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TerryO

M –63
Lafayette, Louisiana
United States

 
 

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Latest (6) pictures

By TerryO

Thanks to the warm reception from my friends here at M/T here are six pictures of the progress I've made on my engine rebuild section of this car restoration project.

Thanks for your support shown by your patients and interest.

Terry O.

10 new pictures to update my restoration project.

By TerryO

Hi Ya'll, For those of you following my drive train up grade; Great news!! My engine is back from the machine shop in short block form and ready for top end assembly. I also have posted a few pictures of my restoration project. 10 new pictures in all for now. Thank you for taking an interest in my project.

Terry O.

Engine and front end overhaul.

By TerryO

I have updated my engine overhaul and general upgrade project of my 1978 Corvette "Black Buty" with seven new pictures. I am not sitting idle while my block is at the machine shop and my new Tremec kit is in transit. Thank you all for showing interest in my "first time being a mechanic" project. I appreciate everyones input.

Terry O.

Open to suggestions on my SB Chevy.

By TerryO

I just pulled my 350 and need some suggestions and advice in reading the 150K main bearing ware.

Completed steering column/dashboard restoration project.

By TerryO

I just finished testing the controls on my newley self installed steering column and dashboard. I am happy to report that everything works right. Right down to the horn button. (Which has never worked since even before I bought the car)
Thank you for taking interest in this on-going project.

Terry O.

Super Bowl Champions

By TerryO

If anyone is offended that this is not about cars or trucks I apologize in advance. After supporting the team of my home town for 42 seasons I am proud to say my favorite NFL team the Saints are the Super Bowl Champions.

Thank You
Terry O.

Super Bowl Champions

By TerryO

Hello my Motortopia friends, please excuse my temporary profile picture. I know this is a motorhead web site and I apologize. But I am not a "band wagon" fan I have been a Saints Fan ever since the team was formed in 67. I am sporting this profile picture for the week with pride and respect for the NFL team from the City my Mother and Father live in. I also have some Saints pictures for anyone interested.

Thank You
Terry O.

78 Corvette Dashboard restoration.

By TerryO

I had hoped to have it in and all done by now. But there were a lot of details I didn't count on before. Things like centering the steering column in order to properly secure the dashboard shell. That was loosening two bolts and four nuts not easily reachable after the dash was put in naturally...lol. I got it in and now it's just details.

Thanks for taking a look.
Terry O.

78 Vette interior restoration home project.

By TerryO

Here are 10 new pictures showing this weeks progress. "Thank You" to my friends who have taken interest in my interior restoration project.

Terry O

1978 Corvette interior restoration.

By TerryO

As my friends here know, I have been working little by little on my 78 Vette ever since I got it back in September of 07. Right now I'm in the middle of the interior restoration including replacing the dashboard and steering column. Including all the climate control hoses and electrical switches. This albumn is of a work in progress. Please take a look and I'll update with the "after" pictures in the near future.....um hopefully..lol.
Thanks
Terry O.

2009 Annual Cajun Corvette Club's Open Carshow.

By TerryO

Every November I drive 2 hours to attend the Cajun Corvette Club's open car/truck show for charity. I took over 300 pictures but only have a few posted. Thank you for being my car friends.

Terry O.

"In car" L-82 engine re-build.

By TerryO

I had this in my garage and noticed I had posted it before I had friends here to see it so I'm re-posting it in case anyone's interested in seeing an engine rebuild done without removing the engine from the car.

Terry O.

Before and after 1978 L-82

By TerryO

I finally got my before and after summary album together. Its a short album telling a long story. I have never tried to rebuild any engine before EVER. Leanna did my original valve covers for me and they top off the rebuild project perfectly.
Terry O.

Concept and C7 Prototype Corvettes.

By TerryO

I went in search of the car that had the Corvette cross flags emblem on its hood in the "Transformer" movie and I found it. I also found some C7 prototype Corvette pictures. When you have a little spare time, this album has only 19 pictures in it.

Terry O.

A concept T/A from the 09 SEMA show.

By TerryO

I came across this interesting article in the SEMA web site.
"These are the first real shots of Lingenfelter's 455 T/A Concept that is set to make its world premiere in the metal at this the 2009 SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Lingenfelter joins an emerging group of tuners such as Trans Am Depot that are testing the waters for a modern-day Pontiac Trans Am conversion kit based on the all-new 2010 Chevrolet Camaro. That said, if there's enough interest generated from the concept car, Lingenfelter will go ahead and offer the completed vehicle (or the kit) for sale."

I hpe you like it as much as I do.

The Dodge Challenger Daytona

By TerryO

I was looking around the SEMA web site and came across this MOPAR concept Challenger.

"Back in the late 1960's, Dodge developed the Charger Daytona race car to compete in NASCAR but to comply with the rules, they also had to build at least 500 copies to sell to the public and thus was born the Charger Daytona, the most outrageous musclecar of the time. Taking a step back into the good old days, the guys over at Heide Performance Products created the modern day successor to the road-legal racer with the Dodge Challenger-based Daytona concept that was shown at this week's SEMA."

Stop And Remember OUR First American Patriots

By TerryO

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?



Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and torturedbefore they died.

Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.

Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

What kind of men were they?

Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated, but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.


Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.


Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.


Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.


At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.


Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.


John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.


So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid.


Remember: Freedom is Never Free!


I hope you will show your support by sending this to as many people as you can, Please!

It's time we get the word out that patriotism is NOT a sin, and the Fourth of July has more to it than beer, picnics, and baseball games.

Just a few Corvette Grand Sport facts.

By TerryO

Yes they sure are sharp looking aren't they. You know these are a limited eddition of only 1,000 made. They called them the 1996 Grand Sport. You see in 1963 Zora Arkus Duntov, the head of the Corvette engineering and racing devision, built five 1963 Grand Sport Corvettes. At that time GM pulled out of the automobile racing sport and no more Grand Sport Corvettes were ever made until 1996. In 1996 the C4 Corvette was in its last year before the C5 Corvette was introduced. Gm wanted to do something special before the end of the C4. The Grand Sport was reintroduced for the first time since 1963 and only 1,000 of them were built. They were all Blue with a wide white stripe down the middle and red hash stripes on the front left fender. And they all had the LT4 at 330 net HP rated even though they had a little bit more (353) GM didn't want the LT4 hp rating to eclipse the new C5's LS1's 345 hp rating. And last but not least, they all came with a 6 speed manual transmissions in them. Better get one now ya'll because they are only getting more and more valuable :-).

The story behind my Black Corvette.

By TerryO

I’ve always loved the way the C3 Corvette body style looks and my late wife Michele and I always wanted one. At first I just wanted a Vette. Any year model Vette would do. So I got the 88 you see elsewhere here, my Lil Angel. Well after paying off that loan and after making everything on my 88 either new or refinished I didn’t want to start changing things on her just to be doing something. So I decided to look around the country for a C3 of a certain dollar amount. $12 grand was my limit. I knew I was gonna have to do some work on anything I found for so small a budget, but after all, I was looking for a project car, not a show car. I’m the kind of guy who is limited in mechanical abilities such as rebuilding engines and transmissions so I looked for and found one with a recently rebuilt L82 and Muncie 4spd. I know how to do detailing work from building scale models as a hobby and I was ready for a full scale Corvette to refurbish the way I wanted it to be and the way I know Michele would have liked it to be too. (Sorry to keep mentioning Michele but I still miss her….a lot)
Well I found this black on black 1978 Corvette and the price was right and the eng & tranny are rebuilt. I got her delivered from Virginia and drove Her around a little finding out She is the perfect driver for me. I got Her in September and since then I have completely redone the interior short of replacing the dash board. I have replaced Shocks, bushings, rear mono spring and installed a rack & pinion steering unit. Over the holiday season from Thanks Giving and up until this week I have completely restored/modified the engine compartment adding a few chromed pieces and braded hose covering. I have removed anything bolted down and refinished its paint or stripped its paint and polished and clear coated it to look chromed. Things like the hood hinges, hood latch assembly, alte & bracket, vacuum diaphragm cover, headlight diaphragm containers, fan blades, the main pulley. And I even removed the hood and refinished its under side. I also repainted under the engine compartment fenders, firewall and the water pump and any bracket that could be removed. I just finished refinishing the wiper motor and last but not least, I had a set of 15” chromed Cragar SS wheels. I’m ready to show her off to the world.
She’s far from perfect, but so am I and I love Her.
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