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C5/C6 Chassis Build for my C2 1964 Corvette Roadster Resto Mod About to begin!!!
Compliments of Vetterodder com @ http://www.lateral-g.net
I just received word that my chassis build will begin in July 2012 so I am getting excited and anxious as well. I continue to slowly take the 1964 Roadster apart so that I can lift the body off the old frame and get it soda blasted before the new frame from Street Shop arrives.
In the meantime, here are the specifications for the C5/C6 chassis I am having built by Street Shop (I plan to post pictures of the chassis build as soon as I get some photographs from the shop):
Street Shop C6 Based Chassis for 63-67 Corvette, Powder coated Semi-Gloss Black C6 C2 Chassis
- M50 Series Dana Rear, 3.55:1 Ratio
- Billet Web for M50 Series Rear using C5/6 Suspension
- 1997-2004 Corvette Rear Suspension Cradle, Used, Modified for Street Shop C5/6 Chassis
- 80-93 Mustang Rack & Pinion Steering, Power Assisted
- Outer Tie Rod End, Moog
- Custom 1" Front Sway Bar Kit for Street Shop C5/6 based Chassis
- Street Shop Custom 7/8" rear Sway bar kit for C5/6 Based Chassis
- Custom Rear Axle Shafts for Street Shop
- C5/6 based Chassis Using M50 Differential, 14.5 bar
- Complete Custom Brake Line Kit
- 1963-1982 Corvette with Street Shop Chassis - Kit includes (6) Prebent SS Lines, (4) StopFlex SS Hoses with washers and Horse Shoe Clips, (1) Disc-Disc Prop. Valve and (2) Brake Tees
- LS Return-Style Fuel Filter
- C2/C3 3/8" Stainless Steel Fuel Line for Single line EFI LS Engine Applications
- 5/16" Fuel Injection Return Hose, Female 5/16" GM Push-Lock One end only, 60"
- 3/8" Fuel Injection Feed Line, #6 Female and Female GM Push-Lock
- 3/8" Fuel Injection Feed Hose, 45 deg. #6 Female and Female GM Push-lock Ends
- Fuel Line Kit for Single Feed LS EFI systems, Includes 3/8" SS Fuel line, Return
- Style Filter, Flexible Hoses from Fuel Rail to Chassis and Filter to Tank using GM-Style Push-lok fittings
- Hyerco Coil-Over Spring, 8" x 2.5" ID x 400lb Rate
- Coil-Over T bar Lower Mount Kit, 3/4" x 3.5" 2 18.90 37.80T
- QA1 VS Single Adjustable Coil-Over Shock, 3/4" Poly Ends
- QA1 Front Coil-Over Shock Kit
- QA1 Rear Coil-Over
- HyperCo Spring, 2.5"ID x 7", 500# rate
- QA1 VS Single Adjustable Coil-Over Shock, 3/4" Poly Ends
- Billet Lower Coil Over Mount; Use with Street Shop C5 and C6 based Chassis
- QA1 Rear Coil-Over Shock Kit
- C5/6 Right Front/Left Rear Spindle, New
- C5/6 Left Front/Right Rear Spindle, New
- C6 Front Upper Control Arm, New GM
- C6 Upper Front Control Arm, New GM
- C6 Lower Front Control Arm, RH, New GM
- C6 Upper Rear Control Arm, LH, New GM
- C6 Upper Rear Control Arm, RH, New GM
- C6 Lower Front Control Arm, LH, New GM
- C5 Rear Toe Link, New GM
- Outer Tie Rod End Kit, New GM
- C6 Lower Rear Control Arm, New GM
- C6 Lower Rear Control Arm, RH, New GM
- 97-07 Corvette Front Wheel Hub Assembly w/ Sensor, USA
- 97-07 Corvette Rear Hub Bearing Assembly w/ Sensor Ring, USA
- C5/6 Parking Brake Kit, New GM
- OEM Caliper Mount, Complete Set, C5
- Semi-Metallic Brake Pads, Complete set
- Rebuilt C6 Brake Calipers; complete set of four, Includes Core Charge, W/"CORVETTE", PC RED
- 97-04 Corvette Cross Drilled Rotor, Bendix, LH front
- 97-04 Corvette Cross Drilled Rotor, Bendix, RH front
- 97-04 Corvette Cross Drilled Rotor, Bendix, LH Rear
- 97-04 Corvette Cross Drilled Rotor, Bendix, RH Rear
- LS3 Crate Engine, 436hp
- GM10349964 LS Engine Stand, LH
- GM10349965 LS Engine Stand, RH
- Vertical Mount Engine Cushion Kit
- LS Engine Accesories kit including Alternator, Power Steering, custom machined Waterpump and A/C
- GM LS3 Engine Mgmt. System with pre-programmed ECU, Harness, 02 sensors, MAF sensor and accl. pedal
- PowerMaster XS Torque Starter, LS
- GM12600987 LS3 Engine Cover, LH
- GM12600988 LS3 Engine Cover, RH
- GM11589406 LS Engine Cover Stud
- Bellhousing Shield
- Power Steering Pump Line Kit
- DeWitt's Custom Aluminum Radiator, HP
- LS series combo with fan for 63-72 Corvette
- 2 Wire 0-90 ohm Fuel Level Sending Unit, Adj., NOTE: 63-67 Corvette Gauges must be converted to Two wire to use this sending Unit.
- 63-67 Stainless Steel Fuel tank w/ Pump installed
- Universal Parking Brake Cable Kit w/Wilwood/Corvette Clevis
- Street Shop Pro Fit Kit for 63-82 Corvette, Kit Includes: Custom Modified C3 Corvette TKO 600, ProShift3 Shifter Mechanism, OE spec Shifter Handle, Bolt-in C3 Style Cross Member bracket, Polyurethane Isolator, Seamless DOM Driveshaft, TKO Slip Yoke, Solid U-Joints, Corvette to TKO Full Length Speedometer cable, Calibrated Speedo gear,
- HD Pilot Bearing, 5 speed name plate, Weatherseal Reverse Light Wiring, Grade 8 Hardware, Instructions/Warranty
- 11" Titanium/Aluminum Bellhousing for LS
- LS Clutch/Flywheel kit, New GM
- Grade 8 Pressure Plate Bolt, set of 6
- Billet Aluminum Bracket for mechanical clutch linkage for LS Engines in C2 Chassis
- Clutch Linkage Kit for C2 chassis
- 1963-67 corvette Level II Hydraulic brake Assist Sysytem w/ PS line set, 6 degree mount, Early/long GM MC Pushrod
- Wilwood Tandem Master Cylinder, 1.13" bore, polished
A teaser shot of what is to come!!! :thumbs:
The C5/C6 chassis/frame I ordered from Street Shop for my 1964 Roadster has started construction and I will be following its assembly to completion (rolling chassis). As you can see from the pictures below, the frame rails have arrived.
When frame rails arrive they are put in a bin to allow the excess oil drain out. While they drain, Street Shop is working on the small parts. Cross members are cut prepped for welding and then degreased. All small parts are machined, cleaned, assembled in a jig and welded up.
While Street Shop Inc. is busy assembling my C5/C6 chassis, I need to take the 1964 Corvette Roadster apart in order to get the body off the original frame. The Roadster is a driver with a small block 350 - so to me, it is a good candidate for the RestoMod.
At my pace, the new chassis will be ready before I am !!
Here are some pictures of the 64 -
My C5/C6 STREET SHOP INC frame for the 1964 Corvette Roadster is laid out to show the individual pieces that will make up the frame. The pieces will of course be placed on a jig and welded. See later pictures below.
Parts are cut, cleaned and prepped for welding. All parts are prepped for 100% welding.
Front cross member is finished, ready to install into jig and clamped down.
Frame rails are placed on jig to be cut to length, after cutting to length, end caps are welded to close up the rail.
The following pictures highlight the STREET SHOP chassis weld preparation to perform 100% welding. You can also see the welds up close and personal. After the main rails are welded, it is unclamped and allowed to cool so it will return to its relaxed state.
I spent a little time in the garage over the weekend removing the steering column, dash, glove box, and carpets. This car has been played with before as I witnessed spliced wires and adapted nuts/bolts to hold it together. It does not matter though as it all gets replaced with new hardware. It is a wonder this car ran at all!!!
Street Shop Inc continues building my C5/C6 chassis for my 1964 Roadster. They sent me the following updates for my records of the build. I better get moving on the Corvette to keep pace !!
Frame horn for bumper mounts being started
Start of rear rails. Machined and fit with bosses for upper a-arm mounts
Bungs welded in and rear rails machined for bumper mounts and tank support.
Rear cradle mounts are built and the rear rails are ready to be welded to the main front frame.
Mounts for the m50 are installed, various pics of the rear rails welded to the front frame
Gussets are formed and added to the rear rails and allowed to cool to return to its relaxed state
Street Shop Inc. continues my C6 Chassis build and was kind enough to send me some additional pictures today for my records of my RestoMod / VetteRod project. I am sharing them on the forums. Are there any other views or pictures I should ask for?? Let me know and I will request it of the shop to provide if at all possible.
Also – please do not be shy to provide your feedback or questions if anyone has any….
Front cradle mounts are made and welded into place
Body mounts are formed; captured nuts are welded in and installed on frame / chassis
Front mounts are made for the m50 (Rear End) and installed
My Custom C6 Chassis build for my 1964 C2 Corvette continues to be constructed by the folks at STREET SHOP INC
I am loving how beefy the parts are as well as how amazing the welding looks!
Upper a-arm mounts are made, 3/8 thick and drill and tapped. Prepped for welding - Placed in a jig and welded up. Gussets are added along with front shock mounts. On the inside gussets are added across from the shock.
Engine cradle is boxed in and will be finished when the bottom is welded.
Here are a few additional pictures of my C6 chassis build for my C2 RestoMod from Street Shop. It is coming together nicely....
Transmission cross member being constructed
Rear clip is on - along with rear body mounts
Transmission cross member is installed
All that is left to do is the rear shock mounts and it comes off the jig, and finish the underside before it goes off to powder coat.
Here is my C6 Street Shop Chassis after it has been removed from the jig. I can see that more gussets, the side pipe / brake line tabs are now installed as well as the front sway bar mounts. At this point, the chassis fabrication is completed. Bolts will be placed in anything on the frame that has threads in preparation for powder coating in the next week or so.
I have contracted Street Shop to build the complete rolling chassis as many of you have seen the extensive list of parts at the beginning of the thread. All the parts have been ordered a few weeks ago so I will assume that many have already arrived or will be arriving while the chassis is off to powder coat so that when it returns to the shop, the assembly process will begin.
The chassis has returned from the Powder Coater and is being prepared now for the installation of all those goodies I ordered for this build. The following pictures show my Street Shop Inc C6 chassis on the table with some of the parts being laid out in preparation for assembly. The rear end has arrived as well and if you pay attention, in one of the photographs you will see a crate engine (not sure if its mine or not but it will be similar).
I went with the 3.55 gear ratio as an all-around good gear.
This is the fun part of watching this build come together.
The Front Stainless Lines are installed as well as the front suspension
The Rear end installation is underway and almost complete
Street Shop Inc is waiting on a few small parts from GM to finish the rear and for brackets to get back from plating so the front of the engine can be finished as well.
Here are a few more pictures of the suspension and stainless line in addition to the first pictures of my NEW GM LS3 Crate Engine and TKO600 5 Speed make their appearance. This set up is quite an upgrade from the 350 small block + 4-speed I have now.
The Corvette C6 Chassis for my 1964 Corvette C2 is nearing completion and Street Shop has asked to display it at the upcoming 2012 Carlisle Corvette show!!! So – for those of you who are planning on going anyway, stop by their display booth to see the chassis in person – you will see it before I do!!!
The following series of build pictures shows more of the details of the chassis build:
In the spirit of sticking with all (or as much) Corvette C5/C6 parts as possible, I decided to use the C5/6 Disk Brake set-up, including the red powder-coated front and rear calipers. Yes, I even decided to use the Corvette inscribed front calipers.
Here are close up pictures of the front and rear suspension. Super clean and super modern!! Take a look at the A-arms and coil-overs!
Here are a couple of wide shots of the chassis as it sits now. Once the plating is completed, the engine accessories will be installed and of course lowered onto the frame along with the mated transmission. The Stainless gas tank will need to be installed along with the drive shaft from what I can see from the pictures.
While the chassis is being completed – more pictures to come when the engine and transmission are installed along with the additional items to complete the rolling chassis – I have turned to making progress on the Corvette itself. The chassis is the sexy part of this amazing transformation but the task remains to restore the driver quality Corvette so that it is worthy of this new Street Shop C6 chassis.
I have made the following progress:
1. The bumpers and side window chrome have been removed, disassembled and now are at the chrome shop getting the show quality treatment. Below is a picture of the side window assemblies as delivered to the chrome facility; the side window regulators literally disintegrated in my hands so new ones will have to be purchased.
2. The bumper brackets have all been removed from the old frame and are at the power coaters now.
3. The following pictures show the Corvette being loaded onto the carrier on its way to the soda blasters to remove the old white paint job from the 1990’s.
Two days later, here is the body back from the soda blasters with virtually no paint. Now we can assess what the body will need to become pristine once more. We noticed some “work” done in the driver rear end and rear right passenger quarter.
Street Shop has installed the LS3 and TKO600 5speed onto the chassis. The following shows different angles of the chassis with the engine and transmission installed. The driveshaft is on its way as well as the pulley items still at the plating shop.
The Rock Valley stainless steel gas tank has arrived and looks amazing. As you can see, the boys from Street Shop have prepared and installed the gas tank onto the chassis
And finally, in order for the rolling chassis to be “rolling” I needed to provide them with wheels and tires. I chose the reproduction Corvette ZR1 wheels to keep with the Corvette theme and wrapped them with Michelins
Today was a long day. My dad and I rented the U-haul car trailer and drove up to Mike Colletas to drop off the Corvette and removed the body from the old frame in preparation for the new Street Shop C6 chassis that will be delivered in the next couple or so weeks. I think it is a symbolic moment when the body is removed from the chassis.
I asked Mike to assess the old chassis as I will be selling it off. He stated it was in very good shape, very solid and original.
Here is the money shot....
My Street Shop Inc C6 Chassis for my 1964 C2 Corvette is finally done and is making its first public appearance at the 2012 Carlisle Corvette show this weekend before it gets transported to meet the C2 body that is currently being massaged by Mike Coletta in Florida.
This is a shot of Street Shop’s display booth at the show. My chassis is smack in the middle.
Here are some wide shots and close ups of my brand new completed chassis from the show grounds:
1964 Corvette Roadster on Street Shop C6 Chassis - Project Update
After a brief appearance at the Carlisle 2012 show, the chassis has finally made its way from Street Shop to Florida where it will finally meet up with the body. Unfortunately, the chassis arrived with a bent rear toe bar – arghh.
Our first challenge was to cut out the rear floor to allow for the rear C6 suspension and Viper rear end. The rear wheels are 18" x 9.5 with a 56 offset that has proven to be some work to allow for the wheel to work with suspension travel as well as allowing the convertible top frame to lay flat. With the Street Shop C6 chassis, the company states you can fit 10.5 or even wider wheels (which is true), but this is not a plug and play scenario. With Coupes – no problem, you have plenty of room, with convertibles you have to be careful to allow for the convertible frame to fit as the 63-67 convertibles do have different wheel wells and limited room as it is shared with the convertible top bow. In the end, new wheel wells were formed to allow about 3” of total up and down movement.
Had I purchased 8.5 wheels versus 9.5, I would not have had this issue.
Next was a minor issue with the driveshaft setup provided by Street Shop Inc. As you can see from this underside picture, it rubs against the body (the body is completely centered onto the frame). A small pocket was created to accommodate the driveshaft.
This is how the body now fits on the Street Shop Inc chassis.
The body work continues on the 64 Convertible.
A nice touch is the POWERED hood lift now being fitted
Mike is also working on the gaps to insure the perfect fit and finish. In these pictures you can see the work being done to the front end in conjunction to the headlight buckets so that the fit and gapping is just right
Now that the rear wheel wells have been custom made to fit my wheels, allowing the folding convertible top to fit in place, the body is once again off the Street Shop Chassis to continue the body work
Starting from the bottom, Mike is smoothing out the underside of the wheel wells:
From my last conversation with Mike, the Corvette is nearing the point for the primer to be sprayed!!
The Roadster body is nearing completion. There are many hours of hard work to massage the fiberglass back to perfection. If all goes well, it will be in the paint booth within the next 7 to 10 days (doors and deck lid will be fitted to finish off) !!!!
In the meantime, I am working on the restoration of the interior dash items. I began with the glove box door restoration.
The chrome surround is in decent shape so I spent a couple of hours carefully masking the chrome, particularly around the edges. While not a hard task, it is a tedious one.
Here are a couple of pictures of the door masked with the old paint removed:
Now in Primer:
And finished with SEM Euro Trim (a satin black finish);
With the paint completed and the other parts back from black powder coating, it was time to re-assemble the glove box door with the new aluminum piece and emblem.
Tomorrow, the shift console will be masked in preparation for paint. And, if I have the chance, the chrome shop has finally finished my dash cluster so I may run up to pick it up first thing in the morning.
Now that the rear floor has been completed, the interior cabin has been sprayed with Lizard Skin for both ceramic (heat reducing) and sound deadening using both products as allowed by the manufacturer. The underbody will receive the same treatment with exception of the wheel wells that will have a smooth black finish.
The chassis has just come back from the muffler shop. Thanks to fellow Corvette forum member PW2006 for sharing his ideas from his 63 Roadster RestoMod. The pipes on my 64 are 2.5” aluminized and custom bent to fit the Street Shop C6 chassis. My concern from the onset was getting the pipes over the rear end but as you will see from the pictures, the guys were able to achieve it. From the rear, Magnaflow stainless steel mufflers are used and will later be finished off with 2x2 Magnaflow stainless tips that will come out the center of the customized rear valence.
Here is a neat shot of the body off the chassis. The body will be painted within a week or so now that I have decided on the color – VICTORY RED (Corvette color).
While the body is finished at Mike Coletta’s shop, I continue to work on the trim items. The new shifter center panel arrived. I have masked the chrome trim and applied the primer and satin black paint.
The new Raingear windshield wiper motor was mounted inside the firewall as you can see from this picture:
And (drum roll please)…….
The painting begins! As you can see, the Victory Red is being applied to the underside of the hood and deck lid as well as the doors
Well, after the much needed body work, primer and often under-appreciated block sanding, the time has come to squirt the Victory Red on the body. Without further ado, here is the 64 Roadster after paint (cut & buff to be done next).
Mike – you have outdone yourself!!
As a crazy man, I decided to re-chrome my 1964 Dash Cluster. This was quite an ordeal and although I am happy now, the last month and a half dealing with the chrome shop was challenging. The following shows the restoration of the dash cluster and the installation of the custom AutoMeter gauges using the clever installation hardware developed by Joe Lutz at Hot Rod Dynamics (thanks Joe).
The bezels were pitted so I bead blasted the cluster to assess the overall condition. At this point I had decided for the chrome versus just painting the bezels. Unfortunately, the chrome shop went a bit overboard on the copper in an effort to fill in the pits. Working with the shop, I brought in the gauges to show how they would not even fit in the holes. The shop was willing to work with me and began to grind and shape this cluster back into shape.
This is what it looked like after the copper bath without the grinding/shaping:
After much work, here is what the cluster looks like after the chrome process:
Time to mask it up, prime and paint:
These are my custom AutoMeter Gauges for the 1964 RestoMod. I also had the clock modified to match the gauges:
Here you can see part of the Hot Rod Dynamics kit that allows the installation of the AutoMeter gauges. It consists of 3 stainless plates that are perfectly fabricated to fit the back of the dash cluster using existing mount locations. The kit comes with all the mounting hardware, spacers, and a complete set of instructions to make this install very straight forward:
Given the chrome build up, for my installation I needed to eliminate the use of the provided spacers in order to have the spacing allowing the instruments to properly screw into the brackets.
And here is the finished product:
Mike Coletta sent me a few pictures of the progress of the 64 Roadster and reminded me that it has been 2 months since I dropped off the body to him. Obviously, he has done a ton of work in a very short amount of time. It is all about the build now: Windows are in, wiring is in progress, and various items have already been installed, including the grill and bumpers. It looks like a Corvette again – just better!
Notice the Kenwood amplifier? To the left of it will be the Bazooka Subwoofer 6” and both will be hidden behind a custom made carpeted board for a clean look.
The kids (no school), my Dad and I had the opportunity to see the Corvette today and drop off the parts that Mike will soon need to complete this RestoMod build. The color looks amazing to me but it is really hard to distinguish in the photographs under the bright sky. What has been done in 2 months is amazing but there is plenty of work left to complete in the next month and change. Given that my old 1958 Roadster took 4 years for my Dad and I to finish (with no comparison to the quality of this 64), I can wait another 30 to 45 days (Does that sound convincing enough???).
Here is my Dad:
....and my great kids...
I have been very busy with the day job and have not had much time to post any updates lately. Fortunately for me however, Mike continues with the final assembly of the 64 Roadster.
It appears that I will have the Corvette completed by Thanksgiving – which is really wonderful.
The weather in Florida is nice and cool so driving this baby is going to be oh so much fun!!! Here are a couple of shots of the interior. There is a lot of wiring in this Vette with the A/C, cruise control unit, ECM for the LS3, the push button start electronics, and stereo. It is tight behind the dash.
She is finally done !!!
It was an anxious last couple of days to see whether or not the Roadster was coming home over the weekend. :ack:
Fortunately - the initial gremlins have been addressed and we were able to make the 200 mile journey with ZERO issues. :thumbs:
Here is a picture of my daughter and me in the Roadster preparing for the drive home:
and three hours later, here is the Roadster finally in my driveway!!
The odometer has a bit over 400 miles on it now and we will spend the next few weeks getting acquainted and making adjustments as needed.
I have spent some time working out the details in the past couple of months. First I will give you a quick run down of these items and then I will give you a summary of driveability / performance, etc...
1. CLUTCH - The biggest focus was on the clutch setup. I started out with a mechanical clutch where the geometry was not quite right making it a bear to operate. I took the plunge and had the clutch upgraded to a hydraulic set up and could not be happier.
2. Transmission - I have no issue with the TKO 5-speed. When the clutch set up was being installed, the mechanic noticed that the the builder had placed two shims at the mount pushing the tranny up against the tunnel where only a thin sheet of paper would fit. They removed 1 shim and the result was spectacular in the ride comfort as it took away a small vibration the car had originally.
3. Radiator - The Dewitts runs great in South Florida - even in traffic. The only change here was that the supplied Spahl fan was incredibly loud. I ordered the quiet version but to change it out was a bigger job than I thought as the fan was riveted to the cover plate of the radiator - the plate welded to the radiator itself. In order to change out a simple fan, the radiator was removed from the car, the welds cut, the rivets removed and replaced with bolts/nuts, a re-weld of the plate to the radiator and finally the 10 minute replacement of the fan. Now at least, if a fan goes bad, it is very easy to unbolt and replace.
4. Pulley System - The provided pulley system needed work as it squealed like a pig. Mike Coletta did a great job with what he got here and changed out the idler and used a shorter belt to compensate. As many will tell you, if you do a project like this, use the Vintage Frontrunner system if you want a trouble free install.
OK - so now, the ride:
1. Great handling
2. Great stopping power
3. Super dependable - The LS3 seems to be bullet proof
4. COMFORTABLE - I have gone out for 150 mile rides and always feel fine afterwards
5. It is the best of both worlds - classic design with great modern features
When I first got the car I was unsure about whether or not I made the right choice - but that was predicated by the fact that I had to deal with the gremlins mentioned above - which is quite normal for any project. The first few months I worried about what might break or what else I needed to deal with to get it perfect - OCD. In time as I addressed the gremlins I could finally appreciate what I really had in my possession.
This is the best riding Vintage Vette I have ever had the privilage to drive and own. It is as close as I could get to a full modern ride with classic design.
I have 430 HP with no modifications and for me it is plenty of power. On the highway, I can accelerate in fifth gear to pass others or change lanes with ease. The chassis - suspension set up allows me to accelerate from 0- 100 without any shaking/vibration that the original setup would suffer through. The 5-speed shifts very smoothly (like any modern car) and is a joy to run through the gears. On longer trips, the cruise control has been a great benefit to rest my right foot.
I was caught in the rain and the top was good but these cars were never really set up to keep the water completely out. - so be it. The a/c, heat and defrost have come in very handy.
NO REGRETS - this was the right choice for me.
What is next:
I will have the DSE headlight kit installed next week