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Norristown, Pennsylvania
United States

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1966 Chevrolet Corvair Monza


1997 Chevrolet Camaro

“Just A 6”

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About “"Ashley"”

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 “Just A 6”

Cam'd Daily Driver


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 “Just A 6”

3.8L V6
Manual, T5, 5-Speed Transmission


Factory Options for “"Ashley"”

(All options verified by build sheet)
140 horsepower, 4 carb engine
4-speed transaxle
Posi rear
Sport Suspension
"Mag-Style" full wheel covers
AM pushbutton radio

Factory Options for “Just A 6”

Power Everything
5 Speed


Mods for “"Ashley"”

Engine rebuilt to Yenko Stinger Stage III specs - 220 net horsepower.
Suspension lowered 1 coil.
Gas shocks
Steering Dampener
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 “Just A 6”

Custom 3" Hi-Flo Cat-Back
Pacesetters Headers
Moroso Cold Air Intake
ProForm Short Throw Shifter
GT2 Cam
-What's Next?: N2O (75-100 shot), DynoTune

Zoom Performance Clutch
LSD Rear w/3.73 Gears
19mm Rear Sway
Aluminum Driveshaft
-What's Next?: Monroe Shock/Struts all around, 32mm Hollow Front Sway

Blinker Blackouts
Tail Light Blackouts
3rd Brake Light Blackout
Xenon Rear Bumper
Z28 Exhaust Tips
3800 Decal set
Nose Emblem Overlay
Chrome Z-28 5-Spoke Rims
"Objects in Mirror Tend to Disappear"
-What's Next?: Vizage Body Kit (waiting for paint), Black 35th Anniversary Stripes

JVC KD-AR480 Head Unit
2 12" Kicker CVRs
Rockford Fosgate 325.1 Mono Amp
Pioneer 6 1/2" 3 Ways up front
Jensen 6 1/2" 2 ways in the rear
-What's Next?: Eclipse Components powered by Clarion APA4160 (waiting to go in; replacing the pioneers), Elemental Design's 7Kv.2's in the rear (replacing the Jensens)


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