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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: March 07, 2020 06:02PM

CoCoCo wrote: "I left my cove silver though. Always liked the black, but mine was in such good shape I didn't mess with it. I don't remember if you said, but did you do the black paint, or was it like that when you bought it?"

I wonder how many Red Corsa Convertibles were between my SDC and your XRD?"

Craig replies: This Sprint came with a black rear cover, black rocker panels, and
"black-eye" headlight bezels. I didn't change anything.

As far as the license plates go, your "S" plate was a 1966-issue while an "X" plate would be a 1969-issue, meaning my car likely came into California in 1969. I purchased it in 1971.

My car's body build date is 1/31/66, what's yours?

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: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: ral1963 ()
Date: March 11, 2020 09:09AM

Hey Craig...

I think I have an set of Koni upper bushings...do you happen to have nay better pic's for shape and or size reference?

Rick Loving
Corvair historian & chronicler of useless facts
CORSA
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Chicagoland Corvair Enthusiasts

RAL1963@COMCAST.NET
Just south of Chicago IL

Current Ride
63 Sprint Vert 140/4sp

Past Rides
60 700 Sedan 80hp PG
63 Monza Vert 102hp 4 spd
63 Monza Coupe 140hp 4 spd
63 700 Sedan 80hp 3 spd
64 Monza Vert 110hp 4 spd
64 Monza Coupe 95hp 3 spd
64 Monza Sedan 110hp PG
65 500 Coupe 95hp 4 spd
65 Monza Coupe 110hp PG
65 Corsa Coupe 140hp 4 spd
66 Turbo Coupe 180/4sp
68 Monza Vert 140hp 3 spd

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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: March 11, 2020 09:14AM

ral1963 Wrote:
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> Hey Craig...
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> I think I have an set of Koni upper bushings...do you happen to have nay better pic's for shape and or size reference?

Craig replies: I'll be off to the shop later today so I'll get some pix and dimensions.

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: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: April 03, 2020 06:26PM

This week I've been busy getting front and rear suspension parts ready for the powdercoater. Well, to be fair, I was doing this last week too!

I've been pretty surprised how much time it takes to do every piece involved when you do one right after the other. Lots of set-up time for suspension bushings on the hydraulic press, plus making the needed spreader tools for control arms, taking apart the front spindles, rear wheel bearings, etc, etc, etc.

It's all done now and dropped off at the powdercoater this afternoon, 48 pieces in all. Next project: the heater-blower box.

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: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: alphasud ()
Date: April 04, 2020 08:04PM

I know the feeling. Just got done doing the same thing to the 62 project. I took one look at the rusty crusty mess and decided to do what I normally wouldn’t. I burned all the rubber out with the oxy/acetone torch tapped the rear cross-shafts out and cut the front cross shafts in half. Took my sazall and sliced through the bushing shells. I think it went a lot quicker that when I did my 65. Not saying it was the right way but sure saved time.

David North Idaho
1965 Corsa Turbo converted to 140
1971 Super Beetle with 2.5L Subaru engine
1965 Corsa mid engine project
1973 Mercedes 280 project

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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: sweet66monza ()
Date: April 05, 2020 02:15PM

Finally time for an overdue update!Underside of trunk lid was damaged from a previous accident, had to pull out all the damage and weld up a few cracks along the front

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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: sweet66monza ()
Date: April 05, 2020 02:18PM

Passenger door is on, adjusted and bent to fit better. I welded up the odd gap these cars often have at the front cowl area of the door for a better look.

Had to heavily re-work the leading edge of the trunk lid between accident damage and changing of shape from inner structure dent repair and welding. Trunk lid is now bolted on so I can finish re working the passenger front corner and nose panel!

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]
65 Monza coupe daily driver 110/4
Also 2 Ford f350 IDI diesels, six Jeep FC 170s, 1966 Jeep CJ5A, 03 neon, 5 Rokon Trailbreakers, Honda xr350s, and thousands of parts


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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: steve c goodman ()
Date: April 05, 2020 04:30PM

I admire your talents Cody. Great job.

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: cnicol ()
Date: April 05, 2020 05:33PM

It's going to be gooder than new! I can't wait!

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: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: CoCoCo ()
Date: April 05, 2020 08:49PM

cnicol Wrote:
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> CoCoCo wrote: "I wonder how many Red Corsa Convertibles were between my SDC and your XRD?"
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> My car's body build date is 1/31/66, what's yours?

Hey Craig, sorry I missed this back when you replied.
I wish I could remember! I have not seen any of my old registration forms in a long time, so don't know if I even have them anymore. Have not had the car in a long time unfortunately, but would love to get it back.

I've often wondered if a member here has it, but I'm sure there are a lot of car owners that don't do forums yet.
Every time I see one here though I go straight to the license plate to check it out!

Interesting about the plate change on yours. Something similar on my '68 Bronco, which should have black plates, but came with a '70's blue plate. Must have been done early in the decade though, because it's only a little bit off of my '71 plate. An 080 on the '71 and an 087 on the '68.

Paul

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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: April 05, 2020 09:28PM

California "X" series plates were distributed in 1969 so I presume that's when the Sprint first came to California.

In 1971, I bought it from a used car dealer in Redondo Beach and I had no interaction or knowledge of the previous owner and there was nothing in the car to give me any clues. But, it was in great shape and only had 42k miles so I presume the previous owner was the first owner.

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: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: ihscomputers ()
Date: April 07, 2020 04:58PM

Great progress! smileys with beer

I am sincerely enjoying Cody's body work! A real talent!

Dean F. Gemberling
Columbus, Georgia
Heart of Georgia Corvair Club Webmaster
Springfest Webmaster

1963 Rampside w/305 V8 - Built by Ken Arnold in 1998

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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: sweet66monza ()
Date: April 14, 2020 11:23PM

Thanks a lot guys!

Upper front panel has now been straightened, reworked, bodyworked and primed! One more down!

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]
65 Monza coupe daily driver 110/4
Also 2 Ford f350 IDI diesels, six Jeep FC 170s, 1966 Jeep CJ5A, 03 neon, 5 Rokon Trailbreakers, Honda xr350s, and thousands of parts


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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: flat_six ()
Date: April 16, 2020 11:36PM

I have my 66 Corsa turbo convertible in the shop now for metal repair, body, and paint. The guys are very talented, but know nothing about Corvairs as they specialize in Porsche and VW. Hey - at least they are all rear engine!

Anyway, I'm using this thread to educate the guys about Corvairs. They are enjoying learning about this new creature as we go along.

Oh, one thing they did allow is that the metal on my Corvair is much thicker than what they are used to. Go USA!









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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: April 17, 2020 09:17AM

One by one, Cody's knocking it out. He's definitely the best man for this job! I love seeing him methodically progress through the project.

The left-rear quarter panel is the elephant in the room. It was replaced before I got the car back in '71 and the installer didn't quite get it right. It's 1/4" too far forward and the wheel arch to inner fender connection is a bit of a hack. Subsequent to the panel replacement, it got smacked in the LR corner a second time. We're trying to decide to correct its problems or just start over...
Cody has a clean LR corner we could install and that would get rid of this mess and correct the "1/4" too short problem.

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: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: April 17, 2020 09:32AM

This what I call"dedication"

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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: flat_six ()
Date: April 17, 2020 09:47AM

I vote for FIX IT! You are in there and have the parts and talent.

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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: April 17, 2020 09:52AM

flat_six Wrote:
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> I vote for FIX IT! You are in there and have the parts and talent.

Oh no worries there; it will be fixed. The question is whether to replace just the corner (like first 8") with a perfect one or replace the entire quarter panel.

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: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: flat_six ()
Date: April 17, 2020 10:03AM

cnicol Wrote:
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> flat_six Wrote:
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> > I vote for FIX IT! You are in there and have the parts and talent.
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> Oh no worries there; it will be fixed. The question is whether to replace just the corner (like first 8") with a perfect one or replace the entire quarter panel.

Got it.

Why does it seem to always be the LR that gets hit? My thought is it happens backing out of parking spots. That is the corner that is least visible and leading the way when backing out.

I had to repair that corner on my 65 after another badly-done previous repair (sounds familiar). In my case I elected to replace the entire fender, but only from the front of the deck lid opening on back (not all the way forward to the door).

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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: April 23, 2020 04:40PM

I just picked up 49 powdercoated front and rear suspension parts from the powder coater, one more piece than the 48 I counted when I dropped them off. It'll be fun to see if I counted wrong or maybe a Ford part wanted to play with the Corvair stuff. grinning smiley

Now for the fun part!

1) Before

2) Now; all shiny! smileys with beer

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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