Original, Later GM, or Reproduction???
Discerning original parts from later GM manufactured or reproduction parts can be a key factor in restoring a 1953 Corvette. Restoring a 53-55 Corvette with just original parts (like the 394 coil above) can be a very time consuming and expensive endeavor. And if you don't know original parts from later manufactured and reproduction, you can really over-spend on some parts. Trust me.
This webpages dedicated to part comparisons will be a work in progress. Please let me know of any errors you find. And please send pics of different parts.
Starting Point - GM Parts Catalogs
The Parts Catalog reflect the names and part numbers of all the parts used by Chevrolet to build the 53-55 Corvettes. Please be aware that the numbers stamped on each individual part may not be the actual part number. GM used a system of part numbers and cast numbers (the numbers stamped on the part). Many of the cast numbers are listed in the Parts Catalogs.
If a part has an asterisk next to it - that part was used on other Chevrolet cars. No asterisk - Corvette only - which often means hard to find an expensive.
I tried to make these catalogs searchable. My OCR program was not up to the task. The files are partially searchable using Adobe Acrobat.
I believe these Catalogs to be in the public domain, and are offered here soley for their educational value. Thus, no copywright laws are being violated.
(Following the NCRS Groupings for Parts)