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Corvettes and all things about them

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,420
    Maybe the neutral safety switch?

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  • Ladies and Gents, I am in the market for my favorite Vette. I have always loved the L82 model body and I am interested in purchasing one. There are several nice, nice machines available for reasonable prices. My question is: what are the dangers, potential or otherwise, that I need to be aware of?? I thought I remember years ago hearing of "issues" with these year models. Any and all thoughts will be appreciated.

    Thanks

    Ron
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,420
    Not too many issues except that the car itself is kind of an "issue". They are among the less popular of all Corvettes, next to early C4s I mean, and can be bought relatively cheaply. The reason for this is mainly the lack of horsepower, which of course can be corrected with a transplant. Natch the L82 option is better, but it's still nothing to write home about.

    They drive pretty well actually. The interior gets very hot due to the position and nature of the catalytic convertible, so without AC you're gonna die in there on a hot day. Some parts are hard to find, too, like heater/AC controls. Also the interior uses lots of cheesy plastic which tends to break.

    Best thing for Vettes in these years, IMO, is to inspect for collision repair. Remember, if the paint looks too GOOD, be suspicious and go over that area with your hands, looking for ridges/patches. These cars were painted by hand originally, so any car claiming to be "original" shouldn't look all that good. Also assembly work was in general quite careless, so don't worry about things not fitting. That's the way they are.

    Yes they are reasonably priced, as befits the supply and demand equation. You can find decent ones around $10K and really nice cars under $20K last time I looked. I'm sure value with increase as time goes on, but not at a rapid pace.

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  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    Although I've been interested in Corvette for many years, I'm not exactly sure about what year we are talking about here? L82 started in what, the mid-70's?

    You are looking at cars almost 40 years old. Overall, there isn't one thing that should be considered. Everything on something this old could be about to fail, has been heavily modified, has been replaced with non-stock components, etc, etc.

    From some limited reading about these older cars in a forum with many, many messages, it appears rust has become a big problem. Even frame rust is something that must be looked at. And, the 'cage' around the driver compartment that runs around the front window is now a problem for rusting out.

    I've owned a 1964, 1972, 1981, and now a 2007. Each of these cars is a large jump in overall 'quality' from the older one.

    The 'mid-years' of 1963-67 are just beautiful. By 1981 the car had become a great highway cruiser, with larger tires, low profile, and quietness. From 1971 until, what, about mid 1980's they were very underpowered.

    My 2007 is a totally different car. By the 2005 C6 model, they got it right.
  • ihave an 1982 w/ 29,680 orig miles. thats in mint shape .i have been offered 27k. i'll wait till market comes up or i get desperate.
  • no manual your correct special tranny on colllectors edtion different rear end ,l-83 cross fire engine rated at 200 horses but look at kilowatt rating. prett fast over 100 i can attest to but speedometer only goes to 85mph.so who knows. i guess you could ask the porches and beamers and gt mustangs that could not even keep up.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,420
    I guess seeing is believing.

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  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    oldschool, you are replying to messages over 3 1/2 years old.

    Think that guy and his B-I-L are still dealing on that 82?
  • I bought an 89 vette with a heater/ac system that wouldn't respond to any of the push button controls. Replaced the in dash heater/ac control unit. Now the unit responds to all modes but blows only cold air from the heater/defrost ducts. A/C works and unit blows cold air. Heater hoses hot to touch, coolant level full. Is there an acctuator or some other control that is keeping heat from being blown? Is it possible that the OUTSIDE of the heater core is plugged with dirt/etc? If the interior was plugged, I'd think one heater hose would be noticeably cooler than the other.

    Another interesting finding is that air blows out around the A/C coolant tubes where they enter the firewall when the heater is activated but not when in A/C mode, like air can't get through the shrouding. How is that possible?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,420
    You might find this article of help to you:

    Blending Door Problems

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  • I have a 1984 Corvette Greenwood, and I have never found another car that looks like it. What do I have ? It was manufactured in Jan 1984.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,420
    Here's a website:

    http://www.greenwoodcorvettes.com/AboutUs.html

    You may have an original car but you may have the new body kits that were meant to pay tribute to the original C4 street cars. So you have to do your research. Contact these people, they'll know right away what you do or do not have.

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  • Thank You, I appreciate the info. I have looked already at this site, & they don't answer questions. None of the greenwood accents look like mine.Mine are all the way around the car, front ,back, sides . No way does it match anyone's. but I do thank You.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,420
    Well I guess you'll have to explore whether yours is all stock underneath or has those special suspension and braking features of the original Greenwood street C4s. If the car is basically stock, then it's just a modern add-on body kit which is not all that desirable actually. But an original Greenwood car might be.

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  • It says Greenwood all over it. I am new to this site, and as u probably guessed, I am female, seeking help with it.Is there a way to post a photo of it here and get some help on what I have ?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,420
    Not sure that would help. So you have no history on the car from previous owner?

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  • I have nothing. Ownership since 2001, bought it from a man who had a z28 for sale but was driving this, we said we were interested in the corvette, he needed money and sold the vet.He moved away immediately after. I know it was originally from far south Texas.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,420
    You probably need some corvette guru to give it a good look-over to see if it's an old Greenwood or a new one.

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  • I truly thank you for the advise. It's at the shop now to winterize it and the guy says he has seen many a corvette, but never 1 like this. He even had people stop by yesterday to take a look at it. It is pretty. Thank you for the help.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,420
    well sure if it has the modern body panels on it, it will look quite unusual. The Greenwood kits aren't sold in large numbers. But it's the "guts" you need to look at to see if it's Real or if its Memorex.

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