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  1. bchctybob
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    Dang, I want the wheels off of that Super Spyder for my wife’s ‘62 Monza!


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  2. jnaki
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    Hello,

    For some, Corvairs were the devil’s work in disguise. For others, it was the American Porsche. The body design was something no other factory would create and develop. The idea of a flat 6 cylinder motor allowed the motor to be place in the rear. Because it was so low to the ground, it actually felt like it was traction plus, going around long curving roads. Despite the 80 horsepower, it seemed to move faster than my old 80 hp sedan delivery. The Corvair name was originally developed as part Corvette and part Chevy Bel Air. But, settled on the "air" part as its new air cooled motor.

    My wife bought her first car with money she earned as one of those early telephone operators with the million plug in cords and a headphone set. She told me that at the time, she was taught to use the little forward/back lever on the work table as necessary. It allowed the operators to quietly listen to the conversation without anyone knowing what was happening. But, it was to be used for emergencies or random use only, not sitting and listening to long conversations. Her Corvair had a little lever on the dash, so familiarity was in place.

    Working a swing shift, she was able to save enough to buy a neighbor’s 1962 blue/silver Corvair Coupe with a cool automatic transmission level sticking out of the dash. It was a low mile model used by a little old lady from So Cal. So, off she went to college driving the Corvair. For the first several years, nothing happened and she was a happy camper. It was small enough to get into small parking spots and easily fit into the diagonal parking spots with ease. Because of its small size, parallel parking was a snap.

    Jnaki

    While she spotted this Corvair convertible in a So Cal Harbor parking lot, the conversation turned to the early days of owning and driving her old 62 Corvair all over So Cal. It brought back those 1963-69 days of growing up. It was her first car, so she had clear memories of her relationship with it.

    While in college, she got good gas mileage, started up every time and did not cause a teenager girl any problems on the road. But, the rear bumper did get covered with some oil blow by. By the time we met in college, I took the Corvair to our expert mechanic in LA to see what his take was on the oiled rear bumper. His repair was going to take apart the motor and replace all gaskets and worn out parts. That was great, but, she could not be without transportation for a week and did not have the money for the total repair.

    We eventually gave the Corvair to her uncle and bought a larger car with A/C. Having driven the car in rain and sunny windy days, the rain caused water to come in through the lower vents. During those windy days, driving on PCH toward Huntington Beach was like a video game. The winds played havoc on the light weight sporty type car in those winds. It could have been corrected with some better tires and suspension, but it was a stock Corvair.
     
  3. loudbang
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  4. wisdonm
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    jnaki your styling critique of "The body design was something no other factory would create and develop." is not true. From 1964-1972 the NSU company produced the 3/4 scale Corvair as the NSU Prinz 1000,TT, and TTS. These were powered by the same 996cc and 1177cc air cooled 4-cylinder engines that were used in the Mammoth motorcycle. These were very successful in competition.
     
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  5. sunbeam
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    Crown put the cool in Corvair and Kelmark improved it but they did lose the back seat.
     
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  6. Guthrie1068
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    vair ds front.jpg vair front suspension.jpg vair rear suspension.jpg engine done.jpg Here's a couple pics of mine, it's a '63. Four wheel discs, QA1s on all four corners, 5 lug conversion.
     
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  7. anthony myrick
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  9. Mike VV
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    While it may be a little...off track, it did take some imagination to get it completed and not look like a junk yard mess.

    Mike
     
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  10. papajohn
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    So ugly, it's cool!
     
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  11. loudbang
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  12. ken bogren
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  13. Atwater Mike
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    I jokingly told my German boss, Karl, that the "type 901" Porsche that was to be unveiled in 1963...
    was to be powered by a Corvair 6 cyl. opposed engine. (through an International Company merger)
    Karl got angrier than I'd ever seen him.
    A year later, we got our (my) hands on an imported 1965 911, I serviced it (by the new shop manual)
    This was NO Corvair...
     
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  14. CAVEMAN_1960
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    This is my current project. It is a very special 1960 Corvair coupe. The very first Corvairs produced were all 4-door sedans. It wasn't until January 1960 that the 2-door coupe was released. It was available in two trim levels; the 500 series and the upscale 700 series. Chevrolet was planning a more sporty version called the Monza, but that wouldn't be available until May of 1960. This car started out as a 700 coupe (the 7th production body made by Fisher Body) and was then sent to Chevrolet Engineering in Warren, Michigan to be converted into a Monza show car. It was shown at the 1960 Chicago, Detroit and New York Auto Shows. After that it was sold to a GM employee in April 1961 with just a little over 300 miles on it. I am restoring it back to it's former 20200924_114328 (1).jpg show car status. Currently it has just over 29,000 miles on it. The paint and body work were completed in 1988 and then the car was stored. I have "most" of the parts to complete the project. Hoping to have it ready for next year's car show season. Also hoping we have a next year's car show season!!
     
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  15. -Brent-
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    Has this one been posted?

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  16. Guthrie1068
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    ^^^^^^ that thing is cool, it looks like it came straight outta a Krass and Bernie cartoon...
     
  17. CAVEMAN_1960
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    How about a CoolVair that brought his house along with him? This is a 1964 Corvair 95 Rampside pickup truck with a camper attached. The truck is rare (only 851 built that year). The camper is rarer (guesstimate of 6 total produced). I've known about this vehicle for at least 30+ years, but found it in a barn after the owner passed away. Plans are to get the camper off (to get to the rear-mounted engine) and get the Rampside DSCN4184.JPG running and driving again.
     
  18. patsurf
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    hope it is a 'caveman' brand camper...
     
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  19. anthony myrick
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  20. blowby
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    ^^Must have gotten tired of those 'Isn't the engine in the trunk?' questions.
     
  21. quick85
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  22. v8flat44
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    Worked at a Chevy dealership in 1965 detailing used cars. Someone bought a 65 Maroon Corvair with a dual carb engine & 4 speed and traded it in a month later. I LOVED that car. The boss's wife had a Monza turbo soft top that i got to service and deliver to their home.....i absolutely love those cars.
    Remember, i'm basically a Ford guy...........................help, i've got Corvair fever !!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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  23. anthony myrick
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  24. Ericnova72
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    That's kinda cool....shades of street-going Competition Coupe vibe.
     
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  25. 61SuperMonza
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    Here's a couple of pics of my supermonza 20190331_213856.jpg 20190430_194702.jpg
     
  26. loudbang
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    Not my cup of tea

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  27. 61SuperMonza
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  28. 61SuperMonza
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    I saw a short YouTube video of a bitchin 64 Corvair.
    This car is a tribute to the Bill Thomas competition coupe. Race #362.
    The video is of the car at Daytona on the road coarse. 7200RPM ON THE SUPER SPEEDWAY SECTION. it's all shot from in the car.
    What sweet sounds a race prepped pancake 6 makes. I saw the video on Corvair Center. Should of attached a link.
    If you get a chance check it out.
    ITS SWEET!!!
     
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  29. SAM3 Customs
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  30. 61SuperMonza
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    That's great, thanks for doing that. I'm sure other will enjoy it as well.
     
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