Apple Valley Ohio Lake Community by Sam Miller

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Corvette Project

I have been working on a 1984 Corvette project car for a while now and the car now looks like a Corvette again.  The 1984 is the first year of the C4 generation and the lightest weight car of this generation.  When you want to go fast lighter weight means faster performance and lightweight cars are much easier on parts.  I also selected the C4 Vette because the engine is set REALLY far back in the front suspension which makes for a very quick weight transfer when you launch the car. 

Here is the run down on what I have done:

Removed the 350 crossfire engine and replaced it with a solid 406 Small Block Chevy with roughly 500 horsepower on pump gas and it has a nitrous system that will easily put the engine over 700 horsepower with a mild set up.  We removed roughly 300 more lbs from the car and I have another 200 lbs to go...and the goal is to make the weight reduction not obvious to keep with the street sleeper look.  I installed Aerospace brakes, fabricated coilovers for the front suspension, bought an ultra lightweight cowl hood, twin fuel cells with twin pumps, replaced the old bumpers with the 1996 style front and rear bumpers, I lowered the car about 2 inches on all 4 corners.  Final interior is in the works and a new Lamborghini orange paint color is soon to be applied.  The car should be on the street in 2 months or less if all goes well.  I will post some photos when I get it done except for the paint.

Comment balloon 23 commentsSam Miller • March 30 2007 09:47PM

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Hey Sam..  We want pictures!!!  sounds like a lot of fun. i want to build cars also when i grow up!! :)V)
'my little dream' is starting to rust in the backyard.. so i have decided i will be cutting the roof off that one and using it 'convertible' for a while. i'll have to buy another body and move everything over. oh well. typical me!

later gator!

Posted by Nick M., Realtor-Appraiser in West Palm-South Florida Real Estate Appraiser (Certified Residential Appraiser- West Palm Beach Real Estate) about 13 years ago

Sam,

I'm looking forward to seeing this car sounds awesome, hurry with photos please!!

Good day!! have a cup of java and a smile on me :)

Posted by Duayne Weir, Minnesota Real Estate Agent (Investment Realities LLC/MarketLink Realty) about 13 years ago
The Corvette is on the ground and getting scaled for the correct spring weight coil over shocks.  We are making some serious headway and with Spring near I am getting happier every day.
Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) almost 13 years ago

I can't wait to see it!

I know the projects I've worked on with my husband have taken years in some cases, but well worth it in the end I think! 

Posted by Jessica Hughes (Ambiance Staging) almost 13 years ago

Sounds like a slick project Sam...can't wait to see pics!  I'm just finishing up some little details on my '69 Corvette so it'll run right.  New carb and fuel line are on, new starter is going on this weekend and then I have to adjust the clutch.  After that it's time to drive!  Here's a pic of my toy....

 

Posted by Matt Lemansky, Certified Residential Appraiser, SoCal (Matthew J. Lemansky, CREA) almost 13 years ago

Matt, You should do your own post on this car. This thing rocks!! Give more details...

Good Day!! have a cup of java and a smile on me :)

Posted by Duayne Weir, Minnesota Real Estate Agent (Investment Realities LLC/MarketLink Realty) almost 13 years ago

Thanks Duayne...just finished up a post about it with more details

Posted by Matt Lemansky, Certified Residential Appraiser, SoCal (Matthew J. Lemansky, CREA) almost 13 years ago
Hi Sam, I was just surfing around AR and found this group.  I'm a car enthusiast too - my hubby and I especially love Corvettes.  We just finished (yes I helped) a reproduction of the 1963 Grand Sport Corvette.  When I get a moment, I'll post some pics.  Glad I found this group! 
Posted by Charlene Storozuk, Home Stager - Burlington Ontario (Dezigner Digz) over 12 years ago

This is a WORTHLESS POST without pics. 

We love all of our toys.  I A/Xd a Shelby Charger Turbo.  And I've had a bunch of other street toys.  Now I have fun with my Jeeps.   

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) over 12 years ago

Charlene, I am happy to see your comments and congrats on the reproduction of a 1963 grand sport...that must have been a lot of fun.  I am a huge car lover and especially higher horsepower muscle cars.  I would love to see some photos of your Grand Sport when you get some time.  Sam

Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) over 12 years ago

Hi Sam,

Here is a picture of the Grand Sport before it was painted.  It's now blue like the original Grand Sports.  The decals are just static cling.

Posted by Charlene Storozuk, Home Stager - Burlington Ontario (Dezigner Digz) over 12 years ago

Sam,

Can you get out to the garage to shoot a few pics?  ;^ )   It might get you a couple more points on the post...

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) over 12 years ago
Lane, I will stop by the shop  this weekend and post a handful of picks.  If you are into cars you will like the front suspension and how we installed the front coilover shocks.  Sam
Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) over 12 years ago
Charlene, The stance of your car is outstanding.  I have seen so many killer Corvettes that sit higher and yours sits very nice and the hood and headlights are an excellent touch. Sam
Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) over 12 years ago
Thanks Sam!  We just bought a 1972 Challenger as well (wish it was a hemi, but oh well).  That is going to be our winter project.  Well, more my hubby's project than mine.  I've been so busy with home staging lately that there isn't much time for anything else.  We also have a 1969 Beaumont that we are selling.  Have to make room for the Challenger when it finally comes home.
Posted by Charlene Storozuk, Home Stager - Burlington Ontario (Dezigner Digz) over 12 years ago

My 1984 project is not quite done and I bought another Corvette recently...a 2008 Z06.  The car is a street legal land missle.  I haven't done much in the way of photos yet but will do so after the Ohio Association of Realtors Convention this week.  It is amazingly fast and the brakes are incredible.  Going to be a fun ride and I should never be late for an appointment again.  Smiling Sam

Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) over 12 years ago
Outstanding!  My hat's off for your dedication on this project.  My father in-law has a 26 Model T sedan partially dissassembled (for years now).  His intent is a family restoration project but he and everyone else is too busy to get serious with it.
Posted by Larry Wright (nwRealty.Com) over 12 years ago
There is a family here in the Tucker, GA area that has an extensive personal collection.  I drive by their warehouse regularly, and often there are parts of the collection driving around.  Enough that I don't find it shocking to see a well patina'd Model T burbling along.  They have a Tucker (kind of ironic) that shows up at a local grocery store occasionally, as well as quite a few others.  I love that they are drivers.  
Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) over 12 years ago

My 84 street sleeper project got put on the back burner  for a bit while I refocus on our changing market.  However, since I have been working long and crazy hours I decided I needed a new hot rod that was turn key ready for fun.  Here is it...a new 2008 Corvette Z06.  I have had it out twice and both times I was smiling from ear to ear.  It is rated at 505 horsepower and 500 foot pounds of torque.  I will never be late for another appointment again.

Corvette Z06

Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) over 12 years ago

Here's a few photos of my 84 street sleeper project.  First photo is the rear fuel cell and the cromoly mount and Aeromotive fuel pump.  The 2nd photo shows the independent nitrous fuel cell and the aerospace brakes.  This car is extremly light.Rear Fuel Cell and Aeromotive PumpNitrous Fuel Cell and AeroSpace Brakes

Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) over 12 years ago
Daddy likes!!!
Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) over 12 years ago

Sam,

WOW!  I'm drooling all over my keyboard!

I sold my '64 about 11 years ago to put in a new concrete driveway on our last house.

Maybe someday again!

Lucky :)

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Premiere Plus Realty Marco Island) over 12 years ago
Took the black Vette to the track for some very casual runs and ended up pulling 119.55 mph on the top end of the quarter mile on the factory street tires.  Traction was horrible...let me say that again...the traction was horrible, I was spinning in the first 3 gears.  The air temp was 47 and I am sure there was very little heat in the track but I got to meet up with other Corvette owners and we had as much fun talking and hanging out as we did making runs.  Corvette owners are a wonderful group!
Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) over 12 years ago

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