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Re: What's the most creative way you brought your Corvair home?
Posted by: MtnVairMike ()
Date: February 12, 2021 01:01PM

Let me see...

From Maggie Valley, NC Vairs In the Valley Show to Black Mountain, NC via Greenville, NC courtesy of fellow forum member Skizz.

Mike



1966 Monza Convertible, 140HP-4 speed, Ermine White

Others in the menagerie...
72 Corvette Stingray, 58K miles, owned since 86
72 MGB, 112K miles, bought from original owner in 09
78 Chevy pickup, 124K miles, bought new in 78
93 Corvette, LT1/6spd, 210K miles, daily driver since 96



Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 02/12/2021 01:07PM by MtnVairMike.

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Re: What's the most creative way you brought your Corvair home?
Posted by: WhenIm64 ()
Date: February 12, 2021 03:01PM

This will almost be a confession...

In the mid-1970s I bought a customized Lakewood from CCE member Ray Johnson. I flew from New Jersey to Chicago. The Lakewood was painted a Corvette color called "steel city grey," very attractive and with a hint of green to it.

So I took with me the license plates, registration and insurance card for my 1964 Greenbrier. The documents listed the van as "station wagon" and the color, which was turquoise, as "green."

I put the license plates on the Lakewood, put the documents in the glove compartment, and drove back to New Jersey.

Shortly after crossing the Delaware River into NJ, a State Trooper pulled me over. He had observed that there was no NJ State inspection sticker on the windshield. I admitted sheepishly that I hadn't gotten around to having the car inspected, he wrote a ticket for failure to inspect, and sent me on my way.

The fine for the ticket was $10. I paid it happily. I thought ten dollars was a very reasonable fee for driving an unlicensed and uninsured car 800+ miles.

Had the trooper been a guy who knew that there was no such thing as a 1964 Lakewood, and checked my documents against the car's VIN, well, I would have been in for consequences far greater than a $10 fine.

--Anon smiling smiley

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Re: What's the most creative way you brought your Corvair home?
Posted by: AZ Troy ()
Date: February 13, 2021 04:24PM

Wagon Master Wrote:
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> OverHaulin





That is a very nice looking black convertible sir.


I would like one just like it.





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Troy G. / Scottsdale Arizona

'65 140 Corsa Coupe
'66 180 Corsa Coupe - Crown Converted in the '60's



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Re: What's the most creative way you brought your Corvair home?
Posted by: thumper477 ()
Date: February 16, 2021 04:53AM

Way back in 1971 I bought a 1963 Corvan at an auction of surplus vehicles.My high bid was 51.00.It was a Bell Telephone display van with windows on the right side and bins and a workbench on the left.80 hp/pg.I was working in a Mobil station in Schenectady ny at the time and the van was in Albany ny about 20 miles away.I asked my boss to help me get it to the shop and he said he could do it after work.He backed up his 4x4 dodge power wagon to my van and hooked a chain to it.We proceeded down the road to bring it back.He was in a hurry as it was bowling league night and he was anxious to get to the alley so he could get drunk(a common occurence for him).After about a mile I had used up the drum brakes trying to slow him down and the rest of the ride was sheer terror for me.I thought for sure that I was going to die in a folded up Corvan.Somehow we made it back ok.My boss was laughing when he got out of his truck and I proceeded to call him
every 4 letter word I could think of.He just laughed it off.

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Re: What's the most creative way you brought your Corvair home?
Posted by: isucorvair ()
Date: February 16, 2021 10:26AM

What about one that just showed up in your driveway, unannounced, and was left?

Happened to me. 63 Greenbrier. I knew someone that was going to buy a Rampside, that came with a parts van. They were going to leave the parts van, as they didn't want it - so I asked if the windshield was good, and if they could bring me the windshield.....it wasnt installed totally.

Well...several days later, I get home from dinner with my wife, and in the middle of the drive is the entire van, on 4 flat tires, blocking the garage, non-running.


Eric

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Re: What's the most creative way you brought your Corvair home?
Date: February 16, 2021 08:29PM

cnicol Wrote:
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> In the mid '70s when I worked at the Chevy dealer, a '66 came into our body shop with the right front smashed and lifted at least two feet. An obvious total loss but it only had 42k miles, 110/PG and a very nice blue interior. I bought it from the insurance company.
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> It ran fine aside from a little dog-tracking and no front lights so I decided to drive it home, a distance of maybe 10 miles. Dusk was approaching as I neared my home and really, I should have had my lights on but alas, there were no front lights.
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> A cop pulled me over. The first thing out of my mouth: "Boy am I glad to see you! I'm trying to drive this POS home and it's getting dark. Would you mind escorting me?" After the shock wore off he asked how far. It was only half a mile, maybe even less. He said "sure" and off we went!

Ha - Ha - Ha - !!!

Craig - "the Salesman"

Now - what about "the rest of the story" Did he write you a $200 ticket for all the violations?? or did he shake your hand and say - "you are going to be president some day....."

Which, of course your ARE!! smoking smiley


Dan Davis ~ Pierce County, WA ~ CORSA Western Director + Corvairs NW + North Cascades Corvairs + Corvanatics
1966 Corsa Turbo coupe ~ ~ 1966 Corsa 140 Coupe ~ ~ 1965 Monza 140/4 Convertible Sierra Tan/Fawn ~ 1964 Monza Spyder Convertible ~ 1960 Monza Ermine White/Red PG ++ ~ 1965 Monza 140/4 CoupeEvening Orchid w/ ivory/black interior ~ 1962 Monza Wagon 102/4 ~ 1963 Rampside/Scamper ~ 1963 Red/Greenbrier ~ 1969 Ultra Van #468

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Re: What's the most creative way you brought your Corvair home?
Posted by: Jim Stukenborg ()
Date: February 17, 2021 09:43AM

Some years ago I just read the story about the fellow who answered an ad for a 1953 Chevy at a low price. The car turned out to be 1953 Corvette. The next day I saw this ad for a 1966 Corvair convertible for $250 so I took a look at it maybe expecting a diamond in the rough. It wasn't a diamond, it was just rough. But it was a 66 Monza convertible with a 140. I offered the owner $150 not expecting him to take it. He said Ok and I felt foolish to say I was only kidding so I bought it. No brakes, so how am I going to get it home. I only had an adjustable wrench with me and the only brake fitting I could get to was the fitting at the master cylinder. Open that and bleed a little fluid and darn if I didn't have a brake pedal. Drove it home. The engine ran nicely. Left front wheel had about 5-10 degrees of negative chamber because of a rusty front suspension but it got me the 10 miles home. Drove that car for three years after I replaced the front cross member and really enjoyed it. It had rusty floors but it turned out to have the best Corvair 140 engine of any of my Corvairs. Jim

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Re: What's the most creative way you brought your Corvair home?
Posted by: MonzaDave ()
Date: February 17, 2021 01:44PM

The car was a 1966 Corvair Monza convertible with PG and a 110 hp engine. This particular car was somewhat unusual in that it came with factory air conditioning.

I purchased the car in 1988 from a gentleman in Cleveland. It had approximately 29,000 miles at the time and was completely original (it even had the original exhaust system!). The paint was old and the body had collected its share of door dings and minor blemishes, and the white top and upholstery had yellowed from the sun -- but the car was solid with no rust and ran great.

The owner had acquired the car from his mother in Kansas City who had, in turn, gotten it from a "Corvair collector". It seems that she had taken care of the collector when he became seriously ill, and she inherited the car after his death. The car sat in her garage for several years until her son purchased it and drove it to Cleveland. Then it went into storage again for several more years.

So, here I am in Cleveland looking at (what was then) a 22 year old car that had been in storage for the last ten years or more. I had stopped in Cleveland on my way back from a business trip to New York specifically to look at the car, so I was somewhat ill-prepared to conduct a comprehensive evaluation. After driving the car and inspecting it as best I could in business clothes, I decided I wanted it -- it just seemed right. Unfortunately, the car was in Cleveland and I lived in Rochester, Minnesota. Prudence dictated that I fly back to Rochester and return with my pickup and a car trailer.

But prudence and I have little in common. The seller was willing to accept a personal check (he held the title until the check cleared) and I was willing to start off on an 800 mile trip in a old car that hadn't been driven for a loooong time. So, after a stop at a quick oil change place, I headed out of town.

At first I tried to keep my speed down around 60, but the car was running great and as I rolled across the Ohio and Indiana turnpikes, it kept creeping up. By the time I hit the Chicago area, I was cruising along at 70. But anyone who's driven the interstates around Chicago knows that 70 isn't nearly fast enough! Fortunately, the old car was good for 80+ and we cleared Chicago without incident. I guess that prudence doesn't always rule because we made Rochester with no problems (not even from the old bias ply tires).

Dave Keillor
Rochester, MN

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Re: What's the most creative way you brought your Corvair home?
Posted by: Dave Decker ()
Date: February 17, 2021 04:16PM

I brought my V8 car home; me sitting on the engine lid with my feet on my buddies bumper and another guy steering operating the e-brake. I believe Darwin was on his lunch break ;-)

Dave, Kamloops, B.C. '65Crown V8, 2009 Tacoma

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Re: What's the most creative way you brought your Corvair home?
Posted by: Ray W ()
Date: February 18, 2021 06:46PM

I made this post here 14 years ago describing how my son and I brought our newly purchased 66 500 coupe home from the the seller.

Still have the car. It's been sitting for years with the engine in pieces but I intend to have it running again this summer!

Bringing it Home

Ray W

Minneapolis
66 Coupe 95/4spd

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Re: What's the most creative way you brought your Corvair home?
Posted by: thumper477 ()
Date: February 19, 2021 11:54AM

The throttle linkage inside the tunnel broke on My 62 monza wagon many years ago.It was cold and dark and we were 10 miles away from home.I took my shoe laces off and tied them together and attached one end to the throttle lever on the engine.With the engine lid propped up it was easy for my 8 year old son to sit in the back seat and modulate the throttle with the shoelaces at my command.We made it home easily.

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Re: What's the most creative way you brought your Corvair home?
Posted by: thumper477 ()
Date: February 19, 2021 12:04PM

Another time long ago my 1964 greenbrier loaded with corvair parts quit on the nys thruway on the way to a NJACE spring garage sale.We coasted into a rest area and I diagnosed a no spark condition.I found some scrap wire and put direct battery power to the plus side of the coil and it started right up.I needed a way to start it and shut it off so I wired the coil positive to the tag light power so I could power up the coil with the parking lights.Made to to the swap meet and back home to Albany ny without a problem and the points did not burn out from being run on 12 volts.

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Re: What's the most creative way you brought your Corvair home?
Posted by: Gatorfly ()
Date: February 20, 2021 08:37PM

thumper477 Wrote:
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> Another time long ago my 1964 greenbrier loaded with corvair parts quit on the nys thruway on the way to a NJACE spring garage sale.We coasted into a rest area and I diagnosed a no spark condition.I found some scrap wire and put direct battery power to the plus side of the coil and it started right up.I needed a way to start it and shut it off so I wired the coil positive to the tag light power so I could power up the coil with the parking lights.Made to to the swap meet and back home to Albany ny without a problem and the points did not burn out from being run on 12 volts.

I have some great memories driving the NYS Thruway, especially during the fall when the leaves are changing. Many of those memorable drives were in a Corvair smiling smiley

San Juan Islands, WA

1965 Monza Coupe 110/4 Evening Orchid/Black (2nd Owner)
1966 Corsa Coupe 180/4 Marina Blue/Blue

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Re: What's the most creative way you brought your Corvair home?
Posted by: JimBrandberg ()
Date: February 21, 2021 05:21AM

I got 4 free Corvairs for parts from a guy about 4 miles away. I got air in the tires or changed them so they would roll. I enlisted the help of my 15 year old son and dragged them home with an old Suburban and a chain. I told him if he couldn't stop to just run into the Suburban.
With a white 64 coupe I rolled the window down and cleared a small spot on the windshield through a mossy green substance that shows up around oak trees. While underway he was able to wave hello to another student in his Drivers Training class.
I should mention that we live in a rural area and took it slow.
That kid is closer to 40 than 30 now.

Jim Brandberg
Isanti, MN
CorvairRepair.com



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Re: What's the most creative way you brought your Corvair home?
Posted by: Early Guy ()
Date: February 27, 2021 09:09PM

Great story --Anon you never shared that with me. What ever happened to that Lakewood? I have a got it home story involving a Corvair. In 69 or 70 an army buddy of mine was giving away a 57 Chevy which had been sitting outside with all the glass busted, out and no drivetrain, for over a year. the car was in Southwest Missouri I was in Chicago about 600 miles away. All I had to tow it with was my 69 Monza. I installed a bumper hitch, loaded up my tow bar and 4 decent wheels/tires and drove to Missouri. We hitched up the Chevy which even without an engine/trans weighed more than the Corvair.I was somewhere north of Springfield IL when a state trooper pulled me over.I rolled down the window and asked what the problem was. The trooper said you weren't doing anything wrong,I just couldn't believe what I was seeing, and had to see who would do that.The Corvair got the 57 home with no issues. A couple weeks later I had to do a clutch job.


Ray Johnson Villa Park IL 63 Spyder Conv. 140 EFI

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