1953 Chevrolet Corvette
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1953 Chevy Corvette Convertible Replica. For Sale is a partially assembled kit that when properly finished will result in a better-than-original full-size Replica of the 1953 CORVETTE.. I do not know the manufacturer or date of the fiberglass (as was the original) body. I can only verify that it is extremely well constructed and to the basic dimensions of the original. Original 53 - 55 Corvette body parts fit without any major modifications. A photocopy of the original Assembly Manual is included.. There are some minor fiberglass stress cracks around some of the openings and holes that have been cut in the body but NOTHING THAT COMPROMISES THE STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY or that cant be easily repaired. As you can see from the pictures it ishas been stored on a custom support frame to relieve any stress prevent twisting andor warping and provide ease of handling. The previous owner painted it the white that it is now. While this has done an excellent job of protecting the fiberglass body the paint does have some minor scrapes and scratches.. I had not planned to build it as a true replica but as a resto-mod. Therefore I have dozens of customizing parts (Hood andamp Side Scoops Headlight Buckets and Trim Twin Headrest Rollbar Taillights Bar Grill Chassis and Suspension upgrades etc. etc. etc.) that I was planning to use. However I have not done ANY modifications to the body that would preclude it being built as a true replica in appearance. I planned to build it strictly as an open Roadster. Therefore I do not have any convertible top parts or a hardtop. However the body has provisions for both.. As can be seen in the pictures all pieces for the body assembly are included and have been prepped for trim installation. However I have not done any body modifications or fittings of the fender inner-liners doors hood or trunk lid yet. Also as can be seen in the pictures I have fitted the dash gauges radio AC vents and switches.. The framechassis is a 1980 GM AG Body framechassis. It has been modified extensively (as can be seen from the pictures) and recently sandblasted and sprayed with a protective coat. My planned next step(s) was to complete boxing of the frame then fill and smooth all the weld seams. Included (but not yet installed) are a lot of new additional chassis stiffening and handling items (new front and rear springs HD sway bars adjustable rear control arms tubular front control arms stiffening bars inflatable drag bags front and rear shocks bushings etc.) to further enhance the chassis.. The engine is a newly custom rebuilt 400 CID SBC-1. Block bored 0.020 and decked (= 405 CID)-2. Oil passages drilled and tapped with brass plugs-3. Block hugger SS headers-4. EDELBROCK ported and polished aluminum heads-5. EAGLE crankshaft-6. High-performance Cam-7. Roller Tip Rocker Arms-8. Hypereutectic pistons with moly rings-9. Typhoon Aluminum intake manifold-10. POWERJECTION III Fuel Injection-11. Electric Fuel Pump-12. HEI Electronic Ignition-13. New Custom High Capacity Spark Plug Wires-14. High Volume Output Oil Pump-15. High Capacity Oil Pan-16. Serpentine Belt System-17. 100 Amp Alternator-18. CVR High Torque Starter-19. Custom Dual Exhaust System wH Pipe.. The Transmission is a custom built Street Gangster 700R4 from Mad Dog Transmissions with a BandM Quicksilver floor shifter. I also have a new set of 3.42 Ring andamp Pinion gears and a posi-traction rear end unit for it with a set of new 31 spline rear axles.. The wheels are new 17 MY2 Motorsport Alloy with new VENTUS HRII tires (24545R-17s on the rear and 22550R-17s on the front).. The interior is like-new twin tan vinyl power bucket seats. I bought the buckets and the rear seats so that there should be enough vinyl to also do the dash rail and door liners. I also have the matching (what I planned to use) carpeting and a center console. My vision was to fill and sand the body smooth and paint the exterior a dark redburgundy pearlmetallic with the tan interior. The dash gauge
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