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Nickshu's '64 Spyder Restoration Thread
Posted by: Nickshu ()
Date: January 12, 2014 05:24PM

Ok guys, here we go. thumbs up Put the car up on jack stands today for the foreseeable future. Everything is coming off the car down to the bare body in prep for body repair. I am starting this thread to document my progress. My guess is I am 3 years from my final post on this thread. smileys with beer

Stay tuned........





Nick
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1964 Monza Spyder Convertible #435 - Rotisserie restored - Check out my restoration thread here: [corvaircenter.com]
Recreational Mechanic/CORSA Member/US Navy Veteran
Other cars: 2003 Porsche 996.2 Carrera; Boring daily drivers; 2005 Lotus Elise supercharged (SOLD); 1982 Porsche 911SC (SOLD)
Northern Colorado, USA



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/12/2014 05:26PM by Nickshu.

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Re: Nickshu's '64 Spyder Restoration Thread
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: January 12, 2014 05:28PM

Have Fun!!





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Re: Nickshu's '64 Spyder Restoration Thread
Posted by: Timothy Shortle ()
Date: January 12, 2014 07:37PM

Gosh Nick, from what I see your car looks NICE. Like Matt says, have fun.

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Re: Nickshu's '64 Spyder Restoration Thread
Posted by: JamesD ()
Date: January 12, 2014 07:43PM

If this is what you're starting with, I can't wait to see how it ends up!

James Deplorable
'65 Corsa 4-speed, '65 Corsa V8                                                       Santa Clarita, CA.
“I may not always drive a car, but when I do, I prefer a Corvair.  Stay loose, my friends.”

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Re: Nickshu's '64 Spyder Restoration Thread
Posted by: Nickshu ()
Date: January 12, 2014 07:48PM

Thanks for the comments guys, I'm really looking forward to this project.

Unfortunately the whole underside looks like this:



Nick
_______________________________________________________________________
1964 Monza Spyder Convertible #435 - Rotisserie restored - Check out my restoration thread here: [corvaircenter.com]
Recreational Mechanic/CORSA Member/US Navy Veteran
Other cars: 2003 Porsche 996.2 Carrera; Boring daily drivers; 2005 Lotus Elise supercharged (SOLD); 1982 Porsche 911SC (SOLD)
Northern Colorado, USA



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/12/2014 07:49PM by Nickshu.

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Re: Nickshu's '64 Spyder Restoration Thread
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: January 12, 2014 08:36PM

At least you drove it first before sinking too much in it!





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Re: Nickshu's '64 Spyder Restoration Thread
Posted by: DAVECS1 ()
Date: January 12, 2014 08:40PM

If you want to restore a car we should just trade, then you can't rudely enjoy a restoration. I will patch yours up and drive t :-)

1964 Monza Convertible
110 4 speed
Peoria, IL

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Re: Nickshu's '64 Spyder Restoration Thread
Posted by: Nickshu ()
Date: January 17, 2014 07:42PM

A little progress in the last week:



Nick
_______________________________________________________________________
1964 Monza Spyder Convertible #435 - Rotisserie restored - Check out my restoration thread here: [corvaircenter.com]
Recreational Mechanic/CORSA Member/US Navy Veteran
Other cars: 2003 Porsche 996.2 Carrera; Boring daily drivers; 2005 Lotus Elise supercharged (SOLD); 1982 Porsche 911SC (SOLD)
Northern Colorado, USA

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Re: Nickshu's '64 Spyder Restoration Thread
Posted by: Nickshu ()
Date: January 27, 2014 07:47PM

Got the windshield out tonight. Found the original color! Bonehead who did the respray in red didn't even take the glass out, nor the rearview mirror.

The driver's side bottom windshield corner looks super clean, passenger's side has some surface rust, nothing serious. Biggest find is that the right front fender was replaced at some point and there is a gap present (see photo) that was filled with windshield sealer. Note the black primer on the replacement fender.

So far I have everything out forward of the dashboard. Got all the front brake lines, fuel tank, and steering box + shaft out this weekend as well.





Nick
_______________________________________________________________________
1964 Monza Spyder Convertible #435 - Rotisserie restored - Check out my restoration thread here: [corvaircenter.com]
Recreational Mechanic/CORSA Member/US Navy Veteran
Other cars: 2003 Porsche 996.2 Carrera; Boring daily drivers; 2005 Lotus Elise supercharged (SOLD); 1982 Porsche 911SC (SOLD)
Northern Colorado, USA

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Re: Nickshu's '64 Spyder Restoration Thread
Posted by: MrLakewood ()
Date: January 27, 2014 08:21PM

And it begins! Will be watching the progress :-)

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Re: Nickshu's '64 Spyder Restoration Thread
Posted by: sixfourvair ()
Date: January 27, 2014 08:47PM

I too will be watching and taking notes.

Anthony

KI6OWM

1964 Monza Spyder convertible
S. California

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Re: Nickshu's '64 Spyder Restoration Thread
Posted by: DAVECS1 ()
Date: January 27, 2014 10:34PM

Dang that car started out the same color as mine. This will be extremely educational for me.

1964 Monza Convertible
110 4 speed
Peoria, IL

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Re: Nickshu's '64 Spyder Restoration Thread
Posted by: Nickshu ()
Date: February 02, 2014 08:29PM

A few pics from earlier today. Lots of rust chunks in passenger's side rocker. Drivers side seems to be clean(er). Behind the fresh air vents is totally rust free on both sides, so the rust seems to be coming up from the bottom. More investigation to follow...







Nick
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1964 Monza Spyder Convertible #435 - Rotisserie restored - Check out my restoration thread here: [corvaircenter.com]
Recreational Mechanic/CORSA Member/US Navy Veteran
Other cars: 2003 Porsche 996.2 Carrera; Boring daily drivers; 2005 Lotus Elise supercharged (SOLD); 1982 Porsche 911SC (SOLD)
Northern Colorado, USA

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Re: Nickshu's '64 Spyder Restoration Thread
Posted by: Nickshu ()
Date: February 08, 2014 04:37PM

Made some progress today. Have everything out back to the rear firewall, including the tunnel. I need to disassemble the doors and get the glass out next. After that I can't go much further until I get the drivetrain removed (awaiting DaveMoto's repro factory engine cradle to arrive).






Some rust:


Mouse house!


Hello floor!:


Hello floor again!:


Nick
_______________________________________________________________________
1964 Monza Spyder Convertible #435 - Rotisserie restored - Check out my restoration thread here: [corvaircenter.com]
Recreational Mechanic/CORSA Member/US Navy Veteran
Other cars: 2003 Porsche 996.2 Carrera; Boring daily drivers; 2005 Lotus Elise supercharged (SOLD); 1982 Porsche 911SC (SOLD)
Northern Colorado, USA

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Re: Nickshu's '64 Spyder Restoration Thread
Posted by: bought1 ()
Date: February 08, 2014 04:45PM

At least you know you won't be breathing in mouse turds anymore. Great progress!

Dave

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Re: Nickshu's '64 Spyder Restoration Thread
Posted by: Nickshu ()
Date: February 09, 2014 10:08AM

Yeah it was a little stinky in there... grinning smiley

Nick
_______________________________________________________________________
1964 Monza Spyder Convertible #435 - Rotisserie restored - Check out my restoration thread here: [corvaircenter.com]
Recreational Mechanic/CORSA Member/US Navy Veteran
Other cars: 2003 Porsche 996.2 Carrera; Boring daily drivers; 2005 Lotus Elise supercharged (SOLD); 1982 Porsche 911SC (SOLD)
Northern Colorado, USA

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Re: Nickshu's '64 Spyder Restoration Thread
Posted by: 66vairman ()
Date: February 09, 2014 10:46AM

Always nice to see a car taken down to the basics.

A lot of work, but when you are done it will be right.

Keep the pictures of repairs in case you ever sell the car. Makes a difference in value when someone knows the basics under the shiny paint are good.

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Re: Nickshu's '64 Spyder Restoration Thread
Posted by: Nickshu ()
Date: February 09, 2014 12:46PM

66vairman Wrote:
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> Always nice to see a car taken down to the
> basics.
>
> A lot of work, but when you are done it will be
> right.
>
> Keep the pictures of repairs in case you ever sell
> the car. Makes a difference in value when someone
> knows the basics under the shiny paint are good.

You are 100% right. I restored a 911, kept it for 13 years, the sold it. Because I had every step of the restoration documented in about 1000 photos the car was sold in a bidding war for quite a bit more than I was asking.

The Corvair, though, I will probably keep forever. To me this is a much more special car. Getting to see how things were designed on the car as I disassemble it I see many things that were done much better than Porsche/VW did. Most notably the pedal control system. Dear Lord, VW/Porsche did a horrible job with that setup by comparison (yet they kept it the same for decades), the Corvair's cable/pulley system is much more logical.

Nick
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1964 Monza Spyder Convertible #435 - Rotisserie restored - Check out my restoration thread here: [corvaircenter.com]
Recreational Mechanic/CORSA Member/US Navy Veteran
Other cars: 2003 Porsche 996.2 Carrera; Boring daily drivers; 2005 Lotus Elise supercharged (SOLD); 1982 Porsche 911SC (SOLD)
Northern Colorado, USA

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Re: Nickshu's '64 Spyder Restoration Thread
Posted by: Nickshu ()
Date: February 09, 2014 05:30PM

More progress today, I got all the side glass out, and everything out of the passenger's side door/rear quarter. Still have to do the driver's. Removed the rocker trim and found **EEK** more rust. I think my passenger side rocker is pretty lunched. Had some help from my 9 year old, he removed the rear lights and license plate hardware, making Dad proud!







Nick
_______________________________________________________________________
1964 Monza Spyder Convertible #435 - Rotisserie restored - Check out my restoration thread here: [corvaircenter.com]
Recreational Mechanic/CORSA Member/US Navy Veteran
Other cars: 2003 Porsche 996.2 Carrera; Boring daily drivers; 2005 Lotus Elise supercharged (SOLD); 1982 Porsche 911SC (SOLD)
Northern Colorado, USA

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Re: Nickshu's '64 Spyder Restoration Thread
Posted by: Joe West ()
Date: February 13, 2014 10:06PM

Great job Nick. I too will be following this. You are making much quicker progress than I expected. Your Corvair is going to put mine to shame!


1964 Spyder Convertible, Laurinburg North Carolina
Restoration Website: [www.corvairspyder.com]

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