'65 Corvette Dedication
In 1987, second-generation Corvettes were popular, but not nearly as prized as they are today. That's when 15-year-old Bryan Albertson bought this '65 Corvette as his first car. He and his friends tinkered with it, driving it long distances to hang out with other enthusiasts using their newfound freedom granted to them in the form of a driver's license. The car was left close to how he bought it: rough. And no huge changes were made until Bryan got into college, when he completely disassembled it. He realized this was a bad time to make such a bold move because being a full-time student, time and money is limited, and the Vette didn't get put back together how he would have liked.

After college, Bryan even bought some other cars to avoid doing a full teardown on the Corvette. "The build has been a real long one, and the butt of many jokes among the family," he says. When his wife was on tour in Iraq, Bryan struggled to get a jump-start on the project, but without a garage he didn't have the space to work on it. He modified one of the house's exterior walls to allow the car entrance. He got a fair amount done, but when he saw the structurally disturbed frame, it stopped him in his tracks. The biggest decision he made was to enlist Speed Shop to create a bolt-in frame that would accept late-model suspension and a ton more meat between the fenders. While Bryan was himself deployed to Iraq for the second time, a close friend offered to work on the car while he was gone. He ended up repairing all of the bad bodywork and repainted the car before he got back.

Bryan's wife wasn't at all upset about the hole in the house, because it ended up becoming an addition to the home's space while Bryan got the garage he needed to continue working on the Corvette.

By The Numbers

Bryan Albertson, 38 • Charlotte, NC
500 hp
Type: 427-inch big-block Chevy
Block: factory GM
Oiling: Melling high-volume pump
Rotating assembly: Eagle crank, rods, and pistons
Cylinder heads: rectangle port
Camshaft: COMP Cams roller
Valvetrain: COMP Cams roller rockers and pushrods
Induction: GM 163 intake
Ignition: Mallory Unilite with tach drive
Cooling: Be Cool radiator with electric fan
Exhaust: custom chambered exhaust
Transmission/shifter: Hurst Driveline Tremec TKO five-speed kit
Driveshaft: Inland Empire Driveline
Rear axle: Dana 44 from a late-model Corvette
Front suspension: Street Shop frame, late-model Corvette suspension
Rear suspension: late-model Corvette
Brakes: C4 Corvette
Body: roadster body, work by JC Resto
Paint: Toyota black base/clear
Wheels: 16-inch American Racing Torq-Thrust
Tire: P245/50R16 Goodyear F1 GS-D3