The pictures above are of the engine compartment. This engine was not born with the corvette.
Below is some additional information concerning this particular 1965 Corvette.
Engine & Drivetrain:
Engine casting 10243880 = 350 C.I., 4 bolt, crate engines and ZZ4, roller cam, one piece rear seal, 1995-1999. Crate engines are professionally built using older blocks that have been brought back to "new" status.
TH700-R4 transmission with electronic overdrive, 8663549.
Rear end casting: AM 6 5 65 = AM(3.36:1 Positraction) 6 5 65(June 5, 1965).
Harrison aluminum coolant expansion tank 3155416 67C = Tank has the correct 3155416 part number, 67 C = The "67" is the year and "C" is the third month of the year so the expansion tank was made in March of 1967.
Power steering which was only available on 250, 300, and 350hp engines only.
TRW Fiberglass Mono Leaf composite rear spring 315#.
Bilstein B6 Heavy Duty monotube design, gas charged front & rear shocks.
17” American Racing Torq-Thrust II chrome rims with brown inside barrel.
Front tire size: P225/50/17
Rear tire size: P225/55/17
LS Exhaust manifold 3749965 LH1 GM = 250 to 300 HP 327ci with M35 Powerglide 1958 to 1963 corvette.
RS Exhaust manifold 3750556 RH1 GM = 250 to 300 HP 327ci with M35 Powerglide 1958 to 1965 corvette.
N14 Side Mount Exhaust System.
FAST EZ-EFI Self Tuning fuel injection system SKU: 30226-KIT.
Inline electronic fuel pump.
Engine bay mounted fuel pressure gauge.
Spectre Extraflow Red Air Cleaner 14" x 3" HPR Filter and valve cover breather.
Complete MSD Ignition System
MSD Digital 6A-L Ignition Box
Pro-Billet Tach Drive Distributor
8.5mm Super Conductor Wire Set
Blaster 2 Ignition Coil
MSD Coil bracket
Power four wheel disc brakes. The 1965 Chevrolet corvette sales brochure called it "Sport-Master disc brakes" and "the greatest improvement in corvette braking since the inception of the stingray design". The brochure went on to say: "During maximum braking from higher speeds 65% of the braking action occurs at the front wheels, 35% at the rear wheels--to balance forward weight shift".
Dual reservoir master cylinder.
Quad piston calipers with stainless steel sleeves .
Wing windows code: LJ = March 1965
Side windows code: JJ = May 1965
Windshield markings are as follows:
Pilkington = Manufacturer
Laminated AS-1 DOT 177(see notes below)
M61 A = (M is the composite code, rest of this line is unknown)
U J = (unknown)
DW636 = (NAG aka Part number, fits C2 era corvettes)
AS-1 = is the clearest glass (at least 70% light transmission), is laminated, and can be used anywhere in a motor vehicle (typically just the windshield)
DOT-177 = L-N SAFETY GLASS S.A.DE C.V. OF MEXACALI TOLEDO, OH, USA
Windshield notes: Called Pilkington at 1-800-848-1351 and talked with Randy. He was able to answer what the letter M is for and the DW636. He had no clue as to the rest. The AS-1 and DOT-177 was not discussed as these were known at the time of the call. I wonder if the “U J” marking could have been a guess by a former owner as to the correct date code on the glass. If so, the “U” would be for July and the “J” would be 1965. I would assume that if this was the case then a mistake was made or Pilkington did not have the correct date code as the “U” should have been an “I” for June instead.
Paint: Dupont Base/Clear in 1965 Silver Code QQ Silver Pearl
This corvette left the assembly line in June of 1965 painted an Ermine white with red vinyl interior. It probably had a 327 C.I. V8 engine with either the standard/base 250hp or the L75 300hp due to the tachometer redlining at 5300rpm(except for early 350hp cars), the 60psi oil pressure gauge, power steering option(only available on 250, 300, and 350hp engines), and the automatic transmission option(only available on 250 or 300hp engines). The 1965 corvette came standard with a 327ci, 250hp engine, 3 speed manual transmission, vinyl interior, and soft top(convertible) were all included in the base price. The M35 Powerglide automatic transmission came in a total of 2021 corvettes and of them, 663 had the 250hp while 1358 upgraded to the 300hp version. While a total of 23,564 1965 corvettes were made, it appears only 2,549 had the 250hp engine while 8,358 had the 300hp engine($52.65 upgrade). These figures might be off by a total count of 2 due to GM changing their records in March of 1991 when two additional corvettes were found to have been manufactured in August of 1965 and I do not know the details of these two cars.
At some point this car was later painted red, but is now painted a Silver Pearl and has the correct red vinyl interior. These are the only body paint colors that I am aware of. A close inspection on the bottom of the radiator support shows slight traces of both the Ermine white and the red previous body paint colors.
The corvette has a 1965 big block hood along with 17" American racing torq thrust II rims. It also has an aftermarket steering wheel and some upgrades to the suspension. As stated above, the body of this corvette was made by the A.O. Smith Company of Ionia MI. and all such A.O. Smith body cars did not come factory with the N14 side pipes. The A.O. Smith company did not have the tooling to cut notches in the outside edge of the left and right birdcage door sill rails for the side pipes. Plus the N14 side pipes were only available when ordered with a 4 speed manual transmission and an optional(higher HP) engine. Only 759 corvettes were produced in 1965 with the N14 side pipe option.
The front grille is for a 1966 but it is my understanding that the 1966 grilles were a factory replacement for the 1965 corvettes if front end service was needed. Numerous 1965 corvettes have the 66 grilles. In fact, the 66 grilles are much more expensive to purchase today than the 65's. A 65 grille runs around $500 while the 66's are nearly twice that. I'm conflicted as to whether to install a 65 grille. The 66 grille with the grey inside the egg crate pattern really looks awesome on the car with it's silver pearl paint, it really flows nicely together. This corvette was born in June of 1965 and the 1966 models starting rolling down the assembly line in September of 1965.
The car has the following options: U69 AM-FM Radio, Z01 Comfort and convenience Group, J50 Power Brakes, N40 Power Steering, N14 Side Mount Exhaust System, and G81 Positraction Rear Axle, A02 Soft Ray Tinted Glass, windshield, K66 Transistor Ignition System.
From the VIN(InstaVIN search) & other sources the following previous history has been uncovered.
8-24-2009 = Registered in New Jersey.
9-28-2009 = Registered in New Jersey. Color red, Mileage 72240
7-26-11 = Found a facebook post of the car. It is now in Illinois but not registered there. Color Silver Pearl(fresh paint). Car has BB hood, American racing rims, side pipes, reverse lights, corvette looks exactly as it does today except for the steering wheel. It is for sale by Heartland Classic Cars. https://www.facebook.com/168743626496974/photos/a.214685281902808.46336.168743626496974/223223881048948/?type=3&theater. I was informed by a prior owner that the car was restored by Heartland Classics in Newton IL. Heartland Classic cars does not keep any information concerning the autos they have sold.
3-21-2012 = Mileage 72240 according to the odometer disclosure when the owner in Vero Beach FL purchased it.
3-25-2014 = Registered in Florida. Owner lived in Vero Beach FL. Mileage Exempt
5-13-2014 = Mileage 10687 when Orlando FL owner purchased it.
5-14-2014 = Registered in Florida. Owner lived near Orlando FL. He installed the FAST EFI(electronic fuel injection) system, new battery, brake calipers with stainless steel sleeves and brake pads, power brake booster and master cylinder, brake lines, fiberglass mono-leaf rear spring, Rebuilt--rechromed right and left vent window frames and regulators, rebuilt both headlight motors. The corvette left this owner in better condition then when he purchased it.
6-15-2015 = Registered in Florida. I purchased it from this gentleman in Sarasota. Millage exempt on his title.
12-12-2016 = Registered in Florida. Mileage 10986 on title when I purchased it. State of Florida marked title milage as exempt since I had no way to verify actual milage at the time.
In short, the car was registered in NJ in 2009 and has now been registered in FL since 2014. And has been driven a little over 300 miles since 5-13-2014.
The corvette with VIN number 194675S119902 which is one corvette earlier and right in front of the corvette featured on this page as they were going down the assembly line in 1965 has been in Switzerland since the early 1980’s and now resides in Sweden.
I bought the car pretty much sight unseen so I had it inspected by C&S Corvettes in Sarasota FL. before I made the purchase. The owner of the corvette mentioned the owner of C&S by name and recommended this company. The owner even offered to take the car there for the evaluation since it was just a few blocks up the street from where the car was stored. At this time all I had seen of the car was several pictures so I was placing my trust in C&S Corvettes for their evaluation since I live in another part of the state. Afterall, they are a corvette shop. I informed them by phone that I live several counties away and that I am unable to walk and am in a wheelchair and I needed them to be my legs. I hired them to do the inspection that I was physically unable to properly do. I was counting on this inspection to give an accurate assessment of the car. This inspection was the deal breaker if the car had too many issues or problems. Their evaluation of the car ended with the following comment: "Overall, an exceptional car that surpasses the condition of most cars of this vintage that we have seen." To review their full report please CLICK HERE.
Is the inspection report by C&S Corvettes accurate? Well they did miss a few things. For example the report indicated that "all interior appliances function as expected. No issues.", but when the car arrived here the following interior appliances did NOT work: power antenna, emergency brake, passenger vent, all dome lights, cigarette lighter, trip odometer, heater blower, glove box lock, entire glove box light & switch missing, windshield washer button, dash emergency brake light, emergency brake switch missing, dash high beam light, ignition switch spun in circles and key falls out while engine is running, ignition switch light, cigarette lighter light, oil pressure gauge light, fuel gauge light, Hi-note horn is missing, turn on parking lights and turn signal dash light comes on. Instead of listing all the "missed issues", yes there are quite a few more that was found. I'll post an inspection report from another corvette shop for comparison. One thing is for sure, what ever is not at 100% will be repaired. By the way, many items listed above have already been fixed. Some were simple. For example, the button one presses to spray the windshield with fluid...well the wiper knob was attached to this button by the knob set screw so that it could not be pressed in. By simply aligning the knob onto the shaft correctly and retightening it fixed the issue. I’m left to wonder how on earth did so many “appliances” that are so very easily checked slip past a professional corvette shop that said they spent hours inspecting the car?
I have dreamed of this day for 36+ years, ever since first laying eyes on one as a young child. But family, obligations, and life in general are more important than a childhood wish so I waited and continued to dream. As time goes on, physical disabilities/injuries started cropping up which limited the choices or options a particular car must have. In my case for example the car must be an automatic as I can no longer push in the clutch with my left leg. It seems that most of these C2 corvettes came with manual transmissions so it became tough to find a nice one in automatic within our budget. But one day, and totally out of the blue, this one appeared un-expectantly. While not perfect, she’ll never be awarded a Bloomington Gold, NCRS top flight, or have a Triple Crown award, in my eyes she is awesome and a dream finally coming true.
I live way out in the boonies. I might see another vehicle every 30 minutes or so on a busy day. For that first ride there were lots of emotions all rolled into one, nervous, scared, excited, anxious, and more. My first ride in the car consisted of a trip down a country road and back totaling 5 miles and all of it under 30 mph. As we were pulling out the driveway, and as luck would have it, we were met by another motorist. As the gentleman slowly drove by, he stuck his hand out the window and gave us a huge thumbs up. Wow, not even out of the driveway on our first ride and experiencing something like this is beyond my ability to describe it. That kind gesture by a stranger will be something that I will never forget. It also seems to prove the old adage true. “You’ll never get more smiles per mile than in a C2 Corvette”.
Beside being owners, we are the caretakers of these pieces of history and all prior owners are a part of that history and should be kept with the car for future generations. I'm very interested in hearing from any prior owners. I'd love to receive copies of any pictures, documents, stories, or whatever you may have concerning this corvette. Please me. Thanks in advance.
1965 Chevrolet corvette sales brochure
1965 Chevrolet corvette owners manual
1965 Corvette specifications by Chevrolet(PDF)
Corvette Enthusiast June 2006 article about A.O. Smith bodies
1965 corvette factory assembly manual
1963 corvette shop manual
1965 corvette shop manual supplement
Louisville Chevrolet Zone Service Bulletin No: 22-59 dated May 20th 1964
Last update: 2-18-2017