This Month's Featured Ride - February 2012

Chris's 1968 Corvette

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Year / Make / Model: 1968 Corvette
Owner:
Chris Geiger
Year Purchased:
1974
Engine:
350/350 HP Chevy
Transmission: Close ratio Muncie 4 speed
Rear:
3:70
Paint: White lacquer
Wheels & Tires: Chrome American Racing 5 spokes on 255-60-15 Goodrich tires.
Interior: 1968 Saddle Tan leather.

From Chris:

I purchased my 1968 Corvette in the summer of '74. I just graduated from Oswego and was about to start my first year of teaching Industrial Arts in Great Neck. I had previously owned a '66 roadster and now wanted a "newer" model car. My only requirement was a tan interior because I wanted to paint the car white with gold racing stripes. After a few deals fell through, the '68 entered the picture. Upon initial inspection, it was hard to believe that this car was only 6 years old!! The British racing green paint was faded and pealing, the seats and carpets were ripped and the original 427 was replaced with an oil burning 396. With September looming and needing a ride, I plunked down $2,100.00 and took possession of what has been a lifetime project.

Before school started, I had the paint stripped off and a new paint job applied. The engine lasted through the winter, long enough for me to build a 350 small block to drop it in. I drove the '68 for the next years as my everyday car, through the best and worst of weather, racking up well over 100,00 miles on it.

By 1980 I got a "regular" car and the 'Vette came off the road for an extensive facelift. The engine was removed and rebuilt to 350 HO specs, the paint was stripped again and extra detail as paid to the bodywork before a new white and gold paint job was applied. The interior was redone along with the chrome and the car was detailed for shows. Ted Gouzoules and I drove our Corvettes up and down the east cost attending shows for a number of years and then the street rodding bug hit. The Corvette got pushed aside and the street rod became the car of choice. About 5 years ago I decided it was time to renew my relationship with the car I dated Donna in. With a minor facelift, the car was on the road again and I remembered why I enjoyed driving it all these years.. there's nothing like shifting a 4 speed!!!

The car was painted in 1981 in lacquer and although it is showing its age, I have no intentions of repainting it anytime soon. The stripe is a combination os a Motion stripe and a bumble bee design. I did all the bodywork and paint on the car myself. The interior was what got the biggest facelift after all these years. I replaced the carpets and the original seats were exchanged for later model high backs and I had them covered in 1968 saddle tan leather. The top was custom ordered using the late model cloth material rather than the original vinyl top. I have lost track of how many miles the 'Vette has on it, but after over 38 years, it doesn't really matter!!

 

 

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