1962 Chevy Corvette - Rare Race-Option Survivor

It's All In The Details

John Nelson Nov 1, 2003 0 Comment(s)
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It was then time for reassembly. The body was bolted on for the last time and the doors, hood, deck, and trunk lids permanently adjusted. All the old wiring had been discarded, so it was replaced with new harnesses that had been bought from Mary Jo Rohner's Corvette Parts (who provided may of the new parts needed for this project). A reproduction '62 Corvette interior was installed, with Janette helping to hog-ring and recover the stock seats. The gauges, while they look stock, are actually modern units joined to the stock gauge bezels. Gail's Speedometer modified the mechanical tach with an elctric VDO unit behind the original face.

Auto Meter water temp and fuel gauges were placed behind the stock units, creating an original-looking dash that's fully compatible with electronic sensors. Which was a necessity, given the modern powerplant that took up residence in the reborn '62's engine bay. Pacific Performance of Anaheim, California, built a 383ci stroker L98, filling it with Ross 10:1 compression pistons and an Elgin cam. Avenger heads top off the cylinders, while a TPI Specialties Mini Ram handles induction duties.

TPIS also provided the wiring harness for the engine's computer. Hooker Headers empty the waste gases through the custom exhaust and out to Flowmaster mufflers. A 700-R4 tranny, built by Beezley's friend Karl, sends the power back to that 9-inch rear. And a more than healthy dose of ponies it is, too-an estimated 450 hp at the crank. To get that power to the ground, rolling stock consists of 15-inch Centerline Hammer wheels with Corvette spinner caps, shod with 215/65R Kelly Chargers up front and fat 19x12.5-inch Mickey Thompson Sportsman Pros in the rear.

And though this car is certainly aesthetically pleasing, don't think this '62 is destined to just be a show queen. Beezley is working with Leonhardt Automotive in Anaheim, California, to get the engine programming perfected, and is also working on installing an NHRA-legal rollbar in anticipation of doing a little bracket racing. And on this very detailed '62, that's a touch we think really makes this Vette stand out.


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