Frame rot. Everyone looks for it when theyre interested in buying a 68-82 Corvette, but no one wants to find it on one they already own. Theres only one way to be sure theres absolutely no rust on the endoskeleton of your shark, and thats to do a frame-off restoration. Among the many benefits of this type of restoration are guaranteed rust removal, rebuilding the necessary systems as you reassemble, and the assurance that even what you cant see is done right.
The owner of this 74 Corvette wanted it completely restored, which brings us to some of the downsides of doing a frame-off restoration. She will have much more money invested in the car than what she could ever sell it for. As you go deeper into a restoration, youll certainly find more and more items that need to be replaced. She had owned this car since she was 16, so the sentimental value of the car far exceeded any monetary concerns. She wanted it done right, so a frame-off restoration was the only way to go.
When we finished this story, the frame was being stripped, and when we get it back it will look like new metal. Any stampings will not be damaged, and we wont have to worry about any sand residue coming out of the cracks and crevices when we do the paintwork. Our next installment will cover treating the frame and installing the new components necessary to make this a top-notch restoration. Wait and see!
Follow along as Ron at the Corvette Clinic shows us what it takes to de-bone a shark.