Corvettes all have history, and this clean 1969 Corvette Roadster is no different. It was built in the 4th week of March in 1969 at the St. Louis Corvette plant, and was originally equipped with a 300 HP 350 cube V8 and a 4-speed manual transmission. The first buyer sprung for the fiberglass hardtop for his Monza Red roadster, but other options were limited to headrests for the bucket seats. As time went by, the original engine disappeared and was replaced by a remanufactured 350, and the car was repainted and fitted with a 427 hood. Polished wheels were added, and the suspension was improved with a composite monospring kit, powder coated coils, front and rear anti-sway bars, Bilstein sport gas shocks, and polyurethane adjustable struts. Wear items were replaced including ball joints, a heavy duty idler arm, new control arm bushings, and a differential crossmember reinforcing kit, u-joints and heavy duty offset trailing arms were installed. The brakes were refreshed with sleeved calipers and a new master cylinder, in about 2001, and our customer bought the car as you see it in 2009. But by that time, the 350 was showing signs of wear, and the car didn’t run that well. In fact, our customer was only able to drive the car a few hundred miles over his ownership time because it was unreliable and didn’t deliver the performance he wanted. So he gave us a call at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop where a new plan was made for the Corvette, consisting of more power, better braking, increased reliability and economy in a car that retained it’s classic look. The heart of the recipe calls for a GM Performance Parts LS3 crate engine with Holley EFI and a Tremec T56 6-speed manual transmission from Modern Driveline. Follow along as the V8 Speed & Resto Shop crew complete this transformation and add some additional upgrades from Vintage Air, Detroit Speed, Hydratech Braking, Dakota Digital, Tanks, Inc., Custom Autosound, Wilwood brakes, and MagnaFlow Exhaust, and YearOne wheels. The purists will cringe, but the original engine and suspension parts are long gone, so this car is being re-built to do what Corvettes are supposed to do… DRIVE!!
We invite you to contact the V8 Speed and Resto Shop anytime at 314.783.8325 for a Corvette LS Swap or any type of LS Swap in a classic or muscle car.
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Red Bud,IL 62278
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