Whether or not that neat old Vette that you're dreaming about is a basket case, Del says that if you haven't bought or built before, it's important to find someone who really knows about Corvettes who can help you, especially with the generation and year that you're interested in. "It's critical to have someone look at it who's knowledgeable, who's in the business, to evaluate the car and to give you an appraisal of what the car is worth and what it'll cost to restore it," he says. "I've restored a lot of 'em, and it always costs a lot more than you think it's going to."
And that can help you determine which way you want to go with that Vette-whether to go the matching-number NCRS route, or build something else if you don't have the original engine (or a correct replacement). Something like Del's Glen Green '65, a Midyear that carries ample replacement for its original displacement.
Data File: '65 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray coupe
Owned by: Del Kendall, Estes Park, Colorado
Original '65 Sting Ray coupe body, with Corvette America reproduction '65 396 hood
Paint: Original Glen Green, done in PPG Deltron basecoat/clearcoat; Painting/paint prep by Dan Kendall, Greeley, Colorado
Production '65 Sting Ray, with original frame
Suspension: Original '65 Sting Ray four-wheel independent suspension (Front) Coil springs with upper/lower A-arms, anti-sway bar and tubular Delco gas shock absorbers (Rear) Independent rear suspension with lateral struts, radius rods, transverse leaf spring bundle and tubular Delco gas shock absorbers.
Steering: Original GM/Saginaw recirculating ball, power-assisted
Brakes: Original, new-for-'65 GM/Delco four-wheel disc brakes, with RPO J50 power assist.
Wheels: Reproduction 15x6-inch aluminum knockoff wheels, with '65-style dark gray finish between the fins
Tires: Michelin X Radial P215/70R15 whitewalls all around look '65-correct and add modern tire tech to the classic C2 chassis.
Chevrolet Mark IV big-block V-8
Engine built by: Dan Kendall, Greeley, Colorado
Modifications: 454 block bored .060-inch, rotating assemblies balanced
Displacement: 468 cubic inches
Compression ratio: 10.0:1
Cylinder heads: Chevrolet Mark IV V-8, rectangular-port with 2.19-inch intake/1.70-inch exhaust valves
Ignition: Original GM/Delco points-style with tach drive
Induction: Holley 750-cfm four-barrel carburetor atop a production '65 396 aluminum intake manifold
Camshaft: TRW hydraulic-lifter
Exhaust: Production '65 396 exhaust manifolds and mufflers with 21/2-inch diameter exhaust/tail pipes.
Horsepower: 450 @ 5,000 rpm (estimated)
Torque: 500 ft-lb @ 3,500 rpm (estimated)
Original RPO M20 Muncie four-speed manual, with Hurst "Competition Plus" shifter
Rear end: Original '65 Sting Ray differential with RPO G81 Positraction and 3.36 rear gears.
Restored original '65 Sting Ray coupe interior
Restored by: Ray Joslyn, Estes Park, Colorado
Seats: restored original buckets with Corvette America reproduction white leather covers
Carpets: Corvette America reproduction black nylon loop-pile
Instrumentation: production '65 Sting Ray (0-160 mph speedometer, 0-7,000-rpm tach, plus fuel level, ammeter, coolant temperature and oil pressure gauges in dash, analog clock in center dash stack)
Sound system: Custom Autosound AM/FM Stereo/cassette head unit (with MP3 connection) in factory dash opening, Custom Autosound speakers
HVAC: Vintage Air