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What's the most creative way you brought your Corvair home?
Posted by: Gatorfly ()
Date: February 10, 2021 06:11PM

I've trailered some, pushed some, pulled some, drove some, and even brought a parted out 63 Spyder home in barrels once, but this one pictured below wins hands down! Gives new meaning to a Piggy Back Ride eye popping smiley

The picture has probably made the rounds already but just in case you didn't catch it here it is again grinning 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: MattNall ()
Date: February 10, 2021 06:34PM

posted last week by Motohead!! GG

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Re: What's the most creative way you brought your Corvair home?
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: February 10, 2021 06:49PM

Yes we already determined that was me before I got my car hauler.

Joel
Northlake, TX
5 Ultravans, 114 Corvairs and counting...

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Re: What's the most creative way you brought your Corvair home?
Posted by: The Stig ()
Date: February 10, 2021 07:02PM

My friend Cary sent me this the other day. Pic on an old phone.

This was one of the craziest pickups we had. Bad part of town. We showed up to get this car near twilight. House it was at had burned in a fire. Car was booby trapped.

Had been sitting so long the wheels were rusted to the hubs. While we were digging it out the folks built a trash can fire to keep us warm.

We had brought spares but could not get the last wheel off. Finally we gave up and towed it on the flat for a while with the lug nuts loosened until it broke free. Finally did on a cruiser ave. We raced as fast as we could to change it.
Ultimately the car was too far gone to save. However its low mileage engine has been in several of my cars. Currently its in my '64 rampside.


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Re: What's the most creative way you brought your Corvair home?
Posted by: Gatorfly ()
Date: February 10, 2021 07:52PM

MattNall Wrote:
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> posted last week by Motohead!! GG


I figured someone probably had already beat me too it grinning 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: 63turbo ()
Date: February 10, 2021 08:45PM

Both my Corvairs, when I brought them home... I started them and drove them home.
For one of those (the driver I have now) the adventure was... I had to go down to the Kirkland area to help work on it, and my pile of crap 84 Ford escort gave me trouble all the way down, and crapped out on the way home. It left me stranded, I had to walk a couple miles to a gas station, call a tow truck and have it towed into a hotel, so I had a place to sleep, having missed the last ferry. The next morning I go and walk to a car parts place and bought some tools to see if I couldnt fix that damn thing, and of course that didnt work. The hotel manager didnt really want me working on the car out in the parking lot (understandably)
I said " I promise, I will have this thing out by noon. Noon was only an hour away, so he said "fair enough". Noon came around, and the flatbed trailer came by
and took that damn thing to the junkyard which was almost right next door to the hotel! I discovered it had suffered a blown head gasket. I rented a car for the next week, the Corvair was ready to go by then, my friend drove up to meet me at the rental place to return the car, and I got to drive my "new" Spyder home!!
Without trying it out first!! Its been my main driver ever since!

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Kevin Nash
Friday Harbor Washington
63 Spyder, Daily driver, EFI read about my project here: [corvaircenter.com]
first test start on EFI here:[www.youtube.com]
first official EFI boost test here:[www.youtube.com]
My new fan! [corvaircenter.com]
engine less 62 Spyder
Canadian 64 Monza Parts car



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Re: What's the most creative way you brought your Corvair home?
Posted by: RobertC ()
Date: February 10, 2021 11:35PM

Not very creative - just desperate.

Corvair died on the way home from a vacation (approx 250 miles from home).

Cannot remember all the rules / regulations, but I ended up with a 16 foot box truck to tow a car trailer. It was what was available - versus the daily fee at the tow yard.

Did learn (reinforced) one thing: why semi truck drivers do not drive in the slow lane on multi lane city freeways:

All the idiots that merge onto the freeway at 40 mph.

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Re: What's the most creative way you brought your Corvair home?
Posted by: SkidRo ()
Date: February 11, 2021 06:50AM

Three episodes.

One one occasion after installing new points, plugs,... the wife and I went to meet a few other Corvair owners for a drive through Virginia wine country. Even before we left our house the car ran like crap - like it was running on a few cylinders. The Corvair guys couldn't figure out the issue either although it was something that I did as it ran fine prior to my tune-up. Once I got back home I put my dwell meter back on it and discovered that I doubled up the reading for an eight cylinder although my meter has a 6 cylinder reading. My dwell was so far off I was surprised he car ran at all.

The next time I had switched to a Pertronix set up. Coming back from a Corvair tech meeting along the DC beltway the car started losing power. I managed to get off the beltway and onto side roads where I limped home. It was actually running worst than the dwell issue above. Instinct took me to the distributor and, sure enough, one of the magnets in the pickup flew out and was stuck to the side of the distributor. Back in with the stock dizzy.

The last time (and hopefully the last time), while at another Corvair meeting, I started the car but it started funny. I manages to get 30 feet and it died. I knew right away that the Stinger failed. I had to flat bed it. There's nothing like riding in a tow truck in August in DC on the beltway and the driver didn't have the AC on.

In regard to the Stinger, new instructions have come out on the wiring. Apparently, running all the power to the coil and then to the dizzy causes the electronics to fry. I have not installed it in the Corsa yet but I may give it another shot in that or the Rampside. I actually have confidence in it. Plus, the Corsa ran like a bat out of hell with it.

While I had to have it towed once, it is really hard to keep a Corvair from making it home on it's own power even if it is diminished.

Rory
66 Corsa
63 Rampside
Silver Spring, MD

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Re: What's the most creative way you brought your Corvair home?
Posted by: Wagon Master ()
Date: February 11, 2021 06:52AM

OverHaulin

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Re: What's the most creative way you brought your Corvair home?
Posted by: Wagon Master ()
Date: February 11, 2021 06:58AM

Last one

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Re: What's the most creative way you brought your Corvair home?
Posted by: playerpage ()
Date: February 11, 2021 08:20AM

Now I want to know what a Stinger is.

I bought my first this-is-my-own-money Corvair in Graduate school. It was a red LM Monza (not quite sure now if it was a 65 or 67) that needed everything including a running motor. It cost me $500 (in 2007) and I rolled it onto a trailer but quickly realized I could not afford what it would take to get it running. I flipped it for a 66 500 for $1500. I was the second owner and it was a beauty that ran "showroom new." Being young(er) and stupid(er) I painted it black thinking that was better.

A few months later a 19-year-old kid riding in his socks in a rainstorm rear-ended me at 2 in the morning. Destroyed the cars but we both were fine. THAT became my most creative get-the-car-home ride, as the engine mount had dropped the whole setup, but it wasn't dragging on the ground so I drove it home, and for another month afterwards to get to school. Powerglides are amazing. I like the actual experience of driving a 4-speed, but I have nothing but respect for those automatics.

I flipped what was left of the 500 for a 65 Monza.

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Eric C. Player
MEMBER: CORSA National, Central Coast CORSA, South Coast CORSA, Vintage CORSA, Sfba CORSA, and the San Joaquin Valley Corvair Club.
RESIDENT: Porterville, California and Fargo, North Dakota
THEN:
1965 Monza 110, Canary Yellow
1965 Corsa 180 Turbo, Red
1966 Monza 110, Purple
1967 Monza 140, Red
1966 500 110, Black; nicknamed "Shadow"
1965 Monza 110, Camaro Yellow; nicknamed "Silver"
NOW:
1966 Corsa 180 Turbo, Blue; nicknamed "Bluvair"

"He cautioned me not to take notes. It would not have helped if I had, as he would start a paragraph with, 'It is therefore obvious. . .'
and go on from there to matters which may have been obvious to him and God but to no one else."
-- Robert A. Heinlein, character of Daniel B. Davis, 'The Door Into Summer.'

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Re: What's the most creative way you brought your Corvair home?
Posted by: SkidRo ()
Date: February 11, 2021 09:17AM

@playerpage

It is an all inclusive electronic ignition. My specific model is no longer produced. The newer units require an external electronics. Check out the site below for complete details.

[www.perfvair.com]

Rory
66 Corsa
63 Rampside
Silver Spring, MD

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Re: What's the most creative way you brought your Corvair home?
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: February 11, 2021 09:30AM

They are still being made but Seth no longer sells them.

Joel
Northlake, TX
5 Ultravans, 114 Corvairs and counting...

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Re: What's the most creative way you brought your Corvair home?
Posted by: playerpage ()
Date: February 11, 2021 11:39AM

@SkidRo Thanks!

Gonna keep that link.

How different would a car with a Stinger run if it were currently running a Petronix with an external 6a box?

EP

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Re: What's the most creative way you brought your Corvair home?
Posted by: SkidRo ()
Date: February 11, 2021 12:03PM

@playerpage

I think the Petronix was okay but it didn't last very long at all so I can't give a detailed review. I tried fixing it myself but once all the magnets fell out of the ring, it was a lost cause. They are sequentially installed and they were out of order. I could not tell one from the other. The best thing that I can say is that even with a missing magnet I was still able to make it home.

With the Stinger, the car started great and drove stronger. Plus, I really like it. You get a new distributor and, with mine, all the electronics are inside the cap. I reconfigured it to work on the 110 in the Rampy but, after the update on the wiring instructions, I am real tempted to install it back into the Corsa. The Rampside doesn't really need all that performance.

Rory
66 Corsa
63 Rampside
Silver Spring, MD

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Re: What's the most creative way you brought your Corvair home?
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: February 11, 2021 02:06PM

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.

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.

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!

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: What's the most creative way you brought your Corvair home?
Posted by: Gatorfly ()
Date: February 11, 2021 03:31PM

richard1 Wrote:
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Awesome pic Richard smileys with beer

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: Gatorfly ()
Date: February 11, 2021 03:34PM

Wagon Master Wrote:
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> OverHaulin

Fantastic before and after! smileys with beer

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: ROD ()
Date: February 11, 2021 07:17PM

I drug a corvair sand buggy home years ago 8with the front end ratchet strapped on top of one of these cargo baskets lol. Sketchy in the turns but we made it.

Rod Tetrault
El Cajon , CA
65 Corsa Yenko Clone / 65 Corsa EO Creampuff Vert
66 Corsa "JIMISH" Mid engine Turbo LS1 currently 2nd fastest Corvair in the USA
Class 5 Corvair powered Baja
Corvair powered Buggy x 3
Enough hidden parts to build a space ship

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