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My '79 C3 (Corvette can't smog, what am I getting into?)

EDIT: I bought it. Here is a link to the full album of pictures: http://imgur.com/a/acXBs

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New to the forum, did some searching but haven't found quite what I'm looking for.

I colleague of mine has a '78 (might be '79, not sure) Corvette that he'll let me pick up for $1k, he just wants it gone. A few years ago he paid around $8k for it and it has all kinds of goodies, but he doesnt know what they are (he knows nothing about cars). All I know is that it is a 4-speed, should have a lot of power, and probably has no smog equipment.

I'm going to go look at it this weekend.

Can anyone tell me what I should be looking for? If this car truly has no smog equipment at all and I need to get it smogged, are the parts hard to find?

I read that they came with a smog pump, I assume it originally had an EGR system and catalytic converters.

I'll report back when I see it in person and get some pictures. I think it is a steal, it was very nice a few years ago but has been baking in the desert sun and I understand the paint and the top are toast. Here are some pictures of it right after he bought it (he says it looks nothing like this now, it's been horribly neglected for a few years)



 

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Yes, actually there is a special DMV office in Las Vegas where you have to take cars to be inspected under certain circumstances....like when bringing it from out of state. I'm not sure what I would have to go through yet.

Front what I've read so far, the best thing for me to do is to look at the catalyst sticker and see if all the items listed are on the car, and if they are not, find them and put them on.

I'm just not sure yet what will be on that sticker, I'll see the car on Saturday and figure it out.
 

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Thanks! I might take you up on that.

It has become pretty clear to me that for $1k I should buy this thing and if it doesn't work out, I should have no trouble selling it. I understand it looks nothing like the pictures I linked to.
 

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You have to copy/paste the links into a new browser tab/window. I'm a new member and the forum rules prohibit me from posting links or photos.
 

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Again, these pics were taken several years ago and it has been sitting in the desert sun ever since.



 

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OK I think I got it to work, made and deleted a few posts...
 

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Yeah I don't know what those crazy mufflers are...supertrapps maybe?

It should be intact, may or may not run. I'm pretty much under the same school of thought as you...for $1k I probably can't go wrong. Whether or not I keep it afterwards is what's up in the air.
 

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Found a more recent picture on google street view:

 

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it will probably clean and buff right out. check with someone about IF a car that old has to be smog checked, and if so are there exceptions.most states have limits on how much you have to spend etc. drain the tank get a tank of alcohol , double up your jets an " its an alternative fuel vehicle". i did it once:smilielol5:
 

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I'm going to see it tomorrow morning around 11am. He says the tires aren't flat anymore. I'm hoping it'll clean and buff out. The tops looks like they need some real work.

I've been reading up a lot on what NV will make me go through. I'm just going to bring it home, get it running, clean it up, and get a pass to drive it around and take it to the DMV and see what happens.

If it is beyond what I want to put into it, I'll resell it.

It is actually a '79, not a '78.
 

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He said it won't run.

Based on his descriptions, I might be able to get it to fire up with some jumper cables and a can of starter fluid, we'll see.
 
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