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Body Specs


Engine Specs

Type:   V8
Valve Location:   In Head
Bore / Stroke:   3.875" / 3.00"
Displacement:   283 Cubic Inches
Compression Ratio:   9.5 : 1
Crankshaft Material:   Forged Steel
Camshaft Material:   Cast Alloy Iron
Oil Pump Type:   Gear
Normal Oil Pressure:   35 psi
  @ 2,000 RPM
Oil Pressure Gauge:   Electric
Crankcase Oil Capacity:
(less filter)
  5 Quarts
Recommended Oil Grade:   Above 32°: SAE 20W or SAE 20
To 0°: SAE 10W
  or SAE 10W-30
Below 0°: SAE 5W
  or SAE 5W-20
Fuel Tank:   16.4 Gallons
Fuel Filter:   Strainer
Fuel Pump:   Mechanical
Fuel Pressure:   5¾ - 6¼ PSI
Carburetor:   Carter 3746384 Single 4 barrel
Carburetor:
Optional dual four barrel carburetors Code 469
  Carter 3744002 (front)
  / 3744004 (rear)
Cooling System Capacity:   17 Quarts (with
  heater)
  16 Quarts (without
  heater)
Cooling System Frontal Area:   380 sq. in.
Radiator Cap Relief Pressure:   6 ¼ - 7 ¾ PSI
Thermostat Type:   Choke
Thermostat Opening:   160° F
Battery:   Delco 2 S1r 53-W
  (12 volt, nine plate)
  53 Amp-hour
  @ 20 hour rate

Horsepower
Standard Engine:   230 hp @ 4,600 RPM;
Torque: 300 lb-ft
  @ 3,000 RPM
Code 469A:
(Two Four Barrel Carburetors)
  245 hp @ 5,000 RPM;
Torque: 300 ft-lb.
  @ 3,800 RPM
Code 469C:
(Two Four Barrel Carburetors, Special Camshaft)
  270 hp @ 6,000 RPM;
Torque: 285 lb-ft
  @ 4,200 RPM
Code 579A Fuel Injection:   250 hp @ 5,000 RPM;
Torque: 305 lb-ft
  @ 3,800 RPM
Code 579B:
(Special Camshaft)
  290 hp
  @ 6,200 RPM;
Torque: 290 lb-ft
  @ 4,400 RPM

Fuel Injection
Manufacturer:    Rochester Products
Model:   7014900 (Code 579B, 283 hp)
Recommended Fuel:   Premium
Fuel Pump:   Mechanical
Fuel Pressure:   5 ¼ - 6 ½ PSI
Inlet Manifold:   Cast Aluminum
Air Cleaner Type:   Dry
Air Meter Location:   Engine Left Side
Plenum Chamber:   Integral With
  Inlet Manifold
Ram Pipe Length:   12 Inches
Fuel Induction:   Metered as Function
  of Air Flow
Air / Fuel Ratio Control:   Vacuum Sensitive
  Diaphragm Located
  on Air Flow Meter
Fuel Meter Pump Type:   Gear
Fuel Meter Pump Location:   In Fuel
  Meter Assembly
Fuel Meter Pump Drive:   Gear Driven by
  Flexible Shaft
  From Distributor
Fuel Meter Pump Pressure:   300 PSI
Injection Nozzles Quantity   8
Injection Nozzles Material:   Brass
Injection Nozzles Location:   Mounted on Inlet
  Manifold Above
  Intake Ports
Injection Nozzles Orifice Size - Fuel:   .0118 inch
Injection Nozzles Insulation:   Bakelite
Automatic Choke Type:   Electric, Time
  Temperature Type
Automatic Choke Location:   On Air
  Meter Assembly
Automatic Choke
  Current Draw:
  2 amps @ 70°
Automatic Choke
  Fast Idle Cam:
  Yes

Ignition System
Coil:   Delco-Remy 1115091 (FI Engines: 11151007)
Coil current rating:   4 amps (engine stopped)
  1.8 amps (engine running)
Breaker Gap:   .018"
Ignition Timing:   4° BTDC @ 600 RPM idle
Ignition Timing Centrifugal Advance:   28 ° @ 3,700 RPM
Ignition Timing Vacuum Advance:
Standard Engine
  15° @ 15.5 inches Hg
Ignition Timing Vacuum Advance:
Two Four Barrel Carburetor
Fuel Injection with Special Camshaft
  None
Spark Plug:   AC 46
Spark Plug Thread:   14 mm.
Spark Plug Torque:   20 - 25 lb.-ft.
Spark Plug Gap:   .035 inch
Firing Order:   1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2

1958 Corvette Options

RPO Description Production    Price
101 Heater 8,014 (87.41%) $95.85
102 AM Radio, Signal Seeking 6,142 (66.99%) $144.45
107 Parking Brake Alarm 2,883 (31.45%) $5.40
108 Courtesy Light 4,600 (50.17%) $6.50
109 Windshield Washers 3,384 (36.91%) $16.15
276 Wheels, 15x5.5 (5) 404 (4.41%) n/a
290 Whitewall Tires, 6.70x15 7,428 (81.02%) $31.55
313 Powerglide Automatic Transmission 2,057 (22.44%) $188.30
419 Auxiliary Hardtop 5,607 (61.16%) $215.20
426 Power Windows 649 (7.08%) $59.20
440 Two-Tone Paint Combinatio 3,422 (37.33%) $16.15
469 283 cu. in. 245 hp Engine two 4 bbl. carburetors 2,436 (26.57%) $150.65
469C 283 cu. in. 270 hp Engine two 4 bbl. carburetors 978 (10.67%) $182.95
473 Power Operated Folding Top 1,090 (11.89%) $139.90
579 283 cu. in. 250 hp fuel injected Engine 504 (5.50%) $484.20
579D 283 cu. in. 290 hp fuel injected Engine 1,007 (10.98%) $484.20
677 Positraction Rear Axle, 3.70:1 1,123 (12.25%) $48.45
678 Positraction Rear Axle, 4.11:1 2,518 (27.47%) $48.45
679 Positraction Rear Axle, 4.56:1 370 (4.04%) $48.45
684 Heavy Duty Brakes and Suspension 144 (1.57%) $780.10
685 4-Speed Manual Transmission 3,764 (41.06%) $215.20

Total Production: 9,168
Convertible: 9,168 (100.00%)

Notes: Base Corvette with 283 cu. in. 230 hp engine and three speed manual transmission: $3,591.00

Colors

Code Exterior Quantity Interior Soft Top Wheels
Charcoal 1,631 (17.79%) Beige / Charcoal / Red Black / White Silver
Snowcrest White 2,477 (27.02%) Beige / Charcoal / Red Black / White / Beige Silver
Silver Blue 2,006 (21.88%) Beige / Charcoal Beige / White Silver
Regal Turquoise 510 (5.56%) Charcoal Black / White Silver
Panama Yellow 455 (4.96%) Charcoal Black / White Silver
Signet Red 1,399 (15.26%) Charcoal / Red Black / White Silver
Tuxedo Black 493 (5.38%) Charcoal / Red Black / White Silver
Inca Silver 193 (2.11%) Charcoal / Red Black / White Silver

1958 Corvette