Home' Motoring Plus : September 9th 2015 Contents THE NELSON MAIL Wednesday, September 9, 2015 --- 9
163 Haven Road, Nelson | 03 545 6785 | nelsonkia.co.nz
2014 Kia Rio EX
2012 Kia Cerato Hatch 2.0L
2015 Kia Picanto
2009 Kia Cerato Sedan 2.0L
2015 Kia Sportage SX
2011 Kia Sportage
Milestone Corvette's restoration complete
The restored one-millionth Corvette.
before its restoration.
After more than four
months and 1200
restoration of the
one millionth Corvette -- a white
1992 convertible -- is complete.
The restored car was unveiled
Friday (NZ time) at the US
National Corvette Museum,
where it returns as part of the
permanent exhibit. The car was
damaged on February 12, 2014,
when it and seven other rare
Corvettes tumbled into a sinkhole
that opened beneath the
museum's Skydome area.
Chevrolet pledged to restore it.
''We felt it was important to
restore this extremely significant
car in Corvette's long, storied
history,'' said Mark Reuss of
General Motors.''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.''
After recovery from the
sinkhole, the Corvette was moved
from the museum to GM's
Technical Centre campus in
Approximately 30 craftspeople
and technicians took on the
''As the one and only one
millionth Corvette, its
preservation was important to us
as the designers of the vehicle --
and as Corvette enthusiasts,'' said
Ed Welburn, vice president of GM
''The damage was significant
in many ways....''
Despite extensive damage, the
team, vowed to preserve and
repair as many original
components as possible.
Only two autographed
components couldn't be saved, so
the team had the autographs
scanned, reproduced as transfers
and placed on the replacement
''We went to great lengths to
preserve every autograph,'' said
David Bolognino, director of GM
Global Design Fabrication
Operations. ''In the end, we saved
every one of them, which was an
unexpected and important
element to the restoration.''
One component with a single
signature from Bowling Green
Assembly employee Angela Lamb
was too damaged to save or even
accurately scan for her
autograph. Chevrolet worked
with the museum to secure a new
signature from Lamb on the
replacement part, so the car will
be historically accurate down to
the last signature.Among the
parts replaced were the hood,
front fascia and the lower panels
between the front wheels and
doors, as well as a number of
ancillary supporting components
under the hood.
The replacements came from a
vehicle of the same vintage and
colour, ensuring authenticity of
the parts and materials involved
with the restoration.
A few other components, such
as the rear fascia and front
exhaust system, would have
probably been replaced in almost
any other restoration project, but
the team repaired them because
they were also covered in
Additional highlights from the
The front sub-frame was
damaged in the fall into the
sinkhole and required
The wheels were damaged, but
reconditioned, with the original
Goodyear Eagle GS-C tyres.
Rather than replace the scuffed
and scratched pad on the
instrument panel, its soft cover
was removed and replaced to
preserve the employee-signed
structure beneath it.
The red leather seats, featuring
one-off ''1,000,000th Corvette''
embroidery on the headrests were
damaged but deemed
irreplaceable, so they were
restored, including patches of
carefully matched hide.
The 5.7L LT1 engine,
transmission and other drivetrain
components were inspected and
found to be damage-free.
Surprisingly, the one
component the team didn't have
to replace was the crushed
When the car first rolled into
the shop, an overhead crane was
used to raise it enough to make
the car drivable, but the frame
pulled up surprisingly close to the
original position, encouraging the
team to save it.
Links Archive August 26th 2015 September 23rd 2015 Navigation Previous Page Next Page