Jim's Corvette






This is my buddy Jim and his newest ride: a 1974 Corvette. It came with a Goodwrench 350 crate motor. He bought it for $5K, and it's well worth every penny. Jim likes to be different, and his taste in racecars shows it. He's one of a very few that races a Vette, and it stands out in its yellow and black paint scheme.

Jim has been a great help when I need work done on my SS. Together, we can do just about anything when the work is necessary. Jim's so good, one time, he had my engine out of my SS and on the stand upside down within an hour. Jim's love for racing is his drive to get the car fixed by Saturday night when we go hang out at the local car meets.

Jim is originally from California. Growing up working at a local garage, he's been street-racing since he could drive. His previous racecar was a great achievement: a 1980 Camaro that ran 11.89 in the 1/4 mile on all motor. Jim sold it because it became too fast for the street. Besides, it's always nice to start a new project.

The Corvette was totalled at 2 a.m. EST on 4-22-2001. RIP.



This is Jim's 1980 Camaro. Here you can see Jim lifting the front tires off the ground at the Richmond Dragway in Virginia. Jim's top 1/4 mile runs with this car were 12.30 at the track and 11.89 on the GTech (after some fine-tuning).
   
The engine in the car at the time was a stroker 385. It was estimated to producing 540 crank horsepower. It had the following setup:
  • 350 block bored .030 over
  • Skat forged 400 crankshaft
  • Forged rods
  • Forged dome aluminum pistons
  • Crane Cams solid lift cam, .518 / .536 lift
  • Crane gold race rockers w/1.5 ratio
  • Pro Action iron heads
    • 2.02 / 1.60 valves
    • 1 3/4" exhaust ports
    • Triple springs
    • Titanium retainers
    • Guides for the pushrods
    • Capable of flowing 270 / 190 CFM @6000 RPM
  • Edelbrock Victor Jr. Intake
  • Holley 750 CFM vacuum-secondary carburetor
  • 1 3/4" headers flowing through 2 1/2" piping and Flowmaster mufflers
   
Jim owned his 1980 Camaro for over nine years. A lot of mods went into this car, including: 8-point roll-cage, custom aluminum dash, full set of Autometer gauges, a cowl-induction hood, and all the lightening of the car you can think of.


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