C2 Corvette Score Proves Patience Pays Off
It took 26 years of waiting before a Corvette Forum member got to bring this ’67 home. But it was totally worth it.
Most of us have heard the tales of those who covet a neighbor’s/relative’s/stranger’s car. Often, it takes years of borderline harassment to pry said vehicle from their possession. For Corvette Forum member elwood13, it took an incredible 26 years of waiting and persistence, to be exact. But he finally scored his brother’s coveted C2 Corvette. And he was kind enough to share the experience with us right here in the forums.
“I brought my brother’s ’67 home last night. My sister-in-law and I came to a price and it is now mine. Wife isn’t overly thrilled right now and I have to wait at least a year before I can start bringing the car back to life. I’ve waited 26 years for it finally to be sold and have wanted the car since he bought it in 1978. As many of you know, I was the last one to drive it in 1986 and it has sat since.”
Even if he was awaiting spousal permission to spend money on his cool C2 Corvette score, the OP wasted no time cleaning it up. Just giving the ’67 a bath and removing the leaves (and various other crud) made a huge difference. Then, it was time to post some pics and do a little investigative work on the car. You see, there is a little bit of a mystery surrounding the car’s non-original engine.
“When he bought the car we didn’t see him for three days and didn’t know he bought it. He was busy putting the rebuilt engine in to bring it home. Supposedly the 327 was bored 0.060 over, balanced and blueprinted. The block casting number is 3858174 and the heads are 3890462 – L306 I think. I believe the intake is from a ’72 and the casting number is 6263751.”
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After some exhaustive research, many believe that this C2 Corvette actually began life as a big block car.
“I am confirming the car most likely started life as a 427-390 L36,” said NightshiftHD.“Here’s why:
1. The pop-riveted harness clip for the starter wires was only on BB cars.
2. The larger front sway bar you measured is BB only.
3. The rear sway bar is a BB only.
4. Caps on rear half shafts are BB only.
5. Looks like you have a BB rad, and there is no overflow tank.
6. The LC sticker on your cluster configuration fits an L36.
Somewhere along the line the car has been downgraded to a SB. Maybe due to heavy front end damage where the original BB hood was not repairable. A ’66 SB replacement hood would have been cheaper.”
And piece by piece, the car’s history was coming to light.
“Found the guy who my brother bought the car from and just got off the phone with him. Turns out he was friends with my brother’s best friend. He stated he bought the car from a car lot in 1976 for about $2,000 and it had a 327 then. Said it kept blowing the right side head gasket and was missing the passenger side headlight motor. Guess I am at a dead end as the used car lot is gone now.”
At this point, the OP is busy tearing into his beloved C2 Corvette score. All the while, receiving loads of priceless advice from his fellow Corvette Forum members. You can catch up on this fascinating discovery, as well as keep up with future progress, by heading over here!