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1/26/14 4:56pm - Original Message: 'Body is Off'
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Butler, IN - USA

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1974 Corvette Stingray - Dark Red L82 - To be a 454 clone.

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Let the fun begin!  Fortunately the frame appears to be in excellent condition.
 


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1/26/14 5:18pm - Reply: 'Re: Body is Off'
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Zachary, LA - USA

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1974 L-48 Auto. Just your basic Vette. GM crate motor w/vortec heads and intake. Crane cam. Scorpion rockers, Edelbrock carb. Lots of parts still in boxes... :(

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You are a brave one... Best of luck!

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1/26/14 8:17pm - Reply: 'Re: Body is Off'
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SOLD - "The Toy" - 1970 Convertible
SOLD - "The Beast" - 1990 ZR-1 (#682)
"BLKBRRD" - 1978 Trans Am, 400ci/285hp, 4 spd, Black w/black interior, Hurst t-tops

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Hope the garage is heated...!!!

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1/26/14 8:27pm - Reply: 'Re: Body is Off'
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Ash Fork, AZ - USA

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1981 Red Interior White exterior

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Please tell us this didn't start out as...hmmm, maybe I should do the brakes.

Looks too daunting for me, good luck and have fun.


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1/28/14 8:11am - Reply: 'Re: Body is Off'
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delphos, OH - USA

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1977 C3

Joined: 4/20/2013
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Good luck. This is my plan this fall with ours.
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1/28/14 5:21pm - Reply: 'Re: Body is Off'
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, - Canada

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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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Keep us up to date on the progress. Are you restoring it or modifying?

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1/29/14 6:38pm - Reply: 'Re: Body is Off'
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Butler, IN - USA

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1974 Corvette Stingray - Dark Red L82 - To be a 454 clone.

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Thought seriously about a complete restoration.  Unfortunately, the motor, while the correct size, is apparently not the original block as the serial number does not match.  Everything else is original according to the numbers, so I'm really trying to decide where to go with the entire project.  I can keep it all original except for the motor, or change everything (colors and all).  As I currently see it, while I'm working on the frame & suspension, I have plenty of time to decide before tackling the body and interior.  Probably gonna end up somewhere in between.  Thought I'd throw in another couple of pics (day of purchase, body, & frame).  Been too cold (even with a heater) in the garage here in Northern Indiana to do much the last several days.
 


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1/28/14 11:09pm - Reply: 'Re: Body is Off'
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Butler, IN - USA

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1974 Corvette Stingray - Dark Red L82 - To be a 454 clone.

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dads2vette.  It's actually worse than that.  I went to the ACD auction just to waste a few hours and look around.  Boy was my wife surprised when I brought this home!!!  LOL (sort of)!!Censored

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2/7/14 11:44am - Reply: 'Re: Body is Off'
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macedon, NY - USA

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68 COUPE 454 HAS MOTION HOOD SCOOP, REVERSED GILLS ZL-1 FENDER FLARES AND MOTION REAR SPOILER, LEMAN'S GAS CAP, BUCKET HEADLIGHTS. CAN-AM FRONT RACING SPOILER. CHROME HOOKER HEADERS AND SIDE PIPES! 4 SPEED M20, LOOKS FAST STANDING STILL !!

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It will be a fun project what ever you decide to do! Have fun !

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3/2/14 10:51pm - Reply: 'Re: Body is Off - UPDATE'
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Butler, IN - USA

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1974 Corvette Stingray - Dark Red L82 - To be a 454 clone.

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Likely change of plans.  First, the small block is not the orignal engine, but the car is an L82.  Just so happens that an early 70's 454 sort of fell into my lap - it is in good running condition and the price is ridiculously low (from a friend).  Pretty good chance that the L82 is gonna become a big block car - after some upgrades to the engine.  Everything I've researched says that this is practically a bolt in - other than the front brackets for the A/C, alternator, etc.(?).  Anybody have any advise or thoughts?  Wanna make sure I'm not being naive or silly.  Thanks.

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3/2/14 11:44pm - Reply: 'Re: Body is Off'
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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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It will physically bolt in with no problems. As you mention, the front accessory brackets will be different, and will the exhaust.
You'll want to upgrade the front springs for sure, and possibly the rear. All big block cars had rear sway bars, so if your car doesn't have one, you should seriously consider adding one.You'll also want to consider a radiator change to one with more cores, or an aftermarket type that is more efficient. Keeping a big block from blowing its cool is prolly the biggest problem faced with a Shark era car. Thumbs Up

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3/15/14 1:31pm - Reply: 'Re: Body is Off'
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better you than me. And I thought rebuilding the doors was tough!

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3/23/14 9:30pm - Reply: 'Re: Body is Off'
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Butler, IN - USA

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1974 Corvette Stingray - Dark Red L82 - To be a 454 clone.

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Had a couple of decent days (over 40) - which I tried to take advantage of.  Still dis-assembling, but starting out slowly.  I expect to get rolling strong once it gets warmer.  I did roll the frame out to power wash it and get some detail pics to help with reassembly somewhere down the road.

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3/23/14 9:32pm - Reply: 'Re: Body is Off'
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Butler, IN - USA

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1974 Corvette Stingray - Dark Red L82 - To be a 454 clone.

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WIth a 454 in the wings - gotta decide what to do with this


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3/23/14 10:21pm - Reply: 'Re: Body is Off'
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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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Is that a Mallory duel point distributor in that engine? Tongue

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3/25/14 11:27pm - Reply: 'Re: Body is Off'
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Butler, IN - USA

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1974 Corvette Stingray - Dark Red L82 - To be a 454 clone.

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Yes it is - haven't seen one of those for a long time.

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3/26/14 1:10pm - Reply: 'Re: Body is Off'
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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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 Nor have I, until NOW.... LOL  Back in the day, those were the next best thing to a magneto...once you got them properly set/adjusted. Kewl!

btw...I'd give ya a dollar + shipping for it, if yer not gunna use it....Tongue

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3/27/14 7:10pm - Reply: 'Re: Body is Off'
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Butler, IN - USA

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1974 Corvette Stingray - Dark Red L82 - To be a 454 clone.

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Will probably let it go with the 355 I pulled out, if I end up selling it.  Waiting for it to warm up enough here to power wash without freeeeezing.  So tired of this.  I'm sure you don't have that problem in Texas!!!  BTW - some of my wife's family live in Duncanville - small world.  Still only 35 degrees in the pic I took last night after removing the tank and exhaust!  

 


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3/28/14 1:31pm - Reply: 'Re: Body is Off'
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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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Bbrrrrr! That's just too cold. It was a balmy 80 deg here yesterday, and got down into the high 40's overnight. Weather here changes by the minute, tho. Have a possibility of tornaders coming thru this evening!

Bet you'll be glad to get that thing back together and driving! Tongue


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3/31/14 10:16pm - Reply: 'Re: Body is Off'
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Butler, IN - USA

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1974 Corvette Stingray - Dark Red L82 - To be a 454 clone.

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Over 60 today - got a lot done after work.  All brake and fuel lines removed.  All four calipers removed as well as e-brake cables.  Nice to feel like I'm making progress.  Talked to one of my co-workers today about possibly dipping my frame in our acid tank used for cleaning coils of wire plus running it through our phos tank (transation: save a few bucks).

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