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New Corvair owner, first restoration on anything
Posted by: cochranrg ()
Date: April 01, 2019 07:31AM

Picked up a '66 Corvair Corsa Convertible for cheap. Owner had started resto, but ran out of steam. Engine is rebuilt, many parts came with it including new top, interior panels, all trim, rocker panels, etc. He tore it all down and now I have to build it back up. A lot harder when you didn't tear it down! Just got rebuilt carbs back. After I get some parts to complete the exhaust and some other minor engine stuff I may be able to start this beast. Interior is out at the upholsterer. First build ever, probably gonna take me quite a while...

Am working on the carbs now, trying to get them all attached and setup properly. Any pictures of detailed carb installation would be greatly appreciated as I don't know how these came out or how they looked before removal.

Rob Cochran






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Re: New Corvair owner, first restoration on anything
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: April 01, 2019 07:39AM

Welcome to the CCF! Tell us where you are! Parts may be nearby.

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Re: New Corvair owner, first restoration on anything
Posted by: steve c goodman ()
Date: April 01, 2019 07:41AM

Welcome to the forum. Judging from the
snow around the car you aren't in LA.

You should divulge your location, a
reader here may be close to you for
help. Also see if a local club is near
you, if so join immediately. Club folks
are always ready to help. There may be
a Corvair shop near you too for parts
and advice. Join CORSA the national club
too: www.corvair.org support the
organization that supports us.

Best place for pictures and instructions
is the shop manual. Much is here also
in the FAQ but most questions are answered
by reading the shop manual.

Good luck with your project.

best wishes, Steve
Rear Engine Spec. Inc. Golden, Colo.

1962 spyder 3.0L turbo---1965 Crown V8
1967 monza 110/4---1968 monza 110/4
1971 amante gt 110/4
CORSA/RMC/PPCC

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Re: New Corvair owner, first restoration on anything
Posted by: cochranrg ()
Date: April 01, 2019 07:45AM

I'm in Bennett Colorado.

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Re: New Corvair owner, first restoration on anything
Posted by: steve c goodman ()
Date: April 01, 2019 07:51AM

The local club visited Bennett in the fall
last year for quick show and lunch.

Look at www.rockymountaincorsa.org for
local club news. Meeting is this Friday
night in Englewood.

Oh, I am nearby too. 303.278.4889

EDIT to add: see I knew you were not in the
LA area! ggg

best wishes, Steve
Rear Engine Spec. Inc. Golden, Colo.

1962 spyder 3.0L turbo---1965 Crown V8
1967 monza 110/4---1968 monza 110/4
1971 amante gt 110/4
CORSA/RMC/PPCC



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/01/2019 07:52AM by steve c goodman.

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Re: New Corvair owner, first restoration on anything
Posted by: cochranrg ()
Date: April 01, 2019 08:22AM

Thanks Steve, good to know there's others in the area! Enjoying this build as it gives me something to do during the day. I have to stay home to care for my wife and don't get out at all. This beats the boredom!

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Re: New Corvair owner, first restoration on anything
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: April 01, 2019 08:28AM

WELCOME!!!

From the sunny California Central Coast.

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Re: New Corvair owner, first restoration on anything
Posted by: 65 Corsa Vert ()
Date: April 01, 2019 08:50AM

Welcome to the Corvair scene. I have a matching 65 to yours. White on white with a black dash. Hope you enjoy it. They are fun to drive.

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Re: New Corvair owner, first restoration on anything
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: April 01, 2019 09:57AM

WELCOME TO CCF ! ! !
White convertibles with Rallye Wheels rule ! grinning smiley

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WA. state, 1 mile south of the Canadian border,
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'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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non-vair
'04 Dodge Cummins Quad Dualy, approaching 400K
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Re: New Corvair owner, first restoration on anything
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: April 01, 2019 10:24AM

Per your original picture request...assuming you have a four carburetor 140HP motor.

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Re: New Corvair owner, first restoration on anything
Posted by: RKF ()
Date: April 01, 2019 11:32AM

I know it's a wild guess but I'm guessing you didn't drive or push your car up onto those ramps. Right?

Knoxville TN

1962 Corvair Rampside
1963 Corvair Spyder Convertible (project)
1966 Corvair Monza Convertible
1918 Overland Touring Car


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Re: New Corvair owner, first restoration on anything
Posted by: Caraholic4life ()
Date: April 01, 2019 12:46PM

cochranrg Wrote:
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> Picked up a '66 Corvair Corsa Convertible for
> cheap. Owner had started resto, but ran out of
> steam. Engine is rebuilt, many parts came with it
> including new top, interior panels, all trim,
> rocker panels, etc. He tore it all down and now I
> have to build it back up. A lot harder when you
> didn't tear it down! Just got rebuilt carbs back.
> After I get some parts to complete the exhaust
> and some other minor engine stuff I may be able to
> start this beast. Interior is out at the
> upholsterer. First build ever, probably gonna
> take me quite a while...
>
> Am working on the carbs now, trying to get them
> all attached and setup properly. Any pictures of
> detailed carb installation would be greatly
> appreciated as I don't know how these came out or
> how they looked before removal.
>
> Rob Cochran
>

As mentioned in another thread....
"Bought car completely disassembled and trying to figure out how to put back together."

[www.corvair.com]

For $16.00 it is possible to purchase an "Assembly Manual" for your 1966 Corvair from Clark's Corvair.

Their part number is C7316 and it is found on page 243B.

Look at page 243B and it has a comprehensive list of what the manual includes as well as what it does not include.
IF you happen to be unfamiliar enough with Corvair's that prior experience isn't enough, these manuals should be worth their weight in gold.
I started taking apart and reassembling Corvair's back in 1973 but have not done much with them since 1999 until this past summer.
For that reason, I bought an assembly manual for the 1965 basket case I am currently working on. Even if I don't need it, I am glad to have it...just in case.

1962 95 F.C. Van
1965 Monza Coupe
Westminster, Maryland

MID ENG enthusiast &
prior Kelmark owner.

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Re: New Corvair owner, first restoration on anything
Posted by: Timothy Shortle ()
Date: April 01, 2019 03:21PM

I love it! If possible come to our Tri State Meet next month in Alamosa Colorado.
As Steve points out our RMC meeting is the first Friday of each month on S. Broadway Ave. at John Elway Chevrolet. And finally our national convention this year is in Chicago. We will be driving our Corvair there from Durango. You will get loads from help from club members. More so if you join up.

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Re: New Corvair owner, first restoration on anything
Posted by: RexJohnson ()
Date: April 01, 2019 05:21PM

It looks like there is a quick shift kit under the Corsa shift boot.

RJ tools
Salem,Oregon

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Re: New Corvair owner, first restoration on anything
Posted by: 67 airvair ()
Date: April 02, 2019 05:14AM

Best thing to do since this is your first resto is to stock up on tech literature. As pointed out, the factory assembly manual is a good place to start, as it tells you everything that Chevrolet did to the Fisher Body assembled body. There is also a Fisher Body manual that covers a lot of their activities on the body, and various accessory installation instructions for any options.

I'd also visit any place that has parts cars. Not too many 'vairs in salvage yards these days, though. Also go to car shows and look around, especially on obviously stock original cars. And take pictures! Lots of pictures. And don't be shy about asking questions of other Corvair people. Most of us are very willing to assist and educate.

And occasionally remind yourself that the Corvair is one of the easiest cars to restore, as their assembly is relatively simple and parts are readily available. And above all, realize that you're doing it because you love either the work or the car, or both, as you'll never get rich restoring a Corvair for resale. The only way to do that is if you're restoring someone else's car!

-Mark

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Re: New Corvair owner, first restoration on anything
Posted by: geomuck ()
Date: April 07, 2019 08:19PM

Welcome! I too am a Colorado native with minor wrenching experience, and the local club has been so helpful and encouraging. Do reach out as needed to keep both your project and spirits alive. Best of luck!

<b>George Murnock
1967 Corvair Monza convertible 140/4, owned since August 2013
Near Boulder, Colorado</b>

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Re: New Corvair owner, first restoration on anything
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: April 09, 2019 05:00PM

I want to see you drive it off those ramps.

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

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Re: New Corvair owner, first restoration on anything
Posted by: vaporloc ()
Date: April 12, 2019 01:22PM

Hi Rob. When I first look at or buy a late model vair, one of the first things I do is lye on my back inside of the car, turn on my flashlight and look up under the dash above the glove compartment and gauges, in the corners.
To see if it is rotted out from water leaking around the windshield. Looks like a nice project. Jerry

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