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Old 12-29-2012, 10:02 PM   #1
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hello im new to this site but currently im the proud owner of a 1977 corvette stingray she sat for awhile and wasnt in the best conditions ive made it to where she runs and can be driven but i need to redo the interior and paint. but im 16 and new to all this stuff so could i get some suggestions on where to find things cheap and just some general advice?

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Old 12-29-2012, 11:45 PM   #2
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hello im new to this site but currently im the proud owner of a 1977 corvette stingray she sat for awhile and wasnt in the best conditions ive made it to where she runs and can be driven but i need to redo the interior and paint. but im 16 and new to all this stuff so could i get some suggestions on where to find things cheap and just some general advice?

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All of the parts are readily available from many different vendors but they're not cheap. If you're able to do a majority of the work yourself you'll save a lot of money but you'll need a good set of basic hand tools and a good shop manual will help.

In this forum we have a number of very knowledgeable people and they will be glad to answer any questions you may have.

What exactly do you need for it's interior?
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Old 12-30-2012, 05:59 AM   #3
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If it's cheap your looking for, there are a million sources out there just begging for your business. If your a "proud owner" you won't use that word again and take the advice of of the people on this forum. Good quality parts, from reputable vendors will cost you less in the long run.
I don't have the habit of plugging any vendors, but....... I have had good experiences with Wilcox and or Corvette Central.
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:15 AM   #4
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Buy an "Assembly Instruction Manual" from Corvette Central. I took my vette totally apart and put it back together just using the manual and forums for help.
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:34 AM   #5
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First it's nice to hear that there are still 16 years olds interested in cars. Basically learning to do the work yourself will save a ton of money. Luckily interior work is some of the easiest. You can also find a mechanic or body shop guy that may be willing to barter wih you. Good luck , welcome to smokinvette and hopefully we can help too
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the words cheap and Corvette rarely go together in a sentence .. good quality parts for these classic can be pricey..many good vendors..Ecklers , Corvette Central are excellent.. welcome to SV..
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I am not sure about the other vendors, but Wilcox has wiring diagrams and repair instructions available on their website.
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Congratulations on a nice first Vette and welcome to the forum. Will you restore to original or do a freshen-up? Once you decide that, you'll know which vendors are best suited to fit for your needs. Good luck and take / share pictures with us as your project progresses.
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:41 AM   #9
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yea i know vettes arnt cheap but i ment like over all seeing as im 16 i dont have alot of side cash. and my dad is a fabricator i have almost every tool i would need and i plan on putting it next to stock with a few slight modifications since it is a number matching car. also i need almost everything for the interior :/
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Welcome to SV. I've heard more than once that these mid-70's vettes are not (and never will be) worth a ton of $. That being said, don't do anything because you think it will enhance resale value. Do what you want done to the car and what makes you happy with it. Best wishes on your project!
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