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Jun 14, 2000 (6:18 pm)
Yeah, order a copy of
"Corvette Buyer's Guide" through Amazon.com
It's $17.95 and it's a good beginner's guide to purchasing a Corvette.
Also, check the market prices carefully...the 68-69 models are not highly collected (for various reasons related to the car's reputation when it first came out), so don't overpay...it will take time for them to increase in value. They are best driven and enjoyed on a daily basis.
Oct 31, 2000 (6:21 am)
I just got a 78 corvette and i was wondering where to buy the best replacement/performance parts? im running a 350sb fully stock other than a k&n airfilter if u could send me info to help me out i would be vary thankful
Nov 03, 2000 (5:38 pm)
I think I would surf the web for the regional owner's club nearest your area, read their directory and call one of the people who run the club. This way you get firsthand info that might be more reliable than what you read on BBS boards. However, there is a Corvette topic in our own Town Hall <Sportscars.> board that seems to be visited by very knowlegable folks. So try over there...it's called "Let's Talk about the C5 Corvette", but some of the people own other 'Vettes and know the networks pretty well it seems.
#30 of 36 Corvettes Galore
Nov 04, 2000 (4:15 pm)
Looking for vettes have had three. Look on www.proteamcorvette.com got everything you can imagine. All you need is the cash.
#31 of 36 to vette78
Nov 05, 2000 (4:24 pm)
With minimal searching you should be able to find at least a dozen outfits that do just Vettes.Ecklers, MidAmerica,Vette Brakes and products, Paragon,Zip products are just a few that come to mind.Pick up a copy of Corvette Fever or Vette magazine and the ads are all throughout each issue.Personally, I find Ecklers to have excellent service and usually all will provide a catalog on request.my money pit is a 76 L82.Love it.Not a muscle monster , but drives real nice and still turns heads.just turned 65000 and passed NJ inspection with no tampering.
Mar 12, 2001 (10:01 pm)
i'v been dealing with vette for some years now and own a 71 right now. if i were looking to buy one as you want it would have to be between the years of 80 to 82 anything after that is junk untill u get into the upper 80's like 89 then u start getting into higher prices. the body styles are the same from 68 to 72 with some little exceptions. the chrome front bumper went on the 73 but the rest of the car stayed the same then in 74 the back bumper left, but the body over all still stayed the same as like the flat back glass windows are all the same from 68 to 77 but the 72 model was the last to be able to remove.the 1976 year was the big body change back to the fast back look and the plant then moved to kentucky in 83 thats why there are no 1983 vettes. the opening year in 1984 saw a diff body style again and u kno the rest. from 84 to about 88 they had computer problems and thats why they are so cheap. the ones from 89 and on up run fine. the years u are thinking about from 74 to 82 are how should i say less then powerful. they come with anywhere from a 350 250hp to A 454 270HP IN 1974 TO A 1982 350 200HP. THEY STOP PUTTING THE 454'S IN THEM BACK IN 1974THAT PRODUCED A WHOPING 270HP ALMOST AS MUCH AS MY LAWN MOWER. IF U WANT POWER U HAVE TO EITHER GO BACK TO 72 AND LOWER OR A 1990 AND NEWER WHICH THE ZR1 WAS A 350/375HP BUT WILL COST U SOME CASH. I DO HAVE A 71 350/300HP(CONSERVETIVE ESTAMATE)/ROCK CRUSHER 4SPEED FOR SALE. ITS WHAT THEY CALL AN L48 AND ITS A NUMBER MATCHING CAR AND I HAVE FOR SALE FOR 8999.00. ITS GOT A BRAND NEW PAINT JOB,AND A BUILT MOTOR WITH ALOT OF GOODIES. WHAT IT DOES NEED RIGHT NOW IS A LEFT FRONT BRAKE CALIPOR AND CARB WORK OTHER THAN THAT ITS A NICE CAR. I'M NOT WANTING A TON OF MONEY FOR IT BUT I'M NOT JUST GOING TO GIVE IT AWAY EITHER.I'M LOOKING TO BUY OR TRADE FOR A 1982 AUTO,BLACK ON BLACK. IF U HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT UR LOOKING FOR OR U WOULD LIKE TO ASK ABOUT MY CAR JUST EMAIL ME AT BUTCHCOAT804CS.COM. I'M IN ST.LOUIS
Mar 12, 2001 (10:06 pm)
HI, CONTRARY TO WHAT SOME OF U PEOPLE WOULD LIKE TO BELIEVE CHEVY NEVER MADE A MAKO SO DONT BE TELLING ALL THESE PEOPLE U OWN ONE ESPACAILY BACK IN 1974 WHAT A JOKE, ITS MISLEADING THOSE WHO R TRYING TO LEARN ABOUT CORVETTES. THEY HAD 1 PROTOTYPE THAT NEVER MADE IT TO PRODUCTION ALL OTHER ARE PHONY AS A 3 DOLLAR BILL.
#34 of 36 Need long term storage hints
Mar 13, 2001 (12:11 am)
For all of you Vette people out there, and those that just know cars, I have to put my '68 coupe in storage for a little over three years and would like advice on how to preserve it.
All help is appreciated. The engine is newly rebuilt and my biggest worry, but the other components need loving too.
Mar 13, 2001 (12:56 pm)
I answered your question on storage at length in your duplicate post
#36 of 36 Suspension Hint
Apr 24, 2001 (3:39 am)
Up until a few years ago, my wife owned a 1979 Corvette. She had the car for 10 years prior to us getting married, and the "suspension and handling freak" that I am, I had to give it a good going over shortly after our marriage.
One item I installed on the car, and highly recommend, is the fiberglass rear leaf spring from "Vette Brakes and Products". Installing this spring is one of the best mods you can make to a Corvette. After putting this spring on, the car stopped riding like a buckboard, and almost rode like a car. It's well worth the time and money.
One side note....someone should tell "butchcoat" above, that the HP ratings went from the SAE "gross" to SAE "net" ratings in 1972. That's why the numbers dropped, however the actual output stayed the same.