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Old 01-05-2019, 02:09 AM
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Finally scratched the C3 itch and bought this '79 L82 numbers matching 4-speed with 36k original miles (claimed). I've already paid for shipping but after waiting for a week I want to go get her!

It's being sold as mechanically solid but I've never owned an older Vette, only C5's and 4's, so have no idea what to expect on a long road trip.

So maybe some good C3 road trip stories can help ease my anxieties, cause I may be booking the rental tomorrow.

Any questions I should ask the dealer, besides the obvious?

EDIT; vehicle was delivered, tangent discussions follow.



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This is what sold me on this C3, video made me feel like I was there driving and inspecting it.

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Road Trip? Go for it! Will the car break down? Maybe, worst case, call AAA. But if you don't do it, you'll miss out on the best part of owning a C3. We've done over 3000 mile road trips in our 69 all over Europe and three years ago in the US and man, was it worth it. Best trips of our lives for my wife and me. Here's a taste:

https://www.corvetteforum.com/forums...itzerland.html

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I would not think twice... By the time you get home you will know much more about your new car! Congrats and enjoy.
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Turn the key and go, enjoy the trip
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I would not hesitate. Purchased 2 79s, at different times of course, at Blooming in Chicago and Bloomington and drove them both home to St. Louis with no problems. I also purchased a 1974 vert in Carlisle PA and drove it to St. Louis. Had been sitting for 33 years. Had a few problems along the way but made the trip.
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Originally Posted by red topless gator View Post
I would not hesitate. Purchased 2 79s, at different times of course, at Blooming in Chicago and Bloomington and drove them both home to St. Louis with no problems. I also purchased a 1974 vert in Carlisle PA and drove it to St. Louis. Had been sitting for 33 years. Had a few problems along the way but made the trip.
Great video!! Oil pressure looks good, temp looks good plus it has side pipes.....go for it!
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Hop in it and go... I wouldn't bat an eye. The car looks like its in good shape, and the good thing is, if you can make it to an O Reilys or Auto Zone, in the event of a failure, you can basically rebuild the car...(other then maybe trailing arms or a diff failure). 450 miles isn't a road trip, that's a warm up. Get er done.
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I bought my 70 Corvette 800 miles away and drove it home. The good news is by the time I was home I knew everything that needed fixing and the order in which I wanted the items fixed.
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Drive that puppy home! Looks good in the video, I would chance it.

Don't forget to check the spare tire and make sure the jack is there just in case.

The C3 is a go kart, lots of fun to drive. Best of luck with the car.
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Credit Card and AAA card and go! 450 miles is not all that far........stop off every hour or two to inspect underneath for leaks and underhood for any weirdness.
Looks like a pretty nice car......is it an Auto? If so......check and smell the trans fluid before you take off.....that would be the only thing that you cannot really tell from driving around the block before you go........
Have fun and tll us how it went

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Thanks for all the encouraging posts! I just texted the seller to inquire about the credit if I come pick it up and he says it's going on the truck tomorrow morning.

Looks like I may have missed my opportunity for this road trip but given all these stories I can't wait to get her up in the mountains, that will be about a two hour trip, baby steps.
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Originally Posted by red topless gator View Post
I would not hesitate. Purchased 2 79s, at different times of course, at Blooming in Chicago and Bloomington and drove them both home to St. Louis with no problems. I also purchased a 1974 vert in Carlisle PA and drove it to St. Louis. Had been sitting for 33 years. Had a few problems along the way but made the trip.
Be fair. You guys know a tad more than the average guy about these cars.

On THAT note, I would do it also.
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When I bought my '71 in 1999 I drove it from St. Simon's Island, GA to Round Rock, Tx in one shot. Didn't stop to sleep. This was before I knew the car very well and it had an old, tired 1970's truck 350 in it. Did great. A few months later it spun the #6 rod bearing so I guess I was "lucky".
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Be fair. You guys know a tad more than the average guy about these cars.

On THAT note, I would do it also.
Who says we do?
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i would check would be the radiator and front control arm bushings, if are stock i would trust them to go out very quickly with the heat these things put off

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When I picked up my '69 in 2010 I drove it from Melbourne to Brisbane, almost 1700km's without any trouble. That '79 should be able to handle anything you throw at it. Very nice vette. Pity they didn't give you any footage of the underside of the car.

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Who says we do?
Me says.
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