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IN AND OUT OF A CORVAIR COUPE
Posted by: bobg1951chevy ()
Date: February 18, 2017 11:27AM

You may know I've been on the hunt for a '65 to '69 Corvair Monza.

A AACA guy I know, brought up a good point, a point I had not thought about.

He is selling his 4 speed, 23,000 '65 convertible, one reason being the entry / exit situation.

I'm not a kid, fact is, I'm betting I'm probably the oldest guy on this site .... or close to it.

My last NEW CORVAIR MONZA was back in 1965.

Never a problem hopping in or out of the Corvair, back then.

Are there any "seniors" out there, who have Corvairs and still find it OK to enter and exit ?


Thanks,
Bob. 2-18-2017.

Bob G., Hendersonville, NC

1951 Chevy Styleline Deluxe 2 door sedan. Purchased in 2000.

1969 Corvair 500 Coupe. # 2671. Purchased in 2017.

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Re: IN AND OUT OF A CORVAIR COUPE
Posted by: irvan ()
Date: February 18, 2017 11:33AM

i'm 70, Corvairs are not bad getting in and out of, my MGB is worse.

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Re: IN AND OUT OF A CORVAIR COUPE
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: February 18, 2017 11:34AM

I'm '69 6ft 215 lb.... no problem in an LM. Earlies / FC yes not a problem for me.. just not easy as...


Old man's trick

Back into the seat... then swing legs / turn body...



PS I also use a seat extender.... moves seat back totally. See our FAQ's





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Re: IN AND OUT OF A CORVAIR COUPE
Posted by: 66vairman ()
Date: February 18, 2017 12:01PM

The physical abilities of someone in their 60's really varies a lot, as I know from experience.

Best bet is to try a Corvair. A convertible with the top down is easy for most.

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Re: IN AND OUT OF A CORVAIR COUPE
Posted by: stitch ()
Date: February 18, 2017 12:08PM

I have a friend with Trucks. He's used to climbing "in" his vehicles and stepping "out". Always a mild mannered jovial '@#$%&' from him when he rides in my Vair and has to climb "out". Yeah, he's in his 60's too..smoking smiley

"If you can't fix it with a Hammer, you have an Electrical problem."
Stitch...
Schertz, Texas.
(Smallish town/burg 17 mi. NE of San Antonio)

!967.. 4th body
8th off the line

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Re: IN AND OUT OF A CORVAIR COUPE
Posted by: gnvair ()
Date: February 18, 2017 12:14PM

I have always found the longer doors of coupes and convertibles easier for getting in and out of the car. The sedans with their abbreviated doors and the pillar make it awkward for me.

Lee J

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Re: IN AND OUT OF A CORVAIR COUPE
Posted by: oldqmguy ()
Date: February 18, 2017 12:29PM

I am 72 and have no problem getting in and out of "more door" cars! grinning smiley

I love my '67 4-Door. I follow Matt's idea, I back into it!

Just "My Way" of doing it!

Regards,

Dale cool smiley

Dale E. Smiley CPBE
Life Member The Society of Broadcast Engineers
RETIRED Broadcast Engineer
CERTIFIED CORVAIR NUT
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Avon, Indiana
WB9SFF
1967 4-Door Monza PG!

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Re: IN AND OUT OF A CORVAIR COUPE
Posted by: Timothy Shortle ()
Date: February 18, 2017 12:46PM

I am 56, 5 11, 180 and have no trouble getting in and out of any Corvairs (I drive my FCs, station wagon, LM coupes and convertibles, and my 67 4 door). I also have been known to drive them cross country.

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Re: IN AND OUT OF A CORVAIR COUPE
Posted by: eddieb ()
Date: February 18, 2017 12:50PM

I'm 72 and yes the lowness of Vairs can sometimes be a problem. Backing in works fine. I only have EM's and FC's. EddieB Dade City,Fl

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Re: IN AND OUT OF A CORVAIR COUPE
Posted by: Robert G ()
Date: February 18, 2017 01:07PM

Being 82 6'4+ and 235 its not as easy as when i was younger, but where theres a will there's a way! My Corvettes are worse! Setting down and swinging legs and body as others said works for me!

Robert G
SW Kans (in the corner!)

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Re: IN AND OUT OF A CORVAIR COUPE
Posted by: Setterz54 ()
Date: February 18, 2017 01:11PM

Im six foot and in my sixties and my problem is the vair is sitting kind of low,but its not that bad, I usually manage pretty good.

Setterz54
Fulton,MD.

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Re: IN AND OUT OF A CORVAIR COUPE
Posted by: moomba32 ()
Date: February 18, 2017 01:28PM

My LM is lowered a bit, it's about the same as Vettes I've had, my early is easy with the top down, haven't extended the seat yet so it's a challenge if top is up.

Don Marlowe
66 Monza 2Dr 140/pg
64 Spyder convertible now, 110/pg
Eutawville SC

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Re: IN AND OUT OF A CORVAIR COUPE
Posted by: curt ()
Date: February 18, 2017 01:42PM

I'm 75 with a back problem, darn it. To get out,I open the door bring, put both legs on the ground, place my left hand on the door sill, then stand up. At 6'1" it works for me.I do think seat extension would help a long legged Corvair man. I just never put them on and slither under the steering wheel, click the starter and off I go.

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Re: IN AND OUT OF A CORVAIR COUPE
Posted by: bobg1951chevy ()
Date: February 18, 2017 02:39PM

To: Irvan, Matt, 66vairman, Stitch, Gnvair, Oldqmguy, Timothy, EddieB, Robert G, Setterz54, Moomba & Curt.

Thank you all for the replies.

I feel better knowing others are able to get in and out, without a call to 911.

I have two 1951 Chevys, the seat cushions on those cars are high, the car is tall, so its no problem getting in and out of those vehicles.

Those will be sold, my "cruisin'" will be in a Corvair.

I've been told of an AACA meeting this week, going as a guest.

Perhaps a Corvair will be there for me to check out.

At 74, I want to keep going with the "car stuff", as long as I'm physically and mentally able to do so.

Emotionally, my wife tells me I'm still 12, don't know if that's a compliment or not. Guessing not.

Thanks all. smileys with beer

Bob G., Hendersonville, NC

1951 Chevy Styleline Deluxe 2 door sedan. Purchased in 2000.

1969 Corvair 500 Coupe. # 2671. Purchased in 2017.

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Re: IN AND OUT OF A CORVAIR COUPE
Posted by: MtnVairMike ()
Date: February 20, 2017 07:14AM

irvan Wrote:
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> i'm 70, Corvairs are not bad getting in and out
> of, my MGB is worse.


X2 on the MGB vs Corvair. Got both.

Mike

1966 Monza Convertible, 140HP-4 speed, Ermine White

Others in the menagerie...
72 Corvette Stingray, 58K miles, owned since 86
72 MGB, 112K miles, bought from original owner in 09
78 Chevy pickup, 124K miles, bought new in 78
93 Corvette, LT1/6spd, 210K miles, daily driver since 96

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Re: IN AND OUT OF A CORVAIR COUPE
Posted by: JamesD ()
Date: February 20, 2017 07:55AM

I'm almost 70, and extremely overweight, so most maneuvers are difficult for me.

The other day, I had a chance to get into Chuck Rust's car, and I popped into it as an 18-year-old would.

Motivation is a strong force.  May the force be with you!

James
'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: IN AND OUT OF A CORVAIR COUPE
Posted by: MonzaDave ()
Date: February 20, 2017 08:02AM

I'm 77 and 6'2", and the Corvair is not an issue for ingress/egress. Four door cars are actually easier for me in parking lots because the smaller door can be opened wider. (My Corvair is a two door and doesn't get parked in parking lots.) My wife's Miata is quite a bit more challenging than the Corvair, but still very doable. My biggest issue is that it's getting more difficult to crawl under and out from under the car. I guess a lift is in my future.

Dave Keillor
Rochester, MN

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Re: IN AND OUT OF A CORVAIR COUPE
Posted by: Timothy Shortle ()
Date: February 20, 2017 08:11AM

To you MGB guys: compare your cars to an MG Midget.

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Re: IN AND OUT OF A CORVAIR COUPE
Posted by: JamesD ()
Date: February 20, 2017 08:22AM

Timothy Shortle Wrote:
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> To you MGB guys: compare your cars to an MG Midget.

I used to have a bug-eye.  You don't get into those cars; you put them on.

James
'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: IN AND OUT OF A CORVAIR COUPE
Posted by: veverlove ()
Date: February 20, 2017 09:49PM

MonzaDave - That's my issue, as well. Being a paraplegic, w/ no function from chest down, getting from the ground back into my chair is becoming more problematic as the years collect and an old shoulder injury have me weakened. I have actually been contemplating selling my Corvairs due to this.

bobg1951chevy - Good luck w/ your future pick. Too bad you're on the opposite coast, I'd sell you my '65 vert cheap.

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