Craig M's 1976 Corevette Coupe Restoration Project

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Craig M's 1976 Corevette Coupe Restoration Project

Postby nutty » Sun May 19, 2013 9:54 pm

Hi everyone, I've been reading other forums and posts and have found them very interesting. So, I thought I would share my new project with you. Three months ago, I bought matching numbers, left-hand drive, 1976 Corvette Coupe. I bought this car in Adelaide and had it transported to Illawong, Sydney. I read a very good article on the NSW Corvette club forum about the 10 commandments on buying a Corvette. I broke nearly every rule and broke this car of the internet, unseen. I looked at pictures only, emailed to me from the owner and took a risk but I don't think I did too bad. So, as the saying goes, "You show me yours, so now I'll show you mine." I read somebody's post where they said they liked lots of pictures therefore I will put some pictures up and fill you in on what I've done so far.


A few photos of the car being delivered. I forgot to say earlier, this is a Californian car. It has sat around for 10 years and the motor hasn't been started for six years. Weekend 1, I pulled the bonnet off, put the car up on blocks, and after 2 hours, got the motor running. I do already have the motor out to detail the engine bay and have close inspection of the engine. I have a full-time night job and have been working on the car daily. More story and pictures to come. Craig M (Nutty)

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Postby 98lux » Sun May 19, 2013 10:56 pm

Hi Nutty, welcome to the forum.

Can't see the pics :cry:
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Re: Craig M's 1976 Corevette Coupe Restoration Project

Postby 98lux » Sun May 19, 2013 11:00 pm

nutty wrote:Hi everyone, I've been reading other forums and posts and have found them very interesting. So, I thought I would share my new project with you. Three months ago, I bought matching numbers, left-hand drive, 1976 Corvette Coupe. I bought this car in Adelaide and had it transported to Illawong, Sydney. I read a very good article on the NSW Corvette club forum about the 10 commandments on buying a Corvette. I broke nearly every rule and broke this car of the internet, unseen. I looked at pictures only, emailed to me from the owner and took a risk but I don't think I did too bad. So, as the saying goes, "You show me yours, so now I'll show you mine." I read somebody's post where they said they liked lots of pictures therefore I will put some pictures up and fill you in on what I've done so far. Image jpg]
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Postby DOC » Mon May 20, 2013 6:58 am

Welcome to the forum Mate, Yes we like photo's here.
Gives us something to do.
But you have to put in the correct link to get them on.

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Re: Craig M's 1976 Corevette Coupe Restoration Project

Postby 98lux » Mon May 20, 2013 8:31 am

nutty wrote:Hi everyone, I've been reading other forums and posts and have found them very interesting. So, I thought I would share my new project with you. Three months ago, I bought matching numbers, left-hand drive, 1976 Corvette Coupe. I bought this car in Adelaide and had it transported to Illawong, Sydney. I read a very good article on the NSW Corvette club forum about the 10 commandments on buying a Corvette. I broke nearly every rule and broke this car of the internet, unseen. I looked at pictures only, emailed to me from the owner and took a risk but I don't think I did too bad. So, as the saying goes, "You show me yours, so now I'll show you mine." I read somebody's post where they said they liked lots of pictures therefore I will put some pictures up and fill you in on what I've done so far.


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A few photos of the car being delivered. I forgot to say earlier, this is a Californian car. It has sat around for 10 years and the motor hasn't been started for six years. Weekend 1, I pulled the bonnet off, put the car up on blocks, and after 2 hours, got the motor running. I do already have the motor out to detail the engine bay and have close inspection of the engine. I have a full-time night job and have been working on the car daily. More story and pictures to come. Craig M (Nutty)

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Postby 98lux » Mon May 20, 2013 8:37 am

There ya go, just need [ img] bla bla bla [ /img] either side of the link, or just hit the Img button when posting. :o
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Postby nutty » Mon May 20, 2013 10:16 am

Thanks for the help with the photos , I will let my daughters know as we spent 3 hours last night trying to make it work. I read your story doc and Craig A I think it was from Canberra and many others which inspired me to have ago , im very slow on the old keyboard but im sure I will pick it up as we go along.
So anyway motor out sump off covers off and to the surprise of my mechanic and I the motor had just been done up before it whent in to the shed so there's a great plus, so it should pull harder than a 13 year old school boy where hoping when its all back together, and thanks again for the help with the pic,s,98lux , nutty

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Postby australi » Mon May 20, 2013 10:28 am

Welcome again Nutty & thanks for the photos :D :-)

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Postby riverracer » Mon May 20, 2013 6:16 pm

welcome to the money pit.. :-o

better get steve to fix your avatar, it's as large as your photo's
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Postby nutty » Mon May 20, 2013 7:06 pm

Thanks for the welcome fellars ,Im having trouble trying to reduce my aviter main picture size, then I have told you 1 good thing about my corvette but now I will tell you the bad things about buying site unseen , nothing that carn't be fixed just going to cost a bit of money that's all Ill try some more pics tomorrow Nutty
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Postby DOC » Mon May 20, 2013 7:21 pm

Trust me, It's ongoing!
I've had mine Many, Many years now, Always a "To do" list.
But you'll get used to it. And you may even get used to people hanging out there car windows taking pictures of your Baby.
(But it's always cool!).
But mainly your car is the wrong colour!
Everyone knows "All Corvettes are Red!"
And Red ones are 10 percent faster!
Etc, Etc.

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Postby 98lux » Mon May 20, 2013 10:53 pm

Steve will be along soon to resize the pic :shock:
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Postby DOC » Tue May 21, 2013 6:35 am

Good! This thread is strange because of the oversized Avatar!

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Postby CraigH » Tue May 21, 2013 9:34 am

Welcome Nutty

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Postby australi » Tue May 21, 2013 9:57 am

OK; 'nutty' I have fixed it by deleting your avatar;
it MUST be no bigger than 200 x 200 pixels!

email me your chosen pic and I'll resize it and send back to you to upload :o

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Postby nutty » Tue May 21, 2013 1:29 pm

Thankyou to the gasman for your helping me with my main picture, so finial sorted , Im learning about computers and corvettes.

Well where was I , I drove a mustang left hand drive the other month around Windsor in Sydney and came home and said to the wife I WONT ONE so doing a bit of research I decided on a corvette, manual left hand drive as a hobbie ,[ Ask me in 12 months if I made the right decision ]

Good news, motor good, gearbox good, interior not to bad, frame good, bird cage good, radiator support missing in action. rust front appron bad rust, all the rust is around the front from the radiator forward , sorry one spot passanger floor only minor , rims good and spare tire, all tyres have steel belts showing this car has sat for many years.

Made contact with NSW Corvette club and spoke to jeff , Sir Fixalot you would know him as and not only do we live in the same suburb he lives in the next street , so thankyou for your help jeff, pictures to come soon ,,,, all the kids are at school and I need there help Nutty

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Postby australi » Tue May 21, 2013 2:32 pm

:D mate, and MUCH more realistic sized avatar! :-o :: :-)
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Postby 98lux » Tue May 21, 2013 2:50 pm

moving along well 8)
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Postby DOC » Tue May 21, 2013 7:30 pm

Making great progress, But a Orange drag link and steering ram??

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Postby nutty » Tue May 21, 2013 8:45 pm

Hey Doc I thought you liked Red , by the way I have had the brakes calipars stainless lined and overhauled they are red as the steering arm and link, Engine chev orange, and sorry to disappoint doc but car will be bright blue I believe colour only came out in 75,76

Craig H like your story and am half way through, and river racer , yes im already running low on coin I have received 1 order from willcox 4 weeks and am waiting on 1 from corvette central and corvette parts world wide and carpet from Victoria

But please if you see me doing anything wrong or you have ideas please feel free to tell me your thoughts Nutty

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Postby TroppoVette » Tue May 21, 2013 8:57 pm

I thought you blokes knew by now.....white is the classic colour!!!!!!

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Postby 98lux » Tue May 21, 2013 9:30 pm

TroppoVette wrote:I thought you blokes knew by now.....white is the classic colour!!!!!!


Or one white and one blue :) :) :P
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Postby DOC » Tue May 21, 2013 9:45 pm

Exterior Body color should be Red, Not Chev. Orange. Drag link is Black as is steering ram. But it's your car Mate!

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Postby shipy59 » Tue May 21, 2013 10:05 pm

I saw one that was red everywhere!!!!!!!!!!!at the WA convention and it was done very well. Had all bolts chromed or cad plated, neat wiring job :o looked real good. Keep at it and did you drive it around the block before the strip started? good luck.

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Postby Fissan » Tue May 21, 2013 10:30 pm

Hi Nutty I have a 76 aswel did you get the car from a guy called carl in adalaide?
Looks like you have a good starting with the 76 keep the pics comming, its looking good :-x
Cheers Bruce

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Postby nutty » Tue May 21, 2013 10:31 pm

No Shipy , motor hadn,t turned for 6 years and no brakes, bought unseen

Have a look at tyres in pictires no rubber at all

And yes white was my second colour but ok doc I do like maginla red how ever you spell it Image[/img]

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Postby nutty » Tue May 21, 2013 10:35 pm

Hi Fissan , a fella called Kim Image

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Postby DOC » Wed May 22, 2013 6:51 am

Don't ask me! I cant spell ether! I have spell Check on my Computer :o
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