- Posted June 27, 2013 by
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I love my Corvette
1970 LT-1 Convertible Original owner
Some years there was no time or place to bring Ol Yella back to life. Some years there was no money and no time. But in 2011 everything came together. Ol Yella made the final ride on a flatbed to a special place. Finally in my new home garage with time to spare and a new loving and supportive wife, Ol Yella was home and loved. She could feel the love. It took several months of seeing her in the garage every day to find the motivation to take the first step in the world of restoration. I was overwhelmed with the "where to start" thoughts.
Then along came Norm. Norm suggested I go see a restoration professional and see what he had to offer. Well that did it. The pro was very good and experienced but not exactly what I had in mind for Ol Yella. He wanted to start with stripping all the paint and taking the body off the frame. Ol Yella had been painted shortly before the carb was stolen. That paint was her best asset since it had not seen the sun in 25 years. She was still very bright and shiney. the Pro also wanted about $50,000 to get her like new. That really did it. With a Norm getting me off the sofa and the threat of a $50,000 restoration bill, work began.
Ol Yella was going to be her old self, not brand new, but real nice. First get her running. New oil pan , oil pump and distributor. Used carb from that period ( Holley 750 double pumper). Got my posse together and poured some fuel down the carb and she started right up for a second or two. That was what we needed to know, she can and will run again. Since that day in October 2012 a lot have happened to Ol Yella. Wheels and Tires were a must and front end bushings and tranny fluids. She now starts up and goes for a spin on any sunny day. Much left to do like new seat covers and foam, new carpets and insulation. Then a new convertible top. I could feel her pride as we went to the local What-A-Burger for a Cruise In. It has been a labor of love and She is happy now. Ol Yella is back.