Pieced Together: 1964 Corvette Convertible

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This 1964 Corvette convertible has been parked in this garage for 30 years and has slowly been deteriorating. The seller inherited it from their father. It would seem their father either restored the car using whatever was available or was mixing different parts from their favorite years of the C2 Corvette to build their dream Vette. The rear clip and chassis are from 1964 and the front clip and interior are from 1967. Whatever the reason was, this Corvette has been pieced together and is going to need lots of work. Thankfully, the seller is throwing in all the parts they have plus a 1966 Corvette Coupe parts car. Both cars and the parts can be found here on eBay.

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The ’66 Coupe has been stripped to the bone, but it does have a solid chassis and the fiberglass rear clip looks to be intact. Many of the extra parts the seller has are for a ’66, so we would assume they were removed from this car. Thankfully, being up off the floor kept the chassis from rusting as much as the ’64’s has. The ’64 will either need extensive repair to the frame or a new one. It looks like someone was preparing to swap the chassis at some point, but didn’t get very far.

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Between the two cars and all the extra parts, it shouldn’t be too difficult to get this convertible back on the road. If money isn’t a big issue, it wouldn’t be impossible to fix both cars up, but it would be an expensive and time consuming job. It’s sad that the seller let their father’s car and hard work deteriorate to this point, but with any luck someone will save it. Seeing as the car is already pieced together, what would you do with it? Would you drop a new engine under the hood, leave it as is, or just leave it in the barn?

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Comments

  1. Charles

    It could be built into a nice driver.

    • Horse Radish

      Does that not apply to ANY car ?

  2. Dave

    Leave it in the barn.

  3. Dolphin Member

    1964 car with a ’66 nose and a parts car too—-check it very carefully.
    That combo says front end accident to me.

    It might be OK, but……rusty chassis….rusted up solid….no title….no VIN indicated….no way to research car’s accident history….bid to over $15K with the reserve yet to be touched….

    I’d rather save my money and get one of the good drivers out there and be driving by the weekend.

  4. Faygo

    15 grand bid, and hasn’t met reserve? You can keep it.

  5. John Morrow

    I’d Build a period correct nose bleed, Straight axle Gasser! In the long run it would be much cheaper and much more fun! (Not to mention the “Cool” factor)

  6. Shuperman

    There was a time when one could cobble up a midyear Corvette by hacking apart another and not feel foolish, but that time is long gone.

  7. David

    I would restore it to original 1964 stock, part out the unmatching pieces, and go from there to make it stock

  8. David

    This reminds me of the Hodge Podge Dodge episode of Fast N’ Loud

  9. KE100

    Looks like a cobbled up mess to me

  10. Kman

    Pass!

  11. Charles

    Hadn’t seen the price. 15 K is way too much for a cobbled up car.

  12. big D

    prices of cars are to high, cant fix to make money on it, i miss the old days when you could get all the parts you need at your local scrap yard. everbody is a speculator now.

  13. paul

    Horrible mess!

  14. braktrcr

    Parked in the garage for 30 years…with mud on the rims? I think this thing was outside. Inside would just be dusty type dirty, the underhood area of this car looks to me like it was outside…but I live in the desert, maybe everything in Jersey ends up looking this way, inside or out. Regardless, sad to see it in this shape and more sad, the seller doesn’t think 15 K is enough

  15. willrobinson.wr@gmail.com

    If this mess of parts where say $10 grand cheaper I think I would find a wrecked c5 or c6 and do a frame swap and make it a track car. But only if it where way way cheaper.

  16. Larry

    Nice drivers side door panel, hey what’s that doing on car!!!
    I’ve owned many vettes in my life and sure glad this won’t be one of them. What a mess, I couldn’t agree more with Dolphin.
    Hey David nice to see I’m not the only one who watches Fast N’ Loud.

  17. rancho bella

    Frankenvette………..tell the villagers to run away………..really fast

  18. Shuperman

    …and who strips a ’66 coupe to fix a ’64 convertible?

    “If we pull this S motor out and rebadge this 911, we can fix this 912.”

  19. AMCFAN

    Could be a simple reason for the updated pieces. Car may have been wrecked that is an easy one. A friend had a very nice 74 Vette back in the early 1980’s The car had an ’82 Nose and tail. It looked like a new Corvette and was cool because you couldn’t get a convert in ’82. Car was a fourspeed and had the updated ’82 interior too. I am sure this may have been done in the 60’s too. Just a guess.

  20. Charles

    Now a days it seems outlandish to piece together something as valuable as a C2 Vette. Back in the old days, it was not uncommon to cobble together a couple damaged cars to make one running car . Prior to the internet, parts were not easy to find. Parts suppliers would get angry if one walked in looking for an item that fit a model over 15 years old.

    I once cobbled together a 66 Chrysler Newport with a 66 Chrysler New Yorker coupe. The Newport had a straight clean perfect body, but a worn out running gear. The New Yorker was a running driving low mileage beach car with some serious body rot. I used the 440 Comando engine from the NY to replace the tired 383 in the Newport, along with the transmission, and limited slip 3:73 diff. The front end was rebuilt with new parts. We used the white leather buckets, rear leather seat, and the automatic with the console floor shift from the NY to replace the factory granny green bench set-up in the Newport. The factory air was transfered as well as the door panels, power windows, power locks, dash board, AM/FM radio, reverb, and the factory cruise control. The NY grill, tail lights, and stainless side rocker mouldings gave the old Newport a custom look. Than the car was sent to an upolstery shop to make everything inside matching and new. It was black with white leather seats and trim. I painted the car Sherwood Forrest Metalic, with the original Amer-flint epoxy based paint which was a metalflake green used by Chrysler in the 70’s. Topped it off with a set of Crager SS wheels in 15 inch, and front disc brakes from a 69 Chrysler 300. It turned out awesome and we drove it for many years after that. The Newport had a more streamlined roof design than the NY, and looked very sporty. There was zero body work on the car other than transfering the parts, and paint prep. It was lazer straight and perfect. We kept the Newport designations on the car, so it was not a NY wannabe, just a Newport with lots of goodies and trim. It was a cool car that Chrysler never built, but probably should have. A cobbled car does not always mean a POS, although that is often what we see.

    I agree with others here that the 66 parts should be used on a 66 Corvette, and this project could be a real mess.

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