West Long Branch, New Jersey
1967 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair Monza
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About “red vair”
1967 Corvair Monza Coupe. Bolero red paint. NOS or repro parts were used. Interior was like new and only replaced the carpet and added a wood steering wheel. Had most of the engine parts chromed, including the shroud, air cleaner lid and base, and cross tube. Bought the car 4 years ago from the second owner. 50,000 original miles. Restored to like new.
(DISCLAIMER - This is NOT a picture of the actual car, but it's damn close. I found it on the internet. Please ignore the 1962-63 style wire wheel covers... )
Here it is folks - The car that started it all for me. It happened like this: I was driving home from work one evening in my 1965 Chevy II 4-door ("Sonny"), when it came down with a terminal case of "Palsy Of The Linkages". First the column shifter locked up in second gear. Fortunately it could maintain an almost safe speed on the expressway I was accelerating onto at the time, since the next exit wasn't for another 8 miles. When I left the expressway and depressed the clutch, the pedal just dropped to the floor with the clutch still engaged. Fortunately, the light changed and I could keep rolling. I managed to plan ahead enough to not have to stop for several more miles until I came to an intersection with a lot of traffic. I lugged the engine down as far as it would go without stalling and managed to keep going... until I stepped back on the gas. That's when the throttle linkage decided to come unclipped. That was it. I'd had it. When I finally got home, I looked through the paper for a cheap car. Being a Chevy man I first looked at the Chevys. Well, everything was out of my price range... except for a couple of Corvairs a guy was selling about 15 miles away. I went to check them out the next day, a Saturday. Both were in decent shape for 15 year old used cars - it was the undeserved reputation of the Corvair that made the prices so low. I chose the '65 over the '66 he was also selling because 1) it had about 10,000 fewer miles, 2) had a 4-speed instead of the '66s 3-speed and 3) I liked the dark green of the '65 better than the light green of the '66.
Specs for “red vair”
2 door coupe. 110 horsepower 6 cylinder engine. Stinger exhaust for added power. New show quality carbs. Red powder coated fan. Check out the chrome oil filter cover. The Rat Fink I hand painted on it myself.
Specs for “Toni”
164 c.i.d., horizontally-opposed air-cooled 6-cylinder engine. It was rebuilt about 5 years before I bought it with an eye toward bottom-end torque. The owner used the car to tow his twin sons quarter midget race cars.
4-speed fully synchronized transaxle
3.89:1 Limited-slip differential
Because of the low rear gear and the touquey engine, the car would jump off the line! I never had it down a dragstrip, but according to my wristwatch it would do 0-60 in about 8 seconds. The quarter mile was another story, since it was wound up tight in 4th gear by about 90 MPH!
Factory Options for “red vair”
Rear engine, no power steering, no air. Steers easy due to no weight in the front. Added disc brakes to the front wheels.
Factory Options for “Toni”
Front full-width floor mat
Passenger-side sun visor vanity mirror
Mods for “red vair”
Mods include chromed engine parts, disc brakes up front, chrome rear exhaust inserts, stinger exhaust, upgraded to 14" wheels from 13". American Racing Torq Thrust chrome wheels.
Mods for “Toni”
Mechanical mods (all done by a past owner):
Original transaxle replaced with one from a '66 Corvair Corsa with 3.89:1 gears and limited slip
Comfort, convenience, and cosmetic mods:
Trailer hitch and wiring (there when I got it)
Rear "Cove" panel painted gold
Dual sport mirrors
70-series tires (I forget the exact size) on the original steel 13" wheels
Lace-spoke full wheel covers from a Chevy Cavalier Type-10
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