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Old 01-05-2019, 12:13 AM
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Keeping going don!!!
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UPDATE (Cliff notes - progress - lots of small stuff, nothing major)

Have not ordered any new wiring harnesses but that's coming, will be replacing everything. Leaning toward Lectric Limited.
You might want to lean a little farther and check out American Auto Wire. There's an ongoing CF thread that heaps praise on the company, at:
https://www.corvetteforum.com/forums...e-opinion.html

I'd never heard of them previously. They seem to offer a good product and superior customer support at a better price than LL.
Following your teardown/build.

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The shop that did the resto on my 64 coupe also used a 65 chassis for the car. The original 64 frame has some rust issues, but the birdcage was beautiful. The owner wanted disc brakes as well.

Financially, it made sense to get a very nice southern california 65 chassis and restore it. That is what they did.

Good luck with the build.

Railroadman, looks like you are in upstate New York.

Just a consideration...converting a C3 chassis might be more cost effective. Just a thought.
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Old 01-05-2019, 06:26 AM
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Here is something interesting on Craigslist from Trumbull (Hartford), CT. A 1977 Corvette rolling chassis fully restored, offset trailing arms (might not want those), and rebuilt differential.
Rally rims are NOT included. Price is firm at $3000. Seller's phone is 203-816-1658.

A friend of mine recently converted a 1978 chassis for use on a 1966 Corvette he is building as a driver for his wife. Not a big deal to do, and the frame parts are readily available.

Link to Craigslist ad: https://hartford.craigslist.org/pts/...783163597.html

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Old 01-05-2019, 09:15 AM
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Thanks for the encouragement, guys! I'ts coming along, and more importantly I'm having fun!

I saw that thread about the AAW wiring. I had not heard of them either until that thread, but several on here have had favorable things to say. I'll certainly do some homework!

I have spoken to someone about a rolling chassis for sale, and we have a verbal agreement pending inspection. Problem is that car will be a restomod, and as we know, body shops work on a different time measure than the rest of us. The body will be lifted from that chassis "soon" - whatever THAT means! I'm sure the seller is also anxious and I'm trusting him to keep the right amount of pressure on the shop to keep them motivated without pissing them off. (Seller is a forum member here).

That chassis in CT is interesting, and it;'s good to have choices. Right now I'm going to hang in there a bit longer for the one I mentioned, that sounds like what I want and the seller has a good reputation from what I hear. But if I get too much other stuff done and that's holding up the works, we'll have to re-think it.

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PM sent
Nothing showing up here yet, Morly. PM must have stopped off in route for a drink or two!
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Old 01-05-2019, 12:20 PM
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Nothing showing up here yet, Morly. PM must have stopped off in route for a drink or two!

I re-sent it. If u get nothing just email me
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ouch! Hate to see it out in the snow


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So here it sits today!

The garage is half full with a lawnmower, snowblower, garden cart and stuff. The other half has one of our son's 300ZX's. (that's the other one next to the Vette). I will be taking most of the lawn stuff out to a shed, moving the Z over, and getting the Vette indoors. Hoping to get that done by the weekend, but this place is about 25 minutes from our home and I'm not sure just what our schedule will allow. The weather is calling for a warm-up, but I'll believe it when I see it.

I DID spend a bit of time today sitting inside and just looking things over. Ratty for sure but not terrible. Removed the console and adjacent panels for cleaning.


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ouch! Hate to see it out in the snow
Oh, that was last April, a day or two after we brought it back from Iowa. The whole deal came up rather fast, and it took some time to move stuff in the garage to make room. Our son asked if he could keep one of his Nissan 300ZX's in the garage while he and his wife lived in NY City a couple years. What's a Dad going to say? That was 2012, and guess where they STILL live, and guess what is STILL taking up half the garage? So when the Vette showed up, unimportant things like the lawn mower and the snow blower had to be moved to a shed for the thing that's important!
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I saw that thread about the AAW wiring. I had not heard of them either until that thread, but several on here have had favorable things to say. I'll certainly do some homework that.

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AAW seems to be the wiring of choice for the trifive set. Go to trifive.com for more research. I’ll probably be using them for my 55 Belair rewire.
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Spent a couple days out there and made some good progress, FINALLY got the right side headlight bucket out, I've been fighting that since summer, and every so often took another crack at it. Managed to cut the last rounded-off bolt off so we an cross THAT item off. Also did a whole bunch of small stuff - removed the outboard kick panel carper from both sides, removed the wipers and the grills under them, scraped more carpet adhesive remains off, dinked around with the soft top, lots of fun.

And I removed the rear wire harness. Thought y'all would enjoy () seeing what I found when I got into THAT. This is just as I was getting going, it did not happen as a result of what I did:



This extended quite a ways. Maybe that's why the previous owner had a couple boxes of fuses in the glove box!

Here's a shot of how it sits at the moment:



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Good thing your getting a new harness. Car looks good.
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Good thing your getting a new harness. Car looks good.
Between the consensus on the forum, and just plain common sense, all new wiring is the only way to go on a car this old. Yes, insurance will pay if it burns up, but the sweat and effort and emotional attachment invested can't be replaced. I've got it apart anyway, there will never be an easier time to do it.
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Don,

You have the nice new frame under it yet?

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Don,

You have the nice new frame under it yet?

Pancho
Pancho, it was great to meet a forum legend and thanks for giving that chassis a look-over and a thumbs-up - it's a real beauty. I felt TERRIBLE trailering it home through the salt and slush. This morning I had to brush 3" of snow off just to take a few pics. It's now under a tarp and will be in the garage as soon as I can figure how to convince my son to remove the 300ZX that's taking up half my shop!

Also thanks to forum member Woodsdesign - the car was exactly as he described it - even better - and the price was more than fair.

Lots more to do before I can put the chassis to use but it's a huge step forward and a load off my mind.



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Originally Posted by Railroadman View Post
Pancho, it was great to meet a forum legend and thanks for giving that chassis a look-over and a thumbs-up - it's a real beauty. I felt TERRIBLE trailering it home through the salt and slush. This morning I had to brush 3" of snow off just to take a few pics. It's now under a tarp and will be in the garage as soon as I can figure how to convince my son to remove the 300ZX that's taking up half my shop!

Also thanks to forum member Woodsdesign - the car was exactly as he described it - even better - and the price was more than fair.

Lots more to do before I can put the chassis to use but it's a huge step forward and a load off my mind.


Now you will have to keep us updated with the progress!!
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I’m not going to buy anything with you. Every time you do it is snowing. Looks good and that should put you ahead in the schedule.
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IF I don't wind up stripping the paint, and am able to bring what's on it now back to "driver" quality as DUB and others think may be possible, I MIGHT be driving mine before you finish. But in the long run yours will look WAAY nicer.
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I’m not going to buy anything with you. Every time you do it is snowing.
You mean you wouldn't brave a little snow for a chassis that nice - after seeing the one I removed from the car? Aw, it wasn't THAT bad - I call it "common sense weather". You can't drive 75, but 50 to 55 was no problem whatever. Just because the road was white instead of black.....

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