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Old 05-28-2019, 09:27 PM
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Sounds weird huh? But it is what it is. Iím 21 years old guy who owns a 1974 Corvette with a sad story behind it. Iím willing to keep it and resurrect it
even though itís going to cost me a lot.

To be honest, I know nothing about cars. That's why I came here, to seek help and guidance. And here in my country most of the repair shops have no clue about the car, so I'm planning to take it to another country near me where there is an auto repair shop that do a full restoration. Iím saving my money right now for it.
I have lots of questions in my mind, and I hope someone can help me with the answers.

* excuse my bad English, Iím still learning.
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Old 05-28-2019, 10:22 PM
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Welcome to the forum.

Ask your questions about your car here:

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or here:

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Old 05-29-2019, 10:14 AM
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It could be worse - you could be stuck with a Ford! (just joking!)

Fill us in on your 74 - your location, the sad story, and pictures. Don't worry about your english - it looks pretty good to me! The forum has many members outside of the US, so there might even be somebody near your location.
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Old 05-29-2019, 12:25 PM
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Welcome to the forum! The good news is there are lots of helpful people here if you're willing to learn. Parts are also readily available!
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Good luck with the project. By the way your English is as good as any 21 year old in the US that I know of. You even prefaced your opening sentiments with the phrase ďto be honestĒ much like a young person here does.

Iíve always wondered about that phrase. Why does anyone feel the need to tell us they are going to be honest? When I see or hear that phrase it makes me question whatever follows.

As fas as your 74 goes, it seems the best thing you can do is pick the correct shop since youíre paying to have a professional restoration done.
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Not meaning to rain on anyone’s parade, but I hope you are aware that a 74 may not be worth near the cost of a full-blown restoration. This is especially true with someone else doing the work. You may well spend $40,000 on a $15,000 car. You might want to check the value of this car before you start writing checks.

As long as you go in with eyes wide open, you will be good.

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Originally Posted by bradleyb66 View Post
It could be worse - you could be stuck with a Ford! (just joking!)

***Fill us in on your 74 - your location, the sad story, and pictures.***

Don't worry about your english - it looks pretty good to me! The forum has many members outside of the US, so there might even be somebody near your location.
This exactly.
And, welcome to the Corvette Forum!
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You would be wise to obtain a number of parts catalogs from various Corvette parts suppliers. The catalogs are free (in the US) and are great way to see how different assemblies are put together. Also obtain the AIM (assembly installation manual) and Chevrolet Service Manual for 1974. These can be purchased from vendors or used on eBay. Welcome to the Forum.
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Originally Posted by FuJiKi View Post
Sounds weird huh? But it is what it is. Iím 21 years old guy who owns a 1974 Corvette with a sad story behind it. Iím willing to keep it and resurrect it
even though itís going to cost me a lot.

To be honest, I know nothing about cars. That's why I came here, to seek help and guidance. And here in my country most of the repair shops have no clue about the car, so I'm planning to take it to another country near me where there is an auto repair shop that do a full restoration. Iím saving my money right now for it.
I have lots of questions in my mind, and I hope someone can help me with the answers.

* excuse my bad English, Iím still learning.
Would like to know more about where you are located, the story about your '74 Corvette, and you get an A+ for your English.
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Thank you for the great welcome guys, I really appreciate it.

I read all the replies and I would like to thank you for all the compliments on my English, Thought it was really horrible. Still learning and thanks for the positive push.

So my carís sad story ( I will make it as short as possible) is that I didnít buy it for me in the first place, it was meant for someone that I considered him as a brother. Been together for a long time, at some point he faced so many problems (drugs), I stood up for him when everyone gave up. We agreed to close up the past and have a new clean start. I wanted to give him something to lift his spirit up (I knew he wanted an old 70s corvette) so I found this car for around $8000 and it was the only one for sale here in my country at that time, so I bought it. The sad part is he broke his promise, tried to fool me after all my attempts to help him. I caught him with his old habits. So that was it, we reached a crossroads, now Iím left with this car that I donít know anything about, and he left with his habits.

A big part of me wants to keep the car and restore it, and the other part wants to cut my loss off, so Iím here to sort it out with you guys. I know as @crawfish333 noted that a '74 is not a valuable car
( I guess because of the rubber bumpers ) it isnít really the case for me, Iím not willing to restore it to sell it! I just want to know if the car is restorable with a reasonable cost.
The problem with the car right now is the flat tire, the left rear tire seems to be punctured and I tried to lift it with a jack but a scary cracking noise came up and the car didnít lift, is it a rust issue? it has been sitting for 5 months now and I really want to change the tire so I can take it with me, as I moved to another apartment where I have a private parking space.

Iím from Saudi Arabia. People here prefer Japanese cars over any car, thatís why repair shops have no clue about the Corvette. I have been in 3 shops and no one knew what my car was, they were shocked when I told them it was a Chevy

*** I know I took so long to reply back, but I had 12 hrs nightshift and it was very exhausting.
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Take some pictures of the car. Interior, exterior and if you can some pictures of the frame. If it is a rust bucket or a total bad car it may be better to cut your losses and move on. We have seen some pretty bad cars come back but it is real expensive. Since you are from a different country it will be even more expensive. Pictures will tell a lot of the story.
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Welcome. I just got back from Saudi. Riyadh to be exact. There is a huge American Airbase there and most likely that's where the car originated.

First, Jack up a Corvette SIDE BY SIDE or FRONT OR BACK...but NEVER from a corner. SO get TWO jacks and lift the offending SIDE or (say) rear.
the cracking sound was probably the body mounts and fiberglass 'complaining' LOUDLY! LOL

Frankly, I have had a lot of Corvettes and the '74 is one of my Favorites.
Of the C-3 'mid-years' soft nose and tail cars...it's the best looking, without the black bumperettes added to later years. Smooth nose and grille area.
It a REAL dual exhaust car...no catalytic converter. Last of the old simple cars.

Post up some pix...You probably have a 'gem' there but don't know it yet.

GUARANTEED. If you get it running...you will make a big impression anywhere you go! It's unlikely that it's a rust-bucket....HOT AND DRY.

Good luck.

Unkahal

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Old 06-14-2019, 06:59 AM
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youtube is your friend. but if a tire is a problem for you, rehabbing this car may be more than you want to deal with. rust issues. go to post 107 in this thread. it is the original first post. good description of all the bad stuff to avoid. also goes in to your own expectations-abilities-budget. https://www.corvetteforum.com/forums...orvette-6.html
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