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Looking for my first Corvair.
Posted by: Gary_B ()
Date: November 24, 2017 09:41AM

Let me introduce myself, I'm looking for a convertible project for a sunny day cruiser. I have been drawn to the early convertibles. Beautiful little car. I have read a lot of material and would like to find a 64.

What should I look for on a manual
turbo car?

Thanks, Gary

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Re: Looking for my first Corvair.
Posted by: Leon ()
Date: November 24, 2017 09:52AM

A '64 Spyder is likely the best of the early models, the new for '64 164 CI engine and a new transmission plus suspension mods made for quite the fun little car. The carburetor and turbo however weren't updated until '65 so it was still rated at 150 HP. I'm not into early models so I can't really say much about what to look for other than rust, convertible cars even more so.

Star NC
1965 Monza Coupe, turbocharged 140/4spd, Carter AFB 4bbl, E-flow Crown turbo, water/meth injection, driver
1965 Corsa Coupe, 140/4spd, future project
1966 Monza Coupe, 110/4spd parts car
1966 Monza 'vert, 95/PG parts car
1985 Dodge W350 4dr turbocharged 440/4spd

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Re: Looking for my first Corvair.
Posted by: steve c goodman ()
Date: November 24, 2017 10:05AM

You should give out your location, some one here may know of a car. Also if there is a Corvair club near you join first before buying a car. The club members know of cars in the area and will help you look over something before
you buy. DO NOT fall for descriptions of cars on the internet, many are not as advertised.

OH, welcome to CCF from the Rocky Mountains

EDIT to add: the 64 is the best built of the early cars, good choice.

best wishes, Steve
Rear Engine Spec. Inc. Golden, Colo.

1962 spyder 3.0L turbo---1965 Crown V8
1967 monza 110/4---1968 monza 110/4
1971 amante gt 110/4
CORSA/RMC/PPCC



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/24/2017 10:07AM by steve c goodman.

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Re: Looking for my first Corvair.
Posted by: Gary_B ()
Date: November 24, 2017 11:08AM

Cincinnati is home, thanks for the reply. If anyone knows of a car I might want to look at. I'm willing to travel to get the right car.

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Re: Looking for my first Corvair.
Posted by: steve c goodman ()
Date: November 24, 2017 11:51AM

There is a club in Cincinnati. Look at: www.corvair.org

Also in the FAQ here in 'stickies' is a buyer guide, things you should look at.

best wishes, Steve
Rear Engine Spec. Inc. Golden, Colo.

1962 spyder 3.0L turbo---1965 Crown V8
1967 monza 110/4---1968 monza 110/4
1971 amante gt 110/4
CORSA/RMC/PPCC

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Re: Looking for my first Corvair.
Posted by: 66vairman ()
Date: November 24, 2017 12:22PM

The 64's are considered more desirable because of improvements.

For Corvairs in equal condition a Monza convertible will cost less than the Spyder convertible.

If you just want to enjoy a sunny day cruiser don't overlook a Monza.

There is the also automatic or PG cars. A buddy was looking at early convertibles and wanted a manual transmission. He was very frustrated because a number of convertibles on Craigslist were PG cars and very nice at lower prices.

Yes the PG is not very "spirited", but for cruising around town with the top down and the family in the car - they are fun.

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Re: Looking for my first Corvair.
Posted by: Gary_B ()
Date: November 24, 2017 02:56PM

I would not be opposed to a automatic Monza.

I will reach out to the local club.

Thanks for the welcome.

Gary

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Re: Looking for my first Corvair.
Posted by: SoloCP ()
Date: November 24, 2017 06:19PM

Gary, I have a 64 Monza 110/ auto. Car was in storage for 15 or more years. Very solid candidate to get back on the road. I will get pics if interested.

Don
Kansas City
HACOA
Broken Halo Corvair Garage.
61 Lakewood
62 Monza aka (Flicka)
62 Rampside
63 700 Sedan 3 Speed
64 Spyder Coupe (Bill Pierson Car)
64 Monza Convertible,140/4 Speed,Electric Heat,Kelsey Hayes Wheels
64 Spyder Blown, (Dave Bolduc Car)
65 Corsa 3.1 Liter Triple Weber (aka Unsafe)
65 Corsa 140/4 Speed with Triple Weber
66 Avenger, Corvair Turbo, Fuel Injected, Air to Water intercool 140. (Michael Mann Car)
67 Monza 110 Auto. Sugar Bear

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Re: Looking for my first Corvair.
Posted by: JimBrandberg ()
Date: November 25, 2017 04:49AM

There's a lot of turbo Corvairs around that aren't making any boost.
A good running 95 or 110 HP is a nice package.
Jim Brandberg
Isanti, MN
CorvairRepair.com

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Re: Looking for my first Corvair.
Posted by: rnch ()
Date: November 25, 2017 05:24AM

JimBrandberg Wrote:
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> There's a lot of turbo Corvairs around that aren't
> making any boost.
> A good running 95 or 110 HP is a nice package.
> Jim Brandberg
> Isanti, MN
> CorvairRepair.com



Until too many knee surgeries made my left (clutch operating) knee questionable; I would had NEVER considered a Powerglide Vair!

Much to my surprise I find that a 95/110 hp engine and Powerglide transmission quite Pleasant & Pleasing for everyday driving.



eye popping smiley

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Re: Looking for my first Corvair.
Posted by: red monza ()
Date: November 25, 2017 06:18AM

I just bought a 64 conv. I was looking for something to work on and fix up and I found it. I cannot keep it as I have a 2 car garage and a one car carport that is now a 1 1/2 car carport. The corvair needs a new interior and some rust fix, then I am going to paint it. I bought it to work on, fix, and then sale. I think the floor and rockers are good...the top is good. I have done some work to it, I rebuilt the two carbs, put in a new duel master cyl and all new wheel cyl kits, changed out the gas tank, new sending unit, changed from elec ign to points, it has an alternator vs gen....I drove it the other day and did a video of my cruise with it...its on U-tube. I would have to have close to 4K for it if someone wanted it right now as it is pretty nice for a 64 around here in WNC and it drives nice...its a 110 with PG....so some are out there.

I did a terrible video, I was silent and hand held a small camera but it shows the car in action at least.

[youtu.be]

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Re: Looking for my first Corvair.
Posted by: red monza ()
Date: November 25, 2017 11:56AM

I am going to keep the 64...not for sale at this time...I like where its sitting....I have looked and spent a lot of $$$ chasing these corvairs and none are as good as this one in my area for what I paid for it...it has some rust yes, but nothing I cannot make better/or as good as new.

It drives good, rides good, new ball joints up and down, all lights work, wipers good, engine does not smoke...just some cosmetic work that is like play for me after my 51 ford.

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Re: Looking for my first Corvair.
Posted by: Pedigo ()
Date: November 25, 2017 12:46PM

Potential seller's remorse is a powerful feeling.^

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Re: Looking for my first Corvair.
Posted by: Gary_B ()
Date: November 25, 2017 01:35PM

Jimmy is a good guy, that car will be nice when he is done with it.

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Re: Looking for my first Corvair.
Posted by: rv6aaviator ()
Date: November 25, 2017 01:40PM

Gary,

I'm the VP of the Cincinnati Corvair Club. I will send you a Private message.

Jeff Sandor
VP Cincinnati Corvair Club
62 Convertible
63 Spyder Convertible
64 Spyder Convertible

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Re: Looking for my first Corvair.
Posted by: Druey ()
Date: November 25, 2017 02:23PM

If Colorado isn't too far for you, I have a nice '64 Monza convertible with just over 31,000 miles on it. Very good condition, new tires, top like new, 110 with 4 speed. Red w/black top. photos if interested.

Bud

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Re: Looking for my first Corvair.
Posted by: Gary_B ()
Date: November 27, 2017 06:51AM

The right coupe would not be out of the question, again, I would be looking for a 64.

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