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[VIDEO] Unholy Engine Swap: 1954 Corvette Roadster ZR1

by Keith Cornett on July 2, 2010

Unholy Engine Swap: 1954 Corvette Roadster ZR1

The 1954 Corvette was never known for its performance. After all, it was originally equipped with a 155-hp straight six blue flame engine and a 2-speed powerglide transmission. But that didn’t stop Timeless Kustoms of Camarillo, California for rewriting history as they resurrected a 1954 parts car into this LS9 powered custom show stopping roadster.

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Designed by Jason Pecikonis and Louis Tesoro, Timeless Kustoms started from the ground up in rebuilding this 1954 Corvette. The chassis is from Art Morrison and incorporates the C6 Corvette’s front suspension and a three-link rear suspension with a solid axle.

As a parts car, the roadster’s Blue Flame engine was long gone and so the empty space was filled with the Blue Devil’s LS9 supercharged V8 crate motor, one of the first ever released by General Motors.

Now that this roadster has 638 horsepower at its disposal, Timeless Kustoms needed some huge brakes to stop it. Keeping with the ZR1 theme, the 1954 Corvette was fitted with the ZR1′s 15.5 inch Brembo carbon ceramic brakes with six piston monoblock calipers. Covering those huge brakes are black Boze ZEFORGED Mesh 3-piece forged wheels with Hoosier A-6 tires.

The 1954 Corvette was then finished in Cyber Gray exterior and the rollbar and blue racing seats give a glimpse of what this car has under the hood. For those that need more than just a glimpse, the polycarbonate window looks down on top of the Eaton supercharger’s intercooler, just like the modern Corvette ZR1s.

So how does the Corvette perform? Check out this track video and I think you’ll agree this is one serious hot rod.


Source:
Lateral-G.net and The Auto Insider

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