Chevrolet Corvette White Lightning
About my car
Just plain boring... yeah, imagine you're a 7 year old kid, sitting in your dad's insurance office in a tiny town in north Alabama... for hours. Once you bend a paper clip into every shape imaginable, and you are tired of shooting rubber bands across the room, there's nothing to do but look out the window. It was on such a day, looking out my dad's office window, that my fascination for the Corvette began.
It was impossible to overlook that really cool, orange car that always sat in the parking lot of the grocery store at the foot of the hill. I didn't even know what it was, but I did know that it wasn't square and boring like all the rest. Afterward, I would get excited every time I saw one, as if I'd discovered a new planet or something. Someday, I'll have a job, and a driver's license, and then...
Almost 40 years later, someday finally arrived, and I bought my first Corvette. Just like me, this one spent it's whole life in north Alabama, and also just like me, it needed some work. Over the next couple of years, it would get lots of R&R, including a suspension and steering rebuild, new interior, new wiring harness, electronic ignition, a new intake manifold and carburetor (gotta love an electric choke), a Vintage Air A/C system, transmission rebuild, paint, tires, brakes, and a huge list of other things that you can read about on my Corvette blog (also a work in progress).
Owning and driving this car is nothing short of awesome. All the late nights and busted knuckles... well, over time, you forget about those. For me, personally, it's an icon of a goal accomplished and a childhood dream realized. Not only do I not regret buying it, I'd love to have another one. If you've ever thought of having one of your own, well there's probably one out there somewhere with your name on it. You'll also find tons of resources for parts, and online forums that are filled with knowledgeable people who are happy to help.
- This car was made in 1972 and I've driven it since 2012
- The Chevrolet Corvette C3 was in production from 1967 to 1982