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Re: RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: October 12, 2017 07:53AM

Go for it!





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Re: RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: October 12, 2017 07:56AM

Indeed, GO FOR IT ! ! !
That will be one truly unique Corvair.

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Re: RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Posted by: Timothy Shortle ()
Date: October 12, 2017 08:15AM

Vairy interesting vehicle. As pointed out that car (air cleaner/engine) was either first sold in California or someone somewhere else opted for the A I R system option (think early tree hugger). I wondered how they set up the throttle linkage and now I see it. Driving a RHD vehicle is certainly different so be careful if you put it back on the road. Any road. Where are you located rhys? Oh, and I LIKE IT!

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Re: RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Posted by: azdave ()
Date: October 12, 2017 08:40AM

Look at the radio bezel. Even that was converted for RHD with the lighter and ignition text swapping sides. Was the "LOCK" text a late 68-69 thing or did someone add that?


Dave W. / Gilbert Arizona
66 Corsa 140 4-speed w/factory A/C
66 Corsa 140 4-speed w/factory A/C
66 Corsa 140 4-speed
65 Corsa 140 4-speed
66 Corsa 455 Toronado V8
65 Monza 455 Toronado V8
65 Monza 4dr 140 PG w/factory A/C
65 Monza 4dr EJ20T w/5-speed
66 500 4dr 110 3-speed Display Vehicle




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Re: RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Posted by: OzJavelin ()
Date: October 12, 2017 03:56PM

Really (really) want this car, but WA is the other side of the country .. long way to go for a look and transport back. It's still milling about in my head .. probably more fun than my RHD Plymouth Fury convertible winking smiley

It looks like a great car .. maybe Rhys will keep it winking smiley

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Re: RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Posted by: solo2r ()
Date: October 12, 2017 06:50PM

68-9's do not have a 'lock' in the plate. Earlies do though. Wonder why if they used the same GM ign switch?

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Re: RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Posted by: rhysaccess ()
Date: October 13, 2017 12:18AM

Howdy all,

I had heard of this car’s existence some years ago, and had tracked it down with a view to purchase it.

I only got as close to it as a friend/associate of the owner, who claimed the car was imported and converted by Holden, to evaluate selling them locally. The car had then crept into private ownership via some undisclosed event.

It seems pretty implausible, that any such car ….would end up in this part of the country.

Is it a puzzle however, for a car to be built in September ‘66, get shipped to Australia (4-6 weeks at best), get converted to RHD and still be licensed in 1966 – according to dating of the number plates. I’m doing some research to find out the story.

I hope to take it for a drive this weekend and see if we like each other.

Regards,
Rhys

PS: switch is original as the key was cut from the door lock number

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Re: RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Posted by: BobV66Vair ()
Date: October 13, 2017 09:08AM

The dash panel is completely opposite the LH dash. To get the shifter on the left side must have been a big project unless GM made them for the RH markets. Really looks interesting. Is this worth more as a survivor or a restoration. I would restore it so it can be driven well.

Bob Vinnacombe
Sandy, Oregon
1965 Corsa 140 stock
1966 Monza Soon to be race car
1968 Monza Parts for now

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Re: RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: October 13, 2017 03:12PM

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rhysaccess

I only got as close to it as a friend/associate of the owner, who claimed the car was imported and converted by Holden, to evaluate selling them locally.

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BobV66Vair
To get the shifter on the left side must have been a big project unless GM made them for the RH markets.

Everything I've ever read says GM never did anything for Corvair RHD.

This car must be all Holden (just learned that) or a private owner effort.

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Re: RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Date: October 13, 2017 04:10PM

BobV66Vair Wrote:
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> The dash panel is completely opposite the LH dash.
> To get the shifter on the left side must have been
> a big project unless GM made them for the RH
> markets. Really looks interesting. Is this worth
> more as a survivor or a restoration. I would
> restore it so it can be driven well.
<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<->>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
The Powerglide dash-mounted shifter bezel would just need to be flipped 180* and the inset RNDL installed with the correct orientation. With the radio out of the way, move the cable & wires over a few inches...
Ta-DaH!
It's the easy part compared to some of the rest of the story.....


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: Mike Stillwell ()
Date: October 13, 2017 04:31PM

This car was actually built in September of 1965. Would it be possible to see a pic of the steering linkage? It looks like the pitman arm mount has been swapped to the right side, but the bend is still correct. Very curious to see how it is configured.

Mike
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Re: RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: October 13, 2017 05:25PM

1966-Corsa-GT-180 Wrote:
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> BobV66Vair Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > The dash panel is completely opposite the LH
> dash.
> > To get the shifter on the left side must have
> been
> > a big project unless GM made them for the RH
> > markets. Really looks interesting. Is this
> worth
> > more as a survivor or a restoration. I would
> > restore it so it can be driven well.
> <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<->>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
> >>>>
> The Powerglide dash-mounted shifter bezel would
> just need to be flipped 180* and the inset RNDL
> installed with the correct orientation. With the
> radio out of the way, move the cable & wires over
> a few inches...
> Ta-DaH!
> It's the easy part compared to some of the rest of
> the story.....

Yes, I agree, moving the PG selector would be very easy.
But, If Chevy never did a RHD LM Corvair, where did the RHD dash panel come from?
That piece is a bit more complicated than flipping a bezel.

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Re: RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: October 13, 2017 07:05PM

Conversion shops can "Mirror" anything!





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Re: RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Posted by: OzJavelin ()
Date: October 16, 2017 07:43PM

How'd the weekend drive to Rhys?

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Re: RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Posted by: rhysaccess ()
Date: October 16, 2017 11:06PM

Pffft - no weekend drive.....the Corvair gods conspired against me.

The fuel tank is completely rotten (I had run it on an independent fuel supply), and the spare exhaust system I had didn't fit the 140HP engine.

So I await a new fuel tank, exhaust system, repair panels, shocks etc etc from Clark's.

Seems I'm now committed.

Cheers,
Rhys

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Re: RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: October 16, 2017 11:29PM

rhysaccess Wrote:
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> Pffft - no weekend drive.....the Corvair gods
> conspired against me.
>
> The fuel tank is completely rotten (I had run it
> on an independent fuel supply), and the spare
> exhaust system I had didn't fit the 140HP engine.
>
> So I await a new fuel tank, exhaust system, repair
> panels, shocks etc etc from Clark's.
>
> Seems I'm now committed.
>
> Cheers,
> Rhys

Or, Ought to be! Eh?
I think that covers most all of us Corvair owners.
We ought to be "Committed"
.
Anyway , good for you!
There are at least a dozen or more over here that would just die to have a "RARE" RHD Corvair !
Go out there and make us proud ! ! !

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Re: RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Posted by: OzJavelin ()
Date: October 17, 2017 02:05PM

rhysaccess Wrote:
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> Pffft - no weekend drive.....the Corvair gods
> conspired against me.
>
> The fuel tank is completely rotten (I had run it
> on an independent fuel supply), and the spare
> exhaust system I had didn't fit the 140HP engine.
>
> So I await a new fuel tank, exhaust system, repair
> panels, shocks etc etc from Clark's.
>
> Seems I'm now committed.
>
> Cheers,
> Rhys

Strangely (?) mine also had a new tank, shocks, exhaust, etc when I got it .. smiling smiley

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Re: RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: October 17, 2017 02:11PM

Rhy... the 110 system will fit.... elongate the holes in the flanges to be wider... small donuts will seal!

140 exh. on other engines.... elongate to be narrower... was done for decades before vendors offered kits..





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Re: RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Posted by: rhysaccess ()
Date: October 17, 2017 04:45PM

American Express fixed it (and other stuff) Matt.

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Re: RHD ’66 Monza surfaces in Australia
Posted by: rhysaccess ()
Date: November 03, 2017 07:08PM

Howdy all,

After spending the odd minute or two working on this Monza - I've been able to take it out on the street for some driving sessions.

Time + dollars spent...now mean I'm committed.

I got a Clark's rear floor panel and have had all the other repair panels fabricated locally. Engine & transmission service, Carbs, suspension, brakes, ignition, exhaust have now all been done now.

I've managed to track down the previous owner (the 2nd), who owned & drove the car from the mid 70's to 1984 when it was stored till I bought it.

The story is the original owner purchased the car in LA, ordered it in Right Hand Drive - and shipped it to Australia. The PO steadfastly maintains the car was supplied by "the factory" as RHD.

Despite the PO having being associated with the car industry, and aught know the difference between factory, dealers and private contractors....this is his position.

The car had a Long Beach chrome dealer surround on the rear plate. I think West Beach Chevrolet??

So....my question is -

What is the likely scenario here - a LA dealer took an order and special instruction for a RHD car, and a local contractor was commissioned to undertake the conversion? Is it possible there was any "factory" involvement?

Regards,
Rhys

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