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RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Posted by: rhysaccess ()
Date: September 30, 2017 10:26PM

Howdy all,

The photos below are of a car that was used locally (way back) – but had has survived the last 25+ years dormant in panel shops and sea containers.

The local number plates on the car were issued in 1966, the Fisher body plate indicates an early September 1966 build date, so the car was probably imported new. It may have come through the old Exmouth US army base in the remote north….as many cars did in the day.

The car was converted to right hand drive (as was the obligation back then) – and the initial inspection shows a good quality conversion.
Other than a power top – the specification is a pretty standard 140Hp/Power glide combination.

I’ve bought the car to save it, but I’ll need to do some further assessment before I figure out if it’s a restoration project or not.

Regards,
Rhys

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Re: RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: September 30, 2017 10:50PM

A.I.R [smog] engine!! must've been as you described! Score!!

A PG 140...... excellent street engine with special cam timing for low / mid-range power





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Re: RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Date: October 01, 2017 12:34AM

Share a photo of the Fisher Body ID plate, please.

A guy in Victoria built his Monza to RHD spec a few years ago. Article w/ photos on his work in the April 2008 "Communique" - available online to CORSA members.

Corvair were built in both USA and Canada up until 1966, but with the A.I.R (Air Injection Reaction anti-smog) engine, It was built to comply with original sale in California, the only state that required any engine controls.
In the USA Corvairs were built in Michigan at Willow Run, and were also built in Los Angeles area at Van Nuys.
The Fisher Body plate will have LOS stamped on it if it was built in California. (likely)
I've also got a 1966 Corvair Corsa with the A.I.R. system originally installed as the car was sold new at Washburn Chevrolet in Santa Barbara, California.
However, mine was built during May of 1966, after the Van Nuys plant had stopped Corvair production.
Of course all the engines were produced in TonaWanda, New York and shipped across the USA to the plant in California.
In my cars situation, they were installing those A.I.R. engines in Corvairs at Willow Run and shipping the entire car out west.

Here is another CCF Thread about RHD cars down under.


Dan Davis ~ Pierce County, WA ~ CORSA Western Director + Corvairs NW + North Cascades Corvairs + Corvanatics
1966 Corsa Turbo coupe ~ ~ 1966 140 Corsa ~ ~ 1965 Monza 140/4 'Vert Sierra Tan/Fawn ~ 1964 Monza 'Vert (SOLD) ~ 1960 Monza Ermine White/Red PG ++ ~ 1965 Monza 140/4 Evening Orchid w/ ivory/black interior ~ 1962 Monza Wagon 102/4 ~ 1963 Rampside/Scamper ~ 1963 Red/Greenbrier ~ 1969 Ultra Van #468

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Re: RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Posted by: rhysaccess ()
Date: October 01, 2017 01:09AM

Here it is......

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Re: RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Date: October 01, 2017 01:30AM

Very early production - 14th Monza Convertible body built in LOS Angeles (Van Nuys) California.


Dan Davis ~ Pierce County, WA ~ CORSA Western Director + Corvairs NW + North Cascades Corvairs + Corvanatics
1966 Corsa Turbo coupe ~ ~ 1966 140 Corsa ~ ~ 1965 Monza 140/4 'Vert Sierra Tan/Fawn ~ 1964 Monza 'Vert (SOLD) ~ 1960 Monza Ermine White/Red PG ++ ~ 1965 Monza 140/4 Evening Orchid w/ ivory/black interior ~ 1962 Monza Wagon 102/4 ~ 1963 Rampside/Scamper ~ 1963 Red/Greenbrier ~ 1969 Ultra Van #468

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Re: RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Posted by: coleslaw31 ()
Date: October 01, 2017 06:07AM

Wild I didn't know right hand drive was made for this car. Front blinker lenses are unique also.

South Carolina Upstate



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

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Re: RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Posted by: gnvair ()
Date: October 01, 2017 06:14AM

That's a very early production 66 model year LA built car. How low is the last 6 of the VIN?

Lee J

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Re: RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: October 01, 2017 06:48AM

Vairy Cool!!! Ironic that we were just talking about somebody's RHD project yesterday at the Meet-UP.

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Re: RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Posted by: jimc ()
Date: October 01, 2017 07:36AM

Nice find!

Are the holes in the legs of the air cleaner original are modifications?

Is that specific to an Australian export?

Are there missing plug(s) and what was the purpose of those openings?

Jimc
1965 Corsa

HACOA member
AACA 2015 Award
CORSA 2017 Concours Senior Gold Award

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Re: RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: October 01, 2017 07:51AM

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jimc
Are the holes in the legs of the air cleaner original are modifications?

Smog system air diverter valves were there in stock configuration.

The big holes in the lower shrouds were for the smog pump tubing.

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Re: RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: October 01, 2017 08:01AM

Like this...these have been on C/L for a very long time.

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Re: RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Posted by: jimc ()
Date: October 01, 2017 09:09AM

Thanks,

I was aware of the lower tubes from heads to pump, but had forgotten about the diverter valves.

Jimc
1965 Corsa

HACOA member
AACA 2015 Award
CORSA 2017 Concours Senior Gold Award

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Re: RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Posted by: Frank DuVal ()
Date: October 01, 2017 09:40AM

From the pictures shown, nothing would make it a non-project to me. I see floors, they are usually missing here.

For future note, alternator has wrong pulley and is missing a rear bracket. You will find lots of little things like this (and holes in air cleaner) as you proceed. Come here for information if needed.thumbs up

Those front turn signal assemblies look like non-Corvair parts. Not just the lenses, but the whole assembly looks different, like off another production car of the time. Keep them!

Keep us posted!smileys with beer

Frank DuVal

Fredericksburg, VA

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Re: RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Posted by: 67 airvair ()
Date: October 01, 2017 09:57AM

Carl Kelsen converted his '65 Monza convertible to RHD as well. I did a model of it for him. His is a 110/auto w/a-c and full Corsa instrumentation.

It's got everything mirror imaged on the dash, down to the emblem on the glove box door being on the opposite side of the door.

-Mark

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Re: RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: October 01, 2017 10:34AM

Cool find! Regarding the front turn indicators... Is that a split 2-bulb conversion? If so I imagine amber are turn indicators and white are parking lamps. Is that right?

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: RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Posted by: OzJavelin ()
Date: October 01, 2017 02:01PM

Nice one!
Looks like a great project.
The conversion is a bit like my old '68 Impala SS.
Car was bought new by an Australian dealer from an American dealer in LA. Doco for car showed it was sold to the Melbourne dealership and never registered in the USA. Was shipped here and converted to RHD by a specialist firm (forgot which one?). Because it was brand new, the conversion involved reusing as much of the original car as possible, rather than using local RHD parts .. hence it had the original LH dash cutup and reconfigured to RHD, and also used the LHD steering box that was boxed into the frame rail on the RHS and the steering gear reversed .. as was typical for the weird conversions at the time.
Looking forward to hearing the progress on this one smiling smiley

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Re: RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Posted by: OzJavelin ()
Date: October 01, 2017 02:02PM

BTW .. if you are selling or parting out .. drop me a PM winking smiley

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Re: RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Posted by: 19sixty5 ()
Date: October 01, 2017 07:52PM

I am always intrigued and impressed by the RHD conversions. The majority I have seen you would swear were factory. Some amazing craftsmanship!

65 Crown coupe
65 GTO 4 speed Tri-Power Convert
67 Cutlass Supreme LS3/4LE85 Convert
1970 El Camino SS 396 Turbo 400
2005 Chevrolet Duramax 2500HD
2011 Honda Accord 6 speed Navi Coupe
2014 Harley Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Limited

Huntsville, AL

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Re: RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Posted by: rhysaccess ()
Date: October 02, 2017 05:40AM

Howdy all,

I got the chance to get my hands dirty on the Monza this evening.

I pulled the plugs and got the engine turning....I can't see any reason why it won't fire up - subsequent to a fair bit of mucking around.

I'll extract a door lock and get a key cut for the ignition. I guess I pull a headlight bucket out to access the frunk?

BTW the front indicator lights are just some local modification to either appease a white/orange light requirement of the day... or just a local bodge. (best binned)

I found a transport permit in the glovebox that indicated that the last time the car was driven was 1990.

Regards,
Rhys

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Re: RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Posted by: rhysaccess ()
Date: October 12, 2017 06:08AM

Howdy all,

So, I got the thing running.The plug thread on #2 cylinder was stuffed, it had some electrical faults and an oil leak.

RH outer rocker panel, RH rear floor, the back seat base and the base of the windscreen is rusty - the rest is pretty good.

Some worn suspension bushes, stuffed brake hoses and a leaking fuel tank.

But a good conversion to right hand drive.

I'll get thing licensed and see where I go from there.

Pictures below for those interested.

Regards,
Rhys

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