'57 Chevrolet Corvette
Here's how Bill's '57 Corvette...
Here's how Bill's '57 Corvette looked when he bought it way back when. Multi-hue "Psychedelic" color scheme was typical of customs of the early/mid-'70s. Photo Courtesy Bill Kroll
: Bill Kroll, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
Original production '57 Corvette, with Outrageous Paints' quarter-panels (1 1/2 inches wider than stock)
Bodywork: And paint preparation by Owner and Frank Pleil, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
Paint: Hot Licks' Turquoise and Cream Pearl, basecoat/clearcoat; paint applied by Frank Pleil, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
Frame: Corvette Correction rectangular-tube frame
Suspension: (Front) '93 Corvette C4 with Bilstein shocks (Rear) '93 Corvette C4 with Bilstein shocks
Steering: '93 Corvette rack-and-pinion, power-assisted
Brakes: Baer four-wheel disc brakes (13-inch rotors in front, 12-inch rotors in back), power-assisted
Wheels: Billet Specialties billet aluminum, 17-inch diameter front/18-inch diameter rear
Tires: BFGoodrich Radial T/A KDWs all around
Here's the bare body of Bill's...
Here's the bare body of Bill's '57, taken during the time that he and Bill Pleil were restoring it. When it was finished, the son of another of Bill's friends asked if the car was built from scratch. Bill showed him this picture and said, "Is this scratch enough?" Photo Courtesy Bill Kroll
GM Powertrain LS1 overhead-valve V8
: 346 cubic inches (5.7 L)
: Production LS1
: Production LS1 coil-on-plug electronic ignition
: Production LS1 electronic fuel injection
: Production LS1 hydraulic roller camshaft
: Custom headers by Street & Performance, custom-fabricated exhaust pipes and Hush Power mufflers.
: 345 @ 5600 rpm (Advertised)
: 350ft. /lbs. @ 4400 rpm (Advertised)
Tremec 6-speed manual
Rear End: Dana 36 with a 3.73-geared Positraction differential
Customized/restored '57 Corvette
Restored By: Portage Trim, Ravenna, Ohio
Seats: Wise Guys bucket seats with beige ultra leather uphoilstery
Carpets: Custom beige wool carpeting by PortageTrim
Instrumentation: Classic Instruments custom gauges (0-140 mph speedometer in front of driver, plus 0-7000 rpm tachometer with no redline, fuel level, oil pressure, ammeter, coolant temperature gauges in center of dash) replaced the OEM '57 Corvette gauge set.
Sound System: Pioneer AM/FM/CD head unit in dash with Alpine speakers
HVAC: Hot Rod Air