1976 C3 Corvette Brought Back to Life After Sitting Since 2004 Part 1

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  • Published: 06 November 2019
  • Everyone loves to bring me cars that have not been run in decades. That is true with this 1976 C3 Corvette. The owner hasn't driven it since 2004 so it will need a little love to get back on the road. We will start with an oil change, spark plugs, lubing the cylinders, fuel system clean, and finally turning it over by hand.

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Comments • 190

  • walkingman
    walkingman  15 hours back

    Nothing wrong with Supertech oil and getting rid of the POS FRAM filter is AWAYS a good idea.

    • Dennis Murphey
      Dennis Murphey  3 days back

      missedyou Dude, great save can't wait to see the process, one of these days i would love to do a project like this or buy one you did. for mow i have to drive this 2014 Corvette sadly. Stay well.

      • Carl_Marks
        Carl_Marks  3 days back

        That midget lift is worth it’s weight in gold.

        • Keith Mann
          Keith Mann  3 days back

          Should go to a new owner who will love it?

          • Junk or bust
            Junk or bust  1 weeks back

            I’d say that’s normal, it happened to me with my first car, I drove it as a daily and then less so as I got married until it was put away for 20 years while the business and family grew. My sons and I now have it back on the road properly and now they and their sisters can also enjoy. Just how it often goes. No one plans it, life just happens.

            • Terri Tanner
              Terri Tanner  1 weeks back

              Hey CorvetteBen, my name is Steve. I’m not into this technology mumbo jumbo bull crap with a capital S so please forgive me if I’m not sending you this message the right way. But I’ve got a 86 Corvette, on a cold start, she will Fire right up. But after I’ve driven her for sometime, shut her down, try to fire her up again. All she wants to do is crank over and over and over. Let off the key, crank her again, she’ll turn over 2 or 3 times, and usually fire right up. The other little problem I have with her, after I’ve been driving for awhile, and go to romp on it, she’ll almost sound like she has a rev limiter. Which she does not do, when she is cold. Do you think the fuel filter is partly to blame? I love your channel and can’t wait to see more corvette videos. Good or ..........bad. I’m obsessed with these things. I have been since I’ve been about 8 years old and bought my love affair just before my 50th birthday, black 1986 coupe with black and red interior. I’ve had this old girl now for 5 years and I really need your advice. Thank you so much! And thank you for all the awesome videos! Looking forward to hearing from you.
              Sincerely Steve

              • Jim Osborn
                Jim Osborn  1 weeks back

                I got a 1980

                • Kurt Muehlbauer
                  Kurt Muehlbauer  1 weeks back

                  Great Video, I think this ist the best way to wake up this long sleeping C3 ;-)

                  • BluesBoy 1955
                    BluesBoy 1955  1 weeks back

                    Just bought a nice red 1977 c3 with good frame for $1700 ( but totally stock) I don't think it has ran since mid 90's ..... wouldn't start ,put a new starter in$25 put a little gas in carb. , Couldn't believe it fired right up but wouldn't stay running, changed the mechanical fuel pump(new $26)and it came to life ,runs excellent !!! But when put it into gear it wouldn't move , put a bunch of quarts of tranny fluid ($15 to $20)and solved that problem , looked on Craig's list got a nice set of the yj8 aluminum rims for $175 (traded the ralley rims for a set of mounted tires) ..........the great thing about these cars are they easy to work on ,parts are all over the place (cheap) and I think they are one of the best looking cars ever made !!!!!...to me just as sweet as a Ferrari, Lamborghini,etc..........I plan on building a radical 454,cam,headers dual 4 barrel carbs ,worked heads ,good stall converter ,etc. in my spare time and throw it in , loud and fast as fuck !!!!!😁

                    • shomaniac
                      shomaniac  1 weeks back

                      I like all of your step by step methods. One thing especially is your cut open valve covers. Have you thought about siliconing a piece of plexi glass on top of them? It would allow you to use them for extended runs and should help avoid any oil from splashing out.

                      • S Schroeder
                        S Schroeder  1 weeks back

                        It seems low miles are a badge of honor among Corvette owners. A shame, as I prefer daily driving a sports car, life’s to short to perform drudgery behind the wheel of a pick-up truck.

                        • Bruce Schram
                          Bruce Schram  1 weeks back

                          The most recognizable car on the road, still! I love my 1980 C3 and every time I drive her, people show approval! Who cares that the suspension is crap and the electrical is hurting and she leaks here and there? I do, but I don't show it! Thankx Ben, love your vid's.

                          • Craig Scott
                            Craig Scott  2 weeks back

                            I drive my 72 Corvette everyday put a small block 350 with fuel injection 350 HP and a manuel 5 speed. Has Air power everything side pipes and leather. Upgraded suspension I love the car. Not as boring like most cars on the street today. It’s too bad the car culture is fading away.

                            • RODZILLA
                              RODZILLA  2 weeks back

                              Another 75-76 with an 80s butt. My Mom's 75 was the same way in 1991.

                              • Bobby Johnson
                                Bobby Johnson  2 weeks back

                                Ben, how often di you drive your C3?

                                • Don Dobbins
                                  Don Dobbins  2 weeks back

                                  have a question for ...i adding a tilt and tell colum to my 73 ..how did you straighten out the steering wheel on the silver one ..thanks Don

                                  • Denster956
                                    Denster956  2 weeks back

                                    Ok maybe it's just me, but it's a terrible version considering so many better models out there much less the poor power levels.

                                    • TheCorvetteBen
                                      TheCorvetteBen   2 weeks back

                                      You act like you can't change out the engine?

                                  • Daniel Sims
                                    Daniel Sims  2 weeks back

                                    My dad had one but it was not in good shape

                                    • Jonathan Riolo
                                      Jonathan Riolo  2 weeks back

                                      Ben I got two questions how old are you right now and how many classic cars and old school muscle cars do you owned right now in 2019?

                                      • William Egler
                                        William Egler  2 weeks back

                                        I think a lot of Corvette owners don't drive their cars because they think a low mileage mint condition vehicle is going to make them rich when they sell them in the future.
                                        Corvettes are mass produced and are still being made so unless it is something exceptional they aren't worth babying for 30 years.
                                        Drive the wheels off of them and enjoy them.

                                        • Doug
                                          Doug  2 weeks back

                                          Nice lift!

                                          • snappybones
                                            snappybones  2 weeks back

                                            I use supertech oil in everything and it works just fine. Split fire plugs are junk.

                                            • Michael Reid
                                              Michael Reid  2 weeks back

                                              A local man in my village is selling a 1976 Corvette Stingray for $4,500, I'd buy it if I wasn't 14.

                                              • Craig Scott
                                                Craig Scott  2 weeks back

                                                Michael Reid Michael when I was 15 I saved for 3 years strait and in 1983 I bought my 1964 Corvette Coup. I still have it today after 36 years!!! Don’t give up the dream. I got 3 Corvettes now.

                                            • Aron Bechiom
                                              Aron Bechiom  2 weeks back

                                              Last time I drove mine was 2012..... rear wheel bearing. Not a priority...lol.

                                              • Montney
                                                Montney  2 weeks back

                                                there ain't nothing wrong with that gas. do what cajun harley davidson does put octain boost in it

                                                • Ronald Hagadorn
                                                  Ronald Hagadorn  2 weeks back

                                                  U are right, I have a 1973 corvette. Last I drove it was in 2013. A lot of hate when I drove it! I keep the car in my garage as a investment! Keep up the hard work! U remind me of me when I was younger. Ron.

                                                  • CRUISE WITH SPIRIT
                                                    CRUISE WITH SPIRIT  2 weeks back

                                                    I have a c4 corvette for sale in excellent condition. Let me know if you're interested.

                                                    • CRUISE WITH SPIRIT
                                                      CRUISE WITH SPIRIT  2 weeks back

                                                      @TheCorvetteBen there a sweet car with more hp, skirts and a spoiler.

                                                    • TheCorvetteBen
                                                      TheCorvetteBen   2 weeks back

                                                      It would have to be dirt cheap. c4s are impossible to sell

                                                  • aarnts
                                                    aarnts  2 weeks back

                                                    Wow this is exactly the same as my grandpa's c3, same year and color

                                                    • Seth Albert
                                                      Seth Albert  2 weeks back

                                                      I have my Dad's 73 now sitting since 09...baby steps but look forward to getting her on the road. Thx for the video to give me some confidence, lol.

                                                      • Nicky h225
                                                        Nicky h225  2 weeks back

                                                        C3 corvettes are my favorite and I barely see them, I see far more c1, c2, c4 than c3s

                                                        • SirChirpAlot
                                                          SirChirpAlot  2 weeks back

                                                          Just picked up a 77, With some
                                                          assembly required. Mine came with 2nd frame, Frame in the car is rotted to nothing

                                                          • Keith Mann
                                                            Keith Mann  3 days back

                                                            I just picked up a 75 that had a blown engine and trans and needs paint! I feel your pain.

                                                        • Jackson Reeves
                                                          Jackson Reeves  2 weeks back

                                                          Had a 73 w/454. Traded it away when gas got over .60 a gallon.

                                                          • tony friend
                                                            tony friend  2 weeks back

                                                            movie time went by very quickly. my 1997 Dodge Ram has that exact same key switch buzz..11/08/19...8.03 am cst USA   TRUMP 2020 NICE MOVIE BEN! WHEN IS PART 2??

                                                            • Alex R
                                                              Alex R  2 weeks back

                                                              Why people suddenly stop driving these beautiful cars? Men get married, then their wives tell them what they are allowed to do, and what they are not allowed to do from that point on. No more enjoying fast cars or anything that might bring an adrenaline rush. From that point its all about popping out kids and being in debt for the next 40 years to pay off a home etc.

                                                              • Tattoo Ideas For You
                                                                Tattoo Ideas For You  2 weeks back

                                                                cool but not cool as the camino

                                                              • blkjustice32
                                                                blkjustice32  2 weeks back

                                                                Be safe drop the gas tank put white vinegar and a box of baking soda in it for 24 hours to clean it, and it will look brand-new.👍

                                                                • CAMBAMS
                                                                  CAMBAMS  2 weeks back

                                                                  It really is sad. The 79 L82 I am trying to bring back to life sat in the grass since 1983.

                                                                  • chris smith
                                                                    chris smith  2 weeks back

                                                                    Hi ben. I have a 1980 that needs a new dash. Have the new dash from ecklers. How hard is it to install?

                                                                    • HPOWLMAN
                                                                      HPOWLMAN  2 weeks back

                                                                      Take me under ur wing

                                                                      • chris smith
                                                                        chris smith  2 weeks back

                                                                        Who puts a 1980 rear bumper on a 1976? Is that even legal?

                                                                        • chris smith
                                                                          chris smith  2 weeks back

                                                                          @TheCorvetteBen Yeah. I was kidding. But that is like retro fitting a 76 front end on a 72. just does not seem right. 1976 should have a smooth rear bumper and a chrome luggage rack.

                                                                        • TheCorvetteBen
                                                                          TheCorvetteBen   2 weeks back

                                                                          Lots of people. It is a very popular mod and is totally legal

                                                                      • eldoradony
                                                                        eldoradony  2 weeks back

                                                                        Those Split Fire plugs have to be 20 years old. Just another failed attempt to create the better mouse trap.

                                                                        • RustyJeep
                                                                          RustyJeep  2 weeks back

                                                                          eldoradony I remember those from the 1990’s 😂

                                                                      • ARednecksLife
                                                                        ARednecksLife  2 weeks back

                                                                        I agree with you, on that statement, a former neighbour of mine has a 73?? in his backyard rotting away, it was running about 8 years ago but hasn't been registered in over 16+ years.
                                                                        He's the type of person who thinks even though something is sitting when he goes back to it, it will be the same way it was when he left it.

                                                                        • Groundhogz Garage
                                                                          Groundhogz Garage  2 weeks back

                                                                          Stuck needle and seat? Tap tap tappy with a persuader.....

                                                                          • steverino C
                                                                            steverino C  2 weeks back

                                                                            I like your oil logic for an unknown engine.

                                                                            • Dan Goodall-Williams
                                                                              Dan Goodall-Williams  2 weeks back

                                                                              You are a great mechanic. Damn!

                                                                              • JaydaHeartTV
                                                                                JaydaHeartTV  2 weeks back

                                                                                A C3 Corvette is my dream car. They're just so beautiful.

                                                                                • markam campbell
                                                                                  markam campbell  2 weeks back

                                                                                  what no fender covers?

                                                                                  • tonysvetts
                                                                                    tonysvetts  2 weeks back

                                                                                    love the video thanks for sharing