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Old 09-19-2018, 10:45 AM
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I'll be hanging out here absorbing all the knowledge to restore a '73 we just bought for the wife. It's been a bucket list car for her since she was 10, so after semi-seriously looking for a few years, one came up. It's a '73 coupe, L82, 32k miles original, auto, tilt/tele, leather, orange (Ontario Orange in '73?), alarm, PW, A/C, rear defogger, SSBC brake upgrade with Dot5. Runs OK, but needs a tune up and will be converting the ignition to Pertronix first thing. This'll be her weekend driver (hence the screen name) since she never really took to the '31 coupe I built for her.
Going to be doing the normal things first... tune, decarb, filters, fluid flushes. Then getting into the little stuff like the door panel clips and leather detailing. Paint (original color) is scheduled for the end of October by a shop many here will recognize from Corvette mag, Super Chevy, etc.
Prepare yourselves for a slew of stupid questions in the months to come. I know street rods and ground up builds, but this is the first 'vette.
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Old 09-19-2018, 10:54 AM
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Welcome to the forum and good luck with the C3.
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Welcome, and WHERE'S THE PICTURES?

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Old 09-19-2018, 11:07 AM
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Welcome, and WHERE'S THE PICTURES?
I here ya, but pics have to wait until tomorrow. here's a teaser though.

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Welcome! My bride has an 07 and it is hers. It is entertaining when I drive it and get comments. I always let them know it really is not mine but is hers!
Congratulations on getting her dream for her!

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Welcome to the forum! That is a beautiful car with the current paint.

If it's for your wife, don't ever drive it! I made that mistake and had to buy one of my own with a manual. I did get to drive hers to work today, though.

Best of luck to you!
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Welcome to the club and congrats to you both!
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Old 09-19-2018, 12:14 PM
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Welcome to the forum! That is a beautiful car with the current paint.

If it's for your wife, don't ever drive it! I made that mistake and had to buy one of my own with a manual. I did get to drive hers to work today, though.

Best of luck to you!
Thanks. The paint is a 20 footer which is why it's headed in for new paint. Our other cars are OT for this board, but as long as the wife's happy with this it's all good.......

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Welcome to the site! Great looking car!
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Originally Posted by Its_hers View Post
I'll be hanging out here absorbing all the knowledge to restore a '73 we just bought for the wife. It's been a bucket list car for her since she was 10, so after semi-seriously looking for a few years, one came up. It's a '73 coupe, L82, 32k miles original, auto, tilt/tele, leather, orange (Ontario Orange in '73?), alarm, PW, A/C, rear defogger, SSBC brake upgrade with Dot5. Runs OK, but needs a tune up and will be converting the ignition to Pertronix first thing. This'll be her weekend driver (hence the screen name) since she never really took to the '31 coupe I built for her.
Going to be doing the normal things first... tune, decarb, filters, fluid flushes. Then getting into the little stuff like the door panel clips and leather detailing. Paint (original color) is scheduled for the end of October by a shop many here will recognize from Corvette mag, Super Chevy, etc.
Prepare yourselves for a slew of stupid questions in the months to come. I know street rods and ground up builds, but this is the first 'vette.
Welcome! 32K miles! Nice find. Good luck with the Pertronix. I hope it's better than the stuff they sell for boats. I have an 87 MasterCraft Pro Star 190 that I bought new and converted to Pertronix a couple of years ago, it stranded me on the lake three times. The first time they found it to be defective and replaced it. Yanked it out and returned to my original style points. No doubt in my mind the other two times same part failed. Three strikes, yer out! Good luck!
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Glad to have you aboard! Nice looking car in the pic you posted. Let us see more when you have the time. We are here to help you keep that beauty on the road.
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Congrats and welcome aboard. Kudos to you for fulfilling your wife’s dream! You can’t help but love the look of Ontario Orange. That’s a great looking car!
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Fun time this weekend. Converting the ignition to electronic first thing, then it's time for a complete tune up. After I pull the seats out, the wife will be spending quality time with leather conditioner on the seats (sweat equity). Goal is to get the interior detailed this weekend and getting it running up to par. Pics to come......

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You are asking about the color. Post a pic of the trim plate on the driver's door sill. And welcome a new addict to The Forum. You have a bigger problem than most of us though. We have to sneak around behind our wives backs and buy stuff for our cars. You two are codependents.

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Welcome to the club! Sounds like we have a lot in common! My wife & I (35 years in December) have been building cars since we were married. Sold some, kept some... (see signature line). We played with a 1931 Chevy for many years, but the DMV kept giving us trouble getting a title for it. So we ended up parting it, & selling it off. We made some money on it, so with extra cash & garage space, SHE decides..."Let`s go look at this 71 Corvette!" So the Pontiacs are "mine", Mustang is "hers", and the Vette is "ours"....at least for now!
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Welcome to the club! Sounds like we have a lot in common! My wife & I (35 years in December) have been building cars since we were married. Sold some, kept some... (see signature line). We played with a 1931 Chevy for many years, but the DMV kept giving us trouble getting a title for it. So we ended up parting it, & selling it off. We made some money on it, so with extra cash & garage space, SHE decides..."Let`s go look at this 71 Corvette!" So the Pontiacs are "mine", Mustang is "hers", and the Vette is "ours"....at least for now!
We've been together for 30 years and had a few vehicles. Currently she has a '14 Header Orange Challenger 100th anniversary edition, a '31 coupe I built for her and the Corvette. I have a truck for a DD and am building a '32 3 window drag car. We like all kinds of cars, but the vette will be around a while.
This weekend I'm going to try a cut and buff on the vette. It's going in for paint next month but I hate seeing cars like this when they can be improved. A day or two of colorsanding with 2000 grit and a buff and it'll look a lot better.

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let the paint ride awhile. you are gonna find dis, dat and de odder ting need done. and you will be worrying about the new paint as you do them. I had a gearhead spousal unit. wish I coulda kept her. she is now among the premier custom bike painters on the planet.

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We've been together for 30 years and had a few vehicles. Currently she has a '14 Header Orange Challenger 100th anniversary edition, a '31 coupe I built for her and the Corvette. I have a truck for a DD and am building a '32 3 window drag car. We like all kinds of cars, but the vette will be around a while.
This weekend I'm going to try a cut and buff on the vette. It's going in for paint next month but I hate seeing cars like this when they can be improved. A day or two of colorsanding with 2000 grit and a buff and it'll look a lot better.
LOVE IT! My dream has always been an early 30s Pontiac coupe with a 455 & tri-power! But now, it looks like this Vette may be our last project... our "retirement toy"! Would LOVE to see more pics of your street rods! I`ve ALWAYS been a GM man.... but those Challengers ( old AND new) have really caught my eye!
My youngest son is a serious gearhead too, and loves the old classic cars. My FAVORITE shot of the 31.....


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