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, sits at the top of the list.

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

I bought my first Corvette, which was a 1968 model back in 1979. Nothing special about it, really. It had a 327/350 engine with an auto trans and it was a fun car to drive.

The '68 was followed by two '71 Vettes, then in early 1982, I bought a 1976 Stingray which served duty for over a year as my daily driver.

Fast forward to 2013 when I purchased a 1975 project Corvette but I sold it before I went broke trying to fix it.

And then on Friday, February 20, 2015, I purchased my current C3. A 1976 4-speed Corvette Stingray. 

Click the 6½-Year Transformation image below for the video highlighting some of the changes, repairs, and improvements.


This blog is the chronicle of the process of restoring, repairing, cleaning, improving, and—mostly—enjoying my C3 Corvette. I hope you will find it helpful.

Thank you for following.

—76vette



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 they are all classics today.

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 in a 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.

Chronology
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. 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.



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