While working on a story at the Corvette Clinic, I mentioned to the owner, Chris Petris, that I was in the market for a daily-driver Corvette. A few days later, Chris began a conversation by saying, “I’ve been thinking...” After some deliberation, this ’85 Corvette became a Corvette Fever project car. And project it is!

The engine and transmission are out of it, and we’ve chosen to put an LT1 where the L98 originally resided. The initial price of $5,000 included the body of the car, with all of the odds and ends that can possibly be stuffed inside, as well as an unassembled LT1 engine and transmission, and some go-fast goodies. The selling point of this car was the fact that Chris had taken the time to locate and purchase many of the parts necessary to complete the project, and that he’ll be coaching us each step of the way to ensure that the project will be a success.

Chris mentioned that we’ll almost double the actual cost of the car before we’re done, but the fact that it will be new in almost every respect makes it a cost-effective effort. He says that if you’re going to purchase a Corvette for $5,000-$7,000, you’ll most likely be doing major repairs before long.

Kevin Schylaske’s ’85 Corvette, which was covered in the June issue of Corvette Fever (“Crate Engine Install”), was also a $5,000 Corvette, and Kevin had the opportunity to drive his new Corvette only two days before the engine overheated. Since we have an empty block right now, we have the opportunity to install some performance modifications to take our engine to the next level of performance, and bring you along for the trip.

We’ll be doing some upgrades, which would be necessary sooner or later on any early C4. But before we get there, we’ll be doing a lot of cleanin’, scrapin’ and scrubbin’ to get everything ready to put back together. The benefit of this car being disassembled is that it makes cleaning and painting a lot easier. We’ll keep you posted on this ’85’s progress.