Picked up a very wrecked 58 Corvette with only 7900 miles on it. It was really wrecked, and parted out.
Orginally a solid black car with a power top, so it was quite unusual. Originally I redid car with a small block 327 engine, and a 700 R4 trans, and a Ford 9 inch with 4.30 gears. I painted it flat black with
a grey cove color. Ran it for two years that way. Really ran nice with that combination, really quick out of the gate with the 4.30 gears and the low first gear in the 700 R4 trans.
Now the update going on now:
Always wanted a Willys gasser with a blown big block, but never had the bucks to build one-- BUT
I do have a Corvette that would work---
Bought a Speedway front axle kit, and a bunch of 2X4 rectangle tubing, and am starting to build the frame. Undecided on the steering box set up yet. Will most likely have to redesign the left header
whatever route I go- Using a big block chevy 468 cubes , pump gas, Chevy High Performance engine
build called "The Ironman". Horsepower is 580, so that should move the Vette down the strip well.
The car as I got it. Low mileage car, but not much going for it. Put a Dodge Pick up rear under it with
angle iron just to get it off the trailer with my snowplow picking up the front end. Wife thought I was crazy for bring it home- should have left it in the woods-
Now the good part- The fellow I got it from said he had parts for this car all over his place, and when he found some he would call me up to come get them. The cool part was he found three bumpers, the
\windshield frame, the taillights,and the wiper system.
55 Chevy truck, all steel and all real. Lexan widows in the 4 inch chopped top, tubbed ,caged, and some juice now and then. Big bock Chevy engine, started out as a Mercury Marine Race block. Bored .060,
and stroked a 1/4", so it is 548 cubes on race gas. Huge cylinder heads 380 cc runners reduced to 350cc with epoxy. West Coast Cylinder heads did the CNC work. Started out as Edelbrock 370 castings.
Currently running a 1050 Dominator carb. Has a 400 trans with a 5000 convertor that gets overwhelmed
with the torque. Solid roller camshaft by Lunati, and has 722 lift. Max rpm for this combination is 6500,
with the high chip set at 7200. Performance so far in the tuning process is 6.7 seconds at 103 mph in the eighth mile. A lot of motor, but a lot of weight, too. Race weight right now is 3480 for the truck, and 220 for me, so right at 3700 total. Has been in the ten nineties with a small motor 454 race gas, so it will be interesting to get to a 1/4 mile track to see what kind of numbers. Need to do some serious chassis upgrades to legally go run the 1/4 mile tracks.