Let's start with bone,
pure, just as the manufacturer designed
Below is just a
small sampling of the engines restored to their original luster by
These engines have all been
built to appear ( with the exception in most cases of the factory
orange-painted exhaust manifolds ) O.E.M. correct as per typical factory
production for the particular model year of Corvette. II
know what you're thinking: Big Deal. There's no secret here.
Click on the arrows
to advance, and the thumbnails to view.
Technology has moved
forward some 30 to 50 years since these classics rolled down the assembly
line, and in that time a vast number of improvements have been developed,
tested and installed in today's cars.
The Restoration Station
is taking these tested components and blending them into the original
platform of your classic Corvette. With the advent of roller cam
technology, automotive manufacturers have been able to achieve great numbers
in horsepower, torque and fuel economy from today's engines through more
aggressive cam profiles never before possible.
We have converted this
solid lifter 327 to a full-roller valvetrain.
are the 3/8" press-in studs, flat
tappet lifters that grind away at the cam lobes, and rocker balls that
abrade the rocker arms. Note that our rockers are FULL-roller, not
just roller tip.
are the 7/16" screw-in
studs, push rod guide plates, and lifters and rockers with rollers that work
without the heat and friction of your engine's original design. No need to worry
about the zinc content ( or rather, the lack of it ) in today's motor oil
causing flat-tappet camshaft failures.
I know, you've heard
that you can't put the stock valve covers over the full-roller rockers
because they won't fit. Well, we're doing it, and we're doing it without spacers or
extra-thick gaskets. We have developed and are manufacturing
components that allow us to put your stock valve covers over today's
improved technology. You end up with a totally stock-appearing
original engine with the improvements of today's cutting-edge
engineering! What kind of improvements? How about a broader
power band and a free-er revving engine that doesn't build as much heat.
A rather mild hydraulic-lifter
190 horsepower 350 in a '73, and a more aggressive L-46 350 horsepower 350
in a '69. What do they have in
common other than the cubic inch displacement?
They have both been to technology
school and are now enjoying the advances of today's technology with better power
figures and free-revving rollers.
That, of course, is the small
block. But what about big block applications? Here's a 454 that
came to us with a bad cam. It didn't need an entire overhaul, so we
simply upgraded to a full-roller setup since we had to change the cam
Mouseover this picture to
remove the valvecover and view the full-roller rockers.
Here's a '67 427 / 390 horse
built, you guessed it, full-roller. The beauty of it all is that it
maintains the stock outward appearance while adding so much to the inside.
What else are we doing? How about a Chevrolet Performance Parts ZZ383 crate engine ( that's 425 HP
and 449 lb.ft. of torque ). Imagine this kind of power at the
end of your accelerator - especially when coupled with a Tremec 5-speed transmission, which will give you awesome throttle
response through the lower gears, and low RPM overdrive gear cruising on the highway to take
you to the Corvette show three states away. Don't worry about carrying
fuel additives with you; your power plant is pump-gas friendly! How about
adding some creature comforts like air conditioning and power steering.
Rack and pinion? No problem.
The ZZ383 just as it arrives
with the aluminum Vortec heads already commanding attention.
over the image
with your mouse to take a peek at the beautifully engineered full roller
valvetrain beneath the cardboard lifter tray and stamped-steel valve
covers. The intake runners of these special heads are .240" taller
than stock small block Chevy ports - for extra breathing.
You would love to do
something like this, but the purist in you won't let you? How about
this engine looking period-correct for your vintage Corvette? In fact,
it would be all dressed-up with all of your
original components, such as early Corvette intake, ram's horn exhaust manifolds, valve covers, fan,
short style water pump, pulleys, distributor, ignition shielding, and air cleaner to look like it belongs
in your Corvette's engine compartment.
Problem: The ZZ383 has
aluminum Vortec fast-burn heads, and the stock aluminum Corvette intakes won't
Once again, we have developed and are manufacturing an answer to blend the
old with the new.
image to have a look at the "Vintage" starting to come through.
OK, so you put your
purist tendencies aside and just want to enjoy your Corvette? Here's a
ZZ-4 that we've done that's dressed to the nines. Three hundred and fifty five horsepower,
pump gas friendly and a look that will blow you away.
An in-tank fuel pump, a
pressurized fuel rail with a return system, a dual-sync distributor and
sequential tuned port fuel injection? That's ok, we can keep up. Want the
ultimate? Ask us about a new '08 LS-3 drive-by-wire engine under the
hood of your Corvette, or a C4 chassis beneath your feet to roll down the
With these engine / transmission
swaps, and chassis component replacements, how can someone treat an American
icon such as a Corvette with such irreverence? Actually, it's just the
opposite. Quoting the NCRS; the "National Corvette Restorers Society
is dedicated to the restoration, preservation, history and enjoyment of
What a better way to both enjoy
and preserve than to substitute valuable components with widely-available
pieces so you can drive with peace-of-mind. More and more classic
Corvette owners are "tagging and bagging" their original engines and
transmissions in order to preserve them - to be able to drive their classic
icon without the worry of damaging (perhaps beyond repair) their original
numbers-matching components. What a better place to have this done than one
where the man at the helm is an active, longtime (20 year) NCRS member and judge, with the
that we won't do what can't be put back. The words "no bridges burned"
live and breathe in the credo of
The Restoration Station
250 Hiawatha Trail, Springboro, OH. 45066 (937) 743-3007
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