Hi all. Glad to find this build-thread opened today, so i want to give the Vette-fellows here at DC alittle introduction how it came i am part of this thing.
I turned to Corvette in 1990 when purchasing a white 4-speed `81 that just came across the pond all the way from California to my place.
For a year or two i drove her around as she was, just did some necessary restaurations like dashboard / interior overhaul (California sun did her job on it...), transmission rebuild and
some minor repairs that didn`t keep me off the road too long - as this was my only transportation at that time and it had to serve as my DD.
You may know how it feels when your body got adapted to an existing engine power level (good yawn), so in `93 it was time to add some ponies and excitement.
A performance shop also active in Racing business took care of this and built an extremely cammed (solid lifters) four bolt SB with forged internals.
Almost stock from the outside, only big duals with barely muffled Flowmaster Delta`s out back told there is something going on underneath the hood.
Quite nasty !
In the following that motor based on the same shortblock received some cam changes, ported Dart heads, various carbs and so on.
It never turned out to be reliable, as Valvetrain failure hurt me all the way, what for one time even led to a catastrophic failure.
Without motor in the Vette, i decided i no longer want to live with the downsides of a carbed high-rev Small Block (for instance the maximum of 9mpg that i got out of it), so with my research
in Dec `09 i ran into DC, the build of that car named Mistress with an OP that answered all my questions, and this is how my "Engine Swap"
As Josh already mentioned above, in the following the parts list grew and at some point it made the most sense to start up from the ground.
So i had to let the white Shark go...
New owner and his son pick up the 81
I don`t know if you once had sentimental feelings towards a car, but after having her twentyone years in the garage, this is like you abandon a dog out in the desert
up and away - here she goes
When looking at some project cars or bikes sometimes is hard to believe where all the time a build can consume goes, but i found out there is advantage to this too.
Sometimes you spot a new part on the market that wasn`t there when you started, or new ideas grow.
During the time of the build we have been changing this and that, different flares, brakes, intake, steering, transmission and what else.
But we must watch out not taking all the changes too far out, or some day in the future i have to get a pilot`s or boatmasters licence because we even changed the type of vehicle built around that LS-motor !
Although using LS power and trying to improve driving quality, i am not going for a modern look restomod.
What is in my mind is a car that - when looked at first glance - is closer to a Custom Car that could have been modified at it`s actual era, than showing the newest tech developments at first sight.
For instance, modern C4-and up wheel-design is not in my book, or - just as example - i would rather prefer a C2 dashboard with advanced but still analog-design gauges versus a carbonized 80`s dash with digital read-outs.
Then again, 82`s with chrome bumpers actually are not really "era-correct"...
For some reason at that time owners rather sorted out the chrome bumperettes on their 68`s and threw the 80-style bumpers on it, as the other way round.
But, it could have been done, so that is what i mean.
In 1982 and the following decade, bigger diameter wheels already were available on other sportscars and the aftermarket, so that option works for me.
I love the design of the ARE-Salt Flat Special wheels or similar Moon rims, and we found some sweet CNC-machined two-piece rims that match that style and allow us to run some better tires.
On the to do list is a clean engine compartment with hidden coils and a top-mouth aluminium spider, but EFI is word so i am not going to step back to carb just to have a complete Vintage look.
Chevy Power Book and a stock frame still works for me, so this is what goes into the frame regarding gussets and full-seam welding.
For suspension - there is a coil-over kit which is being used by a lot of street and track racers still today, this one has already been on the market when the C3 series was actual production.
I have to say that i earlier have never been a lover of the chrome, and even sorted out the tiniest chromed part on my bike.
The rubber-bumper design was on my 81 that i had for such a long time and i always liked the batmobil look at these days.
But as time goes by you may want something different after the years, and today the steel bumper Vettes attract me much more than they did before.
But the final ignition that led me that other direction was that phantom car named Mistress, and the teaser pictures Josh supplied during his build....
like that one :
No i wasn`t ever planing on a stroker engine.
Going stock LS is such a good way to save fuel and still have a powerful motor with plenty of ponies "enough" for any street driven Shark.
But wait until you find a partner for your engine conversion, that keeps telling you how much even more fun he has with his bigger cube mill.....
and so that Mistress Machine caught my interest....: