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Cars > Challenges > “"Ashley"” Vs “The Corsa”

 

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CorvairJim

M–52
Norristown, Pennsylvania
United States

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corsa

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Lincoln, Nebraska
United States

 

1966 Chevrolet Corvair Monza

“"Ashley"”

1965 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa Turbo Convertible

“The Corsa”

 
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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 “The Corsa”

I bought this car the week after I graduated from high
school. The owner was selling four corvairs, including
two '65 Corsa turbos, a '62 convertible, and, the one I
SHOULD have bought, a '69 140/4 convertible. (Man,
I really wish I knew what happened to the '69.)

When I bought this car, the turbo was seized up. I ended up
driving this car for the first few years I was in college,
and never had the money to get the turbo working.

After driving it for a few years, I bought a Toyota Supra
for my daily driver, and my brother started driving this
Corvair while he was restoring his 1973 Opel GT. At
some point, he and his friend managed to throw a
fanbelt and continued to drive the car, resulting in
a dropped valve seat,. The car was parked for several
years until I finally purchased a used turbo motor in
Texas and put it in the Vair.

Now, it is sitting in my garage, waiting for restoration to begin. I will be returning it to its factory original color of Madeira Maroon, which will look great with the white and black interior, and the white top.

 

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 “The Corsa”

164 c.i. air-cooled flat 6
Factory turbocharged
180 hp
265 lb-ft torque
4-speed manual transmission
3.55:1 rear end

 

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 “The Corsa”

L87 turbocharged 180 hp engine
4-speed manual transmission
Two-speed wipers with washer
Day/night mirror
Wire wheel covers with three-prong spinners

 

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 “The Corsa”

Engine:
Bored .030 over
Forged competition pistons
Competition flywheel
Oversized oil pump
Electronic ignition
Finned aluminum oil pan

Suspension:
Lowered
Heavy duty springs, 1 coil cut in front
Adjustable gas shocks

Other:
Alpine pull-out stereo

 

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