Emulation is probably one of the most commons things in the car hobby. We see a car at a show or race and are instantly entranced by its siren song of looks, performance, and imagination-stimulating allure. And after enough exposure, commitment to building a duplicate becomes irresistible.
Ron Scott Jr. had always loved the vintage race look on classic Corvettes. Wide wheel flares, spoilers, race-style wheels and brakes, the growl of a powerful V-8 through headers and race exhaust, they all had him entranced to the point he wanted to build one of his own. He wanted a car he could not only show, but also take to track days and autocross events as well. After searching online, he found a suitable candidate on eBay to start his build with.
“I found the car on eBay for $35K. It was rough, with some bodywork completed and a second-gen LT1 out of an early fourth-gen Camaro sitting in the frame. It was pretty much a roller with no interior, wiring, or anything special. It was perfect for what I was looking to do, as we didn’t want to modify anything that was nice.”
With the car in the shop and ready for work to begin, the first order of business was figuring out the right way to get the look Ron wanted, while utilizing modern components. After three different designs were looked at for the fender flares, the right combination finally emerged, leading to the next step, wheel and tire and brake selection. The front spindles were changed to Global West C3 2-inch drop pieces, along with Global West tubular control arms and Bilstein non-adjustable shocks. This made the necessary room for C6 Z06 brakes to be installed, along with a Global West front sway bar.
In the back a Global West 2-inch lowering spring was used along with Global West sway bar, Bilstein non-adjustable shocks, and C6 Z06 rear brakes. The wheels around the brakes are Donz Ferrigno forged wheels wrapped with Nitto rubber.
With those aspects set, Alfred Hamblin went to work massaging and finishing the C2 body so Monty King of King’s Restoration in Cloverdale, Virginia, could do the final prep before spraying the car in Aston Martin Morning Frost White, then installing the wiring and interior.
For the drivetrain, even though the car was going with a Z06 theme, Ron went with a proven LS3 crate engine from Chevrolet Performance because it was more readily available. Behind that is a Tremec TKO 600 six-speed spinning a Driveshaft Shop driveshaft connected to a built C3 rear with 3.90 gears and limited-slip–equipped differential.
After five years of off and on work, the ’63 was finally complete, just in time to show off at the 2013 Corvettes at Carlisle show, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the ’63 Corvette coming out. An added bonus was Corvette celebrity and design engineer Peter Brock signing the car for Ron. Brock even commented on how gorgeous he thought the car was and how it blended all the elements of a restomod Corvette together perfectly.
Since completion, Ron’s only been able to show the car and put a meager 500 miles on it to get things broken in before hitting the track. He admits it’s not from a lack of wanting, just that other projects have kept him from climbing behind the wheel for a proper shakedown of the car. And because the car turned out way nicer than expected, especially the paint, there’s a bit of gun shy nervousness to overcome before exposing the ’63 to the danger of rock chips in the paint and other track debris marring the pristine finish. But in 2015 he hopes to get the car to a few autocross and track events to see how it behaves. On the street, the car rides and handles like a new Corvette, which can only be taken as positive, foreshadowing how it’ll perform in a more aggressive driving environment.
|Vehicle:||1963 Chevrolet Corvette|
|Engine:||Chevrolet Performance LS3|
|Transmission:||Tremec TKO 600|
|Front Suspension:||Global West tubular control arms, C3 2-inch drop spindles, and sway bar. Bilstein shocks|
|Rear Suspension:||Global West 2-inch drop spring, C3 wheel hubs, and sway bar. Bilstein shocks|
|Brakes:||C6 Z06 rotors and calipers, front and rear|
|Wheels:||Donz Ferrigno 19x11.5, front; 20x13.5, rear|
|Tires:||Nitto Invo 285/30ZR19 front; 345/25ZR20, rear|
|Paint:||Aston Martin Morning Frost White|