There are many reasons why someone would decide to customize a Corvette, but for David Gwilt it was a way to peel away some stress from a difficult circumstance he was facing. And while it provided the needed “therapy,” it also left him with a very cool, and unique, C6 Vette.
The project began back in 2008 when David spied the perfect starting point on CorvetteForum.com. It was a lightly used ’07 model, and after running the idea by his wife, Tasha, he bought the stock Z51 C6.
Since it’s where he spends most of his time, he decided to start off by reworking the interior. After a web search he found, and bought, a carbon-fiber–finished center console designed for an ’08 model, which set the tone for the rest of the build. “I disassembled my air-conditioning controller, ashtray, driver information center controllers, and sent these parts, along with my door sills and other small parts, to have them apply hydrographic printing to match my 2008 OEM center console. After that, I had leather door wraps, custom visors, and a custom center console built to match my factory two-tone seats. The vast majority of the modifications in the first year, while I was stationed with the USAF in Florida, were focused on the interior of the vehicle,” recalled David. Other interior mods include sound deadening, Lloyd’s mats, ’08 GM gauge cluster, and a killer Kenwood navigation and audio system.
After his duty station was changed to Albuquerque, New Mexico, he decided to tackle the rest of the car. As David told us, “I was fortunate that my friend Jim Guthrie owned Car Crafters and was willing to help me create a custom stripe scheme that would be personalized, yet not take away from the sleek body lines of the C6. Along with my wife and a few friends we devised a custom stripe scheme that allowed the carbon fiber of the aftermarket Halltech DRED hood, roof, and halo show through while blending with the surrounding black stripe. I also had Car Crafters install a carbon-fiber splitter, side skirts, and diffuser that I bought from American Hydrocarbon. The carbon-fiber parts really pop in the sunshine.” Other tasteful touches include body color matched calipers, clear turn signals, LED taillights, and a smattering of chrome touches.
David was happy with the power output of the engine, so the only performance mods were some Kooks headers, high-flow cats, Corsa stainless exhaust system, Halltech cold-air kit, and a tune by Corvettes of Westchester. Just enough mods to bump the power output to 388 rear-wheel horsepower. The carbon-fiber theme of the car was carried though the engine bay and the fuel rail covers received a coat of custom paint.
Since starting his Corvette therapy session back in 2008, David has won a ton of car show awards and had a blast driving his one-of-a-kind C6 around the country. Now that his goal has been reached his only real plan is to continue enjoying his Vette, but we wouldn’t be surprised if he has a few more mods in mind.