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Seven Stupendous ’63 – ’67 Corvette Stingray Resto Mods

Updated May 23, 2018

No car is better suited to a Resto Mod build than a Mid Year Corvette. The timeless styling readily accepts subtle mods and the mechanicals beg for upgrades.

Whether the body style is a coupe or a convertible, modern styling cues like large diameter wheels can blend in nicely, adding to rather than detracting from the classic styling. And although the Mid Year Corvettes featured four-wheel independent suspension, the design is dated and easily upgraded either on the existing chassis or a stiffer aftermarket replacement.

Let’s check out what these seven builders did to create their personal masterpieces.

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1966 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

The complete frame-off build began with the complete disassembly of the car and preparation of the frame, which was seam-welded and powder-coated to match the car. Between the frame rails went a 7.0 L LS7 V8 with electronic fuel injection. Backing up the big motor is a  close ratio Muncie M21 four-speed driving out to a 4.11:1 rear end.Steering has been upgraded to power rack and pinion and brakes to four-wheel discs. Putting power to the ground are wider tires on 18″ Boyd’s alloy wheels. The whole package is finished off in red and white base/clear coat color scheme, including the Stinger stripe on the big-block hood.

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1966 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

The builder of this 1966 Chevrolet Corvette  convertible started with a custom tube steel frame that utilizes the  front and rear independent suspension from a 1994 Corvette. A C6 Corvette was the source for the car’s all aluminum LS3 V8, backed by a Tremec 5-speed manual transmission and 3.73:1 ring and pinion bolted to a Positraction differential. 13-inch disc brakes with drilled and vented rotors are fitted at all four corners. Although the car is a ’66 model, the car has fitted with a ’67-vintage big block Stinger hood, front fender body side vents, backup lights and factory side exhaust. Beautiful Cadillac Silver base coat clear coat is accented with a black Stinger and a sharp black cloth soft top.

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1965 Chevrolet Corvette  Coupe

This ’65 Sting Ray coupe is built on a stout C4 chassis with its modern four-wheel independent suspension. Beneath the hood lurks a the big-block hood bulge beats a 505 hp 7.0 L LS7 engine, same as used in the  C6 Z06, and backed by a 5-speed Tremec manual transmission driving a Dana 44 differential fitted with 3.35:1 ring and pinion. The car has also been fitted with a power rack and pinion steering system. It’s handsomely finished in Silver metallic paint complimented with side exhaust and retro-styled Halibrand wheels.

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1967 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

This ’67 Sting Ray Coupe body is mounted on a  Street Works tube chassis built to accept Corvette C4 four-wheel independent suspension and brakes.  Under the Stinger hood is an upgraded 427 High Output LS7 engine fitted with a Magnuson-Eaton supercharger and produces an astounding 815 hp. All that power is managed by a Tremec  Viper 6-speed manual transmission. The interior is custom-finished  in leather and fitted with Z06 seats, while the exterior is finished in PPG Super Jet Black paint and features front and rear chromed bumpers, Billet Specialties 18-inch wheels and factory-style side exhaust pipes.

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

This fabulous low-riding 1963 Split Window Coupe began with a custom-fabricated tube steel frame designed to accept Corvette C5 front suspension and C6 rear suspension. Between the frame rails is fitted a C6 Corvette LS3 all-aluminum V-8 upgraded to deliver 500 hp to a Tremec 5-speed manual transmission and Getrag C6 differential assembly. A brand new 4-wheel disc brake system with 6-piston calipers and drilled and slotted rotors, all sourced from a ZR1 are part of the upgrade. Finishing off the build is the car’s Split Window Coupe body finished in Platinum Pearl and housing a superbly executed Dark Red leather interior.

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

Lurking beneath this original black/black 1963 Split Window Coupe is a SRIII Motorsports chassis that carries the complete front and rear independent suspension from a C6. Power comes from a GM Motorsports LS3 crate motor that produces 525 hp, backed by the ubiquitous Tremec 5-speed transmission. Steering has been upgraded to a power rack and pinion system with a tilt steering column. Black Leather Power Seats and custom cut pile carpet and Vintage Air a/c round out the interior. Finishing out the exterior is a set of well-chosen brushed Boze Alloy Pro Lite wheels.

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1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

This sharp 1965 Corvette convertible is constructed on a new tube chassis by the Street Shop that has been fitted with the full independent suspension, power steering and four-wheel cross-drilled and vented disc brakes from a C4 Corvette. A 405 hp C5 Z06 all-aluminum LS6  engine replaces the original unit, and is mated to a Tremec T-56 Magnum 6-speed transmission with a Hurst short-throw shifter. The interior has been upgraded with air conditioning and power windows, while the exterior is kept stock-looking in its appearance, refinished in the original Nassau Blue. The only hint that something’s different about this car are the CCW chromed aluminum billet wheels.

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