1961 C1 Restoration @ Dasilva Motorsports

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  1. Manny@Dasilva

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    This beautiful piece of history is getting some loving care from the Dasilva Motorsports crew . Its a number's matching car , but not perfect . It had a restoration done in the 80's but much was missed .

    We have already done all the body mounts and suspension as well as new wheel bearings and some brake restoration in the way of new lines and fittings .

    New OEM wheels were added , and we had them powder coated in red to match . A new set of wide white walls from Coker were also installed.

    A complete new OEM wiring harness with fuse block is next on the list along with a new Hurst 4 spd shifter and all new HVAC .

    This Corvette will be a driver as the owner wants to be able to enjoy it along with the other 3 he owns :thumbs:

    New brake lines and fittings:
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    New body mounts & hardware:
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    New bushing's & hardware:
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    New rear shocks:
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    Here we find the collars were put in backwards which did not allow for the grease to get where to it should be . All fixed now.
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    Expert Alignment by Dasilva Motorsports :
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    At Dasilva Motorsports were more than just superchargers :canada:
     
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    Wow that will be sweet when she's done. Great job so far Manny.

    I fixed your text explaining about the axle collars. I'm sure you didn't want it to seem that you installed them.

    Looking forward to the progress.

    C.
     
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    Love the look, glad to see it's going to be driven.
     
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    61 has to be one of my favorite year corvettes. And this one is no exception. I love this car. Glad to see it is going to be driven, only wish it was me at the wheel.
     
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    Great work Manny. I've seen that car and it is a beauty. :D
     
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    Book me in for that Expert Alignment by Dasilva Motorsports : when Springs rolls around
     
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    I'm certain the owner will be very pleased ...
     
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    The car looks absolutely gorgeous!!!! Love it! Nice to see it's getting the treatment it deserves before going back out to enjoy the road!
     
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    All new wiring going in :

    Out with the old :
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    Nice wiring layout to follow:
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    Looking good :
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    Up next , we will be doing all the HVAC and controls plus a complete rebuild on the HURST shifter .
     
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    Wiring -- what a nightmare .... I'm glad you're doing it and not me.

    Manny, Is that a tach drive coming off the generator?

    C.
     
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    That is one beautiful car. And the right iconic colour for that year (for me anyway).Because of all the vette colours on this site, I almost feel politically incorrect in stating my taste in colour etc. (tomato or tomatoe)
    Al..
     
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    Great job Manny.
     
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    That new wiring harness is probably the best fire insurance you can have. A friend had his `64 Impala out for a drive and everything was fine, as it had been over the years. He came back home, parked the car in the garage and went to his work shop to get a wrench to disconnect the battery. When he got back the wiring was smoking. Had he not come back he may very well have lost the car and the house. Battery quick disconnects are a good idea too although it can be a pain resetting everything in the newer cars.
     
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    Perfect colour combination
     
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