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2/18/13 9:39pm - Original Message: 'Frame Research'
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edgwood, MD - USA

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1975 convertible,with the hard top and power streering.it a 350 L48 with auto trans. the color is light blue.

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 Don't know if I posted this in the right place,however what I need is where can I find information on frames. I have to replace mine and I am trying to see what will work. What the differences in frames from year to year.I have ordered  a book on frame restoration,but it dose not go into the different frames. This is going tio be my long project and I will not be starting it till I get back to work so for now I am just researching what I need.
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2/18/13 10:20pm - Reply: 'Re: Frame Research'
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#1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/ Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight" #2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas

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Best bet would be to stay in the '75-'78 years. That will be the most "bolt-on" ones. Any other year model frame will require some serious mods. 

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2/19/13 12:40am - Reply: 'Re: Frame Research'
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1982 C3 Collectors Edition 44000 miles, sat in the sun most of it's life, My wife purchased it for me for fathers day in 2007 from her girl friend that had it for 19 years. It is on the road again. I'm retired but it is now my daily driver.

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You may want to send an email to vettsteve@aol.com.  he does not sell a lot of frames but does have some good used ones.  I have been at his place when he was sending some to the mid west.  Located in San Diego nice & dry no salty roads. 

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3/18/13 7:23pm - Reply: 'Re: Frame Research'
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1972 LT-1 convertible with factory air.

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tb2k82ce said: You may want to send an email to vettsteve@aol.com.  he does not sell a lot of frames but does have some good used ones.  I have been at his place when he was sending some to the mid west.  Located in San Diego nice & dry no salty roads. 


He never returned my email on rear view mirrors.  Might want to see if he is dead or alive.


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3/19/13 11:07am - Reply: 'Re: Frame Research'
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Lemon Grove, CA - USA

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1982 C3 Collectors Edition 44000 miles, sat in the sun most of it's life, My wife purchased it for me for fathers day in 2007 from her girl friend that had it for 19 years. It is on the road again. I'm retired but it is now my daily driver.

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I just did that.  Thanks for the update.  I will PM you and let you know if I get anything back.  Do not know why he would not have responded as he has done so every other time.  

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3/22/13 12:41pm - Reply: 'Re: Frame Research'
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I did quite a bit of research on trying to find anything that listed frame interchangeability, the closest thing I could find was a description of the changes made to the frames over the years listed in the book "How to Rebuild your Corvette Rolling Chassis 1963-1982" on page 54.  In general when the bumpers changed fom chrome to plastic the mounting points on the frames changed as well.  But gas tank mounts, cross member, exhaust routing and body mount heights all changed over the years as well so you have to be careful.  If you do a Google search on that book the text will come up and you can read it. I also found this link helpful:

http://www.71corvette.com/frames.html

Finally, if you look at the web sites of frame resellers they will group the frames into the years that are interchangeable so that will give you more info.  So far the best deal I could find for a 72 frame is a guy who is at Carlisle every year selling refurbished frames, don't have his contact handy but if you are interested I can look for it.  Good luck!
PS I did not get a reply form vettsteve either so I'd like to know if he is still out there too.

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3/24/13 3:21pm - Reply: 'Re: Frame Research'
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What year is your car?  Let me know and I will try and answer your frame questions.
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3/24/13 5:50pm - Reply: 'Re: Frame Research'
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Jim,my vette is a 75.

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