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Hit my head getting into EM Coupe.
Posted by: Murphy ()
Date: March 11, 2019 07:23AM

LOL, don't tell me to Duck my head !!

I'm only 5ft-11in tall. If I'm not careful, I bump my head getting into my EM Coupe, then mutter a bad word.

Do any of you have this problem? The front seats were recovered, is it possible there is too much padding in the seat?

I'm just curious if anyone else has this problem. There probably people a lot taller than me getting into these cars!

65 Monza Coupe
61 500 Coupe-W100181
Earliest '61?

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Re: Hit my head getting into EM Coupe.
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: March 11, 2019 07:33AM

Welcome to the head bump club.

Did you hit the hardest part?

Don't buy a Forward Control.

Guaranteed head bumper.

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Re: Hit my head getting into EM Coupe.
Posted by: billh1963 ()
Date: March 11, 2019 07:36AM

I’ve been driving sports cars for so long now I automatically “fold in half” when I get into any car....except my f350 flatbed which I climb up to.

I haven’t head my head getting into an EM or a LM.....yet smiling smiley

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1964 Monza Spyder
1964 Monza Coupe
1965 Canadian Monza 140 (Corsa Clone)
1965 Corsa 140
1969 Monza 110-PG
Right in the middle of South Carolina

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Re: Hit my head getting into EM Coupe.
Posted by: MoxyRamone ()
Date: March 11, 2019 07:53AM

Cracking your skull on an EM convertible top frame is no picnic either. At least I can put the top down and remove the danger.

John Carver
Simpsonville, South Carolina

1964 Monza Convertible


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Re: Hit my head getting into EM Coupe.
Posted by: toms73novass ()
Date: March 11, 2019 08:08AM

MoxyRamone Wrote:
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> Cracking your skull on an EM convertible top frame
> is no picnic either. At least I can put the top
> down and remove the danger.


Me x2

-Tom


63' Monza Spyder Convertable (in process) MY Build Thread
65' Monza MY Build Thread
73' NovaSS 454 Big block
86' BMW 325es
98' Dodge 2500 12v Cummins Diesel with 1200 lb torque!
98' VW Jetta TDI, for daughter
01' Audi Allroad Stage 3 twin turbo

NFCC
Grand Island, NY

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Re: Hit my head getting into EM Coupe.
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: March 11, 2019 08:28AM

The only thing worse than an EM coupe is an EM convertible. The FC truck is right in there too.

Up until the mid/late '50s, men wore Fedora-style hats while driving.

Chrysler president K.T. Keller famously insisted that all their products had to accommodate hat-wearing passengers.

Raymond Lowey broke that tradition with the '53 Studebaker Starliner; arguably the first volume production 2-dr sedan with a low roof. Chevrolet followed suit with the low-roof Corvair in '60. So... blame Raymond Lowey! grinning smiley

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
60 Monza coupe (sold, sniff sniff)
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
2+2 gnatsuM 5691

+17 Tons of parts

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Re: Hit my head getting into EM Coupe.
Posted by: moomba32 ()
Date: March 11, 2019 08:35AM

The vert is easy most of the time, top stays down 9 months of the year.

Don Marlowe
66 Monza 2Dr 140/pg
64 Spyder convertible now, 110/pg
Eutawville SC

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Re: Hit my head getting into EM Coupe.
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: March 11, 2019 08:40AM

Murphy.... time to lower your seats... put them where YOU want them and bolt solid.

Tracks unbolt easily.

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..............................110-PG.................................................Webered-Turbo

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Re: Hit my head getting into EM Coupe.
Posted by: Murphy ()
Date: March 11, 2019 09:57AM

Matt, in the FAQ's?

65 Monza Coupe
61 500 Coupe-W100181
Earliest '61?




Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 03/11/2019 11:21AM by MattNall.

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Re: Hit my head getting into EM Coupe.
Posted by: Murphy ()
Date: March 11, 2019 10:01AM

Phil Dally Wrote:
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> Welcome to the head bump club.
>
> Did you hit the hardest part?
>
> Don't buy a Forward Control.
>
> Guaranteed head bumper.

Hardest part you ask? I wouldn't have it any other way.

65 Monza Coupe
61 500 Coupe-W100181
Earliest '61?

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Re: Hit my head getting into EM Coupe.
Date: March 11, 2019 10:05AM

You gotta waddle backwards in the position to release a number 2 and fall into the seat. Then position yourself accordingly.

1961 Corvair 700 Sedan - 3sp - Gasoline Heat - Lowered a bit - Rust in Progress
I live my life 19.5 seconds at a time.


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Re: Hit my head getting into EM Coupe.
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: March 11, 2019 10:11AM

I worry about poking my eye on LM vent window frames but I never have.
I never hit my head on even my EM convertibles until recently. I think it's an age thing. I'm not getting any taller. Barely 6'.

Joel
Northlake, TX
4 Ultravans, Lost count at 100 Corvairs...

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Re: Hit my head getting into EM Coupe.
Posted by: JimBrandberg ()
Date: March 11, 2019 11:15AM

I think I put my right leg in first and my left leg in last. Usually I put my right foot over past the shifter or my head won't go inside. I'm not sure how my right foot is related to getting my head inside. I'll try to think about it next time.
I don't crack my head, the problem seems to be it won't go over to the side towards my left shoulder enough. Maybe a lean to the right would be better.

Squatting my ass in first sounds a little strange but I guess I can't knock it until I've tried it.
I know from another thread that the ass squatter is a relatively young man so I would assume somewhat nimble and/or spry.

Now that I think about it a different method may very well be called for. Second nature might take a while.

Jim Brandberg
Isanti, MN
CorvairRepair.com



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Re: Hit my head getting into EM Coupe.
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: March 11, 2019 11:22AM

Murphy Wrote:
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> Matt, in the FAQ's?

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Nope.. not asked often! ggg

I would unbolt the tracks..

Bolt tracks in car.... with flat board on top.

Measure and determine how low you can go.

Buy 1/2"x 1/8" aluminum strap 24" long..... Easily bends for trial fitting.

When you've got it formed....

Buy 1/4" x 3/4" Steel strap and bend / drill

no need for heat...but even a propane torch will make it easier..

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Sea Mountain, between Charleston Harbor and Coos Bay! SW Oregon Coast
Click HERE for My Website...Click HERE for My TechPages!
..............................110-PG.................................................Webered-Turbo

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Re: Hit my head getting into EM Coupe.
Posted by: corventure Dave ()
Date: March 11, 2019 12:29PM

After driving Corvairs for decades, and my Greenbrier for almost 40 years... all I can say is.... one gets used to the clearance. And also... stop driving modern cars that have adequate head room!!!!grinning smileygrinning smileygrinning smiley It gets you out of practice!eye popping smiley

Corventure Dave

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Re: Hit my head getting into EM Coupe.
Posted by: larry202br ()
Date: March 11, 2019 01:32PM

The average height of an American male in 1960 was 5'8". so, 3 inches shorter makes a big difference!

1961 rampside with a 65 / 67 110 engine, car four speed.
1965 convertible
1966 Custom two door/four door

KC0SKX
Olathe, ks
HACOA

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Re: Hit my head getting into EM Coupe.
Posted by: Murphy ()
Date: March 11, 2019 06:56PM

I'm glad it not just me.grinning smiley Some good ideas on how to contort into A Corvair.

Unauthorizedservicetech, I think the idea of sitting down first may be doable for me. I just have to remember in this instance not to drop my pants before I sit.

65 Monza Coupe
61 500 Coupe-W100181
Earliest '61?

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Re: Hit my head getting into EM Coupe.
Date: March 12, 2019 05:33AM

Murphy Wrote:
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> I'm glad it not just me.grinning smiley Some good ideas on how
> to contort into A Corvair.
>
> Unauthorizedservicetech, I think the idea of
> sitting down first may be doable for me. I just
> have to remember in this instance not to drop my
> pants before I sit.


lol yeah. It comes off like a joke but I was 100% serious. I always feel like a goof getting in and out of my 61 in front of people.

1961 Corvair 700 Sedan - 3sp - Gasoline Heat - Lowered a bit - Rust in Progress
I live my life 19.5 seconds at a time.


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Re: Hit my head getting into EM Coupe.
Posted by: detroitdude ()
Date: March 14, 2019 02:31AM

I've had mostly late model
corvairs and a couple early
models, at 6'5" I've had a
few blows to my head. All those
bumps you would think it
would of knock some sense
into me. I think the convertible
is the worst. Ouch !

Dan Dood
69 Monza Convertible
66 500 Coupe

Detroit, Michigan

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Re: Hit my head getting into EM Coupe.
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: March 14, 2019 06:34PM

Must agree with Dan.
After extended periods of driving the Coupe, I usually hit my head the first time I use the Vert.
They are definitely different.
I don't remember ever hitting my head on my EM's though.

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WA. state, 1 mile south of the Canadian border,
I am not at the end of the world, but you can see it from here.
'66 Monza Coupe - 4spd, 140 Daily driver beater
'67 Monza Vert. - PG, 140 Daily driver beater
'67 A/C Moredoor Monza - 140 4-spd. driver

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