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Frame-Off Begun: 1976 Chevrolet Corvette

Looking like quite the project, this 1976 Chevrolet Corvette has been broken down into a few major pieces. However, the next owner of this disassembled project won’t be taking home a motor with their prize, as that’s not included. The transmission won’t be going with it either, which helps explain the low $1,500 Buy-It-Now listed here on eBay.

It’s tantalizing to see the drivetrain hooked up, but not included in the sale. This is quite an extensive undertaking for a Corvette of this generation, as the seller has already partially sandblasted the frame. It feels like the kind of project that took off out of the gate, but has since been delayed by who knows what. My confusion lies in why go this far for a Corvette of this era, when they are fairly plentiful in good, driver-quality condition?

It’s a pet peeve of mine to show pictures of that which is not included. The good news is there’s no shortage of motors you can source for this 1976 Corvette, but there’s so much else to do. Suspension, brakes, wheels/tires – while sandblasting part of the chassis certainly constitutes as labor, there’s a lot more to be done. Not to mention moving a car body that’s been removed from the frame.

This, apparently, is a closer representation as to what you’ll receive in addition to the body itself. New body mounting hardware is included in the sale, along with frame paint products from Eastwood. The question is, where do you go from here? Is it a proper restoration or a restomod; a vintage track car build or something else entirely? How would you rebuild this cheap $1,500 1976 Corvette?


  1. Andre

    If someone gave this to me I wouldn’t take it.

    Like 20
  2. Stephen G Paulus

    “My confusion lies in why go this far for a Corvette of this era, when they are fairly plentiful in good, driver-quality condition?”
    My thoughts (and I’m sure 99.99 percent of all other readers) exactly.

    Like 17
  3. Classic Steel

    This POS is crazy 😜

    Take it to the curb with free on the side and it will go!

    This year engine was low ponies and better off without it!

    Like 4
  4. John

    My first Question would be Why.?? these cars are a dime a dozen cheap..and then to keep the original drivetrain…unless you want to take a course in how to frustrate yourself… I don’t get it. I believe he’s hoping someone will pay him to haul away this POS… and then his problem is gone..

    Like 3
  5. 86 Vette Convertible

    Sorry, not my cup of tea. Add a little $$ and have a nice drivable C4. Add more and you can have a drivable C3 or C5.
    IMO not a good option unless you really love that car.

    Like 1
  6. Jason

    Make a 4×4 because that’s always a good idea. Might as well put a Cummins in it and side pipes I guess

    Like 3
  7. Drew V.

    This Vette may have been someones pride & Joy during High School. After HS,the owner parked the car beside mom;s house,After graduation the owner gets a job and suddenly has spare cash to use fixing up his/her’s Pride & Joy.Not being well versed in the art of restoration,like many neophyte they start in dis assembling the car but go overboard thinking they can do all the work themselves not realizing that disassembly is much easier, less expensive and time consuming than Assembly is… Before long marriage and parenthood take up all the spare time and money that was ear marked for the restoration. Before long another kid and a house enter the picture Money got scarce and the project was put on the back burner… More kids, a bigger house and a new vehicle with the capacity to hold the growing family eats up all the rest of the project funds and time. Now you have a kid going to collage.It’s time for Mid-Life crisis to progress to another owner.. And there you go, the owner puts their Pride & Joy up for sale, a disassembled ’76 Corvette that many parts have been lost in moves from one house to another… Perhaps someone that has been bitten by the racing bug can pick this car up on the cheap, install a solid rear axle and a mustang II front suspension a junk yard motor and tranny and make a cheap but decent 1/4 mi Bracket car out of it???

    Like 3
    • Steve R

      You can buy generic, but quality turn key bracket cars for $10,000 or less. This Corvette would only be attractive to a wide eyed dreamer and would likely never be finished.

      Steve R

      Like 3
  8. Steve R

    It will ultimately be parted out, the question is, what’s the price point that makes it profitable? Without pictures of the interior and the rest of the car it’s impossible to tell.

    Steve R

    Like 2
    • Ricky Nichols

      Hi. I stumbled across this site and recognized the car Because I am the new owner of it. I have been working on it off and on for the past year. It will not be parted out. It will be a restored resto mod and be at car shows in the next year. I am working on it with my teenage stepdaughter to show her how to work on cars. This is my 4th frame off restoration and I know what I’m doing. Thanks

      Like 0
  9. john albera

    I think this would make a good drag car project. Solid rear axle, mini tubs and a cage. Any motor you want, BBC, SBC, LS. Motor sits back behind the front axle centerline, and you are sitting real close to the rear axle, should be good for weight distribution. Good car to learn how to do paint and body work on. Not resto perfect but a fun budget hot rod. Make an offer and probably get it for less $$. If it was local to me I would go look at it, and for a little less money end up dragging it home.

    Like 2
  10. ACZ

    The best thing that someone could do for this car is to go rent a back hoe and give it a final resting place.

    Like 1
  11. Bodyman68

    Id big block and 6speed it ! Then beat the balls off it like it was built for .

    Like 0

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