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History The Dick Shea Custom Corvette

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Jive-Bomber, Apr 14, 2020.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
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    Jive-Bomber submitted a new blog post:

    The Dick Shea Custom Corvette

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    Continue reading the Original Blog Post
     
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  2. Ryan
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    I've always felt this car was only wheels and tires away from being perfection...
     
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  3. Blade58
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    That is cool looking, kind of reminds me of a Jag
     
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  4. rc57
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
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    Agree with Ryan..

    How does one come to the realization that a '49 Studebaker windshield will work perfect in your Vette?

    Interesting read.
     
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  5. Moriarity
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    yup, probably wire wheels and gold line firestone indy tires (not the really wide ones) or pinstripe or double pinstripe whites... really an elegant looking car. does it still exist??
     
  6. Moriarity
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    and man o man that steering wheel!!!!
     
  7. Ryan
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    Yep. Nailed it.
     
  8. GordonC
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    Makes me wonder if Chevrolet was watching and saw this and decided it would be a good idea for the 63 split window? But a cool car!
     
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  9. Rolleiflex
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    Wow that thing is super.

    Somebody please say it still exists!
     
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  10. Any idea when he finished it? Just wondering if he had this on the road before Chevy came out with the Sting Ray in 1963. It looks like it was factory built that way and I really dig the 409. Well done.
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  11. corncobcoupe
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    Bitchin '
     
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  12. corncobcoupe
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    You mean Borrani's with Gold Lines...... like this. rivi1 (2).jpg

    There was only one car on Google images with Borrani's and Gold lines.
    Yea.....
     
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  13. goldmountain
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    I would love to see a picture of the window regulator but I know it isn't going to happen.

    Sent from my SM-T350 using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
     
  14. Silva
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    Wow! really nice proportions and tasteful design execution. Love it, minus wheels and tires...
     
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  15. WOW, I really like this one....WOW!
    WOW!
     
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  16. This makes me want to buy lottery tickets! So could have a clone built!
     
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  17. harpo1313
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    Hope something comes up on this one.
     
  18. That´s extremely cool. Why did he make a frame for it though? Did he not start with a complete Corvette?
     
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  19. Moriarity
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    The boss's rivi... I seem to remember suggesting those "corvette" tires to him when he first got it...
     
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  20. Perfect from every angle. I hope it is still alive somewhere.
     
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  21. That Vette is killer. I can't believe I've never seen pictures of it before.
     
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  22. Yup, this thing is about as good as it gets.
     
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  23. alchemy
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    Nothing at all wrong with American Lemans. Even the whitewalls work for the era.
     
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  24. atomickustom
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    I've never seen it either and I have dozens of books & mags on customs & kustoms!
     
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  25. goldmountain
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    How about this one too? Scan-200414-0001.jpg
     
  26. Jive-Bomber
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    That one's looking a little 'chunky' at the B and C pillars... Could be the angle though.
     
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  27. Bob Lowry
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    How about these kits that they were selling back in the 60's... vettecustomfrontend3.jpg
     
  28. Fingers crossed it didn't fall into the hands of a "restorer" at some point. It's funny how time changes perspective. Remember how restorers used to have the mantra that hot rodders were butchers? When it comes to cases of kustoms and hot rods being changed back to stock, who are the butchers now?
     
  29. jnaki
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    Hello,

    Thanks for the nice clear article about the Dick Shea custom Corvette. By 1963, the stock Corvette had the split window in the fastback styling. But, this style is more reminiscent of an American XKE Jaguar Coupe. It would have given GM a coupe style to go with the fastback models. With the 409? Light body, sporty car feel, what more could you ask for in a GM sports car? A 12 second street driven sports car is pretty awesome.
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    Jnaki


    But, for all rules as per sports car drag racing, it had to be in a Gas Coupe/Sedan Class or be shoved into the Modified Sports Car Class. Afterall, it is not factory produced. As far as styling for the street and shows, it stood out in a class by itself.

    In 1963, we encountered a 327 powered, dual quad, XKE during the Spring Break Vacation at Newport Beach’s Merle’s Drive In Restaurant parking lot. It sounded very healthy and had challenged almost everyone in the parking lot before we had arrived. He must have been successful as he had a ton of cash, a big mouth, and had the attitude of invincibility. We just happened to be in my friend’s newly built 409 powered Henry J for the classic coastal cruise down to Merle’s drive in during the vacation. It was supposed to be just a cruise.

    The XKE Jag had the power, light weight body and a loudmouth 20 something acting like a turd. So, we drove back to our Seal Beach empty, night time drag strip. It was located between the camouflaged, ammunition buildings of a Naval Supply Station and had the time of our lives, shutting up that loudmouth. We even earned $25 dollars in the end. Whoo hoo!

    That combination of XKE + 327 was powerful. We can picture how much more the Dick Shea 409 powered, custom Corvette would have over this XKE Jag. That certainly would have been a great race, 409 Dick Shea Corvette and the 409 powered Henry J in 1963.
     
  30. patsurf
    Joined: Jan 18, 2018
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    DO NOT ever stop w/ these stories-they are wonderful memory triggers!!-thanks!!
     

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