Andy and Darlene Rock’s 1958 Corvette, is a dream come true for both of them. Andy wanted a C1 like his high school mate had and Darlene wanted a solid-axle Corvette. They began searching in the early 90″s and it eventually led them to this magnificent 58 Fuelie. What they found in a barn, was far from what you see now.
Andy recalls that the car , when they found it wasn’t really that bad. The passenger window was broken, and it probably had 5 coats of paint on it, and that was pretty dull.It did have all of the parts though, that it needed. All the chrome was intact, although in need of a lot of work and it had the original 283 c.i. small block, but it didn’t have the factory installed Rochester RamJet fuel injection, instead an aftermarket 4 barrel sat in it’s place.After some 12 hours of buffing the incorrect red paint, and pulling the motor and replacing it with a 384 c.i. stroker motor,although he still has the original engine in storage, the Corvette was almost ready to hit the streets. With final preparations being made, disaster struck, while on the dyno machine the motor blew up.
He called upon Racekrafters, in Lancaster Pa. to rebuild what was left of the 384, and they made a very streetable engine out of what remained. With the new motor in place the Corvette hit the road and they particapiated in the Hot Rod Power Tour.The following year, just planning to strip and repaint, the Radical transformation began to take place. Andy called on, premiere car builder, Lonny Gordon, of East Coast Muscle Cars,known for building award winning Hot Rods, Pro Street and Muscle Cars.With Lonny’s help the “restoration/modification” project resulted in one of the finest 1958 Corvettes that you will ever find. The plan was to keep all the originality on the outside, and yet update it to a modern day performer.
The stroker motor stayed, and during the process, Andy found an EFI system that looked just like the original RamJet system, from Arizona Speed and Marine. Added to that was a Muncie M-21 4 speed, a 9 inch rear end and some magic from East Coast Muscle Cars, restoring the chassis. Finished off with MP Brakes disc brakes on all 4 corners to stop it on a dime, they had themselves one Radical 1958 Corvette Fuelie. With all the chrome restored, the car was ready for some fresh paint. Andy and Darlene decided on, an original color choice in 1958, Snowcrest White with Inca Silver coves.
With it’s new paint and a complete repro interior from Al Knoch Interiors the car was reassembled. The first show the took the car to, they won Best Of Class, at Corvettes of Carlisle. This beautiful Corvette, powered by it’s 400 plus horsepower stroker motor and the brilliant paint and detail from East Coast muscle Cars, you see one of the finest Corvettes around.
A special thanks, to the Rocks and to Lonny Gordon for graciously giving their time to us and allowing us to feature this Radical Corvette. We look forward to seeing you at shows and look forward to your future projects.