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Old 03-05-2013, 07:57 PM   #1
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I have an opportunity to pick up a new project car. Its a C4 vette convertable (not sure what year yet). its missing a lot of the interior, but it has the full powertrain. I'm not sure if it runs or not, but I think a lot of the wiring is ripped out. Its a project by every sense of the word, but the guy doesn't want a lot for it. Its an AZ car so I'm sure nothing is rusted or rotting underneath.

Any concerns I should look for? Is that generation worth anything? I'm a Ford so I don't know anything about them Any good places to check out for parts (either used or reproduction)? Best forum for them?

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Convertible? YUUUUCK! My brother had a C4 for a couple years. DD'd it through the entire year, winter and all. Had some pretty high mileage and ran like a champ. Very stout cars. That's about my extent of knowledge, I'll let the pro's check in this bitch.
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corvetteforum is a pretty good source for info.
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Pray for either a 95 or 95 for the vented opti spark. Other than that they are pretty bulletproof. I'm assuming automatic so it'll have the Dana 36 rear diff which is slightly weak compared to the Dana 44 in the manual vettes

Oh and you can buy any part for the car from mid America motor works..... And I mean ANY part
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Its an automatic. I have no idea what year it is, my dad told me it was an 80's, but that doesnt mean anything Im gunna go look at it tomorrow or the next day. I mainly just wanted to see if it was worth it to pick it up. Didnt want a complete money pit for something thatll never be anything but junk.
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Convertible? YUUUUCK! My brother had a C4 for a couple years. DD'd it through the entire year, winter and all. Had some pretty high mileage and ran like a champ. Very stout cars. That's about my extent of knowledge, I'll let the pro's check in this bitch.
Yeah its a vert. Im not real excited about that, but the price is right.
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80s vettes are the most underpowered turd vettes you can buy. My dad had a 85, thing made my 99GT look quick. It was cool in the summer though with the targa top.
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sit on the ground and practice climbing in and out of the bathtub. if you enjoy it you'll love a c4
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I've got someone who would want the engine if you're planning on going a different direction with it. Assuming it's not the crossfire injection garbage.
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I've got someone who would want the engine if you're planning on going a different direction with it. Assuming it's not the crossfire injection garbage.
Idk which engine it is yet. However, I do live in AZ now, so selling to someone in IL wouldn't be practical lol.

I'm gunna go check it out today hopefully.
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Pray it has Crossfire Injection.
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Idk which engine it is yet. However, I do live in AZ now, so selling to someone in IL wouldn't be practical lol.

I'm gunna go check it out today hopefully.
Oooh I missed that part haha.
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Well if it's needs as much as you say parts are gonna be expensive because it's a "Corvette". Then when you get it all fixed up it won't be worth anything because it's a C4.
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Well if it's needs as much as you say parts are gonna be expensive because it's a "Corvette". Then when you get it all fixed up it won't be worth anything because it's a C4.
Parts don't seem too ridiculous actually. But that's my main question. Are they worthless and a waste of time?
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The best thing about a C4 Vette is you can spend a few hundred bucks, convert it to carburetor and drive the piss out of it reliably.
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Its an 86. Its not THAT rough, but its rough. Dude ripped into the wiring and had no idea what he was doing. I still think the price is right tho.
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Its an 86. Its not THAT rough, but its rough. Dude ripped into the wiring and had no idea what he was doing. I still think the price is right tho.
85 and 86 are the two years that are worth the least. Lowest horsepower engines from the factory of any vette.

I personally wouldn't pay over $1000 for it and that's just going off how rough you say it is. Just my .02
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82&84 IS THE LOWEST HORSEPOWER WITH THE CROSS FIRE INJECTION.
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85 and 86 are the two years that are worth the least. Lowest horsepower engines from the factory of any vette.

really? even though a 1953 corvette has 150hp and 1975 base had 165hp?

I remember driving the shit out of my friends 1975 vette.. had a placard on the interior boldly sporting 165hp
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lol I have the scorcher 195 hp model 79 vette! I would build a c4 vette for autocross. they were banned by SCCA due to being too dominant.
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I personally wouldn't pay over $1000 for it and that's just going off how rough you say it is. Just my .02
He wants $300 lol.
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