The World Famous Classic Corvette Collection
| 1957 Corvette, Designed and Built by, Kent Waters Originals.
Brakes: Willwood superlite aluminum 6 piston calipers, with gas vented, cross drilled, and zinc plated 12.900 inch rotors. Aluminum hats and Willwood tandem master cylinder. All stainless hard lines and flex lines.
Wheels: Boyd Coddington- Crown Jewel 18x8 inch, polished inside and outside.
Tires: Bridgestone KDW-2 autocross compound.
Steering: Corvette C-4 rack and pinion with sweet MFC power steering pump, sprint car manufacturing firewall column drop. Flaming River all polished steering column with a Budnick Custom leather wrapped steering wheel.
Instrumentation: Custom built by Classic Instruments; designed by Tom Gagle with all electronic movement, custom graphics with stainless trim and convex faces.
Climate: Vintage Heat and Air system with 4 outlets, plus (electronic servo) floor with strearhline backlit control panel. .....
Audio: JVC head unit with CD-DVD player, 2x3 inch in dash monitor and 15-inch DVD monitor in trunk. 2 JL Audio 8-inch Subwoofers and four 6-inch JL Audio mid bass with tweeters and a Audison Amp.
Finish Frame: Frame-8 Mills Powder Coat; Suspension- 8 Mills Powder Coat; Exhaust- High temp Ceramic inside and out.
Finish Body: PPG- DBC Basecoat -Global Clear-coat.
Convertible Top: Custom built by Al-Knoc with same STA-FAST Material used on 2006 Corvettes.
Body Modifications: Custom widened quarter panels, Shaved front bumper guards, Cowl opening removed, Antenna removed, Tag is rolled and recessed into valance, 58 Corvette tail lights.
Other Features: Nu-Relics Modern Drive Power Window System, Hydraulic Assist on trunk lid and Rear Deck, Under Dash Modified Manual Lever Front Brake Lock, LED GM Engine Diagnostic Tool, K&N Air Filtration System Mounted in Front Radiator Cavity, AC High Pressure Safety Swifter, Custom Built 4 Row Aluminum Radiator, Custom Shroud, MSD High Output inter-cooled alternator, MSD Distributor, Coil and Plug wires.
Letter of Explanation of 1957 Resto-Mod Construction
Ron, This is a brief description of the '57 Corvette.
I bought the car from a close friend of mine that had owned it since 1966. He was the second owner. He also sold me a '54 Corvette that I still own. I brought the '57 back to Georgia and immediately disassembled it and sent it to be media stripped.
The next step was to widen the quarter panel to get adequate tires under the rear of the car. I did this instead of tubing the car so that the soft-top would still be functioning. You can see in the build pictures on the disc that I made a 3 inch bonding strip with the English wheel, cut the quarters off and re-installed them with the bonding strip in place. It added one and a half inches per side making the car three inches wider.
Next I made a custom recessed tag holder, moving the tag down from the deck lid to the lower tail pan. I then- inverted the rear bumpers to make the tag lights shine down on the tag in its new position. Essentially using the left bumper on the right and the right bumper on the left.
Next the center cowl vent was removed and glassed inland front lower bumper guards were removed. The notches in the front lower valance were glassed in. 1958 Corvette taillights were fitted to round out the rear quarters. There are 6 coats of fiberglass resing were applied and hand block sanded in between coats to refurbish and seal the original fiberglass.
We spent 180 man hours alone fitting the hood, door and trunk lid gaps. A hydraulic assist system was made for the deck lid and convertible top cover. The body was then set aside for two months to allow all of the fiberglass to properly cure while we worked on the chassis. The chassis was cad-designed to fit the '57 body and the big block engine along with the Corvette C- 4 suspension front and rear.
The engine was installed and all of the exhaust was hand built and sent to be ceramic coated.
The entire chassis was sent to be powder coated along with suspension. 8 mils of powder coat was applied. The standard is 6 mils. We then inverted the body and spent 50 hours on the under side prepping it for paint.
The body was then painted and allowed to cure before buffing. The chassis was assembled then the body placed on and bolted down.
All glass was installed and fitted and power window' s was added. Custom Wilwood brakes were built and installed on car. Two batteries were added in the trunk along with all of the electronics. The car when finished had a near perfect 50/50 weight balance front to rear.
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