1965 Corvette

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1965 Corvette

At first glance this Corvette looks like a nostalgic piece because it has Turbine mags, side pipes and an old school “wet” turbo but underneath it is all modern business with a modern braking system, 6 speed Tremec transmission, C-4 suspension along with rack & pinion steering.

This 65 Vette is a pleasure to have in our shop because the staff at Jellybean AutoCrafters has restored numerous Corvettes & other fiberglass bodied cars ranging from replica 1932 Ford roadsters to T buckets.

In order to redo the body it needed to go down to the basics. In our opinion it is not a good idea to media blast or chemically strip a fiberglass car. It is possible to do so but the risks involved are not warranted. In this case the paint adhesion was so poor that we used a razor blade it. For the most part, the rest of the old products were tight so they were sanded off the way we would usually perform such a task.

The car had some delaminating and cracking issues which needed dealing with so some of the fiberglass work needed to be cut out and redone. Technology and procedures along with experience allows us to be confident this will be the last time the client needs to be concerned about it on this car.

To finish off the look the client was trying to achieve the Corvette received a new aftermarket fiberglass big block hood. Aftermarket fiberglass parts are notorious for “moving” when they go in the sun we post cured it for 8 hours at 160 degrees Fahrenheit and then an additional 10 hours at 180 degrees. Fiberglass bodies are also known for “shrinking or moving” over the coarse of time so once we had the main portion of the body were it needed to be we sprayed it with epoxy sealer and let it sit for a few months to allow that to take place before the final block sanding.

To enhance the appearance and appeal of this Vette we’ve tightened up all the door and hood gaps and are designing a custom red colour that will make this beauty stand out from the rest.