'69 Corvette
Street Approved

For those of us who weren't there, the idea of American muscle cars running the streets as brand-new daily drivers is nothing but a fantasy. Ken Johnson remembers it as a reality, as he was just starting to notice cars in the thick of the era. His first move toward owning one was to collect as much literature on them as possible. That meant collecting pamphlets from the local dealerships and car-related magazines. Now he still has the 30-year collection of his favorite books, including Popular Hot Rodding.

He raced a '68 Hemi Roadrunner back in the day, but breaking parts was getting too expensive to maintain the car, so they parted ways. He really wished he had an alternative car to his mundane transportation ride, so in 1990, he bought this '69 Corvette. Ken had no intention of upping the power or doing anything radical to it. Little by little, that changed. What started out as a simple cam swap turned in to an all-out drag car with a street side. He had Neil Clayton of W.O.T. Inc., a competitor in the Engine Masters Challenge, build him a streetable, max output small-block to push the car. It was good enough to get the Vette halfway through the 10s at the dragstrip without sacrificing the stocker look he was going for.

By The Numbers
1969 Chevy Corvette
Ken Johnson, 56
Youngstown, OH
10.47 at 127 mph in the quarter-mile

ENGINE
Type: 427ci small-block Chevy by W.O.T. Inc.
Block: Chevy Bow Tie
Oiling: Melling pump with Milodon 6-quart pan
Rotating assembly: Eagle rods, JE pistons,
10.4:1 compression
Cylinder heads: ported AFR 210cc Eliminators
Camshaft: custom solid roller
with 4-7 swap, .710-/.675-inch lift,
250/254 degrees duration, 108 LSA
Valvetrain: 2.08/1.60-inch valves, T&D rockers,
Induction: World Motown intake
ported by Dr. J's Performance
Ignition: DUI HEI distributor
Cooling: Be Cool radiator,
Flex-A-Lite electric Black Magic fan
Fuel system: Carter 170-gpm mechanical pump
Exhaust: Hooker Super Comp headers
Jet-Hot coated, 3-inch pipes,
Magnaflow mufflers
Fasteners: ARP
WHEELS/TIRES
Wheels: Cragar SS
Tires: BFG Radial T/A street,
M/T ET Streets track
DRIVETRAIN
Transmission/shifter: Rossler-built TH400,
Art Carr 2,900-rpm stall converter
Driveshaft: VBP 3-inch aluminum
with carbon-fiber halfshafts
Rear axle: factory housing with 4.11 gears
CHASSIS
Front suspension: factory
Rear suspension: VBP composite 380-pound
rear spring, QA1 adjustable shocks
Brakes: Wilwood Dynalite calipers
BODY/PAINT
Body: L88 hood
Paint: Monza red