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Cars > Challenges > “"Ashley"” Vs “SS_sha'Velle”

 

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M–51
Norristown, Pennsylvania
United States

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monkeewrench

M–48
Bend, Oregon
United States

 

1966 Chevrolet Corvair Monza

“"Ashley"”

1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS

“SS_sha'Velle”

 
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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 “SS_sha'Velle”

This is my first full blown restoration attempt. Yes, it was sitting out in a field, 20 miles East of Bend Oregon. I answered an add at Mike's Auto Parts for a 1966 Chevelle, $1,500.00 o.b.o. Spoke to Kenny Clause the owner and it was a California car that he got in his travels. Had been setup as a low rider and the frame got pounded!!!! It had what appears to be the original motor, 2 speed powerglide, a bench seat, with column shift, original diamond tuck interior. It started, ran and drove when I got it. Go ahead, try to find a 66' Chevelle with a motor, tranny and interior that runs and drives.... Good Luck! I immersed myself until I ran out of money, bought all 4 new springs for it and put in a nice set of KYB shocks all the way around. We tore out the motor and trans, cleaned it all up underneath and took off the front clip. Bought a new steel SS hood, emblems, blocked and sanded the whole car. Put together a NASTY 406 small block courtesy of Steve's Precision Machine Shop in Tigard, Oregon. KB hypereutectic pistons, Canfield aluminum heads with 2.080" intake valves, yeah you read it and I typed it right, 2.080" intakes baby!!! Performer RPM Air Gap that I hand polished to chrome, MSD distributor, Crane Gold full needle fulcrum roller rocker arms, forged pushrods of course, streetable Edelbrock cam. Backing it up is a BUILT TH400 with a mild streetable stall convertor, 2,800 rpm.

Currently I am powdercoating the factory brackets and starting to put the engine hardware on it. Pretty much ready for color, then stuffing the new motor and trans in it.

Oh yeah, I kinda lost it on ebay.... (I call it Crack Bay...) Anyhoo, ended up with factory buckets, a factory console and 3 speed shifter to add to the effect.

-Now just waiting for a pile of money to show up so I can finish 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 “SS_sha'Velle”

Estimated horsepower is going to be between 410-430 HP.

No other specs are availiable at this time, not done!!!

 

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 “SS_sha'Velle”

Buckets, console/shifter. Ghetto manual 4 wheel drum brakes for now... Power steering.

-What, we don't need no stinking sissy AC or other options, this is a hot rod!!!

 

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 “SS_sha'Velle”

Buckets, console, 406 small block, built TH400 transmission/stall convertor.

 

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