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1985 battlescarred Corvette for sale. (1/5)
 1/23/21 9:49am
RetiredNavyChief
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Phenix City, AL - USA

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1985 Chevrolet Corvette VIN: 1G1YY0789F5107057 photographs to follow.


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You can see some more photos of this Corvette under my registry.  I purchased this car last year from a 'used car lot'(the kind cars go to just before the junkyard).  I paid $2000 for it.  This Corvette has had a hard life.  The car wouldn't run when I got it.  I got the motor running only to find out the transmission wouldn't shift out of 1st gear when driving forward.  Once I got all that working I found a leaky heater core and had to dismantle the interior. 

I could go on for a few more paragraphs, but I'll say this instead.  I've got it running, driving, and stopping.  Here's a list of what I've done:

Engine:
Replaced wires and stuff in the distributor(have a new coil to put on too);

Retimed motor.  After a lot of troubleshooting I finally discovered that a previous owner had shifted the spark-plug wires 1 position, followed by jamming the distributor as far clockwise as they could in an attempt to make it run!  I fixed that.  I've also had to rebuild the throttle body.  Once I got it running I discovered that most of the vacuum lines/emissions valves/solenoids were disconnected.  I've managed to put everything back together, but I'm not certain I've got all the little valves and solenoids working yet.

Replaced cruise-control; replaced upper alternator mount, repaired lower; replaced all three power-steering hoses, replaced drive belt;  replaced heater core, rebuilt heater control valve.

Transmission:
replaced the transmission governer assembly.  This was causing ALL of the issues in the transmission.

Exterior:
replaced the missing hood strut.  I'm in the process of repairing the battery-cover bolt holes(fiberglass repair).  I also replaced the windshield wipers and confirmed that system works.

Interior:
cleaned...CLEANED.  THEN CLEANED MORE.  Many of the plastic pieces were badly broken.  I've repaired as many as I can, and everything fits in place.  After replacing the heater core, gauges, information center, radio, and several other dash parts that were broken or missing I reassembled the interior.  Due to a previous owner cutting the radio harness I don't have the radio working yet, but I did find a correct radio for this model year. 

The gauges now work, but I think the backlight bulbs are burnt out.  The heater/defrost/air-conditioner all work, though the fan is a bit weak.  I cleaned all the vent-tubes and lubricated/repaired all the plenums/cables/vacuum fittings while the dash was disassembled. 

I removed the seats to clean, and discovered all the support wires underneath were rusted/broken.  I spent a few days with a spool of steel wire re-stringing all of the wires, and the seats now feel like seats instead of bean-bags.
I replaced door lock, hatchback release, mirror adjust, and window control switches in both doors.
Several interior trim pieces were broken or missing.  I've fixed and/or replaced most, although the scars still show.

What the car needs:

Idle needs to be adjusted.  Right now it is around 1600rpm. 
There is a small leak where the transmission cooler lines connect to the radiator.
I get some clunking when at speed/cruise-I think the driveshaft u-joint may need replacing.
Exhaust needs work.  It currently has Hedman headers, and there are several spots where the pipes are rusted through.  I have a complete set of exhaust manifolds with accessory piping to return the exhaust to stock; this would necessitate new downpipes in addition to exhaust repairs.
The left headlight shroud catches on the hood when the lights are turned on.  I need to refasten the shroud to the headlight assembly so it will clear.
The hood was cut by a previous owner.  The workmanship was very good, but spoiled the hood.  I was considering getting a full-length 'riser' that I've confirmed will cover them all.  This would cost around $450 to purchase.
All the door/window seals need to be replaced.
The driver's window doesn't go up or down well.  I was going to purchase a complete window assembly for $150 and replace it.


This is the transmission governer I removed. 

 

 

This is the condition of the dash/interior after I started getting all the broken stuff out; gauges, information center, heater core, disconnected ventilation tubes, broken switches, etc.

Well there you have it.  I've done quite a bit, but it has a ways to go.  The only thing keeping it from being a daily driver is the idle.  I have it listed on the "Columbus, Georgia" Craigslist for $2500.  I wanted to offer it here in case a fellow Corvette enthusiast thinks they can finish what I started.

I have and can take photos if anyone wants to see more.  Feel free to contact me at steelmaus@gmail.com.

 

 



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Re: 1985 battlescarred Corvette for sale. (2/5)
 1/23/21 10:51am
Atchafalaya
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Atchafalaya Basin, LA - USA

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Black 1979 L-82 Black 1996 LT1 Black 1999 Coupe


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Any chance you can upload photos of the car to this ad?

Is interior reassembled?

Re: 1985 battlescarred Corvette for sale. (3/5)
 1/23/21 11:26am
RetiredNavyChief
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Phenix City, AL - USA

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1985 Chevrolet Corvette VIN: 1G1YY0789F5107057 photographs to follow.


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For some reason the "Upload Image" button stopped working after the first two photos.  I'll try to use the "Insert" tab and "Image" button from the tool-bar.  I'll also link Imgur links.

The front.  You can see the cut-outs in the hood.  I've removed the 'chicken wire' and bolts.

Driver-side.

Passenger side.

https://i.imgur.com/NIKS5jx.mp4

Short video of the interior after some work.  I have the dash-pad on, but it's not locked down.  It's badly cracked...looks like it went through a few gunfights down in Tombstone over the years.  I did purchase a blue dash-cover and that's covering it up at the moment. 

Also, I forgot that I don't have the horn button.

 

 



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Re: 1985 battlescarred Corvette for sale. (4/5)
 1/23/21 11:52am
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Seems you've done al lot of work...very nice. 👍

So; you're asking $2500., and it's located in Georgia or Alabama?

 

And yes; the photo uploader is a little clunky at times, I've noticed it too.

Re: 1985 battlescarred Corvette for sale. (5/5)
 1/23/21 12:17pm
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Phenix City, AL - USA

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1985 Chevrolet Corvette VIN: 1G1YY0789F5107057 photographs to follow.


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I forgot to say the interior is mostly complete.  I'm missing several screws to lock panels down now that they're repaired.  I also forgot to mention that I replaced the hatchback gas-pistons at the same time I replaced the hood-strut. 

I found a set of decent gauges and an information center on ebay a few months back, and installed those instead of the original assemblies.  If I still have the originals they will be included.

The Corvette is parked in front of home in Phenix City, Alabama.  That's a small town located just across the Chattahoochee River from Columbus, Georgia.

 

I took these a few minutes ago:

 

 

 

 






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