I have known Les since the early 70's and he played a significant role in getting the Red Chev on the road. Those who have read my blog from the beginning would have seen Les's name mentioned on many occasions.
Over the years we drifted apart, and after catching up again in 2010, Les introduced me to the DVHCC. http://www.dvhcc.com.au/
The Lasalle project commenced in July 2009, and the first time I saw it was in March 2010. It certainly looked like a car that needed a full restoration. Les had every stage planned, but was not able to control the future. Neither an engine block that was too far gone to rebuild or two attempts at breaking his leg did not stop Les on his mission to bring the beast back to life. With mobility around the house, let alone the garage restricted by a leg brace, the restoration slowed, but never stopped.
On the few occasions that I have given Les a hand, it has given me an appreciation of what must have been automobile luxury back in 1938. Compared to my humble 28 Chev, everything is so big, solid and robust. And to use an old saying "There is nothing like the sound of a V8"
I look forward to seeing the Lasalle as a regular club car in a few months, and for my sake I hope I never get in his road.
Update Saturday 10th March 2012
Called in to give Les a hand for a few hours this afternoon and we were both pleased with the result. The Lasalle is now a few more steps closer to being completed and on the road. We were able to fit the front guards and head lights, and although not finally tweaked or tightened up it was enough to give Les a true indication of what the result of all his hard work had achieved. Combined with this was the upholstery which apart from the seats is completed and looks great. A new exhaust system tops off the progress that Les had made in the last few weeks.
Anyway enough of the words, pictures speak louder. Please find below some photos of the Lasalle after today's session.
Update 23rd June 2012 (Its Finished)
Very pleased to let you know that Les had the car passed for club permit registration on Friday 22nd June.
I saw the new baby this afternoon, and its impressive, but as I say, the pictures below will tell the story better than I can.
Well done Les, I am sure you will have many years of enjoyable, and comfortable motoring.