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Cars > Mr_Project’s Garage > Blog > 1966 Chevrolet Corvair ('66 Sedan)

 

4/30/07 Update

By Mr_Project

Filed under: 1966 Chevrolet Corvair ('66 Sedan)

Minor update: Didn't get the speaker box built yet, but I got the windshield installed (that's the last piece of glass!) and the headlight wiring done so I could install the headlights.

The new front body harness is almost entirely custom-made. It goes to a relay panel I've built that will be near the battery, and is fed/signaled by the original wiring which I'll wrap into the same bundle. It all has to feed 400W of headlights!

4/21/07 Update

By Mr_Project

Filed under: 1966 Chevrolet Corvair ('66 Sedan)

Ok, I actually finally got a little time to work on the car. My day job has been nuts lately, but I had most of the day today to work on it, and will have Monday and Tuesday off to get some things done around here, so hopefully more progress will be made this week. It is getting closer!


Progress made lately:

- Rear windshield installed
- Front door glass / regulators installed
- Headlight buckets installed and sealed
- Lots of misc. trim buffed out and some installed
- Bought the wrong tires, they're too short (calculated based on my old '63 Corvair rolling diameter!! Oops!) and will result in 4000+ RPM on the interstate. I'll be switching to 16" Panasports/Minilites with gunmetal centers and some taller tires. I'll keep the Azenis tires for auto-x.

Today:

Sandblasted and painted the slightly modified headlight hardware for the Hella e-codes that are going in. Wiring will come next.

Made speaker mounts for the 6" drivers under the dash. Tweeters will be molded into the a-pillar covers.

Put down insulation in the parcel shelf area where I'll be putting the 8" subwoofers and more 6" full-range speakers:

2/12/07 Update

By Mr_Project

Filed under: 1966 Chevrolet Corvair ('66 Sedan)

Well, just a little more incremental progress on the rear suspension and drivetrain. The axles, rear control arms, trailing arm toe links, and some of the heater plumbing are all hooked up. It's been too cold here to make much progress!

01/22/07 Update

By Mr_Project

Filed under: 1966 Chevrolet Corvair ('66 Sedan)

Well, it's been really cold here and we've had 3 snows since my last update. I did get the drivetrain installed yesterday, though! It's not attached to anything yet, but it's bolted in place.

01/01/07 Update

By Mr_Project

Filed under: 1966 Chevrolet Corvair ('66 Sedan)

Got the rear doors and rear door jambs drilled today for the Painless Wiring jam-tak connectors that will provide power for the power door locks/keyless entry.

Also got dynamat-style insulation in the doors for a little extra sound deadening, and got one of the door seal trims installed.

12/27/06 Update

By Mr_Project

Filed under: 1966 Chevrolet Corvair ('66 Sedan)

Summary of the last couple weeks:

- New Door seals installed - I found out that the black plastic 'retainers' that Clark's provides with the 'exact repro' are just a LITTLE bigger than the holes. I had to drill out the OE holes in the doors just a little bit to get them to fit correctly. Of course I broke 3 retainers figuring this out. I also found that the rear door seals don't quite fit perfectly, there was a little bunching that I had to deal with by gluing the seal down in a couple of spots.

- Drip rails buffed out and reinstalled - It's amazing how bad all the trim looks now that the paint looks so good. :) This reassembly is going to take longer and cost more than I thought...what else is new.

- Roof rails (upper door seals) cleaned up and ready for re-installation - I just need to find a source for 1/2" foam tape (heading to the auto body place after work) for the rail-body seal,and then find the screws that attach the rails...it's been so long I don't remember what they look like, and couldn't find anything in Clark's catalog.

- Trunk torsion bars cleaned up, painted, and reinstalled - What a pain!! Especially when you spend the first couple hours trying to put them in wrong...by trying to twist them down underneath the big trunk hinge supports. Heh. So when I eventually figured out how they are supposed to go together (thank goodness for hundreds of pics along the way!), it only took another couple hours while sweating profusely and worrying about something flying loose and hitting something else with very pretty paint.

- New Trunk seal installed - Why does Clark's instructions say to leave the 'seam' at the front? If I'm going to have a leak, I'd rather have it in the back than in the front. (no 75MPH rain in the back!) So I went a slightly different way, but it worked fine and looks good.

- Wiper linkage and motor installed - Had to clean, lube, and paint this stuff a little as well, just wasn't right to leave it crappy-looking.

- (old) Engine seal installed to body with cleaned up and repainted sheetmetal retaining strips.

Still waiting on some little parts like the headlight buckets and rear cove trim to be painted before I can work on my massive headlight wiring and such. Drivetrain installation is scheduled to be a Club project on 1/17/07, just have to figure out how to heat the garage!

12/14/06 Update

By Mr_Project

Filed under: 1966 Chevrolet Corvair ('66 Sedan)

Haven't had much time lately, but I did get the brakes fully assembled, bled, and got the parking brake adjusted. So it won't drive yet, but it sure will stop!

12/11/06 Update

By Mr_Project

Filed under: 1966 Chevrolet Corvair ('66 Sedan)

WOW! I got the car back on Friday and just can't stop looking at the car. Pics don't really do it justice, the paint guys did REALLY nice work. It won't be a show car, just a nice driver, but it came out very nicely and I'm very happy with the work.

Check out the video of the car coming off the trailer!

Over the weekend I got the car cleaned up a little and took some pics, and then I got the rear brakes put back together, adjusted, installed a new MC, and partially bled the brakes.

12/02/06

By Mr_Project

Filed under: 1966 Chevrolet Corvair ('66 Sedan)

I was at the body shop today working on a non-Corvair project (sorry!) and got to see my car all painted...it's still being cut down and polished, but it's pretty much all there, and it looks AMAZING. I can't wait to get it put back together! I took a couple of quick shots before my battery died...they don't do the paint justice at all.

11/06 update

By Mr_Project

Filed under: 1966 Chevrolet Corvair ('66 Sedan)

This week I painted the engine compartment! The car is at the body shop and finally getting some attention over the last couple of weeks. The car is fully blocked out, the doors/hood/trunk all have paint on the undersides, and the dash is painted.

I painted the engine compartment myself, since it's the least-important, and it will be temporary. The rest of the car is being painted by KR Performance and Restorations, and it is looking AMAZING so far. I think they have the shell of the car basecoated as of last night, and I can't wait to see it!
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