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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: sweet66monza ()
Date: February 06, 2021 06:14PM

Thanks guys! I am definitely looking forward to seeing this one in color!

Filler primer is laid down! Two more panels in first prime!

Cody Hurley
North Idaho (Post Falls)
66 Monza convertible 140/PG, loaded with factory options
66 Corsa turbo coupe, 3rd owner fully documented [corvaircenter.com]
66 Canadian monza coupe 110/pg project car (no picture yet)
65 Monza coupe daily driver 110/4
Also 2 Ford f350 IDI diesels, three Jeep FC 170s, 1966 Jeep CJ5A, 1954 International R-150 pickup, 5 Rokon Trailbreakers, and thousands of parts


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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: February 06, 2021 06:43PM

What get's "finished" first?? Garage or car? GGG

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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: February 22, 2021 09:53AM

So, while Cody is doing the bodywork, I'm working on suspension. The front and rear suspension parts are all powercoated and the front mostly assembled so I've turned my attention to the Koni shocks.

Seth Emerson and were messaging about them and his Koni rep asked about my Koni shock date codes, noting that if they're original they should definitely be retained.

I wasn't aware they were date-coded so off I went. I was delighted to find out they were original with June and July 1966 dates! GM built my '66 Corsa Convertible body on January 31, 1966. Based on the shock absorber dates, it would seem the Sprint conversion was done in late Summer or Fall of 1966, . Woo hoo! Nice to know.

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
65 Canadian Monza 4dr 110/PG 40k
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
2+2 gnatsuM 5691

+17 Tons of parts

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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: flat_six ()
Date: February 22, 2021 09:57AM

cnicol Wrote:
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> So, while Cody is doing the bodywork, I'm working on suspension. The front and rear suspension parts are all powercoated and the front mostly assembled so I've turned my attention to the Koni shocks.
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> Seth Emerson and were messaging about them and his Koni rep asked about my


So Craig do you plan to have those rebuilt? Seems I saw that they were leaking in a previous post.

Just wondering what Koni charges for that service.

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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: jamesolefjensen ()
Date: February 22, 2021 11:04AM

I looked into rebuilding the front Koni's on my Chevelle. It was about $200 each, I think (2x the cost of new ones). This was the list price from a shop up by Sears Point Raceway. A direct service from the Koni factory eluded my web search abilities.

James
65 Corsa
SF Bay Area

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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: February 22, 2021 11:16AM

flat_six wrote:
"So Craig do you plan to have those rebuilt? Seems I saw that they were leaking in a previous post. Just wondering what Koni charges for that service."

Craig replies: I've heard they charge about $200 each, the same number James heard. Sp. about $800 for the set vs. $577 for brand new.

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
65 Canadian Monza 4dr 110/PG 40k
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
2+2 gnatsuM 5691

+17 Tons of parts

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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: alphasud ()
Date: February 22, 2021 11:49AM

I think your Koni date code discovery is amazing. That just shows the quality of the manufacturing. I would definitely pay to have the originals rebuilt. Even though it costs more I would pick date code correct. I would be struggling with the woulda shouda coulda if I didn’t.

David North Idaho
1965 Corsa Turbo converted to 140
1971 Super Beetle with 2.5L Subaru engine

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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: flat_six ()
Date: February 22, 2021 02:35PM

alphasud Wrote:
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> I think your Koni date code discovery is amazing. That just shows the quality of the manufacturing. I would definitely pay to have the originals rebuilt. Even though it costs more I would pick date code correct. I would be struggling with the woulda shouda coulda if I didn’t.


Haha Delco date stamped their shocks. I don't think that said much about their great quality of manufacturing. spinning smiley sticking its tongue out Most Delco shocks were tossed after the first 1-2 years of driving.

Of course Koni is top notch, and keeping the original shocks that were probably installed when the car was "Fitcherized" is reeeealy cool.

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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: 63ConDan ()
Date: February 22, 2021 06:58PM

alphasud Wrote:
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> I think your Koni date code discovery is amazing. That just shows the quality of the manufacturing. I would definitely pay to have the originals rebuilt. Even though it costs more I would pick date code correct. I would be struggling with the woulda shouda coulda if I didn’t.


Seem very logical to me too.

Dan Central MN
1968 Convert

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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: scottymac ()
Date: February 22, 2021 09:48PM

Back before Clarks got Konis back in stock this past summer, Chris Langley was kind enough to dig out a pair of used fronts for me. They're dated 3-68 if anyone is looking for that date. I found this company that advertises Koni rebuilding services, haven't checked their prices,

[www.truechoicekoniracingservices.com]

Scott
Danville, In.
'65 Corsa basket case
'66 Monza coupe
[corvaircenter.com]

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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: sweet66monza ()
Date: March 20, 2021 10:59AM

On to passenger door fit! Bent the lower rear corner inward, re-worked the entire front edge to bring it even with front fender, massaged front fender inward slightly and then built up all the large sections of the gaps! I had already welded up some of the lower rear edge of the door but decided to build up a bit more for a better final gap

Cody Hurley
North Idaho (Post Falls)
66 Monza convertible 140/PG, loaded with factory options
66 Corsa turbo coupe, 3rd owner fully documented [corvaircenter.com]
66 Canadian monza coupe 110/pg project car (no picture yet)
65 Monza coupe daily driver 110/4
Also 2 Ford f350 IDI diesels, three Jeep FC 170s, 1966 Jeep CJ5A, 1954 International R-150 pickup, 5 Rokon Trailbreakers, and thousands of parts


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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: March 20, 2021 11:13AM

Details!

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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: Spectre ()
Date: March 20, 2021 02:20PM

This car will have better gaps than any Corvair had off the factory floor.

David Clamp


1965 Corsa convertible - 140 4spd/3.55/AM-FM

2013 Mustang GT convertible - 5.0, 6spd auto, Procharger i-1

2003 Miata SE - 6spd manual (wife's toy)

"Victory is mine!" - SG

Norman, OK

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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: steve c goodman ()
Date: March 20, 2021 03:10PM

Very nice work Cody.

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/V8 Registry

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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: detroitdude ()
Date: March 20, 2021 11:05PM

Go Cody Go !!

Beautiful work

Dan Dood
69 Monza Convertible
66 500 Coupe

Detroit, Michigan

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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: March 21, 2021 08:36AM

Wow, Wow, Wow! This is exactly what's needed to return this rare bird, and my high-school dream-car, back to her former glory (or better?)

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
65 Canadian Monza 4dr 110/PG 40k
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
2+2 gnatsuM 5691

+17 Tons of parts

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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: isucorvair ()
Date: March 22, 2021 08:22AM

flat_six Wrote:

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> Haha Delco date stamped their shocks. I don't think that said much about their great quality of manufacturing. spinning smiley sticking its tongue out Most Delco shocks were tossed after the first 1-2 years of driving.


Interesting comment....I just recently pulled factory rear Delco Spiral shocks of the rear of my 66 with unknown miles, to replace with adjustable (the spirals work just fine, still). Dad has factory spirals on the rear of his 67, and they are also just fine (~40k original miles on his). Date codes are consistent with build dates of the cars, so they are original. I've had good luck with original delco shocks.

Eric P.
DeWitt, IA

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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: 66vairman ()
Date: March 22, 2021 12:20PM

Spectre Wrote:
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> This car will have better gaps than any Corvair had off the factory floor.

Especially a convertible. I think the factory panel fit tolerance was +/- 1/4" after I gave mine a close look. What really is surprising is the difference in fit from one side of my convertible to the other.

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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: sweet66monza ()
Date: May 10, 2021 07:48PM

A few weeks ago I re worked the rear portion of the passenger fender to bring it inward to match the door and finished all bodywork on the door. It needs final scuffing and then ready for primer

Cody Hurley
North Idaho (Post Falls)
66 Monza convertible 140/PG, loaded with factory options
66 Corsa turbo coupe, 3rd owner fully documented [corvaircenter.com]
66 Canadian monza coupe 110/pg project car (no picture yet)
65 Monza coupe daily driver 110/4
Also 2 Ford f350 IDI diesels, three Jeep FC 170s, 1966 Jeep CJ5A, 1954 International R-150 pickup, 5 Rokon Trailbreakers, and thousands of parts


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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: sweet66monza ()
Date: May 10, 2021 07:50PM

And in the last couple weeks I attempted to save the smashed and poorly repaired front corner, but opted to use a parch panel from a previous parts car. The metal had been overworked and unfortunately was work hardened and not cooperating. Today i finished the final trimming for a butt joint to the fender. I need to samd blast and prime the new corner and then i will weld it in place

Cody Hurley
North Idaho (Post Falls)
66 Monza convertible 140/PG, loaded with factory options
66 Corsa turbo coupe, 3rd owner fully documented [corvaircenter.com]
66 Canadian monza coupe 110/pg project car (no picture yet)
65 Monza coupe daily driver 110/4
Also 2 Ford f350 IDI diesels, three Jeep FC 170s, 1966 Jeep CJ5A, 1954 International R-150 pickup, 5 Rokon Trailbreakers, and thousands of parts


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