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Vette’s Scarlett Sleigh: 1972 Corvette Project Car

We’ve been putting together our own scarlet sleigh, Vette-style

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The list of stories we have done with our 1972 Corvette Scarlett project car is long. Rather than compiling every story we have done with it, instead I want to give you a quick summary and a greatest hits if you will. It seems fitting to give the low-down on our scarlet sleigh, while another flies about rewarding good boys and girls this holiday season. For those that aren’t familiar, Scarlett is a ground-up build that was started over three years ago. Any day now we’ll be featuring the Street Shop chassis that will ultimately provide the framework for a pretty badass Pro-Touring setup with a 416 cubic-inch LS3, controlled by FAST XFI and an American Powertrain 6-speed manual trans. Prior to this, it had upgraded suspension, wheels, brakes, and was completely rewired. In fact, the chassis was probably the last untouched piece on the entire car as we wanted to show how to do all the modifications with the stock frame first. But now the time has come to bring the project closer to its natural conclusion. If you are planning a similar build for your C3, here are some stories that might be helpful (click on the titles for links to the stories):

Steering Column Rebuild

Turn Signal Wires 2/13

Applicable to any modified or restored Corvette project!

Dyno Tuning the 416ci LS3

Ls3 416 3/13

Strapping the freshly built powerplant to the engine dyno for testing.

416ci LS3 Install

1972 Chevrolet Corvette Install 4/13

Everything you need to know about installing an LS engine with a cable throttle body on your C3.

LS Headers & Side Exhaust

1972 Chevrolet Corvette Side Mount 5/13

Continuing the previous installation with a set of LS headers for side-mount exhaust. Some welding is required.

T56 Magnum Conversion

1972 Chevrolet Corvette 6/13

All the details on converting an automatic C3 to a modern six-speed manual.

Complete EFI Fuel System

1972 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Rails 7/13

To fuel the potent LS3 powertrain, Scarlett required a high volume, high-pressure fuel system to keep up.

Cooling System & Hydroboost

Cooling System Hoses 8/13

Covering plumbing and hard parts of cooling system and brake booster upgrades for the C3.

Electric Window Conversion

1972 Corvette Door Panel 9/13

Plenty of C3s, including Scarlett, came with crank windows. Here’s everything you need to know about converting.

Wilwood Brakes

Vemp 1210 01 Installing Wildood D86 Brake Upgrade What Lies Beneath 10/13

C3s may not have suffered with the same binders as their more economical cousins, but compared to today’s technology they could use some help.

Front Suspension Upgrades

1972 Chevy Corvette Coupe Sway Bar Brackets 11/13

Tires, sway bars, and shocks are just a few of the additions to the C3 to help tame it.

Rear Coilovers & Trailing Arms

New Coilover Trailing Arms Van 12/13

Coilovers and trailing arms are a sure-fire way to tame the rear of the C3. This is a real step-by-step install, so it actually took another installment to wrap up that can be found here.

Racing Seats & Harnesses

Corbeau A4 13/13

Just like the last story, this is also quite comprehensive and took a second part (click here) to conclude.


If you like wiring, this thing has it in spades. Here is just a brief list:

- Accessories
- Dash
- Interior


As I mentioned, the Street Shop chassis is next on the docket as well as a long-lost story about upgrading the lights with LEDs (YES more wiring!). Scarlett had previously added some auxiliary lighting, but the headlights, taillights and turn signals needed an upgrade as well. Be sure to stay tuned to our newsletter so you don’t miss any other updates to the project, and feel free to search “Scarlett” or “1972 Corvette project” for additional stories. You can also peruse the “Project Cars” section under “Tech & How To.” Happy holidays!



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