Eddie’s Rod & Custom’s Green Gold 1963 Corvette – 2022 SEMA Show!
This Green Gold 1963 Corvette by Eddie’s Rod & Custom (Eddie Pettus Jr) is the cover of the February 2023 issue of Vette Vues Magazine. It is included in Part 2 coverage of SEMA 2022 by Wayne Ellwood.
The car was painted in a matte finish with a custom color named Rogue Green using BASF Glasurit Paint. Interestingly, the exterior appearance is maintained using Griot’s Garage Interior Detailer. Read on to learn more details about this Corvette.
EDDIE PETTUS JR – XP-63 Rogue Green 1963
The paint on this 1963 Corvette by Eddie’s Rod & Custom Corvette is complemented by carbon fiber pieces for the bumpers, air dam, side pipe covers, wipers, mirrors, and so on. All chrome trim pieces have been removed for the shaved look.
The body itself is described as a widebody but in a very modest form. The fenders are flared but look more like the early flares developed for the C2 during that period. The front valance dips very low beneath the radiator opening and is mated to a carbon fiber air dam.
1963 Corvette by Eddie’s Rod & Custom Rear
At the rear, there is a carbon fiber diffuser not often seen on a C2 Corvette and carbon fiber bumpers. The diffuser flows gracefully onto the rear quarter and tapers to the wheel well. When you combine the front air dam, side pipe covers, and diffuser, the body’s bottom line is a continuous black accent, making the car appear lower to the ground.
1963 Corvette Engine Compartment by Eddie’s Rod & Custom
The engine compartment features a mix of modesty panels painted in the same matte green-gold and also uses accent pieces in carbon fiber. The hood hinges, fluid reservoir caps, and the Pro-Charger Whipple supercharger are matte finish but in a combination of both billet and cast form. Overall, the effect is wild yet subtle.
The engine is a STAGE 1 version from Steve Morris Engines in Michigan. The STAGE 1 package can go over 1000 HP depending on what the customer orders, but, in all cases, it runs on 93 octane gasoline…street gas. The basic package is a 416 cu in LS3 with a 2.9 cu in Whipple supercharger yielding 8 lb of boost. The engine carries a set of Steve Morris CNC ported LS3 heads and a Stage 2 m (mild) hydraulic roller cam designed for this supercharger. The injection is a Holley EFI unit. This engine produces 940 HP and 732 ft/lb of torque as ordered. Both HP and torque are set at modest levels, using timing and cam.
Interestingly, Steve builds his engines with a distinct formula for different power levels. In his promotional video, he accesses four power settings in his dyno room, all dialed in by a setting on the ignition key.
You can watch his video on this setup below. Eddie’s 1963 XP-63 engine is dressed in a unique configuration to match the design theme of the overall car.
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