While the LS6's 425hp rating is slightly lower than the coupe's original engine, the longer stroked 454 makes noticeably more torque so the car will actually accelerate quicker now than when it was new. That's important to John because, despite his involvement with restoring and showing cars, he is also passionate about driving them. It is for that reason he set about making various improvements to the car soon after buying it. He began by executing a complete rebuild of its suspension, including new bushings, bearings, springs, shocks, tie rod ends, ball joints, and so on. Of course, while the suspension was apart, he cleaned and cosmetically restored everything including the chassis itself. He next turned his attention to the interior, which, though basically in sound condition, was starting to show signs of old age. That was remedied with new carpeting, repainting of the dash, and miscellaneous other detailing. To further enhance the driving experience, John opted to add a few options the car didn't originally come equipped with. These include power steering, power brakes, and headrests. For safety's sake shoulder belts and a fire extinguisher were also added.
Future plans call for installation of air conditioning, which is practically a necessity in a big-block coupe that gets driven far regardless of the weather. In keeping with his Renaissance approach to the Corvette hobby, John does indeed plan to continue driving his steed at every available opportunity. Besides visiting at least a half dozen different states he also intends to do a bit of touring in Canada this year, thus sharing the sweet sight and sound of a big-block mid-year singing through its side pipes with our neighbors to the north.