Mid Year Dream Car
Massare from Rochester NY found his dream car while browsing the cars
for sale section on Craigs list (who says the internet is
What initially attracted Mark was the Mid Years unique paint job,big
bock power and a mean looking "stinger hood".
Mark asked the
previous owner why he was selling the 66 C2. The owner responded that
he was tired of not being able to drive it like a normal car and
constantly guarding the car from the greasy fingers of the admirers.
One of the pitfalls of owning a classic is that people who never owned
a classic car have an uncontrollable urge to touch one, very
was so awe struck by the C2's beauty that he didn't even notice that
the front end was modified to a 1967 style. Never the less Mark has
never had any regrets on purchasing the car.
Mid year's have
been Marks favorite Corvette style since he first laid eyes on one of
them as a kid. Money problems and an untrustworthily frame forced Mark
to sell a C2 during his early years. When the opportunity to acquire
the 66 came along Mark did not hesitate.
car was equipped with a factory stinger hood and was treated to a fresh
coat of paint by the previous owner. Except for the body and paint Mark
has replaced just about every other factory part on the car.
purchased there was a non matching 350 small block sitting in the
engine bay. Mark swapped out the 350 and replaced it with a
professionally built 383 stroker motor by Carl Mcquillen.
says that not having a numbers matching car gave him the flexibility to
change things without any regrets.
include a 4 bolt main, Calas crank, roller rockers, Jessel belt drive,
Ati balancer, ARP bolt hamburg oil pan, Edelbrock carb. new radiator,
stainless dual master cylinder, special fit stainless steel brake
booster by Fabquest, stainless brakes and lines, and a set of specially
fabricated nickel coated headers.
Muncie M21 transmission handles the power transfer. Mark says
that the car's new drive train provides more than enough
Mark tells us that the extra horses can be very hard to control at
times. Mark installed heavy duty racing clutch to help in the
power transfer department. The heavy clutch pedal also keeps his wife
away from any urge to drive the car.
The car was
completely rewired thanks to Ron Francis at Wiring systems.
old school Cragar SS chrome spoke wheels really do justice to the over
all look of the car. Just about everything under the car was
replaced, including the trailing arms, power steering booster, control
arm bushings, tie rod ends, to name a few. Mark sums it up by
saying that he is very grateful to be able to own his dream car and a
piece of American history.
The Vette Nut's
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