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  1. wthensler

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    Next FOS is at the new Equestrian Center in Ocala on 30-April and 01-May. We’ll be there for the gala event and the show.

    I could be wrong but I think FOS is just part of the Grand Opening of the Center.

    Anyone else going?
     
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  3. Ianjoub

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    I am close by. Bump this thread next week so I remember!
     
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    Still considering it. I have an invite to show the 550. Not sure if we want to commit the day...or the weekend to it...
     
  5. wthensler

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    We’re headed down tomorrow afternoon. Going to the event Friday night, then showing on Saturday. We’re staying Sat night, too.

    It should be a great time, we love the FOS, Joe Sabatini is first class, and the Equestrian Center is going to be fabulous. I’d encourage anyone on the fence to consider joining us. There always seem to be too few Ferraris there, and too many Lambos, lol!

    if you’re going, look for the white 458 Spider, or ring my cell 908-500-7593.

    William
     
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    C’mon down (or up) Johnny............Heck, I go to C&C for the day and it’s 2 plus hours each way.
     
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    Thinking of going just as spectators. No time to detail any cars right now...
     
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    #8 wthensler, May 3, 2021
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    Johnny,

    Great event and super glad you came by to say hello. I was so busy I forgot to take pics.

    This place is unbelievable! We hung out and watched the Derby on the big screen. It was packed with southern belles with their mint juleps and fancy hats.....

    Not a Ferrari, but I saw this ‘66 Stingray for sale and may end up as the owner, we’ll see. Of course I know nothing about them. Whaddya’ think?

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    A/C has been added, radiator, fan and brake booster have been upgraded, and ask for the chrome shielding around the dis. cap, plugs and wires. Pretty simple machine compared to a Ferrari, and looks like a nice example. Even better if engine is original and it has the removable hardtop.
    Make sure the headlamps flip as designed, and look underneath at frame for rust, especially in the rear where it kicks up just in front of the rear wheels. Shiny red paint can hide an expensive frame swap (ask me how I know!) That front plate looks like a Michigan example, and that state loves their road salt.
     
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  13. wthensler

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    #10 wthensler, May 3, 2021
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    Howard,

    Correct, the car was initially a Michigan car, it underwent a complete frame off restoration, engine, transmission and suspension rebuild (see below). I’d want more details, of course. There are some imperfections, but its going to be tough to beat at this price point. The owner is getting older and wants out.

    In doing a fair bit of comparison, prime examples are going well above 100k, in some cases 150 or more. Case in point - the owner of the black one (show condition) wouldn’t sell for less than 175 (what he told me anyway).

    This one has a modified 327 and a few other things that would render it a non-show car. But I’m thinking just to have for around town type thing. No wheelies or Concours events for this one. It would be my first ever and last Corvette.

    I’m having a PPI done at a reputable shop that specializes in the C2 Corvettes, and I’ll probably go ahead if it checks out. And yes, I was once scorched on an old Datsun 240z.....

    I’ll do a few things to it like tires and stock exhaust, maybe some interior fixes. It doesn’t appear to need much, but we shall see.....

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    Very good!. Sounds like you are doing all the right things. They are fantastic cars if sorted. Best of luck, and that side exhaust may be a factory option. It looks correct.
     
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    That black one next to it is a 1967 big block, which is the Holy Grail of C2 Vettes, especially if it has three carbs. That makes it worth a fair bit more, and not far from his value point. Its the one everyone wants. Nice color scheme as well.
     
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    Here’s a ‘65 L87 completely restored, closing in on 100 points. I’m liking the color scheme but no A/C, and I have to see about the wheels. Haven’t seen in person yet....considerably more $$$.
     
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    A 65 big block (L78) is a rare animal. Only year for the 396, and not the entire model year, since they switched mid year from the small block fuelie to the big block. Only about 2000 made. Worth mucho dolleros...assuming its a real one.
     
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    Rust in the birdcage is the most important thing to look for, as well as making sure the Trim Tag and VIN tag are original. They are the most problematic items. I am a National level NCRS 67 team judge. We see fake Trim Tags and VIN tags all the time and it's a heartbreaker for sure for the owner when we advise him/her.

    Kinda funny you posted this, as i am thinking of using my 67 Big Block Corvette as trade for my first F car soon. Good luck. ARA
     
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    An NCRS judge is a brave man. I was at meets years ago where I thought the judge(s) might not survive to see sundown after catching people at obvious evil doings. One of the reasons I got away from the Vette world was that it was getting really hard to find something that hadn't been somehow counterfeited. It happens with all Marques, but the unscrupulous vette guys seem to have taken it to a new level.
     
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    Do yourself a favor and get a Ferrari. You’re playing in a different league, but well worth it.

    I’d trade my 458 for a BB (just kidding), but I want a SB. Thanks for the info. I found another car out in San Diego, a 67 drivers car. I think I prefer this one as no mods and a bit more sedate.

    Inspection set for early next week by TopFlight Corvettes.
     
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    I have a SB 67 too, with the L79 motor. Fantastic motor. Light, fast, etc. Enjoy the search and the drive. Feel free to reach out if you have questions or anything. ARA
     
  22. wthensler

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    Thank you Ara. I actually am enjoying the search and learning quite a bit. The Corvette Forum has provided lots of great advice, and I visited Lyle at C&S Corvettes in Sarasota. He spent a good hour with me imparting his knowledge about C2s. Super helpful.

    The car being inspected this week is a 327 300hp. Ideally I’d like the L79 but have to remind myself it’s an around town toy.

    I already have newer, sleeker, faster, etc., this is purely a nice driver to enjoy the stingray experience.

    Several are being auctioned at Concours Amelia Island this weekend and at Mecum Indy. And I’ve gotten PMs from private owners, too. So they’re out there and less stressful than hunting for a 458.

    The premium folks are asking for the matching numbers big blocks is incredible - $ 120k and up. But no BB for me......three duces arw a bit harder to keep tuned and prone to overheating, especially here in FL.
     
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    Yeah, SB cars with a single carb are great for cruising. Enjoy. The Corvette Forum is a good place for info and advice. My handle over there is 93RubyRedCoupe. Cheers. ARA
     
  24. greatscott73

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    I owned a 1968 for many years with the 327/300 and it was a great little motor. When it hit 150,000 I thought I should probably take it apart for a rebuild. It showed little to no wear anywhere but the cam and the valve seals and guides. Last I heard, it had passed another 150K and was still going. Personally, I think the 327 was the best of the small blocks Chevy ever built.
     

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