1963 Chevrolet Corvette - Pro Classic Unveiled

Judges & Show-Goers Alike Wowed By America's Best Vette Rod

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Gold in the Grove: Keisler's "Perfect Fit" and Tremec's "Trick Stick" awards were just two of the four trophies that "Split Personality" scored at the Maple Grove, Pennsylvania Super Chevy Show.

Data File: '63 "Pro Classic Corvette Z06
"Split Personality"
Owned and built by Rich and Barb Lagasse, Enfield, Connecticut

Restored/modified production 1963 Corvette Sting Ray Coupe
Modifications: Custom front and rear bumpers, billet front grille, billet hood grilles, functional front fender vents, cold air intake, rear-view camera in rear license plate frame, custom rocker panels, center exit exhaust, and numerous under-body modifications.
Bodywork: Corvette Center, Newington, Connecticut
Paint: BASF custom-mix Red Urethane (basecoat/clearcoat); Paint preparation and applied by Corvette Center, Newington, Connecticut

Frame: SRIII Motorsports custom round-tube frame
Suspension: (Front) C5 Corvette with QA-1 coilovers and custom sway bar; (Rear) C4 Corvette with QA-1 coilovers and custom sway bar
Steering: C4 Corvette power rack-and-pinion
Brakes: Baer EradiSpeed rotors, Z06 Corvette calipers and Hydratech power brake system
Wheels: Corvette C6 Z06, 17 x 9 1/2-inch front, 18 x 9 1/2-inch rear
Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport, 265/40ZR17 front, 275/40ZR19 rear

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Lookin' Pretty in the Steel City: Rich and Barb took home four awards from the Pittsburgh World of Wheels show, including best Custom, the Master Builder Award, and the Steel City Award of Excellence for the Best First Time Shown car.

Overhead-valve V8, Chevrolet LS7
Displacement: 427 cubic inches
Ignition: Stock LS7 individual cylinder coils and Taylor plug wires
Induction: Fuel injection with 90 mm throttle body and cold-air intake
Engine Management: Speartech custom computer program/wiring harness
Exhaust: Street & Performance ceramic-coated headers, custom Random Technology mufflers and 2 1/2-inch diameter stainless steel exhaust pipes
Fuel Delivery: LS7 electric fuel pump
Horsepower: 550+ @ 6200 rpm
Torque: 500+ lb.-ft. @ 4800 rpm

Keisler manual conversion, using Tremec 6-speed transmission and Keisler Pro Shifter
Clutch: Clutch/pressure plate: C6 Z06 Corvette (with C6 Z06 hydraulic clutch)
Rearend: Dana 44 with Positraction, custom half-shafts and 3.90:1 gears

Custom-designed interior by Rich and Barb Lagasse
Modifications: Custom center console, rear compartment panels, door panels, kick panels and visors
Seats: Modified C5 Corvette with '63 Sting Ray upholstery pattern and custom embroidery
Upholstery: Two-tone gray leather
Upholstery By: Interior Motives, Manchester, Connecticut
Carpets: Grey Porsche cut-pile
Insulation: Lizard Skin spray-on insulation.
Instrumentation: Custom cluster by Classic Instruments (0-200 mph speedometer, 0-10,000 r.p.m. tachometer, voltmeter, fuel level, oil pressure and coolant temperature)
Sound System: Custom Autosound "Secret Audio" with 10 speakers and subwoofer
HVAC: Vintage Air "Gen II" HVAC system


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