1976 Chevy Corvette - Going Wide

This Greenwood Daytona Pays Tribute To Its Race-Bred Forebears

Andy Rumford Oct 21, 2009 0 Comment(s)
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It started with a simple trip to Corvettes at Carlisle in August of 2004. My son, Alex, and I, along with my father, made the excursion to pick up a few parts for my 1976 Chevy Corvette. The Chip's Choice display that year featured original Greenwood Corvettes. I became an instant Greenwood fan, and in the ensuing years have been fortunate enough to visit the company's shop in Apopka, Florida, and meet many of the members of the Greenwood team.

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After spending an hour or more looking over the "Wide Body" race cars at the Chip's Choice display, I decided to see if I could find one for sale. As luck would have it, we located a Greenwood Daytona on the "For Sale" page of greenwoodcorvettes.com. After contacting the owner and speaking with him several times, we agreed on a purchase price of $19,000. Considering that only five original Daytona models were produced, along with a few hundred replicas, I felt the price was justified. On a cold day in November, 2004, the auto-transport service delivered our Greenwood Vette from the Chicago area. To date, this '79 model has racked up a mere 58,000 miles, with only 1,500 on the new powerplant.

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Since then, I've made many modifications to the car. The interior now features Oyster leather and black carpeting. An NHRA-approved six-point welded rollcage was installed by Trappe Auto, in Trappe, Pennsylvania. The powerplant, which was built by Blitz Automotive in Kennett Square, is a blown 383 stroker that makes 540 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque with 12 psi of boost. The exterior paint is pearl white with gradient shades of light gray to black. As numerous people have conveyed to me over the years, the car now "looks fast sitting still." Old-school Cragar rims complement the 28-inch Mickey Thompsons.

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The following is a full description of the changes I've made to the Daytona:
• 383 stroker engine, built to spec (540 hp/500 lb-ft)
• Weiand 6-71 Street Blower with manual boost control (12 psi)
• Polyurethane engine and transmission mounts
• Custom black-matte hoodscoop
• Engine-mounted gauge cluster (fuel pressure, boost)
• Dual Holley 750-cfm carburetors
• High-flow fuel-pressure regulator
• High-flow fuel pump
• Custom overdrive transmission
• Torque converter with 2,400-rpm stall speed
• Custom-ground Lunati camshaft
• Complete MSD ignition system
• Custom side exhaust
• Custom-cut harmonic balancer
• Shortened driveshaft
• Rear Mickey Thompson Street Radials (28-inch)
• Chrome power-brake booster and master cylinder
• DeWitt's aluminum radiator
• Bilstein gas shocks
• Glovebox signed by Lance Miller, Joe and John Greenwood, and Lyn St. James
• Frame-welded six-point rollcage, installed by Trappe Auto
• Vertical doors by Dream Car Customs
• Simpson racing harness

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Having been involved with the Corvette Club of Northern Delaware since 2003, our family has had the opportunity to attend many Corvette-related cruises, functions, and shows. Along the way, we've met hundreds of Corvette owners from across the country. We thoroughly enjoy the hobby and are continually pursuing ways to improve the car.

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In 2005, our Greenwood was chosen to be in the Chip's Choice display at Carlisle. Needless to say, it was quite an honor to be featured there only a year after the original racers occupied the same spot.

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