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Cars > Challenges > “"Ashley"” Vs “78 Gold SE”

 

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M–51
Norristown, Pennsylvania
United States

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M–49

 

1966 Chevrolet Corvair Monza

“"Ashley"”

1978 Pontiac Trans Am Y88 Gold SE WS6

“78 Gold SE”

 
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About “"Ashley"”

Back in 2000, I had the misfortune to have to take a prescription that meant I couldn't drive. I sold the daily car I had at that point (one plain-Jane black 5-speed Cavalier coupe - a transportation appliance at best). A couple of years went by, and I changed doctors. The new guy prescribed something different for my condition, so I needed wheels once again. I could: A) spend $4,500 on a cheap used car that would just blend into the woodwork or, B) Find a really decent Corvair set up the way I like it. Now THAT car doesn't blend in. I found this '66 Corvair in Denver, CO, on eBay. The engine had been rebuilt by a nationally-known Corvair specialist shortly before the previous owner put it into storage for about ten years. It came out of the rebuild capable of putting 220 horsepower down to the pavement. Not bad for 164 unblown, carbureted cubic inches! It also had new tires all around. I won the auction, and flew out with my wife to drive it home. A fantastic road trip, and it cost half as much as shipping it would have. It became my daily driver for the next three years, until, in late '05, I had it in for state inspection at a friends Corvair restoration shop. While it was up on the lift, I got to see just how little rust the car had underneath. I decided at that point that it had seen its last winter of Pennsylvania road salt! It is now my nice spring day car, and a pleasure to drive. It still draws attention wherever I go with it.

UPDATE: I had to sell my beloved Ashley in August of 2009 due to the nation's lousy economy. My overtime had gone away and and my wife lost her job due to a work-related disability that they refused to accept responsibility for, so we just couldn't justify the expense of nearly $100/month to insure the third car in a two-driver household. Our mortgage was a couple of months behind, so sadly I took a friend up on his standing offer on her. As promised, he has given her the complete cosmetic restoration she so badly deserved. Of course, she didn't need anything mechanically - I always kept her up 100% mechanically. Furthermore, he gave me right of first refusal, so if he should ever decide to sell her, I get the first opportunity to buy her back.

About “78 Gold SE”

1978 Y88 WS6 bought new by my father from Rod Jones Pontiac in Danville, Kentucky. Car has been in the family since new and has gone through several restorations and modifications. Currently has a 1970 455 HO block with 1973 SD heads. Car has run a best of 12.24 in the quarter and 7.96 in the eighth. All on street tires and without the NOS. Engine has been rebuilt and strengthened since those runs. Estimated 720 rwhp. Getting ready for another restoration. My dad was working on the car when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and he didn't get to finish what he started. I hope to get everything back in shape soon. I know he would want me to do it right.

 

Specs for “"Ashley"”

1966 Corvair Monza Sport Coupe
164 C.I.D. Opposed 6-cylinder engine, air cooled.
Lemonwood Yellow paint, Black interior

Specs for “78 Gold SE”

455 ci bored .030 over with factory 2 piece aluminum race intake. Hooker Super Comp Headers, Holley 800 cfm spread bore double pumper, drag cam, 1.70 roller tipped rockers, etc.

 

Factory Options for “"Ashley"”

(All options verified by build sheet)
140 horsepower, 4 carb engine
4-speed transaxle
Posi rear
Sport Suspension
"Mag-Style" full wheel covers
AM pushbutton radio

Factory Options for “78 Gold SE”

Y88 package with WS6 option

 

Mods for “"Ashley"”

Engine rebuilt to Yenko Stinger Stage III specs - 220 net horsepower.
Suspension lowered 1 coil.
Gas shocks
Steering Dampener
Low-restriction intake and exhaust.
Full window tint.
Tail panel painted silver (like the factory did with the Corvair Corsa model).
AM/FM/CD/Stereo unit mounted under the dash - NO holes cut or drilled for the installation!
Additional gauges (Tachometer, Voltmeter, Oil Pressure, Oil Temperature)
Pennsylvania Vanity Plate "CORVA1R"

Mods for “78 Gold SE”

No modifications listed.

 

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