Jim and Sherry Tabor keep their stunning '58 Corvette snug and warm in its own carpeted garage during bad weather. Jim has owned the car for almost half a century and still enjoys hitting as many area car shows as possible each season.
Tabor says the '58 Corvette was nicknamed the "Ugly Duckling 'Vette" because it carried a lot more chrome than earlier models, including the twin blades down the deck lid. The molded-in, almost horizontal tail lights, though, are classics.
The original 283 4-barrel V-8 has been replaced by a 350-cubic-inch, 350 hp Chevy Ram Jet crate motor. Tabor created his own cold air induction system for the fuel injection, shaping a piece of scrap stainless steel tubing to fit the confines of the engine compartment.
Back in black, the 'Vette's interior once sported a red-and-white pleated interior, including the headliner of the removable hardtop. The stock wheel and instrument panel look more appealing in a solid black setting.
A wicked stance puts the 'Vette's front splash pan only a few inches off the pavement. Following an accident, Jim Tabor upgraded the stock grille by adding eight more shark's teeth to the look, for a total of 17.
Jim Tabor fabricated his own set of traction bars to keep the rear tires from digging into the fiberglass bodywork under hard acceleration. He also built his own exhaust system, including the connecting rod-style pipe hangers.