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Re: OT-----It's mine - the project starts
Posted by: davette59 ()
Date: March 03, 2011 06:37PM

If aqnyone can make that into a beauty it's you Richard. You can make a silk purse out of a sow's ear! Right now I'm feeling that my 63 vert is a sow's ear and I'm chomping at the bit for the weather here in Tennessee to get warm so I can continue with my paint prep.I've got all my exterior chrome and trim with the exception of the rocker panel trim and the front grill bar. I'm going to get my bumpers re-chromed as soon as I find someone that doesn't want to retire after doing my front and rear. $450 dollars a piece? The whole car didn't cost much more than that.

Dave B
SPYDER BYTE
1963 Spyder Convertible
1998 BMW Z3
1960 Studebaker Lark convertible
Music City Corvair Club-Nashville,TN
Studebaker Drivers Club-Nashville,TN
Spare emgine in my trunk


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Re: OT-----It's mine - the project starts
Posted by: Gregory_Miller ()
Date: March 03, 2011 06:41PM

I want a Judas Priest sticker for my new Corsa! Not really. GGGG

Greg Miller
Eugene, Oregon

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Re: OT-----It's mine - the project starts
Posted by: richard1 ()
Date: March 03, 2011 09:19PM

I was planning on surprising my wife tomorrow on her birthday with a picture of a nice finished one.

My brother-in-law just dropped her off at a friend's house and on the way she asked him if it was true I had bought another piece of junk. He said it will be a nice mini pickup. She said "good for him, it's a nice hobby".

Restoration in Bolivia
Richard's Mini Pickup
Richard's Corvair
Richard's Renault Dauphine

Selection of the Right Motor Oil for the Corvair
Selection of the right transmission oil for the corvair
How to polish and restore stainless and aluminum trim

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Re: OT-----It's mine - the project starts
Date: March 03, 2011 09:55PM

Here is a nice inspiriational photo I shot this morning in West Seattle.



Someone can do a little PhotoChopping on this for you.



And here is a strange bit of "Corvair Content"





Dan Davis - Seattle ~ CORSA Western Director + Corvairs NW + North Cascades Corvairs + Corvanatics
1966 Corsa Turbo coupe ~ ~ 1966 140 Corsa ~ 65 Monza 140/4 'Vert Sierra Tan/Fawn (my current driver!!)
~ 1964 Monza 'Vert ~ 65 Monza 140/4 Evening Orchid w/ ivory/black int ~ 1962 Monza Wagon 102/4
1963 Rampside/Scamper ~ 1963 Red/Greenbrier ~ 1969 Ultra Van #468

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Re: OT-----It's mine - the project starts
Posted by: vairyhard ()
Date: March 04, 2011 04:53AM

That's Cute As A Bug!!!

Front bumper looked a bit excessive... ... as in if one hit the brakes too hard the thing might've tipped up on its nose! ggg!grinning smiley It's a good job you 86'd it, Richard!

Can't wait to see the progress. You are one of the Masters on this site!

Kevin

Quartz Hill, CA
'65 Crown

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Re: OT-----It's mine - the project starts
Posted by: richard1 ()
Date: March 04, 2011 12:11PM

I don't know about "master". I just do whatever is fun.

Big decision now is: The guy with the Gordini showed up last night begging me to take it. I really don't need two project cars. And never thought of myself as a collector.

Restoration in Bolivia
Richard's Mini Pickup
Richard's Corvair
Richard's Renault Dauphine

Selection of the Right Motor Oil for the Corvair
Selection of the right transmission oil for the corvair
How to polish and restore stainless and aluminum trim

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Re: OT-----It's mine - the project starts
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: March 04, 2011 12:42PM

MANY MANY MANY times it has been said OVER AND OVER AND OVER.

If you don't like off topic don't read O/T threads!!!!!!!!!!!

RICHARD: Is it a 2 stroke? The Loyd was.

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Re: OT-----It's mine - the project starts
Posted by: eds ()
Date: March 04, 2011 12:51PM

richard1 Wrote:
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> I figure when I tell my wife ...

And then we hear you're gonna tell her on her BIRTHDAY!!!

Judas Priest, there's a man who enjoys living dangerously! ggg

Here's a wild suggestion out of the blue, richard. Have you ever thought aout documenting the resto - like maybe on a website or something?

Man, I LOVE reading about your projects - and your life. Sir, you truly are living exceptionally well and by your own rules, which I respect.

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Re: OT-----It's mine - the project starts
Posted by: richard1 ()
Date: March 04, 2011 01:14PM

Both the mini and Gordini are 4 stoke. There is a guy trying to sell me a 56 DKW that is 2 stroke.

I'll be documenting the Mini just like the Corvair, probably uploading the first pages this weekend.

After 41 years of fun with my wife, we enjoy each other and each others successes, hobbies, etc. One of these days (years) I'll finish the book I started once upon a time, mostly of my experiences in the Caribbean and Latin American food suppliers and travel between them. The title is "The ones without legs are raisins".

Life is about fun, education, sharing, etc.

Restoration in Bolivia
Richard's Mini Pickup
Richard's Corvair
Richard's Renault Dauphine

Selection of the Right Motor Oil for the Corvair
Selection of the right transmission oil for the corvair
How to polish and restore stainless and aluminum trim

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Re: OT-----It's mine - the project starts
Posted by: Mel ()
Date: March 04, 2011 01:30PM

It's going to be a neat project Richardsmiling bouncing smiley but I wish you could put your efforts into a EM Corvair convertible insteadsad smiley the second Corvair project always goes faster and cheaper IMHOsmiling smiley

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Re: OT-----It's mine - the project starts
Posted by: richard1 ()
Date: March 04, 2011 03:05PM


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Re: OT-----It's mine - the project starts
Posted by: eds ()
Date: March 04, 2011 04:49PM

richard1 Wrote:
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> The title is "The ones without legs are raisins".
>

LOL!
Put me down for a copy!

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Re: OT-----It's mine - the project starts
Posted by: Wabbitkiller ()
Date: March 05, 2011 03:16AM

That looks like a cool little project Richard. It should be a walk in the park compared to what the Corvair required...

Chris

1965 Monza 95 Convertible 4 speed

Olathe, KS (Kansas City)


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Re: OT-----It's mine - the project starts
Posted by: vairyhard ()
Date: March 05, 2011 11:53PM

No. Master! Do NOT Deny!

What you did with your Corvair is nothing short of miraculous. You are a very modest gentleman, Richard, and while that is very sweet and admiral, it doesn't change the fact that you are indeed a Master Craftsman and rare individual. I would be very surprised if any on this site were not as humbled as I by your abilities, talent and patience!

Anyway, so looking forward to the updates on your new Toy! It has lots of personality!!!

Kevin

Quartz Hill, CA
'65 Crown

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Re: OT-----It's mine - the project starts
Posted by: richard1 ()
Date: March 06, 2011 01:03AM

I'm afraid you can see the engine here:
Mini engine


Already at 0.20 and super rusty. I'm shopping for a new engine. I did find a place in England who can put a nice set of wheels and tires in Tulsa for me. Something like $100 freight to Tulsa or $500 to Bolivia.

I picked out the materials for the upholstery today - vinyl edges with cloth insets, and over dinner with a couple of friends discussed what type of wood to use for the dash.

Restoration in Bolivia
Richard's Mini Pickup
Richard's Corvair
Richard's Renault Dauphine

Selection of the Right Motor Oil for the Corvair
Selection of the right transmission oil for the corvair
How to polish and restore stainless and aluminum trim



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Re: OT-----It's mine - the project starts
Posted by: gmorphan ()
Date: March 06, 2011 01:12AM

What a great candidate to build a Pro-street wheelstander! grinning smiley

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Re: OT-----It's mine - the project starts
Posted by: Pacerace ()
Date: March 06, 2011 05:17AM

You can probably fit an Ultravair 2 cyl in the front! Heck, with the 2 cyl there may be room for a stock Corvair transaxle, but from what I assume the engine compartment in a mini is, if it would fit at all that would be pushing it!

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Chandler
Roswell, GA.


1965 Corvair Monza 110/4sp Coupe

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Re: OT-----It's mine - the project starts
Posted by: richard1 ()
Date: April 25, 2011 03:16PM


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Re: OT-----It's mine - the project starts
Posted by: danyarger ()
Date: April 26, 2011 03:50AM

British Leyland was the parent company for the MG, Morris Mini's and Austins. Kind of like GM is for Chevy, Pontiac, etc. You'll find your electronics/misc parts were all made by Lucas. One of my old fart friends was a foremen at Lucas back in England for a few years. I've noticed when your hobby is vintage automobiles, all your car buddy friends tend to be old enough to be either your father or your grandfather lol. My car buddy friends all are 50-80 and I'm always learning something from them.

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Re: OT-----It's mine - the project starts
Posted by: richard1 ()
Date: April 26, 2011 10:36AM

Not an awful lot of people around who could qualify as my father or grand-father. I'm a grandfather myself.

But I remember when..... And this is my 4th British car....... Although I haven't had one for a while.

Restoration in Bolivia
Richard's Mini Pickup
Richard's Corvair
Richard's Renault Dauphine

Selection of the Right Motor Oil for the Corvair
Selection of the right transmission oil for the corvair
How to polish and restore stainless and aluminum trim

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