Corvette Advice sought....

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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 29,544
    Ferrari has been and always will be my favorite cars, but as H9 states, there is nothing at all cheap about them. Even a Mondial, which is currently the least expensive to buy, sells for 40k for anything approaching decent shape. and an engine service requires removing the engine from the car and will set you back 12 grand every 30k miles. Oil filters are a dealer only item and those are a couple hundred each, and need replacement every 1500 miles.


    I love Ferrari, but I will need to wait for one until I hit a very large lottery jackpot.

    I dunno John, I've seen a few 308"s, like the Magnum P.I. car in the low 20's. Just a thought anyway. My other suggestions was based on safety, reliability, if one was to consider them a daily driver.
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  • mrbironmrbiron Posts: 4,811
    heiney9 wrote: »
    Whoa, someone Ferris Bueller’d the carp out of that thing! Maybe more than once...
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  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 3,067
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  • motorhead43026motorhead43026 Posts: 2,665
    The 63 split window was the pinnacle of Corvette styling.
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  • motorhead43026motorhead43026 Posts: 2,665
    If I had only 20g to spend and did not care about appreciation look for a 68 model. I have seen 427, 4 speed models in this price range. The reason, nobody wants 68's.
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 18,046
    427 4speed for 20k??? On what planet? These cars are 65k plus all day.

    @Tony... the cheapest 308 I have seen pre-dates the Magnum PI Cars by 4 years and still goes for 40k. The ones you speak of go for 65k and up these days. Any less than that and they will need 25k plus put into them just on deferred maintenance.
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  • ZLTFULZLTFUL Posts: 4,572
    My brother and I owned a 308GTS for a while...even though it was low miles and was well taken care of, it rapidly turned into a money pit which we managed to finally get out from under it by selling it to a local collector who still has it and covered pretty much all of our expenses on the car.
    As a "normal" sized American, my biggest complaint beyond the money side was the fact that my feet were too big for the pedal locations and I had a bad habit of clipping the brake pedal when stabbing the gas or the clutch.

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    That being said, C5s are amazingly good cars for mere mortals.
    They are comfortable for a sportscar, the aftermarket world is FULL of goodies for them and they are common enough that the pricing isn't stupid.

    I have a buddy (a different one than the ad I sent you) who has a 900hp C5 that he has owned and built for the last 17 years and while it is due for new coilovers (he put some on it shortly after he bought it), it still is a fantastic car to take a weekend trip in and still shocks people on the street and the track (he roadraces it).
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  • motorhead43026motorhead43026 Posts: 2,665
    edited July 8
    Yes, a 68, 427 390hp, 4 speed that needs a bit of work for $20, 000.00, or less. No way do these bring 65k. You are referring to the 435hp tri power 427's, that demand the larger dollars.


    Here are some drivers for around 35,000.00, that look to need nothing.

    https://www.carsforsale.com/1968-chevrolet-corvette-for-sale-C1057021

    So yeah, the same planet.


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  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 3,067
    My brother has a pair of black 1970 Stingrays. (Well, at least one of them is, for sure.) One is a 350 automatic convertible. The other is a 454 4-speed t-top. (With those cool Ferrari Dino "fins" that trail behind the cabin out onto the rear deck.)

    They both have been sitting in a garage for 25 years. A few people have looked at them over the years, but nobody wants to offer anything near what he has into them.

    I have driven the 350, and the power curve seems to go upwards constantly. :p It isn't incredibly fast off the line, but from 60-100 it doesn't hesitate one bit.

    I have never driven the 454, but I can only imagine what that beast would be like. :o

    I remember around 1990 he sunk a lot of money into the front-end of the convertible. After several trips to a normally reputable shop, it still had issues. The wishbones had more than 10 spacers on each side!

    By today's standards, it was quite a rattle-trap, but there is nothing like sitting behind the wheel and having to peer between those huge front fenders. :)
  • ZLTFULZLTFUL Posts: 4,572
    edited July 8
    Yes, a 68, 427 390hp, 4 speed that needs a bit of work for $20, 000.00, or less. No way do these bring 65k. You are referring to the 435hp tri power 427's, that demand the larger dollars.


    Here are some drivers for around 35,000.00, that look to need nothing.

    https://www.carsforsale.com/1968-chevrolet-corvette-for-sale-C1057021

    So yeah, the same planet.


    My uncle had a 69 427 Tri Power Stingray in gold...this car but with white guts...
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    To this day, he talks about this car as the one thing in his life he never should of gotten rid of...heck, he doesn't even talk that way about my aunt that he divorced!

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  • motorhead43026motorhead43026 Posts: 2,665
    Yep, many of us have had a car, a woman, or both in our lives that were the ones that got away. We never get over the car.
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  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 3,067
    Toolfan66 wrote: »
    If you can't take it to the beach I wouldn't bother.. >:)

    Everything should fit in this. :p

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  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 1,920
    ^ That is hideous & cool all at once
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 18,046
    edited July 29
    Anyone near Boston can drop by and put some eyes on this one for me? The flares on the back need to go but at least the wheel arch appears intact. A ‘65 would be an absolute dream come true and this price appears too good to be true as well

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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 18,046
    I am going to see a 1963 Corvette Fuelie convertible tomorrow. It is essentially a barn find car that has been in SoCal it’s entire life and is original all the way down to the seats. It still retains the numbers matching drivetrain and the rochester f/i unit.

    The car has not seen the street in thirty years, and has not run in twenty... what should I look for on this one?
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  • mrbironmrbiron Posts: 4,811
    Cup holders.
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  • charley95charley95 Posts: 659
    The question should be, what should I not look for. Pay up and get a finished one that you can drive. A barn find mid year is a huge undertaking and serious $$ and probably many years to make road worthy again.
  • NotaSuvNotaSuv Posts: 2,544
    lol with that type of investment its not a matter of asking what to look for, but hiring someone who does know to take a front to rear assessment of the car..good luck in your search...
  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 9,870
    Small tank or Big tank original
    Will tank have to be replaced
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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 10,550
    edited July 31
    I am going to see a 1963 Corvette Fuelie convertible tomorrow. It is essentially a barn find car that has been in SoCal it’s entire life and is original all the way down to the seats. It still retains the numbers matching drivetrain and the rochester f/i unit.

    The car has not seen the street in thirty years, and has not run in twenty... what should I look for on this one?

    How badly the mice have ate the wiring harness and everything else and how big are the mice nest's in the heat ducts.. Those things get into everything in vehicles that just sit.
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 29,544
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    I am going to see a 1963 Corvette Fuelie convertible tomorrow. It is essentially a barn find car that has been in SoCal it’s entire life and is original all the way down to the seats. It still retains the numbers matching drivetrain and the rochester f/i unit.

    The car has not seen the street in thirty years, and has not run in twenty... what should I look for on this one?

    How badly the mice have ate the wiring harness and everything else and how big are the mice nest's in the heat ducts.. Those things get into everything in vehicles that just sit.

    Good point Ivan, I get mice in my newer cars engine compartment in the winter. Can't imagine one sitting in a barn for years. Those types of cars are for the dudes with a team of guys in a shop, not your run of the mill driveway mechanic. Your basically rebuilding the entire car at that point.
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  • charley95charley95 Posts: 659
    i know of several guys that have these projects sitting in their garage that haven't been touched in decades. It's always "I'm gonna fix it up one day" type of thing.
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 10,550
    charley95 wrote: »
    i know of several guys that have these projects sitting in their garage that haven't been touched in decades. It's always "I'm gonna fix it up one day" type of thing.

    It takes stacks of cash to completely do a frame up restoration. If you need to then locate parts that is another monkey chase.
  • motorhead43026motorhead43026 Posts: 2,665
    edited July 31
    What do you have to pay, to get too experience what all it needs, 30-35 grand plus towing fee?...LOL

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  • charley95charley95 Posts: 659
    Rode in a buds 17 Z06 on friday and it has more HP than anyone could ever want. He's owned over 50 Corvettes through the years buying and flipping mid years back in the 80's. He sold his last 66 big block roadster in the early 2000's and while he said it was a great car, he'll never look back to the old ones again. Values are dropping constantly on the late model stuff. With the next generation coming soon with the mid engine, there will be killer deals on C7's.

    Think of how much more use a late model would be. These old ones are fun for short drives,local cruise in's... Long drives are not fun in any old Vett. You'd have so much more enjoyment in a late model with more HP than needed.
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 18,046
    edited July 31
    A C3 is where I started out, and still may end up, but a 63 fuelie is a milestone car that will only go way up in value. The only things I am not capable of is laying down the paint and powder coating the frame and other parts that need it. Everything else is a piece of cake, so restoration costs will not be crazy expensive. The goal for now would be to make it run, and I am thinking all the will take is a new intake and carburetor.

    I will know more after seeing the car....


    **EDIT**
    And there is now no car to see. It was sold earlier this morning for less than 30k. :'(
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 18,046
    txcoastal1 wrote: »
    Small tank or Big tank original
    Will tank have to be replaced

    The “tankers” are all coupes to my understanding, and they made just 199 of them.
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  • WagnerRCWagnerRC Posts: 1,718
    One of my favorite rear ends. 2baho5vbsmcn.jpg
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