Restoring Your Vintage Corvette

Restoring a vintage C-3 Corvette

Many times people give up on these projects, here is a video…a great example of when you are into a restoration, you are all in. Here is a nice video of a restoration of a 1976 Corvette. The difference between pre-1976 Corvettes and post 1975 Corvettes is that many of the fiberglass parts were changed to metal and the metal gets rust, like any older car. Evident in the video, you will see plenty of rust.

Rust is a tricky animal and you have to make sure that you get as much of it out, and treated because, it will be a re-occurring issue with post 1975 Corvettes. The Floor pan for one is someplace that you have to check when purchasing these vintage Corvettes. Get down in there and check it out. Make sure that not only you don’t have to replace the floor pan, but if you do, there is plenty of good metal around the floor pan. If not this could set you back a few bucks, and it will most certainly be something you will have to do, before you do anything else to the car. Kind of like fixing the roof of the house, before anything else is done to the home. Very similar…check out the video!

My 1980 C3 Corvette Front End

Well, I started off with a 1975 Corvette, now I have a hybrid 75-80 Vette. I know people must be shaking their heads, but I wanted to rebuild something unique, and something that I would absolutely love to drive for years to come. So, having said that, I want to explain the process of restoration as I see it. Sure, you can find just about everything for a late model Corvette just about anywhere online, but I wanted to restore the car with as many original parts as possible. Heck in Miami, there are even many other places that will work the fiberglass on a Corvette to do just about anything that you would want. I did not want to go that route, but it is always a good safety blanket to have.

I have already explained my woes on other posts here on this site, so I purchased a fully loaded super clean front end off a 1980 Corvette that was abandoned and had no engine. I purchased the front end to include both quarter panels, operating lights, and a fantastic 1980 Corvette hood for $700.00. In hind sight I should have purchased the doors as well, but my 1975 Corvette doors are not drooping and close well so I will make due with these doors. Plus they are already primed for paint as well. The next step is the installation of the 1980 Corvette front end, then I will attempt to sell the 1975 after model Corvette front end on Craigslist. This will be my attempt to get some of the money back that I spent on the front end. I am including a picture of the front end that I will be installing right here on this post as I expand the blog. Thanks for reading…