Round 2: Another 1968 Chevrolet Corvette Project

Well, there were lots of comments, all appreciated, flying back and forth regarding this 1968 Chevrolet Corvette post from October 19th. That being the case, I thought I’d feature another ’68 ‘Vette and see what sort of comments that it engenders. It’s in a bit worse condition but maybe there’s something of value here. This Corvette is located in Kankakee, Illinois and is available, here on VanderBrink Auctions for a current bid of $400. Thanks to Jt for this tip!

Kaput and deleterious are two descriptors that immediately come to mind upon first observation. It’s listed as a project but that goes without saying. Obviously, some panel replacement has started but there are missing parts to like the driver’s side fender and the rear roll pan. Even what looks like a driver’s side replacement or repaired quarter panel has a chunk missing out of it. The front end, the usual site for Corvette scrapes, cracks, and contusions, looks unscathed however, that’s a surprise. What happened here? It’s hard to say but it looks like a ‘Vette that took a pretty hard hit (or hits), repairs were started, and then interest was lost.

The listing states that this Chevy has been off the road since ’73 and it would be interesting to know what happened to the interior while it was sitting all of that time. Besides being a repository for cast-off body parts it appears to have been the site of an out-of-control barbeque – it’s toast. There’s a steering wheel and column, seat frames, and not much else. I do spy an original Delco radio however but I’d be surprised if it still works.

The seller mentions that there is a 350 CI V8 under the hood and that would be incorrect as the 350 engine didn’t make its Corvette debut until the ’69 model year. Small block Corvette offerings in ’68 were 327 CI V8’s of either 300 or 350 gross HP output. Of course, it could be a swapped engine too. That said, the engine is complete looking, it even still possesses its ignition shielding and A.I.R. pump. Whatever this none running engine is, it’s backed by a four-speed manual transmission.

One last engine item to consider and that’s the two-character engine alpha code that is displayed as “DK”. According to my “Complete Chevrolet V-8 Engine code Guide” it represents a late production 283 (1967) or an early production 307 (1968)  – just sayin’…

So, the visuals aren’t good, it needs a ton of bodywork. It also needs an entire interior and likely wiring too. The engine is a non-runner, and not correct, and we know nothing about the underside or the birdcage. I’d suggest walking on and keep looking, how about you?

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Comments

  1. 8banger 8banger Member

    This Co-Vette is parts at best.

    Like 5
    • yann duchateau

      The only valuable part are the Papers, everything else has to be rebuilt, just in fiberglass labour there is at least a 200 hours cost, Bare chassis 5000$ just the Part, add the Labour, already 30 000$ and not a single bolt in the shopping cart yet… when a Running 68′ vette will reach 80 000$, il will start to be worth the massive Job. ish.I bet he does not even has the Papers.

      Like 1
  2. Sam Shive

    I got a Buck Fifty in my pocket.

    Like 3
  3. bobhess bobhess Member

    Wouldn’t put more than a dollar three ninety eight out for it.

    Like 1
  4. Dins74 Member

    Amazingly the front
    bumper looks to be in pretty good shape. That the headlight mechanisms, front grill, glass, and what ever else little OEM goodies you can salvage would be well worth the 400 beans to buy.

    Hmmmm where is this car located?

    Like 4
  5. Troy

    So buy this thing and paint it mint green and plant it in your yard.
    Then the next time you’re getting drunk at the bar you can brag that you have a mint 1968 Vette at home and it won’t be a complete lie.

    Like 12
  6. Bick Banter

    What an unholy mess. This is going to completely drain someone’s bank account and leave them along side the financial road bloodied and beaten like a crime victim. And it still probably won’t be roadworthy, much less nice. A shame.

    Like 1
  7. 86_Vette_Convertible

    Couldn’t care less for the Vette, it’s “stick a fork in it” time and put it out of it’s misery. Personally I like the Allis Chalmers CA in the background. Growing up we had one like that on the farm when I was very young. They don’t look like much but it was surprising how much wagon weight they could pull.

    Like 1
  8. Gary Bregel

    I don’t think I would start this project. Too much to do.

    Like 1
  9. Cheryl

    r.i.p

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