1966 Corvette Convertible

1966 Corvette Convertible

Here is a photograph of our 1966 Corvette Convertible, I am currently doing a frame off on. I am proud to say I have done this entire restoration myself and take pride in actually restoring each piece not just replacing it. The project is into its eighth year and with hard work and luck could be going for Bloomington Gold next year.

I purchased the Corvette completely disassembled and it did not include the original engine. It is originally a 427 cubic inch, 425 HP car and after some searching is now sporting all the correct drivetrain parts. The last interesting detail is I just finished painting the car myself in Lacquer. Just try to find someone to paint that product today. I built my own paint booth, and after several attempts have got it looking perfect. The unique thing is that this was a color only painted on 2000 of the 20,000 cars made in 1966. It was essentially GM’s first attempt at a chameleon color in that it can appear to be Dark Blue, Green, or even Burgundy depending what light it is in. I will be re-attaching the body to the complete frame sometime in the next month and can start to finish up interior.

I can’t wait to hear what my dream car sounds like once it is complete and the 427 roars back to life through its freshly restored side pipes, not to mention the anticipation to finally take this great ride for its first drive.

Kevin and Deb Wlodarski

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4 Responses to “1966 Corvette Convertible”

  1. Keith

    How many quarts of lacquer does it take to paint a 1966 Corvette?

  2. Jim

    Looks awesome! Do you have a car lift? if not, how did you get the body off the frame? I am starting a restoration and my garage is not tall enough for a lift. I would like to get the body off the frame but I am not sure how to do that.

  3. Ralph Merrow, Jr

    Good luck with that, will keep y'all busy when the snow falls.

  4. Mike

    Looks great. Keep at it! It took me 18 years to finish a ground up - nut and bolt restoration on my Mach 1 - (kids, college and life kept getting in the way).. and I did all of my own work. But it will all be worth it in the end. Most important is you have bragging rights that you did it yourself.