About This 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Posted: 02 Dec 2009
I started by sending the frame to paul newman car creations in california for the convertion to accept c-4 suspention. when I got the frame back, I welded the holes closed that weren't being used and primed, block sanded and applied matalic steel gray base coat/ clear coat paint.
I found the ' 96 corvette suspention in philadelphia, pa. I got the complete front cradle and front suspention, a dana 44 rear and rear suspention. I disassembled every nut and bolt. all of the aluminum parts were sanded clean of all castings marks then polished to a high luster and clear coated,then reassembled with new ball joints, polyurethane bushings and universals. the rotors and calipers were replaced with c-4 on the rear and c-5 on the front, all from vbp brakes. I also changed the springs to vbp coposite monosprings with the front having adjustable ride height and bilstein shocks.
The new suspention was bolted into the converted frame and it fit perfect.
For the wheels I bought a set of 2005 corvette wheels and paired them with a set of firestone firehawk sz 50ep, 245/45zr17.
The engine came from a local dealer. having started this project 5 years ago, I chose an ls-1. I detailed the engine and painted it red to match the car. I went to street&performance to dress it up with chrome valve covers, a/c compressor, alternator and more. the headers are jet hot coating inside and out. from the headers back I did a 2 1/2 inch stainles steel exhaust bringing 4 exhaust tips out in the rear, like the 2005 corvette. I built this entire system by hand and completely polished it. come show the engine compartment and under carrage of this car will separate the men from the boys and make you a winner.
The front clip had already been changed using a cheep version. I bought a new press molded front clip and hood from sermersheim's corvette inc. from indiana. it worked great.
With the exhaust coming out in the center of the car and the c-4 suspention, 6 speed trans. and the dana 44, it made for a lot of custom fiberglass parts.
I then sent the car to a friend's body shop where they spent weeks trying to satisfy a fussy old friend and they did a great job. we painted the vette with a custom red base coat/clear coat. then flat sanded and buffed it out.. about 5 months and 19,000 dollors later, we had a fablous body.
Then came the marriage of the body and the chassis that went really well. all of the modifacations for the trans, rear and all the rest fit good. there were still some modifacations to be made for the throtle, power windows, custom wipers and bumper brackets.
I had sent the chrome out a year earlier to be refinished. that was a bill you won't soon forget. at this point I installed the new glass using the newly chromed parts. all new door handles, emblems, bumpers and grills.
It was time to go inside. working with a local shop we custom made the red leather seats, door panels and the french stitched dash pad. the carpet is red and bound with red leather. I installed a new radio that looks like the old wonder bar radio. connected to it is an i-pod in the glove box. using the existing heater controls I installed vintage air.
I know i've missed listing off alot of things, anyone who has ever built a car will testify that there are a lot of little things that go into a build.
Specs & Details
Exterior Color: red
Interior Color: red
Miles Driven: 35 on build
Source: private party
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