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9/28/11 11:02pm - Original Message: 'The $500 corvette'
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Glendale, CA - USA

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1978 Red w/oyster

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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.

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9/29/11 7:13am - Reply: 'Re: The $500 corvette'
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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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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! Thumbs Up

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9/29/11 8:20am - Reply: 'Re: The $500 corvette'
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Sykesville, MD - USA

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

Joined: 4/27/2008
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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! 
 
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9/29/11 10:21am - Reply: 'Re: The $500 corvette'
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Glendale, CA - USA

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1978 Red w/oyster

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Tires look good, am replacing them anyway. Frame looks ok, don't know what the birdcage is. Think it needs a generator, battery doesn't seem to hold a charge.

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9/29/11 11:21am - Reply: 'Re: The $500 corvette'
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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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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. 


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9/29/11 1:03pm - Reply: 'Re: The $500 corvette'
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Oak Creek, WI - USA

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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!!

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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.



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9/29/11 4:34pm - Reply: 'Re: The $500 corvette'
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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.

Joined: 2/15/2007
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Looks like you got the deal of the year for a C3.
Can't go wrong at that price. Thumbs Up
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.


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9/29/11 7:15pm - Reply: 'Re: The $500 corvette'
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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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You will truly enjoy tinkering for years to come!! Btw, you battery drain might not have anything to do with the battery or alternator - C3s are notorious for bad grounds....

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9/30/11 2:49am - Reply: 'Re: The $500 corvette'
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Glendale, CA - USA

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1978 Red w/oyster

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Drove from San Francisco to LA today, found a few more glitches.

Oil pressure gauge doesn't work.
Clock doesn't work.
Tach doesn't work.
Speedo works, but reads 25% faster than you are actually going.
Runs hot.  (Although, it was an oven in central Cali today.)
All weatherstripping needs replaced.
Windows misaligned.
Fuel gauge works, and seems to be accurate, but low fuel light stays on at all times.
Gen light stays on.
High beams don't work.
Horn doesn't work.
Dome light missing.
A few signal lights seem to be missing or broken.
3 rear hatches missing hinges, just laying over openings.
Visors missing.
T-Top lining missing, fasteners messed up on tops.
Strange jerky-ness in rear when in reverse.  Sometime forwards. 
Every joint in front end needs replaced.
Passenger side mirror needs replaced.
Need keys for door, glove box.
Corvette logo on rear broken.

Starting a blog, will post photos there, and cross post to here.  Later!



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9/30/11 6:52am - Reply: 'Re: The $500 corvette'
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Equinunk, PA - USA

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1972 conv, 4-speed, 350, 200hp, numbers match, rally wheels, war bonnett yellow w/white top. good condition, nice driver.

Joined: 10/31/2007
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The local/state L.E.O.s would be lookin at taking it off the road if it was in this state with that much wrong with it. Ouch. Keep us up-dated on progress.

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9/30/11 7:17am - Reply: 'Re: The $500 corvette'
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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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voiceoftj said: Drove from San Francisco to LA today, found a few more glitches.

Oil pressure gauge doesn't work.
Clock doesn't work.
Tach doesn't work.
Speedo works, but reads 25% faster than you are actually going.
Runs hot.  (Although, it was an oven in central Cali today.)
All weatherstripping needs replaced.
Windows misaligned.
Fuel gauge works, and seems to be accurate, but low fuel light stays on at all times.
Gen light stays on.
High beams don't work.
Horn doesn't work.
Dome light missing.
A few signal lights seem to be missing or broken.
3 rear hatches missing hinges, just laying over openings.
Visors missing.
T-Top lining missing, fasteners messed up on tops.
Strange jerky-ness in rear when in reverse.  Sometime forwards. 
Every joint in front end needs replaced.
Passenger side mirror needs replaced.
Need keys for door, glove box.
Corvette logo on rear broken.

Starting a blog, will post photos there, and cross post to here.  Later!



You're driving my car!!! Wacko   We've all been there, time, love and money will cure all the aches and pains you're finding...Big smile

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9/30/11 7:39am - Reply: 'Re: The $500 corvette'
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Pottstown, PA - USA

Vette(s):
1981 Silver

Joined: 8/24/2011
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Har Har Har I love this post! And yes you are driving my car as well.
 
But----$500.00 and you drove it from SF to LA and got there!! Not too Shabby!!! 


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9/30/11 11:45am - Reply: 'Re: The $500 corvette'
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Pittsburgh, PA - USA

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1979 L-82, 3 spd auto, car was originally Lt. Beige currently painted Sportsman Red, Doeskin leather interior, 103,000 miles......

Joined: 12/4/2002
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sounds like a solid car to build on for sure.....
 
like me the intial purchase price will soon be blown away by the restoration costs......
 
Have a great time with it and make the car yours......


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9/30/11 12:38pm - Reply: 'Re: The $500 corvette'
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Huntington Beach, CA - USA

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1977 - L48 - 350 engine performance modifications (cam, lifters, carburator jets, recurved distributor, automatic transmission quick shift, 3:55 rear end, high performance catalytic), complete interior restoration, exterior restoration is in-process.

Joined: 7/23/2005
Posts: 10
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

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9/30/11 3:06pm - Reply: 'Re: The $500 corvette'
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Dorr, MI - USA

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71 Colonnade Hardtop Coupe Torch Red with black interior originally L48 built to push around 360hp

Joined: 8/21/2002
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Likes been said, we're with ya man. Been there myself. So what if its a lil rough around the gills, it'll get there.
 

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9/30/11 4:58pm - Reply: 'Re: The $500 corvette'
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Sykesville, MD - USA

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

Joined: 4/27/2008
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You and your red, Terry! Everybody knows blue (especially Frost Blue) is where it's at on Vettes!
 
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9/30/11 9:08pm - Reply: 'Re: The $500 corvette'
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Charlottesville, VA - USA

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1978 Silver Anniversary L82 Previously: 1965 300hp Coupe in 1967. 1967 435hp Coupe in 1968-70. 1969 350hp T-top w/ac and all power options.

Joined: 9/3/2010
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Hey TJ,   I got my '78 last year in about that same condition, but I paid $11,500 more than what yours cost!! I am saving all the receipts for the parts and labor, but not ever gonna add them up.
 
There is still about half the items on your list that need attention on mine, but it starts and runs, and it's a "challenge" to work on and FUN to drive!   JT


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9/30/11 10:00pm - Reply: 'Re: The $500 corvette'
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Glendale, CA - USA

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1978 Red w/oyster

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Joe, right now mine is more like a challenge to drive and fun to work on!

Sorry, everyone, right now I can't get pix to post, I'll add a link to my vette blog in my sig when I get a decent post up.


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9/30/11 10:05pm - Reply: 'Re: The $500 corvette'
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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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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.Wacko
 
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.Thumbs Up


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10/1/11 1:16am - Reply: 'Re: The $500 corvette'
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Glendale, CA - USA

Vette(s):
1978 Red w/oyster

Joined: 9/15/2011
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Trying to get an image up is making me a little nuts, but I got my blog listed in my signature.  I'll put a couple pix up every day there.

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