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79 Avanti 11 restoration

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  • Body: 79 Avanti 11 restoration

    Would like to put my good 79 Avanti 11 body on Corvette frame. I have a line on a 75 corvette. Anyone have any ideas or experiance ? My frame is completely rusted out. Thanks, for any help.

  • #2
    I can show you pics of one. They didn't use the entire Corvette chassis, just the front and rear trucks. Looks pretty neat and couldn't be that difficult
    Supposedly an LS5
    64 GT Hawk (K7)
    1970 Avanti (R3)


    • #3
      A C3 Corvette has a 98" wheelbase where the Avanti has a 109" wheelbase. Either the Vette frame has to be stretched or the Avanti cut down into a two seater...which has been done before. A lot of Vette guys use a C4 chassis (1983-1996 Vette) for earlier body Corvettes...a much more advanced chassis than the C3 offers (I say that as a C3 owner), but with enough money and engineering talent, most anything is possible.

      A good Avanti chassis should run you about $2k or thereabouts. You might look into the cost of doing that as opposed to the challenges of adapting a completely different chassis.
      Last edited by Gunslinger; 11-02-2011, 11:17 AM.
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      • #4
        Wish you were closer. I have a '75 avanti rust-free frame I need hauled away.


        • #5
          "Wish you were closer. I have a '75 avanti rust-free frame I need hauled away."

          For what you will have invested in time and money, the shipping on a frame would probably be a wash. But, your time, and your money!

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          • #6
            I have helped my buddies do older Corvette to C4 (84-96) conversions. Do not use that older 75 Corvette chassis. Since you need a new frame, I would consider a good Avanti frame with a C-4 front and rear suspension. OR, there is a wide selection of modern aftermarket Corvette suspension kits to use on a good Avanti frame.

            75 Avanti, 61 Corvette, 73 Corvette, 95 Corvette, 61 Beech Baron, 1944 PBJ