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Old 02-08-2019, 04:47 AM
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I somehow scrolled down past your thread and got a A Related thread and posted my pictures. I will post them again on your post.
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I will be putting the 71 on Ebay or possibly on here first once I have decided what I will take for it. I think you can see from the pictures that this is a quality car. I think the paint comes across a little better in the pictures than in real life. Don't get me wrong it has a nice paint job but as I said in my add when the sun hits it right it just gleams and other times not. I'm sure you know what old lacquer looks like. It kinda has that craze when you get down and look at it close. Lacquer paint does not like the heat. And I'm in Texas and it gets hot here. I has one of those patinas where you just look at it and think that it's an original paint extremely clean car. I have a buddy who is a NCRS guy with two restored 65 Fuelies and he told me leave that car alone and don't dare paint it when I first brought it home. The more I looked at it, the more I liked it. I'm about to talk myself out of selling it...lol. I'm not trying to hog your post. I'm and Operator for Marathon Oil and I'm on the Console working nights and I have plenty of time on my hands. If interested let me know. If not, no worries and good luck with your search.

There is a lot of crap cars out there....this is not one of those cars. Below is the description.

For sale: 1971 Corvette Convertible. War Bonnet Yellow with Saddle interior. Matching number 350 automatic.



Components replaced: No receipts, but you can physically see that all these parts are New.

New Black Convertible Top with all new weather-stripping

New vinyl seat covers and foam kit

Original seat belts were sent off and restored.

New carpet and matts

New storage compartment trays

New parking brake handle assembly & console with T armrest- vinyl

New center console, console assembly and ash tray

New center dash trim console gauge bezel assembly

New door panels with trim and inside door handles

New door sill plates and weather-strip

New interior review mirror

New sun visors

New tach drive gear and cable

New heater core

New power brake booster

New GM heater hose kit and water pump

New aluminized exhaust and mufflers

New stainless-steel exhaust tips

New license plate bezel

Rear bumpers re-chromed



Components that are new or have been rebuilt. With receipts:

Rebuilt trailing arms, bearing assemblies, swing arm bushing and new shocks installed

Rear-end differential rebuilt. New u-joints on driveshaft & half shafts

Transmission rebuilt with reverse cushion kit installed

Front control arm bushings replaced, new shocks installed and new BFG white letter tires

Front and rear rotors replaced

Complete tune-up with points, condenser, cap, rotor, spark plugs, plug wires, ignition coil, and oil filter



Interior:

The interior condition is easily a 9.5+ on a 10 scale. The only issues on the inside of the car are is one of the dash lights intermittingly goes of and on when you hit a bump, a loose connection I’m sure. The right-side blinker indicator has the same intermitting issue. All other interior lights work even the fiber optic lights and the push button seatbelt light. The speedometer is a little slow to work. I have multiple classic cars and I only drive this car every few months. It’s currently winter and I haven’t drove the car in over 4 months. I’m in Texas and the summers are a quite hot for a convertible during July & August. This car usually only gets driven in the spring or fall. After you drive the car for an hour or so the speedometer works fine.



Exterior:

The car retains its original color of War Bonnet Yellow. It appears to have only one re-spray done many years ago and was done in lacquer. The paint is very presentable and has a great old lacquer patina. I personally would not repaint this car. The lacquer paint has a different look and appeal compared to a basecoat/clearcoat paint job. Personal preference I guess? Whomever did the last paintwork looks to have blocked the car down and put a light coat of lacquer back on. At certain times of the day and at certain angles you can vaguely see the bonding areas. This tells me that there is very little paint on the car. It also shows the car has never had any collision damage. If someone were wanting to repaint this car it would be easy considering the car has very little paint. I thought about blocking it with 1500 and buffing it out but I was afraid there isn’t enough paint on the car and didn’t want to chance it. The paint is somewhat deceiving. Depending on the time of day the car looks dark gold. Then other times when it’s in the sun it sparkles like a piece of shiny gold. You will notice that in the pictures I post. The bumpers on the rear have been re-chromed and are virtually perfect. The front bumper has not and is about an 8 on a 10 scale. Headlight operation is great; they open and close very fast. The hideaway wiper door operates as it should. It has the original spare tire and cover. The convertible top is new and is in perfect condition. The windshield is in perfect condition with no cracks, wiper scratches or delamination. There is no rust in the birdcage and the frame is in excellent condition. The only real flaw on the exterior of the car is a crack on the front spoiler under the front license plate where someone pulled up too close to a parking curb, but it’s small.



Engine:

The car has its original matching number engine and runs great with 62,167 miles. It appears that the engine has never been out of the car. It starts right up, the choke holds idle at about 1300 rpms, let it warm up a few minutes, tap the accelerator and it idles down to about 850 rpms. The intake, valve covers, and water pump have been repainted, but the block looks like it still has its original paint. All the original ignition shielding is in place and in excellent condition. The engine is 48 years old and has 62,000 miles on it. It leaks a little oil and has a little blow by, but it still runs great.



Air Conditioning:

The car came equipped with air conditioning. Not currently working. The prior owner said when he purchased the car it was not working. He had the AC Serviced and the receipt states that there was a bad wire and block relay. It was serviced with two cans of freon and was working but he said it leaks down after a few weeks. I never pursued the problem because when I drove it the top was always down.



Documents:

I have the original window sticker but it’s in poor condition. It’s hard to read the writing on the left side of the page. On the right side you can read the cost of the options the car came with. It has $834 worth of options. I looked them up and they are air conditioning, power brakes, power steering, white stripe tires and AM/FM radio which does not work. There is also a wheel and trim ring sheet and a consumer information pamphlet. Plus, I have the receipts for the work listed above.



History & Information:

I purchased the car several years ago from a retired Continental Airline pilot. He said this was his retirement project to keep him busy. He said the car was in very good condition when he bought it, but he wanted to make it even nicer. He said he did all the drivetrain and suspension work because even though there were no issues, it didn’t change the fact that it was a 40-year-old car. He said that he had a great time working on and enjoying the car for several years. But, he had just moved into a gated golf course community and didn’t have room at the house and did not want it sitting in a storage facility. The only thing I have done since purchasing the car was re-paint the wheels. The original ralley’s were a little dull and scratched. I had them blasted epoxy primed and painted silver. I have the caps and rings but chose not to put them on. I like the look without caps & rings. Plus, I didn’t want to scratch the new paint. So, I painted the dust caps a cast metal color and installed chrome lug nuts. The next guy can scratch up the rims. The car runs great, no shakes, no rattles and it tracks down the road great. I’ve owned more than a few Corvettes over the last 30 years and this is definitely one of the nicest. But I prefer my C2 and have my eye on another one. This is the reason this one is for sale. If you are a C3 person this is a great car. The C3 is starting to come up in value and quality cars will start getting harder to come by. If your going to own one it should be a convertible. They are the most desirable and bring the most money. The car is located in Texas City, Texas 77590 just south of Houston. I have done my best to describe the condition of the car but if you have any questions you can call or text 409-771-4455. I will return your text or call ASAP. I’m a shift worker and not always available. Thanks, Mike.



Pros:

Extremely nice well-kept car its entire life. Matching number low mile convertible. Most all the drivetrain has been rebuilt. All the interior has been restored. New Top. Very easy car to take to the next level and bring to high end.



Cons:

AC needs to be repaired. The lacquer paint is 25-30 years old. Has two intermitting interior lights. The original engine has 62,000 miles and leaks a little oil. It sounds like the donut gasket on the right side is starting to leak. The power steering pump makes a little noise if you turn the wheel when not moving, but don’t all old Chevy’s. Nice car for a nearly 50-year-old Corvette.
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Beautiful car, Mike! PM sent
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Holy Smokes! Thanks for the advertising boost Cameron Aubernon! Those are beautiful cars in your article. And I'm still looking. I've had some very nice cars pm'd to me... I love this forum. I can feel that dream closin' in. Many many thanks.
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Not my car, but DP9 Motorsports has this Silver 1970 4spd 350/350 roadster. 1 owner car. Asking $43,950. Contact 516 376-3471.
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Not my car, but for sale on the Hemmings web site this 1970 Mulsane blue/blue 454 4spd. roadster. p/b, p/s, a/c. Asking $50,000. Contact 865 310-6408.
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Not my car, but Black Tie Classics has this Blue 1970 350 4spd roadster. Asking $42,990. Contact 865 272-4421.
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Old 02-12-2019, 08:58 AM
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That front page advertising yielded some very fast results, beautiful cars-- all in the ball-park, too. Many thanks to all. I was working on a car closer to me that wasn't exactly what the seller pictured -- not even close. These cars look to all be viable candidates. I was born in 1970... so I want a car born the same year. The fact that I prefer the look of the egg crates over the gills and prefer the extended wheel well flares on the 70 over the 68 and 69 make it an even easier decision. Not to mention that the Bridgehampton Blue is the best c3 blue IMO, just a nudge better than the 68 international blue... well that seals it.

When I pick up the right car I'll proudly post it here! You guys are the best. PLease keep the leads coming. Many many thanks!
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from all the above posts and since this is a WTB thread, looks like you have been presented with 20+ options. probably on top of others you have looked at or found yourself already.
none meets your criteria? looks like they are 25K to 55K if you throw out the best and the worst.
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Yessir, Joe. A wide range of very nice cars. I was working on one... Didn't look like it makes sense for me, so now I'm looking into another. I don't want too many pokers in the fire, so I'll hit them one at a time until the right one pans out. Thanks.
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Not my car, but for sale at Mershons this 1970 Blue/blue 454/390 roadster. Asking $49,900. Contact 800 220-9249.
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Not my car, but craigslist New York has this silver 350 roadster. a/c, p/s, p/b. Asking $25,000. Contact seller through ad.
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