Test-Fit C4 Corvette RestoMod Chassis & Drivetrain

Chapter 11 from 1957 CORVETTE RESTOMOD by Steven E. Michael
Author Steven E. Michael walks you through the entire restoration and build process of a 1957 RestoMod.

Using the 1957 Corvette as the starting point, the chassis is upgraded with C4 Corvette (year 1996) suspension and steering components.  Add a 1999 Corvette LS1 power plant and Tremec T56 manual overdrive transmission, and this will be one potent hot rod.

Written for the beginner, by a beginner, the chapters speak in easy to understand language and take extra care in explaining the intricacies of restoring and modifying the C1 Corvette.

Each chapter has detailed color photos with pointers to help illustrate exactly what to look for and what to do.  Unlike any other car manual you have ever seen, this book will take the fear factor out of Corvette hot rodding.

This detailed chapter shows how to test fit all suspension and powertrain components on a re-engineered 1956 Corvette frame.  This "mock-up" stage is vitally important to ensure all parts fit and any fabrications or alterations are worked out.  Also all fasteners, both stock and new, are specified for you.

This makes for a "no surprises" final assembly later in the build.  With late model C4 Corvette suspension front and rear, this chapter shows you all the small details and potential pitfalls you may run into.  From how to best install the powerful transverse leaf springs, to suspension upgrade parts that can be used, the suspension sections are full of photos and steps that will make your project better.

The final section shows how to test fit the LS1 engine and new Tremec T56 manual transmission.  It illustrates the possible modifications you may need to perform, as well as the best tools for the job.  Then the all-important measurement and correct installation of the driveshaft is detailed in easy to understand language.

With 76 pages and 248 detailed photos with pointers, this chapter has outstanding information for first-time builders.  Everyone has to start somewhere and this chapter speaks directly to the novice hot-rod builder.
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