Corvette Central Kicks Off 1963 Split-Mod Restoration Project!
by Keith Cornett
CorvetteCentral and Chris Petris have teamed up again to bring together a real cool project called the "Split Mod." Essentially, itís the restoration of a severely rusted 1963 Corvette Coupe. Instead of the traditional matching-numbers restoration, which would be somewhat difficult considering the car has no motor or transmission, the rebuild will result in the creation of a fun, drivable Midyear Corvette. The project is also going to be the subject of a book and so you can count on some great tips and advice offered along the way.
After setting up the guidelines of the project, Petris gives us his plan for part 1 of the Split Mod project Ė disassembly. If youíve ever taken part of a car restoration, the disassembly process can make or break it terms of cataloging the parts and process. In this first part, Petris goes through the steps of disassembling and separating the í63 Corvette from its body while photos document the process. The documentation so far has been impressive with nearly 60 photos and captions covering the dayís work.
In fact, I found the whole article to be quite informative and Iím already looking forward to the next installment. We havenít heard exactly what the plans are for the drive train, so it will be interesting to see what he comes up with.
If youíre interested in following this restoration, check out CorvetteCentral.
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