1962 Chevy Corvette Convertible - Modern Conveniences

This '62/C4 Hybrid Has All The Bells And Whistles.

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This beauty is certainly fully functional. A '93 LT1 engine rests beneath the hood, sporting Street and Performance pulleys, chrome valve covers, and a chrome air cleaner. Setting the engine in was the "easy" part; Verboon spent a major chunk of those 1,000 hours modifying the frame to accept Hooker full-length headers and the body to fit around the '93 ZF six-speed. The 21/2-inch, ceramic-coated exhaust features a custom-built crossover pipe (by Capps of Fresno, California) and Borla Hemi stainless mufflers; Williams Classic Chassis in La Verne, California, modified the rear crossmember to tuck the pipes in. A custom-built driveshaft (by Denny's Driveshaft of New York) links the powerplant to the go-wheels.

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The '62 rolls on 8.5x17-inch wheels from a '96 Corvette at all four corners, shod with 245/45ZR-17 Goodyear EMTs. One area that did not require custom modification was the wheelwells; there's enough space for the modern rubber to fit just fine, thank you. Bilstein shocks smooth out the bumps, and a custom-made ididit steering column (check off another chunk of those 1,000 hours) was fitted to keep things on-track.

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Given his desire to stay cool while on the road, and the fact that he owns a C5, it should be no surprise that Verboon thought it'd be "nice" to be pampered with some creature comforts. To that end, the interior was updated with a Dakota Digital dash system, a Custom Autosound Stereo (with CD player), new upholstery, Simpson five-point belts, and a steering wheel from Corvette Central. And let's not forget the air conditioning! Vintage Air provided a little cool for this Vette, and the owner fabricated the vents. Verboon also installed the Ron Francis Wiring Works wiring harness, linking all those parts into a harmonious whole.

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Another major time investment came from Verboon's son Doug. Father and son performed the requisite bodywork, and Doug then applied the luscious coats of '98 Corvette Torch Red. Bill then re-fitted the stock bumpers, and the result is nothing short of stunning. Indeed, the whole car sports form to go along with its function. Everything is powdercoated, stainless steel, or other material that's as impervious to elements as you can get. "It's gonna last a long time," according to Verboon, and it's a good thing, cause we're betting this '62 will see a lot of miles. After all its upgrades, he has a Vette that's "very comparable" to a C5-in fact, the older car's lighter weight helps balance the scales.

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So there it is-a '62 Vette with all the modern conveniences, a melding of technologies that are close to half a century apart into a package that looks as good as it goes. What's an extremist like Bill Verboon to do next? That's a good question. He's recently started work on another '62, only this one will be powered by either an LT4 or an LS1, and will sport a coat of Millennium Yellow paint. There are also plans for another cross-country drive in a '62 Corvette-suitably upgraded, of course. Watch what you throw away!

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