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2/4/14 2:42pm - Original Message: 'Is a '68 L-79 327ci 350hp worth anything?'
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I bought my '68 numbers matching vette last Oct. with 76,037 miles.  The car is stock and I plan to keep it that way through next fall.  I'm struggling with keeping it stock or starting to modernize it. I know the numbers matching ramifications of modernizing my care and that is part of the struggle.  I just love the '68, but would love to have updated brakes and engine.

 First thoughts is nothing special just a GM crate 350 for reliability and economy and I was wondering if my L-79 would be worth anything and how to market it.



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2/4/14 4:03pm - Reply: 'Re: Is a '68 L-79 327ci 350hp worth anything?'
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Well, personally Rick, I would keep your 68 just as it is.  You have a great looking car and it does have 350hp, how much more do you want?  I know it only has 76,000 miles, but if it needs rebuilding, I'd do that.  If you do decide to put in a crate motor, I would keep the 327 as that would be something a new owner would want if you ever decide to sell it.  Good luck.
 
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2/4/14 5:52pm - Reply: 'Re: Is a '68 L-79 327ci 350hp worth anything?'
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Thumbs Up  Gotta agree.  That advice is as good as it gets.

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2/4/14 11:45pm - Reply: 'Re: Is a '68 L-79 327ci 350hp worth anything?'
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If I had an L-79 I wouldn't change it a bit - just for the sound!  (Love the sound of that motor, I've even searched on YouTube for them just to listen).  And if I had to rebuild I'd do it stock as much as possible.  (repro L-79 cams are available).  Now, regarding my '76, I don't mind changing a few things up from the way GM originally put it together.  Wink 

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2/5/14 9:49am - Reply: 'Re: Is a '68 L-79 327ci 350hp worth anything?'
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Rebuild what you have. Make sure they do not grind the numbers with the redecking of the block. Put a new cam in it ... maybe bore it .030 over and put bigger pistons in it ... lots of options to keep you numbers matching which will absolutely make your value greater than a NOM crate motor.       
 
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2/5/14 10:00am - Reply: 'Re: Is a '68 L-79 327ci 350hp worth anything?'
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I had a 327, 350 hp motor in the 67 Camaro I restored.  That engine was a blast.  plenty of get up and go and a top end that didn't want to quit.  If I was a jerk(keep it quiet you folks in the peanut gallery) I'd tell you the engine was worthless and buy it from you.  That was my favorite engine I ever had in a car.

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2/5/14 11:51am - Reply: 'Re: Is a '68 L-79 327ci 350hp worth anything?'
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I've got the L76, 327, 365 hp engine in my '64 and I absolutely love it!

If I were you, I would keep the L79 and simply upgrade it like most folks seem to be suggesting.



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2/5/14 12:34pm - Reply: 'Re: Is a '68 L-79 327ci 350hp worth anything?'
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OK guys thanks for your feedback on the L-79. 
 
I knew it was a sound engine from a previous '68 I had 40 yrs ago(my first corvette).  Should I swap it out I'll keep it since it's numbers matching, but for now I'll just drive it until it needs a overhaul. 
 
They is no current problem with it now and for running in the Colorado Springs 6,100 ft altitude, it hauls pretty good and everyone comments on the special cam and the loaping idle.  Also it's cool to have the '68 first year of a body style and the last year of that particular engine.
 
I've only put about 600 miles on it since I bought it in Oct.  Maybe a few round trips to Denver will boost my confidence in the engine and car in general.  Thanks guys for the sound comments and support. 


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2/5/14 12:58pm - Reply: 'Re: Is a '68 L-79 327ci 350hp worth anything?'
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 'Is a '68 L-79 327ci 350hp worth anything?'

Naw....it ain't worth nuthin. I'd get rid of it if I were you. I'd be happy to help ya find a new home for it here in Texas......Ermm

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I'd have to agree with the others here....keep that puppy, whether you swap in a different engine or not....keep the original with the car. Thumbs Up


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2/5/14 1:51pm - Reply: 'Re: Is a '68 L-79 327ci 350hp worth anything?'
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Thanks, should I swap it and my wife says the engine is taking up to much room and has to go,Cry ...........I'll get a new wife!!! Tongue  Clap  Nah! couldn't find a better one (I have 2 corvettes).
 
I'll be sure and let this community know if I ever want to get rid of it Thumbs Up  especially if there is anyone wanting to do a 427 390 hp and hood swap.
 


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2/5/14 9:35pm - Reply: 'Re: Is a '68 L-79 327ci 350hp worth anything?'
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