Over the years, many in the Corvette world have embraced the idea of the restomod. You take an old C1, C2, or C3, and somehow get it to behave like a modern C5 or C6. It sounds like a fairly easy concept, however, some within the hobby have taken issue with the entire practice.
The purists who want to see everything reduced to a full nut and bolt restoration cringe every time they see an older Corvette with a modern LS mill stuffed in the engine bay. As a result, this has forced many who seek out project cars to be conscious of not destroying any numbers-matching vehicles. Indoctrinated into this belief, this was the yardstick that Ohioan, Mike Suppo used when he started looking for a donor C2 to build his restomod.
Beyond non-numbers-matching, the criterion was quite simple – it had to be a ’67. Any other year C2 wasn’t in the cards. Knowing what he wanted was the simple part, finding it was the challenge. Turning to the cyber world, Mike found the online Corvette related resources quite useful. An ongoing thread of a C2 build in one of the forums proved to be the ticket, but he didn’t know it when it first caught his eye.
He began following the regular posts of a ’67 located in the San Francisco area. To his surprise, after two years of steady progress on the car, the owner decided to sell it. Not wanting to let the opportunity pass him by, he had someone look at the car. If it was everything that he saw posted online, it would be a keeper.
After the deal was finalized, the Corvette was transported to Ohio. Shortly after its arrival, Mike got together with a bunch of friends and repaired issues with the rear suspension to make it driveable during the summer months. “I realized that it wasn’t that much fun to drive,” he explains. “It was hard to handle, and some of the things done to it weren’t right.”
The LS6 was scary stupid and highly impractical for street use, so he parked the Corvette and they started the teardown. The 454, along with the four-speed, were quickly removed and sent to a new home, followed by a complete gutting of the interior. Initially, the plan was for Mike and his buddies to do the restomod conversion in their spare time, but as is often the case, plans don’t always work out as envisioned.
If you’re wondering about the paint choice on the car, keep wondering. Beyond it being a rather bright shade of red, no one has a clue as to what the paint code is – not even the previous owner. It is flawless, and a complete mystery.
After six solid months of work on the Corvette, Mike was able to fire it up. The verdict on the changes: unanimously positive. It is now a pleasure to drive with ample amounts of power and great handling characteristics. It has also racked up a number of Best of Show awards, which speak volumes about the overall quality of the ’67 and the stellar work done by the guys at Corvette Conspiracy. By: superchevy