Corvette C3 of the Week

 

1969 Corvette C3

Dean writes:

 

This is my 1969 Daytona Yellow, 350/300HP Coupe.  The 4 speed manual/M20 transmission is also stock and the other options include A/C, Power Steering, and Side Fender Louver inserts.  It is all stock and original, less an A.I.R. pump (everybody took those off first and trashed them!).  It is original and unrestored with just over 66,000 miles on it.  The paint job with the ZL-1 theme is not original, that was done in 1996 along with the interior getting a facelift.  It won "Best in Show" last year, and taken a trophy at every show I've taken it to.  The previous owner even had several trophies from it's previous life, so my shelf is quite full.

 

I rescued this car from a not so enthused enthusiast.  He had the car for just over a year and it sat most of that time.  He never even changed the oil! C'mon!

 

I acquired the car at an agreed price and knew not what I was facing.  I knew the brakes needed help, and the oil needed to be changed at a minimum. Well, day 2 of ownership, I stepped into my garage and was overwhelmed by the smell of gas!  After safely looking around the tank, I discovered a pinhole leaking down into the spare tire well, across the support rail, and onto my garage floor.  So, I replaced the entire tank (no, there wasn't a tank sticker! Darn it!) and sending unit.  Well, then I tackled the brakes with all new o-ring calipers, lines, and a new Master Cylinder, that fixed it!  Now I was ready for a cruise!  Well...I thought.  A short drive revealed a leaking radiator!  Pulled that out and found that the support frame was shot!  Fixed all that, along with new hoses, belts, and a few other goodies. Now I'm ready for a cruise, right! O.K.! Drove it to the area's finest car show in Ocean City, MD. and on the way back, the rear wheel bearing on the passenger side starts to go.  I got to a point where I was afraid to drive it for fear of something else going wrong! Several thousand dollars later(I really thought I got this car for a good deal) I was able to drive it and have been driving it trouble free for over a year!  I'm finally over that fear of driving it!

 

Future plans include rebuilding the suspension and taking it to Carlisle this year.  Enjoy the pictures and don't forget to wave!

 

1969 Corvette C3

1969 Corvette C3