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.
1996 Mustang GT - 4.6L 2V 215HP/285 RWTQ
1966 Corvair Monza Sport Coupe
164 C.I.D. Opposed 6-cylinder engine, air cooled.
Lemonwood Yellow paint, Black interior
1996 Ford Mustang GT OEM SPECS
1996 Ford Mustang Performance
4,605 cc 4.6 liters 8 V 90? front longitudinal engine with 90.2 mm bore, 90 mm stroke, 9 compression ratio, light alloy block, light alloy head, double overhead cam, automatic valve adjustment and four valves per cylinder
Fuel economy EPA highway (l/100km): 9
Multi-point injection fuel system
Auxiliary 58 liter fuel tank
Power: 160 kW , 215 HP @ 4,400 rpm; 285 ft lb @ 3,500 rpm
(All options verified by build sheet)
140 horsepower, 4 carb engine
"Mag-Style" full wheel covers
AM pushbutton radio
1996 Ford Mustang Handling
Four disc brakes including four ventilated discs
Rear mechanical limited slip differential
Spacesaver steel rim internal spare wheel
Strut front suspension with stabilizer bar independent with coil springs , multi-link rear suspension with stabilizer bar rigid with coil springs
1996 Ford Mustang Exterior
Front and rear body color impact absorbing bumpers
Driver power black door mirrors , passenger power door mirrors with wide angle
External dimensions: overall length (mm): 4,610, overall width (mm): 1,824, overall height (mm): 1,356, wheelbase (mm): 2,573, front track (mm): 1,524, rear track (mm): 1,491 and curb to curb turning circle (mm): 11,674
Front fog lights
Complex surface lens halogen bulb single headlights
Gloss multi-coat paint , metallic multi-coat paint , black multi-coat paint
Fixed rear window
Trunk/hatch body color wing spoiler
Weights: curb weight (kg) 1,539
Two-speed windshield wipers with variable intermittent wipe
1996 Ford Mustang Interior
CFC free liquid air conditioning
Fixed mast antenna
Front illuminated ashtray
Stereo audio system with AM/FM
Cargo area light
Cargo capacity: rear seat up; to lower window (liters): 309 and all seats in place (liters): 309
Front seats illuminated cigar lighter
Floor full console with covered storage box
Courtesy lights with two switches
Steering wheel mounted cruise control
Front seats cup holders
Door pockets/bins for driver seat and passenger seat
Floor covering: carpet in passenger compartment and carpet in load area
Carpet floor mats
Driver and passenger front airbag
Sports seat , sports seat
3-point reel front seat belts on driver seat and passenger seat
Front seat center armrest with integral box
Lockable illuminated glove compartment with lid
Height adjustable head restraints on front seats
Illuminated entry system on interior
Internal dimensions: front headroom (mm): 970, rear headroom (mm): 912, front hip room (mm): 1,328, rear hip room (mm): 1,240, front leg room (mm): 1,064, rear leg room (mm): 770, front shoulder room (mm): 1,361, rear shoulder room (mm): 1,323 and interior volume (liters): 2,350
Low fuel level warning
Remote power locks with internal switch
Front power windows with door mounted switches and one one-touch
Front reading lights
3-point reel rear seat belts on driver side and passenger side
Split bench symmetrical two rear seats
Rear view mirror
Electric remote trunk/hatch release
Cloth seat upholstery with additional cloth
Seating: four seats
Leather covered steering wheel
Driver and passenger illuminated vanity mirror
Ventilation system with four fan speeds
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"
Long Tube Headers, Bassani and Flowmaster Exhaust, Tokica Shocks and Springs, Drilled/Slotted Brakes with Ceramic pads, CAI
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