Here Bob and Matt visit Russo & Steele in Scottsdale, AZ. We saw many fine cars - many, many fine cars. Here was a 67 Corvette that we noticed, partly because it was a beautiful blue, but also because it had pretty radical work done to it.
These auctions tend to be chalk full of numbers matching this, and rare that, but we've never been interested in plain cars, because stock cars are boring. Bob has a numbers matching 70 big block Corvette, the heads and block match the number on the body, and it looks pretty stock, but it is a beast otherwise (he's been babbling about putting his blower on it for a while, and I'm sure it would stop your heart when we tap the gas pedal, but those sleek Stingray lines would be broken up). He also has a 91 ZR1 that he loves so much that he has driven it 250,000 miles, I asked him what he wants to do because minor work needs to be done on it, -Matt "shouldn't we try to replace the parts with originals?", -Bob, "It has had 250,000 miles on it, what is going to be original about it, I want performance".
Here is an example of just that. Some cars have had many miles on them, or came without the factory specs that would make your car special at an auction, so why bother keeping it stock. If you have a classic shell that needs a full restoration, or a factory base model, then drop a modern crate super engine and modern suspension in it, and have a great time. Bob feels that they could have done better on the brakes though, the LS swap is awesome, but a bad rumor was created when the 7-inch Chevette booster started to be made for conversion on hot rods. They are meant for tiny cars, with non performance engines, and were never meant for supercharged, lopey cammed, Chevelles. So it would have been much better off with a Hydro-Boost.
Otherwise a beautiful car, something that we certainly wouldn't mind driving up and down PCH on the weekends. This is probably just what we would have if we had Warren Buffett's money and a thousand lifetimes to build everything in our heads. Visit Russo and Steele at russoandsteele.com, they will be in downtown Monterey during Race Week.
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We build and Rebuild endless varieties of new and classic brakes for every type of vehicle and trailer. The company was started by George Sweeting in 1950 who worked for the railroads and Lockhead, it is now run by his son Bob Sweeting who learned about modifying cars while drag racing in the 60's, and Bob's son Matt Sweeting (who grew up in all of this) is taking over more and more responsibilities. We were a Warehouse Distributor for Bendix for 20 years until they sold they sold their Power Brake Division to Bosch, which is when we became a special modification contractor with Bosch for their power brakes - which come on most new American vehicles. Our ability to design brake systems, rather than just replace rotors and pads, has taken us to amazing places and we have worked on amazing projects. We have:
Vacuum Brake - Conversions, Upgrades, and Modifications
Wilwood and Brembo Disc Brake Kits
Stainless Braided Hoses
Classic Car / Muscle Car Stock Brake Restoration and Rebuilding (Corvette, Camaro, Chevelle, Mustang, Ford & GM Truck, Mopar, Rolls Royce)
Light Truck / Medium Truck Hydro-Boost Replacement Parts and Conversions
Medium Truck / Heavy Truck Hydro-Max, Air brake, and Air-hydraulic systems - and Hydro-Max Conversions for the obsolete Delco Hypower
Conversions for the obsolete Buick Grand National, T-bird SC, Land Rover, Jeep and all other electric brake booster / electric powermasters
Modified brakes for Altered Bed Fleet Vehicles
Modified sensitivity for the Handicaped
Disc/Drum and Disc/Disc Proportioning Valves
We have worked on everything from propane powered trams to roller coasters, cranes, parade floats, multi engine street rods, classic european cars, double decker buses, and a Freightliner racing truck. Our favorite is working on big engine muscle cars that make too little vacuum and need more stopping power.
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