1958 Chevrolet Corvette - Dream Ride #13

Ed Hoyt's long-ago ride in 1965 led to his first-day '58 fuelie many years later.

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'58 Dash: From this angle, you not only see the gauge cluster that moved the tach from the middle of the dash to below the speedometer; you also see how the convex gauge lenses reflected a lot of glare. That's why flat lenses replaced them for 1959. Mileage on the odometer is since the car's frame-off restoration.

Even though Ed's only put a few more miles on the '58 since he's owned it, he's got plenty to say about its performance-especially with the fully calibrated RPO 579D fuel-injected, 290hp 283 running full on. As Ed says, "It's fast as hell! It's a pleasure to drive it. I've never driven a car that gets more looks. I haven't put a lot of miles on it because it's in such great shape. Turning is tough [thanks to its non-power steering], but flat-out speed is really fun!"

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DATA FILE: 1958 CORVETTE Owned by Ed Hoyt, Fountain Hills, Arizona; The 13th '58 Corvette built, assembled on first day of '58 model year production in October 1957 at Chevrolet's St. Louis, Missouri, Assembly Plant; VIN: J58S100013
TOTAL 1958 CORVETTE PRODUCTION: 10,261; In Silver Blue/Inca Silver two-tone: 757; With rPO 579D 290hp, fuelinjected 283: 1,007
BODY: Restored production '58 Corvette
CHANGES FOR 1958: New styling forward of windshield with four headlights, nine grille teeth and simulated louvers on hood, longitudinal chrome spears on trunk lid, acrylic lacquer replaced nitrocellulose paint
PAINT: Silver Blue/Inca Silver two-tone (rPO 440)TOP: Restored blue-grey convertible top

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CHASSIS: Restored production '58 Corvette
SUSPENSION: (Front) Coil springs with upper/lower A-arms, antiroll bar and hydraulic shock absorbers; (rear) leaf springs and hydraulic shock absorbers BRAKES: restored original 11-inch-diameter drum-and-shoe brakes all around. Power assist courtesy of driver
STEERING: GM/Saginaw gear recirculating ball, non-power-assisted
WHEELS: 15x5-inch steel, with factory full-wheel Spinner covers
TIRES: Reproduction 6.70-15 whitewalls
ENGINE: Overhead-valve V-8, gen I small-block Chevrolet (RPO 579D)
DISPLACEMENT: 283 ci
COMPRESSION RATIO: 10.5:1
INDUCTION: Rochester mechanical fuel-injection
CAMSHAFT: Flat-tappet with solid lifters
HORSEPOWER: (Chevrolet rating) 290 @ 6,200 rpm
TORQUE: (Chevrolet rating) 290 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
EXHAUST SYSTEM: Reproduction dual-exhaust system with original exhaust manifolds
ENGINE NUMBERS: Block: 3737739; Cylinder heads: 3748440; Fuel injection: Rochester 7014800r; Distributor: 1110914; Generator: 1102059

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