I found a replacement frame from a 73 Corvette parts car. I went to a local do it yourself sandblasting facility in the city and sandblasted my frame, wheels,bumper brackets,driveshafts and lots of other metal parts. The facility has a 200hp compressor with large sand hoppers and air supplied helmut. This sure beats trying to do it at home with the small 5hp compressor and no mess to clean up!
After about a year the chassis is completed. Rebuild included Stainless Steel brake/fuel lines, Energy Suspension Poly bushings, Moog steering components,Addco front/rear sway bars, 460lb front springs, 255-60-15 BFG tires, 2.5" exhaust with MagnaFlow mufflers, new rotors & Stainless sleeved calipers
My 350 L82 was numbers matching and a little down on power so i decided to put it away for safe keeping and build a 454 for it. Found a late 70's 454 short block for $150. Machine shop bored it .030 over, line honed the crank saddles, decked the block, turned the crank .010/.010 & hot tanked the block. Used ARP crank studs & fasteners throughout, Speedpro pistons (10.5 compression) Procomp heads 305cc runners, 119cc combustion chamber, 2.25" intake, 1.88 exhaust, 2" headman headers, Edelbrock performer intake, Comp Cams roller rockers, guide plates, pushrods, Quick Fuel 750cfm carb
Anonymous on Jan 22, 2009 said:
Great job. Building a 73 frame off myself. been into it for 9 months. Gonna be a brand new car...new everything. Painting it copper with sidepipes, foose 17" wheels, lemans front end. A kind of mutt..I can appreciate all the work that it takes now. In the past, just purchased without the work.
Sam Chavez Alb, NM[Reply to this comment]
Anonymous on Nov 23, 2009 said:
Very nice job and attention to detail. It's not a mutt, just customized.[Reply to this comment]
Anonymous on Nov 13, 2010 said:
how did you rivet the rocker channel back onto the body?[Reply to this comment]
Anonymous on Nov 8, 2011 said:
I used to do a lot of resto work. I've owned everything from a Lotus to 2 66 SS Malibu's, 3 67/68 RS,SS 1 1969 Z28, A very mint 1964 SS Impala a very rare high optioned car tilt wheel factory tach power ant, black with a grey/silver seats and door panels, factory fender skirts and the best of it all was the 327 375 hp with the M22 rock crusher, the second nicest car I owned, my first love was a 1969 Chrysler 300 2 dr hardtop with a 440 TNT 375 hp but I'm positive it was at least 100 hp more then it was advertised and torque was just unbelievable, hideaway headlights car was loaded power everything and climate control. I never ever knew how fast it could go cuz after 120 there was still so much more it would do, but I didnt have the balls to push it all the way. I've had Mustangs, Cougers a nice 68 Montego MX with a 351, buckets and console with factory A/C, they have become almost extinct, but I have been damned when it came to Corvettes I almost owned one that had been smashed up. nothing special a white 1980, but it was a Corvette, lol. These days I've been reduced to BMW's a 635CSi and a 1990 325 rag with less the 80k's both beautiful cars fast and handle well but I still haven't gotten my dream car which is a 69/70 Corvette. Oh but I wouldn't rule out a 67 big block with A/C,,but thats just dreaming. I loved working and restoring cars until I was seriously hurt in a workplace accident 9 yrs ago. Today my Hotrod is a 2007 Ford F150 FX4, at least it has that V8 growl, its loaded and comfy. I had a 72 Camaro with an LS6 for a spin, it brought me back to the days, but it wasn't a Corvette,lol. ,Congrats on your restoration, and its not a mutt its a Resto-Mod. I'm jealous, and too feeble to do that kind of project. All The Best!!!!moe[Reply to this comment]
TX73Vette on Aug 28, 2015 said:
Great job on bringing your 73 back to life. Looks awesome.. I know you get a Big Smile when you drive it and get a Thumbs up from people.. There is a web site dedicated specially for Our 73's its called the 73 Spot lots of great info there.
Dan[Reply to this comment]
hwcoop on Sep 4, 2015 said:
Thanks Dan! My car was featured on his site under restoration projects he once had but the free web site i was using went down some time ago, just never had the time to create another. The 73 Spot is an excellent site with lots of great tech articles. I enjoy reading the original road tests from the day.[Reply to this comment]
azmusclecar on Sep 4, 2015 said:
From one Corvette lover to another...very nice work! My first ride in a C2 Corvette at age 13 cemented my love affair with the car. I promised I would get one one day. Thank the Lord one came my way at the right time for the right money. Thumbs up!![Reply to this comment]
Anonymous on Jun 25, 2017 said:
I now have to replace the rocker channels on my 1973 Corvette. Would you be able to share a few details on how to remove the old ones? Great job and thanks for the details!, Sascha[Reply to this comment]