In 2017 after 35 years of club racing, my wife talked me into “retiring”. Big mistake. Watching someone else race was not the same. Therefore, in 2019, at 78 years old and bored, I decided I needed a new car project, and to get back on the track. After a few months of following all the standard race car classifieds, I eventually found a vintage Corvette. No engine, no transmission. From what I could tell, an early TransAm/GT1 car with a C2 frame, coil-over stock car front clip, full cage, C3 diff and a modified rear coil-over independent suspension with C4 modified hubs. Although neglected and crude in many respects, it had lots of potential. Given the price of vintage Corvettes, I considered it a “barn find”. Although it didn’t come with any logbooks or ID numbers, it was apparent that it had once been raced. It looked like it hadnโ€™t been on the track in years and probably had several owners who never got it back on the track. However, the last owner invested time and money installing an ACP C4 wide body. The wide body sold me. As a retired one man show, the ability to remove body panels and get at things really appealed to me. No more boredom. I had found the perfect challenge so for the last three years Iโ€™ve been cleaning, repairing, replacing, re-engineering and rebuilding. I had the diff rebuilt with a new 3.36 ring and pinion, new posi, added new rear hubs, discs and calipers. I had Wilwood rebuild the six piston front calipers. I installed new NASCAR front rotors and upper balljoints. I had Sweet rebuild the power rack and servo, installed dual oil filters, new hydraulic and oil lines, dry sump system with oil cooler, new 22 gallon fuel cell, fire suppression set-up and aluminum wheels. Fourteen inch wide TransAm wheels and tires in back and 27×10 NASCAR slicks up front. I hoped to get the car on the track last year but a heart attack took care of that. With the heart condition I can’t pass the physical to club or SCCA race so I’m selling the car as a project roller. My next step was to install an engine and transmission then go thru the suspension. The shocks will probably need to be rebuilt, the front end and rear end aligned, nut and bolt check all around, etc. In other words, normal race car prep. There’s still work to be done before it’s track ready, but I have frankly run out of gas and motivation so Iโ€™m ready to hand this project off to a younger, more energetic man. Any decent gearhead who knows his way around race cars should be able to finish up and put this car on the track for a total of no more than $15,000. Probably a little less. Good way for a talented mechanic to get into vintage racing on a budget. If the car had a pedigree [which it doesn’t] with an engine and transmission it would sell for $25,000 or more.

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Location: Solana Beach, California, United States