About 76vette

I've loved cars for as long as I can remember, especially American muscle cars, and the third generation of Corvette, also referred to as C3 for short, ranks at the top of the list.

Over the years, I've owned Firebirds, Camaros, El Caminos, and many others.

At nineteen I bought my first Corvette, which was a 1968 model. Nothing special about it, really. It had a 327/350 mill with an auto trans and it was a fun car to drive.

The '68 was followed by two 1971 Vettes which I bought to flip. In early 1982, I bought a 1976 Stingray which served duty for over a year as my daily driver until I sold it to purchase a used 1982 Firebird SE.

Fast forward to 2013 when I purchased a 1975 project Corvette. Thank god common sense prevailed and I sold it before I broke the bank trying to fix it.

On Friday, February 20, 2015, I purchased my current C3. A 1976 Corvette Stingray, which has undergone countless changes while under my care.

This blog is the chronicle of the process of restoring, repairing, cleaning, improving, and—mostly—enjoying my C3 Corvette. I hope it provides some information you'll find useful.

Thank you for following.


Why a Corvette?
It's America's Sports Car, that's why.

I love Corvettes in general, but the body lines of the C3 Vette are my favorite, and I think that having owned six of them over the years proves that.

Why a 1976 Corvette?
I've owned three chromies: a 1968 and two '71s. And while I still love the look of all that chrome, I tend to favor the cleaner and more contemporary look of the "rubber" bumper C3 Corvettes.

Besides, I grew up admiring these cars when they were brand new but always looked forward to the newer models, even though today they are all classics.

As far as post-77 Vettes go, I really like them, but I am a die-hard fan of the "sugar scoop" rear window. Besides, I never understood why Chevy failed to make the bubble fastback glass an opening hatch. Yeah, they did that in 1982 but only for the Collector's Edition, so they missed the boat for several years.

Why a red 1976 Corvette?
"All Corvettes are red. The rest are mistakes."
—John Heinricy | Racecar Driver and Corvette Assistant Chief Engineer (Ret.)

Just kidding! I've owned C3s in blue, yellow, and Buckskin beige! Yeah, I know. Beige! Not that sporty. But—in retrospect—Buckskin beige looked really good, especially with a bright red interior.

Anyway, I've always loved red sports cars, so when this one showed up on Craigslist, I had to go check it out.

Originally my '76 was silver (paint code 13), but the second owner had it repainted years ago with a very unique shade of red, which looks great on the car and gets lots of compliments.

Since I do not know the manufacturer or code of the paint color he chose, when asked about it I simply refer to it as "lipstick red," and everyone's happy with that explanation.

The day I found it (Monday, February 16, 2015).

Inspection and test-drive day (Wednesday, February 18, 2015).

The day I brought it home (Friday, February 20, 2015).

My '76 Corvette Stingray today.

Thank you for following my '76 Vette Blog!

DISCLAIMER: Even though I like to wrench on my own vehicles, and most of my articles are of a how-to nature, I am not responsible nor liable should you decide to follow my musings on the subject. The repairs and other work I do are for my own benefit and entertainment, and even though my articles may sound like technical how-to advice, they are not intended as such. They just sound better that way.

Working on a vehicle is inherently dangerous, so if you're not 100% confident, qualified, or do not have the necessary tools to do the job correctly and safely, have a licensed mechanic do the work for you.

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