Corvette C3 of the Week

 

1981 Corvette C3

Vick writes:

History on my car is pretty much unknown.  I acquired it from a nearby repair shop in the spring of '07.  The shop's owner informed me that the owner was unable to pay the repair bill.  It was damaged by a busted u joint on the inner dog bone during a race in southern N.M.  The previous owner did modify the engine and the car is set up for racing.  The body had a big hole where the dog bone snapped.  It spent three years under a tree where rodents entered and made it home for a while.  I had to completely strip and redo the interior.  It is now road ready and I am looking forward to cruising this hot rod this summer.  It has been my project for two and a half years.  I had to redo the brakes, new interior including carpet, racing seats, vinyl material in the dash and other interior parts.  It is looking great.  Ebay helped with the necessary missing parts.  I did most of the restoration myself with special thanks going to my friends and brother for all their help.  I did the body work and picked the color jade for the paint.  A friend and I sprayed the car in my garage.  This is my first restoration and It has been a challenge but an enjoyable one.  The car is not perfect in any way but It does look a whole lot better than I expected.  I still have work to do.  I have to pull the engine and redo some leaky seals.  I don't know where the wheels are from but they do have Corvette center caps.  Most 81s have the black rocker molding.  It came from the factory fully equipped but some options like the A/C, cruise control and computer were removed with MSD wired in along with a double pumper carb and electric fuel pump.  I believe it to be a challenge to install a roll cage.  It was a Texas car.  I live in Edgewood N.M. and I am soon to be 45.  I am a  carpenter by profession.  I an kind of sad that my project is near the end but I am really looking forward to a Sunday ride.  The speedometer was upgraded to the 140 mph unit.  I am unsure of the horsepower or what all was done to the engine or tranny.  It is the original 350 with headers.  It will squeal the tries as it shifts.

 

1981 Corvette C3

1981 Corvette C3

1981 Corvette C3

1981 Corvette C3