Hello, this is Steve, owner of Muscle Rod Shop and owner, along with my wife Jeanette, of the Sting Rod 68 Corvette pictured on this page. I'd like to take a moment, if you're interested, in sharing a little about the car, the Sting Rod concept, and the future of Sting Rods.
First, some background. I started out in the seat of a Corvette (a 1958) as soon as I had a driver's license. That was back in the 70's and the cars were cheap and easy to find. I traded my way up thru a 64 fastback, a 67 convertible, a 68 convertible and a 75 T-top before life and family got in the way. Many years later, I would open Muscle Rod Shop, focusing primarily on muscle Mopars... a new interest discovered while compemplating my oldest son's first car, a 69 Dodge Charger. I was hooked on Mopars and our shop learned to build some of the wildest, nicest cars out there. Still do. My personal Charger, the green 68, has seen worldwide acclaim, and we're in the process of building several more for clients around the country. Sale of the Charger provided me the funds, for the first time in 30 years, to get back into Corvettes.
While on a search for an 'affordable' C2 fastback (something under 50k would have been nice) I came across this 68. It was affordable at about 15k and I always did like the cockpit and view out the windshield better than the C2 anyway, so I bought it. Once back at the shop it became obvious that the car needed the Muscle Rod Shop touch. Initial plans called for the same-old lame-old L88 style flares but sanity set in. Muscle Rod Shop specializes in wide-body muscle cars. I know how to work fiberglass. Why not a wide body C3 Corvette? Here it is.
LET'S FACE IT: the weakest design area of the C3 Corvette is the tail end. I mean, the shape is sweet, the idea perfect, but looking at it with the benefit of almost 50 years of additional design experience, the tail is simply weak. In fact, the rear of the C3 body is narrower than the front! We fixed that. We added fully 6 inches to the width of the car at the tail panel and a couple more at the wheel. Those 20x12 Bonspeeds with 335 tires fit perfectly. There are no offset trailing arms...in fact, the suspension is stock. The mods are not obnoxious, and do not detract one bit from the original design. The enhancement on the other hand is huge.
Let's look at the pictures to the left...
1. From the front, the widening of the body is evident, and is clearly seen to start in the door. Your stock C3 has its quarter panel curve starting in exactly the same place... we just enhanced the heck out of it.
2. The rear quarter view shows well the curve of the quarter and how it is enhanced and especially visible at the c-pillar area. The widening also naturally raises the quarter panel peak, giving the car more 'shoulder'... and a much more aggressive appearance.
3. The rear view really shows it... man that thing is wide. There are three inches added between the script and the tail lights on each side, and each rear bumper has been widened three inches. The idea is to keep the car looking like the designers intended while giving it the brawn and muscle it deserves in this day and age.
4. Oh yeah... look at those quarters and all that tire. And no L88 flares! Bring it.
Of course, no Sting Rod would be complete without proper power enhancers and creature comforts. This particular version is a "street" version, portraying a somewhat radical street machine with old-school cues. Thus the 427/480 hp engine, 4-speed manual trans, 69 side pipes, and stock suspension. Though it does also feature Vintage Air A/C, a Front Runner, Ididit tilt column, and Hydro-boosted Baer brakes running 14" rotors with 6 piston calipers all around. A pair of dropped spindles and a dropped rear crossmember help get it down. Radical, obnoxious, loud. Also present is one of our signature House of Kolor killer custom paint jobs.
Sorry guys, but any car show you have your C3 at, you're not going to want one of these parking next to you. Having a stock car next to a widebody C3 to compare to quickly reveals just why this car looks so right and so muscular and any 'stock' C3 suddenly becomes anemic and weak, even with thouands spent on suspension, engine, interior and paint.
Perhaps its worth looking into a Sting Rod conversion for your car?
WHAT'S NEXT IN STING RODS?
Three additional C3 Corvettes have been dedicated to becoming Sting Rods, and we're open to consideration re additional cars. Two of the three are the very heavily worn or damaged 71 convertibles shown to the left. Remember, in addition to performing widebody magic, we're also talented and experienced restorers of early Corvettes. Any car, any level of damage, wear and tear, can be restored or turned into a head-turning and valuable Muscle Rod Shop Sting Rod.
The silver car with the missing front clip and heavily damaged rear will be the most highly modified of the three. This car is receiving an aftermarket chassis, a modern supercharged LS and many other high-end components and features, to be revealed soon. It is intended to be an "T" version: a track car but still streetable.
The white car however will be markedly different from either that or the green car. It is being developed as a touring car. Still widebody with the big wheels, tires and brakes, but with a milder small block, overdrive trans, and all the creature comforts for a comfortable, long-distance cruiser. This will be an "R" for Road version.
Finally, the third car, a 72 coupe will provide the foundation for our first T-Top version. If it will be built as "Track", "Street" (like the green car), or "Road" version remains to be decided.
We have the capacity to handle one or two more, should you be looking to upgrade and enhance your C3. Restos and Repairs are always welcome too.
Give us a call and we can help you take your dreams and hit the road!