1963 Chevrolet Corvette - Blue Fuelie

Nick Minoia's '63 Was Restored, Then Rebuilt En Route To Top Flight

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Inside Nick's Sting Ray is a restored standard interior, graced by the RPO M20 four-speed's shifter and the RPO U69 AM-FM radio.

Data File: '63 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray coupe
Owner: Nick Minoia, Succasunna, New Jersey

Body
Restored production '63 Sting Ray coupe
Restoration: Paul Bohensky, Elmira, New York
Bodywork: Paul Bohensky, Elmira, New York
Paint: Daytona Blue acrylic lacquer; Paint preparation and applied by Paul Bohensky, Elmira, New York

Chassis
Frame: Restored production '63 Sting Ray
Suspension: (Front) Coil springs, unequal-length A-arms, tubular shocks and stabilizer bar (Rear) Independent with heavy-duty transverse leaf spring bundle and tubular shocks
Steering: Restored OEM GM-Saginaw recirculating-ball, non-power-assisted
Brakes: Restored OEM GM-Delco Moraine drum-and-shoe brakes with 11-inch drums and, non-power-assisted
Wheels: OEM 15-inch stamped steel wheels with OEM chrome full wheel covers
Tires: Original Firestone "Deluxe Champion" whitewalls, 6.70-15

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To take his '63 from "driver-quality" to Top Flight, the clock was rebuilt and Nick replaced the gauge lenses.

Engine
Chevrolet overhead-valve small-block V8 (RPO L84)
Originally built: Chevrolet Motor Division's Flint Engine Plant, Flint, Michigan
Displacement: 327 cubic inches
Compression ratio: 11.25:1
Cylinder heads: Production RPO L84, cast iron
Ignition: OEM GM-Delco points-style ignition
Induction: GM-Rochester mechanical fuel injection system
Camshaft: Production RPO L84 with solid lifters
Exhaust: OEM cast iron "block hugger" manifolds with 2 1/4-inch pipes
Horsepower: 360 @ 6000 rpm (Advertised)
Torque: 352 ft./lbs. @ 40000 rpm (Advertised)

Transmission
Restored Muncie M-20 four-speed manual (RPO M20)
Shifter: Original '63 Sting Ray four-speed shifter with spring-loaded reverse lockout
Rearend: RPO G81 Positraction with 3.70:1 rear gears

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Restored gauge cluster shows off 0-160 mph speedometer and 0-7000 rpm tach with 6500 rpm redline.

Interior
Restored production '63 Corvette Sting Ray
Restored by: Owner and Paul Bohensky, Elmira, New York
Seats: Production '63 buckets with reproduction dark blue vinyl upholstery
Carpets: Reproduction dark blue nylon loop-pile
Instrumentation: Restored OEM '63 Sting Ray (0-160 mph speedometer, 0-7000 rpm tachometer with 6500 rpm redline, plus fuel level, oil pressure, ammeter, coolant temperature gauges)
Sound system: Restored RPO U69 GM-Delco "Wonderbar" AM/FM radio with single speaker in dash
Heater: Restored OEM GM Harrison heater/defroster
A/C: Something the original selling dealer's building likely had, but this car doesn't

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