'72 coupe Birdcage repair/replacement

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'72 coupe Birdcage repair/replacement

Post by 72Shark_VAL » May 23rd, 2017 10:49 pm

Hi everyone! New to the forum, first post. :cheers:

January of this year I began the restoration of my '72 coupe. I've already pulled the body off the frame & removed the front clip/firewall. The car has pretty extensive birdcage rust (see photos). In fact it's so bad that I am considering a complete birdcage replacement. There is one on eBay right now pulled from a '71 coupe that is very solid & has already been primered (I'll post a link to it). The seller mentions that the birdcage does not sit perfectly flat on the ground & is "tweaked" but will be back to normal once bolted to a chassis. Is this true? It looks like a very nice birdcage assembly but for $2k I don't want to buy something that I will have future alignment issues with. I know how much work I'm talking, so spare me the lecture. I'll do anything for this car to be right & I've enjoyed the challenge so far.

Also, is there anyone on here that has removed the underbody from a c3 birdcage that could give me some insight? The only thing I really have to go off of right now is the factory ASM & we all know how easy those are to follow.. lol

Link to photos of my car on photobucket: http://s347.photobucket.com/user/matt_b ... t=3&page=1

Link to birdcage on eBay:
http://m.ebay.com/itm/Corvette-Coupe-Or ... iid%253A19