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Cars > Challenges > “"Ashley"” Vs “Macy”

 

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CorvairJim

M–55
Norristown, Pennsylvania
United States

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redpsycho3

F–31
New Hartford, Connecticut
United States

 

1966 Chevrolet Corvair Monza

“"Ashley"”

1993 Mazda MX-6 LS

“Macy”

 
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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 “Macy”

I bought her for $300 with a blown headgasket. So I tackled my first engine swap and now she has the old Probe GT motor and trans. Not bad for a chick mechanic eh?

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General Info:
1993 Mazda MX-6 LS
2.5L 24v DOHC V6 (quadcam)
5speed manual transaxle

Engine and trans from 1995 Ford Probe GT

Swapped engine and trans @ 107k on Jan 20th 2007
Car had 123k when swapped.
Original Mazda motor swapped by previous owner, then again by myself due to blown headgasket.

Uses '93 wiring harness and distributor, uses '95 ECU.

 

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 “Macy”

- 2.5 liter V-6 DOHC 24 Valve
- 5 speed manual
- front and rear discs
- 164hp 160lb tq stock
- handles like on rails

Engine Code: 99B
Displacement (Liters): 2.5 liter
Displacement (CID): 152 CID
Displacement (CC): 2496cc
Manufacturer: Mazda
Engine Type: DOHC
Valves/Per Cylinder: 24/4
Compression Ratio: 9.2:1

 

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 “Macy”

- 5 speed manual
- Cruise control
- 4 wheel ABS
- A/C
- Power Windows
- Power Door Locks
- Power Driver seat with lumbar
- Illuminated door locks
- Power mirrors
- Power sunroof
- Stock foglights

 

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 “Macy”

Replaced Parts:
- timing belt
- water pump
- timing belt tensioner
- throttle position sensor
- distributor
- drivers and pass. CV shafts
- drivers CV seal
- power steering & A/C belts
- exhaust manifold gaskets
- catalytic converter
- oil pressure switch
- crankshaft position sensor
- plugs (5/8/08)
- wireset (5/8/08)
- front oxygen sensor
- radiator
- battery
- EGR & VRIS solenoids
- thermostat
- outer tie rod ends (4/15/08)
- ball joints
- rear brake pads
- mass air flow sensor
- both control arms
- plugs and wires again (5/6/08)
- front strut mounts (5/10/08)
- distributor (again) (5/20/08)

Modifications:
- 1995 motor
- 1995 Probe transmission
- aftermarket clutch
- Clarion DX2555MP mp3/CD player
- Clarion 400w 4 channel amp
- front Clarion 6x8" speakers
- PRM cold air intake
- K&N air filter
- Pacesetter headers w/2.5" collector
- 2.5" catback exhaust w/Greddy muffler
- Angel eye headlights
- Pilot pedals
- sunflector
- 16" Probe GT wheels
- Goodyear Eagle UltraGrip 225/50R16
- front strut brace
- 17" TSW Kyalami wheels (black/gunmetal)
- Cooper Mastercraft Avenger HP 215/45R17 (front)
- Cooper tires 205/40R17 (rear)
- Autometer Sport Comp narrowband A/F gauge
- Nokya 80w 5000k H7 high and low beam lights
- strobes in high and low beams
- front Polk 6x8" speakers
- custom gauge and switch mount
- 2.5" inlet aftermarket muffler w/Supertrapp core
- front KYB GR2 struts
- rear Tokico HP struts
- Intrax lowering springs
- slotted rotors
- Morse Ceremic pads
- silver calipers
- NGK V-Power sparkplugs
- NGK 8mm wireset
- OEM lip spoiler from Mazda

 

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