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6/6/13 1:10pm - Original Message: '77 c3 will be for sale as soon as complete checkout after restoration.'
John Masters
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Waynesboro, GA - USA

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Bought to restore for re-sale, now finished 5/13~ALL new re-manufactured engine & trans, complete black interior new instrumentation AM/FM disk, brakes, steering, rear & front end gone through, fresh paint OEM red. Under fifty miles on it since restore.

Joined: 1/19/2013
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New here and my C3 is 99% restoration done, needs buffing and logos replaced, Has been over two years in restoration, bought in 2010 with 49,998 miles on it, Had sat with T-Tops off in a leaky shed abandoned with ceased engine for years, interior trashed, transmission in a mess, body good but all faded. purchased and transported to shop in Georgia 2010 and total restoration started.

 

Interior stripped out completely, all gauges sent to be re-manufactured, speedometer worked had broken face glass, needle broken showing 49,998 miles, engine had ceased from running low oil. Owner and wife had split and the Corvette had to just sit forgotten on blocks wheels gone for years.

 

Engine and transmission removed sent to factory qualified shop for total rebuild. Block bored .010 over, new crank shaft rods & pistons replaced, top end rebuilt, valves & lifters, all bearings replaced, new cam, new fuel and water pumps and balanced, Eldelbrock performer manifold with matched Eldelbrock 650CFM carburetor to engine displacement.

 

While this was being done the interior was stripped out totally, cleaned and any wiring replaced to code color if needed. Tilt wheel steering section installed and all other checked out. Replaced complete inter with new Black, dash pad, seats, carpet door panels T-Top pads, new AM/FM disk surround sound system, all weather stripping replaced. All replacements were OEM.

 

Installed new engine and transmission, new 4 core radiator as well as new heating unit and fan inside. Checked rear end and replaced the mount bolts with hardened ones. Spent over two years getting it done and motorcycle drag race accident left me in a wheel chair and one eyed, now that its 99% finished, now waiting for paint to cure well before buffing and applying outside trim, logos. I am unable to drive it so either sell it or store it. Has under 25 test miles showing since restore. Not even broke in yet it's a new 77 C3 factory code red.


I was a custom motorcycle builder and know the restoration work on the C3 is done right. It can be seen from start to finish with all information here http://www.motorcyclekit.us/ on line, just click the CORVETTE button, now that I cannot drive my dream I can venture along with all you on line here.


FINISHED, IT IS NOW FOR SALE, HAS BEEN STORED AND IS UNLICENSED, READY TO BE BROKE IN $15K WILL GET IT. WANT A NEW C3, HERE IT IS.

 Division (1): Chevrolet
Car Line (Z): Corvette
Body Style (37): Two-Door Coupe
Engine Type (L): L48-350ci,180hp
Model Year (7): 1977
Plant (S): St. Louis, MO
Sequence Number: 416915









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1/22/13 8:02pm - Reply: 'Re: 77 c3 will be for sale as soon as complete checkout after restorat'
indy99
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Newport, MI - USA

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1980 L-48 still in the middle of a frame-off.

Joined: 6/9/2005
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Is there any way to put drivability adapters on it so that you can drive it.  I have see a few conversions that are very interesting.  Don't give up yet there may be a way.

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6/6/13 12:00pm - Reply: 'Re: 77 c3 will be for sale as soon as complete checkout after restorat'
John Masters
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Waynesboro, GA - USA

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Bought to restore for re-sale, now finished 5/13~ALL new re-manufactured engine & trans, complete black interior new instrumentation AM/FM disk, brakes, steering, rear & front end gone through, fresh paint OEM red. Under fifty miles on it since restore.

Joined: 1/19/2013
Posts: 11
I know about the handicapped controls in fact I own Team Mfg. which makes portable hand controls for handicapped drivers. At my age the Corvette is just to hard to get in and out of for me and I have decided to sell it and stick with my handicapped equipped custom van. I have it finished and stored now in a locked garage waiting on a serious buyer to come drive it away. Hate to let it go but I'm 78 and this is a young mans car.

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5/18/13 6:04pm - Reply: 'Re: 77 c3 will be for sale as soon as complete checkout after restorat'
ceastham1
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greer, SC - USA

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C(6-5+2)VR - 1964 convertible 327/365 & 2003 convertible - 50th Anniversary Edition & 2010 3LT Coupe

Joined: 10/15/2007
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John - awesome looking restoration ! 

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6/6/13 12:45pm - Reply: 'Re: 77 c3 will be for sale as soon as complete checkout after restorat'
John Masters
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Waynesboro, GA - USA

Vette(s):
Bought to restore for re-sale, now finished 5/13~ALL new re-manufactured engine & trans, complete black interior new instrumentation AM/FM disk, brakes, steering, rear & front end gone through, fresh paint OEM red. Under fifty miles on it since restore.

Joined: 1/19/2013
Posts: 11
OK it's finished, any buyers?



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6/1/13 1:37pm - Reply: 'Re: 77 c3 will be for sale as soon as complete checkout after restorat'
tb2k82ce Lifetime Member
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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.

Joined: 10/17/2007
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That definitely is a red vette.  Was there any smog requirements then and if so does it have them installed?

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6/1/13 2:56pm - Reply: 'Re: 77 c3 will be for sale as soon as complete checkout after restorat'
aceinthehole Lifetime Member
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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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 I'm sure the smog requirements will vary from state to state. In Ca. they demand everything that was on it from the factory ( smog pump and lots of plumbing), when built in Ca. (one of the most strict states)  Importers have to bring it to state standards before it's legal.

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6/1/13 8:51pm - Reply: 'Re: 77 c3 will be for sale as soon as complete checkout after restorat'
John Masters
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Waynesboro, GA - USA

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Bought to restore for re-sale, now finished 5/13~ALL new re-manufactured engine & trans, complete black interior new instrumentation AM/FM disk, brakes, steering, rear & front end gone through, fresh paint OEM red. Under fifty miles on it since restore.

Joined: 1/19/2013
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NO SMOG EQUIPT AT ALL ASSEMBLED 11/76

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6/3/13 11:49am - Reply: 'Re: 77 c3 will be for sale as soon as complete checkout after restorat'
dapperdan
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COLUMBUS, NC - USA

Vette(s):
2011 Grand Sport Coupe, 6-speed 1977 Coupe L82, 4-speed

Joined: 8/19/2012
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What is the asking price?  What is the engine?  How many miles on the car before resto.  What was done to the chassis?  What was done to the drive train?  What transmission?

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6/3/13 11:51am - Reply: 'Re: 77 c3 will be for sale as soon as complete checkout after restorat'
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COLUMBUS, NC - USA

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2011 Grand Sport Coupe, 6-speed 1977 Coupe L82, 4-speed

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Never mind about my question.  Saw your write-up after posting my questions.  Sorry about that!

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6/6/13 1:16pm - Reply: 'Re: 77 C3 will be for sale as soon as complete checkout after restorat'
John Masters
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Waynesboro, GA - USA

Vette(s):
Bought to restore for re-sale, now finished 5/13~ALL new re-manufactured engine & trans, complete black interior new instrumentation AM/FM disk, brakes, steering, rear & front end gone through, fresh paint OEM red. Under fifty miles on it since restore.

Joined: 1/19/2013
Posts: 11
Thanks, I took my time on it alone, almost three years finding all the right stuff for it and doing all the work myself I had a custom motorcycle business
TEAM CYCLE USA building custom motorcycles and restoring classic ones that I set my son up in. Always wanted a 77 C3 last of the flat back style and was contacted by a customer that wanted one restored. Wasn't in the car restoring business but since it was my favorite classic vehicle I decided to go for it so it was left with me to begin and for him to come up with the cost.
To make a long story short, he lost his job, couldn't come up with the restoration cost so I finally bought it from him and finished it my way, the work history and photos of the rebuilding are
HERE This vehicle has not been tagged or insured and has less than 50 miles on it since rebuild setting locked in a garage.
 
It is now finished, rebuilt inside and out, top to bottom but I am now retired and in a wheel chair from an accident. cannot get in and out easily without help so as bad as I hate to I will sell and stick to my handicap equipped van.
 
Any of you know a Corvette lover that wants a classic one practically new never driven, and is ready to go, have $12,250.00 and over two years labor in it, $15,000.00 will get it.
 
Division (1): Chevrolet
Car Line (Z): Corvette
Body Style (37): Two-Door Coupe
Engine Type (L): L48-350ci,180hp (has been remanufactured and HP increased)
Model Year (7): 1977
Plant (S): St. Louis, MO
Sequence Number: 416915







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6/7/13 2:13pm - Reply: 'Re: 77 c3 will be for sale as soon as complete checkout after restorat'
eldredjames Lifetime Member
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Temple City, CA - USA

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1969 Daytona Yellow. 350 / Automatic.

Joined: 10/3/2010
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Nice restoration.Clap  Too bad I bought mine two years ago or else I'd have a spot in my garage for this one.Unhappy  And then there's California Smog rulesDead

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