damage so I have the originals hanging in the garage on the wall next to all the other emblems I have collected thru the years.



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Mine needs a wash bad! And a horn membrane.

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Yeah so these aftermarket emblems are $hit... Mine lost the sticker insert in less than a year! 

My originals, while faded - have lasted the life of the vehicle! Sometimes I wonder if people are selling cheap Chinese re-pops as Genuine GM parts? How could a genuine GM emblem fail in such short order?

Could they just not afford the .03 cents of extra glue or proper adhesive? 



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Yeah so these aftermarket emblems are $hit... Mine lost the sticker insert in less than a year! 

My originals, while faded - have lasted the life of the vehicle! Sometimes I wonder if people are selling cheap Chinese re-pops as Genuine GM parts? How could a genuine GM emblem fail in such short order?

Could they just not afford the .03 cents of extra glue or proper adhesive? 


 

After all this time, the badges are likely made at a different factory than when the car was first produced...Or they're from that original batch, & just got old from sitting-on-the-shelf...

I'd be really annoyed.



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Forgot to update the thread!

Here is a photo showing how the decal failed in short order! Very disappointing that they can't figure out how to glue on a decal on GMPP reproductions! 

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You must have missed reading the little sticker on it somewhere, that read along the lines of " Speeds over 140-mph may cause glue failure"...

( Maybe that gorgeous white 'Vette has some donor bits & pieces for you ) ?...



-- Edited by Rastus on Tuesday 15th of October 2019 06:25:03 AM

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Rastus wrote:

You must have missed reading the little sticker on it somewhere, that read along the lines of " Speeds over 140-mph may cause glue failure"...

( Maybe that gorgeous white 'Vette has some donor bits & pieces for you ) ?...

 


 

It really chaps my ass that I am having to buy a new emblem for my hood in such short order! I don't think they were really actual GM replacements, as they just sent me a cut of slice of paper that said "GM Replacement parts"... 

The missing decal really takes away from the look of the car as the area is now silver! 

I wish the white one had some nice emblems, but it's the kids car now and for whatever reason he has the earlier style emblems with the red backgroud... it would look odd on a red car, plus it would for sure break when trying to take it off so then I'd have to buy two! LOL



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