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1981 Corvette
$16500 | 03/07/2017

Selling our Corvette. There's a story: This car has less than 50,000 original miles and less than 1,000 miles since we restored it two years ago. I bought this car out of a hay barn that had been sitting for about 10 years....with the windows down. The interior was destroyed, and was subsequently gutted of the remaining scraps, vacuumed, scrubbed, and refitted. The dash, door panels, and overhead plastics are original and refinished...everything else has been replaced...carpeting, seat covers, steering wheel, all of the instrument circuit boards, and all weatherstripping as well as all new exterior emblems, windshield, and two-stage urethane paint.

This car spent 9 months in the garage getting new interior, weatherstripping, and paint. It has all new brakes (calipers, rotors, pads, and possibly master cylinder (will have to check my records). The L81 350 engine and TH350 transmission are stock and has not been rebuilt, and was originally computer controlled by GM's 1st gen computer system that was junk and it all has been bypassed in lieu of an Edelbrock intake and carb, as well as an Accel HEI distributor and complete Magnaflow exhaust system from Corvette Central. Has Torque Thrust style wheels and new tires with less than 1000 miles on them....the trip odometer was reset the day the car was rolled out for the first time and hasn't yet rolled over.

It is 1 of 1031 that was painted Yellow and it has solid tops which I like as we've had Vettes with glass tops that will bake you like a chicken in the summertime. We also replaced the wavy urethane rear bumper cover for a new fiberglass unit during restoration, but the front cover is original. Rear window was professionally tinted as well. Has full Pioneer sound system (head unit, front speakers, and rear speakers in box build specifically for this car.

Car also has new fuel pump as well as air conditioning compressor, and the A/C works.

Things I don't like and haven't been addressed yet:
1. Rear engine seal leaves about 4 drops of oil on the garage floor after having been driven.
2. Occasionally gives off a puff of smoke when started. I expect that the valve seals are probably rotten from having sat so long.
3. Left turn signal does not positively engage without force as turn signal mechanism is worn out...I have a new one in the package, but just haven't installed it yet.
4. Cruise control does not work, as part of the system was missing when we bought the car and has not been replaced.
5. Passenger electric lock solenoid was inoperative and has not been replaced....gotta lock the door by hand...drivers side works.
6. Padded dash has not been replaced and has a couple of cracks...nothing huge though, otherwise we would've replaced it.

This car is currently in storage in a friends shop under a cover for the winter and it hasn't seen daylight yet this spring. Frankly, it's a really fun car that turns heads, but with another hot rod currently under construction, we don't have room for it, and are not interested in paying a storage fee all year has to go.

NOW, with all of that being said, we'd be willing to consider direct trades for:

!. 1930's Hot Rod coupe or pickup, even a project depending on condition and/or progress.

2. 28-30' late model-ish 5th wheel camper. (preferably)

Well, I think that's it. I have a folder with almost all receipts from the restoration, and I have photos of the restoration in-progress for anyone that requests them. I MAY to be able to gain access to the car for anyone that is serious and has a genuine offer and wants to see it before 3/1, but keep in mind that it is locked up on private property in a shop that is owned by a friend whom travels frequently.

I'll answer any and all questions and supply further photos either by phone or email if requested. Thanks for looking.

Car is located in Billings Montana and is also listed on Craigslist..

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