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My '57 Corvette runs and drives!!  March 27, 2010

I have lots of work to do in the next month trying to get some cars put back together. I am still trying to finish my 57 Corvette after a engine fire. I really thought i was going to lose the car as I had taken the fire extinguisher out of the trunk as it was flopping around in a cardboard box. Possibly one of the dumbest things I have ever done, at least in the last couple of years anyway. Things that were done while in college do not count.

I just had Tom Loring bring my Corvette back from his body shop in Adrian, Minnesota. He and his son operate Expert Autobody, 507-827-2400, and they do fantastic work. I am more than impressed with the job they did on my car. I would recommend them for any type of restoration work. Now i have to try and get it put back together.

The Corvette is now nearly assembled and is now running and driving. I hit it every day for about 3 weeks and all I have left is to assemble the doors and windows, which I am avoiding, and to install the exterior side trim. I could probably finish this up in about 3 days but I am tired of working on it so I decided to take a break. I'll finish it up this winter.

Also still trying to finish the 32 5 window with the Chuck Berry '52 Cadillac engine. I keep putzing with it with lots of help from my friend Dana, a very accomplished fabricator. The Winters quickchange is mounted which was a tremendous amount of work. I think i need to take the phone off the hook and lock the front door and then maybe i can get some work done. I dont know, these customers keep coming in wanting to buy something all the time.

If you have anything for sale please give me a call as I buy and consign all kinds of hotrods and classics. Been here for over 22 years now. Let me help you sell your car. Thanks, Tom Thorson.


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