As the son of a Corvette owner, I have great respect for those dads who team up with their sons (or daughters) to do a restoration project on a Corvette. This video about a 1968 Corvette is one such story. Now that the restoration is complete, the memories of the project will forever live on.
The title of this owner story is called Family Ties and its meaning is deeper than just a father/son project. Ken Johnson tells the story of his son wanting to do a C3 project together and he didn’t have to look too hard to find a candidate as a college friend told him that his father has passed away and left behind a 1968 Corvette big-block in a barn. Kenny remembered the car and had good memories of the family from back in the day. Despite his reservations about the big-block, he felt that he could give the car a new home and the father/son team went to work on it.
As the restoration project was driven by Kenny’s boys, they kept the big block, converted it over to a 4-speed, and did the kind of nuts and bolts restoration needed to put the car back on the road. Kenny says he was blessed to be surrounded by great people who had the various skills needed to turn the Frankenstein project into a Corvette that was better than when it was new when it came off the factory floor in 1968.
Ken says the most special part of the project was the memories of working on the car with his sons. “To be able to have sons that are interested in it, and want to do it with me really is special,” and he adds, “I could really care less about the car, but the memories that we have together working on it that’s what I want them to have.”
After seeing the completed video on YouTube, the daughter of the former owner mentioned how the completion of the car also brought closure to her family. She writes, “This was my dad’s project car that he really never got a chance to do anything to…Kenny restored the car to perfection. This is such a well-done video story of this vehicle and the impact it’s had on two families. My dad would be SO proud and I’m SO proud too and just so grateful to Kenny Johnson for fulfilling my father’s dream for his 1968 Corvette Stingray.”
The video is very professional and was produced by a longtime neighbor of Ken. It really does capture the spirit of “Family Ties” as the title implies:
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