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These tabs showcase the actual award winning 1959 Chevrolet Corvette up for raffle. You’ll see feature magazine articles and get a glimpse into the 4 year intensive restoration and RHD conversion since its purchase in 2005.
EVERY NUT AND BOLT:
This extensive restoration project progressed piece by piece over four years in Illinois USA by SRIII Motorsports. Every panel was removed and restored – access to all areas. In the process of converting to RHD, parts of the car were exposed that would not ordinarily be seen.
UNDER THE HOOD:
When you look under the hood, past the massive cool air intake, chrome work and custom engine cover, you’ll see a smooth firewall… you won’t see a battery, solenoids or wiring. Aficionados may notice the manually operated air vent is missing…. it’s been replaced by cool air conditioning. They may point out the fuel filler is gone… along with the fumes – read on to find out why, where and how.
For the perfectionists… “The steering wheel’s on the wrong side of the car” you say? Technically, the wheel is on the ‘Right’ side of the car. For those more used to shifting with your right hand, be careful you don’t open the door instead – no problem for Aussies though.
When you put your foot flat to the floor and feel yourself pressed against the seat unwinding out of a corner, you’ll know that the car is there for you. From it’s 3-dimensional frame, to the powerful 400hp LS2 V8, this car is built to impress.
The most notable feature of this 1959 Corvette is the right hand drive conversion. The conversion sparked a number of other ‘improvements’.
The conversion was not as simple as the symmetrical looking dash and instrument cluster would suggest. The original metal instrument cluster was restored and re-sculpted to fit on the right hand side of the car. Similarly, the passenger grab bar and ‘Corvette’ monogrammed insert needed customisation to fit the opposite geometry.
The steering column and rack & pinion assembly was imported from an Australian muscle car. Rather than reinvent the wheel, tried and tested components were used.
The ‘Glove Box’ tray was deleted… it was argued this wasn’t a car to ‘run to the shops’ and the passenger would likely be hanging on.
Sexy and exquisite engineering didn’t come fast and certainly wasn’t easy … but has been worth it! Can you envisage yourself driving this beauty down to your local café, getting the “pole position” parking spot, stepping outside the car and immediately engaging in conversation as every person nearby has turned their head to the sound of your roaring v8…
Or this one… you go into your garage, push the red start button, the sound of your v8 hums as you pull out on the street… your neighbours already know who you are… the envy of most men and the desire of a lot women… you take over from here…
Many additional improvements to the car were inspired by the choice of running gear and how it related to the 1959 Corvette body. For example, the Tremec 6 speed transmission was bolted directly to the differential.
This involved fitting a torque tube and creating a ‘tunnel’ – involving body modifications. The tunnel ran through the fuel tank, and so the decision was made to relocate the tank rather than modify it.
Where is the fuel filler? Where has the familiar smell of gasoline gone? In moving the fuel tank to the spare well, gone is the external filler cap and up went the capacity. Again, sleek external lines contribute to the sharp look. A larger capacity custom fuel tank was built and the spare tire was deleted.
Not only is the battery gone from the engine bay, but so are most of the solenoids and clutter from the firewall. Now safely tucked away inside the kick panels, the LS2 engine computer and circuits are kept dry and out of sight. The battery was relocated to behind the driver’s seat clearing the engine bay. An Alpine amplifier and two subwoofers were fitted here too, unnoticeable from the exterior.
The original 1959 foot operated emergency brake was replaced in the switch from left to right, to a custom hand brake fitted down the centerline.
YEAR / MAKE / MODEL:
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
SRIII Motorsports custom Stage III round tube frame chassis
Original 1959 fiberglass body
Chevrolet 400HP LS2 5.7L V8
Rear mounted Tremec 6sp
Full C5 corvette suspension throughout
BBK large diameter heat coated headers
C5 power brakes with powder coated calipers and drillled and slotted rotors
QA1 coil-over shocks
FINAL DRIVE / DIFFERENTIAL:
C5 rear differential with 3.90 gears
Stainless steel twin exhausts and shields
C5 engine bell housing, manual flywheel, clutch, and pressure plate
C5 hydraulic clutch throw out bearing
C5 flywheel bolts and pilot bearing
Custom 4″ cold air intake
Custom engine cover
Centrally located emergency brake
Power rack & pinion steering
Stainless steel fuel lines
Stainless steel brake lines
Burgundy Pearl metallic paint on chassis
Black underbody chip guard coating
2004 Corvette Electron Blue with White Pearl Coves in Dupont Chromabase
Arctic White Ultra-Leather with blue suede accents by Mark’s Custom Interiors
Billet Specialties 18” x10” rear wheels 18” 8” front wheels
Right Hand Drive conversion for Australian owner
Filled and smoothed firewall
Battery relocated to convertible well
Air intake box replaced by Vintage Air air conditioning
Custom fuel tank with increased capacity relocated to rear spare well to allow sound system and battery installation in cockpit
To enjoy the full potential of this car, the quarter panels were widened to fit the full width C5 suspension and rear end set up.
Many cars shorten the half shafts which doesn’t allow as much wheel travel. Not as much as the C5 corvette design engineers intended.
The original 1959 wheels could hardly be called wide, close though, they were often white, but definitely not wide.
Driving now with a full 4” wider stance translates into a more masculine look. 10” tires look natural under the widened quarter panels. Compare the width of the original 1959 Corvette quarter.
1959 Corvette Air Vent
Custom air vent added to disguise widening
With massive drilled and slotted discs shouting out from beneath the 18” Billet Specialties wheels, and two extra inches in the body either side, the opportunity for creativity arose.
Scoops were molded into the rear panel just aft of the doors with a modern stainless steel mesh insert reminiscent of european classic sports cars.
Exhaust once passed through the rear chromed bumpers in days gone by. Now, 45 degree cutoffs let the exhaust spill out 2 bends earlier with an incredible rumble.
On pressing the start button, the sound is awesome. It’s a sound that you can feel, like a good home cinema adds the fourth dimension to a movie. It isn’t like someone has drilled holes in the muffler, more like the muffler is bursting or underwater explosions are sounding. When heard roaring down the street, it’s a sound that would make you rush to the window to see what car it is, wishing it was yours.
Super Chevy Show
Held 8,9,10 August 2008 at the Bristol Dragway Tennessee, two awards were won:
~ 1st place in the 53-62 Modified Class
~ Best Corvette overall
Notable was a Right Hand Drive car won !! Many Corvette owners, particularly in the USA, regard changing a Corvette – in any way – as sacrilege.
WA Hot Rod Show
Entered at the last minute, due to challenges with the vehicle being released from Customs (after 18 months), two awards were won:
WA Hot Rod Show Second Show CarWA Hot Rod Show People's Choice Award
~ People’s Choice Award
~ Second: Street Machine Show Car Class
Como Rotary Car Show 2013
A variety of cars participated in the October 2013 Como Rotary Car Show. No trophies were awarded however the bottle of wine for the “People’s Choice Award” was very nice. www.comorotarycarshow.com
Como Rotary Car Show 2 Como Rotary Car Show 3 Como Rotary Car Show
Corvettes of Western Australia
Corvettes of WA People's Choice Award Hilarys at the 60th Anniversary of the Corvette, 30 Jun 2013, Corvettes of Western Australia hosted a car show at Hilary’s Boat Harbour. There was approximately 70 Corvettes present. More photos of the event here. Photos of each car coming or going here.
Jesus Racing Car Show 31 Oct 2015
Held at the Eastern Creek Motorway. Watch the promotional video here.
There was live racing, on-track demonstrations, stunning display cars, family activities and entertainment, and Andrew “Fishtail” Fisher gave us his insights on Passion, Purpose and Life on the big screen.
More photos here by God Speed Photography:
Australian Financial Review
Featured on page 3 of the Australian Financial Review 22 Jul 2011 (much to the disgust of my employer at the time who was jealous of even being in the publication…)
This article followed a 9 month ordeal with the Department of Transport resulting in an Import Approval.
Essentially the Department published Guidelines, a PowerPoint Presentation and Website for importing a motor vehicle to explain how to determine if a vehicle was re-manufactured. They relied upon these materials in refusing import approval. The publications were quoted from to refuse approval initially and the request for review of the decision was similarly denied with quotes from their own publications.
These publications were then denied during the Administrative Appeals Tribunal process where the Department attempted to isolate the definition of the word ‘manufactured’ to Regulation 17… not under Regulation 17, but ‘at’ Regulation 17. This was pointed out during the tribunal.
Import Approval was subsequently granted based solely on the car looking like an original 1959 Corvette… nothing to do with definitions etc…
Perth Street Car Magazine
Upon winning two awards at the Western Australia Hot Rod Show, a feature article was written following a photoshoot at one of Perth’s run down vintage buildings.
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Corvette Enthusiast Magazine 2008
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On the road