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Old 11-07-2018, 09:11 AM
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The smog pump is Not a '68 or '69 Corvette. The casting of the case is Not typical of a Corvette. Take a look at a '68 pump.

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Old 11-07-2018, 09:37 AM
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Looks like a '68 AIR pump to me. That valve on top is the earlier design. Not an expert here but that is what I have seen on other '68 only applications.
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Old 11-07-2018, 09:53 AM
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What ever it is , it doesnít belong on a 1971?!? Correct?
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Old 11-07-2018, 10:40 AM
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master cylinder is new

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Old 11-07-2018, 11:44 AM
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correct, but enough $$$ can fix most anything
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Old 11-07-2018, 06:46 PM
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Toylman the story of life at least somewhat partially! Ike
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Old 11-08-2018, 01:42 AM
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If the car really has only had the surround and one quarter painted and there isn't any rust in the frame or the bird cage it will be well bought under 45k.

I would love to see it in person, you just can't tell how nice original paint is or how much has been painted without inspecting the car in person.
The paint presents itself so well that I thought it was repainted then I saw the chipping on the fuel door and rear grilles and started looking closely and saw the orange peel... there appears to be VERY minimal checking.
The front glass is the original dated december of 1970.
The door jambs looks really nice and do not look altered as does the top boot jamb. The interior is original minus shifter ball which appears to be chrome VS Black Chrome
The engine appears to have been painted at some point, although the engine compartment looks free of rattle can overspray.
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Old 11-08-2018, 02:32 AM
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First up is this a real tank sticker? I just looks so nice to me, too nice,
Same here....is it a copy, wouldnt doubt it. Original? Maybe.
Sure seems to have escaped any aging, the ink 405 looks awful fresh. Personally doesnt mean anything to me long as its a real LT1 car. Those have been faked for over 30 yrs
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Old 11-08-2018, 09:31 AM
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It's not a tank sheet.. it's part of the order copies. There were like 25 of them stapled together when the car began production.
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Old 11-08-2018, 12:02 PM
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1971 smoggy



other side


Let me know if you need anything else ?



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Old 11-08-2018, 12:13 PM
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Thanks Brit. Greatly appreciated I new something was a miss but interesting that they went for an older one to replace it. They owner of course is unaware but I donít think he is hard core. Beautiful engine bay by the way!!

Firstgenaddict were these just used up as the car went they various build steps?? How many reached the dealer stage if any? So these are not what wound up glued to the tank and sometimes hidden elsewhere?? Thanks very interesting insight!!! Ike

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Old 11-08-2018, 02:35 PM
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I would bet that the tank sheet is still on the tank.
I am pretty sure that at least one copy was supplied with the car to the dealership... this would make their retention by the dealer and passing on to the first owner a random occurrence at best.
IF you combine that with the fact that VERY few first owners kept the window sticker much less an order copy it translates to the scarcity of them being with cars today.

Here is a photo I received when looking at a 72 LT1 AC coupe... there are at least 2 copies here the yellowed one is the tank sticker,
The others are not the same as the one pictured above (Chevrolet Motor Division) but are for the Assembly Division

FWIW the above 72 AC coupe could be bought for $35-36k - it is a one black lacquer repaint over original war bonnet. every option except rear defog. Very unmolested other than the paint. Looks like it has part of it's original exhaust on it. Car shows 19k AND given the over all condition of the car and the completeness plus the fact that the current owner has had for 25 years and only driven 1000 miles I do believe it is actually 19k miles Leather tilt tele windows steering brakes M20 3.55. .

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Old 11-08-2018, 08:42 PM
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Ok all some more photos, first is a look thru the oil plug on the valve is the date and valve # correct?



And the Vin and engine code on the engine pad. Thoughts looks legite to me but you all are much more experienced then I am!!!!




So any thoughts? anything out of place?

Thank again Firstgenaddict for the clarification!!!!!

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Old 11-08-2018, 09:07 PM
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It allmseems as legit a survivor as youíll probably find. The smog pump is a minor issue, most owners removed and threw them away back in the day.

Id still want to hear it run and drive, and have a look at the frame. If itís all as good as it appears, this is a rare opportunity at a rare and desirable car.
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Old 11-08-2018, 10:30 PM
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Here is another: Did all pinstripping on the hood have alignment issues. This one seems too correct? Could it be redone or does it seem GM original?


Trying to clarify as much as possible. Thanks Ike
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Old 11-09-2018, 02:29 PM
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The hood pinstripes look like they are original, I saw some misalignment in the stencils.
I have gone over the photos extensively, if I thought the car was a complete repaint I would post such.
IF you are interested in the car you really should go inspect it or send someone to inspect it.
Anything under 45k is WELL BOUGHT given a solid frame.
FWIW I rarely see a repainted stripe which is laid out the same as the originals.
AND Yes ORIGINAL FACTORY APPLIED have alignment issues... if they DO NOT have issues that raises questions...

here are mine...




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Old 11-09-2018, 03:51 PM
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I've been watching this car with some interest. I'm a C3 newb but learning (slowly). The seller just posted some undercarriage photos. Just wondering what you all think of that frame. Here's a link to the sale listing:

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/19...t-corvette-14/

Looks like lots of surface rust but other wise OK?

Also, wondering if anyone could share their opinions on these photos:

Control arm looks a little compromised:




Do these look like red flags for bird cage rust?



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Old 11-09-2018, 04:23 PM
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Firstgenaddict thanks for the clarification , after I posted I blow up some of the photos and could see some misalignment in them as well.

V26278 has brought up some interesting points. It almost looks like the control arm has been sawed on? Welded? Factory flaw? I can't imagine how striking something would cause that kind of damage and not bend? Thoughts?.
More concerning is the photo of the birdcage frame posted. I can't tell is that a hole popping though a rusted frame or just a photo illusion?? Good eye!!!
The rest of the frame photos shows some decent, but surface rust in my opinion.
So what does everyone think? I plan to see the car but that birdcage frame photo has me really concerned. Thanks again, I cannot express how much I appreciate all the help!! Ike

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Old 11-09-2018, 05:07 PM
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that lower control arm is just a welded reinforcement, my car has that also
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Old 11-09-2018, 11:46 PM
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The Head numbers and date are all in alignment.
The valve cover is the correct 71 and 72 ONLY cover. with the round hole for push in OIL fill.
The rear trailing arms are correct for with the holes for sway bar mounts.
What I saw on the frame doesn't concern me... check the kick ups, check the trailing arm pockets, the car appears to have been stored in a dry garage and out of the sun.

As nice as the frame is and the paint I would find it hard to believe the bird cage has significant corrosion... but you are going so check it.
I am trying to figure out whether that is the foam backing which is in the A pillar molding

Since you are going to see the car, all of this can be determined in person.
I am 95% sure that the rear frame rails that appear to be sprayed "undercoated" are actually exhibiting over spray of the factory muffler blackout.

Prior to going make a list of all the numbers you want to get off the car.
Carb, dist alt block, trans, all the glass codes, the rear window code for the plastic window, check the rally wheel dates and ensure they are close or matched.
Check the wheel lips since the front end has been painted.
The fronts should look like this....


Check for the stencil on the frame rail, also there is a grease pencil date inside the quarters
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