1969 Burgundy T-Top Corvette

THE VETTE NET, Nationwide Corvette Brokerage Network, proud Lifetime Business Member of the National Corvette Museum is pleased to offer a 1969 427/390. Here is what the owner says about it:

"I bought the car in December 2006 and had it shipped to me in Oklahoma. When I got the car, it had been garaged since 1974 and was very original. For all intents and purposes, I'm the second owner. Since I lived on an Air Force base, I was able to use the auto shop to do most of the work I needed to do. However, the Air Force has since moved us to Las Vegas and I no longer have the kind of access to the facilities I once had. As a result, the car is sitting in my garage. Overall, I'd say the car is a driver.

The car is a 1969 L36 (427/390) coupe, Burgundy Metallic with Saddle interior

Options:

* Power steering
* Power Brakes
* Speed warning
* Louver trim
* Soft-ray tinted glass
* 44,1XX miles (original miles, as the car was parked in 1974)

The documentation that I have is the original owner's manual, NY state inspection stickers from 1974 still on the windshield, a copy of the license plate surrender form from 1974, a little piece of cellophane that was over the Protect-o-plate (has the original owner's name). I've done the flashlight test and can see that the tank sticker is still attached to the tank.

The car has the majority of the original parts, however, some of them need to be rebuilt and restored. The car includes its original drivetrain (engine, M-20 transmission, and 3.36 posi rear end). Other original parts include the carburetor, alternator, starter, water pump, radiator, overflow tank, and smog pump. Basically, the only thing that is not original for the engine bay is the ignition shielding, spark plug wires, and the distributor. Other items included are the working original am/fm radio (installed), dated t-top bags and the rusted into oblivion original jack. I'm assuming that the original spare is still on the car as well. I can attest to the originality of all of these parts by their date codes.

From the outside, this car is unrestored, has its original paint and chrome, and needs all of that to be redone. From a distance, the paint looks ok, however, the lacquer is checked and chipped in a number of places. The chrome is pitted and is peeling in a couple of spots. In addition, the glass is original. The windshield frame needs some work. Unfortunately, that includes the lower corners as well. Probably not as big of an issue if you’re going to either drive as-is do a frame-off, but I doubt your intelligence if you decide to do a restoration, paint the car and neglect to fix this. That being said, the area around the body mounts is solid. The frame itself has an extensive coating of surface rust, however, it is solid. The passenger side door has some rust issues around the bottom portion as well. The interior is in fair shape for a driver, but most of the components need to be replaced to be a show car. The rear quarter trim panels need replaced, as the previous owner thought that it would be a great idea to cut some holes in the middle and mount some speakers in there. That's the bad, now the good.

Since I have purchased the car, I replaced the front suspension with rebuilt components from Duntov Motors(new A-arms, spindles, and hubs). While I was at it, I replaced the idler arm and ball joints with Moog components. New tie rod ends came in the front rebuild kit and are installed. Also, I installed new shocks. I have the kit to replace all of the bushings in the rear, but lack of time, shop space, and toold has kept me from installing it. In addition, I have a set of adjustable strut rods from Duntov Motors that need to replace the originals that Bubba decided to bend. While I was doing that, I removed the engine to detail out the engine bay and clean things up. When I removed the oil pan replace it, I noticed that some of the mains were spun. I took the motor to a local shop and had the engine rebuilt to stock specs. Included in the rebuild were new bearings, seals, timing chain, valve springs, and a valve job. I have all the receipts from that. The rebuilt motor has approximately 200 miles on it. Before I re-installed everything, I replaced the clutch as well. The tires were replaced at that time and are in great condition, less than 500 miles on them. My other big project was to replace the carpet with the correct 80/20 loop from Al Knoch. I lined the interior with reflectix, which has cut down on the heat substantially. However, I screwed up on the front in a couple of places and really wish that I could call a do-over on that. The big takeaway is that everything important works! Brakes are were replaced when I bought it in late '06. Engine, tranny, rear end, electrical, gauges, vacuum, fiber optics…you name it. The clock and the alarm are not working at this time.

New owner has several choices: Option 1 would be to drive it as it is. In that case, all I would suggest is a rebuild on the driveshaft and halfshafts and you’d be good to go. Option 2 would be to take advantage of the originality of this car and do a full nut and bolt restoration. In that case, you’re in for lots of work, but when you’re done, you have a car that would easily be a NCRS Top Flight caliber Corvette. Finally, it's your responsibility to inspect the car or have a qualified inspector look over it. Everything I have stated here has been stated in good faith and what I believe I would want to know if I was buying this car. In short, I wish to keep no secrets. That being said, I can't take responsibility for lack of due diligence on any potential buyer's part."

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Category: C3
Location: NV
Year: 1969
Make: Chevrolet
Model: Corvette
Body Style: T-Top
Stock Number: K-141
Engine Size: 427
Horse Power: 390
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Miles: 44037+ (Appears original)
Exterior Color: Burgundy
Interior Color: Saddle
Price: $23,990 – RESTORE IT THE WAY YOU WANT

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