But nice isn't one of the words you'll use to describe Bob's '73 "C3-HR" (named for the Corvette's third generation and HarborVette Restoration), once he turns the key. "This car sounds so mean!" says Bob, who also notes a key feature of the VBP-enriched undercarriage. "It's a very strong, adjustable chassis, where you can change the ride exactly as you want it. There are four different settings. I ride it pretty hard-I just like that feel." Though it's a car that can carve up the twisties on a road course like Mid-Ohio with no problem, Bob says it hasn't shaken itself apart when he's driven it hard. "We built it so it was tight," he says. "I've been driving it, and there are no rattles in the chassis-it's solid as a rock!"

Should you be considering building your own Vette-Rod, Bob advises, "Buy one with a complete body. Don't start from the ground up."

DATA FILE ::: '73 Corvette "c3-hr" coupe
Owned by Bob Lucas, Union City, Pennsylvania
BODY
Restored/modified production '73 Corvette Coupe
MODIFICATIONS L88 hood and fender flares, custom tube grille, rocker moldings and front bum
per, smoothed firewall/engine bay, widened rear spoiler
BODYWORK AND PAINT
PREPARATION
HarborVette Performance Restoration, Erie, Pennsylvania
PAINT PPG Silver Grey (basecoat/clearcoat), applied by HarborVette Performance Res
toration, Erie, Pennsylvania
CHASSIS
FRAME Original '73 Corvette, powdercoated silver
SUSPENSION (Front) Vette Brake Products (VBP) Grand Touring Plus adjustable compo
site monoleaf with VBP upper/lower tubular, poly-bushed A-arms and Bilstein
shocks; (Rear) VBP Grand Touring Plus adjustable composite monoleaf with
VBP upper/lower tubular, poly-bushed trailing arms and Bilstein shocks
STEERING Steeroids rack-and-pinion system, power assisted
BRAKES VBP C5 four-wheel disc brake conversion with slotted rotors
WHEELS Boze, 18x9-inch front, 18x10-inch rear
TIRES Falken 265/45/ZR18 front, 295/45/ZR19 rear
ENGINE
Overhead-valve V-8, Chevrolet LS1
BUILT BY More Performance, Charlotte, North Carolina
DISPLACEMENT 350 ci
IGNITION Stock LS1 individual cylinder coils
INDUCTION LS1-style electronic fuel injection with LS6 intake
WIRING HARNESS EFI Connection custom harness
EXHAUST Street & Performance headers, Flowmaster mufflers, mandrel-bent 23/4-inch
diameter stainless steel exhaust pipes with H-pipe
FUEL DELIVERY Custom electric in-tank fuel pump and Rock Valley stainless fuel tank
HORSEPOWER 485 at 6,700 rpm
TORQUE 395 ft-lb at 5,400 rpm