User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


47° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

1962 Corvette Update

May 5, 2010, 9:55 PM by Don Jorgensen

1962 Corvette Update
SIOUX FALLS, SD - For the past six months, we've been following the restoration of John Sweeney's 1962 Corvette. Sweeney has been battling cancer and through all the doctor's visits and chemotherapy treatments, it's been a rough ride. But thanks to dozens of volunteers, Sweeney will soon be riding in style.

Little by little, Sweeny's Corvette is finally coming together. The engine is rebuilt, repainted and ready to install. 

"We fired it up on the stand with the radiator hooked up and everything, open exhaust and it sits there and purrs like a kitten and you romp on it and it makes that kind of a noise too. It's a roar not a meow," Bernie Tyrrell of Automania said.

Sweeny's Vette is now in the hands of the crew from Cliff Avenue Upholstery and Restoration. 

"Actually, the detail work is probably the biggest part of the end result. How the car looks is dependent totally on the detail of the car," Ennis Lund of Cliff Avenue Upholstery and Restoration said.  "We installed the chrome, we buffed the paint, we go over every little thing to make sure it looks correct." 

And with over 4,000 parts, it takes someone like Lund who knows correct. 

"I've been doing this for 40 some years so I was around when these cars were brand new. I can remember what they were like so that's a big advantage," Lund said.

They say it takes about 2000 hours to totally restore a vehicle like this; there are about 150 hours left. Once that's done, everyone who had a hand in this restoration project will present it to John Sweeney June 12 at Automania. 

"I'm ecstatic about how the car is coming and how things are going together and the look of the car and Ennis is doing an unbelievable job of detailing it, but he's a master at that," Tyrrell said.

And like everyone who's been helping on the 'Vette, they realize how much this will mean to Sweeney. 

"I'm not a young guy anymore myself, so my mortality is staring me in the face, so when I have someone about my age, sick and possibly will die, I'm very concerned about helping him," Lund said.

Sweeney bought the car used for $1,800.  When it's finished, car buffs estimate it'll be worth $50,000.

Previous Story

Next Story


RELATED STORIES


 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

You may also like

Parker Teen Dies In One Vehicle Crash

4/12/2014 10:18 AM

16-year-old Tonya Anderson from Parker, SD died in a one vehicle crash west of Sioux Falls on Highway 42 on Friday.

Full Story
SF Woman Dies In Crash Near Brookings

4/12/2014 10:34 AM

A Sioux Falls woman died in a two vehicle crash on I-29 south of Brookings.

Full Story
Missing Girls Case Update On Tuesday

4/15/2014 7:15 AM

Authorities plan to release an update on the investigation into the 1971 disappearance of two South Dakota girls.

Full Story
Remains Found In Car Are Missing Girls

4/15/2014 1:39 PM

After more than 40 years, the families of two missing teenage girls now know what happened to them.

Full Story
Strange Haze Covers Sioux Falls

4/12/2014 5:03 PM

A strange haze with a foul odor hung over the City of Sioux Falls today.

Full Story


Events

 
 
KELOLAND TV: 501 S. Phillips Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: 605.336.1100 · Breaking News call: 1-800-888-5356
Web Site Design and Custom Programming By: Lawrence & Schiller© 2014 KELO-TV -- KELOLAND.COM -- ALL RIGHTS RESERVED