Here are a few more pictures of the suspension and stainless line in addition to the first pictures of my NEW GM LS3 Crate Engine and TKO600 5 Speed make their appearance. This set up is quite an upgrade from the 350 small block + 4-speed I have now.
The Corvette C6 Chassis for my 1964 Corvette C2 is nearing completion and Street Shop has asked to display it at the upcoming 2012 Carlisle Corvette show!!! So – for those of you who are planning on going anyway, stop by their display booth to see the chassis in person – you will see it before I do!!!
The following series of build pictures shows more of the details of the chassis build:
In the spirit of sticking with all (or as much) Corvette C5/C6 parts as possible, I decided to use the C5/6 Disk Brake set-up, including the red powder-coated front and rear calipers. Yes, I even decided to use the Corvette inscribed front calipers.
Here are close up pictures of the front and rear suspension. Super clean and super modern!! Take a look at the A-arms and coil-overs!
Here are a couple of wide shots of the chassis as it sits now. Once the plating is completed, the engine accessories will be installed and of course lowered onto the frame along with the mated transmission. The Stainless gas tank will need to be installed along with the drive shaft from what I can see from the pictures.
While the chassis is being completed – more pictures to come when the engine and transmission are installed along with the additional items to complete the rolling chassis – I have turned to making progress on the Corvette itself. The chassis is the sexy part of this amazing transformation but the task remains to restore the driver quality Corvette so that it is worthy of this new Street Shop C6 chassis.
I have made the following progress:
1. The bumpers and side window chrome have been removed, disassembled and now are at the chrome shop getting the show quality treatment. Below is a picture of the side window assemblies as delivered to the chrome facility; the side window regulators literally disintegrated in my hands so new ones will have to be purchased.
2. The bumper brackets have all been removed from the old frame and are at the power coaters now.
3. The following pictures show the Corvette being loaded onto the carrier on its way to the soda blasters to remove the old white paint job from the 1990’s.
Two days later, here is the body back from the soda blasters with virtually no paint. Now we can assess what the body will need to become pristine once more. We noticed some “work” done in the driver rear end and rear right passenger quarter.
Street Shop has installed the LS3 and TKO600 5speed onto the chassis. The following shows different angles of the chassis with the engine and transmission installed. The driveshaft is on its way as well as the pulley items still at the plating shop.
The Rock Valley stainless steel gas tank has arrived and looks amazing. As you can see, the boys from Street Shop have prepared and installed the gas tank onto the chassis
And finally, in order for the rolling chassis to be “rolling” I needed to provide them with wheels and tires. I chose the reproduction Corvette ZR1 wheels to keep with the Corvette theme and wrapped them with Michelins
Nice work!! Not to take anything away from your project, but I would have used a hydraulic throw-out bearing instead of the fork. Just my preference if doing a total re-work.
Keep the pics comin' :woowoo:
Today was a long day. My dad and I rented the U-haul car trailer and drove up to Mike Colletas to drop off the Corvette and removed the body from the old frame in preparation for the new Street Shop C6 chassis that will be delivered in the next couple or so weeks. I think it is a symbolic moment when the body is removed from the chassis.
I asked Mike to assess the old chassis as I will be selling it off. He stated it was in very good shape, very solid and original.
1964 Corvette Roadster on Street Shop C6 Chassis - Project Update
After a brief appearance at the Carlisle 2012 show, the chassis has finally made its way from Street Shop to Florida where it will finally meet up with the body. Unfortunately, the chassis arrived with a bent rear toe bar – arghh.
Our first challenge was to cut out the rear floor to allow for the rear C6 suspension and Viper rear end. The rear wheels are 18" x 9.5 with a 56 offset that has proven to be some work to allow for the wheel to work with suspension travel as well as allowing the convertible top frame to lay flat. With the Street Shop C6 chassis, the company states you can fit 10.5 or even wider wheels (which is true), but this is not a plug and play scenario. With Coupes – no problem, you have plenty of room, with convertibles you have to be careful to allow for the convertible frame to fit as the 63-67 convertibles do have different wheel wells and limited room as it is shared with the convertible top bow. In the end, new wheel wells were formed to allow about 3” of total up and down movement.
Had I purchased 8.5 wheels versus 9.5, I would not have had this issue.
Next was a minor issue with the driveshaft setup provided by Street Shop Inc. As you can see from this underside picture, it rubs against the body (the body is completely centered onto the frame). A small pocket was created to accommodate the driveshaft.
This is how the body now fits on the Street Shop Inc chassis.
A nice touch is the POWERED hood lift now being fitted
Mike is also working on the gaps to insure the perfect fit and finish. In these pictures you can see the work being done to the front end in conjunction to the headlight buckets so that the fit and gapping is just right
Now that the rear wheel wells have been custom made to fit my wheels, allowing the folding convertible top to fit in place, the body is once again off the Street Shop Chassis to continue the body work
Starting from the bottom, Mike is smoothing out the underside of the wheel wells:
From my last conversation with Mike, the Corvette is nearing the point for the primer to be sprayed!!
The Roadster body is nearing completion. There are many hours of hard work to massage the fiberglass back to perfection. If all goes well, it will be in the paint booth within the next 7 to 10 days (doors and deck lid will be fitted to finish off) !!!!
In the meantime, I am working on the restoration of the interior dash items. I began with the glove box door restoration.
The chrome surround is in decent shape so I spent a couple of hours carefully masking the chrome, particularly around the edges. While not a hard task, it is a tedious one.
Here are a couple of pictures of the door masked with the old paint removed:
Now in Primer:
And finished with SEM Euro Trim (a satin black finish);
With the paint completed and the other parts back from black powder coating, it was time to re-assemble the glove box door with the new aluminum piece and emblem.
Tomorrow, the shift console will be masked in preparation for paint. And, if I have the chance, the chrome shop has finally finished my dash cluster so I may run up to pick it up first thing in the morning.
Now that the rear floor has been completed, the interior cabin has been sprayed with Lizard Skin for both ceramic (heat reducing) and sound deadening using both products as allowed by the manufacturer. The underbody will receive the same treatment with exception of the wheel wells that will have a smooth black finish.
The chassis has just come back from the muffler shop. Thanks to fellow Corvette forum member PW2006 for sharing his ideas from his 63 Roadster RestoMod. The pipes on my 64 are 2.5” aluminized and custom bent to fit the Street Shop C6 chassis. My concern from the onset was getting the pipes over the rear end but as you will see from the pictures, the guys were able to achieve it. From the rear, Magnaflow stainless steel mufflers are used and will later be finished off with 2x2 Magnaflow stainless tips that will come out the center of the customized rear valence.
Here is a neat shot of the body off the chassis. The body will be painted within a week or so now that I have decided on the color – VICTORY RED (Corvette color).
While the body is finished at Mike Coletta’s shop, I continue to work on the trim items. The new shifter center panel arrived. I have masked the chrome trim and applied the primer and satin black paint.
The new Raingear windshield wiper motor was mounted inside the firewall as you can see from this picture:
And (drum roll please)…….
The painting begins! As you can see, the Victory Red is being applied to the underside of the hood and deck lid as well as the doors
Well, after the much needed body work, primer and often under-appreciated block sanding, the time has come to squirt the Victory Red on the body. Without further ado, here is the 64 Roadster after paint (cut & buff to be done next).
Mike – you have outdone yourself!!
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