Custom-Renovated 1958 Corvette is Planned Show-Stopper at SEMA


ESAB Welding & Cutting Products will feature the work of Legacy Innovations, LLC and their show-stopping, custom-renovated 1958 Corvette at SEMA, booth 21313 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV. Legacy Innovations’ owner, Troy Spackman, and members of his team, as well as the car’s owner, will be on hand at the ESAB booth every day of the show, from November 5, 2013 through November 8, 2013, to answer questions about the renovation project and discuss how ESAB equipment was key in completing the custom work.

Legacy Innovations, founded in 2006, specializes in chassis design and fabrication, body restoration and modification as well as a full range of services from building to renovation for custom, rare and exotic vehicles. From the start, the company has partnered with ESAB for all its welding and cutting equipment requirements.

The custom renovation of the 1958 Corvette was handled entirely on site at Legacy Innovations’ fabrication facility and included a tubular chrome moly chassis designed and built by Legacy Innovations. To perform the TIG welding on the moly chassis, suspension and custom stainless exhaust, the company used ESAB Heliarc® 281i AC/DC and Caddy Tig 2200i AC/DC machines.

The custom Corvette houses a chrome moly, sheet metal fabricated rear end housing and a pair of fresh air ducts fabricated from 4” mild steel. The ducts were fabricated from mandrel-bent 4” tubing and sheet metal to achieve the fresh air induction system the car utilizes, Legacy used a combination of cutting and welding with the PowerCut® 400 manual plasma cutting system and Caddy Mig C160i welder to complete the customization.

The 304 stainless steel exhaust was built to fit the low-slung vehicle without losing ground clearance. Special care was taken in modifying the car for a high level of drivability and performance. The small-block powered car features a Keisler RS700 5-speed and a custom-built billet individual throttle body EFI system. ESAB’s welding consumables, including ER-80SD2, 70S2, 308, 309, 316 and Easy Grind wire, were used to perform the welding tasks.

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