Lookin' Good - After the car was back up on its feet, it started looking better and better
The car is a red '64 small-block, four-speed coupe with a stock black interior. The car hadn't been driven in many years, but it had been properly stored (between Washington and Arizona) so the chassis was solid and rust-free.
After the Corvette was delivered, the old engine and tranny were prepared for removal, and the body was stripped down to bare fiberglass, revealing some prior front-end collision damage that was poorly repaired. So the decision was made to hang a fresh jig-built front end and a '67 big-block hood on the car, provided by Jerry Geizler of Corvette Image located in Oregon. Corvette Restoration AZ uses Jerry's parts exclusively, and the quality, fit, and finish are excellent. The rear fenders had also been previously cut out to mount wider tires, which were, unfortunately, poorly repaired back to original.
Currently, the body is being transformed with a wide body kit, giving the car the ability to apply all the forthcoming horsepower to the road with some substantial rubber. "Cheetah Bob," the builder of Bill Thomas' continuation Cheetahs, graciously fabricated the fender flares using Corvette Restoration AZ's own molds. These wide-body parts are made to order and really make the car's beastly-styled attitude-wider shoulders with a super muscular stance.
The front wheel is now back on and rolling.
A few highlights of this kick-butt, modified C2 coupe that CF and Corvette Restoration AZ are building for the Timber Wolf Speed Shop:
* It will be powered by a 393ci small-block "Maxi Mouse" stroker motor, built by noted engine builder JD Machine of Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Preliminary dyno numbers are quite impressive: 475 BHP and 480 lb-ft of torque at only 5,600 rpm.
* Hedman headers will expel the spent fuel into original side pipes.
* A Be Cool radiator and fan system will be keeping all that horsepower chilled.
* Classic Motor Sports Group supplied a new five-speed Tremec transmission and all the related hardware.
* Vette Brakes & Products has provided all their latest and greatest brake-and-suspension components to bring the car into the 21st century in fine style.
* Al Knoch supplied one of his dead-on black vinyl interiors.
* Corvette Clocks by Roger will refurbish the instrument panel and clock.
* A Vintage Air A/C system will keep the cabin chilly.
* Custom Auto Sound provided their latest high-end sound system.
* Flaming River is providing a polished tilt column and steering wheel.
Wheelin' & Dealin' - Kim negotiating the purchase with Jerry Sawyer.
Do you think you know classic cars? Well, here's your chance to prove it. Timber Wolf is transforming six classics back to their original glory in the Timber Wolf Speed Shop-then they're giving them away! The Timber Wolf C2 project car is part of this promotion. But if you want to drive home a winner, you'll have to use your "gearhead."
Here's how it all works: From May 15 to November 1, you'll find a code under the lid of every Timber Wolf can. Enter that code at TWSPEEDSHOP.COM, pick a car, and estimate how much you think it will be worth once the transformation is complete. For a better estimate of its value, you can watch web videos of each car's transformation and read articles right here in Corvette Fever on our car, as well as in Street Rodder ('32 Ford coupe), Mopar Muscle ('69 Super Bee), Hot Rod ('57 Chevy), Mustang Monthly ('69 Mustang Sportsroof ), and Car Craft ('67 Ford Fairlane). If you're the first person whose bid is on the money, that car is yours!
Stay tuned. There is a lot more action coming your way as we continue to build this incredible Corvette right here in the pages of Corvette Fever.
What's Up? - James surveying the scene and contemplating the build.
Corvette Restoration AZ is a state-of-the-art restoration facility located in the heart of metropolitan Phoenix. With 10,000 square feet of shop area and a spray booth, the experts headed by Kim Ian Madsen are able to handle all types of restorations and resto-mods. For the last six years, Kim has provided breakdown assistance for the prestigious Copperstate 1000 Road Rally, sponsored by the Phoenix Art Museum. He coordinates three mechanics and six trucks, including three tow trucks provided by AAA Arizona. Approximately 85 exotic cars travel 1,000 miles in four days through the scenic secondary roads of beautiful Arizona. It's a challenging task, but Kim and his crew manage to make astonishing repairs on the road to all types of vehicles.
The crew at Corvette Restoration AZ includes Kim Ian Madsen, owner with over 30 years of shop ownership; James Breck Alvord, body shop manager and fiberglass maestro; Nikki Miller, office manager extraordinaire; Eric Martins, ASE certified tech and Vette suspension expert; Troy Westerman, shop fabricator and welder; Dean Vitullo, fiberglass expert; David "Fuzzy" Dungy, all-around go-to-guy; Elio Diaz, bodyman and painter; Shaun Guerin, combo guy; Steve Neel, C1 expert in pursuit of NCRS master judge level; and Jeff Stemshorn, paint finish expert.
Corvette Restoration AZ
Tempe, AZ 85281
YOU COULD WIN THIS CAR, or one of five other classics at the Timber Wolf Speed Shop. Go to TWSPEEDSHOP.com for details.
No Purchase Necessary to enter or win in the Timber Wolf Speed Shop Promotion. For Official Rules and how to obtain a free code, visit www.TWSPEEDSHOP.com. Starts 12:01 a.m. CT 5/15/07 and ends 11:59 p.m. CT 11/1/07, or while supplies last. Open to legal residents of the contiguous 48 U.S. & D.C. (excluding VA & MA), 21-or-older, tobacco users, and for those with a valid U.S. driver's license. Void in VA, MA, and where prohibited.
Sponsor: Pinkerton Tobacco Co. LP.