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The Life Story Of A 1970 Chevy Chevelle (Part 30) by FastLaneIllustration The Life Story Of A 1970 Chevy Chevelle (Part 30) by FastLaneIllustration
The Life Story Of A 1970 Chevy Chevelle (Part 30 of 42).  May 13th, 1998, Grand Lake Colorado:  It's a quiet weekend afternoon at the Martin household, where Derrick Martin has taken the afternoon to do some home repairs.  In the garage sat the 1970 Chevy Chevelle which was beginning to have some new hope.  It was challenging restoring a classic car on an honest park ranger budget... especially when you've got a few mouths to feed at home, and a mortgage, but Derrick was determined to get this restoration complete no matter how long it might take.  He acquired the Chevelle almost a year ago now, and since then has sanded off all the paint, cut off the major rust on the wheel wells, and completely gutted the car from the inside out.  His 4 year old son, Thomas was fascinated by the work his dad was doing on the restoration of the car.  On occasion when it was safe to do so, Derrick would even get his son to come into the garage to help out with the restoration in order to try and raise him up to be a car guy, and let the automotive passion live on through him.  Thomas was a very curious kid, and he was in a constant pursuit of finding out how things around him worked.  Today, Thomas had wondered into the garage when his dad had accidentally left the door open when he was doing some home repairs.  Thomas recalled seeing his dad cutting the rusted metal around the wheel wells at one point, so naturally he was intrigued by that process and saw the drill near by.  The childproofing was no match for him.  He was a problem solver, a crafty kid with an unquenchable curiosity.  Having no experience, supervision, or any concept of where to cut on the car, Thomas went to town creating massive punctures and cuts in the cars bare sheet metal.  His dad heard the drill firing up in the garage and came running in only to discover the horror that his young son had just drilled some massive holes into the side panels of the car.  Derrick was very angry with his son, but relieved that he hadn't hurt himself with the tool.  This little mishap was going to set him back quite a bit in the restoration, since a lot of patching and fabrication was required to fix this, but he was still amazed that his son knew how to turn the drill on.  Story to be continued.... Anyway, all Fast Lane Illustration artwork by Ryan Sardachuk.  Click the link to join the official facebook page:, or visit the website at 
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whats written on that raftor above the car on the left? above the christmas stuff
XD LOL bad kid no Capn Crunch today
prestonthecarartist Nov 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Bwwwaahhh! Dammit Bobby!
TorinoTalladega Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Son, I am disappoint.
SeberHusky Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hate kids!
Asg16-4 Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL I disapprove of them but they are alright after a while BTW I LOVE RD she is best pony!
Shadow55419 Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
my dad would have killed me end of story. Barrett-Jackson would be a good future option.
rustyironmonger Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice to see it being restored. Desert driving, DUII wreck, vandalism, junkyard, impound, hurricane, theft, a year in a lake, and a ground-up restoration with a set-back. Do I see Barrett-Jackson in the Chevelle's future? ;)

And I assume the rusty brown Colorado plate is the one from the Chevelle?
FastLaneIllustration Nov 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
actually, that one is an easter egg from vanishing point.  the Challenger in that movie had the colorado license plate with the digits "OA-5599" 
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