Spec Sheet: ’61 Roadster
OwnerTom Longo; Holbrook, NY
BlockChevrolet Mark II small-block V-8, cast iron (Casting No. 3756519)
Displacement283 ci, machined by Tony Coppola
Compression Ratio11.0:1
HeadsOriginal cast-iron 461X 315hp, restored by Al DeAngelo
ValvesChevrolet RPO 354 1.94/1.60, valve job by Tony Coppola
CamshaftChevrolet RPO 354 (PN 3736097, Casting No. 3736098)
Rocker ArmsChevrolet RPO 354
PistonsChevrolet RPO 354 domed
CrankshaftChevrolet RPO 354 forged steel, 3.00-in stroke
RodsChevrolet RPO 354
Intake ManifoldChevrolet PN 3768233 cast-aluminum
Fuel InjectionRestored GM-Rochester mechanical (7017320), machined and assembled by Gail Parsons
Fuel PumpRestored GM-Rochester mechanical
IgnitionRestored GM-Delco points-style
Exhaust SystemRestored RPO 354 with 2-in pipes and PN 3750556/3749965 manifolds
TransmissionRPO 685 close-ratio Borg-Warner T-10 four-speed, restored by 4-Speeds By Darrell
DriveshaftRestored original ’61 Corvette
SuspensionRPO 687 heavy-duty with front coil springs, rear leaf springs, and tubular shock absorbers; restored by Rich Puleo
RearendRestored original ’61 Corvette with RPO 675 Positraction and 4.11:1-AT big brake gears
BrakesRestored RPO 687 heavy-duty with 11-in finned drums, sintered-metallic linings, and cooling scoops on body; wheel cylinders machined by Pete Lange
WheelsRPO 276 15x5.5 heavy-duty with small hubcaps (used on fullsize ’59-’60 Chevys)
TiresFirestone 6.70-15 bias-ply blackwall
Fuel Octane93
Weight3,025 lbs
Current Mileage74,193
Special Thanks: Jack Brown (fellow RPO 687 owner), Brian Cochrane (component refurbishing), Peter Lange (reverse engineering and machining), John and Michael Longo (dissassembly and reassembly), Bill Reid (interior), Mike Russo (show prep), Dennis Sagamange (NCRS Master Judge, for advice on proper assembly), and Tony Manzolillo (chassis prep and paint)