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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by squirrel, May 12, 2023.

  1. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 53,356


    I've been going through a midlife crisis (no problems with my wife, I'm just realizing that I'm starting to get old!) so I got the itch to get an early Corvette. I haven't been looking too long, but it seems decent project cars are kind of hard to I felt lucky when I did find one that was priced right and in about the right condition. Some assembly required, which is OK with me, I like jigsaw puzzles.

    I have to go back to LA to get the engine from the machine shop. It's a 327, I have no idea what all has been done or needs doing yet.

    The rest of the car seems to have been used and mildly abused and then taken apart and got a paint job, but never got put back together. Then decades later got taken the rest of the way apart for a complete body off the frame restoration, which didn't really get started past the disassembly phase.

    I plan to put it all back together, replacing some stuff like rubber parts, and the things that are missing, and buff out the red paint and maybe some new interior parts and get it running and drive it around and see how it fits me. I don't plan to make any significant changes from stock, at this time. Then maybe try to make it go fast, or decide it's fun enough, or pass it on. We'll see what happens.

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  2. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 5,727


    Cool car and congrats on the acquisition. Corvettes have grown on me over time, moreso after I've been able to separate my feelings for the cars from that of their owners haha
  3. I love me a good @squirrel build thread.
  4. ronzmtrwrx
    Joined: Sep 9, 2008
    Posts: 995


    I like it. Congrats on the find. I’ll be watching.
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  5. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 8,582


    You did better than I did with your mid life crisis. I bought a new Fiero.:(:eek:
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  6. Wow! An early Vette! I like your plan for it.
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  7. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 23,977


    @lumpy 63 ......another one that needs a tunnel ram.
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  8. Bob Lowry
    Joined: Jan 19, 2020
    Posts: 1,295

    Bob Lowry

    Waaaayyyy Cool....I found one that, like your's, needed a lot of love and fixing up......started life as a red car,
    then white, now black...they are really fun. '62's are very desireable. Keep us posted on the progress.
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  9. 62rebel
    Joined: Sep 1, 2008
    Posts: 3,096


    Full size AMT kit
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  10. Look out "Race Of Lemmons"! Squirrel is back in the game!
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  11. Good job,they are really nice simple cars. I had a '62 for 15 years and traded it for my '40 convert 44 years ago. I drove the Vette enough miles to rebuild the engine and replace kingpins twice. Wouldn't mind trading the other way now.
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  12. deuceman32
    Joined: Oct 23, 2007
    Posts: 405


    Good one! Our Squirrel finds a nut every time.
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  13. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 27,333

    Staff Member

    Awesome, first generation ( I hate the C1, C2 crap) corvettes are fantastic cars and fun to drive. I love my 61. I am sure you will have a blast with yours...
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  14. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 23,977


    Yeah, but those tail lights........:D
  15. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
    Posts: 3,807


    TV show Route 66......well, the '62 Vette was the one I wanted......good luck and enjoy! :)
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  16. Uh oh, you do know that early Corvettes are addictive don't you? Once you get one you can't get it out of your system. I had a 58 and a 59 and now would like another (but can no longer afford one).
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  17. lumpy 63
    Joined: Aug 2, 2010
    Posts: 1,835

    lumpy 63

    Easy Chris , your gunna get Mark all bent at me again:p besides , you know Jim will put a 671 on it:cool:
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  18. Welcome to the HAMB '62 Vette owners club. Next month I will have owned mine 51 years. Here it is the day I bought it in 1972. 62_vette___old1.jpg
  19. flamedabone
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
    Posts: 5,242


    You know if you hot rod it, the 'Vette guys will chase you with a stick.

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  20. Wanderlust
    Joined: Oct 27, 2019
    Posts: 687


    I certainly wouldn’t need a crisis of any kind to buy that, lucky dog! Colour me 3 shades of green. And all apart, talk about a big boy model kit! Did I mention I was jealous?
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  21. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 8,845

    from Michigan

    I think maybe, it's exactly what you needed. Well, probably exactly what all of us needed.
    But I can see you as "that guy" in the nice red sporty Corvette.

    Still, for some reason, an image of a snarly firebreather launching off the line at the drag strip comes to mind, too.
    Must be your track record.
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  22. ekimneirbo
    Joined: Apr 29, 2017
    Posts: 3,324


    I think you should get that original engine and build it stock and set it on an engine stand for reinstallation if you ever sell the car.
    Then you should build you something with a lot more hp for you to drive it around while you have it. You know you are not gonna be satisfied with the 327 when people next to you rev their engine.........Good find though.:)
  23. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 53,356


    The 327 is not the original one, so it doesn't really matter what I do with it.
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  24. Chavezk21
    Joined: Jan 3, 2013
    Posts: 737


    Squirrel, whatever you do with it I am sure its going to be cool. I cant wait to see the build thread.
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  25. noboD
    Joined: Jan 29, 2004
    Posts: 8,096


    I know they were rare but I have heard some of these came with a blower sticking through the hood.
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  26. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 8,845

    from Michigan

    A big block goes in sooooo easy.

    Corvette + 427 = :eek: :D
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  27. 51504bat
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 4,151


    @squirrel this might not work for you but I'm driving to Phoenix first thing Wednesday morning to pick up a seat for my Ranch Wagon. If the stars will align I could pick up the engine in LA and you could meet me in Phoenix for the exchange. Let me know if interested.
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  28. Tow Truck Tom
    Joined: Jul 3, 2018
    Posts: 1,202

    Tow Truck Tom
    from Clayton DE

    All is right
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