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Old 06-16-2022, 9:26pm   #1
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Default New to me project, reliving the past.

Today is the official start of my latest project.
Will probably take 2 to 3 years, depending mostly upon family medical situation,
but here goes.

1976 base model (L48 block, 76k miles) with power brakes (pedal is almost to the floor), am/fm radio (fm band dont work), and 4 speed trans. Has newer bolts in the exhaust manifold, so may have had headers, or perhaps heads changed, at one time. No Catalytic converter, but a "Y" pipe B4 and after its location. Targa mufflers et-al 1984ish. Newer carb, distributor and manifold. Going to dig deeper as time permits, and I have copious amounts of that
That's it.



Cleaned the engine compartment up, engine will be my last task in the
project, so I want it clean for whatever comes.
Previous owner bought complete seats in black, but I'll replace the covers with the original buckskin color, and re-dye the console also.



Ripped out the carpeting today, but snapped a few pix before I started.
Carpet is new, but because this was a barn kept car, it smells horrible.
(something died in there, but I cant find it, yet. I shampooed it, but if the smell persists, I'll get a new set.




I had a '76 back in 1990, and regret selling it for an '85 back in 1996.
Sold the -85 after my wife was issued here death notice last October.
Driving this monstrosity home yesterday put a smile on my face for the 1.5hr trip home. I sweat my butt off, but man was it fun.
WTF said you can never go back.
Wife liked it when she got a look at it today.
This will give me something to look forward to accomplish.

Hang on for the ride
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Looks like a fun project. My most recent Vette was a '76, L82, 4spd.

Good luck!
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Can't wait to see it done
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Can't go wrong with any V8 with a stick.
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Looks great and a fun project!

Lucky to find one with good bumpers. I don't believe they survive very well on those cars.
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Nice that it has painted side mirrors when many I've seen from that era had the bare metal mirrors.
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Keep us updated with pictures!
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Looks like it should be an easy (hopefully) project. Nice looking vette, plus a 4 speed!
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Save up for a 383 and Vintage air, and you'll have a new love story!
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Looks great and a fun project!

Lucky to find one with good bumpers. I don't believe they survive very well on those cars.
I should have mentioned that both front and rear noses are newer replacements.
I crawled under it yesterday and noticed one of the 5mph rear bumper shocks is leaking, so it must have taken a good hit.
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Great project! Keep us posted on your progress...
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I should have mentioned that both front and rear noses are newer replacements.
I crawled under it yesterday and noticed one of the 5mph rear bumper shocks is leaking, so it must have taken a good hit.
I had a 76' in the early 80's, stock, I bought it from my sister.

Sold it to a buddy at work. He was T-boned by a PU truck that ran a red light.
It torn the front end off to the fire wall. He escaped with seatbelt burns!
Always loved the full frame rails protecting the occupants.
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That car looks pretty straight. Busted fan shroud, but that's pretty common on C3's. 4 Speed is a MAJOR plus. Neat car!
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That car looks pretty straight. Busted fan shroud, but that's pretty common on C3's. 4 Speed is a MAJOR plus. Neat car!
Yeah, no kidding.
Looked it up, 4 spd was a $2100.00 option. Pretty hefty price adder on a ~$7k car.
https://www.corvsport.com/1976-c3-corvette/

Until I started looking again, I never thought much about it, but manuals are quite pricey vs the autos. Generalization on the prices, but I couldn't find a manual that wasn't at least $5k more than a comparable auto.
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Nice!
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FM not working may be as simple as the antenna being disconnected.
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Bet it will look good when all finished.
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Can't go wrong with any V8 with a stick.
And pre-computer, to boot. This thing will still be running/operable 50 years from now, unlike a new 140k Tesla or Mercedes appliance.

Congrats, and have fun.
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Nice find!

Iíll bet you a dozen donuts the dead thing is a mouse or a rat inside the heater core.
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