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Projects 1958 Corvette (I'm the new tire fryer)

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by LowKat, Aug 21, 2017.

  1. I'll be picking up this '58 Vette in a couple days and will have better pictures then.

    It belonged to my friend of 25 years that passed away on my birthday 2 years ago.
    He started building it as a show car in 1973 when he was 19 years old.
    It was finished about '75 and a show winner into the 80's.

    The paint is 40+ years old but still looks decent.
    After checking the VIN, determined it's serial #00026.
    Built on the 1st day of production October 14th 1957.
    Five more were built after it that day.

    When his widow decided to let it go, she was looking for the "right person" to enjoy it as the hot rod it is and not "ruin it by restoring". I told her she can come over for a ride anytime. She was kind enough to let me make a down payment on it, then gave me the time I needed to sell my 61 Impala and get the funds together. She was having a hard time signing the contract as she loved that car.

    My Impala sold a couple days ago to a cool guy from California that's going to restore.
    01 AWAYDSC00096 zzz.jpg

    I didn't check the stamp code yet but the Vette engine is a great running built 1967 solid lifter 327 with double hump heads and polished Vette aluminum valve covers. Vintage dual plane aluminum intake and a 750 Holly double pumper. Trans is a Super T-10 with a Hurst shifter and T-handle. Original factory 4:11 posi. Old school chrome traction bars. This car got driven plenty.

    I'll be changing a few things like putting on some early style Torque Thrust wheels with blackwall tires instead of the wires. The engine compartment will loose the anodized Aeroquip stuff and get an air cleaner that's old school. Also put on some black plug wires, distributor cap and maybe some stock ignition shielding. Start looking for some 3:55 or 3:70 gears.



    Comes with the stock '58 washboard hood which probably will go back on.

    Not crazy about the flames but will leave them for now.


    Has 1970's diamond tuck seats and door panels that are high quality and nice shape.
    The hardtop and soft top are both included.

    Already found a year of manufacture license plate and the perfect frame in my junk.

    DSC09812 plate.JPG

    Criticism, comments and ideas are welcome.
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2018
  2. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,635


    cool. love the 61
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  3. I love it! Do the changes you mentioned ( including hood) just to bring it back into focus and drive the wheels off of it!
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    Joined: Nov 8, 2005
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  5. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 26,002

    Jalopy Joker

    Congrats - your friend must smiling down on you & Vette
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  6. slowmotion
    Joined: Nov 21, 2011
    Posts: 3,253


    I like your plan too. '58s are unique as you well know. Gonna be spot-on when you do your thing to it.
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  7. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 4,659


    Sweet, like your plan. Drive it!
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  8. Dick Stevens
    Joined: Aug 7, 2012
    Posts: 3,060

    Dick Stevens

    I would consider painting the coves silver, I think that black and silver makes a great combination.
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  9. There's a lot to like about the Vette. Particularly the sentimental attachemnt. I would also find it very hard to sell the vert.!!!
  10. jimdillon
    Joined: Dec 6, 2005
    Posts: 3,079


    Mark not sure how large you are but the one thing I really appreciate is the smaller steering wheels. I had Chuck Pelton make me a couple that look stock IMO but give you extra room not only for your waistline (if such is an issue) but also to give your left leg a bit more room to work the clutch. I am 6'1" and my knees can get in the way of the stock wheel and I like kicking the clutch on occasion when I need an attitude adjustment.

    The rest of your plan sounds good. Some guys don't like the 58 hood and trunk spears but I kind of like them. I'd vote for the hood change as well.
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  11. els
    Joined: Sep 11, 2016
    Posts: 359


    Jim, good call on the steering wheel. I also put a FAT GUY steering wheel on my 62.
  12. oldsjoe
    Joined: May 2, 2011
    Posts: 2,531


    One FINE Vette but that 61 was also FINE! As Vettes go 58 is my favorite your upgrades sound spot on can't wait to see the after pictures! Joe
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  13. els
    Joined: Sep 11, 2016
    Posts: 359


    GREAT FIND, if you want to sell your wire wheels, let me know. GREAT CAR.
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  14. BadgeZ28
    Joined: Oct 28, 2009
    Posts: 1,089

    from Oregon

    Nice vette. I tried out a 1962 back in the 60's and couldn't fit. Too damn tall. Wouldn't work as a daily. Didn't find one I could live with until the C3 came out in 68. Enjoy your new ride.
  15. Dick Stevens
    Joined: Aug 7, 2012
    Posts: 3,060

    Dick Stevens

    I maybe would have bought a 58 fuelie, but one of the used car salesmen went to lunch and had the keys in his pocket. I had intentions of buying a new 63 Impala SS and I did, from a different dealer.
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  16. hounddogjake
    Joined: May 13, 2017
    Posts: 25


    My first Corvette was a 1958 totally stock right down to the hubcaps and mint condition purchased from the Mayor of a small town close to home. It was his daughters graduation present and she left for college and didn't want it any longer. Had to scrape together all of $1200.00 to make the deal ! Year was 1965.

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  17. Nice car! Personally, I do not care for the ghost flames. I do have another suggestion for your consideration for the cove area. Back in the early '60's, I had a friend with a similar black Vette. He painted the cove with a color fade, which was quite possible with lacquer. On his car, the leading edge of the cove was a red-bronze color. The rear tip of the cove was yellow-gold. The rest of the cove was a continual fade from front to back of the cove. It really stood out as compared to the normal silver cove.
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  18. Nice car and I like the new wheel choice
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  19. Very nice. You did great. The few changes you mentioned, and it's good to go. Like your friend did, drive the snot out of it.
  20. When I loose the flames it will stay all black.
    I like silver coves but 2-tone says classic car to me.
    Black says hot rod.

    I already did the classic Vette and NCRS stuff 30 years ago.
    My goal now is to piss off those guys.
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  21. Dick Stevens
    Joined: Aug 7, 2012
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    Dick Stevens

  22. For you 61 Impala lovers it was a good car BUT....
    ... let's say you have a choice between two women for a date.

    One is big and has a large back seat (kids).
    Other is petite, 800+ lbs lighter with no kids.

    One has a drop top on command.
    Other has no top (or a choice of two on command).

    One is slow and lazy so takes a while to get rev'd up.
    Other has several speeds and winds up tight quickly in any of them.

    One needs some make-up, a facelift and a new dress.
    Other is good to go with a bath and a rub down.

    One you'd date because you feel sorry for her and can make her better.
    Other is your dream girl from 25 years ago.

    I choose "Other"
  23. jcmarz
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
    Posts: 4,636

    from Chino, Ca

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  24. jcmarz
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
    Posts: 4,636

    from Chino, Ca

    Also, you can paint the coves Silver, White, or Red, but use the original 58 Corvette color.

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  25. LowKat, that '61 droptop was a great car, but you made a greater deal getting the '58 Vette. I agree with you on painting the coves black. Also agree with your changes for the hood, wheels, tires, and under the hood. I'm sure it's of low importance, but if you have even the slightest interest of having a radio, you'll need that ignition cover and some good suppression wires. The main thing I'd say is to use the 3.70 gears. They'll be a good match for that engine. They'll be quite streetable yet give you the go when you step on the loud pedal. Best Wishes!
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2017
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  26. pigfluxer
    Joined: Feb 15, 2006
    Posts: 207


    Sorry about your buddy,his car could not have landed in a better garage.
  27. choptop40
    Joined: Dec 23, 2009
    Posts: 3,737


    Best year IMO
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  28. enloe
    Joined: May 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,658

    from east , tn.

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  29. metalman
    Joined: Dec 30, 2006
    Posts: 3,279


    Other then the hood that car is a 70's throwback for sure. I'd even thought the flames were done then, that style of ghost flame was real popular then.
    Back in the 70's I spent some seat time in a black with silver coves 58. It was a cool car but I hated it, wasn't fun to drive. Maybe it was a combination of 60 series bias ply on 8" rims in the front (bitch to steer but it was the 70's) and being 6'4" took all the fun out it.
    I still wouldn't mind giving a C1 another try though!
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