There aren’t that many people that would take a ’64 Vette to a track day. First of all, the original car wasn’t meant to handle curves, but to eat up highway miles. Dan Livezey not only does that, but he built his race car at home.Oh yes, a ’64 Vette track oriented car.
I will start by saying that Dan has a history as a racer since the early 80′s. He won his first Pro Solo championship in ’85, and after winning the ’89 and ’90 seasons Dan got away from racing for a while.
He started to build this car for the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational.Since the car wasn’t”ready in time, he decided to give his ’69 Vette a try. Since the ’69 wasn’t a very good choice, Dan sold it. He then pulled the ’64 Vette from the shop that was working on it and decided he needed the underside of a C6 Corvette to make the project more competitive.
This wasn’t an easy project since the parts needed weren’t bolt-ons.Dan says it has been a bunch of learning experiencesthat tested his will to bring this project to a finish.
The rear aluminium complete suspension was taken from the C6 and the guys at Full Street modified the chassis in order to integrate this. The Dana 44HD center section was sourced from a Dodge Viper. After installing the rear suspension, Dan fitted factory control arms and spindles, so the car handles like a new Vette. For the front suspension Dan installed one from a 2010 model, along with a stiffer Z06 swaybar , a set of custom made Strange adjustable shocks and H&R coils. The car sits pretty low with this setup.
Adding all these parts from a newer car meant that Dan could also use the carbon brakes from the ZR1, which I think is a pretty impressive mod for a 50 year old car. He even went for C6 wheels, which measure 10×19′ upfront and 12×20′ in th back.
The engine produces around 685 hp and it was originally fitted in a 2010 C6 Corvette. You might think that Dan bought a wrecked C6, insted he actually sourced each part independently.
He wanted this car to be street usable also, so Dan installed ABS using parts from a BMW, power windows, air conditioning and door locks. This was the hardest part, since the 2010 chassi harness didn’t seem to work. Dan spoke with a General Motor engineer, and after being told that he needed all the modules to make it work, started modifying the harness because he didn’t want to add the extra weight of unused electronics.
The body needed to be stretched since the 1964 and the 2010 Vettes aren’t the same size. The car is now 16 inches wider, but I think this is barely noticeable. I think Dan has done a great job with the bodywork, heavily modifying the fenders and still having the original lines, all in his garage. He cut the hood to allow hot air to escape and installed Buell headlights in the factory flip-ups.
The interior is fitted with Autometer gauges, AC vents, power window switches, Corbeau seats and harnesses.