Classic Car Restoration In Memory of Charles Shank

I have decided to create this account to help out a good friend of mine, Roland. He has taken it upon himself to continue the project that he had started with his father, but now has to finish alone. Roland's father, Charles, passed away unexpectedly due to an undiagnosed, untreated, quickly progressing illness in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The project is to restore a 1957 Dodge Coronet. Roland found the car, which had been sitting in an Ohio barn for the past 40 years, with only 36,000 miles on the odometer. It is a fairly well-equipped car with a V8 engine, automatic push button transmission, and a deluxe model radio. The hope for Roland and his father was to fully restore it to like-new condition.

The car was in reasonable shape when it was re-discovered in that barn. The car was made road worthy again after some basic service, but upon further inspection, was in a deteriorated state. It was an Ohio car, so it had suffered some notable rust and body rot damage; with the floor pans receiving some poorly done repair in the past. It had been repainted at some point, in its original black and white paint scheme, but the repaint is low quality and the chrome is dulled and pitted. The motor runs but leaks oil and needs a full rebuild along with most of the other major mechanical components.

Roland and his father, began the restoration shortly before the pandemic started in early March. While the extra time at home seemed beneficial to their restoration plans, Charles mysteriously fell ill at the height of the pandemic, in mid March 2020. Due to COVID-19 restrictions on non-essential hospital visits, his father was never given a proper hospital stay that may have saved his life. Despite having been in perfect health only 6 weeks prior, he passed away in April at the age of 63.

I encourage all of you reading this to please watch the news segment and read the newspaper story for more details on this terrible and unnecessary loss of life.   

Roland has decided to continue the restoration himself to honor his father, who had been a notable hot-rodder and classic car enthusiast. He was left with all of his father's tools but very little knowledge of how to use them. He wants to complete the restoration in the hopes of reclaiming a small portion of the vast mechanical and crafting knowledge his father didn't have an opportunity to pass on to his son.

Now, with the loss of his father's income and knowledge, Roland now lacks the resources and skills to complete the restoration by himself.48589436_1591404355853553_r.jpeg


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Andrew Rodgers 
Akron, OH
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