Last night on SPEED, we watched two shops from California duke it out as they attempted to modify and customize a 1986 Corvette in 48 hours. In the end, the blue team hailing from Shinbone Alley in Fresno came out on top with their 1986 Corvette which was finished in two-tone black and copper. The red team, from Sledsville in So-Cal, also went black and gold with their build, but their ambitious plan for customizing their Corvette was just too much to accomplish in 48 hours. Our friends at SPEED sent us some additional photography of the cars taken during filming of the show and we’ll share them with you after the jump.
By completing the first challenge which was the engine pull, the blue team got their pick of engines and they went with a Dual Quad 350 ci/445 hp V8. The red team, taking the more careful approach to pulling their engine was given the 350 ci/350 hp single carb engine for the project.
The red team’s customization of the body really put them behind the blue team. Sledsville was attempting to go late-sixties retro but after 10 hours of filling and sanding, they fell far behind the blue team, whose finished painting their 1986 Corvette before the red team even got their Corvette into the paint booth.
Our friends from Zip Corvette were featured prominently on the show. We saw the blue Zip logo on many of the body panels that were available in the parts shop. The blue team had grabbed a high-profile hood for the C4 Corvette and that addition to their build was noted by Jimmy Shine who mentioned it several times during the judging process.
With their win, the blue team gets to keep their Corvette while the red team goes home empty handed. Even though Sledsville lost the competition, they can hold their heads high as they won the popular vote on SPEED’s facebook poll.
We really enjoyed the refreshed version of Car Warriors and we’re going to make it a regular part of our TV viewing habit. If you missed this episode, set your DVR as SPEED will show it again Monday, April 16th at 4:00 AM as well as Monday, April 23rd at 3:00 AM Eastern. You can also watch full episodes of Car Warriors on SpeedTV.com.
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