1966 Chevrolet Corvair Monza
1966 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa
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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.
Hi all. This has got to be THE funnest car I have ever driven. It plain ole loves the corners!
History: This is an early 66 Corvair Corsa Convertible with 140, 4 carb engine and 4speed trans. It was parked sometime in 1974 in a barn where it stayed in hibernation until aproximately 1989. It was than used until about 1993 where it was parked again. I rescued this car in 2004. It went under the knife, sort to speak, for a complete make-over. All of the rust was repaired and the engine rebuilt. This took me about 2 years. I didn't have the engine broken in after the rebuild before I headed to Buffalo, NY for the 2006 CORSA international convention. I took second place in the peoples choice, not bad for a first time out. And an International convention.... I enjoy taking my car out and driving it. It is rarely clean and usually is sporting the kids seats in the back at car shows. I drive it. I enjoy it with my two boys. IMO, that is the whole point of having a car. To enjoy it!
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 “4carb”
140, 4 carbs, 4speed Corsa. Otto 20 cam, 4 individual air cleaners, one piece flywheel, nylon lower control arm inner bushings and Clarks HD engine mount. Stock interior with FM converter. HD 2 inch drop srprings in front. Stock rear springs. 16x7 Torque Thrust II wheels with 4 inch backspace. 205-55 zr16 BFG tires. KYB shocks.
Factory Options for “"Ashley"”
(All options verified by build sheet)
140 horsepower, 4 carb engine
"Mag-Style" full wheel covers
AM pushbutton radio
Factory Options for “4carb”
Rear antenna, tinted windshield and deluxe seat belts.
Mods for “"Ashley"”
Engine rebuilt to Yenko Stinger Stage III specs - 220 net horsepower.
Suspension lowered 1 coil.
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 “4carb”
HD lowering springs, 16x7 Torque Thrust II's, paint and Otto 20 cam. I'm not much into modifications, especially ones that cannot be changed out in short order.
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