Snow Job

This ’64 coupe has undergone a remarkable transformation—from a plowshare back to a sword.

January 26, 2010

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Just when you think you’ve seen every bizarre thing that can be done to a Corvette, something comes along and shatters that notion. For Paul Comeau, it came in the form of ’64 Corvette snow plow. Yes, you read that correctly: a Corvette snow plow. A friend told him about a ridiculous-looking Corvette that was up for auction on eBay. The person that built the car had died and it was being auctioned off as part of an estate sale. When Comeau looked at the Corvette, it was so over-the-top that he just had to have it. “I contacted the seller and gave him a bid for it, which he accepted,” he recalls. “We ended up driving to Pennsylvania to pick up the car. It was as silly-looking in person as in the pictures on eBay.”

So why did Comeau end up buying such a basket case? Did he have a long driveway that needed to be cleared of snow? “The Corvette VIN tag was intact, which made this car a suitable candidate for rebuilding,” he explains. Clearly, for most individuals, what was left of the original car wasn’t worth the time and money needed to bring it back to life. However, Comeau had a clear plan. As the owner of The Corvette Shop in Montgomery, New York, restoring Corvettes is his business, and this project would be an excellent way to showcase his workmanship.

Comeau’s attraction to this car was also in part due to another ’64 that he had worked on. He was paid in full by a British customer to take a numbers-matching convertible and modify it with a stroked crate engine and modern brakes and wheels, as well as repaint it. In a bizarre twist, the owner disappeared and never picked up his completed car. As a result, Comeau has a Corvette that he cannot sell or drive. With his new acquisition, he could do both.

With the snow plow back at his shop, Comeau began to take stock of his purchase. The heavily modified Corvette body had been mounted on a Jeep frame and fitted with a 304-cid AMC V8 engine and automatic transmission. Someone had spent a great deal of time sculpting a deep fiberglass front fascia. Despite the aerodynamic profiling, this was not done to reduce lift but in order to fit tall Chevy van headlights and a big Ford Granada grille. Wide fiberglass fender flares were also added, as were special housings for the Datsun taillights. Comeau quickly realized that all these additions and the panels they were attached to needed to be trashed. The only thing that could be salvaged was the central fiberglass tub and the steel “birdcage” structure that supported it.