Most people would consider the 1964 Corvette to be a good—if not great—looking car but for owner Jack Boykin of Naples, Florida, good looking just wasn’t good enough. He wanted something that would really stand out, something that definitely was not stock. The obvious starting point for Jack had to be a Corvette.
Jack began scouring the interwebs for something he could build some wow-factor into and landed on this ’64 Vette. It was well into a custom rebuild but its owner decided to focus on another project and pulled his funds out of the Corvette. The car was rough but had some potential. As it sat, the car’s interior was almost entirely missing except for the dash and seat frames, while the exterior already had some rough body modifications such as rear fender flares and side vents added to the hood. Powering the car was an empty engine bay and a TREMEC five-speed—that’s it.
The Vette was in Wisconsin, not exactly right around the corner from his home in Florida, so Jack’s builder, Joe Stuban of Stuban Concepts, flew out to Wisconsin to check it out. When Joe gave the car a pass Jack had the C2 Corvette shipped back to his hometown of Naples. “When the car arrived in Florida,” Jack says, “I told my wife about it and she asked what kind of engine it had. When I told her it didn’t have one she looked at me like I lost my mind.”
This particular Corvette endured a rough start for a project with such high aspirations but Jack felt it was on the right track and could see its potential. The build in its entirety took about three years.
Out of everything that went into the Vette, Jack says getting the stance right was the most problematic and took the most work. His gut reaction was to take the easy way out and go buy a full custom reproduction chassis. This would have made the whole build go nice and smooth while giving his ’64 the stance he was looking for but Jack didn’t want to take the easy way out, he wanted to keep the original frame. This meant no easy-peasy 4-inch drop or plug-and-play suspension setup. Instead, Jack had to pull together a slew of aftermarket parts to get the car’s ride and look right where he wanted it.
Suspension sorted; there was still the issue of getting the wheels to fit. Jack went for Modsport KOs from Schott; 18x8 fronts and 19x10 rears wrapped in 225/40ZR18 and 295/30ZR19 Kumho ES tires. After substantially lowering the car and with that much wheel and tire to fit, Jack had the wheelwells flared substantially.
Jack went with tubular control arms from Vansteel with QA1 coilovers in the front, with custom-built offset trailing arms and QA1 coilovers in the rear. He had twin camber bars and antisway bars installed both front and rear. Most of the suspension went in with ease, but some chassis clearance was needed here and there. Well, maybe not that easy seeing as though Stuban Concepts also had to reinforce the rear kick-ups and fabricate custom upper shock mounts for the front and rear. But, with all those goods installed, the Vette dropped 3 1/2 inches from its stock ride height.
Picking out the wheels, flaring the wheelwells and getting everything to look just right wasn’t done blindly though. No, this is the 21st century, so Jack had a CAD rendering done of the Vette’s exterior by Eric Brockmeyer Design, which gave him the chance to see his ’64 in all its glory before actually having the car completed.
Jack also used 21st century technology when it came to taking the car from CAD to real life. The paint- and bodywork was done by Greening Auto Company in Cullman, Alabama, who also CNC’d custom vent inserts on the hood as well as custom taillights, parking lights and a third brakelight. For the color, Jack decided on a custom-mixed silver from Glasurit that gives the C2 a real clean and cool appearance.
If the exterior of this ’64 Corvette somehow doesn’t leave a lasting impression, the interior will. M&M Interiors wrapped the inside of Jack’s Corvette with bold Lipstick Red leather, including the dash and seats. Stuban and Greening worked together on a custom dash insert with gauges from Classic Industries. With all these parts working together, the cockpit of this car looks absolutely stunning.
We could talk all day about the looks of the car, but it’s about time we talk about the stuff that moves the car, and this 1964 Vette is moved by a tried-and-true 6.2L LS3 crate engine from Chevrolet Performance. The engine itself is mostly stock but still puts out a healthy 480 hp at 6,000 rpm and 460 lb-ft at 5,000 rpm. Transferring the power toward the rear is a TREMEC TKO 600 five-speed manual—the same one that was in the car when Jack purchased it. The only part of the powertrain that isn’t modern is the’64 OEM Corvette rearend. The centersection consists of a limited-slip and 3.73 gears from Vansteel.
To haul in all that power, Jack had Wilwood six-piston calipers with 14-inch diameter rotors installed in the front and four-piston calipers with 13-inch rotors out back. Taking care of the airflow in this Vette are a K&N cone filter and an exhaust comprised of Street & Performance headers and MagnaFlow Oval Performance Mufflers with 2 1/2-inch piping throughout.
Speaking of airflow, Jack had a Vintage Air unit installed to keep him cool and collected in the Florida heat. Finally, to tie everything together—both literally and figuratively—Jack went to Painless Performance Products for the ignition and air-conditioning wires and Street & Performance for engine management and wiring harness.
After the three-year build, the first car show Jack attended with the ’64 Vette made it all worth it. He is proud of the fact it’s all in the details and people, “came back two to three times to look at it again, and each time they would notice another feature that wasn’t noticed previously.”
Jack views this car as a powerful, one-of-a-kind piece of automotive art and we are right there with him.