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Ruin's '69 Vert Comes Home! **Lots of Pics!

Finally, after over a year and a half of waiting, She's Home! :)

Woohoo! First pics, taken by my girlfriend - I'll take better ones when I get home in a week. But for now, this is where she sleeps:

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Obviously, there's work to be done. And of course I'll keep you all updated with the progress! I'm hoping to do some basic reassembly that was needed for transport, and get the interior back together (although some parts not replaced) and cleaned up - she needs a bath.


Thanks to everyone's help here, you all have been great, and I sense, will continue to be!
 

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Right on! :partyon:
 

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Sweet!:thumbsup:
 

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:partyon: I can not wait to get home... it's eating at me, but I've got two rather large exams coming up, haha.
 

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It's an act of heresy to let one of these go to waste - and even more so to let this one leave my family, I wasn't about to. You guys have no idea what I went through to keep this in the family. :crazy:

Thanks all for the positive support - now, brace yourself for the Newbie Questions! :D MWAHAHAHAHA!
 

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Now you owe us the whole story.

Tell us all about your Grandpa, how he got the car...how long he owned it...what he did with it...how you ended up the favorite to receive it...etc. etc.

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I'll tell you what I can - I know somethings never end up in writing ;)

My grandfather had this car as long as I can remember. When I was about 6 he wanted to sell it to my dad, but he couldn't afford it. It was his show car, and his toy. Originally, from what I've been told (and I'll confirm this with the VIN if 5 days woohoo!), it had a 427 in it. He would let my uncle, and others drive it. Well, one day they brought it in for repairs, and something went wrong. Some genius mechanic dropped a screw or some darned thing into the cylinder (again, the story I've been told) and destroyed the original 427. So, to get it running, he had a rebuilt 350 (the current engine) dropped in. Shortly after that, a good family friend who works at a refinishing shop offered to repaint it in exchange for a hunting trip to Canada (they live in MA). Well, this was about 5 years ago. He took it in, and never finished.

I had an old 1986 Ford Bronco II that was my baby, I repainted it desert camouflage (see pic) and had huge plans to fix her up with my dad. Well, I totaled it, so we bought a new (if you can call it that) one for a few hundred bucks from a friend in June of 05. My dad left for a week to go to a teacher's conference, came home, and passed away from a massive heart attack the next day. My mom and sister were in Connecticut (with the people who towed this baby down actually) and so I was with him - at 17, just graduated High School - and had to call my mom and sister and deliver the news. This all connects, I promise ;)



I started college in the fall, and in November was told my Grandfather (mom's dad) had passed. Well, he was actually supposed to come visit us a week later, and when he did I was going to ask him about buying this Vette and some guns (he had a collection of 70+). Well, we went to MA and I got to talking with my uncle. He agreed to give me a couple guns, and one for my mom (hence the 12ga, the Colt 45 and Smith and Wesson 41mag some of you have seen on these boards) and said that I could take the Corvette as long as I promised to never sell it. Okay, done.

Well, (trust me this is the short version ;) ) my grandfather's girlfriend (who had been with him for 20 some years) decided she had bills to pay and started selling off EVERYTHING. The guns (which were supposed to be my uncle's), my coin collection (never saw it), his boat, his truck, EVERYTHING went. Well, a year and some odd months later, I'm the only one in the whole family with anything of his, a handful of guns and the Vette. Like I said, heresy for it to leave the family. Now, if you offered me a life time of stability for my family, put my future kids through college and the ability for my wife and I to buy whatever we want and travel wherever we want, for the rest of our lives... well, I might be able to hand it over - He'd understand. ;)

Seeing as that's never going to happen, this Corvette is my metaphorical connection to my father and grandfather. I never got to work on a vehicle with my dad (sold the second Bronco II to get the cash to tow the Vette to NC), which is why I know little of mechanics, and someone needs to honor the memory of my grandfather (seeing as his girlfriend sure as heck didn't). So this is a project with them in mind. It will look and feel like I imagine they'd want it to. Sounds kinda cheesy, but if you've ever heard "Riding with Private Malone" you'd kinda understand what I mean. I've got a long lineage of men in the military (which is why it's my turn this fall) and this is also for them.

Anyway, a lot of emotional connection and one bloody battle to get it down here, but finally she's home.


You asked. :laughing:


Seeing as you just read that here are some more pictures for your viewing pleasure. More on Monday, I promise!










 

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Possibly - it depends really. Like I said, I'm no mechanic. It'll be a few years before I do any major engine work - gotta learn first. :D I've toyed the idea of a 454 or maybe bigger, but who knows.
 

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Good Job, and great save!!! You have something to be proud of and your hard work will pay off. Right now the main concern should be a safe storage for the years to come.

Also if you don't put a 427 in. You could drop a LS1 or LS6 and some Brembos!


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Thanks Jr. I've got a garage at home - just a matter of cleaning it up and making the space. No biggie, I also live on top of a mountain with one other family - so I'm not overly worried about theft at home - do want some kind of security system though for days with the top off. ;)


Pardon the newbie question, but what are Brembos?
 

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Brembos are a really good brand of brakes. :thumbsup:

Don't forget to send me pics of your 12 ga. when the paper work goes through.

:cheers:

Jr.
 

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Congrat's and good luck with your project.

I noticed that your hood is a small block hood so if it was a BB car the hood has been changed also. Do you still have the ID plate on the center console? If it's the original one it will have the engine info on it. Another thing, I was told that BB cars had a rear sway bar and SB didn't so you could also check for that.

SB or BB, still a great car.
 

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Jr. - You can count on it. ;)

Thanks js292, I'll look at it in a few days when I'm home to figure it out. I tried to help my girlfriend find it when she took these pics so I could run the number on it (hooray for the Black Book), but she couldn't find it, and the storage unit was closing down. So I have to go home and do it myself. :D
 
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