1978 Chevrolet Corvette. It has red interior and exterior. It is a V-8 350. I planned
on keeping this car and finishing it, however I do not have the time to do that
anymore, thus why I am parting with it. I am passionate about Corvettes and
want the next owner to know exactly what they are getting in this car, at least as
much information I can give based on my experience and knowledge of the car.
So this will not be a description of the car telling you how great the car is, looks,
feels, etc. I want to give an honest and complete idea of what this car is so the
next owner will enjoy it and not be surprised and most importantly disappointed. I
am not a mechanic, I purchase Corvette C3's from time to time and do interior
restorations and basic mechanical repairs. Saying that, after owning a half dozen
of these models, this car runs well and the transmission is in good shape, other
than the only leak I have observed which is transmission fluid. The engine itself
runs strong, though since I added the California smog equipment to it, I do notice
it is not as fast as it was before. Of course the smog equipment can be removed.
When I bought this car I was told the engine was replaced with a rebuilt L82 from
a 1979 and has less than 2000 miles on it, I cannot confirm this. Under the hood is
the single snorkel air cleaner and duct so I assume it's just a L48 engine unless he
just put the stock L48 air cleaner and duct back on because he didn't have the dual
snorkel. It has the standard nose crunch on these models up front showing the
chipped off paint that has been covered with touch up paint and that almost everyone
I've seen has, and why everybody I know that has a C3 has a mask/bra on the
front of their car. The windshield and back window are in good condition, no cracks
or anything in them. The passenger side mirror assembly is a little loose connected
to the door, most likely just needs to be tightened. The radio, clock, keyhole alarm
on the drivers front fender, and horn do not work. The radio antenna does not go
up and down, could be because the radio does not work, I do not know. The drivers
and passenger side keyhole door lock stick. I have never locked the doors but the
handles work inside and out no problem opening and closing the doors. The driver's
side power window switch needs replacement or new mount. The windows go up
and down, though they are not zipping up and down, the motors may need to be
lubricated or just deal with it as I have because they are slow and at times I have
helped them up with my hand. The driver's side armrest is dismounted from the
door panel. The driver's side door panel is loose from the car and needs to be
mounted along with the armrest. The body is straight and I already repaired the
doors so there is no sagging. The side view mirror on the driver's side is missing
it's inside lever. The windshield wipers switch on the dash is missing. The T-Tops
come off and on with ease, no issues with the latches. The gas gauge wiggles like
it floats up and down. There is no air conditioning, the unit wasn't installed, and
the power to blow the heater or fan does not work. There are two cracks in the dash.
The spring on the ash tray door does not work but you can open and close the lid
fine. The tires need to be replaced, and there is one lug nut on the front passenger
side missing. The odometer and speedometer do not work, I do not know if it is
just a new cable needed. The car looks to be originally white on the exterior and
painted red. There are chips out of the paint in some areas which most have been
covered with touch up paint, but obvious, such as on the rear bumper area, one
rear tail light (in the hole), and what looks like the clear coat peeling off around
the top of the back passenger's side fender and along the top of the back window
which I was told could be buffed out but never tried as my plan was to patch the
areas in need of repainting and just have an over spray in the same red color done.
There is also the common separation of the rear bumper from the back of the car
which most people I have seen either replace the rear end with a spoiler or when
they have the car painted they fill this in to look seamless. The hood opens and
closes great, it does not hit the fenders at all. One of the air conditioning vents on
top of the gauges needs to be repaired or replaced. There is a chip on the upper
front side of the drivers window. The leather boot around the gear shift has separated
a little from the housing, needs to be repaired. Inside of both doors where they
close are scrapes from the doors closing, I repaired the doors so they do not sag
anymore, this should not happen again. The headlights go up and down no problem,
though they aren't super fast. I put a new master cylinder on the car recently. The
pictures show the glove box is open, there is nothing wrong with it opening or closing,
I took the picture to show the inside. There is paint missing from being rubbed
inside the side mirror housing on both sides. This is not a salvage titled car, it has
a clear title. The car is not currently registered in the state of California or smoged.
It is owed registration for 2012, 2013, and 2014 and needs a smog check if you
are in California. The registration fee in 2011 was $59.00 here in California. So an
estimate of what is owed would be $177 plus fees which I do not know but would
estimate to be $200 to $300. When I filed my state income tax this year they
garnished $142.00 which I assume went towards the registration fees owed on the
car, I can't confirm this as I received no letter stating where it went only that the
state took the refund. I am not aware if the car is taken to another state what happens
to the fees or if they are owed. The car has not sat in the garage for 3 years, I
have used it in my neighborhood to run around the block to keep it maintained.
As I said I was going to fix this car up but do not have the time. So included with
the car are the new parts I bought including the interior I was changing to black.
Here is the list of new parts/items included:
1) Complete set of seat foam consisting of 6 pieces (2 tops, 2 bottoms, 2 back of
head) to replace all seat foam in the car.
2) Complete set of new leather like seat interior with installation kit to install on above
seat foam. (I went leather like for durability being I wanted this to be my daily driver)
3) Dash cap, black, to cover dash cracks. This is plastic and glues right onto the dash.
4) Quantity 5 cans of leather, vinyl, and hard plastic refinisher. This is black and
you use it to spray the door panels, headliner, dash cap, back seat panels, etc.
5) New black leather wrapped steering wheel
6) Under hood insulator. This mounts under the hood to protect the top of the hood's
paint from getting heated.
7) Front hood mask/bra, black, to cover the chipped paint on the nose of the car.
8) Armrest and gear shift cover, black. This is the center console cover the driver
rests his/her right arm on.
9) Removable center console arm rest cushion, black.
10) Outer left and right side door window felt strip. This is the outer side felt strip
the windows go up and down through.
11) Inner left and right side door window felt strip. This is the inner side felt strip
the windows go up and down through.
12) Set of 2 (one for each side) T-Top weather stripping rubber.
Also included with the car are parts that were on the car but are not currently on
the car which include:
1) left and right T-Top inner headrest. These are red and can be painted black and
installed back onto the T-Tops.
2) Driver's side door armrest. This is red and came off it's mounts. Needs to be
repaired or replaced.
3) Quantity 2 (one for each side) L-82 hood emblems.
I am including extra parts, not from this car but from other C3 Corvettes I have
owned, which are:
1) Spare tire cover. This is the unit that covers the spare tire under the back of
2) Under nose fiberglass piece. This goes under the front nose of the car.
The car does need some work, but I hope you can see it is not extensive, minor
really if you enjoy it, and what I like to do when I buy Corvettes in these years is
fix exactly what this car needs. The new parts included are not cheap and sets you
well on your way to restore the interior and change it to black which is what would
look sharp. This would also be a great father son project, which is what I originally
picked this one up for and to make it my daily driver.
There is a crack on the right side of the clear plastic cover over the speedometer / tachometer cluster.