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Old 07-06-2011, 11:22 PM   #46
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Update

Well found time to do more work to the vette. Disconnected all the components to pull the body off. I knew the front fenders were loose from the firewall at the top corners and I planned on gluing them but I didn't know they were barely holding. When I started picking up the body the front clip folded at the firewall. So I decided to pull the clip, it was easy sense nothing was holding except a 6 inch section. Have I said my vette was owned by BUBBA! Well now I can clean, paint and make everything look like I want now. I'am not looking forward to aligning the front clip but I have to now. Take a look at my frame pictures and see if you think it is 76 or 79. I don't know how much the PO replaced on the car, all I know he used a 79 donor. I haven't seen a cover over the gas tank like mine.

Here's some pictures of the removal.


































I will be working on it tomorrow. I'll mount the body on my rotisserie and striping some parts off the frame. I'll try to update soon.
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:00 AM   #47
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Good stuff!

The cover over the gas tank is on my '77...I'm not sure when it starting coming from the factory. Your rear bumper looks different than mine...I'm wondering if that came from the '79...

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Old 07-07-2011, 06:20 PM   #48
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Thanks wan2run
I have no idea what the PO changed on this car. I just know he didn't do things the way I do. I like every thing done right and made to last. Even if you don't go back original you should have some pride in your work.

Today I mounted the body on the rotisserie and balanced it. Had time to evaluate the body and frame. Here's some pictures.

The PO used way too much bonding glue and it did not stick! I don't know if it wasn't preped correctly or if it was the wrong glue.







Found a huge crack under the fire wall that will have to be repaired. I just have to wander how this car got so beat up!



Here's the body mounted.









There have been some good and bad things about this vette. I have found a lot of hidden problems that could not be detected without taking the car apart. That being said I am glad I started this project because I know what I have when it's complete.
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Old 07-07-2011, 07:00 PM   #49
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I am impressed and inspired. I am rebuilding my 77' suspension and will move on to other areas. This is my first time ever doing anything like this, but thanks to everyone here I have grown some balls. I will say this. Don't get caught up in that whole "because I don't have chrome bumpers I'm worthless thing". I felt like that for a while and it kept me from doing certain things to the car, but I'm over it. I can accept the fact that everybody's car can't and won't be a chrome bumper car and I can be thankful and appreciate the ability to have purchased what I could and the more I work on it the more I am bonding with the car, and the more I love it. It is very valuable to me and that's what counts.
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Old 07-09-2011, 05:23 PM   #50
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Had to take a break from the vette yesterday. Today I got some sleep as I have to work all night but I found time to pressure wash the body and frame. It only took 2 hours and let me say I am glad to get rid of all that 35 year old crust that has been falling off it. Found another crack in the back trunk area that will be fixed. I am starting to realize this car is going to be nice when its finished. It definitely is going to be easier to make all the repairs with the body off. Also had time to measure the frame and looks like I will have to get it tweeked a bit. Well off to work now. Mark
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Old 07-11-2011, 06:30 PM   #51
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looks like you are moving right along!
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Old 07-12-2011, 10:25 PM   #52
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Update

Worked on the vette today. I removed the gas tank, engine and transmission. Moved it outside and pressure washed it again.

After taking some measurements with the frame on jack stands I have found out the frame is twisted. After thinking about what damage I have found so far I think it has been ran through a ditch. This would explain the twisted frame and the fiberglass damage. This is not a big problem to me, there are several real good frame shops in my area and the frame can be straightened with no problem. Here is some pictures of what I'am talking about.

This is after the engine and trans was removed



Look at the odd angle the diff is at. My shop floor is level



Look at the passenger side, it sits an inch higher than the drivers side.



The passenger side



The driver side



I know this would freak some folks out but it is no big deal with a bare frame. It will cost me $150 setup fee and $60 an hr to fix. They should be able to fix it within an hour. The back frame arm is not bent, the twist starts at the front and extends to the rear. Alignment will not be a problem either, I have already had the vette on a laser alignment machine and it aligns just fine. The car has always been tilted sense I have owned it and now I know why. Well have to work the next two nights i'll get back on it this weekend. Mark
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Old 07-17-2011, 06:24 PM   #53
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Worked on the vette this weekend.
After taking the front end off I needed a way to move it around and work on it, so I built a dolly. After turning it upside down I removed the light assemblies and vacuum tank. I rolled it outside and pressure washed and cleaned. My plans are to fix all the fiberglass cracks smooth the inside of the fenders and the underside of the body and apply lizard skin and paint. Ill use a undercoating in the fender wells. Here's some pictures.


The Dolly





The inter fenders





Inside the front



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And the vacuum tank



Stay tuned there will be more to come.

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Old 07-18-2011, 03:09 AM   #54
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Very impressive and inspiring.
It's no consolation to you, but I'm glad I'm not the only one out there that seems to buy cars to rebuild that end up needing double the amount of time n effort to complete !
Have you set a completion time to finish or can you slow down and pace yourself a bit ? These days I only work on the cars when I feel like it and in the mood, just knowing it's in the workshop is a good feeling.

Hang in there your doing an awesome job.
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Love to see progress Looking awesome If you need any help just shoot me a PM cause I'm only 70 miles from you and wouldn't mind helping when I'm not doing the body work on mine Good luck Mark
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Thanks Yello 76

It is a large project and time consuming. The way I see it i'll have it back together and in primer by the end of next summer, so it might be done the spring of 2013. I don't want to paint it unless the temperature is 80 or above. I also have a bronco and trailer I need to sale for corvette funds. I do feel good about taking it completely apart because I will know what I have when it's complete. After seeing all the parts of the car I don't see any 35 year old car being in great condition unless completely restored or kept in a climate controlled room. There is just too many places for the car to deteriorate that can't be seen.

Thanks for the offer 72SBVet

Yep 70 miles isn't that far, but I wouldn't feel wright asking you to drive here and work on her, but if I get in a bind i'll keep you in mind. A lot of my work is done during the week. The job I have, I work 12 hour shifts on 2 days off 2, on 3 ,off 2 ,on 2 off 3. I get every other weekend off. Hows your project coming along? Hope you are enjoying it. Mark
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Hey Mark, been busy with my C4 paint and all. anyway, i'm only 12 miles away and would be glad to help anytime you need a hand. Send me a PM. I am available most all evenings if you give me a little advance notice. Also, I would like to come out there and meet you soon.
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Hey Mark, been busy with my C4 paint and all. anyway, i'm only 12 miles away and would be glad to help anytime you need a hand. Send me a PM. I am available most all evenings if you give me a little advance notice. Also, I would like to come out there and meet you soon.
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Subbing just because I love these kind of projects and I miss hanging out in the C3 forums.
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Maybe there's a C3 in your future Yep this is a good place to hang out no doubt about it. Mark
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