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Well, I'm a "new" Corvette owner. I've wanted a 'vette since George Maharis and Martin Milner tooled around the country in that 61. So I'm personally a little long in the tooth, 58. I just purchased a 74 coupe. A/C,T-tops, 265 horse (is that the L82?) 4 speed, pwr windows, and tilt wheel. The odo says 60108 miles. It was last registered in 1987. The color is Orange (repaint) close to the Camaro Orange. Oh, bumber covers are gone, no surprise.
Right now it's a no start but I think the points are hosed and maybe the coil. It is mostly all there. The shifter w/ reverse lock out was replaced, but other than that not too bad.
I'm thaelast of a bunch who used to hang out, to get a vette.
 

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Dang Rich... I had to wait 25 years or so since falling in love with Corvettes as a kid... you have wanted one since 1961? Now that's a long wait!

Well, I'm glad you have one finally, Corvette ownership is just a blast. You'll meet a lot of smart and helpful people in our C3 section. Head over there and you'll get this no-start issue solved fast! And... welcome!:thumbsup:

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are you getting fire to the plugs?

are you getting fuel to the carb?
 

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Welcome! My name is Rich too, and I was 55 when I bought my first and probably last Vette. Congrats on finally getting the one thing you truely wanted. Have a blast with it, and feel free to share some pics.
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are you getting fire to the plugs?

are you getting fuel to the carb?
No spark at the coil. 12v at the terminal. This car hasn't been driven much if at all since 87. So I'll start with points, plugs and FRESH fuel, looks like Valspar in the tank.
Thanks kwplot34
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No spark at the coil. 12v at the terminal. This car hasn't been driven much if at all since 87. So I'll start with points, plugs and FRESH fuel, looks like Valspar in the tank.
Thanks kwplot34
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Yes, these cars run much better with fresh gasoline, the last vette to diesel much tossed a rod.....

IF the points are open, of course you will read 12 volts on high side AND lo side of coil....but there is a resistor wire in there so when running it reads around 9 volts....but takes more power than a radio battery...eh....:laughing:

come on over to C3 tech, you get all the help you need....
bunch of olde tyme ornery farts there, so you in good company....


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Welcome aboard, Rich. Patrick said you needed some help getting your C3 running. Just about everyone in the C3 Forum will be happy to help. No problem there at all. In fact, I'd suggest not EVER saying you MIGHT buy beer. You'll very possibly get more help that you ever wanted. :rolling:

You're correct by starting with fuel and ignition. After the time your car has set around, fresh gas and a good tune-up is a very good idea. As mr vette and kwplot suggested, replacing those items will very possibly get you back on the road.

With the key "on" and not running you should have 6-9 volts at the coil. If not, the resistance wire in the harness has broken. There are a couple of ways to fix that. I'd be willing to bet the points and condenser change will fix that problem.

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WELCOME ABOARD! :cheers:
 

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Welcome aboard, Rich. Patrick said you needed some help getting your C3 running. Just about everyone in the C3 Forum will be happy to help. No problem there at all. In fact, I'd suggest not EVER saying you MIGHT buy beer. You'll very possibly get more help that you ever wanted. :rolling:

You're correct by starting with fuel and ignition. After the time your car has set around, fresh gas and a good tune-up is a very good idea. As mr vette and kwplot suggested, replacing those items will very possibly get you back on the road.

With the key "on" and not running you should have 6-9 volts at the coil. If not, the resistance wire in the harness has broken. There are a couple of ways to fix that. I'd be willing to bet the points and condenser change will fix that problem.

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:agree: I had a car sit a long time and not start. A spider built a nest between the open points. :rolling:
 

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Congrats and welcome to DC:buhbye:
 
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