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c3 corvette resto mod
71 Resto Mod

Steve Belt from the Lone Star State of Texas has been in love with Corvettes since his older sister brought one home when he was fourteen years old. Steve knew he wanted a Corvette from the first time he saw one. However like most obsessions it took quite a while for Steve to attain his dream.

Steve bought his first Corvette, a Daytona Sunset Orange Convertible C6 in 2006. His next Vette was a new 2008 C6 Z06, then came a new 2014 C7 Z51 Stingray, a 2015 C7 Z06 , and a 2019 C7 ZR-1, s/n 88,which he picked up at the museum in 2018.
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Steve realized that while the new Vettes were all incredible, he would like to have a chrome bumper C3.  He began his hunt for the perfect C3 project car. He finally found a car that would suite his needs.  The car was a 71 coupe that had been started on as a project car by a father/son. They ran out of money and were forced to stop the project. The C3's3's body was nearly complete but the mechanical end of the C3 needed a fair amount of work.
c3 corvette resto mod
 The project took Steve an additional two and a half years to complete. The extensive rebuild included a rebuilt engine, drive train, suspension, brakes, exhaust, wheels/tires, electrical, interior, ac/heat, sound system, .and anything else that you could possible think of. The project has been a never ending story.  Most of the car is complete but according to Steve the car is still not finished. As you know most project cars are never really finished. Steve has reconciled himself to the unending nature of resto-modding a car but still manages to enjoy driving this work of art.  The C3 is no stranger to the streets and local car car shows.
c3 corvette resto mod
Steve' s 6'7" body actually fits in his C3. He removed the acoustic/insulation panel under the driver's side T-Top and installed an automatic since there is no room for him to use the clutch.. Other than that, he tells us that he can fit it in well enough to enjoy the ride.

c3 corvette resto mod

1971 Corvette Stingray Restomod.
Engine Displacement 454 bored .030 to 461 CI
Compression: 9.98:1
CompCam Magnum 280HR
Speed Pro H426CP 30 Hypereutectic Dome Pistons
Eagle SIR Forged rods 5140 steel I-Beam
Eagle Forged Steel Crankshaft and Harmonic Balancer
Pioneer Automotive DA-4541-HD
Milodon 30951 Oil Pan
Edelbrock Performer Heads RPM High Compression Oval Port Aluminum
Comp Cams Endure-X solid roller lifters w/link bars
Comp Cams Magnum Pushrods 7154-16 (8.28"/9.25")
Edelbrock Torker II Single Plane Intake Manifold
FiTech Go EFI 4 Power Adder
MSD distributor Pro-Billet w/Locked Out Timing for EFI Timing Control
Be Cool Radiator, Dual X" Electric Fans,Edelbrock EFI Fan Controller
Eddie Motorsports S-Drive Show Polished Serpentine Pulley Kit MS107-50B
700R4 Transmission,Monster SS Mega Monster Corvette Torque Converter:
Monster 2500rpm Stall Speed electronic lockup
3.55:1 Rear Gear Ratio
Global West Tubular Upper Control Arms
QA1 Coil Over Adjustable Shocks - Front
QA1 Stocker Star Fully Adjustable Shocks - Rear
Composite Rear Mono Spring
Ridler 695 Chrome Wheels 18x8.5 Front, 18x9.5 Rear
Continental Extreme Contact DS 245/40R18 Front, 285/40R18 Rear
Wilwood slotted/drilled rotors and 4 piston red calipers

Dakota Digital VFD3 Main and Center Stack Gauge System with Gear Position Sensor.Vintage Air and Heat.Leather Seats
Alpine Receiver, Kicker Speakers Front/Rear, and Kenwood Powered Sub
4" rear and 3" Front fender flares.Pop up headlights removed/glassed in with LED lights under bumper.Sequential LED Tail Lights
Lemans Style Fuel Filler Cap
Paint BMW A31 Indianapolis Red and Mercedes 744 Brilliant Silver
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