months and months of false promises, the
new custom fenders have arrived. What do I mean by custom? Able to leap
tall buildings in a single bound? Well, no not really; but easily able
to swallow 'biggie' wheels and tires without losing the prominent C2
||The second photo to
the left shows the old
flares...notice the way they break "up" over the belt line? Unfortunately,
these were the only flare style available over 30 years ago.
|| Here's another look at
the new fronts.
||Although difficult to
see in the photos, there is sufficient flare to accommodate the 8"
wide - 15" front wheels shown in Chapter
||And here are the
rears. By the way, it took just over one full year to get these from the
beginning of the search to arrival in our garage. Believe me, in this
era of factory-correct restorations, finding 'quality' custom
body panels for a 1963-67 Corvette is not easy! Guess that puts me outside the loop, doesn't
||There is sufficient
flare to accommodate the 10" wide - 15" rear wheels shown back
I will not provide any information about the manufacturer or distributor
fenders as the complete experience was frustrating and less than
If they aren't out of business yet, they certainly should be.
The new front parking light fiberglass panels, lower front valance panel
moldings have also arrived. They will complete the return-to-'close'-to-stock
headlight buckets help round out what is rapidly
a 'brand-new' 1967 Corvette
And rather than replace only some seized
components, we decided to replace 'all' of the
bucket-mounting hardware.....and there is
plenty of it!
Click on the above
images to see larger photos
This is the car that the
above flared fenders are patterned after. It's owned and raced by Mike Donohue. Yep.....10" wide
wheels on the rear of a midyear C2 Corvette. Neat, huh? You do remember
that the originals were only 6" wide, don't you?
next image was added to this page in January 2004, following all
the bodywork, paint and body-drop. Does it make the point?
- a friend's stock 1965 coupe
Bottom - 67HEAVEN with P295/50R-15 tires
on 10" wide rims and the
tires are completely under the body....."inside"
the belt line.
If you've only
reached this point in the story.........yes the car is now painted.
You'll see it all in later Chapters.