Of the myriad mechanical glitches common to fourth-generation Corvettes, perhaps none is more pervasive-or more annoying-than that of the malfunctioning headlamp motor. Such failures typically can be traced to the construction of the unit itself, which, like so many other parts of the car, seems to have been designed with an emphasis on minimizing costs rather than extending service life.

Fortunately for those of us who have experienced this problem firsthand, the fix is usually both simple and minimally injurious to the budget. When the lamps on our '96 coupe started to fail recently, we conscripted headlamp-rebuilder extraordinaire Rashelle Lovell at Seffner, Florida-based Vette tuner AntiVenom to put things right. The highlights of the repair follow, along with our usual complement of mostly-in-focus photography.