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132984 / 1963 Chevrolet Corvette

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Published on Jun 19, 2012

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With less than 1,000 miles on a complete body-off, nut and bolt build, which was conducted by RPM Restorations in North Canton, Ohio, this mean C2 drop top is a super clean show car that puts the p, r and o in "trophy". During its restoration, the car's fiberglass body was separated from its chassis and completely media blasted to correct all the typical waves and ripples which came standard from GM's St. Louis manufacturing facility. Once that blast was complete, and some basic reconstruction was out of the way, it hopped a truck to Jerry's Custom Paint in Gresham, Oregon where a smooth coat of BASF Ford Electric Green Metallic Glasurit basecoat was sealed it in a glossy BASF Glasurit clearcoat and buffed to a wet-look shine.

Under the car's lightweight hood you'll find a fully detailed 383 cubic inch stroker motor which was ordered directly from Engine Factory in Lebanon, New Jersey. At the top of that hot small block, a chrome GM tuned port fuel injection system utilizes a body-matched filter element, a 52mm throttle body and chrome fuel rails, which are complete with a liquid filled Street and Performance fuel pressure gauge, to send a perfect air/fuel mixture into Edelbrock aluminum heads. Those aluminum heads, which carry hardened seats and 2.02/1.60 valves between polished, bowtie branded rocker covers and an Edelbrock Performer RPM camshaft, make good use of hot sparks provided by chrome sleeved Taylor performance plug wires. And the resultant high compression combustion is jettisoned through ceramic coated Sanderson shorty headers to custom three inch transitions and great sounding side pipe inserts. Cooling is provided by a Griffin aluminum radiator which sends water past two quick spinning puller fans, a polished cap and a polished overflow tank via chrome corrugated hoses. Charging is provided by a chrome alternator which bridges the gap between a fresh Optima gel cell battery and a modern serpentine system that includes both billet pulleys and billet brackets. And all the car's fresh hardware seamlessly melds together to produce a dyno proven 480 horsepower and 465 lb./ft. of torque.

Behind the engine, a new Keisler TKO600 5-speed transmission sends power from a new hydraulic clutch and fresh scatter shield to a new driveshaft and a rebuilt Posi-traction rear end that's equipped with smooth 3.36 gears. That rear end, which was rebuilt with new half shafts and silver powder coated joints, rides on a Vette Brakes and Products dual mount composite monospring rear assembly which is fitted with smart struts, a heavy duty sway bar and Bairs offset trailing arms. The engine rides above a Vette Brakes and Products transverse composite monospring front assembly which includes heavy duty upper control arms, a heavy duty sway bar and power rack and pinion steering. Stops are provided by four wheel disc brakes which utilize a Wilwood master cylinder, new brake lines and Corvette America billet calipers to squeeze cross-drilled Wilwood rotors. And power flows to the ground through 17 inch front and 18 inch rear Billet Specialties Fuelie wheels which wear 245/45 and 275/45 Toyo T1-S Ultra Performance Tires.

Pop the shaved green doors and you'll find a completely custom, Vette Essentials style interior that was hand crafted by Jim Enger of Hot Rod Upholstery. Front and center is a pair of heated, custom mounted C5 Corvette sports seats that were completely rebuilt during the car's restoration and currently have just the right amount of break-in time to be both comfortable and supportive. At the base of the windshield, a custom, leather wrapped dash hangs a hand fabricated glove box next to pristine stainless accents and a completely re-imagined Classic Instruments gauge package that has been accented with Electric Green Metallic paint. At the back of the car, a C5 Corvette fiberglass 'waterfall' perfectly contrasts the bright white seats while perfectly complementing the green exterior paint. At the center of the car, a custom designed and leather wrapped console was built around a chrome shifter and two-tone leather shift boot. And in front of the driver, a half wrap Billet Specialties steering wheel is bolted above a chrome Flaming River tilt steering column and a nice trio of Lokar foot pedals.

Call, click or visit http://RKMotorsCharlotte.com for more information on this awesome car!

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