1966 Chevrolet Corvair Monza
1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass Salon
Head to Head
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.
It all started in 1984, when my oldest sister got married. Her new husband had an 84 Cutlass Calais. Black, grey sport buckets, rally package, Olds Ralleys.......beautiful. When they decided to get rid of it, they KNEW I would love to have it. They sold it to me for a dollar. 1 dollar........drove it for a couple of years..got a wild hair and traded it in. What a DUMB@SS!! I regretted it ever since. I found an 82 on the cheap (not cheaper than a dollar though), and had hopes of building it into what I wanted the 84 to be. No way it would work, though. Sold it. I finally (last May) found an 87 Salon, on eBay, in Franklin, Kentucky for a cool grand. Drove up there and hauled it back to Tennessee. Drove it for a while, and have put it up, collecting various parts. It has the same 307 the 84 had......same color, same package (though in 87 it was a Salon, not Calais--since Olds had made the smaller front wheel drive the Calais)..basically the 442 options minus the stripe package and the subtle performance changes. Put a set of Olds ralleys on it, and some new Yoko's....am building a 1966 Olds 330 (factory 10.25:1 comp.) that I picked up in Rock Hill, SC (from eBay). Had the machine work done on the block...bored .040" over, Egge pistons, Mondello/Comp Cams internals, Engles cam.....and a guy at work is doing the Mondello inspired port and head work for me. I am looking (I think) at around 385 horse for the package. Bought a built 200r4 from Kozek in Kentucky, with a Grand National torque converter, and am looking at a Strange rear for it. I think it will be fun ripping the factory peg-leg 7.5" rear out of this thing, when together!
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 “Azazel”
Photos to come.........
Factory Options for “"Ashley"”
(All options verified by build sheet)
140 horsepower, 4 carb engine
"Mag-Style" full wheel covers
AM pushbutton radio
Factory Options for “Azazel”
Rally Pack, Sport buckets, console shifter, power windows, locks, air.........
Mods for “"Ashley"”
Engine rebuilt to Yenko Stinger Stage III specs - 220 net horsepower.
Suspension lowered 1 coil.
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 “Azazel”
No modifications listed.
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