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Old 08-17-2019, 08:28 PM   #136
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Need a good source for replacement C3 fasteners

Greetings to all! I'm still working on the C3 project, I'm just at one of those stages where there aren't a lot of pictures or ideas, just a bunch of laborious body blocking and filling.


Does anyone have a good source for replacement fasteners for the C3? I have spent quite a bit of time on line searching but many of the fasteners are not listed anywhere.



For example, the #10-24 nut, 3/8" hex, with a free spinning 5/8" dia washer appears to be non-existent from every vendor I have queried. This is the nut that is used all over the place on the 81 C3, especially on the bumper covers and air dam. Luckily Zip Corvette and several others offer a bumper fastener "kit" that has the nuts. But I'd have to buy 2 or 3 of the bumper kits to get enough of them.


I'm not doing a "correct" restoration, so I know that many of the fasteners can be replaced with something close. But several of them are unique and serve a purpose. Like the #10-24 nuts mentioned above. The 5/8" free spinning washer is actually conical shaped and provides a large contact surface area to attach the bumper cover. The cover has large oval shaped holes so that the fit can be adjusted. A few suppliers have the nut with a smaller washer. Yes, I know, I could use a plain 10-24 nut with a separate washer but I would rather have something a little closer to the OEM part.



Anyone recommend a good source for fasteners?
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Chevelles, Camaros, GTO's of the late '60s-early 70s have body bolt kits available that would have the bolts your asking about in larger quantities. They are not an exact match but they are close enough to work and look pretty close.

I may also have some stashed away someplace around here. If you want to PM me a list and quantities, I'll see what I have.
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Chevelles, Camaros, GTO's of the late '60s-early 70s have body bolt kits available that would have the bolts your asking about in larger quantities. They are not an exact match but they are close enough to work and look pretty close.

I may also have some stashed away someplace around here. If you want to PM me a list and quantities, I'll see what I have.

Thanks 7TRoadster, I'll check out some of the GM bolt kits I've seen. If I run across some special ones I will PM you. Meanwhile, the project is moving along just a little more slowly than I'd like due to what seems to be never ending chemo. But I'll get it done!
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Old 08-21-2019, 09:00 PM   #139
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Paint prep done

Greetings, not a lot to report but I finally got done with filling and blocking. I used the procedure that 7TRoadster details in the sticky. It works. I did deviate slightly in a few areas, I'm pretty sure it will work ok but I'll know for sure after a few years of hot/cold temp changes!


Quick before and after of the front bumper cover, I'm very pleased with the outcome of the repair I did. It's actually light grey primer, the pic makes it look white.


More to come...





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Hi zimmej51. Did you ever get your seat track problem fixed? I put 81 seats in my 78 and had to do the seat track shuffle. Been quite a few years ago, but I believe I ended up with an extra set of tracks. 1 seat. Somewhere.
Great job on your car!
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Hi zimmej51. Did you ever get your seat track problem fixed? I put 81 seats in my 78 and had to do the seat track shuffle. Been quite a few years ago, but I believe I ended up with an extra set of tracks. 1 seat. Somewhere.
Great job on your car!
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Yes, I finally got the seat track issue resolved. I finally found 2 sets of manual tracks that fit 80(?), 81, and 82. It's a surprisingly confusing subject. To cut through the confusion, I learned to ask for passenger side tracks. They are interchangeable and have the same part number for the "shallow" driver side floor pan.



Somehow I wound up with a manual seat track set for the "deep" driver side floor pan. I think those are fairly hard to find. Of course, ALL seat tracks for the C3 are hard to find because they sit around in junkyards and rust away.



Thanks for the good words, I appreciate it! Will be painting the body very soon. Will post some pics unless I screw it up big time!
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Old 09-19-2019, 10:04 PM   #142
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Ready for paint

After fitting/aligning the body parts while mounted on the frame, I got it all broken apart, primed and ready for paint. I have that scheduled for first thing in the morning unless it starts pouring down rain!








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Contours look really great Zim, surface looks pristine, nice job.

How did the doors, hood, top and bumpers all line up after assembly? Did you have to block them down much across the gaps?
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Contours look really great Zim, surface looks pristine, nice job.

How did the doors, hood, top and bumpers all line up after assembly? Did you have to block them down much across the gaps?

They actually lined up very well, did not have to do anything major anywhere. Still, I think it was worth taking the time to double check. Luckily, this car was very pristine, no crashes or body repairs. I did chicken out on painting the hood and doors separately even though I had already painted them. I got to worrying about the paint not matching, especially this bright metallic blue. So I took your (and several other folks) advice and re-sanded and prepped them. That is WAY easier than having to re-prep the entire car should a mismatch occur. Didn't take very long at all.


So this time I will paint everything all at once, with the doors and hood in their installed orientation. Going to hit it in the morning unless it starts raining here in the heartland. Hope to have some blue colored pics to post tomorrow!
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Cool, can't wait to see them.
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Looks like you might have some clear weather. Looking forward to the blue pics
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Looks like you might have some clear weather. Looking forward to the blue pics

Yeah, got rained out today. Humidity so thick you could cut it with a knife. Supposed to be that way all weekend so maybe early next week. Spent the day doing some badly needed clean up in the shop.
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I have some badly needed clean-up you can come and do.
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I have some badly needed clean-up you can come and do.

No problem! Go ahead and get started, then look for me coming down the road!!
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Paint is on

Finally!! Been a struggle to get to this point, many detours along the way. But perseverance pays... I can't tell you how much I want to get started with assembly!












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