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  • Vertical Doors for My C8 Completed

    It's done! I brought her home on Monday. Excellent work by my installers Paul and Kevin, I'm glad that I chose them. All panel lines and gaps are straight and even as they were before the mod. The doors open easily, lift and close smoothly, and seal properly when closed. No aluminum was cut, no welding, the kit was bolt-on and is completely reversible. The doors open maybe half way (enough that I can get into the car that way if I so choose) and then they lift. The look of my C8 was stunning before, even more so now. This mod isn't for everyone, but it works for me and I like it. Last thing will be the Torch Red and Carbon Flash engine cover from American Hydrocarbon and she'll be done.Click image for larger version

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    Torch Red, Z51, 2LT, Mag Ride, E60, Adrenaline Red/ Two-Tone GT2, CF goodies
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    That would make it a lot easier to get in when in the car is in the Garage.
    Deposit placed on June 18 2020, for 2021 HTC Z51 2LT Red Mist Tintcoat/2-Tone Sky Cool Grey
    Current 1999 Magnetic Red C5 Z51

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Plentyfast View Post
      That would make it a lot easier to get in when in the car is in the Garage.
      That was partly the idea! My garage is really tight! Had to wriggle like Harry Houdini in a strait jacket to get out of the car when it was garaged. 😆
      Torch Red, Z51, 2LT, Mag Ride, E60, Adrenaline Red/ Two-Tone GT2, CF goodies
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      • #4
        Looks really sharp. Thanks for sharing 👍👍
        Arctic White 2LT, G8G, HUL, F9, AH2, 5ZZ, E60, STI, SHW J6F, Q8Q, RCC, Z51, ZYC.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Pb7148 View Post
          Looks really sharp. Thanks for sharing 👍👍
          Thanks, I appreciate! 😊👍😎
          Torch Red, Z51, 2LT, Mag Ride, E60, Adrenaline Red/ Two-Tone GT2, CF goodies
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          • #6
            Looks really nice Heartbeat 😍. How was the install experience?
            First time Corvette owner. Torch Red C8 HTC, and yeah with Lambo doors 😊

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            • #7
              That really turned out great.

              How long did it take to do the update?
              Where did you have it done?
              $$$?
              Is the kit available for any DIYers?

              2020 C8, Elkhart Lake Blue, Sky Cool Gray, LT2, Z51, GT2 Seats, FE4 mag ride, nose lift, performance exhaust, carbon flash wheels. Loving it!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by 10secondCar View Post
                Looks really nice Heartbeat 😍. How was the install experience?
                It took 4 days, but because of my work schedule I missed taking her to Carlisle, couldn't get her until Monday. The folks at the shop offered to send me pics daily, but I said no, you can send me the pics of my car disassembled after I see the finished product. I know, gutless, but what the hay, lol. The owner of the shop Paul and his son Kevin are both Corvette lovers, Paul had a ZR1 and Kevin's got a wicked orange C7. The thing that I really liked was their obsessive attention to details, and the fact that they'd done many of these conversions, and were passionate Corvette specialists. They were also the installers recommended by the manufacturer of the door kit. I'm very pleased with their work 👍👍👍
                Torch Red, Z51, 2LT, Mag Ride, E60, Adrenaline Red/ Two-Tone GT2, CF goodies
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ELB2020VETTE View Post
                  That really turned out great.

                  How long did it take to do the update?
                  Where did you have it done?
                  $$$?
                  Is the kit available for any DIYers?
                  The install took 4 days. Got it done at Professional's Choice in West Babylon, Long Island, installation was $2800. I purchased the kit directly from the manufacturer Vertical Doors Inc for 2K - not sure if that price is still available, I got the deal from them in late June. Took about 5 weeks from the order to manufacture and get the kit to me, seems like they do small batches at a time. You could purchase from the manufacturer and DIY and save the install $$$, but be sure you get the door lift adjustments right and insure that all the panels line up properly ( the nose and fenders need to be removed to access the door hinges). Alternately, the Eikon company can sell you the kit plus installation (their website states that they have installation shops around the country or can send an installer to your home). Also, I believe that Eikon may offer financing.
                  Torch Red, Z51, 2LT, Mag Ride, E60, Adrenaline Red/ Two-Tone GT2, CF goodies
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                  • #10
                    Looks like you had the right team doing the work...hope you enjoy it!
                    '64 Silver Grey Coupe (custom paint)- still our favorite
                    '77 Black L82 / 4SPD
                    '78 Silver Anniversary L82 / 4SPD
                    '13 White/Blue Diamond 427 60th roadster - favorite late model
                    '14 Black Z51 Coupe
                    '15 Shark Grey Z51 Coupe
                    '20 ... Zeus Bronze Coupe, 2LT, GT2 seats, Natural two tone, Body color accents, Pewter wheels - Delivered 10/1/20😀

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                    • #11
                      Thank you for sharing. They look great!

                      The install price is what scares me away. I got in contact with them and they were great to deal with; but my local shops didn't have much experience and couldn't quote (understandably).

                      You made a great choice!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Happy2bHere View Post
                        Thank you for sharing. They look great!

                        The install price is what scares me away. I got in contact with them and they were great to deal with; but my local shops didn't have much experience and couldn't quote (understandably).

                        You made a great choice!
                        The install is the make or break part. My installers had done many of these conversions, they had seen C8s previously, and were able to provide a quote immediately. It'd be a real risk going with the wrong installer or with folks that just want to get the job done in a day. So yeah, I'll be eating those Ramen Noodles again for a while, but it was totally worth it! 😊👍😎 Best of luck with your C8 👍👍👍
                        Torch Red, Z51, 2LT, Mag Ride, E60, Adrenaline Red/ Two-Tone GT2, CF goodies
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                        • #13
                          Sounds like you defiantly need competent people with wrenches not hammers. 😂
                          Deposit placed on June 18 2020, for 2021 HTC Z51 2LT Red Mist Tintcoat/2-Tone Sky Cool Grey
                          Current 1999 Magnetic Red C5 Z51

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                          • #14
                            I've been toying with the idea myself. I doubt I will actually do it, but I think it looks cool as Hell on your car. Eikon is in Scottsdale, AZ which is only about 20 min from where I live. Who knows, I may break down and have it done...LOL

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                            • #15
                              Heartbeat, what a great mod. I love it for your C8. Thank you for sharing it with us all.
                              GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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