Late-model C5 and C6 powertrains have been the subject of swaps for quite a few years now. This YouTuber named mcgyverdude, has taken things one step further. He’s swapping the entire rolling chassis from a C5 Z06 under his 1972 Corvette!
He has decided to document the entire process on his YouTube page, and with a name like mcguyverdude, you know there will be a heaping helping of problem-solving and ingenious ideas. In this video, he highlights some of the issues that quickly rise to the surface when taking on a task such as this.
Chevrolet has played with the wheelbase of Corvettes ever since they started rolling off the assembly line. In this video, mcguyverdude highlights how different each of these cars’ chassis are from each other. That really causes a problem akin to squeezing 10-pounds of “stuff” into a five-pound bag. There’s a LOT of technology built into the C5’s chassis and it would be a shame to throw it all away, simply because it didn’t fit.
Much like TV’s Macgyver, the dude who amazed us in the eighties with his ability to rustle up a solution using no more than two nickels, a ball of twine and a rooster’s feather, mcguyverdude looks at how he might use the materials at hand to blend into the shark’s underbelly. It really is amazing how different the two cars are designed and with both chassis sitting next to each other, the differences become much more apparent.
Watch this video to get a taste of what lies ahead for this DIY daredevil. He’s got a few videos already posted on his YouTube channel that show what he started with and what he’s been doing on the project to date. Check out his page, and subscribe so you’ll keep up to date as mcguyverdude bridges the generation gap between this C3 and C5 Corvette.