Beginning in 1967, GM used a computer-printed "build sheet" during assembly to indicate all the options of a car. Somewhere just before the car rolled off the assembly line the build sheet was stuck on the upper surface of the gas tank, then the tank was bolted into the car. The sheets have also become known as "tank stickers" If a restorer can secure the tank sticker he has absolute irrefutable proof of the originality and options of his vehicle.
Since my 67 Corvette was optioned with the very collectible L71 427-435 engine, it is really important to me to prove it, and the best proof is to secure the tank sticker.
A few nights ago I removed the gas cap and the rubber gasket between the filler tube and the body. With a small flashlight I could peer into the gap to see the top of the gas tank, and sure enough, I could see what I thought was a tank sticker. I couldn't be sure, though because of the accumulation of dirt.
On Sunday, Danny Schrokosch came to my garage on his Harley to execute our newest mission: get the tank sticker!
We removed the spare tire well, the rear cross member, both mufflers and the filler tube. Then we gently dropped the tank out of the car and onto the garage floor. Yep, what I saw through the filler opening was in fact the original tank sticker. The paper was thin, covered in 45 years of dirt, and very fragile.
We knew from the start that this car was all about racing. Many options commonly found on a 67 Stingray were not ordered: power brakes, power steering, power windows, air conditioning, and other amenities. Instead this car had eight options:
|Regular Production Options
|Tinted Glass, all windows
|Special Performance, front and rear suspension
|Differential carrier, positraction
|Air Injection Reactor (Smog pump)
|Transistor Ignition Equipment
|Special High Performance, tri-carburetor
|4-Speed transmission, close ratio
|Radio, AM/FM Push button
And, to our joy, everything the tank sticker says the car should have on it, it does! We found the Holy Grail for this unique car.
Now the question is, "What do we do with it?" Danny thinks we should just drive it!