Chevrolet Corvette Service Repair Manuals


1963 CORVETTE

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V.I.N. NUMBERS

Position Character Description
1 3 1963
2 & 3 08 body series: Corvette
4 & 5 67 convertible
37 "split-window" coupe
6 S Assembled in St. Louis, MO
7 to 12 100001 to 121513 production sequence
1 to 7 0001001 sequential production number
8 F or T Flint, MI or Tonawanda, NY
9 to 10 Carburetion & transmission
  • RC = 327-cid 250-hp V-8 with 10.5:1 compression ratio, manual transmission, and four-barrel carburetor
  • RD = 327-cid 300-hp V-8 with 10.5:1 compression ratio, manual transmission, and four-barrel carburetor
  • RE = 327-cid 340-hp V-8 with 11.25:1 compression ratio, manual transmission, and four-barrel carburetor
  • RF = 327-cid 360-hp V-8 with 11.25:1 compression ratio, manual transmission, and fuel injection
  • SC = 327-cid 250-hp V-8 with 10.5:1 compression ratio, Powerglide automatic transmission and a four-barrel carburetor
  • SD = 327-cid 300-hp V-8 with 10.5:1 compression ratio, Powerglide automatic transmission and dual four-barrel carburetors
Vinyl on Coupes Leather on Coupes Vinyl on Convertible Leather on Convertible
(STD/BLK) Black (490E, 490N) Saddle Tan (STD/BLK) Black (898B, 898F) Saddle Tan
(490A, 490J) Dark Blue (898A, 898E, Q, G, S) Saddle Tan (490B, 490K) Dark Blue (R, H, T) Saddle Tan
(S, XE, XG) Dark Blue   (T, XF, XH) Dark Blue  
(490C, 490L) Red   (490D, 490M) Red  
(Q, XA, XC)Red   (R, XB, XD) Red  
(490E, 490N) Saddle Tan   (490F, 490P) Saddle Tan  
(U, XJ, XL) Saddle Tan   (V, XK, XM) Saddle Tan  

IDENTIFICATION

Series No. Body/Style No. Body Type Factory Price Shipping Weight Production Total
0800 37
1963 Corvette

1963 Corvette 2-dr. Fastback Coupe - 2 passenger

$4257 3150 lb 10,594
0800 67
1963 Corvette

1963 Corvette 2-door Convertible - 2 passenger

$4037 2881 lb 10,919

ENGINE

Feature Standard Engine Optional Engine Optional Engine (RPO L76) Optional Engine (RPO L84)
TypeV-8, Overhead valve
BlockCast iron block
Displacement327 cid
Bore & Stroke4.00 x 3.25
Compression ratio10.50:111.25:1
Brake horsepower 250 @ 4400 rpm 300 @ 5000 rpm 340 @ 6000 rpm 360 @ 6000 rpm
Torque 350 lb-ft @ 2800 rpm 360 lb-ft @ 3200 rpm 344 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm 352 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Main bearingfive
Valve liftershydraulic Mechanical valve lifters & Duntov camshaft
Carburetor Carter four-barrel Type WCFB Model 3501SCarter aluminum Type AFB four-barrel Ram-Jet Fuel Injection

TRANSMISSION

Standard Manual Transmission Optional Manual Transmission Automatic Transmission
Close-ratio three-speed manual all-synchromesh transmission with floor-mounted gear shifter Close-ratio four-speed manual all-synchromesh transmission with floor-mounted gear shifter Two-speed Powerglide transmission (optional)

CHASSIS

Feature Convertible Coupe
Wheelbase 98 inches (2.489 m) 98 inches (2.489 m)
Overall length 175.2 inches (4.450 m) 175.3 inches (4.453 m)
Overall width 69.6 inches (1.768 m) 69.6 inches (1.768 m)
Overall height   49.8 inches (1.265 m)
Front tread 56.3 inches (1.430 m) 56.3 inches (1.430 m)
Rear tread 57.0 inches (1.448 m) 57.0 inches (1.448 m)
FrameFull-length ladder type with five cross members and separate body
Ground Clearance 5 inches (12.7 cm) 5 inches (12.7 cm)
Front suspensionIndependent; upper and lower A-arms; unequal-length wishbones; coil springs; anti-roll bar; tubular shocks
Rear suspensionIndependent with fixed differential; nine leaf springs; lateral struts and universally-jointed axle shafts; radius arms and direct-acting shock absorbers
SteeringSaginaw recirculating ball, 17:1 ratio, 3.4 turns to lock
Rear axle typeHypoid semi-floating
BrakesHydraulic, duo-servo, self-adjusting with sintered iron linings and cast iron drums
Front Drum diameter11x2.75 inches
Rear Drum diameter11x2.0 inches
Total swept area134.9 square inches
Wheels15" 5-lug steel disc
Standard rear axle ratio3.70:1
Optional rear axle ratio4.11:1, 4.56:1, 3.08:1, 3.38:1, 3.55:1, 4.11:1, 4.56:1

OPTIONS

RPO 898 Genuine leather seat trim $80.70
RPO A01 Soft-Ray tinted glass, all windows $16.15
RPO A02 Soft-Ray tinted glass windshield $10
RPO 431 Electric power windows $59.20
RPO C07 Auxiliary hardtop for convertible $236.75
RPO C48 Heater and defroster deletion $100 credit
RPO C60 Air conditioning $421.80
RPO F40 Special front and rear suspension $37.70
RPO G81 Positraction rear axle, all ratios $43.05
RPO G91 Special 3.08:1 "highway" ratio rear axle $2.20
RPO J50 Power brakes $43.05
RPO J56 Sintered metallic brakes $37.70
RPO K66 Transistor ignition system $65.35
RPO L75 327-cid 300-hp V-8 $53.80
RPO L76 327-cid 365-hp V-8 $107.60
RPO L84 327-cid 375-hp fuel-injected V-8 $538.40
RPO M20 Four-Speed manual transmission $188.30
RPO M35 Powerglide automatic transmission $199.10
RPO N03 36-gallon fuel tank for coupe only $202.30
RPO N11 Off-road exhaust system $37.70
RPO N34 Woodgrained plastic steering wheel $16.15
RPO N40 Power steering $75.35
RPO P48 Special cast aluminum knock-off wheels $322.80
RPO P91 Nylon tires, 6.70 x 15 black sidewall $15.70
RPO P92 Rayon tires, 6.70 x 15 white sidewall $31.55
RPO T86 Back-up lamps $10.80
RPO U65 Signal-seeking AM radio $137.75
RPO U69 AM-FM radio $174.35
RPO Z06 Special performance equipment for "split-window" coupe $1,818.45

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