Engine compartment when I first purchased the car in Sept 2010. It was dirty, messy and not maintained.
Ugliness at its prime! Many parts were mismatched or simply not there. Why waste the money on an AC unit when the car needed much mechanical help.
Picture from Corvette ad
I have always been infatuated with the C2 (63-67) Corvettes since my childhood. I had owned 5 various Corvettes up to this point and felt the need to get one before I lost interest, mobility and desire. I have a mechanical background so looked forward to tinkering with a C2. These are only 3 pictures ( the pics above) of what it looked like when I bought this 1965 Corvette on September 18, 2010. This car started life as a small block that was cloned into a 396 car. It was located in Georgia and supposedly spent all it's life there, not sure. It was not a matching numbers car because the engine was a 1967 Chevelle 396 solid lifter that was rebuilt at some time but no info available. The front nose has been replaced with a 1-piece nose but no history as to why. The 4 speed Muncie needed a 3rd gear synchronizer plus a variety of problems that crept up one after another, gauges not working, rattles here and there, interior needed attention, leaks in and under the car and paint needed to be addressed. The previous owner did not have (or did not want to share) information about the history of this car prior to his purchase. Ahhh, thought I knew what I was getting into, little I did realize how far off I was in my thinking. Thought I could save a few bucks by buying a mid year that needed some work. Any event, needless to say, there was much work ahead to get it safe, dependable and looking good. This is be no means a numbers matching Vette so the work was done to suit me. The next owner, if and when, can deal with as they please! Unfortunately, I only had an 8 foot ceiling in my garage so no room for a lift and no chance to do a body off restoration, no way to get the body off and store it. So, the individual jobs were completed with the body on, the car on jack stands when it needed to be in the air and this dude on his back for most of it. Getting' too old for this stuff :)
The 65 came with an original hardtop than was in primer color.
Hardtop is in reasonably good shape. It now resides in the corner of my garage......I've never used it. It has since been sold, no need for a hardtop if you're driving a roadster especially in Florida :)