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my 76 project (Read 937 times)
May 21st, 2016 at 12:58pm

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I bought this vette with help from some forum members here. It arrived in march 2015, shipped from Scranton, PA. It was a bargain and it would never be a bad buy. After arrival the 76 turned out to be pretty solid, a perfect birdcage and a nice body, except the nose...  It's Obvious the car was in an accident. Both front fenders and a part of the hood had been repaired once. The fenders also are not symetric in height. I made sure the frame was leveled to check the symetric and aligment of the nose. Therefore I needed a new/other hood. So I got a '73 hood from Belgium. Last year I already removed the interior and most components of the engine, also the radiatorframe, which need a lot of work (rusted). I also removed the vacuumbar and all other frontbumper parts. The vacuumbar/bumper also was damaged, it was a bit twisted. I got a good one for 75 euro. A corvettespecialist adviced me the remove the complete fiberglass nose for repair.

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the damaged vacuumbar
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The metal floor is rusted, so they put new floorpans in it, over the old ones... Looks great inside, but from below it's a rustbucket Grin  So I have to remove the new and old floorpans and do it the right way.
« Last Edit: May 21st, 2016 at 1:03pm by Theo the Venlonaar »  
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Reply #1 - Aug 23rd, 2016 at 1:21pm

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Well, I stopped playing around, time for some action. I bought a second hand hood, because the old one had to much bondo and bad repairs.
I knew from the beginning that the nose was a big issue. It was not aligned and had a deviation of more than 1/2" to the RH. They did a bad job repairing the car in the past. So I took the whole nose off and it gives me working space to remove the engine also.
I already found an adress where they sell new front ends for 375 euro. I think it's better to buy a new nose instead repairing the old one...

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« Last Edit: Aug 23rd, 2016 at 1:23pm by Theo the Venlonaar »  
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Reply #2 - Aug 24th, 2016 at 6:14am

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You'll have 2 nice C-3's when it's all completed, then you'll have to flip a coin Smiley
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Reply #3 - Sep 6th, 2016 at 1:43pm

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they popped new floorpans on the old rusted onces, but I saw that in the begining, no surprise Wink

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the new floorpan I removed:
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the cage looks good
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Reply #4 - Oct 22nd, 2016 at 1:42am

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Reply #5 - Feb 21st, 2017 at 11:42am

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did some welding on the frame, this is how it was (corner behind/beneath driverseat):

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start cutting and welding:

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ready
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The mounting for the PS was also ripped of and welded by bubba. I already made some cuts to remove this spot. I already finished it but have to take a picture of it.
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Reply #6 - Feb 22nd, 2017 at 8:52am

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PS mounting
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Reply #7 - Feb 22nd, 2017 at 9:59am

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That was a lot of rust..looks great now. I had to do that kind of stuff to my 67 Dodge so I can certainly appreciate the work involved.
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Reply #8 - Mar 6th, 2017 at 2:09pm

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3 of 4 bodymount brackets where gone. Have to drill new holes.
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frame in epoxy

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