1973 Chevy Corvette - Zeppelin Said It Best: "Your Time Is Gonna Come"

Bill Schoentrup's Metallic Yellow 1973 Chevy Corvette

Dakota Wentz Aug 1, 2004 0 Comment(s)
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They took the car to Enneking's Body Shop in Morris, Indiana. Bill and Nick had already relieved the Vette of its chrome, emblems, grilles, and other minor things. Joe Enneking then took it further when he removed the doors, hood, rear deck, and the urethane front fascia. After smoothing over the old 'glass panels, Joe's painter, Dave Schutte, sprayed the car in multiple coats of Yellow Metallic topped with clearcoat. After the Vette was home, the father and son duo began detailing underneath the hood and the underside of the car. They also touched up on little things, such as new emblems, re-chromed bumpers, and new wood grain inserts for the interior-which was in pretty good shape otherwise. Finally, after all was said and done, the Vette ended up being spotless with some really cool features. The '73 boasts the rebuilt original LS4 454 rat motor with its stock Quadrajet carburetor, a Muncie M21 four-speed, that folding top for those hot days, and, to top it all off, one fierce-lookin' Metallic Yellow paint job.

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Bill's quick to give props to both his wife and son, "Sharon gave Nick and me a lot of moral support over the years, especially at times when we didn't think we would ever get it done. It's great to have a good woman beside you. I can't say enough about my son. Nick was 13 when we bought the car. He was always by my side at swap meets looking for parts or at other Vettes to see how things were supposed to be. He spent many hours in the garage working with me, and it really makes this father proud to see his son have the same interest he has."

Since its completion, Bill has taken the Vette to shows all over, including one that was 1,024 miles away in North Carolina. Bill has seen his dream of owning a Corvette go from rags to riches and he couldn't be happier. However, the next question at hand is when is Nick's time gonna come for a Corvette?


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