Hi everyone, im going to look at a 1978 corvette, and wondering what your thoughts are for this yeay? Can anyone give me info like 0 to 60 times, 1/4 mile, it's an automatic with i think an L48 motor. Thanks alot!
At the top of the page are a bunch of tabs. Under the Model Center Tab you will find the spec's for the 1978 & under the Tools Tab you will find a comprehensive check list when inspecting a Corvette for possible purchase. Also under the "Tools Tab" is a good article about purchasing a Corvette.
I don't know about the 0-60 and 1/4 times, but for myself, I am happy with her performance, especially after her tune up and carb rebuild! She accelerates quick and will press you into the seat backs, but I think most men would want MORE POWER! With modifications, this can be achieved. It is only limited by your budget.
The L48 in 1978 had stock hp of about 180-170. Mine was 170 because it had CA emissions. We have since removed quite a bit of "stuff" and I am guessing that her hp has increased slightly, but I don't know by how much. Like I said, I am happy with her quick throttle response and scooting through traffic when needed. However, when the AC is on, she is considerably sluggish.
My 78 is a daily driver, and has been for the 12 years my husband and I have had her. She has been almost exclusively driven by me for the last 7 years (I am easier on her than Hubby) and we have R&R'd a lot of items to keep her safe, dependable and in good working order.
There is a 'shopping list' of what to look for with each generation vette in one of the tabs at the top of the CACC page. I'd print out a copy and take it, it has loads of things to remind you to look for and ask.
The 1978 Vette is almost 25 years old, and there will be some major items that need to be addressed; What repairs have been done? When were they done? How well was the vehicle maintained?
Within that time, I'd think that these items would need or had needed overhauling:
suspension, bushings and bearings, not to mention hardware pieces
rear end and yokes
u-joints, as needed
electrical and vaccum systems
tranny (depends on the mileage, care and how driven)
engine (depends on the mileage, care and how driven)
interior, especially seat belts
exterior, paint and/or body work
Another factor: How long has the vehicle sat and gaskets been allowed to "dry out"?
Everyone likes the older 'low mileage' vettes, but me. I'd rather a vehicle was driven regularly and maintained than one that sat forever and was never started up or hadn't moved in years.
Before I'd wonder about 0-60 and 1/4-mile times, I'd check the frame for rust damage, especially just forward of the kickup for the rear suspension; any car that's lived in our "rust belt" for 24 years is particularly suspect, unless it's been VERY well cared for - there are lots of shiny, good-looking Vettes out there in our part of the country that have "horror cases" for frames and radiator support crossmembers. New frames are about $5K, plus another $5K to change them.