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1964 Full Race Custom Chevrolet Corvette is Crushing It

Quite possibly the most badass 1964 Corvette on the planet

Rob Fortier Apr 21, 2015
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We’ll make this one quick, ‘cuz, well that’s exactly what this tube-chassis’d 1964 Vette of DK Camaros is: Fast!

Besides its lightweight and nimble obviousness, what sets this purpose-built (by Cale Kern Hot Rods) racer apart from the rest lies beneath the pinned hood: a Johnson Racing-built and prepped RHS LS-based powerplant. And when we say Johnson, we’re referring to “the” Johnson family of NHRA fame: Warren and Kurt. That said, you can bet the V-8 means business … serious business.

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As mentioned, the engine’s based on an RHS block, which has been precision-fitted with a Lunati/Wiseco rotating assembly and a COMP cam and valvetrain with Mast aluminum heads. Induction-wise it features a FAST LSXR 102mm intake system with a Holley EFI controller. To keep all of the internal parts happy there’s a Dailey dry-sump system for oiling and a Meziere water pump and Howe radiator to keep it cool. Behind that is not your typical modern electronic overdrive or even a multi-geared manual box—rather, a tried-and-true Gearstar Turbo 400, one that has had its tailshaft swapped out for a Gear Vendors under/overdrive gear-splitter (ultimately making it a six-speed). DK Camaros neglected to list the actual performance numbers, but just knowing “The Professor” and his crew had a hand in the engine portion, it’s a safe bet those numbers are not in the low range, whatsoever. We’ve heard the car in action and it just sounds pissed off.

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The ’64 coupe body—massaged and prepped during its three-month build stay at Cale Kern’s and painted by Chad Wells—sets atop a Cale Kern and Howe Racing chromoly tube chassis with integrated rollcage. The suspension is based upon Howe Racing components matched with billet coilovers and Wilwood discs semi-concealed by Boze 18-inch Boosts wrapped in Falken Azenis 315/30 race hides. Yep, massive 315mm rubber on all four corners! The cockpit—which the interior is, a race cockpit—features a pair of Kirkey aluminum buckets with five-point Simpson harnesses, custom Dakota Digital instrumentation, Howe quick-release wheel, and a B&M-Hurst shifter.

With its head-to-toe stickering atop Wells’ satin silver and charcoal PPG paintwork, it’s kind of hard to place this Vette as anything other than what it was built for: speed, and plenty of it. It’s run at driving competitions all over the county, and took the Grand Champion award at 2014 Holley’s LS Fest event.

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