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8/28/12 11:07pm - Original Message: '75 C3 Project...'
ROCKRDR
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Lakeside, AZ - USA

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1975 C3 Stingray

Joined: 7/23/2012
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I didn't know where to post so I'm just creating a thread on my progress.. comments welcome.

Jason

My backyard purchase:

It runs drove it home (about 2 miles away), It wonders quite a bit, seams to run good,
smokes a lil but I think it was sitting for a very long time.




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1975 Corvette Coupe 
My first Vette.....trying to fix stuff

My Project:
https://docs.google.com/folder/d/0B6uOAIjGf3cWejQ5TjNkcVRybGs/edit
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8/28/12 11:25pm - Reply: 'Re: 75 C3 Project...'
ROCKRDR
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Lakeside, AZ - USA

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1975 C3 Stingray

Joined: 7/23/2012
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Inspection:

 rear left tire goes flat
 battery drains
 heater hoses disconnected
 lights dont go up or down
 missing front bumper
 car has funny smell
 Interior seams to be all there, most pulled out by last owner and kept in shed.
 all lights, rear rack and emblems pulled but head lights by last owner in shed.
  
 seamed to be ok so I started getting some custom parts:
 Rear Pacer Spoiler
 Raised Hood
 Front bumper






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1975 Corvette Coupe 
My first Vette.....trying to fix stuff

My Project:
https://docs.google.com/folder/d/0B6uOAIjGf3cWejQ5TjNkcVRybGs/edit
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8/28/12 11:39pm - Reply: 'Re: 75 C3 Project...'
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Lakeside, AZ - USA

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1975 C3 Stingray

Joined: 7/23/2012
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so now I start to clean everything out, sprayed out the inside and undercoated the rear compartment. coating the metal with rust reformer.

came out pretty good.



tore apart the shiter, e break, and center console, cleaned lubed and undercoated and insulated tunnel:






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1975 Corvette Coupe 
My first Vette.....trying to fix stuff

My Project:
https://docs.google.com/folder/d/0B6uOAIjGf3cWejQ5TjNkcVRybGs/edit
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8/29/12 8:18am - Reply: 'Re: 75 C3 Project...'
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Sykesville, MD - USA

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1979 Corvette Coupe Corvette Light Blue Midnight Blue interior Mirrored Glass T-tops

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Quite a project there! I would dump all 4 tires and get new ones. NEVER trust old tires! You'll get through it all and have a GREAT looking Vette when you're done! Just don't get frustrated because everything WILL take longer than you think!
 
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8/29/12 11:59am - Reply: 'Re: 75 C3 Project...'
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Valley Springs, CA - USA

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1978,Metalic Money Green W/Gold emblems,TH350 w/gear splitter,black & grey interior.1978,two tone,Metalic Rootbeer & gold ,Doeskin interior,auto. trans. 1981, Silver w/mirrored T-Tops,4 spd, charcoal interior.

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 Way to go Jason. I like seeing what your doing so thanks for the pics. Doing a '75 myself but it's in a little worse shape and I've bit off more than I can chew (Just toooo many cars and not enough money Confused). But I do feel blessed to have this problem Thumbs Up Big smile. Keep us posted .

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8/29/12 8:01pm - Reply: 'Re: 75 C3 Project...'
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, - Canada

Vette(s):
1975 Corvette 383 stroker w/Patriot 190 heads, Eagle stroker kit, Comp 279TH7 cam, DUI distributor, Edelbrock 7116 intake, Edelbrock 1806 carb, Hedman Hedders, TH400 w/TCI Breakaway 2400 stall, Transgo 1-2 shift kit.

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Nice project you have there Jason. Document where everything goes as it can get confusing after awhile. Nice to see another '75 being appreciated.
 
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8/29/12 8:26pm - Reply: 'Re: 75 C3 Project...'
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Sebago Lake, ME - USA

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1978 Silver Anniversary L82 4spd (M21) Red Leather. -1978 Pace Car L82 4spd (M21) 20k miles.

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You been going right at it there. Thumbs Up That hood's gonna sure give her a mean look. Thanks for sharing with pics.

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8/29/12 10:58pm - Reply: 'Re: 75 C3 Project...'
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Lakeside, AZ - USA

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1975 C3 Stingray

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 Tires for sure but those will be last after the paint..
 So.... I start doing some body work here and there, crack behind the passenger door





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1975 Corvette Coupe 
My first Vette.....trying to fix stuff

My Project:
https://docs.google.com/folder/d/0B6uOAIjGf3cWejQ5TjNkcVRybGs/edit
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8/29/12 11:07pm - Reply: 'Re: 75 C3 Project...'
ROCKRDR
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Lakeside, AZ - USA

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1975 C3 Stingray

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so I decide to pull the stereo and check why it doesn't work and see if a cleaning can get the clock to work.. and while im there I'll repaint the center gauge console.. But.... I found some stuff that stops me in my tracks:



and more....and some person thought bathroom silicone would glue the guage panel together Angry 


so now my dash looks like this:




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1975 Corvette Coupe 
My first Vette.....trying to fix stuff

My Project:
https://docs.google.com/folder/d/0B6uOAIjGf3cWejQ5TjNkcVRybGs/edit
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8/29/12 11:23pm - Reply: 'Re: 75 C3 Project...'
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Lakeside, AZ - USA

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1975 C3 Stingray

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and this:




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1975 Corvette Coupe 
My first Vette.....trying to fix stuff

My Project:
https://docs.google.com/folder/d/0B6uOAIjGf3cWejQ5TjNkcVRybGs/edit
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8/29/12 11:29pm - Reply: 'Re: 75 C3 Project...'
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Lakeside, AZ - USA

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1975 C3 Stingray

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so now I'm at another stopping point...well outta money and I have to re-insulate everything,
sound proof and bleach, and replace my heater core, fix some cracks, fix some wires, order a bulb kit may as well replace all those while im this far...anything else you can can think of while im in this far.. I did use rust converter on all the metal parts inside.

so signing off for now.


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1975 Corvette Coupe 
My first Vette.....trying to fix stuff

My Project:
https://docs.google.com/folder/d/0B6uOAIjGf3cWejQ5TjNkcVRybGs/edit
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8/30/12 8:02am - Reply: 'Re: 75 C3 Project...'
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Sykesville, MD - USA

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1979 Corvette Coupe Corvette Light Blue Midnight Blue interior Mirrored Glass T-tops

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Don't get discouraged! It seems like tons but it's things you would want to do anyway! At least now you know it will be right! Take your time and do it as you can. A project like that doesn't get done overnight!
 
Barry
 
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9/1/12 9:07am - Reply: 'Re: 75 C3 Project...'
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Wow, I remember when my interior looked like that!  One thing leads to another and before you know it, another year has slipped by.  
While the dash is apart, I suggest you consider the following:
   Test all the vacuum actuators on the heater box.
   Inspect the heater box mechanisms for broken parts and binding hinges.
   Replace the heater box seals.
   Replace all the rubber vacuum hoses.
   Seal any misc. holes in the firewall.  I used Dynamat.
   Look for rust all around the windshield.
   Before reassembly, test ALL the gages.
   Inspect ALL electrical contacts and grounds.  I replaced the wiring harnesses, but still had to clean some old connections to get everything to work.
   One last thing.  If your car has that heavy cast iron piece above the steering column, then replace it with a later model light weight steel stamping.  I bought mine from Contemporary Corvette in Bristol PA.

Most important advice; don't give up!  There is lots of help (most of it is friendly) on all the forums.  Learn to use the forum "Search" function and you'll find hours of valuable reading.

John


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9/1/12 10:20am - Reply: 'Re: 75 C3 Project...'
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Phoenix, AZ - USA

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1975 Stingray Nomad Wagon, with Daytona front, custom hood scoop, dual side vents; 420HP 350; Doug Nash 5 speed; 1980 rear end W/4:11 gears; Cherry Red metallic paint.

Joined: 3/13/2004
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Jaws79 said: Don't get discouraged! It seems like tons but it's things you would want to do anyway! At least now you know it will be right! Take your time and do it as you can. A project like that doesn't get done overnight!
 
Barry
 
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Could not agree more, my recommedation is also to finish one area before starting on another one, so you have the sense of accomplishment as you go along.

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9/9/12 12:28am - Reply: 'Re: 75 C3 Project...'
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Lakeside, AZ - USA

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1975 C3 Stingray

Joined: 7/23/2012
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DavefromArizona said:
Jaws79 said: Don't get discouraged! It seems like tons but it's things you would want to do anyway! At least now you know it will be right! Take your time and do it as you can. A project like that doesn't get done overnight!
 
Barry
 
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Could not agree more, my recommedation is also to finish one area before starting on another one, so you have the sense of accomplishment as you go along.

I tried starting at one place only but than I find something else..and than something else...
pita but I'm taking pics of everything and have my zip lock baggies labeled :)

so the next time you want to get out of that phoenix heat, its nice and cool in Show Low
bring your grubbies lol... Wink



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1975 Corvette Coupe 
My first Vette.....trying to fix stuff

My Project:
https://docs.google.com/folder/d/0B6uOAIjGf3cWejQ5TjNkcVRybGs/edit
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9/9/12 12:28am - Reply: 'Re: 75 C3 Project...'
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Lakeside, AZ - USA

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1975 C3 Stingray

Joined: 7/23/2012
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JohnRR said: Wow, I remember when my interior looked like that!  One thing leads to another and before you know it, another year has slipped by.  
While the dash is apart, I suggest you consider the following:
   Test all the vacuum actuators on the heater box.
   Inspect the heater box mechanisms for broken parts and binding hinges.
   Replace the heater box seals.
   Replace all the rubber vacuum hoses.
   Seal any misc. holes in the firewall.  I used Dynamat.
   Look for rust all around the windshield.
   Before reassembly, test ALL the gages.
   Inspect ALL electrical contacts and grounds.  I replaced the wiring harnesses, but still had to clean some old connections to get everything to work.
   One last thing.  If your car has that heavy cast iron piece above the steering column, then replace it with a later model light weight steel stamping.  I bought mine from Contemporary Corvette in Bristol PA.

Most important advice; don't give up!  There is lots of help (most of it is friendly) on all the forums.  Learn to use the forum "Search" function and you'll find hours of valuable reading.

John

good to know I'll print out your list and start checking those...at least till money starts flowing again...



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1975 Corvette Coupe 
My first Vette.....trying to fix stuff

My Project:
https://docs.google.com/folder/d/0B6uOAIjGf3cWejQ5TjNkcVRybGs/edit
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9/9/12 12:40am - Reply: 'Re: 75 C3 Project...'
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Lakeside, AZ - USA

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1975 C3 Stingray

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Just some pics of the direction im going
















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1975 Corvette Coupe 
My first Vette.....trying to fix stuff

My Project:
https://docs.google.com/folder/d/0B6uOAIjGf3cWejQ5TjNkcVRybGs/edit
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9/9/12 3:24pm - Reply: 'Re: 75 C3 Project...'
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Holland Patent, NY - USA

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#1 *1980 White, Red interior 14,000 mile #2 *1980 Red, Oyster interior 93,000 miles Resto project car, rebuilt to 383 stroker

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Nice project, it keeps you in the garage and out of trouble!
Keep the updates comming!
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9/22/12 11:26pm - Reply: 'Re: 75 C3 Project...'
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Vette(s):
1974 coupe. 350 CID with Turbo 400 trans. Decal says 8.5:1 compression. Needs paint and AC replaced but don't plan on full restoration. Car runs strong. No big problems so far. 67,000 miles on Odometer, probably rolled over

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Just looking at the pictures of your interior gives me the willies. I haven't started the interior of my 74. I have decided to do Body and Paint first. I'll be replacing the door panels and carpet/insulation but I hope I don't have to tear into the Dash. So far everything there looks ok, worn but ok. I'll be watching this thread. It will give me inspiration. Right now I have had to stop working on the Corvette. I have a house to remodel.

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It has been over a year since I started. I had to quit the project so the car just sat in the garage. I was able to get started again in May 2012. As of July 27 2012 I have done the fiberglass repairs and applied Slick Sand High Build Primer.




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9/23/12 12:15pm - Reply: 'Re: 75 C3 Project...'
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Sold them Both

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I have 3 1969 projects sitting in my shop.  Started the first one almost four years ago.  Which has been a slow tedious endeavor.  Aquiring the second (a convertible that had been in a garage fire) and third ( a coupe, someone else's unfinished project for parts that I eventually refused to rob ) along the way. 
 
I have gone through long periods that I could not find, or make, the time to work on her( the first one).  Steadily though, I get the bug and make little bits of headway.  At first when I would let it sit, I found it quite depressing.  Walking out to the shop and seeing her sitting there gathering dust, and thinking that I would never get her done.
 
  Then I realized that I was looking at a shop full of 40 year old cars.  Each of them becoming more and more rare.  Realizing that I could get in a hurry and slap it back together, just to finish and drive her. 
 
Or I could take my time, budget my money.  Rebuild what needs to be rebuilt, (which means "everything") each step along the way. I chose to rebuild.  Mainly so I will be able to just drive her, whenever I want.  Instead of having to tear her apart time and time again, to rebuild those little things that I ignored because I got in impatient.
 
It is still depressing at times when I can't find the time to work on her.  Or I lack the money that I need to just buy those little parts that I discover unsalvagable.  Not to mention finding them.
 
Now I am making major steps towards completion of the first car.  Most of the little things are done.  Or atleast that is what I tell myself.  And soon I will be able to drive her on these beautiful fall days.  Or atleast that is what I keep telling myself.   
 
And then it is on to project two.
 
I guess I am just saying,  Take your time. Be meticulous. Don't get discouraged. It will be well worth it in the end.  Atleast, that is what I keep telling myself.
 
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