Sunday, August 23, 2009

Ty T. and Lester H. = Corvette Workaholics

Lester H. & Ty T. worked their butts off Saturday. And they promise to do the same next weekend. Yahoo!!
Besides a little sandblasting, I am not sure I accomplished much on Saturday. But Lester and Ty... now that's a different story. Ty started the day and finished the day working on the headlights. He has been able to salvage and repair all the major components that make up the headlight assemblies. Some parts were literally soaked in carburetor cleaner for two months (by accident). Here you can see the rebuilt aluminum headlight sockets temporarily installed for fit-up and alignment purposes.
Lester tackled all the remaining repairs on the rear section of the Corvette. He spent hours back grinding cracks and feathering the fiberglass from inside the body wells. Trust me, that's a dirty job.
The unpainted area directly below the tail lights had been previously repaired but the alignment of the fiberglass was not correct. Les used the dremel, angle grinder, pneumatic saw, the Fein, and a variety of other tools to realign the fiberglass. The entire area was tabbed and riveted and is now ready for resin and mat.
Les used copious amounts of fresh air and proper eye and respiratory protection throughout the entire process.
Les even worked on stuff that I didn't know needed fixing.
Here are some of the headlight parts that Ty has been able to salvage. Ty has put a lot of work into the headlight assemblies and although some of the parts aren't showroom perfect they are absolutely top notch when it comes to function. Remember, we are not building a trailer queen, we are building a period correct 1963 split window driver. The headlight assemblies are perfect for our project.

See More of Les next week when he starts to glass his repairs.


  1. You guys are doing a great job. Question - Will you get the entire body complete (interior/glas/paint/dash etc) all done, before you begin the frame and engine stuff? Jim

  2. We are currently doing summer activities that need the warm weather, specifically, fiberglass and paint. Once the weather cools we will switch to winter work which includes disassembly, sandblasting and repair of the rolling chassie. We will also try our hand at repairing the B pillars and the windshield frame on the body. Next summer when it warms up we will resume our current activities. Thanks for the question.