1968 Chevrolet Corvair Model 500 (Glinda)
Last updated Mar 4, 2009
At the last Corvair club meeting, as I’m walking up to the group, one member is telling another (one I hadn’t met before), “Here’s Tom; he’ll probably take it off your hands.” The guy restored a ’68 2-door back in ’86 and drove it around for ten years or so before he lost interest and parked it in his driveway. It has sat there until now. He wants someone from the club to take it off his hands and either put it back on the road or get good parts off it. It’s a turquoise car and since that’s the color my 15-year-old likes, I told the guy we'd take it for our father-daughter project. She really wants a ‘vert, but I just haven’t had one of those fall into my lap. Fortuantely, she understood and is amenable until finances allow a ‘vert.
The guy said it's rough, but then he also went on to talk about how the black interior is in good shape. He said the driver’s floor needs replacing and there’s some rust around the window.
We arrived at the gentleman’s house around 2:30 last Sunday and were back in our driveway before 5. We were able to get three of the tires to hold air from my 12V compressor, but the fourth was shot, so we changed the fourth with a spare I’d pulled off Betty (my '66). The driveway was slightly sloped the wrong way, so we had to hook the tow-bar up to the rear bumper and pull her out to the street before reversing the tow setup. I’m torn about saying the car’s in better shape that I’d expected. The paint is in great condition where the rust hasn’t caused it to fail, but there’s more rust than I’d have wanted. The worst places are driver’s front fender just ahead of the gas filler, around the front and rear windows, and in the wheelwell openings. The best way would be to buy a welder, but I’m giving serious consideration to rivets and adhesive. The flanging and dimpling tools are less than $50. The color of the car is and V loves it. The black interior is like new. The engine and compartment look extremely clean. The guy had started the engine less than two years ago, and had driven it less than five years ago. He replaced the entire brake system only eight years ago, so this car could be on the road with little work. It would be nice to make it drivable quickly so I can easily move it in and out of the garage when I need the space for working on another car.
110 HP/2-sp Powerglide transmission.
None that are notable
Smog pump and emissions plumbing removed
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