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Lafayette, Louisiana
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The story behind my Black Corvette.

By TerryO

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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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TerryO’s Profile Photo
Feb 15, 2009 at 2:26 pm
Thanks for your comments & compliments. I will always remember Michele with joy from having her in my life and inspiring me to keep my childhood promise to myself. To someday restore and drive a antique Corveette. Her spirit drives with me every time I crank Her up.
carfanatic1’s Profile Photo
Feb 15, 2009 at 1:17 pm
The "Black Beauty" looks great, really! Sorry about your wife, but hopefully the car helps you to think of other things.
Shotrod64’s Profile Photo
Aug 28, 2008 at 11:00 pm
Michele must of been a special lady and it's ok if you mention her and still miss her. It is your story, tell it how it needs to be told. smile image

I've never been a big vette fan but have always liked the "stingray" ones if that's the correct name for them. Like the gold one you have pics of from a show. Of course those little ones are cool too 55-56 or so. But I still have to say i like the other better.

Great story on the car!
astar4u’s Profile Photo
Aug 12, 2008 at 11:36 am
you can mention Michelle all you want, Luv!
Great that you had such a passion like that together. Hugz!
Awwwwwsum car!!! My sister just got her dream car too! After being married to a guy who had no desires or dreams and sat at home content to watch tv, she is now married to an awwwsum guy who loves what she loves and she now has her dream vette! Looks most like urs. smile image (i hate to say it but her x died 2 yrs after he divorced her for a younger woman) The grass isnt always greener, is it? Ironic and sad. So i say, you talk about Michelle all u want!!!
susie62corvette’s Profile Photo
Jan 28, 2008 at 8:01 am
I always liked the C3 too especially the 73 sting ray...nice ride you have.

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