Ron had owned Corvettes before, including two '01s, a convertible, a Z06, and an '05. The Z06 was built and enjoyed some driving time as Ron's daily mule, but when it came time to offload the Z, he held onto the built and bored LS6. Now with his '67 needing a powerplant, Ron turned his eyes on the lonely 383 in need of a home. The engine was sent to Metro Machine where the block was filled with an Eagle crank and rods, Diamond 11:1 slugs, a Crane roller camshaft, Dart Pro 1 aluminum heads, Crane springs, and a FAST intake breathing through a 90mm throttle body.
The stock LS6 manifolds worked just fine so they were plumbed into the chambered, custom side pipes made to simulate the stock '67 pipes. A sure-fire Tremec TKO 600 manual five-speed from Keisler chirps the tires in nearly every gear when Ron rows the Hurst shifter. Though a timeslip bragging a best quarter-mile time wasn't offered, a dyno read of 415 rwhp proves that this is one lethal combination. Ron has twice tinkered with the odometer (hey, he's not planning on selling it) and has totaled something like 600 miles since the build. Of course, that's all conjecture since he's more interested in having fun with his Vette-Rod than rubbing it with a chamois.