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    Posted June 27, 2013 by
    gonzotrader
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    I love my Corvette

    1970 LT-1 Convertible Original owner

     
    This story is about Ol Yella. A 1970 Corvette LT-1 Convertible that I have owned since August of 1970. Yes indeed I am the original owner. Ol Yella was an autocross champion back in the day. Traveled all over the southeast to club events small and large. While in between homes Ol Yella was being stored at a friends house and thieves took her carburetor. She was not alone as other corvettes carbs in the same garage were stolen. That was 1986, the last time she ran until October 2012. Much water has passed under the bridge since that day in 1986. Several storage facilities and several wives have come and gone since then. Efforts to find an original carb for this rare model were fruitless. Time marched on and Ol Yella stood by knowing that someday in some way her owner would make her whole again. She is a survivor.
    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.
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