Watch this C4 Corvette get its first wash in 25 years

stauffer garage 1984 chevrolet corvette detail

See the first wash of this C4 Corvette in 25 yearsGarage Stauffer

There will always be something glamorous about barn cars. While sometimes the patina that comes from years of neglect can tell a distinct story, there is a point where error becomes vehicular torture. This 1984 Chevrolet Corvette has had more than its fill over the years, having been sitting in a garage by its owner for approximately 25 years. Thanks to YouTuber Stauffer Garage, we have a chance to see this C4 Corvette returned to some semblance of Radwood-era glory.

After the C3 Corvette trudged for 14 long years during the height of the malaise era, the C4 generation would arrive for 1984. The sports car used an all-new chassis and came with thoroughly modern styling to match. Under the hood was a 5.7-liter L83 V-8 engine, which initially arrived for the 1982 model year. Thanks to the Cross-Fire throttle body injection system, the V-8 was good for 205 hp and 290 Nm of torque. Not impressive by modern standards, but a real improvement over the 190 hp and 280 lb-ft its predecessor delivered. While why the car is parked isn’t shared in the video, this injection system is known to give owners a modern time. This particular Corvette was also equipped with the Doug Nash 4+3 four-speed manual transmission. Aside from a Ferrari-style five-spoke wheelset, the car appears to be largely stock underneath all that grime.

The detailing process of this Corvette begins with a vacuum cleaner to remove excess leaves and accumulated debris from the fiberglass bodywork. Things clean up pretty quickly under the hood, with the degreaser treatment doing a great job of highlighting the fancy intake runners. From there, the Corvette is treated to its first pass of a pressure washer, which removes some grime from the surface. At this point it becomes clear that the paint on this particular car has seen better days, with lots of swirl marks and clear coat issues. Regardless, the car is treated to a combination foam cannon and clay bar, which helps it look as presentable as possible.

stauffer garage 1984 chevrolet corvette detail

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Things are different inside, where Stauffer Garage insists the smell was pretty intense. There is plenty of evidence of rodents living in the car, from droppings to full-blown skeletal remains. Not the sort of thing you want to find in your sports car. Getting the carpets out for a deep clean is a good start, but a replacement set might be worth the investment. The rest of the oh-so Eighties interior cleans up pretty well, complete with all of its hard switches and controls. The initial transformation really speaks for itself, and hopefully this car won’t have to wait another 25 years to be enjoyed again.

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