There are quite a few reasons why we sell so many top-notch
Corvettes. For starters, the Corvette is, in many enthusiasts'
minds, the quintessential American classic. Given the marque's big
production numbers, they're pretty easy to find. And, thanks to
broad aftermarket support, they're fairly easy to build and
maintain. That said; every classic takes patience. And building a
project to the level of this magazine-featured Stingray can quickly
fall into a lifelong saga. That's why, increasingly, enthusiasts
are walking directly in to our showroom and kicking the words
"finding" and "building" right out of the conversation. Wrapping
silky aesthetics around a custom chassis, a custom cockpit and a
spry LS2/6-speed drivetrain, this coupe is all about the phrase
"quintessential American classic"!
Sourced from the dry plains of Texas, this Stingray is just weekend miles out of a professional, ground-up restoration that was conducted by Keith Standish of Keith's Auto Repair Service. That reboot planted solid fiberglass under Ford Ruby Red 2-stage that's trimmed in Ford Caribou Black Metallic war paint and finished with gold and gray stripes. And that pigment shines well against stylish yet subtle customization. At the front of the car, a custom fascia incorporates seventh-generation Corvette winglets between a custom, LED-lined grille and a custom, textured chin spoiler. That widened clip seamlessly flows into a picturesque profile, which plants custom rockers beneath vertical fender gills, seventh-generation Corvette marker lamps and a full suite of seventh-generation Corvette badging. At the top of that fuselage, a tucked and smoothed bumper reflects seventh-generation Corvette cross-flags, which lead the eye to a C7-inspired hood. At the back of that hood, stainless-trimmed glass hoists factory T-tops above sixth-generation Corvette mirrors and sleek, body-matched door handles. And at the back of the car, a one-piece bumper, sourced from a first-generation Camaro, reflects LED taillights, more seventh-generation Corvette badging and a modified roll pan that fairs polished exhaust tips around a tweaked tag frame.
Check the car's custom engine bay and you'll find six liters of LS2 small block that combines a sturdy aluminum casting with a hot cam and lightweight 243 heads to twist stout 10.9 to 1 compression in to 400 horsepower and 400 lb./ft. of torque. At the front of the engine, Billet Specialties Tru Trac components spin a polished Powermaster alternator next to a polished air filter and polished AC compressor. High octane fossils are provided by GM electronic fuel injection. Sparks are sequenced through fresh AC Delco plug wires. Cooling comes courtesy of a polished Be Cool radiator and two electric puller fans. Everything communicates well thanks to Speartech LS wiring. And details like a custom plenum cover, polished Billet Specialties valve covers and a polished master cylinder ensure the color-keyed mill shows every bit as good as it performs.
Bottom-side, a powder-coated SRIII Motorsports Stage II chassis proves the perfect foundation for the car's inspired resurrection. That curve-carving skeleton rides a custom suspension that's comprised of a fifth-generation Corvette front-clip, a fourth-generation Corvette rear-half and Viking coil-over-shocks. Behind the LS2, a Stage 1 Street Ceramix clutch kicks a Tremec T56 Magnum 6-speed, which spins a Dana 44 pumpkin. Power rack-and-pinion steering works well with Wilwood disc brakes, which clamp two 6-piston calipers around 14-inch drilled and slotted rotors, and two 4-piston calipers around 13-inch drilled and slotted rotors. Spent gases traverse GM manifolds and large-diameter pipes to vibrate an X-shaped crossover and polished Magnaflow mufflers. And torque meets the pavement through Forgeline RB3Cs, which spin 255/40ZR18 Michelin Pilot Super Sports in front of 295/35ZR19 Michelin Pilot Super Sports.
Inside this Chevy you'll find a stylish, custom cockpit that was installed by Palmas Upholstery of McAllen, Texas. Sixth-generation Corvette buckets center Keystone suede in creamy Mocha ultraleather. In front of those seats, a Marquez Design dash trims Vintage Air climate control and Auto Meter American Muscle telemetry and attractive carbon fiber accents. Under that dash, a K.A.R.S.-tweaked console stacks Pioneer touchscreen audio in front of a billet Bowler shifter, pushbutton ignition and switches for power windows. And in front of the driver, a stylish Billet Specialties steering wheel laps a tilting Ididit column.
With its spry small block, custom suspension and custom furnishings, this awesome Corvette combines explosive horsepower with excellent handling and classic American appeal. Nothing's simply 'adequate' about this car; it's an exceptionally well-done street machine that'll provide years of invigorating performance and turn heads anywhere it goes. If you're looking for a stunning Detroit super star that has the muscle to back up its killer good looks, this clean Chevy is your next cruiser!
The beneficiary of a professional, ground-up restoration
Featured in the February 2017 edition of Corvette Online Magazine
6.0 liter GM LS2 V8 / 400 horsepower
Tremec T56 Magnum 6-speed manual transmission / Dana 44 differential
Custom ultraleather and suede interior / Modern audio
Powder-coated SRIII Motorsports chassis / Custom Corvette suspension
Power rack-and-pinion steering
Wilwood 4-wheel disc brakes
Tastefully modified body / 18 and 19-inch Forgeline RB3C wheels