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How to Restore Your C3 Corvette: 1968-1982 (Restoration How-to)

How to Restore Your C3 Corvette: 1968-1982 (Restoration How-to)

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Unmistakable and alluring style, excellent handling, and enormous performance from big-block power. The Corvette C3, built from 1968 to 1982, was the longest running and top selling Corvette generation in history. This iconic Stingray model, firmly ingrained in automotive consciousness, influenced the American automotive design, and for many enthusiasts became the quintessential Corvette. The 1968–1974 Corvettes were equipped with spirited small-blocks as well as high-horsepower, big-block V-8s. While these early cars bring top dollar at auction, Corvettes built from 1975 to 1982 (with a few exceptions) are plentiful, affordable, and can be upgraded to high-performance cars.

Many Corvettes have been driven aggressively during their lifetime while others have not been properly stored nor maintained. Whether it’s hard use, neglect, or simply elapsed time, these cars often require a major restoration, not just simple repair.

Author Walt Thurn expertly guides you through each crucial stage of the restoration process, from disassembly to inspection to parts selection to assembly. He provides hands-on restoration techniques with step-by-step photos for all major component groups including suspension, engine, interior, body, paint, brakes, steering, and electrical. Special coverage is devoted to restoring the birdcage frame and the fiberglass body.

The book discusses the real-world benefits and drawbacks of doing the work yourself. In addition, it contains essential model information, VIN identification, powertrain and interior options, and more. If you’ve been looking for the authoritative guide for restoring your 1968–1982 Stingray, you’ve found it.
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