Sometimes you have to try to be different. Alloway’s Hot Rod Shop under the guidance of Bobby Alloway once again dared to be different. Hot rodders and most definitely Vette lovers typically look to the 1972 era of Corvettes and think one of the best. Nope not at all.
But this time take a closer look at the efforts from the Alloway garage and see if you can’t picture yourself screaming down a quarter mile, cruisin’ down the local two-lane, or getting’ after it on the open roads…this 1972 Corvette belonging to George and Kathy Lange makes you think differently about this vintage Stingray.
The body features a number of tastefully handled modifications and not the least of which was the lengthening of the hood in order to being the edge of the hood right to the windshield thereby eliminated the windshield wiper valley. The hood was lengthened about 6 inches. Take a quick look at the bumpers and you will notice they are tucked in tightly to the body while the front egg crate grille and side vent trim add another touch of “dare to be different”. One other piece of design and execution mastery may be missed at first glance but you really want to take a look. The Vettes of this era were T-top cars but look closely…yep, that’s a Targa top, a one of a kind treatment, that was fabricated at the shop by utilizing three tops to yield the one you see before you.
The stance is unmistakably Alloway with the bigs ‘n’ little wheel and tire treatment. The wheels, 17x7 in front and 20x10 in back, are especially built for Alloway and are only for customers cars while the highly polished billet wheels are wrapped in BFGoodrich T/A rubber. But there is more to the suspension then just big ol’ wheels and tires.
The Art Morrison Enterprise chassis features their own IFS while the rear is based on a Ford 9-inch center section with Strange axles. The whoa part of this project is greatly aided by the Wilwood six-piston calipers in front with 13-inch rotors and matching caliper and rotors in back. Aiding to the ride and handling package are coilover shocks at the corners.
But all of this look and beefy brake package would be lost if there wasn’t something to justify all of this state of the art suspension and braking. How about a Chevrolet Performance 1 of 427 all-aluminum ZL1 big-block Chevy V-8s! The limited edition big-block is highly detailed through the liberal use of a polished block and numerous aluminum pieces on the engine as well as gobs of chrome and slick black paint. Did we mention paint? The loads of hour of bodywork preparation finally paid off when the slick ol’ hot rod was painted in PPG Vibrance black paint that was developed through the Alloway shop by Bobby himself. If you are looking for the ultra-rich and incredibly deep black paint then look no further than the Alloway-black for PPG.
Within the confines of the two-seater is the handy stitchwork of Steve Holcomb and while if we said black leather with red stitching and red accent leather it might not mean much. But take a look at the contrast stitching and the use of red leather twin-stripes on the door panels, the red leather seat inserts and all of a sudden this interior comes alive. Just the right amount of red brings the sleeping giant of an interior to life. Other interior appointments include the use of an ididit steering column, Vintage Air heating and air conditioning and custom built (faces) instrumentation from the workbenches of Classic Instruments.
Corvettes have long been a cornerstone brand within the world of hot rodding, and rightfully so, but every now and then once is done well enough to raise the bar…and we like to think this hot rod has elevated the bar a good ol’ bunch.