We first told you a few months ago about Vice Grip Garage and his escapades to get a one-owner “yeller” 1980 L82 Corvette running again for a burnout competition in Florida after it had been abandoned in a field for “purt-near” 10 years in south Tennessee.
The basic premise of the show is taking a non-running, long-neglected car and then getting it back in proper running order, all while the host talks incessantly to himself while he’s working.
Today, your dry-witted host is back with another humor-filled chapter in the Corvette’s life. After the contest, he parked the car outside in the “Minneso-tah” snow and ice until recently deciding to get it up and running again for a 700-mile road trip to trade it for another non-running barn find.
Fortunately, all that cold weather up north turned out to be a free way to kill the “87,913.7” ants that had taken up residence in the car while in Tennessee, so at least that’s one bright spot that made the car’s second jolt back to life a little easier.
We’re aware that chopping 59 minutes, 13 seconds out of your already hectic life to watch this video is a lot to ask, but we assure you if you can find the time, you’ll enjoy listening to this guy’s take on the Corvette – and life in general.
We won’t bore you with all the gory details, but suffice it to say that VGG gets the Corvette running with the able assistance of his youthful son, even though he ultimately has to travel through sleet, freezing rain, snow, and some mud bogging to get to the site of his next challenge. Scroll to the end of the video to see what’s lurking underneath a blue cover for a very quick one-second sneak peek of that car, which hasn’t run in a decade. We don’t want to be a spoiler, but we will tell you it’s a first-generation Pontiac with a fiery name. No, it isn’t a Sunbird or Fiero, so you figure it out.
Summing things up for you, if you are indeed too busy to watch it all, here’s VGG’s conclusive remarks: “I tell you what guys, going from abandoned to revived to supercharged to burned to alive again, over 700 miles, Corvette did awesome and another successful road trip,” he says.
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