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This is a discussion on 1974 Chevrolet Corvette L-82 within the Classic Muscle forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; Finally took some pics today of our 1974 Corvette. This is the car that my wife purchased when she was ...

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    1974 Chevrolet Corvette L-82

    Finally took some pics today of our 1974 Corvette. This is the car that my wife purchased when she was 21 years old -- and has owned for the past 23 years. In 1993, it was parked for 13 years until we married and I began the restoration. The car went back on the road in 2007 and we are still working out the last few issues.

















    The car is now equipped with a .060" over 350 with Vortec heads, a Muncie M-21, and has 3.55 gears. It is an absolute blast to drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chucky View Post
    WOW!!! Sweet car. Love the wheels.

    Thanks! They were on the car when she bought it -- Westerns from the late '70s or early '80s. I lightly sand blasted between the webs and then sanded and polished the spokes and outer circumference. Spent many hours to make them look like that.

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    your hard work paid off big time they look great, and sweet job on the resto

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    My mom had a vette with a L-82 in it and she hates herself all the time for letting my dad sell it when they first got pregnant with me.

    I love the 69-74 Corvettes always wanted to get one of my own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raynor139 View Post
    My mom had a vette with a L-82 in it and she hates herself all the time for letting my dad sell it when they first got pregnant with me.

    I love the 69-74 Corvettes always wanted to get one of my own.

    It is a whole lot of fun to drive. The restoration was a bit tedious though -- everything on the car was in need of serious TLC and they are just not easy cars to work on. Tell your mom it's never too late to pick up another C3. The prices are not all that bad and you can get a nice driver for $15,000 or less.

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    nice vette what kind of Problems are u having with your vette i would be Happy to help you solve them its my Field of Work and Passion

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    Wow Jeff. She is beautiful. You did a fantastic job on the restore.

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    Great pics Jeff, I have always loved the C3s, one of the best Vette body styles. What is the paint color, I love it.

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    Used to have the same car........74 L-82 mine was blue. I ended up selling it and tippling my $$ on it about 2 years ago

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    Wow, great looking Vette. Always can appreciate hard work on restoring a car. Would you happen to have any pictures before the restoration?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 402 Guru View Post
    nice vette what kind of Problems are u having with your vette i would be Happy to help you solve them its my Field of Work and Passion
    Three problems: 1. Still has idle issues. I am not able to locate a vacuum leak so I am thinking that there may be some debris in the idle passageways. 2. The headlights both raise and lower when I start the car. I have a new headlight switch to install as everything else was replaced during the restoration. 3. It recently destroyed the rear sway bar. The ends of the bar bent out and contacted the rims. Had to remove it from the car.

    Quote Originally Posted by 35th-ANV-SS View Post
    Wow Jeff. She is beautiful. You did a fantastic job on the restore.
    Thank you!

    Quote Originally Posted by Y2KPewterSS View Post
    Great pics Jeff, I have always loved the C3s, one of the best Vette body styles. What is the paint color, I love it.

    Don't tell anyone, but it's actually a factory Ford color from a few years back.


    Quote Originally Posted by Y2K_CAMARO View Post
    Wow, great looking Vette. Always can appreciate hard work on restoring a car. Would you happen to have any pictures before the restoration?

    I do, but they are on print film. I only recently joined the digital age.

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    Ive always been a fan a lower profile DR's or directional tires....anything considered performance...But for some reason i think these vettes look good with big meaty tires like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 402 Wifey View Post
    My hubby(402 Guru) had the same problems when he put his car back together after his 402 the computer went wacky and he now installed a switch in his arm glove box that with a arming switch rases the lights then lowers them i would suggest checking your wireing to the headlights yes its a pain in the ass but if it doesent bother u much leave them alone . il tell my hubby u replied 2 the post and hell help fix the other problems . have u gotten it tuned by a Tuner with Hp Tuners ??

    402 Guru and 402 Wifey -- that is cool!

    Being an older Vette -- it has vacuum actuated headlights and the closest thing to a computer was the logic module for the seat belt interlock. That has been removed as the sensor strips in the seat bottoms were in poor shape and they just looked like a problem waiting to happen.

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    What did the seatbelt module do? Just a warning or buzzer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheeliE-maxx View Post
    What did the seatbelt module do? Just a warning or buzzer?
    The module prevented the car from being started unless the seatbelts were buckled. The sensor strips were installed in each seat bottom so the module would "know" if the driver and passenger seat were occupied. In case the system malfunctioned, there was a bypass button under the hood, mounted to the firewall.

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    thanks what kind of computer do u have in the vette ? stock computer chip ? also have you had it tunes ?what kind of cam do u have in it also ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 402 Guru View Post
    thanks what kind of computer do u have in the vette ? stock computer chip ? also have you had it tunes ?what kind of cam do u have in it also ?
    This is old school -- running a Q-jet on an Edelbrock Performer intake. I would have to look up the cam specs as it has been almost 5 years since the motor was assembled. It is just a bit lumpy for that nice sounding idle, but still pulls good vacuum.

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    i also had a 74 l82... 4 speed... it was yellow... i bought it for 9,800.00 with 38,000 miles on it... after i spent that much fixing stuff that broke i sold it to a kid for 4,600.00... i miss that car...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spaz View Post
    i also had a 74 l82... 4 speed... it was yellow... i bought it for 9,800.00 with 38,000 miles on it... after i spent that much fixing stuff that broke i sold it to a kid for 4,600.00... i miss that car...

    The restoration on ours was a complete PITA. Everything was either broken or needed attention. I understand...

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