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Old 04-10-2008, 06:21 AM
 
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What do you think of the 1977-1982 Corvettes? Seems they are the cheapest priced, probably due to the smog area.
REPLY: These are known as 'cruisers' because of the drastically cut h.p.
But many people still like them and buy them. All corvettes are great , just depends on what youre looking for in a Corvette.
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Old 04-10-2008, 09:55 AM
 
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I have an '81. I love it, it's my toy. All post-72 corvette's are snails in stock form (as are all vehicles from that era due to smog controls), and somewhat overweight relative to it's size. But at the same time they have some semblance of modern comfort.

Chevy made and sold a ton of them, and since they are outside the muscle car years they can still be purchased cheaply and they stand out and get noticed like no C5 or C6 will ever do.

With the iconic chevy small block they all have they are very easily and cheaply modified to make fast, I'm talking C5 fast (or C6 fast if you drop in a big block).

For the OP - check out and join the Corvette Forum, I highly recommend it and they have a specific C3 forum.
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Old 04-10-2008, 10:04 AM
 
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My sister in-law has a 69 with a 454 and 4 speed, it's fast and real pretty but has no power steering, brakes or air, does it devalue the car to add these items? I rode in it for 2.5 hours in the heat of the day and thought I was going to die
It could indeed devalue the car, all depends how much it is stock now, installing air involves alot of cutting. Whatever he does, don't lose the engine, numbers matching is very important. If the engine brakes and he was to put in a new crate engine or something, put this one in a corner somewhere and don't throw it out.
Then again, you don't buy a vette as an investment (well, I don't anyways). You buy it to drive hard on the road.
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Old 04-10-2008, 10:11 AM
 
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Low Horsepower cars and styling
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Old 04-10-2008, 10:39 AM
 
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Low Horsepower cars and styling
Low Horsepower? Say again? The 1969 Corvette big blocks were standard at 400HP plus and the small blocks 350+ HP. The 1969 ZL1 engine option to this day still is arguably the highest HP production block ever made - rated at 430 HP, estimated to be at least 100HP above that.

yeah yeah, HP was measured differently then, but still...
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Old 04-10-2008, 01:23 PM
 
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Low Horsepower? Say again? The 1969 Corvette big blocks were standard at 400HP plus and the small blocks 350+ HP. The 1969 ZL1 engine option to this day still is arguably the highest HP production block ever made - rated at 430 HP, estimated to be at least 100HP above that.
yeah yeah, HP was measured differently then, but still...



REPLY: I think BMD69 might be referring to post 1972 Vettes as being down in h.p.. But i could be wrong. If hes saying that 68-72 Corvettes are 'low in h.p.' and thus slow...id love to take him for a spin around the block in my 1970 which was 390 h.p. stock , but is now 540 h.p. / 600 ft.lbs. torque.
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Old 04-10-2008, 02:21 PM
 
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REPLY: I think BMD69 might be referring to post 1972 Vettes as being down in h.p.. But i could be wrong. If hes saying that 68-72 Corvettes are 'low in h.p.' and thus slow...id love to take him for a spin around the block in my 1970 which was 390 h.p. stock , but is now 540 h.p. / 600 ft.lbs. torque.
OK I'll buy that interpretation, not much you can derive from a partial sentence post of 5 words, why do people even bother?

Ahh torque. Kids driving those hondas, they just have no concept of what a fast car is. The infamous 1969 ZL1, only a few sold, some in Camaro's - it was a 10 second 1/4 mile car bone-stock except for slicks and that's with 60's tire technology. Even the latest 2008 Corvette model Z06 is a high 11 second car at best (which is incredibly fast).
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Old 04-10-2008, 07:20 PM
 
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We have a '74 coupe 408/408 DBGM & a '00 DBGM coupe.
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Old 04-10-2008, 07:47 PM
 
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Low Horsepower? Say again? The 1969 Corvette big blocks were standard at 400HP plus and the small blocks 350+ HP. The 1969 ZL1 engine option to this day still is arguably the highest HP production block ever made - rated at 430 HP, estimated to be at least 100HP above that.

yeah yeah, HP was measured differently then, but still...

1977-1982 edition I was replying about. I worked at the Tonawanda Motor Plant where they made the those Big Blocks. See those stickers on the valve covers guys.

Thank you.

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Old 04-10-2008, 07:51 PM
 
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REPLY: I think BMD69 might be referring to post 1972 Vettes as being down in h.p.. But i could be wrong. If hes saying that 68-72 Corvettes are 'low in h.p.' and thus slow...id love to take him for a spin around the block in my 1970 which was 390 h.p. stock , but is now 540 h.p. / 600 ft.lbs. torque.
I meant the 77-82 versions.
1977 L82 210 Hp
1978 L82 220 Hp
1979 L82 225 Hp
1980 L82 230 HP
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