Yesterday found both door panels installed and Sergio made them fitting perfectly!
The vent window operator shafts turned out to be correct, so that was a relief!
The only part I was missing was the 2 door lock knobs. I looked at my parts list in my computer and realized I had never ordered them.
I wanted to maybe use the ones from the 1967 year as I liked the looks of them better, but because they were mounted slightly more forward in the door panel than the '65, Sergio was worried they may have a longer shaft and may stick out a little farther in the door panel. Trusting his experience, I decided to stay with the '65 knobs.
Next came the wipers. When Sergio examined the ones I bought from Zip Corvette he found 2 problems. The first was that Zip sold cheap Chinese knock-offs that were not adjustable like the original Corvette wiper arms are.
They were cheaper, but without the adjustment screw to position the wiper blades correctly, they would have the blades rubbing the stainless steel windshield molding and eventually destroy the polished finish on the moldings. The spacing of the blades is so tight there is no room for alignment error. 90% of the time either they would hit the moldings or the blades would hit each other. Simply moving one of the wiper arms one notch in the spines is not always good enough to correct for this, and I saw this while he was aligning the wipers on the green '65 last week. Chevrolet did not make them adjustable for the hell of it, they knew this would be an issue between individual cars and that was why they made the arms adjustable so they could fit each individual Corvette.
The photo below shows the ones Zip had sold me and the one below that shows the correct ones.
The second issue was the wiper blades themselves. He showed me that they were 1 inch longer than the correct ones, which means that even if they were adjusted correctly, they would be rubbing across the stainless steel windshield moldings again destroy the finish on the moldings. Zip listed as fitting 1963-1967 Corvettes, but when we looked on line at other places, they made wiper blades for 1963-1965 Early (16") and a different blade for 1965 Late - 1967 (15").
So, Zip Corvettes, one size does not fit all.
Corvette Central had some of the correct wiper arms, but they were $200/pair plus tax and shipping ... without the blades and rubber inserts. Had to buy them extra.
It turns out, Sergio had a used set of the correct arms with blades in excellent condition in his shop that came off the green '65 which the owner had replaced with new. The ones that came off were correct, but did not have the correct manufacturer's engravings specific to original required arms, so he replaced them with the correct parts because NCRS would be looking for the engravings in the arms. I don't even want to know what he had to pay for the NCRS correct arms!
Sergio contacted the owner and I was able to buy them for $200 with the correct length blades. All I needed to get were new rubber inserts as the ones that were on the arms were worn out, cracked and hard.
Before ordering them from Corvette Central, we checked for them at Davies Corvette and they had the correct 15" inserts AND the correct lock knobs in stock. Since the parts from Corvette Central were 6 days away plus shipping and Davies was 1/2 hr away, off I went to Davies Corvette in New Port Richey. Got both parts and within an hour we were back in business.
Should be able to bring the car home tomorrow, but we also have a 80% chance of heave thunderstorms which may again water soak my alley access.