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Help A Lady Out

Time for a little payback folks ...



Reader Carol doesn’t comment here much, but she sends me emails all the time. I couldn’t begin to count all the posts those mails have given birth to.

Now for all you guys who can appreciate a woman who isn’t afraid of a bit of hard physical work, or getting her hands dirty, or messing about with cars ... Carol is amazing. Forget “we took this old car and fixed it up some.” Forget “we had a nice smallblock bored, decked, and built up, then dropped it in when the old straight six died.”

No, Carol is more than a Do It Yourselfer. She’s an Improver, which is even better. She and her husband found an old clapped out 1962 Corvette in pieces, and they put it back together, in better than new condition, and they modernized it at the same time. So that means they did all the retro work, plus put in all the good stuff - brakes, suspension, comfortable seats, good headlights, a reliable engine - that didn’t exist in 1962.

Now Carol has her car in some kind of contest run by Texaco. And she needs some votes. So go over here, register under any alias you want, and vote. Her car is in the 1960s bracket. This is the link to it.


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As she puts it:

My husband I owned a 1962 Corvette which I hated to drive because of the hard steering and non-power brakes. The car was also a numbers matching, NCRS top flight winner, so we really hated to drive it very much because of fear that something would break or that someone would damage or steal it. In 2000 we decided to build a car that would retain the classic lines of the old Corvettes, but would have modern amenities such as air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, and a modern engine and drivetrain. We found a 1962 Corvette in Findley, OH in January 2000. The car did not have the original engine or transmission so we did not feel bad about modifying it. When we purchased the car it was in a body shop being prepared for painting and all the chrome pieces, stainless trim, doors, hood, trunk lid, lights, windshield, and convertible top had been removed from the car and stored in boxes. We trailered the car home, removed the body, and modified the frame to accept the front and rear suspension from a 1984 Corvette. During the reconstruction of the car we added power steering, power disc brakes, air conditioning, and leather bucket seats, all creature comforts that the original ’62 Corvette did not possess. We also added a GM Ram Jet 350 electronic fuel injected engine and a T-56 six speed manual transmission. The car now drives like a modern sports car but still maintains the classic lines of the older Corvettes. Probably the most unique aspect of this car is that my husband and I did all of the work ourselves, including all the welding, fiberglass work, upholstery work, custom metal fabrication, and painting. The car was completed in August of 2002 and since then we have put almost 35,000 miles on it. From our home in North Carolina we have driven this car to upstate New York, Corpus Christi, TX, several trips to Orlando, FL and eight trips to Carlisle, PA. A complete pictorial account of the construction of this car is available at: www.carols62.com

As for how to register at the Texaco page, et cetera:

Go to http://www.carofthedecades.com
On the left you will see

Let the voting begin.

The submission period for Texaco’s “Car of the Decades”
Virtual Car Show Contest has officially ended, but you can still
register to select your favorite rides, post comments, and vote.

Click on the word “register” on their page, m’kay?

Fill in the info, you may use any screen name you want and any password you want.  Agree to the contest rules and submit. They will send you back a message that you are cleared to vote.
My car is listed under the 60’s as it is a ‘62 fawn beige Corvette with a white hardtop.  Entered by cbernhardt.  Presently I am in 8th place You pick the number 1-10 you think my
car rates and you can leave a comment if you care to do so. You have til Oct 10th to vote.  Please pass this around to your friends also.
Thank you for your vote.
Carol

So this means you need to give them a real email address. Which might mean that Texaco is going to send you some ads. Big deal. They all have that Unsubscribe thingy at the bottom. It’s a small price to pay. And this looks like a helluva ride. Early 60s style with modern comforts, power, and reliability. Best of both worlds.

Texaco sends you back a little email - note my sneaky alias! Cool, huh?

Hello Drew459

You are almost there. Click here to activate your account and your registration will be complete.

Please also check your junk mail folders to make sure you receive this and future communications regarding this contest.

Your E-mail is: drew458 at barking-moonbat dot com
Your Password is: XXXXXXXXX

If you are still having problems signing up please contact a member of the Texaco Team at info at carofthedecades dot com.

Good luck and remember, your participation determines the winners!

Have friends who are car enthusiasts? Tell them to vote.

Sincerely,

The Texaco Team


She’s got my vote. I gave it a “10”.



PS - what’s in it for her? Looks like a few free tanks of gas and a case of oil, and some guy who will draw a picture of the car. Big huge prize? No, not really. But it’s an easy way to say thanks for all the great content she’s given you for several years now.


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