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Rusty Venture -- MoxyRamone's 1964 Monza Convertible Project
Posted by: MoxyRamone ()
Date: July 17, 2015 12:59PM

I think that Corvairs are like cocaine... Highly addictive and wallet-draining.

I just brought home yet another Corvair. This will make my third 1964 Monza and my second 1964 Convertible. I was getting nowhere with my other convertible and I was actually just looking for a few parts. It turns out that this parts car is going to be my new project.

I know that most of you out there are different than me. Most of you don't want to dive into somewhat difficult projects. I, however, enjoy working on body repair, metal fabrication and painting. I love doing the work myself as it fills me with a great sense of satisfaction. I paid $300 cash for this car. I sold parts from my collection to buy it, so the car was essentially free. Although it looks like crap, the car is solid. The rockers are free of rust and with the exception of a few spots, the floors are all there. A pressure washing revealed about 6 different paint jobs, but I am going back to factory. According to the trim tag, it was originally Satin Silver. I really like the siver and black color combination.

Here are some pictures of how I found it, buried in the historical district of Spartanburg, SC.

John Carver
Landrum, South Carolina

1964 Monza Convertible

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Re: Rusty Venture -- MoxyRamone's 1964 Monza Convertible Project
Posted by: MoxyRamone ()
Date: July 17, 2015 01:03PM

Some pictures of the floors and the car after a pressure washing blasted through a rainbow of paint colors.

John Carver
Landrum, South Carolina

1964 Monza Convertible

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Re: Rusty Venture -- MoxyRamone's 1964 Monza Convertible Project
Posted by: MoxyRamone ()
Date: July 17, 2015 01:04PM

Like a weird camouflage. So much garbage in the car.

John Carver
Landrum, South Carolina

1964 Monza Convertible

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Re: Rusty Venture -- MoxyRamone's 1964 Monza Convertible Project
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: July 17, 2015 01:05PM

Get on it!! ggg





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Re: Rusty Venture -- MoxyRamone's 1964 Monza Convertible Project
Posted by: MoxyRamone ()
Date: July 17, 2015 01:59PM

I forgot to mention some of the fantastic comedy that took place moving this car from SC to NC.

The car had been sitting in the same place since around 1992. The previous owner drove it into its final resting place, shut off the car and walked away. I found it with the keys still in the ignition. He believed that it wouldn't start after its long sleep, but I disagreed. I put in a fresh coil and changed the points, got out the ether and got to work. My buddy was manning the ether and I was at the key. He was afraid of spiders. A few sprays of ether and the old girl whirred to life. Wonderful! I threw some gas in the tank and tried to get the car to idle, but it has a restriction in the gas line somewhere. I kept hitting the key trying to get the fuel pump to draw gas. Unbeknownst to me, my buddy was spraying starting fluid every time I hit the key. About the 10th time I hit the key, I hear a "whoosh!" The ether suddenly burst into flames and the previous owner hauled ass into the house. I ran to the back and threw the old fabric car cover onto the fire to put it out. Finally got it out, but the choke pull offs were completely melted. Could have been worse.

After that, we decided to pull it out. My buddy got the truck and asked where he should hook it up. I told him to put the chain around the big, heavy crossmember. He said okay and hooked up the chain. He got in the truck and hit the gas. I watched in horror as the front wheels began to point towards each other. He had put the chain around the drag link! Geez!

In the end, it made it home, no thanks to my buddy. I suppose it's like "The World According to Garp", it's now pre-disastered... it's all better from here on out.

John Carver
Landrum, South Carolina

1964 Monza Convertible

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Re: Rusty Venture -- MoxyRamone's 1964 Monza Convertible Project
Posted by: jimmyo ()
Date: July 17, 2015 02:06PM

Good Luck, there has been worse starting points.

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: Rusty Venture -- MoxyRamone's 1964 Monza Convertible Project
Posted by: The Stig ()
Date: July 17, 2015 03:18PM

Looks like a great project. Looking forward to seeing updates on it.

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Re: Rusty Venture -- MoxyRamone's 1964 Monza Convertible Project
Posted by: Gregs210 ()
Date: July 17, 2015 05:30PM

Cool, but please keep your buddy away from it.

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Re: Rusty Venture -- MoxyRamone's 1964 Monza Convertible Project
Posted by: Noel Felty ()
Date: July 17, 2015 05:30PM

Glad to see you are still doing the Vair thing after your move. Good luck!

Noel Felty
Brevard, NC
1966 Corsa 140 Before

1966 Corsa After

1972 Ford f100

Corsa SC
NC Mountain Corvairs

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Re: Rusty Venture -- MoxyRamone's 1964 Monza Convertible Project
Posted by: MoxyRamone ()
Date: July 18, 2015 01:05PM

Thanks, everyone. Although I hate to do it, I am going to take all of the work I've done to my other car and transfer it to this one. In the next few weeks, I will install my new gas tank, rebuilt carbs, new fuel lines, freshly rebuilt brakes, new master cylinder, brake lines, and good tires. Should be road worthy by the end of August.

John Carver
Landrum, South Carolina

1964 Monza Convertible

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Re: Rusty Venture -- MoxyRamone's 1964 Monza Convertible Project
Posted by: MoxyRamone ()
Date: July 23, 2015 10:48AM

I decided to clean up the engine compartment because I was swapping out so many things. Seemed like a good idea. Here are some pictures of my progress so far.

It started out ugly, and although we often find a mouse nest when working on old cars, we don't often find the long dead mice!

John Carver
Landrum, South Carolina

1964 Monza Convertible

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Re: Rusty Venture -- MoxyRamone's 1964 Monza Convertible Project
Posted by: MoxyRamone ()
Date: July 23, 2015 10:50AM

It's cleaning up better than I had hoped.

John Carver
Landrum, South Carolina

1964 Monza Convertible

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Re: Rusty Venture -- MoxyRamone's 1964 Monza Convertible Project
Posted by: MoxyRamone ()
Date: July 30, 2015 04:45PM

Finished with the engine compartment. Sure is better than it was when I found it!

John Carver
Landrum, South Carolina

1964 Monza Convertible

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Re: Rusty Venture -- MoxyRamone's 1964 Monza Convertible Project
Posted by: MoxyRamone ()
Date: July 30, 2015 04:47PM

More pictures.

John Carver
Landrum, South Carolina

1964 Monza Convertible

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Re: Rusty Venture -- MoxyRamone's 1964 Monza Convertible Project
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: July 30, 2015 04:48PM

Much better!





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Re: Rusty Venture -- MoxyRamone's 1964 Monza Convertible Project
Posted by: Vincep ()
Date: July 31, 2015 11:07AM

I feel MUCH better about the condition of my floor pans after seeing these pics.

My Corvair needs work too. Good luck to you.smileys with beer

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Re: Rusty Venture -- MoxyRamone's 1964 Monza Convertible Project
Posted by: MoxyRamone ()
Date: July 31, 2015 11:18AM

These floors are excellent compared to some I have repaired. I made a floor from scratch for my other Corvair. There was literally nothing there.

Some before and after shots.

John Carver
Landrum, South Carolina

1964 Monza Convertible

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Re: Rusty Venture -- MoxyRamone's 1964 Monza Convertible Project
Posted by: Vincep ()
Date: July 31, 2015 11:29AM

Nice.

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Re: Rusty Venture -- MoxyRamone's 1964 Monza Convertible Project
Posted by: Frank DuVal ()
Date: July 31, 2015 08:31PM

This is a pet peeve of mine:

Why did you change the coil? I have never seen one go bad from sitting...

Points, yes, they get corrosion that needs to be cleaned off. But a coil?

On a lighter note,

GREAT JOB! smileys with beer This one is worth saving.

Frank DuVal

Fredericksburg, VA

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Re: Rusty Venture -- MoxyRamone's 1964 Monza Convertible Project
Posted by: MoxyRamone ()
Date: August 01, 2015 06:28AM

Frank,
The reason I changed the coil is because after changing the points, I got no spark. After swapping the coil with one I had laying around, the engine fired. It may have just been a coincidence, as I have never had one go bad either. Thanks for the encouraging words. It's going to be a long project.

I am a penny pincher and I really wouldn't have just replaced a part without it being truly needed.

I have honestly been waiting for someone to point out that I had the firing order backwards in the "cleaned-up" pictures, but no one has!

John Carver
Landrum, South Carolina

1964 Monza Convertible

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