Javelin (Forum Supporter)
Javelin (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
9/18/20 12:40 p.m.

I realized that I did not want "an" AMX, I only want my Dad's, so I needed something to play with for the next 45 years. My criteria were simple: V8, RWD, manual trans, and not handle like a truck. Looking at my AMX budget, I realized that I could actually afford something, well, nice. Like a Corvette. I like Corvettes, I really like C5's, especially Z06's (I think some magazine is doing a series on one). So I started shopping them! I looked at quite a few, including a cosmetically rough track missile, a mechanically rough collection-sitter, and then this:

I fell in love and spent my entire budget on it. It's a 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 in Electron Blue with 48K miles. Two owners who put miles on it regularly and maintained it religiously. It's flawless inside and out. It smells new inside, and not fake chemical "new car smell" but like legit still smells like it is a new car. It has all the options, full leather, heads up display, memory settings, auto-dimming mirror, and some great add-ons like a leather-wrapped cargo divider.

The test drive had me smitten, so I wrote the biggest check of my life, and drove it home!

So, what am I going to do with it? Well, the 986 S is still my autocross/track missile, so this will not be some crazy build for that. I will likely drag race it a bit just because that's fun and about all there is to do right now, and enjoy driving it in the twisty roads. I already installed a shorty antenna and ordered an MGW shifter because I love them and the stock shift knob is a square leftover from the C4. Eventually though, I want to get into the 11's all motor and then do one of the drag week/race week/one lap events with it.

 

 

 

ebelements
ebelements Reader
9/18/20 12:44 p.m.

As someone who went out looking for a C5 cream puff and ended up with a C5 track beast, sometimes I wonder if I should have went the other way.

Now I don't have to!  Gorgeous electron blue example. Following intently.

thatsnowinnebago (Forum Supporter)
thatsnowinnebago (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
9/18/20 12:54 p.m.

Best of luck to not ruin it. My buddy has a 99 regular corvette that had a bad 6th gear. So he figured that he might as well do the clutch while he was replacing the transmission. Now it's in the final stages of a supercharger install. Whoops. 

Javelin (Forum Supporter)
Javelin (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
9/18/20 12:59 p.m.

In reply to thatsnowinnebago (Forum Supporter) :

Stop foreshadowing! cheeky

ebelements
ebelements Reader
9/18/20 1:04 p.m.

In reply to Javelin (Forum Supporter) :

As long as you don't beat on it too mercilessly, with your mileage the clutch/torque tube/trans should be just fine for a long time.

If that's not your style though, let me know if you need a squared set of 18x10.5 forgestars with 315s, haha.

thatsnowinnebago (Forum Supporter)
thatsnowinnebago (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
9/18/20 1:06 p.m.
Javelin (Forum Supporter) said:

In reply to thatsnowinnebago (Forum Supporter) :

Stop foreshadowing! cheeky

Haha, my bad. 

 

Edit: forgot to tell you that his is blue too. 

mr2s2000elise
mr2s2000elise SuperDork
9/18/20 1:14 p.m.

Beautiful car as I mentioned on the other thread. Can't wait to see it in person, when I am in your neck of the woods.

 

  • #s wise, what is the 1/4 and 0-60 on the SC powered Z06 C5?
  • As in is it a huge difference or incremental?
  • What is the $$ outlay for SC?
Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
9/18/20 1:42 p.m.

After the string of Audi purchases, I  proclaimed you insane.  Welcome back to sanity.

Patrick (Forum Supporter)
Patrick (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
9/18/20 2:39 p.m.

In reply to Javelin (Forum Supporter) :

berkeley yeah

barefootskater
barefootskater UltraDork
9/18/20 2:48 p.m.

You're doing the apocalypse right. 

Go_Gators
Go_Gators HalfDork
9/18/20 2:51 p.m.

Nice.

 

Javelin (Forum Supporter)
Javelin (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
9/18/20 3:51 p.m.
barefootskater said:

You're doing the apocalypse right. 

Even Mad Max needed a V8.

RacetruckRon
RacetruckRon Dork
9/18/20 9:48 p.m.

That is a damn good looking C5! 

Stampie (FS)
Stampie (FS) MegaDork
9/18/20 11:40 p.m.

I love FHC C5s.  Best Vette body ever made.

barefootskater
barefootskater UltraDork
9/19/20 12:29 a.m.
Javelin (Forum Supporter) said:
barefootskater said:

You're doing the apocalypse right. 

Even Mad Max needed a V8.

A quote about said V8 comes to mind. 
"She breathes nitro!"

also there was a supercharger. Just saying. 

Javelin (Forum Supporter)
Javelin (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
11/12/20 8:40 p.m.

I took the C5Z out for it's first thrashing:

 

 

russ_mill
russ_mill Reader
11/12/20 9:34 p.m.

Damn maybe I shouldn't follow this. I sold my '03 z06 this year. Also electron blue. 
 

Loweguy5 (Forum Supporter)
Loweguy5 (Forum Supporter) Reader
11/12/20 10:17 p.m.

What a great car!  I was very seriously considering both a Camaro 1LE and a C5 Z06 before buying my new GT.  

Yours is the best color imo.

jfryjfry (Forum Supporter)
jfryjfry (Forum Supporter) Dork
11/12/20 10:47 p.m.

Great little video!

do you heel-toe the burnout??

Javelin (Forum Supporter)
Javelin (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
11/13/20 2:06 a.m.

Thank you!

No heel/toe, but I have a quick clutch foot. I left foot brake autocross, too.

preach
preach Reader
11/13/20 3:45 a.m.

Sweet car in a fantastic color.

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