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new guy
Posted by: piddler ()
Date: October 30, 2022 02:29PM

First, a little about myself. I live in Southwest Virginia, I'm retired and I love old cars. At present my daily driver is a 1951 Chevy sport coupe. I use the car daily and have ventured out on a few 300 mile round trips. I do not drive it when there is snow or salt on the roads.

I am considering buying a Corvair to share the daily driving duties. I would like to find a newer convertible. I am not looking for a show car but a very presentable and dependable driver. I am looking for a 4 speed.

I thought this would be the best place to find help finding a car and anything I should be concerned about.

I will warn you ahead of time that if I do find what I am looking for I will constantly be picking your brain to keep it going.

Thanks for any help and advice,Pete



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/30/2022 02:31PM by piddler.

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Re: new guy
Posted by: jjohnsonjo ()
Date: October 30, 2022 02:42PM

You should be concerned about rusted inner and out rocker panels on a late convertible if you live in Virginia

J.O.

65 Corsa Turbo Vert
79 Honda XL 500S
69 Honda CL 160 D
2010 BMW F 650 GS
2003 Bounder 36D
2013 KIA Optima SX turbo-AKA ZIPPY (wife,s car)
69 Newport Holiday Sailboat
Baja 150 dune buggy cart
Coleman HS 500 UTV
2016 KIA Sorento SXL Turbo

Bethlehem,Pa


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Re: new guy
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: October 30, 2022 04:02PM

Welcome ! ! !

You have picked the right place!
There are many Corvair experts here who will be glad to walk you through any questions you may have.

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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.

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Re: new guy
Posted by: ihscomputers ()
Date: October 30, 2022 04:32PM

Welcome!

A quick Internet search today, reveals the following:

None on Bring A Trailer

1966 Convertible with 4 speed in Las Vegas

1966 Corsa Convertible with 4 speed in Fort Worth

Dean F. Gemberling
Columbus, Georgia
Heart of Georgia Corvair Club Webmaster
Springfest Webmaster

1963 Rampside w/305 V8 - Built by Ken Arnold in 1998

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Re: new guy
Posted by: steve c goodman ()
Date: October 30, 2022 05:32PM

Welcome to the forum. Search for author Frank Duval who lives in Fredericksburg Virginia and send him a PM.

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/V8 Registry

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Re: new guy
Posted by: Mike Stillwell ()
Date: October 30, 2022 06:58PM

I live near MM191, Lexington. We have 11 and tons and tons of parts. I may know of a ‘66 convertible in overall good condition, for sale. It just needs a clutch.

Mike
YS-117

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Re: new guy
Posted by: Frank DuVal ()
Date: October 30, 2022 07:55PM

There you go, Mike is southwest of me, somewhere southwest of Charlottesville and northeast of Blacksburg. So between UVa and VT.winking smiley

There is a Roanoke Corvair Club.

Yes, rocker rust is an issue, but careful inspection will show if it is there. Mike would not suggest a rusty car, so that is good.thumbs up

Frank DuVal

Fredericksburg, VA

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Re: new guy
Posted by: piddler ()
Date: October 31, 2022 05:38AM

Thanks for all of the responses. I have been looking on line. I am looking on line and Craigslist? Sending a few pm's.

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Re: new guy
Posted by: TIBCO ()
Date: October 31, 2022 07:28AM

Check you PM's

Cliff Tibbitts
Nicholasville, KY
CORSA, CKCE, Derby City Corvairs
66 Monza, 140/4sp

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Re: new guy
Posted by: Frank DuVal ()
Date: October 31, 2022 09:43AM

And we are always here for brain pickingthumbs up... Or is that nits?grinning smiley

Frank DuVal

Fredericksburg, VA

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Re: new guy
Posted by: jfreez ()
Date: October 31, 2022 10:44AM

I would say take your time and find a good one.
Be honest with yourself about how much work you are willing/able to do.
Remember its usually much cheaper to buy one that is ready to go than to buy one that needs work.

Good luck, I hope you find the one you want and enjoy the heck out of it smiling smiley

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Re: new guy
Posted by: piddler ()
Date: October 31, 2022 11:53AM

I will certainly take my time. At my age I am not looking for another project. My 51 is and will be a work in progress. I am looking for a car that is road worthy. I know that there will always be work to be done and I am ok with that.

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Re: new guy
Posted by: Timothy Shortle ()
Date: November 01, 2022 05:10PM

A 56 year old car in VG condition only needing a clutch job (a 1 day job) should be considered a candidate.

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Re: new guy
Posted by: 63ConDan ()
Date: November 02, 2022 04:45PM

I found your car. If you dont buy it, I probably will.

[minneapolis.craigslist.org]

Not a 4 speed but it checks a lot of boxes on your wish list.


piddler Wrote:
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> First, a little about myself. I live in Southwest Virginia, I'm retired and I love old cars. At present my daily driver is a 1951 Chevy sport coupe. I use the car daily and have ventured out on a few 300 mile round trips. I do not drive it when there is snow or salt on the roads.
>
> I am considering buying a Corvair to share the daily driving duties. I would like to find a newer convertible. I am not looking for a show car but a very presentable and dependable driver. I am looking for a 4 speed.
>
> I thought this would be the best place to find help finding a car and anything I should be concerned about.
>
> I will warn you ahead of time that if I do find what I am looking for I will constantly be picking your brain to keep it going.
>
> Thanks for any help and advice,Pete

Dan Central MN
1968 Convert

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Re: new guy
Posted by: Timothy Shortle ()
Date: November 02, 2022 05:19PM

THAT is a nice looking 67 Dan. Looks like a pretty nice price too.

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Re: new guy
Posted by: DOUG WARD ()
Date: November 02, 2022 07:40PM

It has come to my attention that those wheel covers alone are worth almost a grand

Doug Ward
Orange, Calif.
65 Corsa 180, 64 Monza convertible, 61 Lakewood, 61 Monza


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Re: new guy
Posted by: JimBrandberg ()
Date: November 03, 2022 05:08AM

I run into a fair amount of people who wanted a Manual but settled for a Powerglide and then regretted it later. Of course vice versa holds true too.
They made a lot of Corvairs so finding just what you want should be possible with time. Although what do I know, more Corvairs than I need or want seem to find me.

Jim Brandberg
Isanti, MN
CorvairRepair.com



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Re: new guy
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: November 03, 2022 06:09AM

Both of my current drivers are P/G's and I am jonesing for a stick shift bad!!

I have said no to a few deals because they were P/G's...no more automatics.

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Re: new guy
Posted by: Timothy Shortle ()
Date: November 03, 2022 08:20AM

Of course any of them can be converted either way (and many have been). Best to find a "parts car" when doing this conversion as piecing all the parts together is a big chore.

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Re: new guy
Posted by: jfreez ()
Date: November 03, 2022 09:58AM

My first corvair was a powerglide, I really enjoyed the car, but I don't think I would ever buy another one (unless it was a hell of a good deal)

If you are looking for a "parade car" PG is a great way to go.

This is also assuming the car to be relatively stock, I'm sure with some upgrades it would perform much better

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