The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Jive-Bomber, Mar 18, 2021.
Wash it, then sell it.
Get it running, fix the fire damage, blend the fender, Cragars or Torque Thrusts, slight tire rake, drive. Leave the chrome cove trim, it's the icing on the cake of that era!
Post a link after it sells so we can see what it goes for.
Make it a driver. Unless it's a fuelie and you have all the trim, make it a 50 foot car. Live axle Corvettes want to be hot rods, not customs. Obsolete chassis, light roadster body and the best motor you can find pretty much defines a hot rod, so go with that. Gasser, vintage LeMans car, hoodlum street car, whatever your 14 year old self wanted back in the day.
If that's tattered, I'm the Pope!!!
If it were mine? Lose all the chrome possible (except for the grille surround, the headlight rims, and the cove trim), , beef up/modify the suspension, add period kidneys, build a 302/4 speed combo and have a TON of fun!!!
IF I was going to keep a corvette, I'd make it a gasser.
I suspect you will be sticker shocked at the bids this
vette will garner. Unless you get very lucky and the
auction is not widely known. Even then it only takes
one determined buyer to ruin you chance of a bargain.
I looked at a 57 last year that had no motor and had
taken a shot of flood water up to the steering box.
This in of itself could be mitigated if addressed forthwith.
Unfortunitly the owner has not touched the car since the flood that happened in 05. (Katrina on the gulf coast.)
The interior had been removed before the flood as well as
much of the chrome accessory trim and such. He was firm
at 20,000. I passed. He offer a lower price recently but not
much lower. Good luck, but be prepared.
In the jug early?
C1=53-62, C2=63-67, C3 =68-82, there were no 83's sold to the public, C4 started in 84 and ran to sometime in the 90's at which time I lost count. Think they're up to C8 with the new mid engine models.
We had couple of C4's, a 84 and a 86. Decent cars with too much computer and electrical bullshit on them. Pretty much cured me of owning another Vette unless it's a C1 trunk car, preferably a 56-58 single headlight version.
There was never a C1. It's live axle, mid-year, chrome bumper, rubber bumper, C4, C5...etc.
Maybe it's Blue Flame, 265, 283, 327, 396, 427 and nothing else matters.
Race up and down from Morongo valley, Yucca valley, Twenty nine palms of coarse!
Brown primer on the repairs, lowered front and back4 inches, glasspacks and roll.
I`d put it up on blocks in my yard for a year or two. And tell everybody I`m gonna fix it up someday.
I’d go with this if I’m honest.
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Thought the '58s were dual headlight....had my chance to buy OT 69 vert from my brother back in 1990, side pipes , Not numbers matched, 350, Impossible to get in or out without branding your left calf. $10000.lots of work to be finished. Decided nah.
I would allow myself to think only of the good stuff, and pull the trigger like Dirty Harry on that car. If you don’t you will think of that car forever.
Get it running. Drive it. Tell the story of how it came to be.
That’s an ez fixer.
Make it go and stop, a primer spot or two. Slam it in the dirt. A couple bellflower tips.
Still waiting for the “Well, I bought it!!!” post.
v-neck sweater, sansabelt slacks and a razor haircut...
...or still waiting for "You won't believe what that friggin' thing went for".
Yep, 427 Ford with a Toploader!
Sell it, because I'm 6' 5" 270 and 69 years old. Can't fold my long-legged carcass into something that small and low to the ground. If I got in and got the door closed, I'd have a hard time getting out.
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