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Old 11-07-2011, 10:20 PM
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Default 1969 427 restoration from Sweden

Hi,

Thought I would share some of my work on my Corvette that I have now owned for 3 years.
I hope my English will be possible to understand but if something seems unclear or strange, don´t hesitate to correct me!

I have always dreamed of owning a Corvette C3 but it was only after selling my Camaro -76 and my Volvo P1800 -66 that I had the possibility to start chasing my dream car.
The cars had been in my posession for something like 25 years and both were renovated completely by me. It was quite difficult to see the cars drive down the road with new owners after all those years. (I was around 17 when I bought them...)

I was in a desperate state to get hold of a Corvette and after going through car ads on the net without results I decided to make some calls. I finally got hold of a guy in a town 200km from me that new of a Corvette that might be for sale. I chased down the owner and asked if I could buy the car and he actually said yes. What a luck
After looking on the car once I was sold. The price was settled and I was the owner of my dream car!

So, the car is a 1969 427 with a matching numbers 390Hp. Originally it was sold with a manual gearbox. Unfortunately someone had put in an old TH350
Sold with Black Vinyl interior and Fathom Green 983 paint and as seen on the photos, it has been repainted some 25 years ago.
It was imported to Sweden in 1985. I have no clue to where in the States it came from. Would be nice to know. The bulid sheet is missing.

The car is in nice shape but of course in need of some work. The engine has been restored and is working fine. The side pipes is welded by a friend of mine in stainless steel and polished by me. 4" with special inserts that gives a low but powerful sound. I am very pleased with theese pipes.

After driving the car for two summers I decided to start my restoration. I will not restore it to complete originality. I want to build a car that handles well with enough power but basically looks original on the outside.
So, here we go then...

A photo from a local cruise last summer
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The car was rolled into my workshop and I started to disassemble parts from the body. I decided early to do a body off restoration. Did not seem too difficult to do this after my previos restorations.

I see now that my photos are quite small??? The size is 1600x1200 when I upload them from my computer, should I make them larger or what is going on here?
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Old 11-08-2011, 12:39 AM
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Nice looking 69!

If you click on your pictures, they open up to a full size.

Keep us posted with your progress, or if you run into a problem, post that as well.
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I"m jealous as hell over your paint color, gotta LOVE it@!!!!!

I dunno what your driving circumstances are, but if lots of freeway use, maybe a overdrive is in order....

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awesome car, awesome color. welcome to the madness
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I see now that my photos are quite small??? The size is 1600x1200 when I upload them from my computer, should I make them larger or what is going on here?
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1024x768 is more than enough for posting, to have them displayed at their actual size use the [img] tag, not the [url] one.
Me too I really like the color, red with some je ne sais quoi
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I see now that my photos are quite small??? The size is 1600x1200 when I upload them from my computer, should I make them larger or what is going on here?
Pls. help someone...
1024x768 is more than enough for posting, to have them displayed at their actual size use the [img] tag, not the [url] one.
Me too I really like the color, red with some je ne sais quoi
You know what really pisses me off is all these cameras that take 15 meg pictures, when 256k is all that's really necessary, so I have to go to some stupid photo edit to publish to the web......

cameras need be able to adjust to whatever your suggestion above is about, and get OVER it already....

wife took a shot of the San Antonio Riverwalk in Texas only 4.1 megs....and so it's like 32" wide and 24" high without a pix showing on the print....so just HOW many folks really need 12+ megs on a shot, what in hell doing? BILLBOARDS??

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Good looking car! Keep us updated on your progress.

Karsten is right. Welcome to the madness.
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Thank´s for your tips. I will give the photos a new try tonight after work

I have a new Tremec TKO 600 waiting to be finally assembled. Actually it is already test fitted and lined up (alot of work , had to modify rear axle bracket and so on to get it properly lined). I will keep adding pictures and text about my bulid.

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A few photos from my work with the body lift. I was a little bit hesitant about the body lift at first after reading about all problems experienced by people. Stuck bolts, rusted bird cages and front ends breaking loose...
Anyway, I removed the steering column, brakelines, cables to the engine, a few vacuum hoses, wires and hand brake wires. I also removed the cooler but left the cooling frame in the car for support.
Then all bumper brackets and some other parts were removed and finally all the body connections. Suprisingly not one bolt that I removed was stuck
I was taking notes and alot of photos the whole time during the disassembly since I know by experience that I forget very quickly where all bolts and parts go...
As seen below the zinc plating was still intact on the washers for the body connections.
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