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Hello everyone, I like to build cars as a hobby. I've built a few using both C4 and C5 components bolted into frames that I fabricated. This week a friend gave me stripped down C4 roller. I have a 50's Kelllison J5 coupe body so I thought that it would be fun to try and put the 2 together.
I finished stripping down the chassis today and test fit the body. The sill width and the distance from the rear wheels to the C4's firewall is just about perfect. The Kellison has a very low roof line so the C4's perimeter frame is an asset here. The car, because it's so light is sitting about 3 inches to high. I think that when it's lowered the wheels will fill the wells pretty good.
The hood was cut to allow for a blower by the previous owner. i will be filling this in and reforming the Kellison style scoop.
I know that not many are fans of a C4 rebody. But, I think this is a little different. If any one is interested in following the build I will post pictures along the way. If not I understand and will fade away.
Because the Vette is 71 inches wide and the Kellison body is only 67 inches I was planning on adding flares. But, I decided that I like the clean look of the side of the Kellison body so today I cut it down the middle and widened it by 4 inches. Tomorrow I'll start glassing it together.
I wil be shaping a hood scoop.
The headlights will have clear plexiglas covers.
I'll be fabricating an aluminum grill and side louvers.
Sorry to see another C 4 gone, but at least the chassis will live on.
What are you going to do to restore structural integrity with the targa steel gone, and the front windshield steel gone. C 4's by virtue of there construction were flexible flyers when the targa was out for cruising. Convertibles had an X brace under the frame. Are you planning a roll cage? It will be interesting to watch the progress. Good luck.