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November 2003 Corvette of the Month

Jim and Janet Davis - 1963 Corvette Coupe

Names: Jim and Janet Davis

Corvette: 1963 Coupe, Daytona Blue

Previous Corvettes: This is my second Corvette.  My first was a Fawn Beige exterior and Almond Beige interior 62 with both convertible and removable hard top.

What first attracted you to corvettes? When I was 17, two friends of mine who were ahead of me in high school bought new black with red interior 57 Vettes.

How did you come to acquire this one? In 1967, when my wife was pregnant with our second child, I decided that my family would no longer fit in the 62.  So, we traded the 62 and $700.00 for the 63 "fast back".  The asking price for the 63 was $2200.00.

What modifications were done to this car? Flared Fenders, 16-inch rally style wheels and ZR-16 Goodrich tires, two extra tail lights, factory side exhaust, hooker headers, 67 big block hood, big block anti roll bars front and rear, four wheel stainless steel disc brakes.

What modifications are planned for this car? Air Conditioning, 5-speed transmission.

What do you like best about corvettes? They go faster, stop faster, and go around corners faster than most cars costing twice as much. And they turn a lot of heads while you are doing it.  

What other interesting facts might others enjoy knowing about you? Retired from Lockheed after 37 years, married 40 years this November (going to Hawaii), two kids (boy and girl), two grand daughters, two dogs.

Evolution of the Davis’ 63 Corvette

During the latter months of 1967, while riding in our 62 Corvette with my pregnant wife and three-year old son (Linc), I realized that as soon as our new baby arrived the Vette would no longer be useful as a family car.  I made a deal at a local used car lot to trade the 62 and $700 for a Daytona Blue 63 Stingray.  I did not know at the time that the car had been repossessed.  The fuel injection engine had been replaced with a 250 hp 62 vintage 327 and the car had been painted at the local $39 paint shop.  The speedometer and tachometer needles were both missing.  The first dumb thing I did was trade the original instrument panel for one from a non-fulie car. 

Over the next few years the car was fitted with a set of 63 fulie heads, a Holly carburetor, Muncie four speed, factory side pipes, four wheel disc brakes, big block sway bars front and back, and a big block hood.  Goodyear Sixty Series Polyglass GT tires (which were replaced twenty years ago by Goodrich Radial TA 50’s) were a big thing back then and Anson Sprint rims seemed appropriate.  This made it necessary for me to radius and flare the fenders.  The Ansons and Polyglass GTs were recently replaced with 16-inch Rally Wheels and Goodrich Comp TAs.  I had added a third taillight to my 62 and thought it was a good idea for the 63.  My brother in law and I hand sanded the car and painted it with numerous coats of lacquer in my garage. 

Over the years the car was my daily driver to work and back and many week end trips, such as camping in Yosemite park.  After retiring in 1998, my goal was to refurbish the Vette and take it to Hot August Nights.  The three paint jobs were removed (media blasted) and the car was trailored to San Jose where our son Linc, who has become a journeyman body and finder man and works in the trade, spent approximately a year on the body and paint.  The glass and doors were removed and all new weather stripping and carpeting installed.  The paint is PPG Clearcoat/Colorcoat in the original Daytona Blue.   Four coats of blue were sprayed over two coats of black and then a gallon of clear was applied.  The paint had to cure for a month before sanding and polishing.  We made it to Hot August Nights in 2001.