A newly published video on the Camaro project is now available.
A newly published video on the Camaro project is now available.
The 1962 Corvette is lifted from the National Corvette Museum sinkhole. Photos and videos courtesy of the National Corvette Museum.
After successfully retrieving the 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” and the 1993 40th Anniversary edition earlier this week, recovery efforts at the National Corvette Museum turned toward pulling the 1962 Corvette from the sinkhole in the Museum’s Skydome on Tuesday. At 1:32 p.m., the Tuxedo Black roadster appeared above the sinkhole, freed from the tangle of four-post lift and concrete slab that had complicated its recovery.
While recovery of the other two cars on Monday appeared deceptively easy, pulling the 1962 Corvette from the hole required far more preparation. With a multi-ton slab of concrete resting on the car’s front end, engineers first needed to rig the black Corvette through the engine bay, requiring removal of the car’ s hood, and then rig the concrete section itself via a series of drilled anchors. The concrete slab was then secured, allowing the classic Corvette to be pulled from the sinkhole.
Aside from the torn front right fender, the black Corvette appears to have been recovered with minimal damage, though a complete assessment of its condition has yet to be made. According to information supplied by the museum, the 1962 Corvette, fitted with a dual-quad setup, was donated by David Donoho of Zionsville, Indiana, the car’s only owner, because he wanted “to ensure it would be well maintained by those who would protect it.” General Motors has committed to restoring all Corvettes retrieved from the sinkhole.
The five remaining Corvettes will prove a bit more difficult to recover, as each is buried beneath tons of dirt and rubble. Before extrication resumes, the focus will turn towards the stabilization of the Skydome spire, the walls of the sinkhole itself and the surrounding area. Projections from the museum estimate that this process will take three weeks, after which the excavation work needed to retrieve the five remaining Corvettes will commence. As the museum has stated all along, the most important factor is the safety of those involved in the recovery, which is why the process is being carried out in carefully measured steps.
The 40-foot wide and 25 to 30-foot deep sinkhole opened up in the early morning hours of February 12 as a result of the region’s karst geology, and crews have been on site since shortly afterward preparing the Skydome for the retrieval process. The rest of the museum has been open since the sinkhole formed, and museum staff have said that they plan to have the Skydome repaired by August.
In the first video, there is presentation about the original car and showed how poor of shape it was in. After some game planning Roush decided to order a complete new body from Tamraz’s Parts.
By going this route they were also able to get a convertible for their customer which she loves very much! Follow along with their posted videos to see the project come together and see what we have Roush has in store for this build! If you would like see a full album of this project and many more follow along with us daily on this build, you can find it on The Roush Facebook Page here: under Roush Collision and Restoration
Last year, I wrote about my 1964 Cutlass and how its factory tach was a major contributing factor in its purchase. The photo accompanying the blog was simply of the tach because the few Polaroids I had taken around 1988 were lost. Fortunately, I just found them, so here they are for your viewing pleasure – or displeasure, considering the photo quality. (I take much better photos of cars now than I did then.)
While my $600, 330-cu.in. four-barrel, two-speed Jetaway-equipped A-body received lots of positive attention over the few years I owned it, we also shared some unusual experiences. I was an auto body apprentice when I purchased it, so of course I had dreams of restoring it to its former glory. Its dark green interior, though not the most popular color, was in excellent condition – that is, until I went to my local Channel Home Center one summer weekend to buy spray paint for another project. Five minutes after I got home, and before I took the bag of paint cans off the passenger seat, the seal failed on one of them and it erupted all over the pristine upholstery.
Back to Channel I went to show the store manager the damage. Their insurance company cut me a check for $180 for the cleanup and I was able to carefully remove the splattered paint at the body shop.
When I moved to a bordering state, I went to register the Cutlass and sat at the DMV for hours waiting for the clerks to process the paperwork. After hour one, they told me that my Cutlass’s VIN was returned as invalid, so in fact, it did not exist. I very politely invited the clerk out to the parking lot to see the 1964 Oldsmobile that did not exist. After hour two, I was told that they had found the VIN. Good news! Well not really, as it came back as a stolen car, so it would have to be impounded! I calmly explained that the Cutlass had been registered under my name for nearly two years without incident in my previous state of residence and that I had purchased it from the original owner. Try again!
Though I’m no Mensa member, I doubt I’d be so mentally deficient as to steal a $600 car and then drive it to the DMV to register it in my name! (That last comment I said with my inside voice.)
Part way through hour three, all of a sudden everything was hunky-dory and I had my plates and registrations for my Olds. Go figure.
I later changed jobs and went to work for Merrill Lynch as a sales assistant (not a broker) for a few years. Yes, there was a time when I traded in coveralls for a suit… it was short lived. Sure, throw a halfway decent business suit on a college kid and he’ll sort of fit in, but park a 1964 Cutlass with questionable lower quarter panels in a Merrill Lynch parking lot and… not so much. Among a sea of new Mercedes, BMWs, Audis, and Nissan 300ZXs sat my slightly wavy A-body appearing resplendent in its vintage patina.
Remember, these were the days of a thriving economy and movies like Wall Street. The financial markets were supposedly the place to be to make it big. Truth be told, though I worked with some great people, I was no better a fit in that office than my Cutlass was in the parking lot. You just had to look a little more closely to realize it. While my colleagues were immersed in The Wall Street Journal, I was still reading car magazines at my desk whenever there was break, just like I did in high school and college.
Apparently, those in the business world were not alone in their curiosity regarding the eccentric appearance of a suit-and-tie-wearing driver of an old car. One morning, on the way to work, I was pulled over by the police. I handed over my license and registration, while wondering why I had been stopped. I hadn’t been speeding or driving erratically, and my paperwork was in order. After about 10 minutes of checking and rechecking, the officer finally handed me my paperwork and admitted that the reason he pulled me over was that it just looked weird for a kid in a suit to be driving such an old car. He would have gotten along well with some of my coworkers.
Though I had high hopes for the Cutlass, like I did for every car I have owned right up to today, the reality of the time was that I already had two other projects demanding my cash and time, so my daily driver didn’t get the restoration it likely deserved. After a few years of faithful service and some peculiar happenings, these few blurry photos, a console and a tach are what remain of the Cutlass, and they will have to do.
After much speculation as to the fate of the eight Corvettes damaged in the sinkhole that formed under the National Corvette Museum earlier this week, General Motors announced yesterday that it will oversee restoration efforts for all eight cars.
That would mean that all eight would need to be recovered from the sinkhole under the museum’s Skydome, which measures 40 feet across and 25 to 30 feet deep. While the museum has hired a structural engineering firm, which has already determined that the perimeter of the Skydome is stable, neither the museum nor the firm has yet to confirm how the cars can be pulled out of the sinkhole, though staff of the museum and the engineering firm say they’re confident the cars can be extracted.
The sinkhole formed early Wednesday morning when nobody was at the museum. Of the 30 or so cars in the Skydome at the time, the sinkhole swallowed a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder, a 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil,” a 1962 Corvette, a 1984 PPG Pace Car, a 1992 “1 Millionth” Corvette, a 1993 40th Anniversary Corvette, a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette, and a 2009 “1.5 Millionth” Corvette. Of the eight, two (the ZR-1 Spyder and the ZR-1 “Blue Devil”) were on loan from GM, one (the PPG Pace Car) was on permanent loan from PPG, and the rest were either donated to or bought by the museum. The rest of the cars in the Skydome at the time of the collapse have since been moved out of it.
“Nobody else has a better understanding of the significance of these cars and what it takes to properly restore them than the engineers and designers at Chevrolet where they were developed,” said Jeff Lamarche, the new manager of the Bowling Green Corvette assembly plant, in a press conference Thursday afternoon.
According to both Jeff and a GM press release, Ed Welburn, vice president of GM Global Design, will oversee the restoration efforts, which will take place at GM’s Mechanical Assembly facility in Warren, Michigan, which maintains and restores the vehicles in GM’s Heritage Center.
While the total value of the cars for insurance purposes has yet to be released, a GM spokesperson told the Los Angeles Times earlier this week that each of the two GM-owned cars were worth about $1 million apiece.
In the same press conference, Mike Murphy of Scott, Murphy, and Daniel Construction, which the museum has hired to oversee the sinkhole repair efforts, said the sinkhole is repairable and that the building remains in good condition. He said that it would take up to two to three weeks for the firm to even begin to retrieve the cars and then another four to six days total to bring them up. “We have to make sure it is safe and that we can remove the vehicles without any further damage,” he said.
Wendell Strode, executive director of the museum, said that he anticipates having the Skydome fully repaired by mid-August, in time for the museum’s 20th anniversary celebrations.
Source: Hemmings Motor News
A 40-foot sink hole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green swallowed eight of the sports cars on display inside the the facility’s iconic Sky Dome Wednesday morning, said executive director Wendell Strode.
Some time before 5:30 a.m. the sink hole started to form, authorities believe and by 5:39 a.m. power in the museum was lost and police were called, he said.
When they got to the museum, emergency personnel discovered a 40-foot sink hole between 25 and 30 feet deep, Strode said. “It’s pretty significant,” he said.
Eight cars dropped into the hole, five of which were owned by the museum and three by General Motors.
Employees at the museum are still working on a list of cars involved in the incident, Strode said. The museum is about a mile from the General Motors Bowling Green Assembly Plant where the car is built.
Emergency personnel allowed museum staff to remove one car, an irreplaceable 1983 Corvette which was not in the sink hole, he said.
Andrea Hales, communications manager at the Bowling Green Corvette plant said there were no 1983 Corvette production models and the only surviving prototype was on display at the museum. She added that the sinkhole had no effect on the nearby plant.
Engineers are being called in to assess the situation at the museum.
“Before we do anything, like remove the other cars, we want that assessment so we know if there’s been any structural damage to the Sky Dome,” Strode said.
The museum will be open Wednesday but the Sky Dome will be off limits, he said.
“We’ll try to get back to business as usual as soon as we can and keep moving forward,” he said.
A monetary estimate of damage done to the museum and the vehicles involved had not been determined early Wednesday.
Reporter Mark Boxley can be reached at (502) 582-4241 or on Twitter at @Boxleyland.
Alex Harsley has been driving his GTS on the streets of NYC since ’74
On a recent visit to New York City, we tracked down the owner of a ’68 Dodge Dart GTS that has been mystifying automotive minded tourists for decades. It’s always parked in the same East Village neighborhood with current tags and an active inspection sticker. Searching “Manhattan GTS” online brings up multiple Flickr.com pages and forum posts devoted to the battered A-body, but nobody seemed to know its story. New York is not the kind of town where a car can sit immobile for any length of time, but who could be so hardcore as to drive a ’60s muscle car in the middle of Manhattan?
The answer is 75-year-old Alex Harsley, who came to NYC as a child and made a place for himself in the New York art world. The Dart has been a part of his journey since 1974, when he purchased it on the street for $500. Over the years, Alex used the Dart to transport art and artists for his 4th St. Gallery. Alex’s work required regular trips upstate, and he says he put more than 300 miles on the Dart every week. “All kinds of weather, sand, salt, snow, it kept going. I think it’s got maybe, half a million miles on it?” Alex isn’t driving quite as much these days, but the Dart still sees daily street use, and he was happy to fire up the 340 and tell us all about it.
By Elana Scherr, Photography By Elana Scherr