1971 Chevrolet Corvette - Lone Star Shark

'71 LS5 Built To Cruise In Texas Heat

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Not Just For Show: Hooker Show Tubes were a popular '70s add-on for Shark owners after Chevrolet did away with factory side exhausts. Wide Rallye wheels and BFGs easily fit the '71's fenderwells.

Data File: '71 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible
Owned by: Jim and Carol Richmond, Weatherford, Texas

BODY
Production '71 Corvette, with color change from OEM Brands Hatch Green
Paint: DuPont Porsche Red, single-stage

CHASSIS
Frame: Production '71 Corvette
Suspension: (Front) Reproduction OEM coil springs with unequal-length A-arms and tubular KGB shocks (Rear) independent rear suspension with tubular KGB shocks and composite monoleaf rear spring replacing OEM steel leaf bundle
Steering: Restored OEM GM-Saginaw recirculating-ball, power-assisted
Brakes: Restored OEM GM-Delco Moraine four-wheel discs with four-piston calipers
Wheels: OEM-style Rally wheels, 15x8 inches in front and rear
Tires: BFGoodrich Radial T/As, 245/60R15 (front), 255/60R15 (rear)

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ENGINE
Chevrolet Mark IV overhead-valve V-8 (RPO LS5)
Built by: Wells Performance, Weatherford, Texas
Modifications: 0.060-inch overbore, TRW pistons, Iskenderian hydraulic roller camshaft, Comp Cams valvesprings, Manley valves (2.19-inch intake/1.88-inch exhaust) and a hand-fabricated radiator supply tank.
Displacement: Somewhat more than 454 ci (7.4L+)
Compression ratio: 9.0:1
Cylinder heads: Rebuilt OEM '71 LS5 cast-iron heads
Ignition: MSD ignition with Mallory HEI distributor
Induction: Edelbrock four-barrel carburetor on OEM cast-iron intake manifold
Exhaust: OEM cast-iron exhaust manifolds and chrome-plated Hooker Show Tubes 4-inch-diameter side exhausts
Horsepower: 365 at 4,800 rpm (Advertised)
Torque: 465 lb-ft at 3,400 rpm (Advertised)

TRANSMISSION
OEM Muncie M21 four-speed manual
Built by: GM-Muncie Gear Division, Muncie, Indiana
Shifter: Hurst
Rearend: 8 3/4;-inch Dana with RPO G80 Positraction and 3.08:1 rear gears

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INTERIOR
Restored production '71 Corvette with optional Custom Interior Trim package (including leather seats, woodgrain trim and cut-pile carpeting)
Seats: Restored '71 Corvette buckets
Upholstery: Black leather
Carpets: Black cut-pile
Instrumentation: OEM '71 Corvette (0- to 160-mph speedometer, 0-to 8,000-rpm tachometer with 5,600-rpm redline, plus fuel level, oil pressure, ammeter, coolant temperature gauges, and electric clock)
Sound system: Custom Autosound AM/FM radio with cassette player
HVAC: OEM GM with Frigidaire A/C compressor

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