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Rear-engine Covette in three pieces to live again

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A friend from Effingham, IL tells me of the Corvette museum there being in the midst of a restoration (rebirth) of a rear engine Corvette from maybe 1961 or so. The story he got from their shop is that Smokey Yunich was in charge of destroying a concept car, cut it into three pieces, took it to a scrap yard, had it certified as being demolished, and made a secret agreement to take the remains into his (Smokey's) possession. My friend saw the car, said it looked like a StingRay, but pre-dated that series by a few years. Passing it along for what it's worth.

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Why would Yunich be put in charge of destroying a concept car? Was he an employee of GM at that time?

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I agree, this sounds like a true Smokey "story" ... he did similiar things with Camaros and the experimental hemi-head cross-ram 302's.

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Similar story... different vehicle in the shape of excess military Jeeps being crushed. Story is that after one of the big wars (Korea maybe don't recall time period) was that the US Government had way too many Jeeps and they sent out a bid to have them crushed.

Elwood Grim out of Maryland was one of the few scrapyards at that time who had a portable crusher and he got the contract. Story continues that no parts what so ever were to be saved... everything got crushed and there were several MP's on duty to watch and insure the job was done according to contract.

At lunch time the MP's went on break, and Elwood's staff went to work. They had a huge hopper full of used tires, and every day at lunch time they would hide two Jeeps in the tire hopper and fill the hopper with tires to hide the Jeeps inside. They did this daily I'm told.... 2 Jeeps saved per day.

You just have to love government waste... amazing.

Ramblin Randy

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Actually, both stories sound like classic urban myth, Much like the 57 Chevy story posted here, earlier today. The military has always sold off their excess, be it Jeeps or bandsaws. At work we had a brand new 30 inch Tannewicz bandsaw that we bought from the Navy for a dollar.

BTW, I know where you can but brand new 45 inch WLA Harleys, still in cosmolene. They are 25 bucks each but you have to buy them in lots of 100.

Post scrip.

I Googled it and, sure enough, there was a mid engined Vette and ol' Smokey did have it. It has been restored and was shown at Amelia Island last year. Still ain't buyin' the Jeep story

Hmmmm, this thread was started in 2007?!?!

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The story on the jeeps concerns the M151a2 (the Ford built Vietnam Jeep). They were designed with swing axles for better traction. The intent was for each wheel to stay in contact with the ground. In practice, when the Jeep bounced up high the wheels went inward,causing rollovers when it came back down and bad news for the riders. The remaining stock was ordered destroyed and they cut a big "X" from front corners diagonally to the rears. Some of the cut up jeeps were taken away and welded back together. This is a true story. Sometimes you see an ad for these vehicles and they say,"never welded).

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Never heard of a rear-engined Corvette in 1995 The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY had a 1986 mid-engined concept car there called the "Indy." They also had a 1991 ZR-12 concept which is supposed to be the only Corvette ever built with a 12-cylinder engine. It was a study did to investigate the possibility of replacing the ZR-1 with a V-12 put they said it proved to be too expensive to be practible.

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The story on the jeeps concerns the M151a2 (the Ford built Vietnam Jeep). They were designed with swing axles for better traction. The intent was for each wheel to stay in contact with the ground. In practice, when the Jeep bounced up high the wheels went inward,causing rollovers when it came back down and bad news for the riders. The remaining stock was ordered destroyed and they cut a big "X" from front corners diagonally to the rears. Some of the cut up jeeps were taken away and welded back together. This is a true story. Sometimes you see an ad for these vehicles and they say,"never welded).

A few M151s did escape the torch legitimately but most are welded up. The military has at various times and for various reasons had a great number of old military vehicles destroyed but most were sold intact up until the M151 and the Humvee.

Detroit is pretty good at destroying cars they want destroyed. Product destruction is in fact big business and the big player in the business is SSI, who make shredders that can reduce anything from household furniture to Brinks trucks to shredded scrap. Once in a while something gets out, but it's progressively rarer as time goes by.

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