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67HEAVEN

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The thread in C3, about modifications done, got into weight loss with the monoleaf rear spring. Since I don't have a C3, I didn't want to mess up that thread, but it did get my pre-Spring juices flowing.

You've all heard the number one argument against big blocks in C2 and C3 Corvettes.....front end weight. Well, maybe that's the number two argument against. Number one may be fuel consumption. :D

Anyway, I think you'd be surprised how well my '67 handles, even with 502 inches of BBC under the hood. Weight management played a role.

Complete Performance Plus suspension which includes new-design, lighter and stronger upper and lower A-arms, monoleaf springs front and rear, and much more; also used a spreader bar between front shock towers, aluminum water pump, aluminum heads, aluminum intake, headers (in place of cast iron manifolds, exhaust system and mufflers), aluminum rad, twin electric fans (in place of heavy old clutch fan).

The much improved handling, acceleration and braking was also helped by almost twice the rubber width front and rear.

The overall weight-savings is well in excess of 250 pounds. Have you lifted an old coil spring, cast water pump, old multi-leaf rear spring or iron big block head lately? :D The weight savings on each head alone is 50 pounds.

Further weight savings, through the use of aluminum rims, will be installed in the next few weeks. I suspect that we'll be in the range of 300 lbs lighter soon. That brings the car well below a stock small block in weight.

See you in the corners. ;)

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I love your car Bob! I think what you've done is perfect! Have you scaled your car to find the corner weights? It would be really interesting to see the before and after front/rear weight percentages and compare those to a stock 67. Also, did you change over the front suspension to a mono leaf from coils? I would ask what else you changed but think it would be a shorter list to ask what you left stock!:D
 
The Performance Plus suspension kit replaces just about everything on the car, front and rear.

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Offset trailing arms. Not part of above kit.
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Spreader bar. Not part of above kit.
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Rear wheel width

I am going to replace the rear spring and trailing arms in my 63. Body is untouched and I want to keep it that way. However, I want to use the VB&P monoleaf and offset trailing arms and disc brake conversion. What is the widest 15" wheel that will fit? I like the Vintique Rally wheels.
 
I am going to replace the rear spring and trailing arms in my 63. Body is untouched and I want to keep it that way. However, I want to use the VB&P monoleaf and offset trailing arms and disc brake conversion. What is the widest 15" wheel that will fit? I like the Vintique Rally wheels.

Welcome SP -- glad to have you along. Hope you can share your ride with us and your restoration experience.

Unfortunately 67HEAVEN (Bob) is no long active here, but some of the members in the 705/613 area may have some contact info for you.

Here's the link to their forum, and don't forget those C2 pics please, We'd love to see that rare ride:

705/613 - Canadian Corvette Forums
 
i'm not 100% sure but i believe a 15x10 is the max with the offset arms and still keep the tire in the fender. manny dasilva can probably tell you for sure and also give you the correct back spacing.

Welcome SP. Manny goes by Nasty98.
 
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