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Kevin's Angry Bear

1972 Chevrolet Corvette

Base 434 cu in small block

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  • Color: Black
  • Horsepower: 500
  • Drivetrain: RWD
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  • Vehicle Overview

    I picked up the car Mothers day weekend in 2010 A long neglected non running 72 Corvette. My late wife said I had rose colored glasses on, but it was a solid CA, AZ car. I stripped it to the bare frame within 3 weeks and began the original 5 yr restoration. Doing all body and chasis work in my garage. My wife, when she heard it run for the first time said it sounded like an "Angry Bear!" Not a favorable comment. That was with the first engine, a 383, She should have heard it now! Final paint was applied over my work by Steve Pinto, in Las Vegas. Engine is a Dart SHP sb 434 cu in, built by Insane Power, featuring Callies forged rotating assy, custom comp cam and roller lifters, AFR heads with T&D rockers, MSD ignition, FItech F.I. March supplied the accesory serpentine drive. I built the custom 3" SS exhaust, with ARH 1 7/8" SS headers. Shifts via a 5 spd Tremec, dual disc Ram clutch, and hyd throwout bearing. Stops via Wilwood, hydra boost and powersteering via Borgeson. The ridetech coil over suspension keeps the Forgeline wheels and Michelin SS P275 40 18 rubber on the road. The interior is mostly stock, which I put together as well. A chasis dyno tune proves its capable with over 475 ft lbs of torque and 500 rwhp.

    Future Plans

    Im constantly changing parts, my new wife, Patty, says the Corvette is never really done! I have a Tom's differentials 12 bolt posi kit with all the heavy duty stub axles, u joints etc sitting on a shelf. Im afraid to really hook this thing up as the rear end is the weak link, although it too was rebuilt. Also sequential port fuel injection is also on my bucket list. Its been a fun car to build and my current project, a 65 Mustang GT is occupying a lot of my time, so for now, I just do what it was built for. Drive it!

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    • CC

      05/17/2020
      Love it. With my 1981 GM crate motor swap, sniper EFI, holly headers, I'm pushing around 450hp. I'm now concerned that the stock drive train rebuilt TH350 u-joints etc and suspension won't hold up for long so, I'm looking for upgrade suggestions.
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