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3/31/11 5:27pm - Original Message: 'what would you do??'
yostusota
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York, PA - USA

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1969 daytona conv. all original 350 350 380 4 sp w/air..and hard top

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I found this car today..found out that it was the sons car who didn't come home from Vietnam..his dad isn't really willing to sell it but is up for a chat..not sure if its worth the effort or not..pretty ruff to say least.

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3/31/11 5:44pm - Reply: 'what would you do??'
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Frederick, MD - USA

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1969 convertible L71 427/435 4-speed black interior

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Speaking for myself...I'd run fast and run far.

It holds a lot of emotion for the old man...I would see little point in drudging up those emotions.  To anyone else, its merely an old Corvette that may be little more than a parts car.  To him, it represents his son and letting go of the car means letting go of his memories.

If the old guy can afford it, he should look into restoring the car in memory of his son.  That would be appropriate in my opinion.  No one else would look at the car as anything more than a commodity.  It does look to be a big block convertible...wonder what engine is under the hood?  That may make a huge difference in whether the car is economically rebuildable.
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3/31/11 5:58pm - Reply: 'what would you do??'
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York, PA - USA

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1969 daytona conv. all original 350 350 380 4 sp w/air..and hard top

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I guess I should have been a little more specific..he wants me to try and put it back together..as far as he knows the motor and trans have never been out..but it is rough..sitting outside since 70..he has a garage to do the work in and is in now hurry to get it done..so it would be a free time fun thing..

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3/31/11 6:40pm - Reply: 'what would you do??'
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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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FUN? Wacko The body don't look bad but just to get it road worthy again would be an incredible task. The frame must be pretty bad sitting like that. Push it into his garage and let him ponder it for a while. 

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3/31/11 6:43pm - Reply: 'what would you do??'
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Red Lion, PA - USA

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1974 White 350 Corvette, TH400 Automatic 1972 Tangerine /Go Mango Convertible 383 Stroker, 2004r Automatic

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Rich, That would be a great service to a father that has sentimental attachments to it. I think you sit down with him and find out what he actually is looking for. I would guess to redo a car like that you would need at least 20 - 30k to get it in any kind of shape. Going off of my car I would guess body and paint to be in the 10k area, interior around 5k, chrome another 3-5K for all, then theres motor trans and rear depending on what might be needed. He needs to know what hes getting into even if you do the work for free. I dont think I would ever get involved in something that major for someone else unless it was at my home. I say that because there are so many hours needed and it would pull to much family time away. Now if you could have your son help it would be time well spent with him even though he is young he might enjoy it. The bad side would be hes going to fall in love with corvettes even more and you are going to have to buy him one at some point so when he's 16 he has his own.  I have many more thoughts about this as I had a friend that ask if I would help him do one but I said no unless he was willing to go from start to finish without taking years to complete. He wasn't ready for that money layout commitment. So i help him do things here and there as he needs if I'm available.
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3/31/11 7:13pm - Reply: 'what would you do??'
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greer, SC - USA

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Most likely a 66 big block - only one way to find out - pop that hood. Frontend is either modified or just missing the bumpers & grille. The birdcage on this baby is toast due to being outside since 1970. This will cost north of 50 to restore. Still may be worth it for the sentimental value. It won;t be easy.    ceastham12011-03-31 16:15:39

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3/31/11 7:42pm - Reply: 'what would you do??'
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I talked to him for about 20 minutes after work..I got about 50 feet from the car..we just talked about trying to get it in his garage and see what we got..below the passengers door is a cinder block that someone put there when they made off with the rear wheels..its now almost in the ground..not sure if I can pull it out without destroying it..I may have a tow buddy come out and see what he thinks..

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3/31/11 8:15pm - Reply: 'what would you do??'
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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

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yup - it could come apart if it's moved. chk the frame rails and try to peak under & behind the glove box upper right to see what it looks like.    

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3/31/11 8:20pm - Reply: 'what would you do??'
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Woodland, WA - USA

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1977 T-Top,350,Auto Black Ruby Pearl,Steeroids R&P conversion

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How about calling overhauling ?

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3/31/11 8:29pm - Reply: 'what would you do??'
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[QUOTE=rraider1] How about calling overhauling ?[/QUOTE]

Man that is a great idea..um..but..this guy would um unload on people if the car disappeared ..he is a Korean Vet himself..guessing by his hat..he's a grimly type that doesn't take to humor at all..he could stare down a rabid dog..got one heck of a grip being his age too..I think he just wants to see if it can be moved..don't think he is thinking further than that as of today..its pretty muddy in the yard now so we may wait a few for things to dry out and come up with a game plan of what to do.

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3/31/11 8:48pm - Reply: 'what would you do??'
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Woodland, WA - USA

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I watch one the other day it was not the same as when they make the people feel it was stolen, they may do it as some form of tribute.

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3/31/11 8:51pm - Reply: 'what would you do??'
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Woodland, WA - USA

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1977 T-Top,350,Auto Black Ruby Pearl,Steeroids R&P conversion

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may want to try some form of jacking to get it out before soft ground becomes hard wich would trap the car more, some form of air bag inflated under the car like they do on myth busters

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3/31/11 9:07pm - Reply: 'what would you do??'
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goldens bridge, NY - USA

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1972 T-Top 350 auto, matching numbers,Blue, ac

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I'm with Bob -AKA  rraider1- try to get it up asap
 Air Bags are a great idea - safe and  easy to use. Try the local Fire Department =many have these air bags for rescue work .Maybe the FD would do it for free-  Try  as a trainig sesion for the rescue team and a service to the Korean Vet and his son.
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3/31/11 10:51pm - Reply: 'what would you do??'
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Newport, MI - USA

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

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It's been sitting there for 41 years. A littlle late to do some good with it.  With all the moisture that has come up from the ground I think the car is just going to crumble as you try to lift it. Try and move it but it would be better just left alone.
 
The amount of money needed to restore/rebuild is crazy.  Even if he did spend the cash I don't think the car would be driven much if at all due to the memories with it. I would say something like "It was a special car to him but we both know that time and life goes on. Let's take some photos and remember it that way. I'm sure your son would understand."
 
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4/1/11 8:07am - Reply: 'what would you do??'
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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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Tin worms have already taken over this one, would be my bet. The body/glass would be salvageable, possibly the drivetrain, but the chassis is prolly gonna be cardboard by now. Brakes are gonna be seized up, too, I suspect.
It's worth saving, but it won't be cheap.
Is it a '65 or '66? Got a '67 hood, but the body is a 5 or 6...looks to have been yaller at one point.
I wouldn't spend a LOT of time on it, unless the Dad is serious, and willing to actually do something with the car.
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4/1/11 8:23am - Reply: 'what would you do??'
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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.

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 A heart is a VERY powerful motavation. A man thinks with his heart when things like this present themselves. Quickly a heart can be broken by discouragement. It will be a TOTAL committment. Whoever undertakes this project will have to very understanding and patient. ANYTHING can be done, it just depends on your motivation and goals. They have my blessing, AND my heart.

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4/1/11 9:43am - Reply: 'what would you do??'
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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 know. It looks like an awfully expensive and time consuming project. The only way to do a project like this is a frame off. There's too many things that could be wrong to try to do it halfway. Since that convertable top can't be in very good shape, the moisture and rodent damage to the interior is probably extensive. Still, as Mark said, you can't put a price on an emotional attatchment. If you do paint it, send it down to Lew! He could fix it up good as new (for a price). Let us know what you decide.
 
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4/1/11 10:18am - Reply: 'what would you do??'
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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.

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This Vette and the situation reminded me of the song "Riding with Private Malone":
 
 
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4/1/11 1:55pm - Reply: 'what would you do??'
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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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I would ride with PVT Malone anyday!!  And your welcome, Joe!
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4/1/11 3:55pm - Reply: 'what would you do??'
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Boy, would I love to have a find like that! I second that, Joe! Thanks to all that have served and are serving ( My son-in law is with the Air Force in Iraq! Hoping for a safe return! )!
 
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