Well, I am now a Corvette owner. 1978' red with oyster. The body is good, tires are nice. I had new brakes put on it. Pads, calipers, rotors and master cylinder. New exhaust. New starter. New battery. New plugs and wires. Now, on to what it needs. Windshield, (cracked), interior. ALL of the interior. Air conditioning. (had it originally, most of the system is still there.). Heater core.
But for $500, it was still a steal!
Pictures to follow.
Vette(s): #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
Congrats on the purchase!!! Sounds like it's gonna need some TLC(and some $$$), but....don't they all? Good Luck with the restoration, and post up any questions you may have....lots of good folks here that have already been there/done that, and we're all willing to help out with info!
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Vette(s): 1979 Corvette Coupe
Corvette Light Blue
Midnight Blue interior
Mirrored Glass T-tops
Be sure to check the build date on the tires! If they are over 5 years old, REPLACE them. Blowouts on Vettes take fenders with them! If it was me, I'd replace the tires anyway. I just don't trust other people. Does the frame and birdcage area check out? That sounds awefully cheap for a Vette. Good luck and happy motoring!
Vette(s): 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.
Besides the normal parts house there are a couple of individuals that restore C3's and the ones they cannot restore the part out.
I have heard of one in your area but do not have the name or exact location I will try to find out if you want. I have on 10 minutes from my house in Lemon Grove.
The Bird Cage is the the metal frame work that contains the drivers compartment. (basically that is it).
By the way my C3 was a lot of sun damage and I was able to save a lot of money by going with used parts where it made sense. Hows your Dash? I believe 78 was a year that they changed and it is the same as my 82. So if you have to replace I have lots of experience because I had to take mine in an out about three times to get it correct. I now know what not to do and what to do.
Waiting for pictures?
Did you get a GM Shop Manual for your year yet? You will need one.
Vette(s): 1981 Great White Shark. Red Interior, 350/190hp. PS, PB (SS), A/C CC, T-Tops, Going to remain as Stock as possible. Served three years in Active Duty Army, then Retired Air Force after 34 years! Badger State Vetts Car Club. 175,000 Original miles!!
voiceoftj said: Well, I am now a Corvette owner. 1978' red with oyster. The body is good, tires are nice. I had new brakes put on it. Pads, calipers, rotors and master cylinder. New exhaust. New starter. New battery. New plugs and wires. Now, on to what it needs. Windshield, (cracked), interior. ALL of the interior. Air conditioning. (had it originally, most of the system is still there.). Heater core. But for $500, it was still a steal! Pictures to follow.
Vette(s): 1978 Silver Anniversary L82 4spd (M21) Red Leather.
Pace Car is in the hands of a new caretaker.
Looks like you got the deal of the year for a C3. Can't go wrong at that price. My day job has nothing to do with cars, so I love tinkering and working on them when I have the time. Learning a lot as I go along. And this is the best gang to be a part of when you're pulling stuff apart and starting to wonder "What the heck am I doing?" A lot of very knowledgeable people here that are more than willing to help out. I love them 25th anniversary cars. Post some pics when you get a chance.
You are in the the right city for Corvette restoration. My best friend became J & D Corvette in Bellflower. They have every used part for Corvettes. They also have alot of my money. In addition, they have new parts, do body work, paint, mechanical service and manufacture fiberglass body parts. (800) 838-8353, 9833 Alondra Blvd., Bellflower 90706
Vette(s): 1980 L-48 still in the middle of a frame-off.
You are going to love working on it... and working on it..., and working on it. But some day you will have it finished............ that's a dream I keep having at night.
Hang in there.... you can do it, takes time but it's doable. The great thing is you have some of the best back-up folks with the best knowledge right here on this site. I know... they have helped me out too.
Corvettes and women are the same...You want to make love to them but they keep breaking down.
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