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Old 04-26-2013, 06:30 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,

I'm going to look at an 81 Vette this weekend and would like some opinions. This Vette has experienced some level of restoration part of which included some engine upgrades, a paint job (six months old), added hood scoop (the only thing I'm really not crazy about but not a deal killer). It's has a 350/ Turbo 350 trans, Holley 750 double pump carb, aluminum intake, aluminum billet pullies, aluminum radiator and transmission cooler. It also has an MSD ignition system, air shocks and a 6 link rear end according to the previous owner.


If I get this car it will be a weekend warrior for my 14 year old son and I to cruise around in. Being an old guy I'm probably going to start de-tuning the engine somewhat with a smaller carb. etc. to make it a little more docile.

Do any of you see any issues at a glance that I should be concerned about. I know the pics aren't great but I was hoping there was enough detail to throw any red flags.

Thanks a ton, Dega

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Old 04-26-2013, 06:32 PM   #2
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The key to a completely modified car like this is the price, assuming no major problems one would have to see in person.
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Old 04-26-2013, 06:57 PM   #3
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Hi everyone,

I'm going to look at an 81 Vette this weekend and would like some opinions. This Vette has experienced some level of restoration part of which included some engine upgrades, a paint job (six months old), added hood scoop (the only thing I'm really not crazy about but not a deal killer). It's has a 350/ Turbo 350 trans, Holley 750 double pump carb, aluminum intake, aluminum billet pullies, aluminum radiator and transmission cooler. It also has an MSD ignition system, air shocks and a 6 link rear end according to the previous owner.

If I get this car it will be a weekend warrior for my 14 year old son and I to cruise around in. Being an old guy I'm probably going to start de-tuning the engine somewhat with a smaller carb. etc. to make it a little more docile.

Do any of you see any issues at a glance that I should be concerned about. I know the pics aren't great but I was hoping there was enough detail to throw any red flags.

Thanks a ton, Dega
If your budget is around 12000 to 13000 grand, I would definitely consider this one on the craigslist and have it shipped. Fully restored 72 with 406 CI 420HP engine. But if this one is out of your budget, please go drive the car and make sure it runs nice. I would check under the car for any excessive fluid leaks and if you have a jack, check the wheel bearings on all wheel to see if there's excessive play by shaking the wheel left and right a little. Having all instrument cluster working is a plus. Check for exhaust leaks while at it. Any defects you can find is discount from the whole purchase price. Check engine temp when idling to see if it stays under 200 degrees F. C3's are money pit so becareful. If you know a mechanic, take him with you.

http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/m...763428382.html

Also, I'm not a big fan of anything over 79 since it came with 85MPH speedo and instrument cluster is not very attractive.

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Old 04-26-2013, 07:00 PM   #4
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:16 PM   #5
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it depends on where your going to use the car. as it is, it won't pass any kind of inspection (if needed), your state may allow you to register it as and antique and get away with it, you may want to check into it.
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I certainly plan on it! I'm going to pass every Mustang GT I run up on!
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:29 PM   #7
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how much is he asking? the car looks decent enough for a few thousand BUT suspension is everything on these i am just finishing restoring only my suspension haven't touched my interior and i am into my car around $3k in parts. that is all new bushings a arms upper lower tire rods, coils springs, shocks leaf springs new trailing arms rebuilt diff rebuilt half shafts new rear torque arms ect ect ect the list never ends what looks like a simple fix issue might uncover a hundred cus words $1k and months worth of work be careful take someone with you that knows cars and test drive it like you stole it
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I certainly plan on it! I'm going to pass every Mustang GT I run up on!
If you say so

just make sure you get rid of that rubber fuel line going to the carb before the thing burns to the ground
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how much is he asking?
I guarantee it's way more than it's worth.
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:32 PM   #10
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Thanks guys,
I do have a mechanic that can check it out but I dont know a Vette guy. They are a different animal as you all know.
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:33 PM   #11
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I guarantee it's way more than it's worth.
You are probably right!

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Old 04-26-2013, 07:34 PM   #12
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You are probably right!

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Old 04-26-2013, 07:47 PM   #13
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...If I get this car it will be a weekend warrior for my 14 year old son and I to cruise around in. Being an old guy I'm probably going to start de-tuning the engine somewhat with a smaller carb. etc. to make it a little more docile.

Do any of you see any issues at a glance that I should be concerned about.
I wouldnt be so sure that this car needs any de-tuning? Id leave it alone from a performance standpoint, as these cars really need all the help they can get..ie they dont readily give a mustang gt the business.

The one "issue" I can see is that the heater core has been bypassed, so I assume that the heater core probably leaks. If you dont want heat, then its no problem.

Things I dont like are the recessed headlights and the wheels. I have nothing against a modified car, but this car just looks a little worn [maybe the new paint isnt showing well in the photos?].

When you do go, take pictures of the 6 link rear, and the interior, and please show us before you talk money. If not, hey you dont have to answer to us about your affairs, but we'd all love to help you get the most car for your hard earned money.
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Thats also the longest coil wire Ive ever seen!
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:53 PM   #15
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Thats also the longest coil wire Ive ever seen!
it's ok, it's high performance!!
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:12 PM   #16
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If you are really interested in the car I would check for RUST in the frame/windshield/door hinge areas. If its rusty walk away.
Don't waste your time and money fixing a rotten car.( I see it alot up here in the Great White North.
Judging by the pictures its in the $5000-$7500 price range. There are hundreds of C3's out there 4sale take your time a pick a good one
Good luck shopping.
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:36 PM   #17
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I was thinking the same thing. I'd also ditch the flexifan and put an original with a fan clutch on it.

I'd be interested in seeing the 6 link suspension in the rear. I'm surprised there hasn't been a popular (cost effective) rear end mod for these cars, other than for racing. Guess the demand isn't there.

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If you say so

just make sure you get rid of that rubber fuel line going to the carb before the thing burns to the ground
Thank you for the heads up on the fuel line qwank!
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I'd be interested in seeing the 6 link suspension in the rear. I'm surprised there hasn't been a popular (cost effective) rear end mod for these cars, other than for racing. Guess the demand isn't there.

Good luck.
I read somewhere that a 6 link wasn't even available for these C3's. i can't find it now.
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Thats also the longest coil wire Ive ever seen!
I did wonder about that myself.
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