1966 Chevrolet Corvair Monza
1985 Chevrolet Camaro IrocZ
Head to Head
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 “Matt's AirocZ”
My project for 3yrs. Started as 305 TPI, 700r4 car. I stripped it completely down, cleaned n painted everything. I put in an 8pt cage, subframes, shaved the firewall on the heater box side, and tried to get rid of as much under hood garbage as possible!
Suspension is air ride tech bags, and some stuff my minitruckin buddy had layin around. 3/8" SMC valvess, viar 450 compressor, 5gallon tank. Shocks are Tokico 5-ways in front, and rear KYB for now. Stock iroc sway bars, powdercoated. All polyurethane bushings. Hotchkis trailing arms and panhard. Rear axle is from an 98' LS1 Z, 4.11 gears, stud girdle cover. Rear brakes are 98's with drilled rotors. Front brakes are 6piston Wilwoods for an LS1 car modified brackets n spindles to make some contraption that works! All flex lines are braided ss.
I built the 388ci stroker(4.06 x 3.75) motor. Eagle forged crank and 5.7 H beams, clevite bearings, forged pistons, gapless top rings. Canton kickout "road race" pan. AFR 195 heads w/ kick butt springs(200# seat/ 498# @ full lift), Custom grind solid roller cam. Tpis miniram, 30lb injectors, run off a 730ECM.
T56 "bulletproof" 6spd, hurst shifter, fidanza aluminum flywheel, spec stage 3 clutch. Edelbrock torque arm.
Exhaust im still tryin to figure out. Ive been rollin straight hookers to turn downs. Theres a bit of a ground clearance issue so the exhaust was a month long fab project this summer. Even through the baffles its way loud. haha. Open the cutouts and it sounds like the end of the world. The local authorities frown upon it right now.
Interiors not really extensive. Dont have any pics cause ive just been finishin it. Changed it from grey to black, red "type R" seats, haha. Racing belts. Still figurin some arm rest/door pullers that clear the cage door bars. Made some polished aluminum plates for a manual shift plate, and one to replace the ash tray with switches. Alpine cd player, stock speakers, ha(cant hear it anyways).
The bodys not too extensive. I did a lot of the prep work before takin it to paint. 2 base coats, 3 clear, still need to wet sand, but it looks pretty nice still. No side moldings. Newer Z front and side skirts. Shaved antenna. I layed a couple red pinstripes along the grey in the hood for some contrast. Had to take a little outta the rear flares to clear the 295's. Headlights are H4 conversion with HID 6000Ks for the lows.
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 “Matt's AirocZ”
388ci SBC, T56, LS1 10-bolt
ART bags, Tokico shocks, Hotchkis, Edelbrock, Energy Suspension
8pt cage, subframes
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 “Matt's AirocZ”
All the good stuff in 85!
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 “Matt's AirocZ”
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