Chevy Finishes Restoring Special Corvette Damaged in Sinkhole

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    Chevy Finishes Restoring Special Corvette Damaged in Sinkhole


    The folks at Chevrolet have finished fully restoring the one-millionth Corvette ever made, which was heavily damaged in a sinkhole with seven other cars at the National Corvette Museum last year.

    The restoration of the white 1992 Chevrolet Corvette convertible took 1,200 hours to complete, and was unveiled today at the Bowling Green, Kentucky, facility.

    'We felt it was important to restore this extremely significant car in Corvette’s long, storied history,' said Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, in a press release. 'When we disassembled it, we found that each employee involved in building it had signed a part of the car, which was fantastic and moving to see. It brought the history to life, and reinforced the importance of the project.'

    The team working on the restoration wanted to keep as many of the original parts as possible to help keep those signatures intact and keep the car historically accurate, so instead of sourcing new parts, they tried to repair and preserve the damaged parts. Only two signed panels couldn’t be revived, but the team had the signatures scanned and printed on the replacement parts.

    One signature was so damaged that it couldn’t be scanned, so the team hunted down the assembly line worker from 1992 to get her signature again.

    Luckily, the 5.7L LT1 engine, transmission and other drivetrain components weren’t damaged in the sinkhole.

    This 1992 model is the second sinkhole car restored. Of the eight cars that fell victim to the sinkhole, three will be fully restored, while the remaining five will be preserved in their damaged state as part of an exhibit about the sinkhole disaster. The next and last car to be restored will be a 1962 Corvette.

    Visit GM’s press site to play with some cool before and after photos.
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    Re: Chevy Finishes Restoring Special Corvette Damaged in Sinkhole

    What a beautiful thing. I'm glad they were successful in restoring it

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    Re: Chevy Finishes Restoring Special Corvette Damaged in Sinkhole

    During my internship I wrote an article about this Corvette's restoration. I remember seeing the signatures in the pictures from GM and wondered what was going to come of them since many of the parts would likely be replaced. I'm so happy to learn that those signatures are still a part of the car and I'm amazed that they tracked down the lost signature and got it again.
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    Awesome! It was so sad to see such a piece of Corvette history destroyed, glad to see it back to it's former glory.
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    Awesome! Love the 4th Gen! Of the three Corvette's I've owned, my '94 was my favorite! You didn't get in that car, you put it on!

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    So awesome!

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    It had to make that person feel really good to get the call/visit from GM asking for her signature.

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    I was just at the museum and the factory when I went down to Kentucky for the saab owners convention.




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    Re: Chevy Finishes Restoring Special Corvette Damaged in Sinkhole

    I was there over the summer. It was awesome. Glad to see that they restored this one.

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    Re: Chevy Finishes Restoring Special Corvette Damaged in Sinkhole

    The last time I was in Kentucky I stopped in Bowling Green to do the factory tour. The tour was closed because they were tooling up for the C6. Last week I was in Lexington Kentucky for work. I checked into running down to Bowling Green to do the tour. It turns out last week was a 'blackout' week. Grrr...
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    I have done the museum though - it is pretty cool in itself.

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    Re: Chevy Finishes Restoring Special Corvette Damaged in Sinkhole

    Quote Originally Posted by Ambalanche View Post
    Awesome! Love the 4th Gen! Of the three Corvette's I've owned, my '94 was my favorite! You didn't get in that car, you put it on!
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    Re: Chevy Finishes Restoring Special Corvette Damaged in Sinkhole

    1200 man hours equals how much in cost?

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    Re: Chevy Finishes Restoring Special Corvette Damaged in Sinkhole

    Think GM could do the same for my Trans Am?. I did hit a pothole whilst driving it.

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    Re: Chevy Finishes Restoring Special Corvette Damaged in Sinkhole

    Glad to see this restoration work done.

    Know quite a few people who were able to tour that place in Kentucky this past summer. All of them have said it was an eye-opening & fascinating tour.


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