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1963 Corvette Split Window (Project Second Chance)

Well it seems I am a gluten for punishment, I am back for my 4th build since 2012. At the end of each build I keep saying this will be my last but the projects keep finding me. I am sure some of you know how that goes 

For now I am calling this Project Second Chance because I am the second builder attempting to complete it 

This car is not new to the forum but it is new to me. My good friend Matt (TNVetteGuy) started this project just under 2 years ago and he started posting progress pictures on 9/24/15. He stripped the car down, had it soda blasted, bought a lot of cool parts and he made a good amount of progress on the car. Then his priorities changed a little so we worked out a deal and the car now has a what I call a Second Chance at completion.

I have big plans for the car but I am still on the fence on color. My other 3 Corvettes are red so everyone thinks my paint gun only sprays red. I am thinking it will be either Torch Red or I am thinking of Watkins Glenn Gray. We have never spayed metallic so we are a little concerned on how it will turn out. We have Touch Red down to a science and know we can make it look awesome. Both of them will have a red interior.

Here are some specs on the build to date:
63 SWC Donor Body
SRIII chassis with C5/6 suspension and a Camaro ZL1 Rear Diff
Power Steering
Power Brakes
A/C
LS3/430HP cruise and connect
Auto 4L70
Vintage Air Front Runner
Ididit Column
Lokar Shifter
Flat Firewall
C6 Seats
Tubbed but not flared
Z06 wheels
275-35-18’s on the front Nitto Invo tires
325-30-19’s on the rear Nitto Invo tires

Here are a bunch of pictures to catch you up on the last two years up to last weekends relocation to my garage.

Trailer Rehab – FRP Trailer Wall Repair/Replacement – Part 1

We created this video as a trailer rehab project on what needs to be done and can be done to an older enclosed trailer. This also has a focus on trailers with Fiberglass Reinforced Panels (FRP) where repair or panel replacement is required.

Project Z57 GMC Chassis from RR Frames has arrived

The new custom built Chassis from RR Frames arrived for Project Z57 GMC last night. This is built to accept C4 Corvette suspension and running gear and an LS2. Now I guess I need to get busy 🙂

1950 Chevy 5 Window Truck Project Update 6/18/17

We have been making a little progress on the 50 Five Window. I am hoping just a few more nights and I will be able to fire it up.

I keep thinking I am 2 more weeks away and that keeps happening every 2 weeks 🙂

I need to get this one completed because the new custom chassis comes in next week for my 1957 GMC project 🙂

I finally made some decent progress this weekend and actually got it back down on the wheels. I have the engine bay just about complete, wood for the bed is sealed ready to install, made seat brackets and got the seats installed and completed all of the electrical and A/C. The electrical was a pain because I decided to mount the fuse box and computer under the passenger seat and I had to extend a lot of wires.

I was able to keep the engine bay pretty clean, installed all of the wiring under the passenger front fender and have a drop out battery box under the passenger floor.

I had to try 3 different pipes before I was finally able to get the air intake route to work, it was very tight up against my radiator fan. I still need to fab up a support bracket for the intake piping.

2300 Miles in a Jaguar with no Top, One Man’s Epic Journey

Our friend Paul took the time to sit down with the Full Octane Garage and share his incredible 2300 mile journey to collect a replica of a 1952 Jaguar XK120. This beautiful 25 year old reproduction only had one major concern…. its brand new top was not installed!

Part 1- Foam Cannon Challenge Head to Head Test (Foam Off) Who loses the BET?

We picked up two foam cannons and 2 different pressure washers and decided to do a shoot out challenge (and there was a small bet with a foam cannon penalty at the end)!

Check out our detailed DUSICHIN DUS-003 review at: https://youtu.be/tfJOmJr8B30

First we picked up a Gilmour Foamaster II Cleaning Sprayer

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Second we picked up a a DUSICHIN Foam Cannon and decided to do a test and review on our 2015 GMC Denali. The results were awesome, leave us some comments on what you use and how well it works for you!

DUSICHIN DUS-003 3000 PSI High Pressure Washer Gun, M22 Thread, Snow Foam Lance, Snow Foam Cannon

Link to $29.00 Foam Cannon + Gun
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Link to $12.00 Foam Cannon
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M22 Female X 3/8″ Quick Connect Socket MT-24.0448
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Chemical Guys CWS_101 Maxi-Suds II Super Suds Car Wash Soap and Shampoo, Cherry Scent
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2 Pack Super absorbent Premium Chenille Microfiber Wash Mitt,Double-sided,Scratch- Free,Lint-Free
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Griots Garage 55590 PFM Terry Weave Drying Towel
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FOR SALE – 1963 Split Window Corvette (Call for Price)

For sale is a spectacular 1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe. (Call for Price)

Don’t miss this opportunity to buy a very rare piece of automotive rolling history. This car is one of the few investment grade vehicles and it can only keep appreciating. This is a great looking example of a 1963 Corvette Split Window. The car was restored 3 years ago and has been garage kept since with less than 2000 miles since completion.

New Paint (Original Riverside Red with Black Interior car)
New Chrome
Freshly Rebuilt numbers matching 327
New Hurst 5 Speed Tremac (TKO500)
New Clutch
Rebuilt Alternator
New Vintage Air
New Power Brake and Master
All new brake drums, shoes and internal parts
Dewitts Radiator with built in cooling fan
New Carpet
AM/FM Retro Vintage Wonder Bar Radio (still have the original)

I have the original heater box and some other original parts if the new owner wanted to remove the Vintage A/C

Questions call: Curt 615-669-4438

PupProtector Car Seat Cover Review

At the Full Octane Garage, when we use a product and find that it may benefit our viewers, we like review it after running it thru its paces. The PupProtector Car Seat Cover has proven to be a great product for car enthusiasts who are also dog lovers! Check it out!

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TOP SECRET Lane Motor Museum Tour (Behind the scenes)

TOP SECRET Lane Motor Museum Tour (Behind the scenes + Basement Tour including the Nissan Heritage Collection). OK, not so TOP SECRET but the basement and Nissan Collection is not something that is opened up regularly so this was quite a treat for a group of us to have an opportunity to visit.

This was a joint AACA Car Club tour by Battlefield AACA, Music City AACA and the Honk Rattle & Roll AACA Touring Club. Thanks to all who attended.

Project Z57 (1957 GMC) Back From Media Blast

We picked up the truck from media blast today and to our surprise most of the body was in really nice shape. Well at least the important parts, the back fenders were pretty rough and the doors could use a little work but overall it looks great.