WWII vet gets restored car after rip-off

DANVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Several volunteers helped restore a car for a World War II veteran who was cheated by someone he paid more than $8,000 to do the work.

The Finer Details shop handed Harry Donovan his restored 1967 Ford Mustang Saturday, the Indianapolis Star reported. Donovan bought the car for his late wife in 1969.

Donovan, 96, had hired Dennis Lee in 2009 to restore the car, but Lee disappeared with the car and money in 2012. The vehicle was found stripped of its engine, transmission, hood and other parts.

Donovan’s family created a

GoFundMe account that raised more than $23,000 to help cover the cost of parts and other expenses.

The Finer Details team spent 18 months restoring the vehicle. They put in about 1,500 hours, often working at night and on weekends.

The plan was to replace missing parts and paint the car, said Ken Mosier, who runs the shop.

“Our name is The Finer Details and we couldn’t just do that,” Mosier said. “It’s brand new — every piece.”

Work on the vehicle is worth about $75,000, he said.