Money making distractions – Part 5 (more funds for the 1929 Ford Roadster hot rod)
The 1986 Corvette Indy Pace car convertible was just about totally dismantled now and it was getting very late in the fall. During one of my rounds cleaning up leaves in the yard, I twisted my back resulting in very serious lower back pain. Having major mobility issues, work in the shop on the hot rod, and removing parts from the 1986 Corvette had come to a screeching halt. With winter and snow not far away, I felt that the stripped out shell of the 1986 Corvette needed to go. There was not much left of the 1986 Corvette convertible. I started advertising in a number of local papers. Maybe somebody would have a use for what was left of this poor old Corvette? I thought I would give this a try before I would have the car hauled away to the dump. About a week passed by and a fellow called asking about it. He had a 1986 Corvette that was hit in the front end. Mine was hit in the back end. This fellow had a plan of cutting the two cars in half and reconnecting the good parts of both cars together. I thought this was a bit excessive but it is a good thing for folks with those kinds of ambitions. If it were not for these very ambitious and skilled enthusiasts, there would not be as many old restored cars or vintage vehicles on the road today. This is truly a labour of love.
We made arrangements for him to see the car and we made a deal. He gave me $600 for what was left. This put a huge smile on my face even with the pain in my lower back. The following week he came to pick up what was left of this poor old 1986 Corvette. I was still having problems with my lower back. The fellow that bought the Corvette was having similar problems with his back. It must have been interesting to watch two old guys with back problems lift the car onto the U-Haul trailer. I was somewhat amazed how light the stripped out shell of the car was. That was a real good thing for us. It was fortunate that this fellow bought his son along to help out. This did make everything slightly easier. The 1986 was now out of the driveway. My wife had the biggest smile of all as she referred to the driveway as a bit of a wrecking yard. I must say, my wife has been a real sport through my adventures with cars. She just shakes her head in amazement that thought that I have been able to make pretty good money at this. The bottom line is that anybody getting into this hobby had better have the support of their partner, otherwise there will be problems, and life is too short for problems.
In a few days I will continue with the work on the front suspension for the 1929 Ford Roadster hot rod using the suspension from the wrecked 1986 Corvette Indy Pace car convertible.