1963 Corvette Engine Compartment Modifications - Split Personality, Part 7

Covering The Engine Compartment, Air Intake, And Cooling Systems

Rich Lagasse Jan 1, 2009 0 Comment(s)
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The driver-side engine cover shows the outline style of pinstriping used for the lettering.

Steering Linkage
We used a midyear-style tilt column from Flaming River, which we'll cover more of in the next installment. From the end of the steering column, we made the steering linkage using stainless components from Borgeson, which we then polished. The linkage includes four pieces: one combination universal/damper, one length of 3/4-inch steering shaft, one universal, and one support bearing. We found that an easy way to determine the proper lengths and angles is to mock up the linkage using a dowel for the shaft. The linkage connects to a chromed C4 Corvette rack-and-pinion unit from Unisteer. (See photo 19, steering linkage components; and photo 20, steering linkage installed.)

We also used a billet mount from Flaming River at the firewall to hold the column in place. One note on the firewall mount is that the diameter of the hole through the mount is larger than the diameter of the steering column. A friend of ours from Canada made a bushing to make both fit together.

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Shown here is the custom billet-aluminum intake manifold cover and emblem.

Brake Master Cylinder
In Part 3 (Apr. '07) we showed a picture (page 48, picture 18) of what the electric/hydraulic power unit looked liked when installed on the chassis. Photo 21 of this installment is a picture of what the brake master looks like when installed. Because the power unit is mounted below on the chassis, only the brake master is mounted to the firewall which gains more space on the firewall. This unit (model No. 10-56) is from ABS Power Brakes.

Next time we'll cover the interior features of the car, including the overall design, upholstery, gauges, A/C system, insulation, rearview mirror/monitor, and custom panels. In the meantime, there are additional pictures and information on our website at www.richsclassic corvettes.com. We're always glad to try to answer any specific questions you might have about our projects.


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