This car was a very big surprise birthday present. I got it for my 15th birthday back in '04. I came home from a band trip and went to my grandma's to celebrate my birthday, and so she tells me to go get the pop out of the garage. Of course, oblivious to the fact that it was in her garage, I went and opened the door to find it there! I was speechless for about 15 minutes. My parents had taken me to a Ford dealer not long before and asked me what I'd want as a car if ever I got to choose. So I laid out what I wanted, without knowing they were serious! Boy am I glad I said a Mustang. When I first had discovered it and was speechless, I just kinda went over it a few times and did kinda like Nicholas Cage does with the '67 Shelby in 'Gone In 60 Seconds.' There really is nothing quite like getting a new car, especially by surprise.
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.
-3.9 Liter (232 cui) V6 - Naturally Aspirated - 193 hp stock
-Horsepower Currently - ~200 hp
-Torque - ~230 lb/ft
-5-speed manual T-5 or T-56 (feel free to clarify that)
-0-60 mph - 7.74 seconds
-1/4 mile - 15.459 @ 90.50 mph
-Top Speed - 117 mph (fuel cut-off)
1966 Corvair Monza Sport Coupe
164 C.I.D. Opposed 6-cylinder engine, air cooled.
Lemonwood Yellow paint, Black interior
-Color - Competition Orange Gloss (one of 6,429 in 2004)
-Pony Package - Chrome 16" wheels, spoiler, GT hood
-40th Anniversary - badges on side
-Dark Charcoal cloth seats
-MACH 460 watt audio system (6 speakers)
-Air-con, power steering, doors, locks, windows, etc.
-Folding rear seats
(All options verified by build sheet)
140 horsepower, 4 carb engine
"Mag-Style" full wheel covers
AM pushbutton radio
-Mustang Bullitt shift knob and bezel
-APC white face gauges (also turn two colors at night, either green or blue)
-Sequential taillight system
-Mach 1 Chin spoiler and hood stripe
-Black MUSTANG side stripes
-Mustang GT rear bumper with exhaust cutouts
-Black FR500 wheels - 17x9/18x10 - 245/275 rubber
-MAC catback exhaust system
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"
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