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Bring a Trailer 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Progress Report #3

Classics, Community  /   /  By Randy Nonnenberg  /  By Randy Nonnenberg

Reuniting the Painted Body and Built Chassis

Our eBay Project Car has come a long way since our last report. We built the entire rolling chassis with restored, rebuilt, and new parts sourced on eBay. It looks great, and is almost an art object on its own. The Daytona Blue paint work is complete and came out looking unbelievably good. The $20k investment and all the hours put into the fiberglass body work and paint was well worth it, as it looks as good as any C2 Corvette body we have ever seen.

1963 Corvette body installation on frame

The chassis build was an adventure using eBay. It is pretty easy to progress with a Corvette restoration using a catalog full of reproduction parts, but the beauty of this eBay build is the number of NOS GM and used original parts that we were able to add. When we bought it, this car was filled with low-quality aftermarket components and many parts from the later year Corvettes. That isn’t always bad, but the 1963 coupes are famous for some details that were only included that year. We set out to find them on eBay and it worked! Trim, chrome, gauges, valve covers, exhaust manifolds, lights, emblems, and more were all set right during our build. It is what we would want on a Corvette, and we think the eventual buyer of the car will really love it. Check out the horn relays below for the old vs. new.

side-by-side new and old parts

The freshly painted body is shown in the booth below.

1963 Corvette - freshly painted body

The shot below shows the rear suspension both before and after restoration. Everything you see was purchased on eBay… the rebuilt posi-traction differential, the driveshafts, the disk-brake trailing arms, the stainless brake lines, the crossmember bushings…. all of it! Even the stainless alignment shims and nuts and bolts were from eBay.

rear suspension before and after restoration

Things looked so good with all the fresh parts that the eBay folks asked to display the car at the Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca Raceway (below). Many Bring a Trailer readers were on site and gave us more good feedback on the car. Their comments on the build has been great so far, with 125 entries in each BaT story being the norm, with ideas about parts, colors, history, and personal Corvette experiences. They all seem to be experts on eBay buying and selling as well, which has been fun to see.

BaT 1963 Corvette project on display at Laguna Seca

A big step in the restoration process was the marrying of the finished body and the restored chassis. This was done at the body shop, with plenty of watchful eyes and helping hands. Everything lined up nicely, and seeing the blue body against the black powdercoated frame and restored engine bay is really stunning. And the best news… there is no more red overspray!

Freshly painted body is mated carefully to chassis

Check out full updates #9 – #12 below on Bring a Trailer, and stay tuned here for more updates as we quickly move towards having a drivable Corvette!

eBay Project Car Update #9 This Chassis Rolls
eBay Project Car Update #10 Come See it at Laguna Seca
eBay Project Car Update #11 Body on Chassis
eBay Project Car Update #12 The Clean Work

Go back to updates #1 – #8 if you missed our introduction to the restoration project: Bring a Trailer 1963 Chevrolet Corvette eBay Project

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6 Comments on "Bring a Trailer 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Progress Report #3"

Robert Pelletier
4 years 2 months ago

This type of project reminds me that I really love “working” on older cars and that I will continue to do so… also says a lot for ebay and being persistent in looking for your parts, thanks, Bob

4 years 2 months ago

Hi Rob,

We agree! Stay tuned for more in 2013!

Robert S.Gaunt
4 years 2 months ago

What is your asking price. The car looks great.
Bob Gaunt

Mike Callahan
4 years 1 month ago

Wow, I would love to quit my job and have the time to do a frame up restoration on a 63 Covvette……that is my favorite year.
Based on some searches done on ebay I know the parts would not be hard to find. Good luck, the car looks great!

Page Carwile
4 years 1 month ago

I’ve got a picture of this in red on my wall. If you need a place to park it I will make room in the garage. Looks great

David Trott
4 years 1 month ago

Awesome! To see the progress must make you feel great!! You have a wonderful talent to be able to do a project like this!!!