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The 'Glass Menagerie - Readers' Rides - June 2014

Apr 10, 2014
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Is your vette menagerie material? Just send a photo (or photos) of the car, a brief description, and whatever else you'd like to VETTE Magazine, c/o 'Glass Menagerie, 9036 Brittany Way, Tampa, FL 33619. You can also email the information to vette@sorc.com with “Glass” in the subject line. So what are you waiting for?

Down Under Shark

Who: Tony Browne Where: Australia (no city given) What: 1974 C3 coupe


I've been an Aussie subscriber to VETTE for the last three or four years, and thought I should let you know about my '74 Stingray.

I purchased the car out of Japan as an undriveable wreck, with a plan of just getting it going and driving it. Before long, I had every bit pulled down and the four coats of existing paint laboriously sanded back to reveal the bare bones. Four-and-a-half years later, I completed a body-off restoration, including engine, transmission, and rearend rebuilds. Only then did I finally get my mildly worked 350/Turbo 400 Stingray on the road for my first-ever drive.

The car features an '80s body-panel upgrade, flares, and custom-made Australian Dragway wheels. It's pictured here at a local bush pub. (That's Australian for bar.)

I'm also currently working on a '74 big-block 454, and will keep you posted on my progress. I love your mag—keep up the good work. Cheers from Oz!

Pace Cousins

Who: Kenn and Dean Deike Where: Plainfield and Waverly, IA What: 2008 C6 Indy Pace Car, 1978 C3 Indy Pace Car


We're happy taking the curves with our Pace Cars.

Kenn has the '08 with a Lingenfelter supercharger installed, while Dean has the '78 with upgrades that include a specially built 700R4 transmission in place of the stock Turbo 350.


We both belong to the Cedar Valley Corvette Club (www.cvvettes.org), and we enjoy VETTE and the tech hints in each issue. Keep up the good work!

First Timer

Who: Marc Cropper  Where: Westerville, OH  What: 1991 C4 coupe 

This is my first Vette. It wasn't in very good condition when I bought it, but the owner needed to sell. I made him an offer, and he accepted.

Now, the L98 engine has an Edelbrock high-flow intake, a Vortex cold-air induction system, a 52mm BBK throttle body, a mild cam, long-tube headers, a MagnaFlow exhaust, and a custom-flashed chip. The interior is from a 40th Anniversary '93, with the anniversary logos replacing the C4 emblems. The pockets on the backside of the hood have all been chromed, along with a lot of the engine and engine bay, and the suspension has also been upgraded.

Now the car is a multiple award winner, and I've received a lot of compliments on its black-and-ruby color combination.

Born One Year Apart

Who: Boone Trail Corvette Club Where: St. Charles County, MO What: 2014 C7 coupe, 2013 C6 coupe


While these two Corvettes—both owned by members of the Boone Trail Corvette Club—are a generation apart, they have something in common.

The C7, owned by Vince Gabrunas, was built on August 29, 2013, and rolled off the assembly line at approximately 11 a.m. that day. The C6, owned by Bob and Susan Williams, was built on August 29, 2012, at almost exactly the same time.

The C7 has the Z51 package, an exposed carbon-fiber top, and a seven-speed manual transmission, while the C6 has nav, dual-mode exhaust, a six-speed automatic with paddles, and a Johnny O'Connell suspension package.

It was during a club trip to the Tail of the Dragon that Vince got the call that his car was available for delivery from the National Corvette Museum. Several club members went to the Museum to celebrate his taking delivery of his new car.

Dream Garage

Who: Tim Rukavina Where: North Huntingdon, PA What: 1977 C3, 1998 C5 coupe, 1970 C3 coupe


Here is my garage with my three Corvettes—two sharks flanking a C5.

As you can see, there's plenty of Corvette-related automobilia alongside the three cars, including hundreds of die-cast Vettes in large and small scale.

10 PSI, 28 MPG

Who: Bob Funari Where: Long Beach, CA What: 1999 C5 coupe


I purchased this car in 1998 as a new automobile, and over the years it's gone through multiple upgrades and enhancements.

It has a custom-built engine that started with a C5-R aluminum block and highly modified cylinder heads. A Magnuson supercharger generates 10 pounds of boost, while a custom-built set of headers expedite the exhaust flow through Borla mufflers. A SPEC high-performance clutch, a strengthened differential, and Wilwood brakes complete the modifications. Despite its incredible power, the car is capable of getting 28 miles per gallon in highway driving.


This car probably has the best combination of performance, driveability, and utility of all the vehicles in my collection. Despite its incredible capabilities, it will carry quite a bit of luggage, and it has been highly reliable in daily commutes to my office. In many ways, this Corvette is a more powerful cousin of the C6 ZR1.

Father and Sons' Rescue

Who: Larry Grossman Where: Boca Raton and Ft. Lauderdale, FL What: 1966 C2 coupe


During the year of my recovery after open-heart surgery, I decided to fulfill a lifelong desire to buy a midyear Vette.

After a very long search with my sons, Mitch and Randy, I came across an abandoned restoration project in an Alabama garage. It was a numbers-matching '66 coupe that was in dire need of completion.

We've refurbished the interior, replaced the wiring systems, added Vintage Air HVAC and a new repro radio, plus center and kick-panel speakers. The brake system was replaced, and a power-brake conversion unit went on, as did new shocks and chassis bushings.

All of our efforts have been amply rewarded, as every time we start the engine, it roars to life through the side-mounted exhausts. Everywhere we drive, people wave and give us the “thumbs up,” and groups come over and ask if they can take pictures standing next to the car.

With the Beach Boys playing while we cruise around, I get the feeling I'm a teenager again. The feeling is priceless!



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