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Old 30-04-2011, 12:25 PM
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I am starting a new build thread of my 1964 Corvette Fuelie Coupe. This thread is a late start as I purchased the car back in January 2007 and felt it time to share the project with members as its starting to really come together quickly more recently. I will try and bring this thread up to current time in the next week.
How this story goes so far is I got a call one night from a friend in Aust who deals with vettes and has many great contacts in the US. He said that his contact in the US came across a numbers match 1964 vette coupe with factory Rochester fuel injection 375HP. The car was in pieces but all there and was offered to me at a fantastic price. I was the first person offered the car and if I did not take it then it would be offered to many other people. I asked as many questions as possible and found out that the car was completely original and all the correct parts were on the car. I have traced back that the car had commenced a body off resto approx 15-17 years ago by a guy in California. The body had been taken off and the chassis fully rebuilt and the body fully prepped and painted in its Ermine white. The bottom end of the engine had been fully rebuilt and put back in the chassis with the gearbox. From what I can gather it sat in the guys shed for the next 15-17 years untouched from that point. Many of the new parts included inside the boxes were genuine GM parts and the dates on the price tickets on the boxes were 1993.
After taking in this information about the car I had been told that even thought the chassis and body had been done it had deteriated some what in the next 15 years sitting in a shed, mainly surface rust on chassis and paint faded all over. The price of the car reflected the fact that it all had to be done again. Site unseen I bought the car!! It was a big call but it was a rare car.
My idea at the time was that if my business is successful then I could skim of a few dollars if we have good months and put it to the rebuild of the car and do it over a long period of time, using trusted people to complete the work. Well its now 2011 and I expect it to be completed around 2013 thus a 6 year build (I hope). Done right it would be a good investment.
I have commissioned a friend of mine who is now working from home and has owned and worked in the car resto/ build industry for many years and he is also a corvette nut. We have planned to do this car justice and rebuild it to as close to factory as we can right down to the correct chassis markings from the production line with what contacts and litriture we have at our disposal.
Some details about the car.
1964 coupe
Colour: Ermine white
Interior: Black
Engine: L84, 327CI, 375HP fuel injection, factory solid lifter cam.
Gearbox: Muncie
There was 1,325 vettes with the 375HP engine in that year, there is no data on how many coupes or convertibles so I guess 1/3 were coupes approx 800 coupes with that engine package as the overall sales were 8,304 coupes and 13,925 convertibles. The fuel injection option at the time cost an extra $538.00. The base coupe cost $4252.00 I am cuurently in the process of trying to locate all owners of the car to trace its full history (big task).
This is how the car arrived out of the container, with all the parts in separate boxes. There were many parts missing which I knew about in advance but these were all things that can be purchased from Corvette suppliers without any problem. It was mainly little things missing that you would normally replace in full rebuild anyway.
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Old 30-04-2011, 12:34 PM
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We stripped the body from the chassis and it was evident that the previous owner had done the right thing but given up. Chassis was in great shape but needed to be re-done. The only issues being surface rust on parts that were exposed over time, nuts/bolts etc.
My trusty fork is the best tool I have in the workshop the body off was easy with this tool. The body was excellent in particular underneath, it showed very little wear and tear underneath, I guess it had not done too many hard miles.

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Old 30-04-2011, 12:41 PM
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The chassis is fully completed with all the markings we can identify as factory correct. I did not want to change anything on this including the fact that it has drum brakes all round. We have detailed inside the drums as well we wanted to cover every aspect of factory correct. 375HP donít how its going to stop arrrrggh. Many parts on the vette from factory were just assembled as cast and not painted. To preserve as best we can, we have painted all cast iron items in the correct cast iron coloured paints. Other items such as shocks etc also painted to factory specs.
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Old 30-04-2011, 12:41 PM
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This will be one nice mid year when it's done. Can't wait to read more about it.
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Old 30-04-2011, 12:55 PM
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The body to date!
I could not risk of what was under the current paint that was on the car. From the outside it appeared that it had one paint job done over the original white. To do this correct we media blasted the entire car and this would allow the best preparation possible for a new paint job.
The media blast exposed a few things, a perfectly good and rust free bird cage and some minor dings etc. Of most interest was the fact that the rear had a modification in its early days of an extra tail light commonly called a Californian Pack. Suffice to say it wonít ever come back on the car. Overall we had a good body with great original door gaps to start with. From hear the long road to finish paint begins. The car went into panel and paint approx 12 months ago, it is what you would say (paint jail) but Iím in no rush as good things take time and the money was not there to complete quickly.
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Old 30-04-2011, 01:08 PM
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Panel work is going along well to point where it will probably get colour by the end of next month but no hurry. I have been really impressed by the standard of the work and the lines of the body have been done right and really highlight the beautiful shape of this model corvette.
These pictures were taken about 4-5 months ago.
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Old 30-04-2011, 01:18 PM
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This is where we are today with the panel and paint, have removed hood and doors for de-nib and rub down preping for final paint etc.
The last photo is of the floor in bare fibreglass which is how they left the factory, they were never painted.
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Old 30-04-2011, 02:43 PM
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The CA tri lights is a verry rare item on the C2. The 3rd light was dealer cut and installed so prob looked a little agricultural. Nice work, the blasting looks like it worked a treat.
Anychevy will be onto this thread...lol.

Later Dave

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Old 30-04-2011, 03:43 PM
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Looks fantastic, I would love an early vette in my collection.

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Old 30-04-2011, 03:56 PM
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Completely jealous, I absolutely love that model.
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Old 30-04-2011, 05:51 PM
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Always love seeing a build up.

Looking forward to more progress photos
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Old 30-04-2011, 09:07 PM
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Rowan that is bloody magnificant, now I`m really jealous
Looking forward to seeing this come together
What a find, you lucky b@stard
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Old 30-04-2011, 09:25 PM
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1963 and 64 Option T86 a $10 back-up light option. Only 11,085 documented in 64 and 318 in 63, I'd be leaving them in L88.


"Backup lamps came from the factory "The California Option" was only available to factory backup lamp cars and could only be installed in California. This option had to be installed prior to delivery. It could not have been retrofitted. They had a manual switch."


later Dave...Mmmm nice rack!


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Old 30-04-2011, 09:50 PM
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1963 and 64 Option T86 a $10 back-up light option. Only 11,085 documented in 64 and 318 in 63, I'd be leaving them in L88.


"Backup lamps came from the factory "The California Option" was only available to factory backup lamp cars and could only be installed in California. This option had to be installed prior to delivery. It could not have been retrofitted. They had a manual switch."
Reverse lights were optional, but they just changed the 2 inner tail laights to clear and installed the switch.
It became standard in 66 then a seperate "rectangle" lamp in 67
That 6 light conversion was a common custom thing to do in the 70s I don't think it was a dealer option, but I could be wrong, maybe in San Francisco
It's not an L88 either
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Old 30-04-2011, 09:57 PM
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Thanks Guys

I'm going with 2 tailights, as far as we can research the car will have 2 tailights to back to factory standard. I will bring the engine up to date in the thread tomorrow if i get time or within the week.

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