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any 1953 corvette experts out there

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Mr Haney, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. Mr Haney
    Joined: Jul 17, 2008
    Posts: 1,001

    Mr Haney

    I have a 1953 corvette belongs to my friend in West Palo-Alto delivered to my shop out east here for assembly get running and stopping then e-bay.

    body has allready been straightened out and painted 54 color red 30 years ago, then car sat till now all apart.

    If it was my property it would get speed equipment, converted to 4-speed made into a fun driver. Gotta focus on my freinds best interest try to make him some decent cash on this build.

    any links, pics or info would be greatly appreciated, thank you Russ
  2. 416Ford
    Joined: Mar 28, 2007
    Posts: 824


    Not much to them. I would suggest a wiring diagram from one of the vette store for the dash but other then that there is nothing to them. I am at work so I can not give you the name of the supplier I got mine from when I did a 54 vette.
    Also, that is not a car that should get an updated drive train in my opinion. Worth more original then modified unless you go ALL OUT.
  3. Snarl
    Joined: Feb 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,639


    Contact people who belong to a Corvette restorers club, etc..

    There is plenty of documentation available for all early Corvettes due to the anal nature of people who restore them to "numbers matching" condition...

    Last edited: Nov 10, 2008
  4. Mr Haney
    Joined: Jul 17, 2008
    Posts: 1,001

    Mr Haney

    point well taken thanks

  5. Being the wrong color will probably hurt him when the bidding begins.
  6. Labold
    Joined: Nov 1, 2007
    Posts: 1,219


    Shoot me a PM with an asking price.
  7. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 15,480


    A friend of mine has a '54 with the original paint still on it, owned it since he was 18.

    If you're asking what the best way to make the money on the car is, I'd repaint it the correct white and keep it 100% stock. If the bodywork is already done to the car then a respray in the correct color before assembly won't cost much and will be worth it.

    In modified form, it's not going to bring as much money. Not to mention, those cars came with a fairly built 6 with twin carbs and stuff right from the factory, so speed equipment would be redundant. Personally I think it'd be just as fun to drive with all of it's correct items in place.
  8. Mr Haney
    Joined: Jul 17, 2008
    Posts: 1,001

    Mr Haney

    original paint makes sense but body has all factory wavy-ripples taken out. looks like glass down sides. Dont think that can be resolved. thanks for input. as far as asking price i dont know ? think guy wants to put on e-bay and let auction determin value
  9. Labold
    Joined: Nov 1, 2007
    Posts: 1,219


    Old vettes given the hot rod treatment are really cool but this car needs to be put back as close to original to bring the big bucks it should. That is alot of car you guys have there...
  10. If this is truly a 53, it needs to be preserved or restored as such. I have a modified 56, but a 53 is one of only 300 built. If your customer wants a modified Vette, there are plenty of 58 to 62 cars around that have already been modified and would be a better choice. Or you can build a replica 53 out of available parts. (and the fact that it would have a fiberglass body is not a detraction.)
  11. dbradley
    Joined: Jan 6, 2007
    Posts: 1,036


    Like said, if it is a '53 it must be done correctly. If it IS done correctly, its worth around $400k. It is also something you DON'T want to sell on eBay. Done right and consigned to one of the major auctions, it will sell for SERIOUS money. If you keep it red and "put it together", you might get $100k for it. Even then it will take a long time to sell (unless its correct).

    Also, some of the '53s were given to famous people. That would INCREASE the value even more.

    Please post the VIN.
  12. eeluddy
    Joined: Feb 7, 2008
    Posts: 59


    There are more so-called experts on solid axle Corvettes than there are cars. Most of them are assholes who are concerned about the value of their own cars and love cutting up anyone elses who isn't in the club. I've had a few older Vette's. Loved the cars, got to hating most of the people that owned them once I went to a few shows and listened to the remarks from them.
  13. cuznbrucie
    Joined: May 1, 2005
    Posts: 2,567


    Why don't you take your questions to a Corvette forum?

  14. Rusty Kustoms
    Joined: Feb 5, 2006
    Posts: 238

    Rusty Kustoms

    Ok, so I used to work at a very famous vette restoration shop. The 53 is the most sought after for a collector, first you need to determine that it is really a 53 and not a 54. If it is a 53 then the first order of business is to paint it the correct white, most of the time a judge will not subtract points for the car being straight or for it being painted with modern paints. Also you will want to have all the factory chalk markings duplicated. I hate the corvette "experts" more than the next guy and would be all for cutting up any other vette, but the 53 is one of the only corvettes that should remain dead nuts original. The best place for info is the National Corvette Restorers Society,
    also Bloomington Gold is the big gold chain vette show, you will have better luck selling it after attending this show and having the car judged, gold certified, and recieve the top flight NCRS award.
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2008
  15. deanopopino
    Joined: Aug 20, 2007
    Posts: 237

    from Troy, MO

    1953 Corvette? Only one way to do it ... Polo White, red interior, 235 'Blue Flame' 6-cylinder w/three Carter side-draft carbs and a Powerglide. Anything else and you've screwed up a very valuable car.
  16. 1927Tudor
    Joined: Nov 21, 2007
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  17. oldchevyseller
    Joined: May 30, 2004
    Posts: 1,851

    from mankato mn

    I AGREE, having worked on a few vettes that went to bloomington gold for very high points i would not touch it

    old buddy of mine that passed away, all he did was vettes, anyhow it would even be better if you didnt do any work on the thing, just get the car into all the vette sites you can and the people will seek you out, i would not repaint it or touch,

    just verify what it is by the numbers ,date codes and anything that might suggest a history of the car and sell it that way privately

    it is the only way i would, and have dealt with the early cars
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2008
  18. HighSpeed LowDrag
    Joined: Mar 2, 2005
    Posts: 968

    HighSpeed LowDrag
    from Houston

    These two statements contradict each other. You need to do some serious research or take pass before you "devalue" the car.

    Face it- sometimes just because "we can do it" doesn't make us the best choice when it comes to cars with this value.

    No offense but I would take a pass and recommend a specialist. Vette guys are very anal and unless you are one of the most anal vette guys, you stand a chance on gambling the friendship. No car is worth that.
  19. propwash
    Joined: Jul 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,858

    from Las Vegas

    keep your hands off of it....let your friend put it on ebay and sell it 'as is'. Do not take offense, but it's patently obvious that neither one of you have any idea how critical it is to let someone that has the previously-referred-to "anal" disease have this car. If it is indeed a 1953, and the vehicle is not in five different 55gal drums full of parts - a vette collector will pay a fair (or more) price for it. The point has already been made that the 1953 is not only the first year...but it is the lowest-production year. Each of these cars should be left stock/restored to stock. Your friend can take his tidy sum (from the ebay sale) and buy something that IS ok for you guys to "hop up" or modify or whatever you're dying to do.

    "...if I didn't have a dime and I didn't have the play the jukebox....."

  20. Little Wing
    Joined: Nov 25, 2005
    Posts: 7,504

    Little Wing
    from Northeast

    Isn't that the first year ?
  21. Labold
    Joined: Nov 1, 2007
    Posts: 1,219


    Yeah, but hell they made 300 of 'em. :D
  22. kratebike
    Joined: Nov 29, 2006
    Posts: 83


    I kinda like the 4 speed idea.
  23. 1929rats
    Joined: Aug 18, 2006
    Posts: 612


    that is a BIG money car finished correctly (at least 300-350 range). Coprvette guys would KILL for that car!!!!! The correct color is polo white and should be returned to that color. Red, bronze, and blue were introduced in '55. 1955 was also the first year that included a V8 (265) so staying with the blue flame 6 is the smart thing to do in a 53. just my .02
  24. sledish
    Joined: Jul 30, 2006
    Posts: 804


    My Dad owns 53's, #18 and 207. Keep it stock, When we restored 207 we had to tell the body shop "Do not take the waves out of the body". You make em too straight, they aren't as true to the day they were built.
  25. 53 Blue Flame Brett
    Joined: Nov 11, 2008
    Posts: 1

    53 Blue Flame Brett

    Hi guys. I am new to the forum. Unfortunately, I may be one of those so called Corvette experts that everyone hates. Ha! I operate Blue Flame Restorations, Pendleton, In. I specialize in 53-55 Corvettes for a living. I don't profess to know everything but I am pretty knowledgeable on 53's.

    I was given your site by a friend on the Corvette Forum. I have restored several 53 Corvettes and would reccomend what others have said. Do not touch it. Either put it up for bid "as is" or sell it to me:D I own three 53's and would gladly buy another project 53!! I would love to know the vin number on this car and contact info for the seller.

    Thanks guys. It looks like you have a very fun forum.
  26. Because he wanted input from fellas that are supposed to be hot rodders and not especially anal retentive?

    That said it would take someone pretty special to give the big bucks for one that was really molested, but pretty close to stock or stone stock will sell well to just your average schmoe haveing a mid life crisis (and a ton of money).

    The '53 and '54 were pretty neat cars the way they came. I don't believe I've ever actually seen a '53 in the flesh. Just pictures. I have been up pretty close to several '54s over the years, just neat little hoopties.
  27. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    I'm sure there are plenty of differences like the 33-34 Fords but the on;y one I remember is the hockey stick trim on the side is installed with the hook up on one and down on the other.
  28. chopolds
    Joined: Oct 22, 2001
    Posts: 5,993

    from howell, nj
    1. Kustom Painters

    I like to customize cars more than anyone, I guess, but that is a car that probably shouldn't be hotrodded, or customized.

    But, if your'e tempted...I would do a copy of the early Hot Rod Photographer, Eric Rickman's 53 or 4 Vette! Classy!
  29. Mr Haney
    Joined: Jul 17, 2008
    Posts: 1,001

    Mr Haney

    I really apreciate the usefull links photos etc. Mind you this car is labor of love for a friend at no charge. This guy knows what time it is and could easilly pay anal vette shop to finish his ride. We are doing this corvette "IN HOUSE" for the fun and adventure of it. not to mention the driving pleasure associated with finished product. When all is said and done my hopes are this guy will want to keep it and enjoy it for a minute.

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