In late January of 2006 my wife took me on a short ride to a used car dealership to look at what was available. A 1987 Corvette looked in excellent condition and was well maintained by it's previous owner(s). This particular Corvette has many of the option's available including the Z52 Performance Package.
I previously owned a 1970 LT1 and 1973 Corvette back in the 70's and my beautiful wife wanted me to have another Corvette after 32 years without one.
30 days after purchase I was driving to work when a head gasket blew without warning. One week later, with Baca's Racing Engines in South San Francisco doing the head work and installing a new Comp Cam, I had the Corvette back. The heads now sported not 9.5:1 compression but 10.5:1. A Chip was also installed to assist and increase the performance.
Once home I installed an Air Foil and Helix Power Tower along with a K&N filter. Soon after I purchased a rear deck spoiler from Ebay at a cost of $50.00. Having painted the spoiler Gloss Black to offset the beautiful Dark Red Metallic (code 74) with Leather Saddle Interior (code 622). I also installed new Front Air Dams with Front Brake Cooling Ducts. I was on my way to personalizing the Corvette to my liking.
Since my first car, a 1965 Chevelle SS with 283 bored .30 over and pushing roughly 400 ponies I have always customized and hot rodded my cars. This 1987 Corvette was not going to be any different. Along with new Bilsteins on all 4's I upgraded and changed the brakes as well.
Being on a budget I was unable to go with full length Header's. I opted on another South San Francisco resource, Sanderson Header's. Sanderson Header's makes a set of custom shorty Header's for C4 Corvettes. Replacing the front Y-Pipe, Center Pipe and rear Y-Pipe, I then added a set of Targa GT Style Mufflers from Corvette Central. I am not running any pre-cats or main cats.
August of 2008 and more improvements were needed after a hit & run driver clipped the front end. This ended up being a 5-month $10,000 project. Since I was replacing the front clip and replacing the hood I elected to do a partial restore of the Corvette. Including replacing all of the windows weather stripping and replacing the doors weather strips. Removal of the all body parts then sanding and repainting and reinstallation. In this process I added the Hi-Rise Hood.
In the near future I plan on either the Stage 1 or GTO style Front Spoiler, along with the Aerotech Rear Wrap (see ad photos). These front and rear parts will be painted Gloss Black to compliment the Rear Deck Spoiler and the car itself.
Feb. 17th 2013 updates:
Using Summit Racing parts to building the new motor (the factory L98 suffered a cracked block between pistons 6 & 8) for my 1987 Corvette. Everything internal, including the Oil Pan on up is a new 350ci Engine bored to 355 ci. Gen1 block & according to the engine builder should be able to hit in the 400+ hp range. Double Roller Rocker Timing Chain and Gears, Flat Tapet Racing Pistons 10.5:1 compression, Flat Tapet Valves, all hydraulic. Comp Cams Hydraulic Flat Tappet, CCA-12-239-3. Machined and Honed L98 Heads using 1.6 Stainless Roller Rockers, new valves, guides, and springs. With Summit Racing Chrome Valve Covers. Baca's Racing & Machine Shop in South San Francisco are working on cleaning and Honing the SLP Runner's and Plenum along with the Intake Manifold Port Matched to 52mm. Along with adding a 52mm Throttle Body. Along with Full Length Hedman Hedder's and other new parts.
Suspension has been upgraded from the Z52 to Z51.
April 27th 2013 Updates;
From a friend I was able to get a set of 4 17X9.5 inch 1988 Corvette Anniversary Wheels to replace the Factory Stock 16X8.5 wheels. The wheel set is in the process of being Black Powder Coated to match the color theme I have going with the Corvette.
Many more improvements will be made over time to the engine, transmission and the suspension upgrades. My goal is to get upwards of 450 HP with equal torque. With all of the work done so far the wife and I are very happy with the Corvette.
Below is the Specs and Option Codes on this Corvette.
Performance Year: 1987
¼ mile: 13.2 seconds @ 103 MPH
0 to 60 MPH: 5.1 seconds
Weight: 3,440 lbs.
Top Speed: 155 MPH
Fuel consumption: 19.5 MPG average
Notes: 350 cu. in. 350 hp engine w/700R4 Automatic
Vin #1G1YY2186H5106939 --- #6939 made, 1YY07
Base Coupe price: $27,999
Code Description Cost
AC1 Power Passenger Seat 240.00
AC3 Power Driver Seat 240.00
AQ9 Leather Sport Seats 1,025.00
AU3 Power Door Locks 190.00
BGR Bowling Green Assembly 0.00
B1X Optional Steering Gear Ratio 0.00
B2B Comp Z52 Sport Handling Package 0.00
B3W Advance Price Sheet 0.00
B4P Radiator Boost Fan 75.00
CC3 Roof Panel, removable 0.00
CF7 Roof Panel, removable, 1 piece body color 0.00
C2L Dual Removable Roof Panels 915.00
C49 Electric Rear Defogger 0.00
C68 Electric Air Condition 0.00
DL8 Twin Remote Heated Mirrors 35.00
D3X Speedometer Driven Gear #25513049 Green 0.00
D74 Illuminated Driver Vanity Mirror 58.00
D98 Speedometer Sensor #25007308 0.00
E5Z Delete Speedometer Adaptor 0.00
E9Z Delete Speedometer Key 0.00
FG3 Delco Bilstein Shocks 189.00
G44 Performance Axle Ratio, 3.07:1 0.00
G92 Performance Axle Ratio, 3.07:1 22.00
KC4 Engine Oil Cooler 110.00
K34 Cruise Control 185.00
K68 105 Amp Alternator 0.00
L98 Engine, 350 V8 5.7 MPFI 0.00
MD8 Automatic 700R4 0.00
MXO Automatic Transmission w/Overdrive 0.00
NA5 Federal Emission System Requirements 0.00
NN5 California Emission Requirements 0.00
PW9 16X9.5 Wheels, Cast Aluminum 0.00
QZD P255/50VR16bw Tires 0.00
UQ4 Delco/Bose Music System 0.00
UU8 Delco/Bose Stereo System AM/FM w/Dolby 905.00
VG8 Vehicle label Notice To Buyers 0.00
*VO8 Heavy Duty Cooling 0.00
VO1 Heavy Duty Radiator 40.00
V73 Vehicle Statement Certificate US or Canada 0.00
Z52 Sport Handling Package 470.00
Z6A Rear Window/Side Mirror Defogger 165.00
1AY Stock Order 0.00
621 Saddle Interior Trim 0.00
*602 Saddle Leather Interior 0.00
622 Saddle Interior Color 0.00
645 Bronze Roof Panel 0.00
74U Dark (Flame) Red Metallic 0.00
ZLC 350 V8 5.7 Litre w/Auto 0.00
ZLA 350 V8 5.7 Litre 0.00
64S Removable Roof Panel, Bronze 615.00
BSE/CLR COAT WA 8748 U8148 622 Saddle or Tan
* Not listed, part of a package in other codes.
Based on Options this Corvette cost approximately $33,438.00