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Old 01-14-2015, 12:49 AM   #1
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My 1958 Corvette

My first restoration was a 58 Vette. I bought the car in 1983 and finished a frame off restoration in 1987. In 1988, the car received a NCRS Top Flight award in May and the Bloomington Gold award in June. After passing the NCRS Performance Verification test in 1989 it received the Duntov Award in 1990, in Williamsburg, VA, with a score 98.9.

The car has the 245HP dual carb optional 283 and 4-speed.

All the pictures of the car below were taken last summer when I showed the car and truck (completed last year) together for the first time. The last picture from 1989 is of Zora Arkus-Duntov presenting the award named in his honor. Of course, I look the same but my son now towers over me.

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Old 01-14-2015, 11:36 PM   #2
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Very Very Nice!

Looking at the car and the location I first thought your name would be Red
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Old 01-15-2015, 12:03 AM   #3
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Nice car! Meeting Zora Arkus Duntov had to be a thrill. Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity. Do you still have the Corvette?
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Nice car! Meeting Zora Arkus Duntov had to be a thrill. Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity. Do you still have the Corvette?
Thanks!

I still have the car, but I'm scared to risk driving it. I keep it in a humidity controlled trailer and only drive it every couple years for about 25 miles. That's part of the reason that I took a few liberties with originality when I restored the truck. I hope to drive it more often.

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Very Very Nice!

Looking at the car and the location I first thought your name would be Red
Thanks! You lost me with the comment about Red though. Maybe I'm too old to get it. The picture was taken in northern Wisconsin at a place called the Petroleum Museum. It's the only time the car has been shown other than the judging events I mentioned. Also was the first time for the truck.
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Old 01-15-2015, 01:34 AM   #6
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hhswkb7eeI8

My wife is from Racine. She tells me Point Place (Red's fictional town) could be the real Point Place.
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Ahh... that does look like my car. As an interesting anecdote, when our son was in college some of his friends apparently told him I reminded them of Red.
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Thanks!

I still have the car, but I'm scared to risk driving it. I keep it in a humidity controlled trailer and only drive it every couple years for about 25 miles. That's part of the reason that I took a few liberties with originality when I restored the truck. I hope to drive it more often.

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Thanks for posting; can you elaborate a bit more on your humidity controlled trailer set up?

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nice colour(s) ...
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Thanks for posting; can you elaborate a bit more on your humidity controlled trailer set up?

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"Humidity controlled" may not quite be the correct term. I use a device I bought years ago that is designed to prevent condensation and reduce mildew in stored RVs. Basically it is small heat element enclosed in a perforated metal box about 12"X12"X4". It helps keep the temp inside the trailer a bit warmer and more consistent than that outside the trailer and also helps circulate the air via convection. It is said to consume about as much electricity as a 60 watt incandescent bulb.

Here are some links to what appear to be updated versions.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Davis-Instru...c2ef67&vxp=mtr
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ironwood-Pac...27812967&rt=nc

Cheaper at Sears.
http://www.sears.com/davis-1458-air-...irectType=SRDT


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nice colour(s) ...
Two colors. GM officially called them Silver Blue and Inca Silver (cove color).

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"Humidity controlled" may not quite be the correct term. I use a device I bought years ago that is designed to prevent condensation and reduce mildew in stored RVs. Basically it is small heat element enclosed in a perforated metal box about 12"X12"X4". It helps keep the temp inside the trailer a bit warmer and more consistent than that outside the trailer and also helps circulate the air via convection. It is said to consume about as much electricity as a 60 watt incandescent bulb.
Very good; and the trailer itself is just your typical enclosed car trailer?

I have a 24' Haulmark, which is why I ask.

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Very good; and the trailer itself is just your typical enclosed car trailer?

I have a 24' Haulmark, which is why I ask.

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It's an enclosed Pace American 18' long, 8' wide and fairly low profile. Maybe 5'9" high inside. It just fits in my 8' high garage door.

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Awesome Corvette !!! Love the 58 - 60 versions ..
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Bump, for um, that Chevy next to that sports car. Oh, nice car too.
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I love these early vettes. Yours is absolutely beautiful. Very nice job on the restoration and thanks for the link to this thread.
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I love these early vettes. Yours is absolutely beautiful. Very nice job on the restoration and thanks for the link to this thread.
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