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.
I got this car used back in 2004 with 17,000 miles on her. she was a beauty and still is. She has changed much through the past couple of years and still has many changes left to her. She is a work in progress and keeps getting quicker and quicker. In the straights and turns that is. I love running the Gap with her and also taking her to the track. I have done most of the major work to her
1966 Corvair Monza Sport Coupe
164 C.I.D. Opposed 6-cylinder engine, air cooled.
Lemonwood Yellow paint, Black interior
608 torque --- on 18lbs, 93 octane, and slipping the clutch
best 1/8 mile to date- 8.2 @89 with a 2.0 60'
8000rpm red line
(All options verified by build sheet)
140 horsepower, 4 carb engine
"Mag-Style" full wheel covers
AM pushbutton radio
Mach 460 Sound System
4.6L Modular Engine
Solid Rear Axle
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"
Ford Racing Strut Tower Brace
KYB AGX Adjustable Struts
MM Full Length Sub Frames
Steeda CC Plates
Steeda Upper and Lower Aluminum Control Arms
Ford Cobra 13" Brake Upgrade Kit
Hawk HPS Brake Pads
QA1 K member
QA1 Eco Control arms
MMR Coil overs
MM 6 point roll cage
MM Panhard bar
Borla Stinger Cat-Back
BBK Long Tube Headers
BBK O/R X Pipe
SCT 4 Bank Flip Chip
PRO750 TKO 500 Tremec 5-spd tranny
Spec Stage 5 clutch
Fidanza Aluminum Flywheel
FFRP 3.73 Gears
P-51 intake manifold
Accufab 75mm Throttle Body
HP stage 2 twin turbo kit 57mm turbos
75lb Fuel Injectors
95mm C&L maf
VT Stage 3 Blower Cams
315/35/R17 Nitto 555R's
245/45/R17 Nitto 555's
All synthetic fluids
eaton 31 spline diff
Stage 3 ported and polished heads with oversized valves
Forged mod900 shortblock
-7qt oil pan
-forged manley 18cc dished pistons with notches
-manley H beam rods
-MMR performance oil pump
- windage tray
MMR 900 street/strip fuel system, twin -6an stainless steel fuel lines
Mach 1 Chin Spoiler
Mach 1 Grill Delete
17x10.5 Anthracite DD rear rims
Blacked Out Tail Lights
Roush Rear Valance Blacked Out
White Face Gauges
battery relocated to trunk
rear seat delete
autometer phantom series elec. fuel pressure
autometer phantom series boost/vac
autometer phantom series elec. oil pressure
autometer phantom series elec. nitrous pressure
autometer phantom series wideband air/fuel
team breed valve covers
painted red/black brakes
HO fibertrends 2.5" cowl hood
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