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.
A modified 1994 Mercury Cougar that I have owned for the past ten years. The heart of this beast comes from a 2002 FOr Explorer and its soul is held to the road by a heavily modified suspension system that lets this 2 ton monster hug the curves with her claws with no problem.
1966 Corvair Monza Sport Coupe
164 C.I.D. Opposed 6-cylinder engine, air cooled.
Lemonwood Yellow paint, Black interior
235hp / 265ft/lb
Hasn't run the quarter yet, but we're getting there
(All options verified by build sheet)
140 horsepower, 4 carb engine
"Mag-Style" full wheel covers
AM pushbutton radio
Fully featured XR7 trim package. Missing only the phone, and who got that in 1994 anyways
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"
1998 Mark VIII Oil Pan
2002 Ford Explorer 4.6 V8
2003 Ford Cobra Fan
2003 Ford Cobra Radiator
2003 GT Torque Converter
22C Colder Sparkplugs
B&M Trans Cooler
Custom made Y-Pipe Cat Delete
DynoMax CatBack Exhaust
FoMoCo 1999 Ford Lightning MAF
FordChip/JW File on SCT XCal2
FRPP 9MM Blue Wires
GT Intake Tube
K&N 9" Cone Filter
MN12 performance Poly Crossmember Bushings
MN12 Performance Solid Motor Mounts
MN12 Performance Solid Transmission Mount
Mossler 3.73 Aluminum Centersection
Oil Filter Relocation
Steeda Polyurathane IRS Bushings
Addco Sway Bars
Bilstein Sport Shocks
Bridgestone Potenza Tires
Sport JJJJ Code Springs in Front
20% Window Tint (Side, Quarter, and Rear)
Clear Corner Lenses
Octane Pin Switch
Boston Acoustics 6x8 Speakers
Monster .5 Farad Cap
Pair of 10" RF XTC Subs
RF 160.2 Amp
Rockford Fosgate Tweeters
XM Sattellite Radio Tuner with NavTraffic
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