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    Better yet I suggest you go test drive a 11-13 ZR-1 and re-assess your wishes! 638 HP and you can travel cross country comfortably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charley95 View Post
    Other than the sentimental aspect of this, what is it that you don't like about the newer Vette's? I still think you are much better off buying something complete!
    I was born in 1965 and the rest of them weren't....

    The newer cars simply lack the raw sex-appeal of the C1/C2 cars. I do appreciate the way the new cars drive, which is why I chose the modern underpinnings. I am building a car for me, the way I want it to be. The only items that will be farmed out is the chassis build and the paint. Rosso Corso Red over palomino and red leather, done in a "Daytona" pattern is the direction I am going...


    And Charlie... the Z0-6 may be the package that gets bolted in, mated with a supercharger, so 700+ is not out of the question.


    Guys, I know this is a giant rabbit hole, but I remind everyone that you guys thought my tube amps would implode and they turned out to be legit high-end gear that look as good as they sound. My budget is coming in around 40k, so if I am smart about what I am doing and take the time to do it right the first time, I should have a car that will be worth the trouble for much less than buying somebody else's vision and then having to make it my own. I don't really care about using NOS/or original parts, nor do I care about "Bloomington Gold". I just want a 1965 Corvette Coupe done the way I want it.
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    I may be able to find some decent "bones" here...

    http://autosource.biz/Ad/1965_Corvette.htm
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    I knew this wasn't NOS or B.G. but, a 40k budget??? Please don't take me as being rude that is not my point. I've been involved with Vettes for many years. $40k will not get close to what your stating here. A project like this is like trying to budget a full remodel on a 50 year old house. You will have very many unexpected costs that you can't foresee. You state that this will be a 5yr. project, how do you know what your priorities will be 5yrs. from now? I've lived and breathed cars for most of my life, my dad was a GM exec. I was fortunate enough to get some awesome deals on cars through him. I was a mechanic for many years. About 6 yrs. ago watching Barrett Jackson, I said F-it and sold all my nice cars and haven't looked back. The hobby ran it's course and I walked away by choice due to lack of interest. I'm assuming
    you have the skill and equipment to complete this task? Is this something you will sell down the road or keep for the long haul?

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    Get the 1965 shelby-Cobra-Red-White

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    I am capable of doing all of this, but the paint. I have the tools and the technical skills. I have all the time I need to get the car done and done right. 40k is the baseline, and if it needs more, that is fine too. I am never selling the car, PERIOD.

    The thing is this... a couple months back, I lost my uncle. He was a passionate car guy and did all the work himself on everything he ever owned. I learned fibreglass from him, and the various jobs I have had over the years, from assembly line to repair and electrical are all part of my DNA now for 35 years.

    My uncle died without ever having the opportunity to drive his 1935 Ford Sedan-delivery street rod, which he labored on for 2 decades to complete. I don't want to start a project like this without having the time to enjoy it for a few decades to come. I started the thread seeking help in finding the right car, and I am grateful for ALL the advice, but keep in mind, I am 48 years old, and the last thing I need is 25 daddies telling me I am wrong, or making a mistake.

    This ONE single car, has been my dream machine since I built the Monogram 1/8th scale model I got for my 10th birthday. The cheapest I can find out there today that meets the criteria you guys are setting is well north of 60k, and still won't be what I want, so why settle for anything but what I want?
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    Hey John....

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    John,

    If you ever wan't to discuss this,PM me and I'll give ya my number. This cannot be done right the first time for 40k unless there is something else you haven't stated. We spoke a few years back on the phone when I was inquiring about your 2.3TL's you had. I think you were in Indiana at the time.

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    Well said John, follow your heart and live your dream and dont listen to anyone telling you about finishing off some one else's project because you dont have the stones to see it through. Cars are a labor of love and the end result will all be worth it as you roll down the street with the engine purring as you turn some heads.

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    By all means, build it and enjoy it. Nothing like going to the dog and suds for ice cream cones and have some guy come up and tell you back in the day he had a car like that.

    Funniest story was a guy who told me he sold his way back then to put aluminum siding on their house. I got quite a chuckle from talking to him, decided to take him for a ride, even let him drive it back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldrocker View Post
    By all means, build it and enjoy it. Nothing like going to the dog and suds for ice cream cones and have some guy come up and tell you back in the day he had a car like that.

    Funniest story was a guy who told me he sold his way back then to put aluminum siding on their house. I got quite a chuckle from talking to him, decided to take him for a ride, even let him drive it back.

    lol... I love stories like that.

    Below is a 1963 SWC... nothing special about the car but the rear window. RIDICULOUS MONEY!

    http://santabarbara.craigslist.org/cto/4439988925.html

    And it is for this reason alone I KNOW I can do better on my own than deal with crap like this. I love how the ad says it was never wrecked. It may have never been in a accident, but that car IS a wreck!
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    http://autosource.biz/Ad/1965_Corvette.htm
    Here's a bunch of projects. $$$$$ junk.
    Looks like just a roller is going to cost you $10-15k
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    Quote Originally Posted by sucks2beme View Post
    http://autosource.biz/Ad/1965_Corvette.htm
    Here's a bunch of projects. $$$$$ junk.
    Looks like just a roller is going to cost you $10-15k
    I saw them today online. All I need a good body shell/rear clip. The body will find a home on a new chassis. Thanks for the link.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nooshinjohn View Post
    I was born in 1965 and the rest of them weren't....

    The newer cars simply lack the raw sex-appeal of the C1/C2 cars. I do appreciate the way the new cars drive, which is why I chose the modern underpinnings. I am building a car for me, the way I want it to be. The only items that will be farmed out is the chassis build and the paint. Rosso Corso Red over palomino and red leather, done in a "Daytona" pattern is the direction I am going...


    And Charlie... the Z0-6 may be the package that gets bolted in, mated with a supercharger, so 700+ is not out of the question.


    Guys, I know this is a giant rabbit hole, but I remind everyone that you guys thought my tube amps would implode and they turned out to be legit high-end gear that look as good as they sound. My budget is coming in around 40k, so if I am smart about what I am doing and take the time to do it right the first time, I should have a car that will be worth the trouble for much less than buying somebody else's vision and then having to make it my own. I don't really care about using NOS/or original parts, nor do I care about "Bloomington Gold". I just want a 1965 Corvette Coupe done the way I want it.
    Will the chassis be from a wrecked c5 or c6?, I would make certain the frame is not bent. If you put a supercharger on a possible Z06 donor motor I would make certain the internals are beefed up enough to handle the supercharger. I would think that installing the electronics properly to an old body would be very costly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charley95 View Post
    Will the chassis be from a wrecked c5 or c6?, I would make certain the frame is not bent. If you put a supercharger on a possible Z06 donor motor I would make certain the internals are beefed up enough to handle the supercharger. I would think that installing the electronics properly to an old body would be very costly.

    I am looking at a roller chassis that has been custom-built for the c5/c6 powertrain to be dropped in. I have found a complete package (LS-3 engine/6-speed and all) for 15k here locally. If I can get a body for 12 or close to it, it will be a matter of sitting the body on the other chassis.
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    Do the the dimensions of the chassis match the 65 wheelbase? What about suspension travel in the existing 65 wheel wells? What about the internal condition of the motor,tranny… The torque tube will most likely have to be modified to accommodate the 65 wheelbase. Probably going to have to purchase heavy duty 1/2 shafts to handle 700+ HP also you should modify the trans. to handle the extra HP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sucks2beme View Post
    http://autosource.biz/Ad/1965_Corvette.htm
    Here's a bunch of projects. $$$$$ junk.
    Looks like just a roller is going to cost you $10-15k
    John, also keep checking iaai.com auctions (or find a dealer friend who can bid on dealer-only cars). They just sold a 1964 Vette in Dallas yesterday.

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