Volume I, Issue 2, Page 64

Imagine you’re a hands-on custom car builder with close ties to the aftermarket industry that provides you first-line access to all the latest and greatest parts and accessories. Then you come across a ’62 Corvette roadster, rough as they come, but a good example of the last of the first-generation Corvettes, nonetheless.  Best of all, you’ve been wanting one for as long as you can remember.

If you’re Knoxville, Tennessee-resident, Vince Sica, a manufacturer’s rep in a firm bearing his name, you jump on it and it’s in the garage before the wife can say no.  What rolled out of that garage four years and untold man-hours later can only be described as automotive art. With the car in pieces, Vince began creating his masterpiece from the ground up, starting with the chassis, which was “slick and smooth” in his words, before the rearend was positioned with the help of a set of Posie Super Slider springs and polished QA1 adjustable gas shocks.

A Positraction center section, spinning 3:26 or 4:11 gears, depending on the call to action, was linked to the engine/transmission by a polished aluminum driveshaft, and stabilized the power transfer to the ground by a set of stock Corvette traction bars. Braking chores are handled by 11” discs fore and aft that are actuated by a dual master cylinder.

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While the original Corvette frame offered the best there was in ’62, it begged to be upgraded with more modern components.  Here’s where the Fatman Stage II independent front suspension with rack and pinion steering and tubular upper and lower control arms supported by aluminum QA1 coilovers saves the day. The stock steering column is cut down to link to the power rack with Borgeson universal joints making the connection painless.

Molding the custom radiator and bumper supports to the frame, a Be Cool polished aluminum radiator and Harrison tank were added. A heavy-duty Total Cost Involved 1 1/4” anti-sway bar is used to keep the car level around corners, a task shared with the conservative BFGoodrich rubber (215/45R17s up front and 265/45R17s in back) wrapped around American Racing S200 wheels.  The rolling stock adds a sporty, rakish look to this grand tourer.

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