1964 Pro Touring Resto-mod Revisited
so often we revisit a past article on a car that really impressed us.
This takes us to an especially outstanding build of a pro touring
rest mod 64 C2.
Lamberton, from Chalfont, PA, began his Corvette odyssey in 2008. The
mod bug bit him shortly after buying a 2008 ZO6. After four years
of modifications Pat found himself making changes on the car just for
the sake of change. At that point he knew that a new project was needed.
new project began its journey as a modified1964 coupe. The car was
purchased from Hendricks Motors in North Carolina. Hendricks had
it listed on E Bay and with only one hour left in the auction Pat
acquired his new project.
The 62 was in very good
condition at the time of purchase. The C2 was painted
in Goodwood Green and was powered by an after market 327
small block. The interior was stock but was redone with newer
materials. There had been some limited restoration done to the car in
Pat had always wanted a C2, after driving a few
originals and speaking with Sean Farrell, owner of “The Vette Shop”,
located in Warminster, PA it was agreed to transform his new toy into
something special. The idea of turning the 64 into a "Resto-Mod" was
born. For those of you not familiar with the term, "Resto-Moding"
is the art of melding old school iron with modern technology.
cars, especially Corvettes are rolling pieces of art. Unfortunately
most of these Detroit born Picasso's are better suited to garages and
museums rather than traffic jams. A successful "resto-mod"
project can yield the best of both worlds. The unbeatable
look of a classic and the power and reliability of modern
the decision was made to do a compete resto-mod the car was placed in
the able hands of the Vette Shop. The first order of business was
to swap out the venerable old 327 for one of the new kids on the bock,
a fresh LS3 small bock. A heavy duty Tremec TKO five speed was paced
aft of the new motor. A custom length drive shaft mated to a Dana
rear with a set of 3:42 cogs helps to get the new found power to the
new one and a half inch round tube chassis was retrofitted with front
and rear C4 suspension components. Stopping power is accomplished
via specially fabricated power discs and drilled and slotted rotors. A
set of 19 x 9.5 inch chrome ZR1 wheels with powder coated black barrels
round off the retro mod look.
Interior sports a set of Procar seats covered in Italian leather.
Custom leather door panels, dash, headliner and Grant three spoke
steering wheel gives the car an updated look. The floor boards
are covered with custom made Mercedes Benz carpeting. A set of
custom fitted Autometer cruiser series gauges are fitted in the
original dash cluster. Tunes are delivered via a retro radio with
an Ipod connection. Custom built speakers are hidden and covered in
leather. Power windows and an air conditioning unit by Vintage Air help
to cool things down.
to finish the build took nine and a half months. A short period of time
considering what was done to the car. Pats Corvette has
taken best of show awards at the 2013 Corvettes for Chip Miller Show
and the 2013 Warminster PBA Fall Flames auto show.
Pat tells us that he credits his wife Lisa for her support
throughout the build. Lisa, is an avid participant in every show
that the car is entered in. That kind of support makes things
much easier when making a commitment of this magnitude. Pat says "It
also allows you to spend your money on the build opposed to lawyers in
The Vette Nut's
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