1964 Chevy Corvette Coupe - Classic Curves

The Art of Making A Timeless Design Even Better

Tommy Lee Byrd Apr 2, 2013 0 Comment(s)
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If you love Corvette styling, you know that the marque's signature bumps and curves started when Chevrolet introduced the '63 model. It had exaggerated body lines that offered a futuristic look (for the era), so it certainly garnered lots of attention. Although several changes took place before the '64 Corvette hit the showroom, the car retained the classic lines that made the previous year's edition so popular. From then on, folks tried their best to modify the body panels of the midyear Corvette, but only rarely were they able to improve upon the original design.

The car seen here belongs to Jere Moore, who was understandably skeptical about the idea of modifying his '64 Corvette's fiberglass skin. In fact, it took some coaxing from Larry Burchett and the crew at B Rod or Custom in Knoxville, Tennessee, to change Moore's tune. Burchett and his son PJ run the B Rod shop, and they've built several Corvettes, along with a number of other fiberglass-bodied cars. Their experience with the medium gave them the confidence to slice Moore's Vette and give it the right look. The end result is a car that has a laundry list of great features, along with an incredible stance that can be attributed to the widened fenders and quarter-panels.

Before any of the custom work began, the car was stripped at Larry Burchett's other business, Strip Technologies, also in Knoxville. Plastic media were used to retain the integrity of the fiberglass body, which showed very few imperfections once bare. While Moore was on the fence about fender flares, PJ helped him envision the overall look. PJ used the original body lines but exaggerated them, which gave the car a curvy profile that makes you wonder why the factory didn't do it this way.

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After rebuilding the front fenders and quarter-panels to fit the car's ride height and wheel/tire combination, it was a matter of continuing the bespoke bodywork—including smooth rocker panels as well as special front fender accents—to give the car a splash of modern Corvette style.

Additional custom touches include a front spoiler, a custom rear valance, and an extra pair of taillights out back. Subtle mods like the flush-mounted cowl vents, meanwhile, keep even the most observant midyear devotees on their toes.

After several cycles of urethane primer and block-sanding, PJ sprayed the '64 with an Audi R8 color called Daytona Gunmetal Pearlized, then sealed it with a few coats of clear. After allowing the Dupont materials to cure, the next steps involved sanding, buffing, and polishing the topcoat to a perfectly slick finish.

The widened panels allow for much larger rolling stock than what is normally possible within the tight confines of a C2 body. In addition to the aggressive Schott Performance wheels, the car is outfitted with a high-tech Street Shop Inc. chassis to provide the right amount of bite in corners.

The heart of the Street Shop setup is the mandrel-formed frame, which is much stronger than the original unit, and also a few pounds lighter. The chassis uses C4 suspension bits and directly accommodates original body, greatly simplifying the build while offering modern handling characteristics and provisions for big brakes.

The original C4 transverse leaf springs were replaced with single-adjustable QA1 coilover shocks on all four corners. And while the stock C4 disc brakes would've worked just fine, Moore wanted a custom setup. He chose Baer for the rotors and calipers, and ABS Power Brake for the electric high-power master cylinder. The Street Shop chassis also features rack-and-pinion steering and big sway bars to help in the handling department.

Horsepower comes from a GM Performance Parts LS 376 crate engine, which cranks out 480 horsepower at 5,900 rpm, thanks to its very efficient LS3 platform. GMPP took the popular engine and installed one of its LS Hot Cams, which has 0.525-inch lift and duration numbers of 219 degrees on the intake side, 228 degrees on the exhaust.




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