1969 L88 Corvette Convertible
with a Real Deal 1969 ZL1 engine
Engine Block Identification # 3946052
Engine Code Suffix Id # T0319ME
Magnetic Pulse Distributor #1111927
Date Code for block under left side forward of engine mount 2-4-69
What made this engine available was the death of Howard Simon Gidovlenko. Howard was a WWII test pilot who owned four P38 Lightning aircraft, flew with Chuck Yeager, and helped break some sort of water speed record in the '60s. The disassembled engine was found in Howard's living room, having spent 20 years supporting one end of a bookcase.
Gib Hufstader, retired General Motors engineer, thought that the engine had been reserved for Tony Delorenzo and Jerry Thompson, two Chevrolet engineers and partners/drivers for team Owens Corning Fiberglass. After Gidovlenko's death, his collection of cars and parts (some reputed to be quite rare) traveled through several hands before this ZL1 engine appeared on eBay, where we found it.
I then found a car with a corresponding build date (K23) and set out to build a home for this rare engine.
No expense was spared in this build. Every part used for this car was OEM spec, J56 Brakes, M22 Transmission, Brown\Burnt Orange plug wires, AIR system, etc etc, date coded to the car where applicable
The result as you will see below is a perfect example of a 1969 L88 Convertible Corvette with the ZL1 engine option.