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What to look for specifically on a convertible?
Posted by: vwbusman66 ()
Date: December 09, 2016 08:48AM

I've read numerous buyers guides for corvairs in anticipation and preparation for looking at a 66 convertible tomorrow morning.
I'm familiar with what to look for rust-wise on a coupe, but what should I look for in a convertible?
Rockers are critical, and supposedly the area under the rear seat rusts too.

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James Keller
Kingsville, MD (21087)
In memory of Bob Helt 1930-2018

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Re: What to look for specifically on a convertible?
Posted by: coleslaw31 ()
Date: December 09, 2016 08:58AM

I would say they rust about like a coupe in the lower portion of the fenders the only big difference is under the rear seat because of a torn rear window or clogged rear drains being stopped up. If rockers are good and floors dont look totally gone you should be good.

Just open both doors and check the body flex.

South Carolina Upstate



68 Monza convertible 140 4spd A/C (coming soon)
66 Corsa coupe 140 4spd

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Re: What to look for specifically on a convertible?
Posted by: vwbusman66 ()
Date: December 09, 2016 09:02AM

coleslaw31 Wrote:
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> Just open both doors and check the body flex.

What is the best way to check for body flex?
Open both doors, fold the top down, and stand on a rocker and see what happens?

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James Keller
Kingsville, MD (21087)
In memory of Bob Helt 1930-2018

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Re: What to look for specifically on a convertible?
Posted by: gnvair ()
Date: December 09, 2016 09:21AM

Rockers and door hinge pillars. If the roof is hard to unlatch from the windshield OR the windshield frame/body moves when unlatching you have issues.
But the rocker panels are the biggest killer because the reinforcement causes debris to collect and it is darn near impossible to get it out. Watch gets in from the windshield vent and collects inside the pillars and rockers with no where to go.
Replacing the rockers is not an easy task. The pillars are even harder as the dash panel must be removed to get the pillars out.

Lee J

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Re: What to look for specifically on a convertible?
Posted by: coleslaw31 ()
Date: December 09, 2016 09:41AM

Yeah open doors and unlatch roof haha I dont suggest to go jumping on it unless you own it. Mine has a bad spot at the end of the rocker where the drain holes are in the wheel well which is pretty common, but car is sturdy so I have a piece I cut off a coupe to repair it. Dont plan to do a rocker replacement unless I completely have to.

South Carolina Upstate



68 Monza convertible 140 4spd A/C (coming soon)
66 Corsa coupe 140 4spd

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Re: What to look for specifically on a convertible?
Posted by: sawdog81 ()
Date: December 09, 2016 10:29AM

If you can wiggle the windshield frame fore and aft without much effort, there's significant cowl rust.

Tom in Murphy, TX
'66 Monza Cpe 110/4spd
'69 Monza Cvt 110/PG #4858

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Re: What to look for specifically on a convertible?
Posted by: 1STLM ()
Date: December 09, 2016 11:34AM

Unlatch the top and raise it an inch or two above the windshield. Open both doors and lift each door up and down at the latch end
while watching for windshield movement, in relation to the top.
I looked at a convertible once that had uneven door spacing. The doors opened and closed fine until I put the back of the car on jack stands. At that point the drivers door stuck shut!

Brice

66 Corsa Turbo Convertible

Bozeman, Montana

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Re: What to look for specifically on a convertible?
Posted by: glivorsi ()
Date: December 09, 2016 11:55AM

Don't underestimate the cost of the convertible top itself. Parts and labor can be from $1200-1500 and it's one of the jobs that many DIY guys choose to outsource.

Also make sure that the "cocktail shakers" are present. These are the metal cans that are roughly the size of a 2-liter Coke bottle and located in each corner of the car. They are sometimes removed to save weight.

When checking for rust, open the top and stand up in the back seat wells to see if the floors are stiff.

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: What to look for specifically on a convertible?
Posted by: vwbusman66 ()
Date: December 09, 2016 12:36PM

glivorsi Wrote:
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> Don't underestimate the cost of the convertible
> top itself. Parts and labor can be from $1200-1500
> and it's one of the jobs that many DIY guys choose
> to outsource.
>
> Also make sure that the "cocktail shakers" are
> present. These are the metal cans that are roughly
> the size of a 2-liter Coke bottle and located in
> each corner of the car. They are sometimes removed
> to save weight.
>
> When checking for rust, open the top and stand up
> in the back seat wells to see if the floors are
> stiff.

The top appears to be in very good shape and is a 4 or 5 year old Clark's top. I will definitely look for the cocktail shakers tomorrow! I just did some reading about them and am somewhat impressed Chevy engineers did so much research to fix an issue!

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James Keller
Kingsville, MD (21087)
In memory of Bob Helt 1930-2018

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Re: What to look for specifically on a convertible?
Posted by: glivorsi ()
Date: December 09, 2016 01:48PM

Be sure that you latch the top and see what it looks like under tension. A poorly installed top will have wrinkles or may not look square with the car. Open and close the doors with the top up to make sure the tops of the windows clear the edge of the top. Also look at the inside of the top to make sure the pads are in decent shape. You can replace the top but leave beat up old pads in place. There are weatherstrips on the top frame that seal the tops of the windows. They are replaceable but not cheap. Look at the rear window well area with the top up. The fabric that lays in there was a rubber impregnated canvas that fades to beige with the sunlight. It rips easily once it gets brittle with age.

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: What to look for specifically on a convertible?
Posted by: Frank DuVal ()
Date: December 10, 2016 08:59AM

If the cocktail shakers are missing, they can be found. Not a reason to reject the car, just negotiation tactic.

Frank DuVal

Fredericksburg, VA

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Re: What to look for specifically on a convertible?
Posted by: CoCoCo ()
Date: December 11, 2016 11:34PM

Good luck! My first was a '66 Corsa Convertible. Hope this one's a keeper.

Regarding the wet rear floor under the seat, mine was just barely 6 years old with fewer than 60k miles showing when I got it and even here in CA had a veritable swamp under that back seat.
Luckily all rust was superficial at that point, and even though much of the rear seat padding fell off in gunky chunks, it all came together in the end.

Have fun.

Paul

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Re: What to look for specifically on a convertible?
Posted by: itskyle ()
Date: December 12, 2016 09:09PM

With any convertible....

Look at it in the rain. You can tell if there are any leaks in the interior.

Also, if nobody said anything, check the rear quarter roll up windows that they roll up and down.

Kyle

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Re: What to look for specifically on a convertible?
Posted by: flat_six ()
Date: September 26, 2017 03:44PM

Where are the drain holes for the rear area - water that drains off the convertible top and back window?

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Re: What to look for specifically on a convertible?
Posted by: isucorvair ()
Date: September 26, 2017 06:05PM

Door gaps don't always tell the story.

My gaps are terrible, but my rockers and floors are rock solid.

Eric P
DeWitt, Ia

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Re: What to look for specifically on a convertible?
Posted by: red monza ()
Date: September 26, 2017 07:12PM

Going tomorrow to buy a 64 conv....great info...did not check this car out hardly at all...could sell the parts off of it for what I am buying it for. Will post photos soon.

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Re: What to look for specifically on a convertible?
Posted by: matchlessmo ()
Date: September 26, 2017 07:17PM

Fellas, my rear right cocktail shaker mounting long bracket front to rear where bolt goes in is completely loose , no signs of tach welded , where they spot welded or glued, what is best repair method to secure that bracket, Thks

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