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.

The all-aluminum engine is quite the performer and sounds incredible, thanks to a custom exhaust system featuring stainless-steel 13⁄4-inch headers fabricated by Craig's Hot Rods. From there, the exhaust gasses flow through polished stainless oval tubing and into a pair of Billy Boat mufflers, which feature factory-spec C6 Z06 exhaust-control valves.

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Backing the hot LS3 is a TCI Automotive 6X automatic transmission, which has excellent ratios for performance, while also offering overdrive in Sixth gear. An electronically controlled Shiftworks shifter controls the trans from the original console, while TCI RF-controlled paddle shifters bring cog-swapping control to Moore's fingertips. Moving further back in the driveline, you'll find a Dana 44 center section packed with 3.54 gears and outfitted with a Street Shop billet cover.

The same attention to detail continues inside Moore's coupe, with custom leather upholstery by Steve Holcomb at Pro Auto Custom Interiors in Knoxville. Custom color treatments provide a perfect contrast to the bold Gunmetal exterior, while '09 Corvette seats serve as comfortable replacements for the stock buckets. Creature comforts include a Custom Autosound Secret Audio SST radio and a Classic Air HVAC system. A one-off set of Classic Instruments gauges—built to match the iconic '65-'67 Corvette clock—resides in the stock dash.

No one can argue with the amazing build quality and creativity of Moore's Corvette. But while the car is a paragon of high-end, show-ready workmanship, it's also built to be driven. Serious abuse may not be in its future, but Moore does plan to drive it often and show it off at car shows and cruise-in events. It's a flawless machine that rarely goes unnoticed, thanks to its tasteful body modifications, aggressive stance, and beautiful paint—a combination any Corvette fan would love.

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Spec Sheet
1964 Chevy Corvette coupe
Owner Jere Moore; Adairsville, GA
Block LS3 aluminum with six-bolt mains
Displacement 376 ci
Compression Ratio 10.7:1
Heads Stock LS3 aluminum
Valves Stock 2.165/1.590-in
Camshaft LS Hot Cam (0.525/0.525-in lift, 219/228-deg duration)
Rocker Arms Stock 1.7-ratio
Pistons Stock hypereutectic
Crankshaft Stock nodular iron
Rods Stock powdered metal
Intake Manifold Stock composite
Fuel System In-tank electric pump, Rock Valley stainless tank
Ignition Stock coil-on-plug
Exhaust System Custom 13⁄4-in headers, stainless 3-in oval pipes, Billy Boat mufflers
Transmission TCI 6X six-speed automatic
Driveshaft Custom length
Front Suspension C4 with QA1 coilovers
Rear Suspension C4 with QA1 coilovers
Rearend C4 Dana 44 with 3.54 gears
Front Brakes Baer discs
Rear Brakes Baer discs
Wheels Schott Performance Modsport K.O.; 17x8 (front), 18x10 (rear)
Front Tires Nitto 555, 245/45ZR17
Rear Tires Nitto 555, 295/45ZR18
Fuel Octane 93

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Moore's '64 is a classic example of a talented builder going all-out on a project. B Rod or Custom sliced the body and made numerous modifications to get just the right look.

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