Originally Posted by tnovot
Any work on a vehicle with a Corvette emblem seems to automatically increase the labor rate and cost of parts. Might be good for you to purchase an AIM - try ebay - and repair manual - try Central Corvette, Wilcox, or Mid America - and learn how to do some things yourself.
Corvette brakes, especially the rears are a different animal because of the riveted on rotors and integral parking brake shoes inside the disc rotor.
Body work is tricky because earlier years used polyester based and later years used epoxy based materials. I think yours is basically epoxy. Educate yourself on body materials, paint such as laquer and enamel and on mechanicals such as trailing arms, brakes, engine and drivetrain, interior gauges, and more. Look for a Corvette club in your area.
Your car is not a hot rod. Go to Corvetteforum.com and sign up - it's free - and do searches in the C3 section for what you want to do to the car. Good to know details of the car even if you have to pay someone to do the work.
You have already experienced one of the two happiest days of Corvette ownership. Some day you will find out what the other happiest day is.
I have invested I my corvette a lot of money it's a pro Turing I have a 388 with an MSD and an MSD injection, hooker side pipes, reck and pinion, bee cool polish radiator kit with the fan, polish alternator all the engine is polish, air condition kit, gauges, hairdo booster and so much more, I have 500HP, the inside is totally redone i just need the seats , under the car is all new and so much mire the list is too lond, i like to take it to the next level and install front and back flares, front and back willwood 13" brake's, new wheels and tires and corbeau a4 seats, I can't do the job myself I need a very good shop that can do all of these and paint the car. I will buy the parts and ship them to the shop.