just a very quick story about a 1976 corvette,project, that sat unloved.

Discussion in 'corvette related misc.' started by Grumpy, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey Staff Member

    one of the neighbors kids (hes in his early 20s) just purchased a 1976 corvette, the outside paint looks decent , (its silver) the interior is better than average (silver/gray) and it has an odometer thats reads just over 31K miles... I have no idea if the gauges work as the battery is long gone!
    he had it towed over to my house, by a friend, who owns a flat bed tow truck,
    he bought it at an estate sale for only about "$12K,"
    because it does not run, and according to the guys at the estate sale it sat in a garage untouched since about the mid 80s.
    well I start checking it out and I get it up on a lift in my shop and I don,t think its ever had an oil change ,
    because the oil filter looks original, and the dipstick does not read any oil,
    and the zerk grease fittings don,t look like they have ever been greased,
    as they are either rusted or covered in dirt and rust.
    needless too mention I checked the brake master cylinder and its almost dry,
    the power steering is very low and the radiators empty.. no coolant at all and the radiator hoses and belts look original...
    I'm amazed it rolls, but I guess the wheel bearings are still semi-functional.(the brakes sure are not) the battery is long gone, and
    the tires had to be replaced before they could move or tow or even roll the car.
    the kids got a decent start point,for a nice long term project...
    but its sure too be a longer term project than I think he originally anticipated it would be ,and surely will be a bit more of a almost bottomless money pit,
    at least for awhile, than a classic daily driver. After placing it in neutral, removing all the spark-plugs and squirting a couple tablespoons of M.M.O. into each cylinder,
    the engine can be spun over manually and it seems to turn reasonably easily with no clunking or binding.
    I gave him a list too collect, he will need to buy, parts too get the car back toward being functional,
    he will need,
    the fan belts & radiator and vacuum and heater, hoses,
    a new t-stat, a couple valve cover gaskets,
    several quarts of brake fluid,
    a new fuel filter,
    air filter,and
    oil filter,
    7 quarts of 10w30,oil, two gallons of coolant,
    spark plugs, distributor cap, rotor,
    a battery , starter fluid, new ignition wires, etc.
    so I guess, when he gets back.. I ask if he wants to pull the oil pan and inspect the bearings or just fill it with fresh oil,
    ,fresh anti-freeze/coolant and flush out the old brake fluid, power steering fluid, other fluids, replace the battery,
    all the hoses, and belts etc. bleed the brakes replace the brake pads,
    and if required the brake rotor discs, maybe the calipers, and pray hard!
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2017
  2. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey Staff Member

    these pictures, I found posted on the internet,
    are not that car but if you don,t know what a 1976 vette looks like this could be a clone

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  3. chromebumpers

    chromebumpers solid fixture here in the forum Staff Member

    Only $12,000” I hope they were his words , not yours! Not running and being able to check the dip stick, radiator and knowing it hasn’t been running close to 20 yrs. tells most to stay away, especially a 1976 as the least liked yr. of any C3.

    I’ve been telling people for years, if you want to sell your car for the most money (no special cars here), sell it through any Mom and Pop Auction or one of these “Estate Sale” companies. These venues attract a lot of people who spend their money on the thrill of the sale, an impulse buy. To these buyers, “If it’s here, It has to be a bargain!”
  4. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey Staff Member

    yeah those were " his words" but looking the car over I think hes got a solid base project car,too start from.
    I suggested he buy a clip/board and a few pens, with a lined pad to take notes,
    on what he needs and what hes purchased and replaced and any tools or parts he needs

    I strongly suggested he


    start acquiring an EXTENSIVE SELECTION OF TOOLS
    writing the maintenance down in a log book you keep in your shop, in a drawer so it won,t get lost, with details like the type of oil used , filters, and other related info, helps, documenting maintenance, is a damn good idea, as so many people don,t have a damn clue as too the last time or at what mileage the last oil change was actually done!
    (and writing the info down in a maintenance log book has some potential of either not getting it written down at all or mis-placing the log book)




    Last edited: Dec 7, 2017

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