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Old 07-13-2005, 11:47 AM
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First of all sorry for the long post, I have enjoyed the tips for a long time on the post and have learned allot. I promise never to post this long again on the corvetteforum site I go by smooth72. sooo here goes our story..

You have heard it before finding a perfect 56 corvettes in a barn. This is not that story. It all began as I was going to a meeting with some business associates. As conversations often revolve to either women or cars, this one turned to cars, probably due to the fact women were present. I casually said that now that cold weather is approaching it is time to get back to my project, a 1955 wide window Chevy pickup. One of the men said I have a project for you in my barn. I said surely like I need another project, . . . what is it? I had to ask.
He then told me that it was a total basket 1972 Corvette, and it was. Of coarse as a previous owner of a 79 L82, that I had in college my interest rouse. He had obtained it by buying a house that had been foreclosed. The body was left in the garage and the frame was in the back yard with a fairly large tree growing through the middle of the frame.
That evening I went home to discuss this with my wife and we decided to ask our soon to be 15 years old, the craziest question ever. Yes you guessed it, “would you be interested in a 72 Corvette? “ Of coarse it had some stipulations. First she had to pay half of the cost, and she had to work on the car herself. Despite our hard efforts, it probably would not be done in time of her 16th birthday. We told her that the first speeding ticket she got would be considered a learning experience, but if she got two tickets the car would be parked.
Of coarse with gleaming eyes she said yes and my challenge began. Our logic, if you can use that word, is if she had to work on it, help pay for it, and have something totally unique she would be more careful with it. Also as a restored classic, it would not lose value like a newer car would. By the way my 14-year-old daughter is 5'9" and looks 18, we must be totally insane. All kidding aside, she’s a good student, in honor band, a member of the youth Christian group and has been a good kid.
To say this is a frame off rebuild would be quite an understatement. With no parts labeled, parts missing, bolts missing and did I mention that some one had cut out the interior behind the seats, I have no idea what he was doing. I spend more time researching than I do actually working on the car.
I have found out that people who own corvettes are very willing to help. As soon as a vette owner finds out a fellow vette owner is in distress, they seem to come out of the woodwork. I have had several corvette enthusiasts look at it and all of them have thought that my purchase price of $2500 was a decent price. They said the frame and body was in pretty good condition. The corvette has the 80's shark front with the fins in top of the fenders, fix head lights and it also has the twin turbo hood.
Our goal was to make the vette as dependable, comfortable and fun as possible. What we have done so far is to have the frame sand blasted, welded up, and powder coated. I called up the good people at Vette Brake Products and ordered the works, Performance Plus suspension kit, rebuilt trailing arms with offset, brake kit with sport rotors, yellow powder coated calipers, power booster and master cylinder, power steering component kit, and rebuilt steering box. VBP is a great company to work with. It has always been a dream of mine to build a car just like I wanted, within reason, and since a lot of the parts where missing I get to choose the new ones. I still cannot believe I’m doing this for my daughter. Now for the future plans, a crate motor, ramjet350, a 700 auto transmissions, after market AC unit, stereo, alarm, billet wheels with wider tires and a custom interior.
I have no desire to build or even own a stock factory car, so the mods that were already done were ok, but probably not what I would have chosen. At the age of 40, every car I have had has been “personalized.” I love all types of street rods and like the sound of building a “vette rod”. I hope to create a car that rodders will say, “ it just looks right.” I know I’m crazy and all the counseling in world could not cure me...and yes I will have to drive it from time to time.

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Old 07-13-2005, 04:03 PM
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Welcome to the board. If that Vette was a '63 I would arm wrestle you for it! Your story brings back memories - I did a ground up restoration of a '61 Nash Metropolitan for my twin daughters when they were 15. They drove it for several years then I sold it to a nice middle age lesbian woman who was looking for one and had a B&W checkerboard tile floored garage waiting for it. She calls me every once in a while to tell me about a show or award she has won with the car. She had the BIGGEST die-cast car collection I have ever seen. She buys EVERY die-cast offered on Shopping Network.
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