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Old 03-13-2018, 12:45 PM
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Hey Guys, found a barn find convertible with a 409 in it. Went to insure it today with hagerty and the vin comes up as an L89. Getting ready to drop the tank this weekend, and hopefully find the sticker. What do you think it may be worth?
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1 million give or take 1 million


You need a ton more info and pics for what you want an answer to.

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VIN comes up as an L89? Really? Sounds like this new guy is looking at scamming a Forum member. Since when do VINs reveal an L89 Corvette? And to boot, that Super Rare 409 motor. Wow..... I'll buy it. Let me know where to wire the funds.

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Not original good, but it does have the hinge on the drivers side.





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VIN comes up as an L89? Really? Sounds like this new guy is looking at scamming a Forum member. Since when do VINs reveal an L89 Corvette? And to boot, that Super Rare 409 motor. Wow..... I'll buy it. Let me know where to wire the funds.

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just new here and looking for some guidance and valuation if possible. No BS. I have a 1967 camaro with hagerty, and went to their vin number valuation, and thatís where it came up.
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Looks like a 409 engine based on the valve covers or a 343??
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VIN comes up as an L89? Really? Sounds like this new guy is looking at scamming a Forum member. Since when do VINs reveal an L89 Corvette? And to boot, that Super Rare 409 motor. Wow..... I'll buy it. Let me know where to wire the funds.

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409 and the ultra rare delete package for the 6500 rpm tach and 80 psi oil gauge.
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Moving from Cars For Sale to General Discussion
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If the frame and birdcage are good , 25/30k range. On the gas cap area in the rear, push away the rubber and shine a light down and you should see if there is a tank sticker. After you clean it up, you may be closer to the 35k range. The way cars are selling now, you dont know what someone may give you for it.

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I would put it back in the barn. It’s gonna take a pile of cash to bring that hog back to life
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Any one here on the forum would love to find this. (I've seen worse finds on this forum so go easy on this guy)
I'd clean it and get it running. I wouldn't get to excited and start fantasizing. Check the numbers on the engine and see what you have.
Its a cool find.
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I learn something every day....I woulda sworn you couldn't get a W-block (348/409) into a midyear with a can opener and torch.
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to reinforce a previous comment, there is no way on God's green earth that a VIN# will tell you anything about the drive train or options

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I was craving popcorn last night, but I never thought I would need it for the forum today? I may need extra butter!!
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BTW: The hood bracket can be swapped to either side.

VIN has nothing to do with engine package. Need the tank sticker to know for sure.

Cool find though...
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BTW: The hood bracket can be swapped to either side.

VIN has nothing to do with engine package. Need the tank sticker to know for sure.

Cool find though...
it was a 327/350 or 427/390/400 by the tach. so any dreams of solid lifters are gone. and by the small block hood I would lean towards 327/350 but that really doesn't matter since the born with block is gone. the wire holding the radiator is a nice touch too
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Thanks for the info guys. Good and bad ordered one of those endoscopes, will look around the top of the fuel tank Thursday and let you guys know what I find. I havenít even begun to clean it up yet...still might be able to find the block and such in the barn. It does have a posi rear end. Just minimal surface rust underneath.
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If it is a 409 (and not a 348), throw a set of the new Edlebrock aluminum heads on it with a good cam and a Holley and it will give most Big Blocks of the era a run for the money.

While clearly not the original engine, if the frame and birdcage are solid it will make an excellent project car, and a unique period piece from the 60's.

Good luck and welcome to the Corvette Forum!

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Does insure it mean you have already purchased car.
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Originally Posted by 63Corvette View Post
I learn something every day....I woulda sworn you couldn't get a W-block (348/409) into a midyear with a can opener and torch.
I've seen a couple. With the ease that a 396/427/454 can be dropped right in you would have to guess anyone who would put a 409 in is a real W-block dyed in the wool enthusiast. She's real fine - my 409.
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