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Re: Having fun piecing my basket-case '60 together
Posted by: glivorsi ()
Date: August 05, 2016 03:32PM

I'll bet you're having a tough time deciding whether to install a back window, a rear windshield, or a backlight in that beauty. smoking smiley

Greg in Wildwood, MO (part of the St. Louis urban sprawl)

1965 Monza Vert 110PG, Crocus Yellow with black interior and top

2014 Honda Accord V6 (DD)
2017 Honda Pilot (wifemobile)
2012 Chevy Sonic 1.8L (kid's car)
1997 Honda CBR1100XX
2006 Mazdaspeed 6 (no longer own)

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Re: Having fun piecing my basket-case '60 together
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: August 05, 2016 03:35PM

Don't forget rear window, back windscreen and rear windscreen. and the ever ubiquitous rear glass.

Al Lane
Ellabell GA

1966 Monza Coupe, 110 hp, 4 Spd
1968 Camaro SS Coupe 350 CI 295+ HP PG
1964 Greenbrier Deluxe, 6 dr, 80 hp car engine, PG
2015 Chevrolet Malibu 2LT
2018 Chevrolet Silverado LTZ Z71 Centennial Edition
1947 Farmall A tractor 15 hp


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Re: Having fun piecing my basket-case '60 together
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: August 05, 2016 03:43PM

I'd be happy if my glass guy would come back and finish. He's usually reliable and he's been doing glass work for me for 20 years. I had him over to do the windshields and backlites on the Corvair and Mustang but all he got done was the Mustang windshield. Maybe he took offense when I called them backlites?

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: Having fun piecing my basket-case '60 together
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: September 01, 2016 10:15PM

Progress!

The windshield and backlite have been in for a couple of weeks (glass guy FINALLY showed up after a couple weeks of promises) so I'm on to interior trim.

The headliner has been giving me fits. First the bows were too tight and that prevented stretching side to side. Got that fixed and got the front half right. Then as I was fiddling with the back half the tack strip decided to disintegrate. I've spent hours and hours on just the headliner. I think I'm going to throw in the towel and trade some labor with my upholstery guy. In fact he already owes me for some backhoe work so that's how that's gong to go.

Clarks made-up light-turquoise rear seat cover and I had my local paint shop custom-mix some vinyl dye to match. Today I dyed my extra set of ice-blue seats to matching turquoise and then dyed the door panels from ltheir non-matching turquoise to exactly match the seats.

A little paint on the doors, some weather-shield paper and the doors are nearly done! Now that's some satisfying progress for a single day!

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: Having fun piecing my basket-case '60 together
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: September 01, 2016 10:29PM

Photo comment: Let's just say my cell phone camera doesn't do turquoise. The vinyl is all on the green side (as seen properly in the rear seat color). On my PC it's all looking blue. No explanation for that.confused smiley but "whatever"

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: Having fun piecing my basket-case '60 together
Posted by: GWLee ()
Date: September 02, 2016 04:55AM

Craig that is the same issue I have taking pics of my 60. One pic looks blue and the next green. Once in awhile I get a pic that is actually close in color. Frustrating for sure. And I can take 5 pics in a row from the same spot, and they are still different. Great job.

I guess swapping the new engine and drive train in my 60, this winter, is out the door. My wife fell on the back porch Tuesday and is all laid up. She ripped up her hip and knee on her right side. And the docs are saying she is most likely going to have to do hip and knee replacement surgery. So my 60 isn't going to get finished, I was really wanting to get this new motor in the car so I can drive it more. The one in it now is smoking quite a bit after it warms up. And I still have the growling in the differential. But maybe some day.

Great job,

Lee Adkins

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

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

Not the best pic, but the only I had from then, 1997!

2016!

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Re: Having fun piecing my basket-case '60 together
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: September 03, 2016 09:27PM

I took my first "long" drive today - about five miles. Woo hoo! So easy to drive.

Today's work:

The paint inside on the passenger door had a couple of flaws so that got a respray and then I installed its weathershield and interior panel.

One thing I learned: 60-64 Coupe door weatherstrips don't exactly fit '60 doors. Oops A couple of tweaks and they work OK so it's all good and they're installed.

"The List" is finally getting down to just a few items: Perimeter seals, rear grille, headliner, rear inside trim panels, axle bearing (grunch grunch grunch), a correct muffler, white wall tires, and gas heater repair. Oh, arm rests too. Jeez I hate lists!

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: Having fun piecing my basket-case '60 together
Posted by: sportwagon400 ()
Date: September 03, 2016 10:27PM

looks great Craig I look forward to seeing the car in April when we come through for the swap meet

Ken

Current rides for
Mr Buick
69 GS 400 Convertible Buckets Console Air ( now fully restored )
69 GS 350 Buckets Console Air
69 Buick Special Deluxe 2 dr post fact air
65 Sportwagon 350 SBB 2004R w/air & cruise
65 Buick Special wagon factory air
66 Corvair Corsa Crown mid engine V8 Conversion
69 Dune Buggy 110 HP Corvair powered Crown conversion
65 Pontiac Safari Wagon V8
94 S10

Please tell my wife I have another woman it would be easier to explane!

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Re: Having fun piecing my basket-case '60 together
Posted by: 4carbcorvair ()
Date: September 04, 2016 05:16AM

Nice work Craig! Your enthusiasm shows in the way you type. Congrats!

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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: Having fun piecing my basket-case '60 together
Posted by: Pedigo ()
Date: September 04, 2016 05:35AM

That's a beautiful transformation!

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Re: Having fun piecing my basket-case '60 together
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: September 13, 2016 07:13PM

Yesterday morning...

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: Having fun piecing my basket-case '60 together
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: September 13, 2016 07:18PM

So why did I pull the powertrain? I had a noisy bearing. Differential? The noise seemed to be center, maybe right side. I swapped the right axle with a spare and there was no change so I figured it was a carrier bearing.

I installed an entire transaxle and drove it yesterday afternoon.

Still had the noise! About all that was left was the left axle, which was not the apparent source directionally. Guess what. Left axle bearing was bad. I installed the removed axle from the right side onto the left side and voila! Almost no noise. It turns out that my spare axle had a bad bearing too! Two bad bearings and the diff was fine. In other words, I got my *ss kicked.

At least I got to the bottom of the noise.eye popping smiley

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: Having fun piecing my basket-case '60 together
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: September 13, 2016 07:25PM

In other news...

I installed the correct, round 60 muffler and air grille. smiling smiley

Mounted the Maxxis white wall tires from NMcarnut smiling smiley

And watched the headliner tack strips explode before my vairy eyes. sad smiley

Two steps forward, one step back. I guess that's progress, eh?

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: Having fun piecing my basket-case '60 together
Posted by: Paulsgt ()
Date: September 13, 2016 07:54PM

thumbs upthumbs up

Paul Sergeant
CORSA Central Division Director / CORSA Treasurer <-new title
Lee's Summit, MO
CORSA since 1975
Member – HACOA, Corvair Minnesota, CORSA, Little Indians, POCI



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Re: Having fun piecing my basket-case '60 together
Posted by: cad-kid ()
Date: September 14, 2016 04:56AM

Excellent work & photos. The headliner issue sucks. I hate having to do similar repairs more than once or twice.

Jeremy (cad-kid)
Kronenwetter, WI (Central Wisconsin)
CORSA Member#031129
SOLD-9-2016 65 Monza 4spd/140
My 65 Monza thread
My YouTube page yawning smiley

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Re: Having fun piecing my basket-case '60 together
Posted by: flamingchariots ()
Date: September 15, 2016 08:49AM

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craig
And watched the headliner tack strips explode before my vairy eyes.


What do you think was the cause of the detaching tack strips?

Kevin
Medina, OH

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Re: Having fun piecing my basket-case '60 together
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: October 12, 2016 08:25PM

I'm closing in on the end of this project, just a few things to go: Gas heater, Arm Rests, and maybe swapping-in the rebuilt '64 front suspension I have laying around.

Today (and about half of yesterday) was "Gas Heater Day"!

Well the fans both worked, that was a good start but the control cables are awful. I'll have to swap those out before I break one of the control levers. At least the fans worked. The heater didn't.

In trunk testing revealed: No spark & No fuel. No good...angry smiley

Spark was *relatively* easy:thumbs up "All" I had to do was to install a new "heater base" (Points unit) and cam. The cam is a little plastic "0" shaped cylinder that screws onto the back of the combustion blower shaft The cam operates the points to make the coil spark. The one on the car was .020" undersize on the high point so away it went. Quick test and spark was a happenin.smileys with beer

Next: Why no fuel? Cracking open the fuel union gave a good squirt so fuel was getting to the unit, just not into the burner. 12-volts to the fuel solenoid yielded only a little spark at the connector. It's supposed to click, meaning the solenoid is opening the fuel valve. Unfortunately, no click. Just to shorten the narrative by about four hours, I went through four solenoids and valves, mixing and matching, before I found a combination that would activate on just !2-volts AND shut the fuel off completely when de-activated. Another hard-won battle!

I had planned to use the car's heat exchanger since it only had a pinhole or two showing on the exhaust pipe but as I wire-brushed it for welding, more and more holes opened up. Pretty soon it was swiss cheese. sad smiley I dove into the gas heater bin and found three more heat exchangers. One FC (off limits), one about the same as the bad one, and one with no exhaust pipe at all! I decided to make an new exhaust pipe and try welding it to the stainless steel heat exchanger. I started with the worst one; what did I have to loose?eye rolling smiley

Wonder of wonders, the stainless steel was weld-friendly and a few hours later I had the new pipe built and welded on. The heat exchanger's drain tube braze had failed too, so I re-brazed that and we were ready to go!

About an hour and a half later the heater unit was all buttoned-up and back in the car ready for the smoke-fire-and-flame test...

It worked!smileys with beer

The NOS exhaust pipe went on like a charm (Thanks Terry!) and the outside work is done. Now onto the interior and replacement of those rusty cables. That ought to be easy compared to this long, drawn-out flail.grinning smiley

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: Having fun piecing my basket-case '60 together
Posted by: ROD ()
Date: October 12, 2016 08:33PM

Nice work Craig !

Rod Tetrault
El Cajon , CA
65 Corsa Yenko Clone / 65 Corsa EO Creampuff Vert
66 Corsa "JIMISH" Mid engine Turbo LS1 currently 2nd fastest Corvair in the USA
Class 5 Corvair powered Baja
61 Vintage Rampy
Corvair powered Buggy x 3
Enough hidden parts to build a space ship

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Re: Having fun piecing my basket-case '60 together
Posted by: GWLee ()
Date: October 13, 2016 07:35AM

What did you use to weld the pipe on the combustion chamber? I've got a chamber that I was gonna try and fix, at a later date and am just curious what you welded it with.

If I can fix mine I'll then have a spare, plus I believe I have another that needs repair. Would be great to fix them all.

It can save me a lot of experimenting.

Lee Adkins

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

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

Not the best pic, but the only I had from then, 1997!

2016!

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Re: Having fun piecing my basket-case '60 together
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: October 13, 2016 08:14AM

Lee, I welded the heat exchanger with my MIG welder. .030" wire, CO2/Ar gas.

Direct the heat to the pipe 90%. Weld one kernel at a time. Stop feed the instant the rising kernel melts the thin stainless. Move over one kernel and repeat.

The tube diameter pretty much filled the opening in the exchanger. I rigged it so it was about 1/8" in. The tube diameter is much larger than original so it wouldn't fit the OEM exhaust pipe without an adapter.

To make an adapter, I took about an 1 1/2" extra tube and made a couple of cuts lengthwise to remove a strip about 1/2" wide. Closed the tube section with a vice until it had the right OD for the Exhaust pipe and then welded the seam to make it a tube again. Slipped the adapter into the exhaust elbow and welded all the way around. You can see it in the picture.

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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