I am facing a similar hood clearance problem with my car. From your pictures it would appear that you will have to add a hood scoop/bulge to clear any type of carb mounted air cleaner. What are you planning for a hood scoop? Someone gave me an old C1 "L88" type hood that will give me about 3"-4" of clearance above the base of my carburetor, but I'm not sure I like the looks of the hood on the car.
If recall correctly, the original cars had about 1.5" of body "rake". The stance of your car looks about right to me.
Hope to see you in Carlisle.
stepinwolf said:Larry, There is absolutely nothing I could add , that hasn't been said already. Terrific build, and looking forward to seeing it up close and personal at the upcoming show.
I noticed you have installed a front mounted, serpentine conversion kit. I am in the process of shopping for one, myself, and was thing of going with the unit available from " March " . Any thoughts on my choices.
Delph said:I was wondering; why does every build that I see that uses c4/c5 suspension components use the c5 rims? Is this the only rims that will fit? Not a big deal I was just curious. I even saw a really nice C2 in the June or July issue of Corvette Fever and they had the same rims. It was silver with red interior.
oh yea---your car looks great
Delph said:I was wondering; why does every build that I see that uses c4/c5 suspension components use the c5 rims? Is this the only rims that will fit?....
The C4 suspension used on these cars is wider than the stock C1 so the wheels required to fit inside the stock wheel wells have to have a lot of backspace. The C5 (and some Camaro, Firebird, etc.) wheels fit correctly and they are readily available. When I built my wife's 62 I had a set of custom steel wheels made (7" x 16" with a 5.25" backspacing) but I had all kinds of problems getting 4 that were round enough to use.
Even though they are unfinished at this point, here is a picture of the 17in. wheelcovers I am putting on my 59 project. Think they will be different enough?Delph said:....I was just making a statement that I would like to see a different set of wheels and tires.
John Mcgraw said:Delph,
You can get wheel vintiques to make you anything you wanted in a correct looking wheel. I am sure that for the right money, they could even make something that a C1 wheelcover would fit on. These wheels would cost a bunch of money, and when all is said and done, you would need to just make a decision as to whether it is worth it. The C5 wheels are a real cheap and offer a lot of bang for the buck. I am going to have some Budnik wheels made for mine next winter, but they won't look any more original then the C5 wheels, just different.
Personally, I think that C5 wheels look nice and I kind of want to show off the fact that I have late model suspension. With original wheels, how would I ever show off a set of C5 Z06 calipers and big Baer brake rotors? LOL
Regards, John McGraw
cbernhardt said:Even though they are unfinished at this point, here is a picture of the 17in. wheelcovers I am putting on my 59 project. Think they will be different enough?
Delph said:are you serious? How big are those tires?
They are 245/45R17 Michelin Pilot Sports, mounted on C5 wagon wheels.Delph said:are you serious? How big are those tires?
cbernhardt said:They are 245/45R17 Michelin Pilot Sports, mounted on C5 wagon wheels.
After my experience with Wheel Vintiques in building some 7 x 16 steel chrome smoothie wheels for my wife's 62, I would not recommend them for building steel wheels. Perhaps their aluminum wheels are better, but I had to return 3 out of 4 of the wheels I ordered, and one of the replacements is still out of round enough that it cannot be balanced to an acceptable level on a Hunter 9700 machine
Delph said:here are a few picture with the 17's from Wheel vintiques.
427midyear said:It may be me or it may be the angle that the picture was taken but it looks like the front wheels have a deeper dish than the rear wheels. :confused