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6/5/08 9:54pm - Original Message: 'came across a '69 roadster I like, need input'
deuceap610
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Pequannock, NJ - USA

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None yet but looking for a '71 or '72 Roadster, 4spd

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Hey guys, I came across this Corvette
http://www.usedcorvettesforsale.com/out.php?id=24540 and reached out to the seller to ask him a few preliminary questions and this is what he told me:

All gauges, headlights and mechenisms work except tach and speed. Also need new needles. ($12 on Ecklers)
Not original paint. Original color was Riverside Gold.
Cannot confirm numbers match. Casting number 3970010 (used on '69 vettes) date code E58 (May, 5, 1968 or 1978), but no VIN on Stamp pad.

What do you guys think? What additional questions or photos should I ask for? Please let me know and thank you in advance! cilrah2008-06-05 20:10:02
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6/5/08 10:15pm - Reply: 'came across a '69 roadster I like, need input'
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San Tan Valley, AZ - USA

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1978 Indy Pace Car 4851 of 6502, Auto, L-48

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First thing I was wondering, if the speedo ain't working then whats the actual milage?  I'm know mechanic by any means but the paint sure does look nice Thumbs%20Up


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6/5/08 11:14pm - Reply: 'came across a '69 roadster I like, need input'
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Huntsville, AL - USA

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1971 convertible,375 HP 350ci,Muncie 4-speed,Edelbrock aluminum heads and RPM air-gap manifold,HEI distrubiter - old school mechanical tach drive. LOUD side exhaust!

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Ask the seller to put the car on a lift and snap pictures of the complete undercarraige. Also ask him to remove the interior kick panels (a couple of screws) so you can see the base of the birdcage and the condition of those two body mounts. That will give you a great idea of the overall condition of the frame. Wink

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6/5/08 11:24pm - Reply: 'came across a '69 roadster I like, need input'
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Duncanville, TX - USA

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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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Just took a quick look, but...it's priced about $5000 too high, imho.

Upper rad hose tied up with zip-ties?
Tach prolly don't work because of the HEI dist...it may not be a tach-drive HEI...
Int. doesn't look too bad, but it needs some work...
Got a lot of miles for that kind of $$$
Personally, I'd have to actually see the car in person....it looks nice, paint-wise, but what does it look like underneath?


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6/6/08 11:06am - Reply: 'came across a '69 roadster I like, need input'
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Elma, WA - USA

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Red 1973 Convertible. L-48 Auto #'s matching Red 1970 LT-1 Convertible #'s matching

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So its got a big block hood and a 350?

Joel where do you find these cars for under $20,000?  (69-72).
I fail to see them. Any suggestions?
I would love to buy a brother or sister to the 73. Even a hard top would be cool.

Seems to me a non matching # 69 vert in reasonable shape is worth $25,000.

Would I suggest one buys a non matching # car that the speed-o and tach dont work? No.

Spend $10,000 more and get one the way they were made.

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6/6/08 12:15pm - Reply: 'came across a '69 roadster I like, need input'
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Duncanville, TX - USA

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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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[QUOTE=jt's73] Joel where do you find these cars for under $20,000? (69-72).[/QUOTE]

Here's one!
Hey...just because they're asking $25,000 for it don't mean it's worth it!
I just see enough Bubba in this one to be suspicious, that's all.

I see some nice '69s verts for that price. It really all depends on what you're looking for in the car. Ya want a fixer-upper, or one you can drive without having to squeeze your cheeks together at every noise?

This particular car, in my opinion, is overpriced for what it is.

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6/6/08 2:52pm - Reply: 'came across a '69 roadster I like, need input'
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Elma, WA - USA

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Red 1973 Convertible. L-48 Auto #'s matching Red 1970 LT-1 Convertible #'s matching

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I see what your saying Joel.
I guess its kind of like the motocross races. We have whats called "industry" folks who get discount bikes and go to the races for free. They wonder why  others of us pay to go  to a race  and dont get discount bikes.
Well its becuse no one has hooked us up....YET!

So IF I consider you "industry" in the Vette community  that just means you know so many folks and see so many cars that, well its just different than what we see by spending hours on the net price shopping.

So someday, if you come across a stock 69, 4 speed, in good shape, (I aint no mechanic) for under $25,000 will you shoot me a pm and let me know?

That would be way cool.

(And no I wouldnt buy that car either.)


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6/6/08 3:45pm - Reply: 'came across a '69 roadster I like, need input'
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DUNEDIN, FL - USA

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1969 COUPE CORTEZ SILVER, BRIGHT BLUE INTERIOR 383 cu. in. 512 HP. Hooker headers w/ side pipes PS PS AC AM FM STEREO. 68,000.MILES C5 5oth Anniversary Coupe , auto.350hp

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A CONVERT UNDER 20G`S?  YOU`LL SPEND A GOOD 10G`S BRINGING IT BACK.  SOME OF THESE GUYS ARE OUT OF THE BALL PARK FOR WHAT THEY HAVE. YOU REALLY NEED TO SEE THE CAR IN PERSON AND HAVE SOMEONE WITH YOU THAT IS FAMILIAR WITH THEM.
 IF IT`S A COUPE YOU WANT I NOW SOMEONE DOWN HERE WITH A REAL NICE `72  SMALL BLOCK AUTO FOR 18K YOU CAN PROBABLY SNAG IT FOR 17k.
 I LOOKED AT SOME CARS FOR 17K THAT AREN`T IN THE CONDITION THIS ONE IS.


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6/6/08 6:07pm - Reply: 'came across a '69 roadster I like, need input'
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Kendall Park, NJ - USA

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1981 - 59 Beige over Cinnebar leather. Edlebrock top end, 2200 stall w/shift kit, 3:55s, Mufflex maniback exhaust, nice stereo, 16 in AREs w/BFGs

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I have to side with Joel on this. Its way different if someone is putting a stack of repair/resto receipts in your hand that say THIS CAR IS DONE.  The Orlando auction in Jan, Novi auctions, KC all had driver Vette verts under 20k as did the NJ AC event..  Numbers match are a nuther ball game.. 
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6/6/08 8:50pm - Reply: 'came across a '69 roadster I like, need input'
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Irving, TX - USA

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#1 -1969 Corvette Coupe Riverside Gold, black interior,MN,A/C,350/350,PS,PB,window cranks. #2 -2000 C5, black/black, 6 sp, Bose system & lots of buttons.

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It's true that they all need "something."  Finding one in good mechanical condition would be #1 on my list, paint & interior can wait.  I think I would pass on this one.

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6/7/08 5:57am - Reply: 'came across a '69 roadster I like, need input'
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HOWELL, NJ - USA

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1979, Targa Blue (72 Color), Pace Car rear spoiler, L88 hood, Dark blue factory interior, 525HP 406, HD 700R4, 370 gears,Steeroids, composite rear spring, TT IIs wrapped in T/A Radials.

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Get her on a lift as recommended if you're still considering this one. If you're not nuts for a numbers matching resto, this could be a candidate but also as mentioned, the price is high...

Look at the condition of the trailing arms and rear suspension, front suspension and look for any open weld seams around the front spring pockets. rad supports usually rust out. How much PS fluid is showing around the steering ram and valve. and it does not make sense to put all that work into a paint job and leave the cruddy old weatherstripping in place....

We could go on all day but these things would really tell you alot.

Last time it was registered? The odometer/speedo would have had to be working then....

The big block hood threw me also. First thing I noticed....

BE CAREFUL WITH THIS ONE!!

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6/7/08 10:25am - Reply: 'came across a '69 roadster I like, need input'
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williamston, NC - USA

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1969 coupe, 350, m22 trans, ac, black on black,

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 THIS CAR LOOKS GOOD, IF THE UNDERCARRIAGE IS IN GOOD SHAPE, IT WONT LAST LONG,,GOOD HUNTING,,RD

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6/7/08 3:11pm - Reply: 'came across a '69 roadster I like, need input'
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Vancouver, WA - USA

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1976 Corvette Stingray L-48 Automatic Black

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Looks to be resale red and when they say "won't last long " beware. You may have to put some cash in this one to bring it up to what you want it to be and the 25K is kinda high I think.Confused

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