Engine ::: The first year for a big-block in a Corvette, the 396 L78 made one hell of a first impression, making well over 400 hp (an estimated 425 at the flywheel) in 1965. Only the Super Stock Hemi-powered Dodges and 427 side-oiler Fords made comparable power in those days, and they couldn't handle worth a darn.
Where's The Radio? Designed for performance over luxury, Gregory's Sting Ray was ordered without a radio. The sound of the side pipes would probably drown out the sound anyway. TIRES ::: Gregory boasts that these Pirelli rubbers are made for smoking. The stout 4.11 positraction rear gears promise it. UNVEILING ::: Found in a barn under a drop cloth, the L78 still brandishes its original California plates. BREAK TIME ::: Brothers Chuck and Gregory take a break from thrashing on their chassis-on restoration.
Gregory Janko's '65 Corvette by the NumbersGeneral InformationYear: 1965Make: ChevroletSeries: 94Model: CorvetteEngine: 396 ciHorsepower: 425Transmission: Four-Speed MuncieEngine Code suffix: IF
BlockCasting No.: 3855962Main: Four-bolt
Cylinder HeadCasting No.: 3856208 (Cast Iron)Intake/Exhaust Valve Size: 2.19/1.72Combustion Chamber: 108.98
Intake Manifold (Aluminum)Casting No.: 3866963
CarburetorHolley 4150List No. 3124Exhaust ManifoldsCasting (Left Hand) No. 3856301Casting (Right Hand) No. 3856302
DistributorStamping No.: 1111093Engine/HP/Application: 396/425 hpHousing: Cast Iron External AdjustmentPoint: Mag PulseNotes: Tach Drive Alternator1100696, 42 Amp, All 396 IT
TransmissionFour-Speed Close Ratio Muncie M21Maincase: AluminumExtension Housing: AluminumType: Synchromesh, all forward gearsGear Ratios1st: 2.20:12nd: 1.64:13rd: 1.28:14th: DirectReverse: 2.27:1Maincase Casting No.: 3851325Extension Housing Casting No3846429 (until 2/65)3857584 (after 2/65)Sidecover Casting No.: 3831707