1967 Corvette Stingray Roadster
LS1 4L60E Resto-Mod
1967 Corvette Stingray Roadster bought in Lake Dallas Texas. We are building
this car for my wife. Originally a 327 4 speed car, the original Motor and
transmission are long gone. We wrestled with whether to install a nice 1967
427/425HP Big Block Rat motor for a Vintage look and assume the typical big
block problems that plagued these magnificent Muscle cars or Go Modern Resto-Mod
with a Freshened up 2002 Corvette LS1 with a 4L60E 4 speed Auto Transmission
with driveability at speeds capable of 140 MPH+. My wife chose the LS1. We
contacted Mark at street and performance and ordered the LS1/4L60E Kit complete
with chromed pullies, wiring harness, belts, radiator w/fan, Sanborn A/C all in
1) Remove the frame sand blast it and paint it with Eastwood Chassis Black
2) Install the front suspension.
We went to http://www.speeddirect.com/ They sent us
SharkBites Aluminum Control Arm Kits - Natural or Polished Finish
QA-1 Double-adjustable Shocks w/ Small Block springs
Steeroids for the Rack and pinion steering set up in chrome R&P 67-79 Corvette
SB - Power
Shark Bites Rear Coil Over Suspension Kit for 63-77 Corvettes - Double
Adjustable Shocks with Medium Springs
Shark Bites Front Coil Over Suspension Kit for 63-77 Corvettes - Double
Adjustable Shocks with Medium Springs
http://www.speeddirect.com/ SpeedDirect Orders (888) 731-1381 Tech Line
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3) The LS1/4L60E only has 37,000 miles from a 2002 Corvette. Now to Disassemble
The LS1 pully assemblies and inspect the internal pans for any metal debri or
sludge, this motor was low mileage and relatively clean. No damage found so We
do not need to rebuild but we will need to replace all of the gaskets that may
have been leaking. We replaced the intake, valve cover, oil pan and water pump
gaskets, we then prep for paint, we used easy off cooking spray and water. This
works great removing any oil and grease and it etches the aluminum and helps to
prepare for paint. next you use self etching primer. Now you are ready for
paint. we used Dupont Chroma base BC/CC Paint.
4) Mount the motor into the frame. For that we need a repositioning plate fro
the motor mounts from www.speedhound.com
the motor mount that we used from Auto Zone
5) Mount the motor into the frame.
Now to mount the
transmission The corvette has a solid cross member that is not removable so we
will need to modify it with out hurting the structural integrity and originality
of this Old Stingray. We measure the frame to motor mounts then we measure the
motor from the mounts to the tranny mount.
We used a 5"
piece of schedule 40 angle iron measure twice and cut once.
Now we re-install
the motor and check for fit and it works Great. Now Fred assembles the front
drives from our friends in Mena Arkansas at Street and Performance
www.hotrodlane.com Mark and Bear are a wealth of knowledge These parts fit
right and are of the highest quality.
Now to install
the brakes. we have re-used, cleaned up and installed new bearings in our wheel
hubs. Stainless steel brake company SSBS.com has furnished an extremely nice set
of Shark bite crossed drilled with slotted cooling stainless steel brake rotors
and powder coated corvette red SSBC Brake Calipers. the kit is easy and very
functional as well as adding beauty and durability to your resto-rod project.
we used PST
(performance suspension technologies) bushings and body mount bushings. Now we
mount our 17 X 8 Rally Wheels with Z rated red Line Tires.
our next step
next week will be to reinstall the body a dry run if you will to check out fit
and function, basically to see if we have any problems that need modified before
we start the Body work and paint. More to come stay tuned.
www.RedLineMuscleCars.com Fred and Kim Murfin
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BRAKE'S KILLER 4 WHEEL
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WITH ANY QUESTIONS.
FRED & KIM MURFIN 800 580 9299