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Cars > TomHughes’s Garage > Blog > 1964 Chevrolet Corvair (Heidi)

 

A Good Thanksgiving

By TomHughes

Filed under: 1964 Chevrolet Corvair (Heidi)

I had prepared myself to do a Powerglide transmission swap on my eldest daughter's '64 Corvair, but that didn't have to happen. A couple weeks ago, she told me that her car didn't want to shift into gear when first started. She said she'd checked the fluid level and it was fine. When she got home for Thanksgiving break, I asked her how the car drove, and she replied that it didn't want to shift while going down the road either. I asked her how she'd checked the fluid level, and she told me, "with the engine running and the transmission in Neutral." I immediately went out and checked it in Drive and it was barely on the dipstick. I had a pint and a half of transmission conditoner on the shelf in the garage, so I poured the whole thing in. She's been driving now for a week, and all's good again.

With that crisis averted, I focused on finishing her car's back seat bottom reupholstery project. I got the rest of the cloth sewed onto the vinyl and the edge-wires cut, bent, and installed. After putting down the horsehair pad replacement and a couple layers of cottong batting, I installed the seatcover with daugther #3 crimping on the hog-rings. It turned out okay. I got it installed the night before Brianna left to go back to school. Her text message to me the next day was, "The backseat looks awesome! Thank you so much. It's so much quieter."

The '64 Is About To Be Gone...

By TomHughes

Filed under: 1964 Chevrolet Corvair (Heidi)

... with my eldest daughter off to St. Mary's College of Maryland.

A summer of reliable, fun driving for her - at least a couple thousand miles worth on the rebuilt engine, and it's coming to an end. She leaves for school this week. She and I came up with a list of stuff that needs addressing on my car before she drives off. She took my '63 his car to work yesterday so I could work on it. I removed the sunvisors so my seamstress wife could re-stitch the failed seams. I also changed the oil and filter, repaired the passenger door panel, re-soldered the failed speaker connection, replaced the glove-box door with one I'd pulled off another '64 Monza, removed the rear seat for upholstery repair (she'll be without it for at least a month or so), replaced the front plastic emblem, and duct-taped the rear ducting that had disintegrated (that explains the weak defroster)
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