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1962 Turbo Spyder? Need help identifying just puchased
Posted by: lbclassics ()
Date: March 15, 2011 12:19AM

Hello friends, I am hoping someone here can help me figure out if i made a great purchase or a big mistake...

a couple of days ago i found a 62 Corvair Spyder (allegedly) in a Barn in apple valley, The owner said it has sat there since 1966 then registered in 2004 and sat some more... I purchased it for 1,500 and after cleaning all the dirt, hay and rat droppings, I found everything in and out to be Brand new, including original Paint. It shows 09147 on the milage and looks like it may be original, only thing is the Turbo engine was out of the car and said to have been taken out to go over from sitting so long. Can anyone tell me how to identify if it's a true Spyder. here is a link to photos...

[www.vuvox.com]

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Re: 1962 Turbo Spyder? Need help identifying just puchased
Posted by: lgoodwin ()
Date: March 15, 2011 12:37AM

Looks like one. I don't think very many people are trying to fake Spyders, are they? GM made 16,569 convertibles. Not sure how many were Spyders, but I think they sold quite a few of them in 62. $1500 seems like a pretty good price for what I see there, even if you end up having to install another motor.

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<td><img src='[corvaircenter.com]; alt='1968 Corvair 500 coupe' width='190' /></td>
<td><img src='[www.automation-scs.com]; alt='1983 Mexican Mustang 5.0' width='190' /></td>
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<td align='center'><font size='1'>1962 900 sedan needs a home</font></td>
<td align='center'><font size='1'>1967 Monza 140/4-spd</font></td>
<td align='center'><font size='1'>1968 500 coupe (now my son's)</font></td>
<td align='center'><font size='1'>1983 Mexican Mustang 5.0</font></td>
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Re: 1962 Turbo Spyder? Need help identifying just puchased
Date: March 15, 2011 12:45AM

Looks like a very decent early Spyder 'vert to me. Engine either is a later stroked, or the fan has been replaced. What is the code on the top of the engine block? Its stamped to the rear of the fan.
Probably not the original paint - the flaking at the louvers is likely from poor adhesion of a re-paint.
Put a good engine in it and drive it like you stole it!! You did!
add:
They made 2,574 Spyders in 1962. They started in the spring. Chevrolet's first turbocharged car.


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



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/15/2011 12:48AM by 1966-Corsa-GT-180.

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Re: 1962 Turbo Spyder? Need help identifying just puchased
Posted by: lbclassics ()
Date: March 15, 2011 12:45AM

Someone said sometimes they would make a clone out of a Monza. Thanks for your reply...

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Re: 1962 Turbo Spyder? Need help identifying just puchased
Posted by: lbclassics ()
Date: March 15, 2011 12:47AM

Engine code says: TII30YR

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Re: 1962 Turbo Spyder? Need help identifying just puchased
Date: March 15, 2011 12:52AM

YR is the right code for an early Turbocharged engine.
Check the code again. The numbers after the T are a 4 number date code:
TXXXXYR
XX=month XX=day
Month should probably be 07


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: 1962 Turbo Spyder? Need help identifying just puchased
Posted by: lbclassics ()
Date: March 15, 2011 12:59AM

Ok it say's T1130YR

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Re: 1962 Turbo Spyder? Need help identifying just puchased
Date: March 15, 2011 01:10AM

Engine is probably not original to the car. Not too sure about the first year of the turbo, but most engines are at the most a month behind the code on the body. Body was built in July of 1962, Engine was built in November of ??
The option code for the Spyder was listed on the Fisher ID tag, which I found looking further on your pics.
Unfortunately, the D code which should be on the ACC line is missing.
Alas it must be a cloned Monza, but it does have the right dash, and glove box door.
Like I said, put an engine in it and DRIVE!
Still a nicely preserved convertible Monza.


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: 1962 Turbo Spyder? Need help identifying just puchased
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: March 15, 2011 07:28AM

HERE'S a link to another 62 Spyder body tag decode for comparison to your tag.

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: 1962 Turbo Spyder? Need help identifying just puchased
Posted by: danyarger ()
Date: March 15, 2011 11:21AM

You did good. Check the floor panels for rust. I'll trade ya?

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Re: 1962 Turbo Spyder? Need help identifying just puchased
Posted by: caroseiii ()
Date: March 15, 2011 11:34AM

I read this with some sadness. This car is such a hodge-podge of parts. Anyway, to dispel the myth of original paint, there is overspray all over the place especially on the VIN tag. There are no aluminum rocker panel trim pieces which leads me to believe the rockers are toast. The motor and turbo appear to be from a 1964, which would be good if the engine were together but more expensive since it needs a number of parts and to be rebuilt. I'd say you are into this car for too much but I doubt you can get your money back without hiring a lawyer. Hopefully you can get it running for less than two thousand more. There are quite a few folks who can sell you parts for this car but find a local club member to help you rebuild the engine so that you don't have as many learner's mistakes.
Crawford

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Re: 1962 Turbo Spyder? Need help identifying just puchased
Posted by: 4carbcorvair ()
Date: March 15, 2011 11:36AM

Not a true Spyder, great Monza project! Another clue is the voltage regulator, they sit at about a 45 degree angle to clear the Turbo air cleaner, yours is straight up and down. I couldn't see any pics of the spare tire holder, a true Spyder spare holder will have a dimple in it to angle the spare up slightly away from the turbo housing.

Looks like a good solid car to start with. smiling smiley

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Ronnie
Southern Maine.
www.dirigocorvairs.net
66 Corsa Convertible, 140, 4sp.
65 Monza Convertible, 110, PG.




It doesn't leak, it's marking it's territory.

A mirror is a reflection of the miles travelled.

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Re: 1962 Turbo Spyder? Need help identifying just puchased
Posted by: Frank DuVal ()
Date: March 15, 2011 01:53PM

And, the exhaust opening through the rear of the body is another check. Most people making a clone just cut a semicirle for the turbo tail pipe to stick through, but a real Spyder will have a flanged/stamped opening.

Frank DuVal

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Re: 1962 Turbo Spyder? Need help identifying just puchased
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: March 15, 2011 02:02PM

Please don't get distressed - it's probably a great, fun car. Fix it an enjoy it!

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: 1962 Turbo Spyder? Need help identifying just puchased
Posted by: Am-Iron ()
Date: March 15, 2011 02:29PM

Heck, I bet the wheels and tires are (almost) worth the asking price! I don't know why anyone would think you did not get a deal there. It may not be a Spyder but it is a very nice start and with a running turbo in there will easily be worth more than your investment. I would drive that car proudly. If the engine is good and just needs re-sealed that is extra bonus. Don't forget to check the tank for bad gas. You would not want to put a freshened engine in and run any through it. It does not look like much if any rust but that is sometimes hard to see in pictures. I say great find!

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Re: 1962 Turbo Spyder? Need help identifying just puchased
Posted by: volleybob ()
Date: March 15, 2011 02:41PM

Good deal. Go for it...fix it up...drive it...have fun...why does it have to be an absolutely correct Spyder? Clones are everywhere.
Bob Bacchi-SDCC

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Re: 1962 Turbo Spyder? Need help identifying just puchased
Posted by: Aaron65 ()
Date: March 15, 2011 04:01PM

If you saw what I paid 3 grand for you'd think you got a screaming deal!

1965 Corvair Monza Convertible 95 4-sp.
1965 Buick Skylark
1965 Ford Mustang
1965 Dodge Dart 170 Wagon
1953 Buick Special Riviera
1963 Ford Thunderbird
1974 Pontiac Firebird Esprit

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Re: 1962 Turbo Spyder? Need help identifying just puchased
Posted by: Yenkos66 ()
Date: March 15, 2011 04:35PM

Are those rivets holding the vin down should be spot welded.

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Re: 1962 Turbo Spyder? Need help identifying just puchased
Posted by: Gregory_Miller ()
Date: March 15, 2011 04:50PM

volleybob Wrote:
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> Good deal. Go for it...fix it up...drive it...have
> fun...why does it have to be an absolutely correct
> Spyder? Clones are everywhere.
> Bob Bacchi-SDCC

I have a Corsa clone... not going for any Concours wins so I don't care. I won't represent it as a factory Corsa, and won't attempt to convince any potential buyers (like I'd sell her!!!) that she's a real Corsa. Fix it, drive it, enjoy it!!!

Greg Miller
Eugene, Oregon

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Re: 1962 Turbo Spyder? Need help identifying just puchased
Posted by: FLSteve ()
Date: March 15, 2011 06:02PM

Very nice car and for what you have into it so far I think you did great. If you parted it out I would say you could get your money back.

Turbo engine $500
Turbo $150
Dash&Glove Box $150
Wheels and tire$300
Doors $150
Interior $100
Hood $50
Deck lid $50
Body $750
$2200 and I think that is selling somewhat cheap....

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