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63RedBrier

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  1. I'm in my mid-50's. I the next year or so I plan on retiring (as soon as my daughter graduates from HS) to work around the house, property, and mostly on my old cars, particularly Corvairs. I LOVE working with my hands! In the process of moving I have sold off five Corvairs that were either too rusty, needed too much work, or were too far down the to do list. I have since purchased another Corvair, a '64 convertible for a very reasonable price on the way home from Hershey. It had been sitting in a garage in PA for decades and the body is really in remarkable condition for being a PA car. With a good cleaning, polish, and wax I think the body will not need paint. Not a very desirable color combo, white/black/black, but a few things intrigued my about the car. The trim tag indicated a seat belt delete car, no power top, and a 3 speed manual. Most Corvair 'verts were probably either four speeds or PGs, maybe whoever ordered the car forgot to check the transmission box, so they got the base transmission. So the Corvair was ordered without seat belts (probably saving less than $10), but had wire wheel covers (which probably added $40(?) to the price). Odd. Anyway, I LIKE the car and will rebuild the fuel/brake systems, reseal and paint/powdercoat the engine compartment, install a new top, detail it, and it should be a nice driver! A second Corvair I am considering is within 5 miles of where I live. It is an original owner car, also a '64, but a 4 door sedan. The car has ONE option, the PG (automatic) transmission. The owner is in his early 90's and is no longer able to drive. I never saw the Corvair on the road, although my son says he used to see it. I used to see the owner at McDonald's occasionally and he would always be excited to see me (since I was typically driving a Corvair). He was driving his Chrysler mini-van. He would tell me about his car and how it needed a fuel tank, so he never drove it more than in his neighborhood. The car runs, but it has dual exhausts and is very loud! It has about 90k miles, but does not have the original engine. The tires are 16 years old. His heirs were thinking the car was worth about $13K! I feel the car is worth about $3K, as it sits right now. It immediately needs about $2,300 worth of parts, not counting any brake or suspension issues which may come to light, or my labor to repair/install. So, what's my point? The two Corvairs above, plus another two that I know of do not need any major body work (i.e., rust!) or paint, just all the basics to get them roadworthy. This is where I am trying to focus my efforts. I am willing to put in my time and efforts to get a Corvair back on the road for the next caretaker, but I need to consider the cost to do so. Be Safe and Drive On! Greg
  2. Left Alexandria last night and arrived at my sister's @ 10:30 driving my 58 year old Greenbrier, lights work fine! Took GW Parkway to 270 to 15, know the drive well. Going to look at another Corvair on Saturday late afternoon near Lancaster, so I need to see THAT in the daylight!
  3. Thanks, Lew & Peter! Not planning on leaving early! Just wanted to figure out if I will have daylight to drive back to Virginia late Saturday afternoon or stay another night in PA and head back in the morning...
  4. Looks like things get off to an early start at 7am! For planning purposes, approximately what time does the Chief Judge start releasing vehicles from the show field? I'm guessing some time between 2 to 4pm? Thanks! Greg
  5. Thank you for posting! I typically go to Carlisle in the Spring and Hershey in the Fall... I know it would be extra work, but I bet if you also posted close ups of the windshield ads, and your post HERE resulted in a sale, you could ask for a finder's fee! I would be willing to pay you for your time.
  6. Would be cool to know where the Auto Wash Bowl was located?
  7. Buick(?) wheels look kind of small. A few trim pieces missing. Odd placement of PS outside rearview mirror. Two shades of white...
  8. Mr. Bloom! You and your buddies are truly lucky! I had a similar experience in NE PA when I was driving my Dad's F150 4x4 on the way home from Hazleton in a snow storm. I may have still been on my learner's permit. Driving on Honey Hole Road between Rt 309 and Rt 437, suddenly the truck veered off the road to the right, luckily into some brush where it was fairly flat and not into the trees or a ditch. My dad yells out what are you doing? I yell back, nothing! We both get out and look underneath the front and there is just enough light from the headlights on the fresh snow to see that a nut came off one of the drag links, making the steering inoperable. We managed to pop the stud back in place and slowly drove the rest of the way home. Be safe out there!
  9. I would be cautious about taking anything more than photographs of the truck! As soon as you start removing parts, someone will show up (probably the owner) and start asking questions about who you are and what you are doing on their land. Better to do some research on who actually owns the property and try to get in touch with them first. Be safe, not sorry...
  10. Imagine how hard it would be to track down the correct 10% of the missing parts?
  11. I was thinking there was an extra ZERO on the price when I looked at the photos... $1,800 would be fair as a parts car. The radiator clearly needs to be replaced too. The Blue Tarp of Death is there also, so the barns were probably leaky and damp, hence all the surface rust on the interior. On a positive note, it looks complete and the cowl lights are cool!
  12. Cars like this should really be advertised somewhere better than Craigslist...
  13. I have never been to the Detroit Homecoming but always wanted to go. It conflicted with the start of the school year, and since my son is now working (as an apprentice mechanic) and my daughter just began her senior year of high school, it was time! I left Virginia driving north to Frederick MD then west to Hancock, then north again to Breezewood PA, to get on Route 30, the Lincoln Highway. I had just finished reading Tom Cotter's book on traveling across the USA in a modified Model T from Manhattan to San Francisco so I wanted to mirror some of their trip. I passed by the 9/11 memorial in Shanksville PA, but had been before so didn't stop this time. I was on my way to overnight with some Corvair friends (Bill & Audrey) in Aliquippa PA. In Latrobe PA I skirted around Pittsburgh to the north and took the Orange Belt, but mostly the Red Belt. Drove thru rain so hard I'm surprised there is any paint left on the RedBrier! Dinner was take out on my host's front patio. I picked up some Corvair parts from them too! The next day I took I79 north to the PA and OH Turnpikes west. As I was fueling up at a rest area, I noticed a '64 Monza sedan (with factory A/C!) fueling up next to me. The owner, Kyle, had picked the car up in New Jersey not too long ago and was waiting for a few others from his Ohio club to join him. I asked if I could tag along with their group and was welcomed (photo-Rest Stop Corvairs). From here we caravanned to Ann Arbor. For lunch I drove the RedBrier over to the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum which formerly housed the Corvair Museum, now mostly Hudsons. I enjoyed some BBQ for lunch then spent an hour or two looking at the cars and displays. The museum still housed at least a half dozen Corvairs, including the oldest known Corvair, a black sedan with horn slots! The next day a Corvair friend from Durango CO (Tim) drove us and two others from Oregon (Duane & Steve) in his Volvo SUV to the GM Heritage Museum. The EM Super Spyder seemed huge parked next to the LM Monza GT. The cost was $10 but well worth it. The museum is only opened by invitation, so someone must have pulled some strings to get us invited. The next day while chatting with a group of Corvair folks in the parking lot, the rally came up in conversation, who was riding with whom, etc., and while I typically go on the rally, my navigator (Curtis from Silver City NM) couldn't make it at the last minute due to a knee injury. A young woman (Raven) volunteered to be my navigator, so I was in! Raven brought along her friend Skylar (photo-Raven & Skylar). We didn't win, but Raven's husband and Skylar's boyfriend (who followed us most of the way!) did! There were at least 56 Corvairs at the Homecoming last time I counted including NINE Forward Controls/Corvair trucks (photo). There was a People's Choice car show where everyone voted for their top 10 favorite Corvairs. The top 25 will appear in the 2022 Homecoming calendar (you can order one from the Detroit Area Corvair Club to see if I was in the top 25!). I only ate one meal away from the hotel. DACC member Ken is renowned for stocking the hospitality suite with more food than we could all eat! There was also plenty of indoor and outdoor vendors, an auction, and wine tasting (for an extra $10!). I left about 8am Sunday morning and planned to drive all the way home to Virginia. About an hour into my journey another Corvair friend from Cincinnati (Jeff) who was driving his '66 Aztec Bronze Monza coupe, took my photo as I was passing him! I'm guessing I was probably going about 60-65, so the photo came out great considering Jeff was driving/aiming/steadying at almost the same speed. It took almost exactly 12 hours to get home with rest/food/fuel stops. I did have a couple of easily repairable issues during the trip. I arose early Saturday morning while it was still dark, took out the cushions and drawers from the camper kit to dig down to the engine compartment to address an oil leak. First I was shocked to see the nut and lock washer from the alternator was GONE! I found them down in no man's land, reinstalled and slightly tightened the fan belt. Second, I changed the oil and filter right before I left Virginia, but I was hesitant to use the new bolt gasket since the hole in the center was too big, so I reused the old oil filter bolt gasket. My mistake... Overall I used (more likely leaked) one quart of oil in my 1,400 mile journey. Burned 63 gallons of premium fuel, paying a high of $4.10/gal in Michigan and a low of $3.45/gal closest to home. Finally, as I was crossing into Ohio on my way there, the noisy speedometer cable finally gave up the ghost. I ordered and have a new one ready to install. Moral of the story? Don't be afraid to drive your old car or Corvair(!) on a long trip! I can almost guarantee that any problems which may develop you will be able to address in a few minutes with a few basic hand tools and some spare parts! Be and drive safe... Greg
  14. MccJoseph and Steve B! I am also in the market for a late 20's thru mid 30's classic car, and as a 40-year diehard Corvair fan, I thought an air-cooled (& oil-cooled!) Franklin would be a good fit. I will be watching this thread closely and will also join the HHFranklin club. Just last week I drove my '63 Greenbrier camper from central Virginia to Ann Arbor Michigan for the Detroit Homecoming. It was a hot drive and very hot in the sun while I was there, but the Corvair ran like the proverbial top driving about 1,500 miles roundtrip! I'll post a thread on my adventure soon.
  15. Rear bumper, taillights, and trunk lid may actually be usable!
  16. Since Robert brought up BaT, bidders aren't being CLEVER when they open the bidding with the year of the car! We all know the 1959 Cadillac is going to sell for way more than $1959! BaT should block this from occurring...
  17. I've owned a '59 Ranger 2 door sedan for a few years now. I bought it because it was NOT like most Edsels. First, it's a 2 door, while most were 4 doors; second, it has a 3-on-the-tree, while most were automatics; and finally, it's a straight 6, while most were V8's! It's white with a blue interior. I've added six new seat belts for all your friends to ride along, new tires, and I'm in the process of reinstalling the newly re-chromed bumpers. I would sell it only with the idea of using the $ to improve other collector vehicles I own, or possibly buying another vehicle on my Top Ten Dream Car List! In the interim, I'll keep improving it for the next caretaker...
  18. Easy for me! "Smokey and the Bandit!" Yes, Burt Reynolds and Sally Field are fine, but the real star of the movie is Jackie Gleason!
  19. With all due respect, "Create some space in our garage?" Let's be honest, it looks like it has been sitting outside for what, decades? A location will help! Try Craigslist and you may find a local buyer for about 1/4 or 1/3 of your asking price... Good luck with the sale.
  20. I like it! Find a correct steering wheel, wheels and wheel covers, and cruise in style! The Cadillac air cleaner can stay, since it will be hidden by the hood...
  21. I think the AACA or Hemmings is a better place to try to sell the Hudson than on BAT. BAT seems to have lost its nomenclature and now caters to the mostly Porsche, Corvette, low production 20-30 year old cars that should have been driven(!), etc., crowd, instead of the people who would actually have to "bring a trailer" to pick up a project car. I DO like the Hudson however, and I hope the seller gets the results they are looking for on BAT.
  22. I am a diehard Corvair guy! I was just in Dover yesterday and saw the ad this morning... Next time I'm there, if it is still available, I will go take a look. Anyway, I recently sold a low mileage moredoor version of this car to a adjacent Corvair club member who was specifically looking for a moredoor so he could easily take family and friends without people being crammed into the rear seat! He was able to drive it home a little over a hour for about the same price. Here is what I see in the coupe pictured above: The factory color is Cascade Green. It is a mid-line 700 model, the 500's were the base model and the 900/Monza's (which came out late in the 1960 production year) are the most desirable '60 models. It is a PowerGlide (2 speed automatic), the 3 speed manual would have been the standard trans and for me would be more desirable (although the PG's are pretty stout and reliable). The upholstery and door panels are NOT stock, nor is the carpeting (it would originally have had a rubber mat for floor covering) The rear bumper guards are in the wrong place. They should be in between the taillights. It has definitely been stored OUTSIDE, although some of that scum may compound/polish out. The front "grill" and skirts are not stock and are aftermarket items. The steering wheel looks to be installed upside down. 1960 Corvairs all had gas heaters if they were built for colder climates. The 80hp engines in these Corvairs will surprise you with how peppy they are if they are tuned well. There are a LOT of unique things about 1st year Corvairs! The fuel tanks for example are a one year item only, but there will be a run of these reproduced soon by one of the biggest Corvair parts suppliers.
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