Don Mason's 1967 Corvette being prepared for painting.
Note: new interior
The club has a planned trip to Ron's Restoration in April. Presently, Don Mason is having his 1967 Corvette restored there. He has graciously shared pictures of his car's progress with the club. After you enjoy viewing the narrative and pictures of Don's car progress, you may want to mark your calendar and join us on this trip on April 10th.
1967 Corvette Convertible327 Cubic Inch Block - 350 HP Rally Red Exterior - Black Interior Cindy and I inherited this car after my fathers death in 1979. My father purchased this car via a private sale in Connecticut in 1974 +/-. Cindy and I ran the car briefly in 1980, we chose to garage the vehicle as we weren’t in a financial position to keep the car on the road and choose to garage it as we didn’t want to sell the car because my father loved driving his Corvette and we didn’t want to lose that memory. The car was garaged from 1980 thru 2016. Garaging the car for that long certainly had its unintended consequences as the car had deteriorated to the point where we had to either sell the car or have it restored. We chose to have the car restored, Cindy and I had a friend in Greenfield, Ma. who recommended Ron’s Auto Restoration in Fitchburg, Ma. to do the work for us. I invited Ron to come to the Cape to take a look at the car and make his best assessment as to the feasibility to repair the car. Ron looked at the car, ran a mirror on the underside, advised us we had frame rot and the interior had to be replaced. He said the car could be saved so we contracted with Ron to do a frame up restoration. Ron picked the car up November 2016 and returned the car in June 2017. During that time the car was completely stripped down to the frame as he had to cut out frame rot and weld new pieces in there place. The frame was then sand blasted, primed and painted. Gas tank and fuel lines replaced, basically everything was replaced. The one thing we didn’t have done was a new paint job. Ron had his crew buff out the car and it was acceptable but there were certainly many blemishes. Cindy and I would live with the way the car looked as from a distance no-one could tell. We ran the car in 2017 and decided that we wanted to have some miscellaneous engine work done so back to Ron’s late fall and back to the Cape spring of 2018. We ran the car in 2018, the car was using more oil than it should so in the fall of 2018 back to Ron’s to have the engine rebuilt. As I said earlier we didn’t have the car painted after the initial restoration project. Cindy and I had been thinking about painting the car for a few years, but didn’t do it as its very pricey. With that said we decided to have it painted so off to Ron’s again November 2020. We’ll have the car back this coming spring. The 67 vet is our Cape car and Cindys favorite car to drive. We’re looking forward to cruising around Cape Cod with our friends again, having a sandwich and a few beers. Enclosed are pictures of the evolution of my fathers car, a car that will remain with our family.
PRE - RESTORATION
Ron came to Cape Cod to Inspect the Corvette
RESTORATION HAS BEGUN [November 2016-June 2017 ]
Complete body take down
RIDE HOME TO CAPE COD [June 2017]
Ron buffed out the paint after doing a complete chassis restore
DON & CINDY OUT FOR A CRUISE - JULY 4, 2018
November 2020 - Returning in Spring 2021
Corvette being prepared for painting
Clear coat and paint removed.
Pictures will be provided, in the Spring, when the corvette returns to Cape Cod
In the Spring, April 10th, the club is planning a trip to Ron's Restoration in Fitchburg. Hopefully you will join us. Information will come out in mid March.