Most do not know me, I am not aiming to gain popularity by any means as I write this thread; just sharing my love affair.
I usually keep to myself here on the forum, admiring the work of fellow enthusiast and the beautiful cars they own. Reading the tips and tricks they have pointed out down the long road of building, restoring, and refurbishing their Corvettes to a personal piece of art...
As a young boy I found myself attracted to the lines of the C4 Corvette, and had never thought I would ever be so lucky to own my car at the age of 17 last spring.
This is my story, enjoy..
It all began with a simple craigslist ad for a 1995 Chevrolet Corvette, Torch red with tan interior. Looking through multiple ads on craigslist I kept going back to this one ad, looking the car over more and more; falling in love with the car the more I studied the pictures.
Well worn at 120,xxx miles, most would say it would be a car that should be passed on but something about it called to me and I knew I had to have it, I watched the ad for a few weeks as it fell lower and lower in price it made me more eager to call the seller.
the price came down to what I thought was acceptable, I instantly called the seller and the next day I went to go see it... I still remember it being backed in the driveway of the sellers house, once my eyes made contact with it I knew I had to have it.
it was love at first sight.
Like I had said, the car called to me. I had a grin from ear to ear when I fell behind the wheel of the car and put it into gear. I will never forget that moment.
20 minutes after that drive I was back in it, headed home. It was such a rush having such a powerful car but I knew it demanded respect as they aren't exactly known for staying planted
I probably spent the first couple hours just taking pictures of it in my driveway, I don't think it hit me at the time that I bought my dream car.
I drove it everywhere! School, work, you name it, I was always eager and jumped at any chance to drive my car.... I believe its what you all call "the addiction".
After getting the hang of it and knowing the power it possessed, like any teen age boy we get bored with our toys... I wanted it louder, meaner..... So that's exactly what I did.
I began my tear down in my third car garage in August of 2012, new to the C4 itself but not to cars (thanks dad!) I tore into my car....
Taking my time labeling everything as I went, scrubbing and cleaning each piece under the hood of that car until I was more filthy then the car itself.
this thing was FILTHY....
I pulled the motor, and got very ambitious with how I wanted to build it... around Indianapolis you always see build LSx cars running the streets.... I figured nobody would expect anything out of an old LT1 C4 right?
I decided a LT-based 396 would look nice at home in the engine bay of the C4... now I know most of you will say why not go C5 or LSX, my reasoning is simple.... The C4 community is very small compared to the newer cars, they are more unique and in my personal opinion one/if not the best looking corvettes produced.
I unfortunately for some reason don't have any pictures of the motor apart, i'm not sure what memory card they are on.
I will share pictures that are before and after for you all to enjoy, when I said it was filthy I seriously was not kidding....
I also decided that the saw blades were not doing it for me so I swapped them out for a set of the Zr-1 replica's from a vendor here on the forums.
I figured a big motor needed some big meat so I went with a set of Toyo Proxes TQ drag radials, man do these things hook.
and for the first time since August of 2012 the car was back on earth!!
I am such a sucker for big hips and a wide ***
I would like to thank my parents for allowing me to use their garage for my addiction and to all of you that have fueled my dream, something I know I couldn't have done with out this forum.... to all the people who take the time in their life, to explain and describe things about these cars... I want you all to know even though people might not comment on the thread you write.. they are well looked over and taken into thought, this car would not be what it is today if it weren't for people like you.
I hope to keep this passion alive until the day I leave this earth.. there is nothing like owning a Corvette and I am blessed to say I do!
Thanks again to all of you on the Corvette Forum!!