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About my "new" Canadian '65 Monza...
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: August 17, 2021 08:19AM

My friend Ken (Calgary), loves to find mid-60s to early '70s GM cars for sale. In early 2020, I asked him to watch for a late-model 110/PG Corvair and boy did he deliver! He found a beautiful, 40k, unrestored survivor/time capsule Monza 4dr. Being an Oshawa-built Canadian model is the cherry on top!

Unfortunately, shortly after purchase the US/Canadian border was closed to deter the spread of COVID-19. 15 months later, the border was partially opened to non-essential crossings beginning August 9th so the border is currently open to travelers willing to jump through significant COVID-related hoops. Fetching my Corvair after 15-months was well worth a little jumping - heck, I was already jumping so why not jump some hoops?

I was also taking a '72 Cutlass I have been storing for Ken, NORTH across the border for export to Canada, there were a dozen ways the trip could have gone sideways. ENTRY/EXPORT/IMPORT, all in one trip.

Astoundingly, we had all of our ducks in a row and everything went smoothly. Also astoundingly, while I was expecting an hour-long line-up, there wasn't a soul in line for either my Northbound or Southbound crossing.

1st picture: Just after we unloaded and reloaded both cars onto our own trailers at the duty-free shop half a mile north of the border.
2nd: Rolling out for the trip home
3rd: Safely back home in Post Falls, Idaho

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
65 Canadian Monza 4dr 110/PG 40k
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
2+2 gnatsuM 5691

+17 Tons of parts




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Re: About my "new" Canadian '65 Monza...
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: August 17, 2021 08:26AM

Some detail shots:

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
65 Canadian Monza 4dr 110/PG 40k
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
2+2 gnatsuM 5691

+17 Tons of parts

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Re: About my "new" Canadian '65 Monza...
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: August 17, 2021 08:29AM

Bias ply whitewall tires have full tread and they hold air forever. Ready to rock and roll, or maybe not...sad smiley

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
65 Canadian Monza 4dr 110/PG 40k
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
2+2 gnatsuM 5691

+17 Tons of parts

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Re: About my "new" Canadian '65 Monza...
Posted by: Timothy Shortle ()
Date: August 17, 2021 08:35AM

I love it when a plan comes together. Nice car Craig. 40+ years ago I owned for a brief time a 65 Corvair 500 4 door
110HP 3 speed with factory A/C. SAME COLOR (but nowhere as nice) . I parted it out rapidly probably leaving too
many items.

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Re: About my "new" Canadian '65 Monza...
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: August 17, 2021 08:35AM

A real gem! Congrats!

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Re: About my "new" Canadian '65 Monza...
Posted by: 66vairman ()
Date: August 17, 2021 09:13AM

I haven't seen an "original" Corvair in that nice a condition in decades.

I'm all for practical modifications, but considering how nice, and original, the car is hopefully it will be preserved (except for the tires - LOL).

A clean and original Canadian car would make a nice addition to the Corvair Museum.

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Re: About my "new" Canadian '65 Monza...
Posted by: thumper477 ()
Date: August 17, 2021 10:42AM

Score!

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Re: About my "new" Canadian '65 Monza...
Posted by: alphasud ()
Date: August 17, 2021 11:00AM

Nice car! It was definitely worth the wait and the car couldn’t have a better custodian to preserve it’s originality.

David North Idaho
1965 Corsa Turbo converted to 140
1971 Super Beetle with 2.5L Subaru engine
1988 Citroen CX 25 GTI Turbo

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Re: About my "new" Canadian '65 Monza...
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: August 17, 2021 12:29PM

66vairman Wrote:
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I haven't seen an "original" Corvair in that nice a condition in decades.

I'm all for practical modifications, but considering how nice, and original, the car is hopefully it will be preserved (except for the tires - LOL).

Craig replies: Definitely a preservation plan. It needs a few repairs; reseal, headlight bezel, carpet, tires. Other than that, just clean, service, and a good wax job.

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
65 Canadian Monza 4dr 110/PG 40k
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
2+2 gnatsuM 5691

+17 Tons of parts

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Re: About my "new" Canadian '65 Monza...
Posted by: azdave ()
Date: August 17, 2021 12:42PM

Nice find!

Dave W. / Gilbert Arizona
65 Corsa 140/4
66 Corsa 140/4
66 Corsa 140/4 w/factory A/C
66 Corsa 455 Toro V8
65 Monza Convertible 110/4
66 Monza Convertible 140/4 A/C
65 Monza 4DR 140/PG w/factory A/C
65 Monza 4DR EJ20T/5



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Re: About my "new" Canadian '65 Monza...
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: August 17, 2021 12:43PM

Late Model Sport Sedans Rule!!!

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Re: About my "new" Canadian '65 Monza...
Date: August 17, 2021 01:06PM

That's a beauty, eh? smoking smiley

Love the Sierra Tan w/Saddle combination. Looks to have some options, too!
I see the Windshield Washer and a radio antenna. Not to mention the Outside rear view mirror!
Let's see some inside photos and engine bay w/ Fisher Body ID plate when you get a moment. I'm betting it's a Powerglide, too.

Original T-3 low-beam & hi-beam headlights - a good sign of originalitythumbs up.


Thanks for sharing the fun!


Dan Davis ~ Pierce County, WA ~ CCF admin ~
CORSA +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: About my "new" Canadian '65 Monza...
Posted by: sweet66monza ()
Date: August 17, 2021 03:11PM

Very cool! Im anxious to check it out!

Cody Hurley
North Idaho (Post Falls)
66 Monza convertible 140/PG, loaded with factory options
66 Corsa turbo coupe, 3rd owner fully documented [corvaircenter.com]
66 Canadian monza coupe 110/pg project car (no picture yet)
65 Monza coupe daily driver 110/4
Also 2 Ford f350 IDI diesels, three Jeep FC 170s, 1966 Jeep CJ5A, two 1954 International R-150 pickups, 5 Rokon Trailbreakers, Chrysler Snorunner, and thousands of parts


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Re: About my "new" Canadian '65 Monza...
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: August 17, 2021 03:28PM

thumbs up cool smiley thumbs up

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Re: About my "new" Canadian '65 Monza...
Posted by: brentc ()
Date: August 17, 2021 05:42PM

I nearly went and got that one myself! Gorgeous car, relieved it's in good hands

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Re: About my "new" Canadian '65 Monza...
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: August 17, 2021 06:15PM

Dateline May 2020: Purchase a set of Maxxis 185/80-13 tires.

Fast forward 15 months...

1st order of business:
Install 'em already!

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
65 Canadian Monza 4dr 110/PG 40k
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
2+2 gnatsuM 5691

+17 Tons of parts

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Re: About my "new" Canadian '65 Monza...
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: August 18, 2021 02:13AM

Did you cross at Kingsgate?

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Re: About my "new" Canadian '65 Monza...
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: August 18, 2021 07:01AM

American Mel Wrote:
Did you cross at Kingsgate?

Craig replies: Yes, Kingsgate/Eastport in the North Idaho panhandle. No traffic whatsoever at 10AM Sunday morning

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
65 Canadian Monza 4dr 110/PG 40k
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
2+2 gnatsuM 5691

+17 Tons of parts

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Re: About my "new" Canadian '65 Monza...
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: August 18, 2021 12:07PM

cnicol Wrote:
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> American Mel Wrote:
> Did you cross at Kingsgate?
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> Craig replies: Yes, Kingsgate/Eastport in the North Idaho panhandle. No traffic whatsoever at 10AM Sunday morning


I can believe that!
One of the times I crossed in there, it was about 1:00 or 2:00 in the morning.
It was so empty, . . . . . . . there weren't even any Customs Officers on duty! hot smiley
I banged on the door of the Border Crossing Hut.
No one answered, so I drove merrily on my way north. grinning smiley
That was in about '03, or '04 I guess.

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Re: About my "new" Canadian '65 Monza...
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: August 18, 2021 02:32PM

I'm packing-up my old shop and the new shop isn't set-up so I decided to revert to the way I used to mount tires in the olden days: By hand! It's not hard and is actually kinda fun so out came the bead breaker and tire irons!

1) Bead breaker on the backside of the first tire.
2) Dis-mounting bead with a couple of tire irons and a place-keeping screwdriver.
3) Pulling-in a new valve stem

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
65 Canadian Monza 4dr 110/PG 40k
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
2+2 gnatsuM 5691

+17 Tons of parts

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