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Old 09-20-2017, 11:42 PM   #1
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So this past Sunday I acquired a 1963 corvette convertible, the car as of now is a basket case. Was taken apart 20 years ago for restoration then health problems forced it to stop. After several trips I got all the parts home. Body has some damage from something falling on it, but not bad I'm a body man by trade. I see no rust in the birdcage and after doing an evaluation of what I have I'm not missing to much, major stuff is all here.. I got this car thru a friends dad, it was my friends grandfather that took it apart for resto, he wouldn't take money for the car. I tried to but it but he only wanted to give it to me.. Now the work begins, soon..






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Old 09-20-2017, 11:47 PM   #2
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Seriously ... Wow !
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Old 09-20-2017, 11:48 PM   #3
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Pretty cool that you were able to get that car for free.

Looks like a great project!

Hopefully most all the parts are there, especially for a '63 (as I'm finding out).

Welcome to the forum,

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Old 09-20-2017, 11:55 PM   #4
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That's a great friend. Keep us posted on your progress.
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Old 09-20-2017, 11:57 PM   #5
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I'll see I know there's missing parts, but I seem to have most of it atleast. I'm just going to restore it into a driver. Not going super crazy the original engine is gone and was replaced with a 65 vette engine so it's no numbers matching..
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Old 09-20-2017, 11:58 PM   #6
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I was told this was a 340hp car but I don't know how to prove that without the original engine anyway
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Old 09-21-2017, 12:15 AM   #7
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Looks like the car found just the right home.
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Very cool. Nice to know that another one will be making its way back to the road.

Doesn't the 6500 rpm redline mean it was a higher hp motor? That's assuming that is the original tach, but still...
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With all the threads about restoration and cost, etc etc. it would be a great thread to document your costs and man hours to bring this 63 back on the road.
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Old 09-21-2017, 04:57 AM   #10
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Congratulations, based on your description of the condition it will be a nice project, the tachometer dictates a 340hp. If you can post some pics of the engine you got it's possible the original top end (heads, etc.) could have been used with a later short block. Any questions about what's correct/original etc. ask first and don't get rid of anything.
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Old 09-21-2017, 06:44 AM   #11
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I was told this was a 340hp car but I don't know how to prove that without the original engine anyway
It has the high-RPM tach and that supports the 340hp story...it should also NOT have a front steering damper underneath...
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At least you're already ahead in value. You got it for free so unless you go crazy you shouldn't be under water with this car.
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All my 'friends' seem to do is borrow money...sometimes they pay it back...
I think I got a free push lawn mower once, for repairing a pal's roof...

There are a bunch of ways to go with that car ranging from a 'budget' restoration to driver status to a full blown restomod. You'll need to choose carefully based on your wallet, desires and skill level.
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yes, that is the joke around here regarding cost of a full resto of a 63-64 convertible making no sense unless you get the car for free. Well, here you go!
Have fun!
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Congrats, keep us posted on your progress.
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Good for you, everyone needs a project, and you got one big project, keep us posted on the progress.
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Very cool! Can't go wrong at that price! Kudos to your friend's dad for being so generous. Good luck with the build!

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Can't beat that price. It's good that you can handle the body work yourself. Should be a great project. As was said, looks like a 340 horse tach. Trim tag shows Riverside Red as the paint color with a black/Standard interior.

Post some pics as you make progress. Have fun with it.
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very cool!


Still your terms of basket case is not used correct because it looks like it was in the middle of a restoration.

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