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1963 Chevrolet Corvette Big Tank ZO6 Coupe Daytona Blue
Daytona Blue w/Dk. Blue interior, 327/360hp F.I. 4-spd. ZO6 Tanker.
Itís a rare occasion indeed when Corvette Mike is able to acquire one of the rarest and most coveted Corvette ever built!!
The history of #895:
Paul Reinhart Ordered this ZO6 in í62 on the first date it could be done from Cochran and Celli Chevrolet. He was sixth on the list. He was told the car would be ready for the infamous Riverside race on Oct. 13th, but of course, there was a delay. The car would be ready for pick up at the St. Louis factory on Oct.15th. Paul had one week to fly to the factory, drive to California and prep the car for the Laguna Seca race, as the car had already been entered. Rather than give up on Riverside completely, Red Farris offered his í62 Corvette, but in qualifying, the engine let go! So, Paul watched the Cobras with Zora Duntov and began to wonder if the new Sting Ray would be up to the task at hand?
He took a helicopter to Ontario (CA.) Airport and flew to St. Louis to take delivery of the ZO6. He arrived at the factory early in the morning and waited for the doors to open. When they finally did, he was informed that the car was not yet ready. So, he took a brief tour of the facility. Finally the car was ready . . . except the gas gauge didnít work! A new sending unit fixed the problem. After a stop to fill up the 36 gallon fuel tank, Paul was off on Route 66 on his way back to CA. It was smooth sailing . . . until AZ. where the car started to have some trouble. It was using a lot of fuel and running very rich. Luckily, Paul was able to find a small garage that was open at night. After removing the F.I. unit he discovered that there was a broken O ring on the spider unit. As it was after midnight, no replacement O rings could be found, so He wrapped it with string, forced it onto its seat and crossed his fingers! Somehow, the í63 made it back to CA., but all of the delays made it impossible to prep to car for Laguna Seca. Fortunately, Paul got permission to run his í57 in the race. When the í63 arrived home to Paulís Union í76 shop, he decided not to gut the car. He left the interior intact except for the addition of a rollbar and racing seat belts. On the outside, the front and rear bumpers were removed, as were the stock exhaust system, spare tire carrier and stock shocks. They were replaced with Koniís in the rear and Gabrielís in the front and a straight exhaust exiting in the rear without headers. The engine was balanced and clearenced, exhaust ports matched and an Isky cam swapped with the stock one. Nothing radical. Everything that came on the car from the factory like the trick brake parts went into coffee cans and small boxes. The bumpers and exhaust sat in the corner collecting dust and were eventually thrown in the dumpster! The 36 gal. fuel tank was removed and re-installed in Red Farisí í63 Roadster. Who knew back then that these parts would be worth so much! During the race at Vacaville, it was discovered that the weak link were the brakes. They were ok on the street, but erratic and scary were the best words to describe them on the track! Paul had hoped for some much needed help from the factory and soon enough a large wooden crate arrived. In it were all new brakes complete with trailing arms for the rear and uprights for the front, all assembled plus a new 36 gallon gas tank that they said was stronger than the original. There were also replacement shocks and u-joints that werenít used. The drums were straightened and had vent holes in the face. The new brakes worked and by Riverside Paul was better prepared. All that was needed were new wheels and tires. The factory kept promising the knockoff wheels, but porosity problems prevented them from being used and they never came. Temporarily, the combo from the í57 was used consisting of 5.5" wheels with recaps on Firestone castings. By Riverside Paul felt better about the í63, but the Cobras hadnít been sitting still and had many new improvements.
Tune in tomorrow for the rest of the story . . .!
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