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I am heading out this evening to look at a 79 coupe just north of Houston. I have no knowldege of C3 so I have a few questions I hope you all can help me with.

Were would I find the casting number to identify which engine the car has? Owner claims it is an L82 and I want to make sure it is not an L42.

Is there a way to identify which carb is on it?

Anything in particular I should look for? I don't know the owner and this could be a terrific car. I just want to make sure I look at the correct things before buying.

Thanks for the help
 

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Dang! My Corvette Black Book is at home. I will look it up when I get there and post up some info if someone else doesnt beat me to it ;)
 

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I am heading out this evening to look at a 79 coupe just north of Houston. I have no knowldege of C3 so I have a few questions I hope you all can help me with.

Were would I find the casting number to identify which engine the car has? Owner claims it is an L82 and I want to make sure it is not an L42.

Is there a way to identify which carb is on it?

Anything in particular I should look for? I don't know the owner and this could be a terrific car. I just want to make sure I look at the correct things before buying.

Thanks for the help
The stamped number is on the passenger side right in front of the head stamped in the block. The last digits should match the sequence of the VIN number.

A79 vin should look like:

1Z8749S400001
1chevy
Z Vette
87 coupe
4 L82 (225 HP) If it is an 8 then it should have a L48 (195 HP) in it.
9 1979
S St Louis
400001 sequence number. You should see the last

Engine number
V0621CZAA
V Flint Mich engine plant
06 month of build
21 Day of build
C Corvette
ZAA suffix
If the suffix starts with a ZA it is a 195 HP 350
If the suffix startw with a ZB it is a 225 HP 350

Example: ZAA 195 HP (there are 7 different 195 HP combo's)

ZBA 225 HP ( 4 speed)
ZBB 225 HP ( automatic)

Look at the frame very closely for rust. The "birdcage" is another suspect area for rust. Everything else is just mechanical! :thumbsup:
 

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Thank you
 

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Yes I do... Paid $2000 for it back in 1972.

The sad part of the story.. I sold my 65 ragtop to buy the 62... man, I wish I had the 65 back... (smile)...
 

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Yes I do... Paid $2000 for it back in 1972.

The sad part of the story.. I sold my 65 ragtop to buy the 62... man, I wish I had the 65 back... (smile)...
We all have stories like that bro. Yeah, the 65 would be the berries!

Good luck on the 79! :thumbsup:
 

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Been having my 79 since 02 and love every second workin on it or driving it. L-48,350/195 hp. Economical fuel wise and enuf horsepower with the quick shift in the tranny. If it is a Texas Vehicle it should not have any rust to speak of. Pass your hand under the fender wells to feel for bondo bumps (car has been wrecked if so). Only way to know if the bird cage has any rust is if you remove the kick panels on both sides. The brakes were the first thing I fixed on mine. Only ticker was the tilt wheel was loose and had to have a mechanic tighten the darn thing back original. Changed all the harness while the column was out of it. Glad I did. The 350 is easy to keep tuned also. I think you will like it once you drive it. JMHO. Send some pics if ya buy it would ya?:cheers:
 

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THaks for all of the great replies.

Unfortunately, this particular car turned to be far more of a project car than we ar ecurrently willing to invest in... But the search continues...

I am surprised at how few C3's are for sale right now in the Houston area.

Thanks again
 
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