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Old 08-06-2014, 03:33 PM
 
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I've got a 1980 Corvette that has been sitting in my driveway for years, rotting. I'm trying to find someone to restore it, complete with upgrades like a new Corvette engine/tranny. Not in any hurry, so shop can take as long as it needs. Just do not want to get worked over on the pricing.

Thanks!
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Old 08-07-2014, 01:18 AM
 
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Welcome to Classic Cars of Houston

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Old 08-07-2014, 07:23 AM
 
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Hope you have around $30k or more if your going with an LS swap. Full rotisserie job, it will be cool for sure when done though.
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Old 08-07-2014, 07:25 AM
 
Location: NC
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I wouldn't throw money at a 1980 corvette because it will simply never be worth much even completed. You are going to pay huge $$$ for a restoration.
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Old 08-07-2014, 08:25 AM
 
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You can do anything you want with enough money.

How much it costs, and if it's worth is another story
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:17 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I agree with the last two, your Corvette will never be worth what it will cost for a decent restoration. If you love the car and will keep and drive it a long time it may be worth it to you. Very few restorations are cost-effective, and those are limited to extremely rare or sought-after cars like a 69 Camaro SS, Yenko or Copo, or real Cobra. For Corvette that would be those older than about 1965. Even then, a friend had his 1962 Corvette restored and it cost him $80,000. They only sell for $60-80,000. Be aware also that many shops are not experts in fiberglass, so choose carefully and ask to see pictures of other Corvettes they have done.
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Old 08-07-2014, 12:29 PM
 
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Apply to be on "overhauilin" on TV...they get amazing done for free.
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Old 08-07-2014, 12:36 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Bodies by Jay, South Glens Falls, NY. "Vette specialist.
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Old 08-07-2014, 12:49 PM
 
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I worked in a restoration shop and cost almost always was more than current market value.

People would bring in cars that had been in the family for decades... others wanted to know what they had by supervising a restoration.

One owner was so disgusted by a show car he bought... looked beautiful... just was not a driver... most everything was purely cosmetic... and looked like new... the trans popped out of gear, the rear end whined and the there was piston slap...

I've restored a number of cars and it's something you have to enjoy and it can be productive... a couple of hours at night working in the garage vs watching TV...
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Old 08-07-2014, 02:21 PM
 
Location: U.S.A.
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If it is truly "rotting", like crumbling rust, you should not even give this idea further thought.
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