Monday, November 14, 2016

The before and after photos of the sinkhole Corvette

the slide image is from the original images on the GM website, where you can see the before and after by clicking on the slide feature and slipping from side to side.

After recovery from the sinkhole, the 1 millionth Corvette was moved from the museum to the Design Center on GM’s Technical Center campus in Warren, Mich., for restoration.

“As the one and only 1 millionth Corvette, its preservation was important to us as the designers of the vehicle – and as Corvette enthusiasts,” said Ed Welburn, former vice president of GM Global Design.

“One of the most highly skilled specialty shops, a team of 30 people, and GM focused enthusiasts, craftspeople and technicians from GM Design’s Mechanical Assembly group, along with GM Service Operations, took on the project. Mechanical Assembly and the Fabrication Shops at GM Design build concept vehicles and maintain GM’s historic vehicle collection, so they were fully prepared to take on the challenge.”

Despite extensive damage, the team, represented by UAW locals 160 and 1869, vowed to preserve and repair as many original components as possible – a decision that involved posterity as much as history. That’s because under the skin, the 1 millionth Corvette carried all those signatures from the Bowling Green Assembly workers who built the car.

there it is in the above image on the left in the deep pit under the floor

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