Featured Member of the Week: 23t-Bucket
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Bob Viau and I have lived in the Buffalo, NY area all my life. I was a body shop man at a local Chevy dealership for 35 years. I built many hot rods over the years, and many have taken top awards in shows here. I left the body shop business over 15 years ago and have owned a pizzeria. I also worked in outside sales to auto dealers, putting in sunroofs and leather interior into new cars for the dealerships. I am retired now and work on my own hot rods.
How did you first get interested in this hobby/passion?
I guess I got started in the hobby with my dad; back then he had some great cars. Right now my wife and I have a great ’86 Corvette pace car convertible, with the factory graphics on it, right from the dealer. I remember putting on some of these back in my body shop days working for the Chevy dealership. The customer had the option when they picked up the car to have them installed, or just given to them in the boxes.
What Rides do you currently own?
I have owned my Vette for about eight years now. It is a 350 4+3 stick, perfect running car; it never has any problems. The second car I built from a basket case I bought about two years ago. I built it with my son Robbie, who passed away last July before we got it done for his mother. I did everything he wanted to do to it, including adding a door on the passenger side and making a cool top to cover it. The top was made with black cloth with stitching into it, to carry on the witchy woman’s theme he gave it. It had a 355 crate motor 4-speed rock crusher munci m22, 4:10 POSSI TEN BOLT CHEVY REAR-END, and house of color molly orange paint. It was a great driver. When you light them up, the second gear will put you sideways if you’re not careful.
What do you like most about your current rides?
What I like most about my current rides is they are both stick shift and are a lot of fun to drive.
What is/are the fondest memories you have while owning your Cool Rides?
The fondest memory I have is with our 23 T BUCKET. It was the one my son got to work on with me and he was really looking forward to driving it. He never got to do that; it was hard, but I will never forget the fun we had planning it together. The Corvette is a great driver and I would not be afraid to jump into it and drive to Florida. It runs great and gets 23 mpg on the open road.
What was the first car you ever owned?
The first car I had was a 57 Chevy. Just a nice 283 automatic. I wish I had that one back.
What is/was the BEST car ever made?
The best car ever made has to be first year corvette; that started it all.
What is/was the WORST car ever made?
The worst car ever made had to be the Edsel, even though it is one of the most sought-after cars to restore.
How did you first hear about the Cool Rides Online website?
I first heard about the site online. It is a great site and I’m looking forward to being part of the guys on here; except when I get the honey do list, then I am banished from the laptop to the yard, LOL.
Is there anything else you’d like the Cool Rides Online members to know about you?
Thanks for listening to my story, and thank for the recognition. Till then I will just liteum up and try to keep her strait.