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CorvairJim

M –51
Norristown, Pennsylvania
United States

 
 

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carnut3
Nov 19, 2011 at 12:36 am
I've seen a couple of these, but I didn't know they were considered Corvairs. I think these vans looked a lot nicer than the Fords and Dodges from the early 60s.
 
 
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Ultima
Nov 3, 2011 at 10:15 am
Nice van, but not as "nice" as my '62, Econoline.

Best regards, RA
 
 
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gabbs
Aug 3, 2011 at 11:11 am
Wow! That's one of the coolest vans I've ever seen!! I want one now. biggrin image
 
 

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Challenges W: 36 L: 6

 

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Past Challenges

Photo of a 1995 GMC 3500 Rally Van
Battle Wagon aka Big Bertha

1995 GMC 3500 Rally Van

Owner: Crazyfast79TA

  • Battle Wagon aka Big Bertha: 16 pts (loss)
  • The Frigidaire: 24 pts (win)
  • Total votes: 8
  • Ended: Jan 11, 2012
 
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Lightning

1995 Ford Thunderbird

Owner: Zanting

  • Lightning: 40 pts (loss)
  • The Frigidaire: 45 pts (win)
  • Total votes: 17
  • Ended: Nov 30, 2011
 
Photo of a 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
Connie II

1962 Chevrolet Bel Air

Owner: 1962ChevyGuy

  • Connie II: 72 pts (win)
  • The Frigidaire: 68 pts (loss)
  • Total votes: 28
  • Ended: Nov 13, 2011
 

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1961 Chevrolet Corvair Greenbrier Deluxe (The Frigidaire)

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Photo of a 1961 Chevrolet Corvair Greenbrier Deluxe (The Frigidaire)

About

(Disclaimer - The picture shown with this van and all the pictures in it's photo album were found online. NONE of them are of the actual van!)

After my now ex wife left me with our kids in the spring of 1991, I traveled from my home in the suburban Philadelphia area to where they were in Cleveland about one weekend a month to visit the kids. My ex insisted that the kids do any traveling with her and that I follow in my car because there wasn't enough room in my Beretta for me, her, the three kids, and at least one friend of hers that she insisted she have along with her at all tiomes so that I wouldn't "Kidnap" the kids... Which, technically speaking, is what SHE did when she took them across state lines! I solved the problem by showing up one weekend with this 1961 Corvair Greenbrier, a 9-passenger van! She had said she HATED my Corvairs, but the van was running, inspected, and insured, and it had enough room for not only the five of us, but FOUR friends if she wanted them along!

The weekend before Christmas, We were at a mall in the Cleveland area doing some gift shopping for the kids. When we were getting into the 'Brier to go to dinner, a man came running across the parking lot to us and knocked on my window. All out of breath, he told me: "Man, you HAVE TO sell me this van! This is the coolest thing I've seen in years!" I explained to himthat I had just bought it a few months ago and that I wasn't done having fun with it yet, and besides, I needed it myself. He said fore me to name my price, so I told him an exhorbinant number and that he'd have to drive me home. He said that he'd have to work on the money, but the ride home wouldn't be a problem... Then I told him that I lived well over 400 miles away! I pointed out the Pennsylvania inspection sticker and told him I live just outside Philly... For some reason, that soured the deal.
My ex was upset about this, since she was so down on Corvairs and had just had her nose rubbed in it in front of the kids and three of her friends!

Specs

Rebuilt 1964-vintage 110 h.p. 164 c.i.d. engine
Corvair car 4-speed transaxle (The "Truck" transaxle has closer ratios - good for hauling things, not so good for highway use)
3.89:1 Posi rear
Highest speed I saw on the speedo was about 80 mph.

Factory Options

Corvair 95 Deluxe Trim group
Gas-Fired Heater
AM Radio
Second and Third Row Bench Seats
Trailer Package
"California" Mirrors
Luggage Rack

Mods

205-70R14 Radial Tires
14" "Mag Style" Wheel Covers (From a '65 Impala - the same style I had on my '66 Monza, "Ashley" in the 13" size)
AM/FM/Cassette Stereo

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