Hey 1974 Corvette – Why The 2 Piece Bumper?

Did you know that the 1974 Corvette’s had a 2 piece rear bumper?  It was the only year that they were like that, which makes them really easy to pick out at car shows.  In my opinion, it looks completely unfinished.  I have to imagine that the Corvette design team got together with all of their Burt Reynolds-esque mustaches, and just said “meh, let’s run with what we have, nobody will ever notice this unfinished bumper.”

If they could mate all of the body panels together to build the corvette body, why on earth couldn’t they do a 1 piece rear bumper? Was the 2 piece bumper really part of the design or was it a engineering limitation that they  sorted out by 1975?  Do any Corvette aficionados out there have the scoop?  Inquiring minds want to know.

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Wait, Did This Corvette Just Become More Fun?

They say that less is more, and when it comes to Corvette’s, this saying has got to be true.  This seller on eBay is selling a bodyless, 6-speed, 1999 Corvette that still runs, drives, and stops.  My immediate reaction is that this may be the perfect car.  Add a roll cage, move a little weight toward the back, and BAM, you have a sicknasty rocket ship. Body panels are sooooo 2010. Man, I am full of bad ideas.  Who’s with me?

Anybody? …  echo… echo…

Images borrowed from eBay Item # 310310355884

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Monday: S10 Xtreme LS6 T-56 Burnout FYE.

Watching a gross display of horsepower is probably the only thing better than the actual act of building a vehicle with such mouth watering abilities.  Today I bring to you a 1999 Chevy S10 Xtreme with a 2003 Corvette Z06 LS6 hiding under the hood.  Hanging off the back of the all aluminum V8 is a T-56 6-speed manual transmission that sends power out to the 275/40/17’s.   This really is a great way to start a Monday. Maybe every monday will begin with a burnout video…. hmmmm.

Picture Credit = “LowSub” @ S10forum.com:


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RPOTD: Alien Spacecraft? Nah, Just a Vette Extreme Close Up.

Random Picture Of The Day

After yesterday’s Trans Am picture, I figured a bright red Corvette would be a nice follow-up.  From this view, it kind of looks like something that should be flying through the air over Area 51.  Luckily for us, it is not an extraterrestrial  space ship full of curious beings from another galaxy, its a beautiful muscle car.  Remember how nice summer was? ……mmmmm…..warmth.

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Most vs. Least Expensive Cars on eBay. 10/22

10/22 Most Expensive Car on eBay.

Vehicle: 1967 Chevy Corvette Coupe 427 # 300479937620

Buy it Now Price: $1,967,000

Owner Says: “This ORIGINAL(L68) 427-400HP MOTOR? …is in “YOUR” car!

My Thoughts: “It’s in MY CAR?!!!  Dammmmn!  How come I never noticed a 427 hiding in my car? Where is it? Can you show me?  Ok seriously, could this listing be any more confusing?  I don’t know if there is a car for sale here, or if he is offering to buy the mysterious engine that I don’t have for 1.9 Million bucks.   We are still in reality right?  Where am I?”

10/22 Least Expensive Car on eBay.

Vehicle: 1983 Subaru Hatchback # 330486558512

Buy it Now Price: $300

Owner Says: “Head gasket is blown.  Interior trashed.  Bought it as a little beater for the kids to drive til it dies.  Well…  It still starts and runs, but I can tell it’s done.

My Thoughts: “The lack of rust makes me think that maybe this car is not done.  Since imaginary engines apparently exist today, let’s all imagine this fine automobile with a WRX engine and awd drivetrain swap. mmmmm.  Now who’s going step up and make it happen?”

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Automotive Tales: ’63 Split Window Edition

Much like a human, the story of where a car has been can seriously effect the car’s soul.  Cars have souls? Yeap, they sure do, but it isn’t James Brown kind of soul though. It’s much different than that.  When you know where a car has been and all of the amazing tales that go with it, it can instantly change a cars value, the way that you drive it, and its appeal to others.  As a car enthusiast, I love hearing these automotive saga’s, because it can turn a very ordinary car into something special.  Whether embellished or not, this is one of those tales.

When I was quite a bit younger, my dad and I went to car shows and often met up with a friend of his named Mike that had a 63 split window Corvette with a Mako Shark nose and a built 427 big block.  The story with his car was an interesting one that landed it near the top of my automotive “Do Want!” list.

The story goes……..that the car was sitting behind a local dealer in the 1970’s after a bad accident.  The nose was completely destroyed, it was missing tons of parts, and the engine had vanished.  For months it sat in the snow and rain, looking more and more sad each day.  Driving by it frequently, Mike made it well known to his wife that he really wanted that car VERY badly.  Sure enough, his apparently awesome wife inquired about the car, bought it, and gave the sad looking pile of Corvette parts to him as a birthday present (Best b-day present ever? Probably.)  He was thrilled, as any guy should be that just received a split window vette.  The only downfall was that now he had to reassemble the puzzle pieces back together again.  He started with a Mako Shark nose, and began flaring the fenders and straightening out the body, eventually painting it a lighter shade of blue.  He then had my dad build a 427 engine for it.  The problem was that they were afraid the engine was going to get stolen before they got a chance to install it in the car.  So what did they do?  Well, they chained it to the house for a while.  Time passes and the high compression engine was built with the meanest parts available at the time.  Before tossing it into the car, they decided to fire it up on the engine stand. Being car guys, they wanted to hear it with the garage door closed for a few second so that they can really “feel” the power.  As they expected, the engine fired up. Unfortunately for them, it immediately blew all the windows out of the garage door.  Oops.  Lesson learned.

My dad still claims that it is one of the most scary fast cars that he has ever been in.  He said that when you bury your foot into the floor it felt like it was going to pull the front wheels off the ground.   The picture above was probably taken around 1994, which was the last time I saw this car.  If you know of it’s whereabouts, I would absolutely LOVE to see it again and / or more pictures of it.  The soul of that car runs deep, and that is what makes it extra awesome in my mind.

Got automotive stories of your own?  Share em with us!

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