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Ddave

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Fri 16 Sep 16 15:50

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Hi All!!

New to the world of vettes', and just jumped in off the deep end!!

On hols in San Diego last month, and bought myself a project...a 427/390 '68 vette, which is in good running (very strong worked '71 LS6 under the hood), rust free condition... but is not very pretty atm!

Once upon a time, someone took it upon themselves to strip out the interior... and strip out the vacuum system - removing the wiper door entirely and swapping out the lights for square lemans type aftermarket units... and, adding to that... it had a set of centrelines (which, to my mind, look cool on a chevelle or charger... not so on a vette!) - and was painted matt black with bright green go faster stripes...

despite all this, the visionary in me saw a diamond in the rough - a big block, power brakes, power steering, power windows chrome bumper vette.... ( and the stump pulling drive helped persuade!) - so I've knabbed it...

it stayed in san diego to get the main interior bits (and wheels!) sorted, and is now on its way home - where it will be returned to original appearance and resprayed in original colour - Silverstone silver.

I've just sent in the form etc for membership; so will no doubt meet some of you fine folks in due course!! (in the interim - I'll have MANY MANY questions.. so please be nice!!!)

Dave


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roscobbc

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Fri 16 Sep 16 16:28

Re: Black '68


Welcome Dave - and a '68 BB too! - you'll find out soon enough that many parts on '68's (being first year of C3) are specific to this year only.


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'68 coupe - 4 speed - 3.08 - 489 cu in - 570 bhp @ 5850 rpm - 606 ft/lbs torque (821 Newton Metres) @ 3850 rpm
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Ddave

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Fri 16 Sep 16 19:06

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Banghead Banghead

Yes... I've discovered this unfortunate fact already shopping for interior bits!

Fortunately, while I am trying to create an era correct interior, I'm not a purist, so I don't mind mixing parts as long as they don't look out of place.

Managed to source a 68 heater control unit ok, but gave up on getting a wiper switch bezel at even vaguely sensible money so bought a 69-71 unit on the basis that it's apparently a perfect fit except for the duct, which can be bastardised to fit.


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Ddave

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Fri 16 Sep 16 19:09

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Btw, my car is also a 3.08 diff, 4 speed..

Wasn't sure if the ratio was too low or not.(on paper).. Then went out in the car and was sold that bbc torque was up to the job! Thumbs up


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roscobbc

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Fri 16 Sep 16 20:40

Re: Black '68


3.08 and Muncie M21 c/r is perfect combination. If yours will rev past 6000 rpm UK's national speed limit is achievable in 1st gear Yes



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Ddave

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Sat 17 Sep 16 11:46

Re: Black '68


So far, I've only been for a quick spin around suburban San Diego... So yet to find out the art of the possible! Wink

Hopeful it will rev though... It's running a big cam, gyptal coated rectangular port heads, 2 1/4 into 3 1/2 headers etc... The components of top end grunt appear present, at least!


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yenko 1969

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Sat 17 Sep 16 14:26


Special year 68 , and becoming a rare item. do you have any pics? mine is a coupe and I do have some bits if you get stuck.


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Ddave

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Sun 18 Sep 16 16:03

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I've a few pictures.... as I mentioned above... she wasn't, err, exactly to my taste when I bought her!



https://vetterebuild.shutterfly.com/pictures

the last few pics are 'current state' - main parts of the interior replaced, wheels replaced and a boot full of parts!

I might well be on the hunt for parts once the car turns up and I realise I've overlooked something (else)! Doh


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Ddave

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Sat 12 Nov 16 21:02

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Chaps,

Car is STILL not here - albeit I seemingly have a shed full of bits awaiting it's arrival..

Neverminding that..

I've been considering direction for my restoration, and I genuinely cannot decide between two paths... I'd welcome any constructive thoughts as to which is best?

Context: base car is a hacked about 1980's rat rod conversion... that I am looking to restore to a semblence of it's 1960's form... its mechanically sound (non matching #) - but body needs work

the options are as follows:

a) restore the car to as close to original as possible - a 427 - 390bhp 4 speed with power brakes, power steering and power windows.. a sound option.. but a bit 'me too', perhaps? (and the car has an L88 hood - which isnt ideal)

b) restore the car as an L88 tribute - it's already got an L88 hood; so it wouldnt be an awful lot more work to install an L88 air filter/plenum; radio delete; L88 stickers etc... arguably I could also go down a rabbit hole with F41 suspension, J56 brakes etc... at danger of my life as my wife might just murder me if i spend a fortune on this car.. and.. it's still a power steering car - which was never an L88 option (and i'd be very tempted to build a new engine to L88 specs!)

thoughts, either way? - i'm genuinely on the fence!

alternately.. i could be influenced if anyone either a) wants to buy an L88 hood from me.... or b) who has a standard 68 big block hood they'd be willing to sell?

(moderators: I presume i'm not breaking forum rules here, as i'd be able to advertise in the for sales if i wanted given that i'm a member? - if i am - drop me a note and i'll delete the last paragraph!)

regards all! (might see a few of you in brum tomorrow - as i've got an unexpected pass out!)

dave


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L88

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Sat 12 Nov 16 23:10

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You must be itching to get your hands on that car after all this time? Between 3 or 4 of us we have most of the parts to go standard or L88 tribute but as you're no doubt aware original parts are expensive. For instance radio delete panel repro @ £80 or original @ £750 and that's if seller will part with it. It looks like you have bought 69 on wheels and 70 on seats, we have correct 7" wheels and correct 68 head rest seats , J56 parts and twin pin pads calipers brackets etc, correct headlight assemblies and wiper assemblies L88 intakes etc etc. I can take moulds for the wheelarches if you want them back to standard.

If your bonnet is an original L88 item and not a repro it will take a phone call to find a buyer.

Which route you take is up to you, have you thought about a race replica? Whichever route you take I'm sure you'll be making a few shopping trips stateside.

Frank.

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