Corvette C3 of the Week

 

1979 C3 Corvette

Willy H writes:

 
This is my 1979 L-82.  I really don't know much about the history of this vehicle.  I bought the car back in December '08 on a whim, and at times I wish I hadn't, but things are turning out pretty good.  I'm pretty sure the original color was white and I know the original interior color was fawn skin, but now it's all black and black.  The vehicle was painted with black lacquer with cracks and flaws all over.  The interior was also painted black over the fawn skin with black upholstery and carpet.  The engine was a 2-bolt main 350 with aluminum performance heads and the TH-350 auto transmission.  I pulled all that out and put in a 383 stroker, coupled to a Borg-Warner Super T-10 4-speed manual transmission out of a '75 Vette.  The transmission came as a kit with all hardware except for the block stud and frame bracket which I had to order extra.  There was absolutely no smog equipment on this vehicle when I bought it and the power plant looks the same except now it's all black and clean.  The side pipes are Hooker and they sound really fantastic when you get your foot on it.  It had 3-bladed aluminum saw blade mags when I bought it but I never really liked the way they looked as it took away from the classic Vette appearance.  Last Thursday I put on some 16 X 8 American Racing Torque Thrust II wheels with 255 X 50 X 16 BF Goodrich tires and that really made the difference for me.  I'm in love with this car all over again and my wife even agrees with the way the wheels make the car look.  There is absolutely no way I'd be able to restore the vehicle to original because the cost would be overwhelming.  It will just be my hot rod and of course, one of my many toys in my stable.  This is not my first Vette; my first one was an 84 with Crossfire Injection but I traded that for a 1978 H-D Iron head Sportster which I sold after I bought my 49 H-D WL solo bobber project.  Like I said, toys in the stable!
 

1979 C3 Corvette

1979 C3 Corvette

1979 C3 Corvette

1979 C3 Corvette