Engine & Drivetrain
Since John wanted a car that would run and drive like something new, going with a fuel injected crate engine from Chevrolet Performance was a perfect fit. The internals were left alone, as they would make plenty of power for John and his heavy right foot. The new school LS3 engine is ready to run and good for 525 horsepower with all of the necessary accessories to slip into the cramped first-generation Corvette engine bay. The factory flywheel, clutch disc, pressure plate, and throw out assembly came with the package. Street Shop supplied custom headers and custom stainless steel V-band clamp exhaust that were built to fit both the LS3 and their frame design.
Because the most fun sports cars are sticks, putting a Tremec TKO-600 5-speed manual transmission was a natural choice. The close ratio gearing with a healthy overdrive means he can keep up with his import driving friends. Outback was the Street Shop narrowed M50 C5 differential with upgraded 3.55:1 gearing.
Not one part of the Corvette's original chassis was retained. The Street Shop chassis is built from all-new materials. The mandrel bent rectangle tubing frame was designed to accept modern suspension components. The frontend got C6 spindles, C6 control arms, and steering components adopted from a Mustang, while double-adjustable QA1 coilovers took the weight. Sway bars are also from Street Shop front and rear. The M50 rear differential was suspended by factory control arms and QA1 single-adjustable coilovers shocks.
Wheels & Brakes
Wheels and brakes are a giveaway that this car isn't just a restoration. Performance tires for handling and larger-than-factory wheels were a must, just as large brakes were. The radial mount Wilwood SL6 six-piston calipers fit around drilled and slotted Bendix C5 rotors up front while Z06-style Wilwood SL4 four-piston calipers grabbed at another pair of Brendix rotors. There were only a couple items handpicked by the owner, and wheel choice was one of them. John chose a Complete Custom Wheel (CCW) 505 model in 18X10-inch front with 7 inches of backspacing and 19X13-inch rears with 9.25 inches of backspacing. These were then wrapped with Nitto Invo 275/30-18 and 345/30-19 rubber.
The body rolled loosely bolted to the chassis into Scott's shop with just the remnants of previous paint jobs. The condition was fair at best, with many poorly made fiberglass repairs that Scott would need to rework. Scott smoothed the body before painting it with a carefully chosen PPG Torch Red and Arctic White, picked out by the owner. The 1962's body wasn't built to fit the narrowed rearend and oversized tires, so Scott molded in fiberglass wheel tubs to accommodate the meats. The modifications were left to a minimum to keep with the unshaved, classic look. This was not meant to look like a pro-touring car, but more of a restomod. The re-dipped chrome bumpers support the look.
John has been spoiled by the extremely high quality materials found in the sports cars he is used to. He wanted, like the exterior, to have a resemblance of what could have been 60 years ago. Well, his taste for technology somewhat skewed the final product, but builder and owner kept it under control. Starting from scratch, Scott installed a Dakota Digital dash assembly, Vintage Air system complete with billet control hardware, and a Billet Specialties steering wheel that John handpicked to his liking. Since there wasn't a single wire in the mess of a project when they got it, Scott installed head-to-toe wiring from Ron Francis and power windows disguised by manual-looking cranks. A turn-to-crank key was replaced with a Digital Guard Dog start button, which senses the presence of the owner's key, along with auto-locking doors. Instead of a fancy head unit and gaudy speakers, Scott, with help from Rock Star Audio in Livermore, California, installed a completely hidden system controlled by a smart phone or MP3 player. JL audio 900-watt 5-channel amplifier pushes tunes through a JL 10-inch subwoofer and JL speaker components front and rear. The seats, dash, door, and kick panels, were stitched in baseball-glove leather by David's Custom Interiors, also in Antioch, California.