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Old 08-09-2019, 05:30 PM   #1
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Sold my 74 yesterday

After close to 20 years, I decided it was time to close this chapter in my life.
I was smitten by my 74 when I first saw it sitting in a barn outside of town. It had been in storage since 1980. I was in my early 50s at the time. I took it on as a hobby/project and really enjoyed bringing it back to near perfect condition. I took it to area wide shows and even won some trophys with it.

But times change. At 71 years old now, I'd lost the desire and most of my abilities to keep it in good condition. It was being neglected. Sitting for months at a time, etc. Not a good thing.

I'm posting to thank the forum friends I've had over the years. It's where the truly helpful information is found.
I started out on a place called Netvettes sometime in the early 2000's.
We didn't know it at the time, but it had no Admin, moderators, overseers, etc. It was just sitting out there on the net. Many of my oldest vette buddies came from there.
And one day, for no apparent reason, it just disappeared off the net.
We tried to keep our group together wandering for forum to forum, but eventually dispersed to the several bigger forums available. Some are even members here. Steven Lawn (Loudpedal74) being one of my best friends in the vette world is a member here, although I see he hasn't been active for a while.
I can't recall if I met Gary (GTR1999) on Netvettes or not, but he's another that I consider a dear friend.

I still remember some of the regulars form Netvettes. MGA, Cloudmech, JR80, Shaggyvette, Tshea, Brent Lenig (the kid of the bunch). And Nina from Minnesota....she didn't have a vette, but always dreamed of owning a yellow C3. We all made a pact that if any of us won the lottery, that person would buy her one.

My son helped me list it on Craiglist. It got plenty off attention which was good. A guy in his 40s drove up from Austin Texas and was as smitten by it as I was the first time I saw it. He seemed very mechanical and will do ok with it. He's not familiar with the various nuances of older vettes, so I told him this would be a learning experience.... just like we all went though.

This isn't a goodbye post but a thank you post. To all the great people I've encountered over the years.
I'll still be stopping by.

Thank you all........
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Old 08-09-2019, 07:29 PM   #2
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Sorry you had to let your ride go. Hopefully the new owner does it justice.
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Old 08-10-2019, 03:28 AM   #3
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Sorry you decided to sell it but it looks like it went to a good home I hope you got visitation rights
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Old 08-10-2019, 06:10 AM   #4
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most of us eventually at least mildly regret selling a corvette,
and many will eventually buy a different one after some time passed.
I know thats been the case with myself and several friends.
most guys that are older tend to buy vettes that are only a few years old,
so they get all the newer features and comfort options.
I occasionally think back and regret selling my 1959 and 1968 vettes.
I don,t miss my 1992 a bit, and still own my 1985 and 1996,
Id love to buy a brand new one but .. finances make that unlikely
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IF YOU CAN , YOU NEED BETTER TIRES AND YOUR SUSPENSION NEEDS MORE WORK!!
Old 08-12-2019, 06:08 AM   #5
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Hi Rip,
It's been awhile but I do think of you wondering how you have been with the vette. Sorry to hear you decided to let it go but I sure understand how life creeps up on you.

I spent Saturday machining a posi case and enjoy that work still but the thought of doing creeper work now isn't so fun.

Too bad your son didn't take the car, that way you would still see it and get a ride if you want, and who knows you can always look at them again if you get the bug. As long as you feel good.

If you ever want to talk cars feel free to call me.
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Old 08-13-2019, 01:17 PM   #6
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Hey there Gary. Good to see you.
We actually still have a vette in the family. So if I get the urge (which I wont), I can always lay on the concrete under one I guess.

This is my son in law's 61. It sure seems 'basic' compared to the C3s.
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Old 08-14-2019, 05:23 AM   #7
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Well rather then lay under it, go out for a nice evening ride and just enjoy the time.
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