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Frame for 1970 Stingray Convertible (1/5)
 5/25/23 10:03pm
elvis628
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I've seen some very old forum discussions re: whether a C4 frame would fit on a C3. Concensus seems to be "no", that it would be expensive to alter and make it work.  Others mentioned a good C3 frame could be available for 1/2 the price...so I've joined this forum to inquire if anyone out there has info on where to possibly find a frame for a 1970 Stingray Convertible.  Appreciate any input! 😊

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Re: Frame for 1970 Stingray Convertible (2/5)
 5/26/23 12:23am
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Overland Park, KS - USA

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1973 Orange Metallic Coupe (orig owner), L82, 4 spd (WR), PS, (A/C & PW (I installed from wrecked 73)), leather, AM/FM Stereo, ran with '65 FI unit earlier & will again some day.


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There is a Corvette salvage yard in Bristol, Pennsylvania called Contemporary Corvettes.  You might give them a call.  800-367-8388



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Re: Frame for 1970 Stingray Convertible (3/5)
 5/26/23 5:48pm
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Thank you. Are all C3 frames universal, i.e.will a '68 fit a '70?

Re: Frame for 1970 Stingray Convertible (4/5)
 5/26/23 7:10pm
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Overland Park, KS - USA

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1973 Orange Metallic Coupe (orig owner), L82, 4 spd (WR), PS, (A/C & PW (I installed from wrecked 73)), leather, AM/FM Stereo, ran with '65 FI unit earlier & will again some day.


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I suspect there are minor changes from '68 to '82. For instance, I believe the roadster had some additional bracing.  While a non-matching frame might be able to be modified, It might require some serious welding.



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Re: Frame for 1970 Stingray Convertible (5/5)
 5/26/23 11:50pm
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1972 LT-1 convertible with factory air.


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I'd look for a 69-72.  The 68 was a bit of an odd ball and the 73 on have energy bumpers so I don't know if they are interchangeable without modifications.



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