Whether they openly admit it or not, most every gearhead is a wannabe car designer on the inside. That’s why, since the dawn of the automobile, modifying cars has been the choice pastime for so many. Of course, there are those in our world who prefer concours-level restorations in which individual parts are compared to the original for authenticity, but luckily the craving to make cars “better” or “unique” is rampant enough to provide our guys with a paycheck!
Now, there are many levels to which you can take modifying—and we have seen it all here at American Restomods. As our name suggest, we are known for embodying process known as restomodding, which can be summed up like this: taking a classic car, restoring it, all while mixing in some modern equipment to make it faster, better handling, more comfortable, or D all of the above.
This 1960 Corvette Roadster we have been working on for one of our most loyal customers is the perfect example of how to mildly create a more modern car while maintaining the beauty of a classic. When Wayne looked at buying this C1 Vette 8 years ago, it wasn’t a very smooth driver. Not only was the frame bent in an accident, but also the steering had too much play. Still, it was a good enough deal that he decided to add it to his existing classic car corral.
Intended for his wife to scoot around in, Wayne wanted to make sure she not only enjoys a smooth ride, but also looks good while doing it—that’s where American Restomods comes in. When it was unloaded at our garage, Wayne had already taken on the feat of switching out the frame, rebuilding the original transmission and drivetrain, adding 4 wheel disc brakes, and having 4 custom wheels made to accommodate the larger brakes. After helping him build his thrice award winning 1956 Nomad, he knew that we would be the perfect professionals to finish up the restomod.
Our usual first order of business is disassembly. Being that Wayne wasn’t interested in a show-stopping restomod, the engine was not part of our removal process, leaving our guys plenty of time to go nuts on the rest of the teardown. After getting her stripped down to the basics, we went on about our business of bringing her back to life and ready to drive. Ninety percent of the work we did was reviving the original parts for re-installation. Amongst the highlights is all original chrome, a revamped radio that looks stock, but is actually all digital on the inside, and stock spinner hubcaps. The other ten percent came in the form of refreshing the old car with some brand new items, such as the stock reproduction interior and drop top. We also sprinkled in a little mechanical revitalizing by way of all new wiring and ignition system. And let’s not forget we topped it off some fresh paint in the stock 1960 Corvette colors of Roman Red and Ermine White.
This car is on the verge of being finished. All we have left is basic reassembly. Stay tuned for the finished product and in the meanwhile enjoy the restomod gallery where we document every detail of the process, not just for the lookie-loos, but more so our clients can keep a close eye on the daily progress of their project. Nonetheless, we know you will enjoy them, too.
UPDATE: THIS CAR IS FINISHED!! ENJOY SOME BEFORE AND AFTERS.
UPDATE DECEMBER, 2013: THIS CORVETTE IS NOW GETTING A LS SWAP. CLICK THROUGH TO CHECK OUT ALL OF THE PICS FROM THE PROJECT.