(Photos and captions by David Matyjasik) – We know him better as Dave Matty and so will you by the time this whole saga comes to a conclusion, but to say that this will be one of the neatest series of stories we have ever run on BangShift would pretty much be the understatement of the year at this point. We’e taking you to a place where few people have actually been, which is deep inside a new C7 Corvette that was blown up at a “tuning” shop after being upgraded. Some of the names will be left out due to impending legal action but the real story here is not the who but the why and the how. Why did the car blow up, how is it going to be fixed, and what goes into blowing apart a new C7 Corvette with a couple thousand miles on it. Dave Matty is a wrencher by trade and a damned good one at that. He and his twin brother run the hard charging and high revving Time Bomb LSR Camaro at ECTA events and Dave has been involved in many high performance builds including several Corvettes, including C6 models.
One thing we’ll mention before getting into the action here is that we have talked to some REALLY smart engine guys about this new generation LT1 mill and to a man they have all said that the power potential is there but inexperienced tuners were going to kill A BUNCH of them figuring out how to work with direct injection. The story and background to this situation seems to point directly to what these high level, multi-decade, engineering-type dudes said. Very interesting stuff.
From this point forward the words and photos will all be Dave’s. We’re along for the ride just like you are.
This car came from a local shop where it had an East Coast Superchargers Novi 1500 and Kooks headers installed. It was literallyt detonated on the dyno and Diversified Automotive in Apex, NC was tasked with tearing down and replacing the broken parts. Craig Fridley is the owner and has been working on all things performance since the early 90’s. He contracted me in to assist as we have built several Corvettes together over the years. The general architecture of the car is still very similar to the C6. There was a huge emphasis on packaging, weight, sound deadening, and heat. I’ll describe the pictures below and you’ll see what I mean.