Honestly, it has been almost five years that I have
been trying to bring this 1980 back to life. People would tell me that it
is a waste of time and money, but it is for the love to the car that I did it.
During this time, I picked up some information here, some information there,
piece it together and that is how restorations come to be. Although I do
not have lots of cash for a showroom restoration job, I did the best I could and
brought it back to be a road worthy car (when I got, it it was barely drivable).
Back in 2005 I wanted a Corvette C3 so badly. I
made arrangements over the phone to travel from Saskatoon (where I live) to
Canmore, AB to pick it up. I phoned the owner and told him I had the bank
draft in my hand, the day off from work and that I would pick it up two days
later. I called the night before to confirm with him the time and place,
and he gave me the news that he had already sold it even though we had a verbal
The next day, instead of taking it off knowing the car was sold, I went to work
as usual, and a friend of mine came over to my office to ask about the car.
I told him it had been sold and he left for lunch. He comes back from
lunch and tells me there is a C3 at the business next door, and I thought he was
just messing with me... when he said he was serious, I ran next door and saw it,
that was a sign I thought.
That afternoon I called the number on the car, made an appointment that evening
and took the car for a ride and an inspection. The car seemed abused but
tranny and engine seemed OK. I bought the car, and the next couple years I
found more and more things wrong with it as I was trying to make some progress
replacing the obvious. Finally, this year I got it painted and it is
waiting for an AC transplant to be complete. There were times there was so
much wrong that I thought of giving up, but it was not until this year when
everything started to come together that I could really enjoy driving it.
Those rides really motivated me to keep going and today I feel so proud to take
it out at the first excuse.
Right now I am at the stage where I would like to know more about the
car....since I completely tuned out the previous owner when he wanted to tell me
about it, I just wanted to take it for a ride!!!!!
Oh!!! by the way, the car was manufactured one month after I was born, so when I
got it, I looked way better than the car... but nowadays... I am losing some
hair, gaining a gut, and the car just keeps getting better... and I do not
expect that to change anytime soon!
Like many of us, Fernando is a testament to our hobby.
He has an extreme passion for these cars and has invested many pleasurable hours
and I quote Fernando "bringing this 1980 back to life". Please give
yourself a well deserved 'pat on the back' from all us C3 enthusiasts.