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    The third Corvette is retrieved!

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    NCM has added a link to view high resolution photos of the sink hole project Sinkhole - corvettemuseum
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    Exciting to see how good a condition that third one is. National Corvette Museum, you have done a fantastic job of keeping us updated every step of the way. Thank you NCM!

    Here's today's latest NCM update:

    "1962 Black Corvette Successful Saved


    It's been almost three weeks since a 40' wide, 60' deep sinkhole opened up within the Skydome of the National Corvette Museum, taking eight prized Corvettes with it. Construction and engineering teams have been hard at work since day one, putting a plan in place for the recovery of the cars and restoration of the building.


    The recovery of the three most accessible Corvettes: the 2009 "Blue Devil" ZR1, a 1993 40th Anniversary Ruby Red Corvette and a 1962 Black Corvette commenced on Tuesday with all three cars being successfully saved. Monday's "Operation Corvette Plus" resulted in the recovery of the 2009 and the 1993 and nearly all day Tuesday was dedicated to the 1962 - a car that was recovered around 1:45pm CT giving spectators watching from the Museum's plexiglass viewing area and the construction and engineering crews a huge sigh of relief.


    The team began work early Tuesday, extracting a portion of the car lift that had become mangled around the car, removing the hood from the '62 and tying a strap to the engine bay, then drilling anchors into the slab of concrete that appeared to be wedged into the grill. In hooking their lifting devices to the car they discovered that they didn't have to lift the slab to free the car. "Really, all that went better than I expected... that's my favorite car," said Mike Murphy, CEO of Scott, Murphy and Daniel Construction.


    "I see body damage. The chassis looks intact, the frame's not bent, the interior (other than being a little dirty) is pristine. So, I think it's some fiberglass work, some ornamentation work, and paint," said John Spencer, Manufacturing Integration Manager at the GM Corvette Assembly Plant. "This car is in amazing shape considering what it's been through. I don't see anything unrepairable."


    Murphy indicated that the next step will be to remove the concrete slab off the bank of the hole, and to remove the rest of the car lift. After those are out of the way they will begin stabilizing and securing the red spire and the walls of the hole. "I'm tickled to death that we were able to get those three cars out with no problems, and they were in good condition," he added.


    All three cars are now on display in the Museum's Exhibit Hall. They will be joined in late April by the remaining five Corvettes - marking a culmination of the sinkhole recovery efforts. The Museum is planning a formal exhibit of these cars "as is," along with various photos, videos, information and artifacts through August 3. The plexiglass viewing area of the Skydome will be available as long as construction is on-going, and the 'dome' is expected to re-open by late August.


    "While we don't know exactly how long the repair and remediation of the sinkhole will take, we feel confident that the Skydome will be as good as new in time for the Museum's 20th Anniversary Celebration," said Executive Director Wendell Strode. "August 27-30 of this year will be an exciting time in Bowling Green, Kentucky as we will have over 10,000 Corvette enthusiasts caravaning from all over the country to celebrate the Museum, the Grand Opening of our Motorsports Park, and now the re-opening of our Skydome."
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    Posted in another thread: Actually they just got a pleasant surprise--they were able to get the One Millionth Corvette out today. Facebook post said the construction guys saw the opportunity and just went in and got it. --Bob

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    Here is the related information from NCM re today's successful removal of the Millionth Corvette:

    In an unexpected turn of events, the Millionth Corvette was resurrected from the depths of the sinkhole today.
    "Initially there was no intention to bring the Millionth out, but as we got in there and saw more this morning we did feel like this might be our best chance," said Danny Daniel, President of Scott, Murphy and Daniel Construction.
    Danny indicated that they pulled the car by one wheel from where it was lodged and it swung free into the cavern. They were then able to lift the car and place it to rest, upside down on the bottom of the sinkhole. Finally, the Corvette was hooked up by its two tires for final lifting out of the sinkhole, much like the process to retrieve the 1993 40th Anniversary.
    "Went like a champ, we were tickled to death," added Daniel.
    "The Millionth Corvette has been through a lot, but the damage at first glance seems to be less extensive than what it could have been, especially given the precarious spot the car landed," said Bob Hellmann, Facilities and Displays Manager at the Museum. "The undercarriage and frame look to be in good condition and everything else is repairable."
    The Millionth Corvette was built at 2:00pm on July 2, 1992 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Just like the first 1953 Corvettes, it bears a white exterior, red interior and is a convertible. The car was donated to the Corvette Museum by General Motors. In a press release from 1991, Jim Perkins, General Manager for Chevrolet at the time, said "We've been looking for a way to support the goals of the museum, which are to enshrine a great car and the great people who made it an American institution." This donation came two years before the museum that exists today had opened its doors.
    "I couldn't afford Corvettes when I was growing up," Perkins said in a 1991 release. "Not many could. But it was enough to know it was a Chevy just as sure as the one I could afford. And that hasn't changed. There's still a little bit of Corvette lurking in every Chevy today. And there will be for a long time to come."
    More than 20 years later, Perkins was right. There were and still are many great Corvettes to come. The Museum now has half of the cars recovered from the sinkhole and on display, and in a few weeks hopes to be adding four more cars for visitors to see. Construction crews will continue the stabilization of the spire and walls of the sinkhole before attempting to vacuum out the dirt from around the remaining cars.
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    Boy, that sure looks ugly!




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    A nice surprise, as noted above, getting the 1,000,000th Corvette out of the hole.

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    They just got the pace car out. Not looking so hot. I have a couple pictures but it isn't letting me post. Will try again later.

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    Wow, these are sure coming out faster than anticipated!
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    1984 PPG Pace Car Recovery:


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    Don't know if can be brought back to life. It looks very sad.


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    Ouch. That is totaled. It can be done, but it may be like George Washington's axe, and may cost more than it is worth.
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    Wow, that one is really bad. Even if they rebuilt it, it's not like it is the actual car any longer. It may have a few of the unseen original parts but that would be about it. If 90% of it is new parts does the remaining 10% original make it the "official" pace car? It wouldn't seem so. I would just display it as it is and let the tragedy remain seen for years to come.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greggshere View Post
    Wow, that one is really bad. Even if they rebuilt it, it's not like it is the actual car any longer. It may have a few of the unseen original parts but that would be about it. If 90% of it is new parts does the remaining 10% original make it the "official" pace car? It wouldn't seem so. I would just display it as it is and let the tragedy remain seen for years to come.
    My understanding is that they are going to put most if not all of the dome cavern cars on display for a time before doing repairs.
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    So far today (Friday 7 March) it appears that they are doing some drilling and filling/reinforcing in the floor surrounding the void. I am not seeing any crane activity.
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