Corvette C3 of the Week

 

1980 Corvette C3

Robert writes:

I live in Matthews NC.  I am 49 and this is my second Corvette that I have owned.  I owned a black '94 4/speed convertible, however, deep down I REALLY wanted a C3.  So in '07, I traded my '94 for a red '80 4/speed that needed some TLC.  4 speeds are hard to come by so I jumped at the trade.  In 1980, stock engines were only pulling 190 hp with a 350 engine.  After 'throwing a rod' in the first six months, this is what I have done done to the original engine block:  The original engine was built as a Stage II Crate engine with 9.5 to 1 Speed Pro hypereutectic pistons, a Comp Cams .500 lift hydraulic roller camshaft, Professional Products Typhoon intake and a 750 CFM Holley Carb.  Also, installed was a new Ram clutch.  The engine compartment was 'cleaned up' a bit so the smog pump and all the unnecessary wiring and vacuum lines were removed along with the original air cleaner and accompanying duct work making for a very neat, yet factory look.  It is pulling about 375 HP. Here are some other restoration items:  (I changed from red on red to red on black), new black leather seats, replaced a broken seat frame, new carpet throughout, new radiator, new clock that actually works, new rear stereo speakers and glass T-tops (it has the hard tops also).  Everything is still original and will stay that way.  I love this car!  I am not finished with all the restoration yet but it is truly a labor of love.  I am not very mechanical but my buddies in my 'Generations' Corvette club have helped a lot.  This car, as well as ANY C-3 Vette, turns a lot of heads on the street.

 

1980 Corvette C3

1980 Corvette C3

1980 Corvette C3

1980 Corvette C3

1980 Corvette C3

Some updated pictures of Robert's car (October 15/11)

1980 Corvette C3

1980 Corvette C3