Data File: '66 Corvette Sting Ray Z066 Convertible
Owner: Doyle Thomas, Longview, Texas
Modified production '66 Sting Ray convertible
Modifications: C5 firewall, C5 door latches/handles, Philadelphia Motorsports conversion floorpan and rear quarter-panel flares
Bodywork: Automotive Specialties, Longview, Texas
Paint: DuPont Chroma custom silver basecoat/clearcoat; Paint preparation and applied by Automotive Specialties, Longview, Texas
Philadelphia Motorsports' round-tube frame not only fits the later Z06 hardware under the C2's body, but does so looking like a work of art.
Frame: Philadelphia Motorsports custom tube frame, powder-coated silver to match body
Suspension: (Front) 2003 C5 Z06 with Koni coilovers (Rear) 2003 C5 Z06 with Koni coilovers
Steering: Modified 2003 C5 Z06, power-assisted
Brakes: 2003 C5 Z06, front and rear
Wheels: 2003 C5 Z06 wheels, front and rear
Tires: Goodyear Eagle F1, 265/40R17 front, 295/35R18 rear
Overhead valve V8, GM Powertrain LS6
Originally built: GM Powertrain, Wixom, Michigan
Modifications: Custom air filter/ducting, custom ECM programming by Speed Scene Wiring, San Antonio, Texas, engine components polished by MPR/Bill Fell, Pritchett, Texas
Displacement: 346 cubic inches (5.7L)
Compression ratio: 10.5:1
Cylinder heads: Production 2003 Z06, cast aluminum
Ignition: OEM Delphi coil-on-plug
Induction: OEM 2003 Z06 electronic fuel injection
Camshaft: Production 2003 Z06
Exhaust: Camaro LS1 ceramic-coated manifolds with Stainless Works custom 2 1/2-inch side pipes
Horsepower: 405 @ 6,000 rpm (Advertised)
Torque: 400 ft./lbs. @ 4,800 rpm (Advertised)
Doyle Thomas not only has...
Doyle Thomas not only has this "hidden Z06," but a '69 Stingray-based one in the works.
2003 C5 Corvette six-speed transaxle
Shifter: Hurst shifter (in modified C5 console)
Modified production 2003 C5 Corvette interior fitted to '66 body
Modified by: Automotive Specialties, Longview, Texas and Paul Adkins Interiors, Cullman, Alabama
Modifications: Everything-2003 C5 interior was "tailored" to fit into original '66 body
Seats: Modified 2003 Corvette sport seats with Torch Red leather upholstery by Paul Adkins Interiors, Cullman, Alabama
Carpets: Torch Red cut-pile
Instrumentation: OEM 2003 C5 Z06 (0-200 mph speedometer, 0-7,000 rpm tachometer with 6,500 rpm redline, plus fuel level, oil pressure, ammeter and coolant temperature gauges).
Sound system: OEM 2003 Delco-Bose AM/FM tuner/CD player with XM Satellite Radio receiver
Heater: OEM 2003 C5 Z06
A/C: OEM 2003 C5 Z06
Passenger-side airbag space...
Passenger-side airbag space was used for a glovebox.
Z06 exhausts were lengthened,...
Z06 exhausts were lengthened, and then hidden behind these stock-looking covers. It sounds even better than it looks, per Doyle.
The big rubber, rims and brakes...
The big rubber, rims and brakes from the Z06 fit nicely inside the earlier wheel wells.