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Old 02-09-2019, 12:49 PM
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He would be lucky to get 500 for it. Total pos thats too far gone, too much missing.
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Old 02-09-2019, 01:34 PM
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Old 02-09-2019, 02:32 PM
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I'd buy a mint one for 12k.
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Old 02-09-2019, 06:06 PM
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Whew, I wouldn't touch that with a ten foot pole.
Me neither. I owned a nice 81. Which can be bought for far less than it would take to make that thing right.
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Old 02-09-2019, 06:11 PM
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I'd buy a mint one for 12k.
Is yours for sale?
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Old 02-09-2019, 08:50 PM
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Thank you all so much for everyone's input. I offered 500$ initially and thats when he came back with the "was 4k but probably let it go for 3k". I thought at MOST maybe 1500 cuz he said it still drives.

I did walk away (actually before seeing all these great replies)! But it just reaffirms my thoughts personally on what is worth saving vs not. Everyone's input is much appreciated. It's nice to have a site to turn to for experienced input. To me, it was not so much about the money on this one (I was preparing mentally to put 10-12k in it by the time it was over, to make it driver quality) but for a first restoration project, it may be a little too much to swallow.

In a perfect world, I'll find a good paint/interior car and just have to worry about all the mechanics in it.

The hunt continues!
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Old 02-09-2019, 10:05 PM
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Is yours for sale?
No, but it took me 3 months to find mine. Be patient.
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Old 02-10-2019, 02:21 AM
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Thank you all so much for everyone's input. I offered 500$ initially and thats when he came back with the "was 4k but probably let it go for 3k". I thought at MOST maybe 1500 cuz he said it still drives.
Personally I think he should be offering you the cash to take it away.
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Old 02-10-2019, 03:49 PM
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No, but it took me 3 months to find mine. Be patient.
Just checking I would love to have another Black/Black 80-81 4 speed only
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Old 02-10-2019, 04:12 PM
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That car is junk, plain & simple, it basically needs EVERTHING! As far as a L81 or a L82, they were both low power non desirable engines anyway, find something else
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Old 02-10-2019, 06:14 PM
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Look for an earlier model, preferably '69-72.
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Old 02-10-2019, 07:20 PM
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Here is one that just came up for sale on the forum, under 10k: https://www.corvetteforum.com/forums...nnecticut.html
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Old 02-11-2019, 10:05 PM
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I would fast walk away from it. Fast walk.
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Old 02-12-2019, 06:21 PM
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well I think I am going to pull the trigger on a '74 stingray, 58k original miles. runs and just had brakes completely redone. I think I may be test driving it tomorrow (inspected the crap out of it today) and we'll see!
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Old 02-13-2019, 09:35 AM
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well I think I am going to pull the trigger on a '74 stingray, 58k original miles. runs and just had brakes completely redone. I think I may be test driving it tomorrow (inspected the crap out of it today) and we'll see!
Good luck on the drive! And let us know how it went and if you decide to pull the trigger, post some pics. I've got a '74 and I love it. It has the same interior as the earlier C3's as well.
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Old 02-13-2019, 09:44 AM
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well I think I am going to pull the trigger on a '74 stingray, 58k original miles. runs and just had brakes completely redone. I think I may be test driving it tomorrow (inspected the crap out of it today) and we'll see!
The MORE you spend up front, the LESS the car will cost in the long run. No one on this board will argue this point. (Well, we like to argue anything).
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The MORE you spend up front, the LESS the car will cost in the long run. No one on this board will argue this point. (Well, we like to argue anything).
Truer words have never been spoken
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Old 02-13-2019, 12:35 PM
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thanks. I have been working that fine line between too far gone and too much completed already. I am looking to get the car so I can work on it for a project so its been a little bit of a balancing act as far as finding the "right" one.

We'll see how the drive goes today
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Old 02-13-2019, 07:36 PM
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welp, I got it today!

I will post pics when a get more than a sec.

So excited to start this new chapter. my supercharged tacoma, fiberglass front end, 35's, regeared, air locker, mid travel Fox suspension front/rear truck is going to be put on hold now (by order of the wife haha) for this new project.
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Old 02-13-2019, 08:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Stev-o View Post
Look for an earlier model, preferably '69-72.
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