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1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette

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  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette
Posted by mrmike on Saturday, March 18, 2017 4:59 PM
On February 12, 2014 at 5:44 AM, a massive sinkhole opened up under the floor of the Skydome at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky.  Eight Corvettes were swallowed up by the sinkhole and it took several weeks for all eight cars to be recovered.  The last Corvette to be recovered was completely destroyed.  It was a privately owned 2001 Z06 Corvette modified by a company called Mallett Cars, Inc. and was known as the Mallett Hammer.  It was not an historic car, but still, it was a special one.
 
My build will be of the third Corvette to be recovered from the sinkhole...a Tuxedo Black 1962 Corvette with a red interior.  It took engineers several days to remove that particular car since it had several huge pieces of concrete on the nose of that car.  While the damage to that Corvette didn’t look that bad, it was determined that General Motors would not be able to restore that Corvette without the help of a private restoration expert due to its age.  A feature that Corvette had was a removable hardtop that is not in my kit, so it will be built without one and built as a “before” vehicle using the Revell 1962 Corvette Roadster kit #85-4277.  

My paint will be Tamiya TS-14 Gloss Black body with Model Master Insignia Red interior.

More to come

 

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster

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The name is Mike...mrmike!

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Friday, March 24, 2017 10:27 AM

I got the engine partially assembled and painted this morning with Chevrolet Engine Red.

I painted the other engine parts with Model Master Aluminium Plate.  When these are dry, then I'll coat them with sealer.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster

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The name is Mike...mrmike!

  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: Louisville, KY
Posted by jroc1989 on Saturday, March 25, 2017 8:26 PM

I'll be following this build!  Just read a few weeks ago that they've just recently started the restoration on the '62.  They've done a nice job creating an exhibit based on the sinkhole as well; still a shame to lose so many significant Corvettes!

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, March 26, 2017 7:34 PM

So true Jason!  Out of the eight Corvettes that fell into the sinkhole, two cannot be repaired/restored, the worst being the Mallett Hammer as it was completely destroyed.  I think it was the first one to go into the sinkhole and I don't know which one was the second to go in.  

I have been distracted by other projects, so the '62 Sinkhole Corvette has lagged behind a bit, but I will be getting back to it soon!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster

Classic Plastic Model Club 

The name is Mike...mrmike!

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, April 06, 2017 12:33 PM

I have been picking away at the Sinkhole Corvette.  I have been removing mold lines and the body is nearly ready for primer.

I have been painting the bits and pieces that make up the engine, frame, and suspension of the Corvette.  I haven't painted the interior pieces yet.

A little bit of work continues on the engine and I haven't decided if I'll wire the engine or not.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster

Classic Plastic Model Club 

The name is Mike...mrmike!

  • Member since
    September, 2013
  • From: Tacoma, Washington
Posted by Gary Davis on Friday, April 07, 2017 1:31 PM

This is a very cool project Mike. Just yesterday my friend down in Florida and I were talking about that sink hole and how it just swallowed up those Vette's. If I remember correctely.... David Thibodeau built the first vette in the hole for the owner. This is good stuff....

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, April 09, 2017 8:17 AM

Thanks Gary!  

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster

Classic Plastic Model Club 

The name is Mike...mrmike!

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, April 13, 2017 2:04 PM

Progress on the Sinkhole Corvette has been slow.  I'm still doing research as I go along and I noticed that the 1:1 Corvette engine has dual carbs and the kit has fuel injection.  If I can find a dual carb intake and dual carbs, I'll switch them over.  If not, then I'll continue building the '62 Vette as is.

The interior pieces have been painted with Insignia Red and is in need of detailing.

The chassis has been painted and partially assembled.  I also noticed a slight twist in the frame and will try to correct it.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster

Classic Plastic Model Club 

The name is Mike...mrmike!

  • Member since
    January, 2015
Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, April 13, 2017 2:39 PM

Very cool project Mike! Looking forward to more of this. If I'm not mistaken there was a fella who built a model of one of the later model Corvettes and dedicated his build to that owner a year or so back. Will be watching this one come together.

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, April 13, 2017 8:28 PM

Thanks Joe!  I had this kit in the stash and had wondered what to do with it.  I watched an episode of Americarna on Velocity about the Sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum and I knew what to base my Corvette on.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster

Classic Plastic Model Club 

The name is Mike...mrmike!

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 8:16 AM

Progress has been slow on the Sinkhole Corvette.  I got some of the interior together, but the dash has not been worked on yet.

A mockup to check on fitment.  I still haven't decide if I'll wire the engine just yet.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster

Classic Plastic Model Club 

The name is Mike...mrmike!

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