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Do to serious back issues, I will probably sell my Corvair
Posted by: cepak ()
Date: August 14, 2012 07:35PM

To keep a long story short, I no longer have the ability to bend over or crawl
under cars to do the things I want to do without a tremendous amount of pain.
So, I will probably sell my Corvair sometime in the near future.

Here is my 1963 Monza Convertible. I'll post some photos, then I'll add details.

Exterior:








Interior:



Engine:




New Brake hardware front and rear:



Engine

Rebuilt head by Steve Goodman

Rebuilt piston, new rings, new bearing, rebuilt cylinder - by Steve Goodman

Replaced pushrods

Rebuilt 102hp distributor by Steve Goodman

Rebuilt Carburators by Steve Goodman

All engine seals and gaskets replaced except for the flywheel seal (I have the other seals,
I just haven't pulled the engine to install)

Thermisters replaced

Engine perimiter seal replaced

All Exhaust packings replaced

New muffler and tail pipe

Installed folded fin oil cooler supplied by Steve Goodman

Converted to a 65amp, internally regulated alternator, supplied by Charflower

Pertronix II with Flamethrower II coil

8mm plug wires, cap, and rotor supplied by Seth Emerson

Brake System

Installed Dual master cylinder supplied by Larry Claypool

Installed new stainless steel braided brake hoses

Installed all new brake hardware on every wheel including new brake cylinders, springs,etc.

Installed new Kevlar brake shoes from the source

All brake drums have been professionally turned


Suspension

New Rear springs from Clarks

New KYB gas adjust shock on front and rear

New front wheel bearings and seals

Rear wheel bearings repacked by Cliff at Oklahoma Corvair

Tires

About 10K miles on Kumho 185/80/R13 tires. No miles on the Kumho spare.

Electrical

New Backup Light switch from Larry Claypool

New Brake switch from Larry Claypool

2 year old battery

Fuel System

Gas tank removed, professionally cleaned and sealed

New sending unit and seal

New gas tank filler and overflow hoses

New fuel hoses and clamps that connect the fuel lines

New fuel lines in engine compartment

New fuel pump

Exterior

Professionally installed black cloth convertible top with all new top weatherstripping

Reproduction 3 prong wire hubcaps (also comes with original Monza hubcaps)

3/4ths finished painting POR15 on underside of car.

New windshield wiper blades

The Good

Original interior in pretty good condition

No rust as this Corvair has always been garage kept and not driven in the rain

All interior and exterior lights work great

Perfectly working AM push button radio

Will easilly cruize 70+ mph on the freeway

Current inspection and tags

The OK

I would consider the car a 10 footer, the paint was resprayed over 10 years ago by a previous owner

Spyder dash installed with tachometer, gas gauge, and speedometer working.
I didn't bother hooking up the boost gauge or head temp gauge since this is not a turbo car

The not as good

There are a few very minor door dings and a couple of chips in the paint

There is a small crack on the padded dash

Windshield washer pump does not work

Needs new window fuzzies and door seals

Options

Padded Dash

Tinted windshield

Day/Night rear view mirror

Push button Radio

Lighed glove compartment

4 speed transmission

102hp engine

I'm sure I'm forgetting many items that I've upgraded/replaced over the past few
years, but I have all the receipts and I will go through them this evening.
I have spent over $8K on everything that I've done to this Corvair, but I know
it is only worth what a buyer is willing to pay. I haven't mentally set a price
that I want for it yet. So if you make me an offer, the worst I can say is no.

PM me if you'd like me to give you my phone number (I hate posting it online, too many telemarketers).

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Re: Do to serious back issues, I will probably sell my Corvair
Posted by: Mel ()
Date: August 14, 2012 08:02PM

Very nice carthumbs up, I would keep it and pay someone else to crawl under it if need besmiling smiley

Orangeville, Ontario. CANADA

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Re: Do to serious back issues, I will probably sell my Corvair
Posted by: cepak ()
Date: August 14, 2012 08:03PM

I forgot to mention, the Corvair is located in my Garage in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Re: Do to serious back issues, I will probably sell my Corvair
Posted by: cepak ()
Date: August 14, 2012 08:08PM

The problem is that there is no one within a 100 miles that works on Corvairs that I can trust.

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Re: Do to serious back issues, I will probably sell my Corvair
Posted by: shomeyrwit ()
Date: August 14, 2012 08:43PM

I know a guy in Dallas thats pretty good with them,, pm me if interested

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Re: Do to serious back issues, I will probably sell my Corvair
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: August 14, 2012 09:26PM

At least now you'll be able to make some of the local meets! ggg

Sure is a letdown when the body gives out...





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.............................PG...................................Turbo

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Re: Do to serious back issues, I will probably sell my Corvair
Posted by: cepak ()
Date: August 14, 2012 09:29PM

MattNall Wrote:
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> At least now you'll be able to make some of the
> local meets! ggg
>
> Sure is a letdown when the body gives out...


What is really sad Matt is that I'm only 49 years young.

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Re: Do to serious back issues, I will probably sell my Corvair
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: August 14, 2012 09:32PM

Yes it is too young.... but medical science may be able to help... if not now... but in the future..





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Click HERE for My Website...Click HERE for My TechPages!
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Re: Do to serious back issues, I will probably sell my Corvair
Posted by: Junkle ()
Date: August 14, 2012 11:02PM

Sorry you need/want to sell it. Looks like a nice car. I sure hope someone makes you a great offer as it is tempting but I shouldn't spend the money (or make a road trip to Texas).

Your car is the year and color mine will be once I spend way too much money fixing a tired body. Would be better off buying this one but trying hard to avoid it.

Good luck!

j

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Re: Do to serious back issues, I will probably sell my Corvair
Posted by: lgoodwin ()
Date: August 14, 2012 11:10PM

Sorry to hear about your back. I've been battling neck, back and shoulder problems for the last 10 years, and they just keep getting worse. Am down to one usable arm now. The vair needs some real engine work and there are zero vair mechanics around here.

I've been doing what I can on my other vehicles, making pretty good progress on them. Maybe later I'll be able to work on the Corvair or get some help with it.

In the meantime, I'll be taking the Mustang to the LeMay Car Show on the 25th. Will probably get some dirty looks from my vair buddies. Oh, well.

Good luck finding the right buyer for your vair. Someone will be getting a vairy nice car!

1962 Corvair 900 sedan1967 Corvair Monza 140/4-speed1968 Corvair 500 coupe1983 Mexican Mustang 5.0
1962 900 sedan needs a home1967 Monza 140/4-spd1968 500 coupe (now my son's)1983 Mexican Mustang 5.0

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Re: Do to serious back issues, I will probably sell my Corvair
Posted by: jimmyo ()
Date: August 14, 2012 11:33PM

Cepak, I'm sorry to hear about your situation, It sucks, I'm 49 too and have developed lung and neurological problems that limit what I can do and how long I can do it for. My future is uncertain and I can't work. It sucks, but fighting to continue doing things I enjoy keeps me from being in the dumps. As Matt said medical science goes forward so who knows? Without the drugs I'm on I would be useless. The point is don't give up, keep fighting.

Jim O'Connor
45 miles north of The Bronx, N.Y.
1962 Greenbrier 110 4spd
1964 Monza Convertible 110 PG
"Wherever you go....There you are"


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Re: Do to serious back issues, I will probably sell my Corvair
Posted by: GWLee ()
Date: August 14, 2012 11:51PM

I hate that you are selling but I understand what you are dealing with.

I have been dealing with the same issues. I was forced to retire in 2004 at the ripe old age of 49. I have back problems and both shoulders are bone against bone, and some days I can't even stand to move my arms, much less crawl under a car. But I decided a long time ago that I refuse to let this ruin my life anymore than it has.

Yes I deal with excruciating pain all the time but I take my meds and use my hot tub and a tens unit. Between those I have been able to keep moving some. No I can not do as much as quickly as others but I will not give in to it.

I haven't found anyone to do the work locally, but, if I need help I get someone who can turn a wrench and talk them thru it, or just wait until tomorrow and maybe then I can.

If it isn't a car you have to drive everyday an;d it could sit a few days if something breaks, find someone you know that can turn a wrench and then give them a few bucks, and you help by explaining what and how. Most people that can turn a wrench can work on these cars but may only need some advise along the way. Of course if you aren't inclined and do not know yourself then that would be different.

All I am saying is, take some advice from someone who is in your shoes and does understand, don't quite, you will not live long if you just sit down.

Lee Adkins

A Cave Man car
1960 2dr Coupe with pg
Color Tasco Turq.
With white top.

Catlettsburg,
In the Beautiful state of
North/East KY!

Not the best pic, but the only I had from then!

Front profile now!

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Re: Do to serious back issues, I will probably sell my Corvair
Posted by: davemotohead ()
Date: August 15, 2012 12:18AM

Ya dont Give up!! If Jim stansbury can get under his F/C at 90 years old and do great work so can the rest of us!! I am 49 also and have a beat up body from 35 years of racing motocross! Everything hurts!! 2 Advil washed down with a 5 hour energy drink and I am grabing tools!! When the going gets Tough,,,the Tough take Advil and grab tools!! Its 90% mental!! 10% Advil smoking smiley



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Re: Do to serious back issues, I will probably sell my Corvair
Posted by: irfgt ()
Date: August 15, 2012 12:27AM

I would not sell my Corvair if I were a complete invalid..

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Re: Do to serious back issues, I will probably sell my Corvair
Posted by: quorvair ()
Date: August 15, 2012 12:38AM

Hi cepak !

Sorry to hear about your health condition...:-(

If you can no longer crawl under the car, may be a lift could ease your access to the bottom of the car..??

Take care !

Daniel Vallée
1965 Monza Convertible 140PG
1961 Rampside 140PG
Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Québec, CANADA

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Re: Do to serious back issues, I will probably sell my Corvair
Posted by: errol ()
Date: August 15, 2012 01:37PM

Hey man,
Sorry to hear about your back, and really sorry to hear you might be leaving the fold.
If I can ever do anything for you, you know how to contact me.

Errol

Errol Ray
Tyler, Texas 75709
PM for email or Phone Number
63 spyder convt.

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Re: Do to serious back issues, I will probably sell my Corvair
Posted by: igottajob2 ()
Date: August 15, 2012 04:38PM

49? What kind of work did you do? I hope aging does not get me that bad.....I am 26 now....you guys are freaking me out.

Minneapolis,MN

1965 500 Coupe
95HP

Built the 1st week of April of 65 at willow run.
500 coupe. The only factory accessory is a rear antenna.
White with a red interior.
Now black with black and red interior.

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Re: Do to serious back issues, I will probably sell my Corvair
Posted by: Setterz54 ()
Date: August 15, 2012 07:09PM

Cepak,sorry to hear about your problems with your back. Reconsider selling your car.As others have told have said you can work around the days you dont feel well and work on the corvair on days you do.I know cause I go thru the same thing.At age 49 I had to retire because of 4 strokes,back trouble and now my shoulders are so bad the doctor told me the other day nothing will really help the left one but a replacement. I had a knee replacement in 2010 and it took 7 months of physical therapy to come back from that,I can imagine what this will take.I work on the cars on the days I feel like it and the others it just has to wait. Sorry this is so long but there are other solutions then to sell that beautiful car. Good luck. Steve.

Setterz54
Fulton,MD.

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Re: Do to serious back issues, I will probably sell my Corvair
Posted by: cepak ()
Date: August 16, 2012 08:26PM

igottajob2 Wrote:
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> 49? What kind of work did you do? I hope aging
> does not get me that bad.....I am 26 now....you
> guys are freaking me out.


Thanks guys for all the encouraging replys and PMs. As far as what I do for a
living, I'm an Embedded Software Engineer on the F-35 Fighter program. I've
written software for both the Helmet Mounted Display (think Geordi Laforge's
visor, but more advanced), and the Panoramic Cockpit Displays. I pretty much
have been sitting behind a desk for 10+ hours a day for the past 25 years
cranking out code for various fighter aircraft.

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