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Car came with some pieces of a new interior kit. I get it green turquoise was a 50s color but not seeing how it goes with the light blue. :kenk: My dad says the dash  will be shrunk and it went in the garbage. Rest will go in CL or ebay. I would be thinking all black on the interior. Not sure another color would work.

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Car will need new front glass. Not so easy to pull all of the trim off.

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Apparently this dash piece is not so fun to put in after drilling the spot welds. It is literally paper thin.

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A fair amount of chrome and stainless needs redone or massaged and polished. Front and rear bumpers are pretty nice.  Extra parts! $$$

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Rear and side glasses will need to be replaced. Apparently a PITA to do.

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Just a few pics but trailer was full when we were done.

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Pics underneath before I pressure washed all the cobwebs off. Nice exhaust with no muffler on one side.

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Color has grown on me after getting it cleaned up. Some nice metallic in the sun. Lots of orange peel so no color sanding . A few blemishes but not bad. Maybe a repaint if we took this car to the next level. Most likely won't happen.

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New exhaust system for a 61-62 my dad has. Front section will work but he thinks the tailpipes are different. Not sure if we will end up getting that far.

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First vid trying to start the motor. My dad called a vette guru he knows and within less than a minute told us the motor numbers are from a 65-68 Chevelle 327 with manual trans. So much for him telling us it was a numbers matching motor. lol. Price was good enough we weren't worried about it. In this vid number one spark plug is still out and also we did not now the distributor clamp was completely loose!! Guy told us it was a running motor.

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This is round 2 and the first time the engine starts. 3 things going on here. (1) Right side rocker cover is upside down and rocker arm are digging in to the cover. :rbj:  (2) One side of the exhaust is missing a muffler and the other side has a glasspack. (3) This one is speculation. The son told us dad the owner did not get the clutch fork on properly. We are thinking the clutch is hitting that and making racket.

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Round 3. Nasty sound is there but does not sound like a rod knock. Need to pull the trans and look at that clutch.  Oil pressure is good and at the end it actually idles. Carbs dry as a bone and have been sitting for years. If this motor is bad my dad has a fresh rebuilt 283 with numbers for this vintage Corvette.  Hopefully not since that cuts into my share. Once we determine that I will have a couple ways to go. (1) Get the motor, trans, brakes all working so the car is drivable. Then sell it as a project to put together. Probably worth $35k at that point. Or (2) Do a full build and put 100s of hours into it. Then the car would be worth $55-$60k. My dad has many other projects and he would teach me but I would do most of the work. Great schooling to learn about these cars. On this particular one I am leaning toward option 1. First need to get that trans out and see what the noise is.

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22 hours ago, onanysunday said:

Car will need new front glass. Not so easy to pull all of the trim off.

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1957 Chevy Belair post car. I had two of them, windows don't rattle and they are lighter than a hard top, no X member in the frame.  DON~~~

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This is so cool!

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Clutch was indeed hitting the fork which was wrong. Sounds much better without that scraping noise. :sha: Clutch and disc are new so I will glassbead and paint the clutch. Flywheel was pretty bad so I resurfaced it.  We installed the front portion of the new exhaust system with the mufflers. Just need to put the trans back in and car is going up for sale as a project for $35k. Come to find out the intake and two carbs are worth $2500-$3000. Paint on this car is single stage and just ok with a lot of orange peel. With the metallic and single stage no way to color sand or buff it out.  This car will be perfect for a guy that wants to do a restomod and maybe throw a different color on the car. Body work and fiberglass are all done so it could be painted for $3k-$4k. Good start for someone.

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This is my favorite of my dads Corvettes. 1960 with late model 5.3 motor and electronic auto. 9" rear end. Electric power steering. Aftermarket front end with disc brakes. Rear discs as well.  Even has AC. He has driven this cross country on a hot rod tour.

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17 hours ago, onanysunday said:

This is my favorite of my dads Corvettes. 1960 with late model 5.3 motor and electronic auto. 9" rear end. Electric power steering. Aftermarket front end with disc brakes. Rear discs as well.  Even has AC. He has driven this cross country on a hot rod tour.

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Super nice. DON~~~

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I put it on CL late last night for $37,500 and we already have a guy coming today at 11am to look at it.

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Never in a million years would we have been looking for it but believe it or not the guy painted two right side doors. What painter wouldn't notice this??? :rbj: We had an extra door so in the end shouldn't make much difference. Buyer will paint this car anyway.  We also sorted all of the parts and have a full set of pics in the ad HERE  One guy spent two hours looking at it Friday but he is a full on numbers matching guy. Two more inquiries so far and I was finally able to send them all of the pics last night. Still a lot of work and fun time spent with my dad to get to this point.

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No problem, just sell it to a painter, never notice.

Not positive but the guy could of worked for me. I had some over the years.

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On 8/22/2019 at 10:47 AM, onanysunday said:

I put it on CL late last night for $37,500 and we already have a guy coming today at 11am to look at it.

Did it sell? 

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32 minutes ago, PIKUPYOURTRASH said:

Did it sell? 

Day before yesterday I spent a couple of hours cleaning up the front windshield parts. Also just reduced it to $34,500 yesterday.  Pics of all of the parts here (some pics updated from a previous post) Fuel tank pic added as well.

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Got a trade request for this car. Interesting and looks like a lot of fun. Wonder how hard this would be to resell? I am thinking tough.  We had a buyer last week but still $1500 apart on price.

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Titled as a 1957 Lotus Roadster, this Diva started out as a kit in 1992, was first completed in 1997, then was completely upgraded again in 2018, with 600 miles since the rebuild. Odometer showing around 16K on the body. Has 350 SBC built by "Blue Print Engines" dyno'd @ 385 hp, with 409 ft lbs torque. GM T5, 5 sp manual trans w/Hurst shifter, Ram Clutch w/Steel shatter proof bell housing, 8.8 Ford locker rear with Moroso racing axles, 4 link setup w/panhard bar, Corvette calipers, Wilwood brakes, master cylinder and pedals. Autometer guages, everything top shelf and working properly. This is a street legal race car, wicked fast, and not for the faint of heart. Strap yourself in with the Simpson harness, attach the La Carra steering wheel and hang on. (For safety, there is a fire extinguisher system, that can be activated if you do decide to race this car. It will spray pressurized water propelled via explosion proof Nitrogen gas, on the driver and engine, IF you would happen to roll this car over.) This is a serious licensed insured street car, or bonified racecar. It comes with three sets of tires and wheels, one strickly for racing. This is a very comfortable sitting car, it feels built around you. I am 5'11" and I can barely get the clutch pedal all the way down. The seat does not slide, its bolted firm for racing, it can be unbolted and moved forward for shorter drivers. It will easily fit a 6' plus driver as is. Research shows 15 of this very unique "Cobra style rear end looking" Lotus' built. Ten roadsters, 5 coupes. Here's a chance to own a very unique rare piece of automobile memorabilia, and have the most fun driving experience you will probably ever have. Never wrecked. Never raced. This Excellent condition sports car is near perfect in every way. No surprises no issues at all. The car comes with the factory front fenders, I have them off for a cleaner look. (See pictures) They are excellent and take about a 1/2 hour each to re attach. Car is located in Oregon. Delivery possible. $45,000.00 Cash or interesting trades. I like 60's muscle, C1 C2 vettes ect. Clear Oregon title. Thanks Bob 269-223-276three
 

 

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Looks like they are selling in the low 20s. One in the video has a 215 Buick. https://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/cars-for-sale/diva/unspecified/2034993.html

383 in this one that looks to have sold. https://www.streetsideclassics.com/vehicles/3026-dfw/2001-diva-roadster (Shows some underneath frame pics. Says 2100 lbs dry)

 

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