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CrispyCleen

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Sun 14 Oct 18 08:25

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Well, I’ve popped my proverbial cherry and finally bought a 1970 coupe. She’s still in the box on her way over the pond.

Now starts the restoration. Is there any way of finding what this car would have been spec’d to? It’s clear from the my reports and photos that a lot of the interior parts have been cobbled together from other cars so there’s no certainty what was original and what’s not supposed to be there.

Any ideas? I have the VIN and that’s about it.

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kentvette

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Sun 14 Oct 18 09:21

Re: Spec lists


Welcome to the world of Corvette ownership!

If your are planning on doing a restoration to the original specs, then without question, get in touch with Trevor Rogers or Chris Sale of the NCRS UK Chapter, and join NCRS, both in the UK and the "parent" organisation in the US. It's not all nerds and having your car picked to pieces by others, it will give you an unrivalled amount of detail about your car and how it was built. Plus, there are some great guys and gals in the NCRS! Thumbs up


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roscobbc

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Sun 14 Oct 18 09:46


Welcome to the world of Corvettes. First thing to do once 'landed' will be to get some images of the car and the vin plate over to me - I can then send you a letter enabling you to register the car with the DVLA.



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L88

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Sun 14 Oct 18 10:05

Re: Spec lists


The obvious is the trim tag on the A post as you open the drivers door. This will tell you paint colour , interior trim colour and material and build date. Originally there would have been a paper build sheet on top of the fuel tank that states the options spec of the car,chances are this has long gone.

It's for you to decide how you want your car to look, a realistic approach may be first to buy correct parts specific to a 1970 and if you get the complete originality bug then go the whole date related bug but this route would be pointless without the numbers matching block as the foundation.

There's more than enough restoration owners within the 900 strong CCCUK membership to answer your queries although expect a slight delay due to shyness and time spent in garage!

Well done on taking the plunge and post as many pics as you can so we have an accurate idea on subject matter.

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Jimbo64

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Sun 14 Oct 18 14:36

Re: Spec lists


Hello fellow newbie to Corvette ownership.
When I purchased my 72 in Feb and had to wait for her arrival, like yourself, armed with the VIN, I just went online, typed in C3 Corvette specs, & sure enough, a few of the US sites, apologies can't remember which right now, came up trumps explaining what each part meant & as stated previously, what the trim tag codes meant at A pillar.
Meant I established where and when my car was built, that it was originally Ontario Orange with leather Interior etc.
But better than that, in with my car's paperwork, is a Corvette Black Book, 1953-1996, which has pretty much all the info you would need. If I could take a picture of the two pages of 1970 & stick it on here I would, but not sure if really allowed to & if my computer skills good enough.
Suffice to say, I could help you out with all suffix, numbers on block, head, carb etc, as per what is written down. Let me know, glad to assist
Jim G Thumbs up


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CrispyCleen

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Thu 18 Oct 18 14:46


Thanks for the pointers guys.

roscobbc: I actually already have photos of the vin as I needed them for the ESCROW verification, but I’ll wait until it hits the ground.

I think the intention is to get it ‘presentable’ before I consider to what level of restoration I go for. I was thinking of going down the lines of “if I had ordered it at the time I would have gone with..........” so not a legit by the codes, but not a ‘resto-mod’.

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kentvette

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Thu 18 Oct 18 15:41

Re: Spec lists


I realised I rushed my original reply a bit and missed a few things off!

You might be interested in this link to the GM Heritage Centre: https://www.gmheritagecenter.com/docs/gm-heritage-archive/ve...

It should take you to the full "Information Kit" that GM offer for most of their range from "days gone by"! I just had a quick look through the 1970 Corvette file and there is a LOT of very useful info in the pdf file. ( I was able to get a paper copy of mine, but I also have the pdf and it has proved invaluable here!)

It was also be possible to order a copy of your car's original Factory Invoice, essentially similar to the Build Sheet, detailing the options, prices etc but also the dealership the car was sent to and when. They didn't have everything, so you have to enter a VIN and they tell you. But, I can't seem to get the page to open. But, you could try from here:
https://www.gmheritagecenter.com/gm-heritage-archive/vehicle...
If not, it may be worth contacting the Heritage Centre.

Let us know when the car arrives, and don't forget we all love photos Thumbs up


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Grahamred70

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Fri 26 Oct 18 19:44


find the Corvette register and put in your VIN, I gained quite a lot of info there about my car.
Graham


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