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Farewell, good and loyal friend.

By CorvairJim

Filed under: 1966 Chevrolet Corvair ("Ashley")

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It's happened to most of us: For one reason or another, we lose a car we are attached to before we're ready to let go. Well, that happened to me today.

Our financial situation has been going steadily downhill over the past year or so due to cutbacks at work. Our household budget was built around the 8-16 hours of overtime that I could depend on coming in every 2-week pay period. We bought my wife a new car in late 2004, and I got my Cobalt SS in September 2005. Everything was going smoothly... until Rose's work hours were cut in half due to on-the-job injury. The company doctor said she can only work 4 hours a day. Worker's Comp doesn't cover the entire difference, but my O/T was still there so we were still staying above water by just trimming some fat from the budget here and there. Then the other shoe dropped and my O/T went away about a year ago. Things started slipping, like maintenance around the house. Then, about a week ago, the water heater blew and we didn't have the money to replace it.

Something had to give, and that turned out to be my Corvair. I had a standing offer on the car from a friend for several years, and last Monday I contacted him and told him that I'd finally take his offer. Today, we took Ashley on her final drive as my car. We took her from our home in suburban Philly up to the Pocono Mountains (a very pleasant drive, by the way - the weather was perfect), and I signed the title over at about one o'clock this afternoon.

We owned her for over 6 years and had a lot of fun with her. We found her on eBay and flew out to Denver to drive her home. We love a good cross-country road trip. Rose learned to drive stick shift on that trip! The car took us safely to two Corvair Club national conventions. One of them included single-day drives of over 750 miles each way without a hiccup. The local 5.0 Mustangs learned to respect her - we had a record of 13-0 against 5.0's at traffic lights. I especially enjoyed dusting a BMW Z-3 on a twisty back road last fall, ironically in the Poconos, within miles of where she now 'lives'.

Her new owner has serious plans for a complete cosmetic restoration. The car is already nearly 100% mechanically, so some minor bodywork, a complete stripping down to the metal and a repaint in the original Lemonwood Yellow, and a new reproduction interior are in her immediate future. Anyone in the area of the Poconos can visit her at "Callie's Candy Kitchen" in Mountainhome, PA. Most nice days, at least until she goes in for her makeover, she should be on display in front of the shop. Her new owner, Harry Callie, is a collector with over a dozen interesting old cars on an informal rotating display schedule at that location, with several Model A's at his other store, "Callie's Pretzel Factory", about 1 1/2 miles south.

I'm going to miss my car. I had a lot of fun with her. She was the best Corvair by far of the 14 I've owned. At least I know where she is and can visit any time I have a day to drive the 100 or so miles. I know she is in good hands and will get the restoration she deserves.

Goodbye, my friend. We had some good times.

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Dodgeboy’s Profile Photo
Dec 3, 2009 at 11:28 am
Sorry to read this. Good luck. Maybe she'll come home again someday.
312v8’s Profile Photo
Oct 12, 2009 at 4:22 pm
Hey Jim. Very sorry to hear about all this. Sorry it's such a late reply, I have not gone on the site for a while. I know what it feels like to loose that overtime especially when your depending on it. Hope things pick up for you in the future and you hold onto those fabulous memories of that car, and make new ones in the future with another.
smitty39’s Profile Photo
Oct 5, 2009 at 3:02 pm
thats sad man it bring a tear to my eye. almost . im sorry to hear that i know how you feel it was like that for me when i had to get rid of my first car but that only means that now you ll have an oppertunity to get something better hopefully things always get better dude
Lady_Joker’s Profile Photo
Oct 5, 2009 at 1:08 am
thatz sad...frown image
TheRenanRambler’s Profile Photo
Sep 19, 2009 at 9:30 pm
What can I say it is such a touching story. The Renan Rambler has been in my Family since new 53 years I sure would hate to have to give it up.
God Bless
Tomas’s Profile Photo
Sep 14, 2009 at 4:42 pm
Cheez, that's bad news. Sorry to hear it.
I love 'Vairs also, but never had the b**** (bones/balls, you decide) to get one.
If I had to sell my baby, I don't think I could stand to see it.
Hang in there, man. The economy is ready to make a turn for the better!
Grim’s Profile Photo
Sep 1, 2009 at 1:27 am
Dang, Jim. I'm sorry to hear the news. Hopefully, what they say is true and everything happens for a reason. Hang in there, Buddy.


Gypsy’s Profile Photo
Aug 27, 2009 at 4:31 pm
This is sooooo sad! weepy image
I've only 'known' you a couple of weeks, but I could tell just how much you loved that car. She was a real beauty. Remember, like you said, you know where she is and know she's in good hands. Things will turn around for you.
pops64’s Profile Photo
Aug 24, 2009 at 5:20 pm
jim! im sorry! that really sucks. i hope you and your family are ok. and sounds like ashley went to someone who'll care good care of her. so at least there's that.
sooner or later the economic pendulum will swing back the other way (sooner than later hopefully) and youll find yourself another awesome vair to build more good memories in and you and your wife will be roadtrippin vair style again. hang in there buddy.
modifier_93’s Profile Photo
Aug 24, 2009 at 4:07 pm
oh wow. im sorry to hear that. i know you loved that car dearly and she will always be apart of you forever even though she isnt with you

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