corsa1948

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Currently own 2 Corvairs (as per signature line below) and have owned a total of 22 over the past 20 years. I am about to buy an early model fairly shortly as well so as you can tell I like Corvairs. Attached is a picture of my Senior Corvair

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Bob,

Very nice 1965 Monza. Do you have a CORSA chapter club that you're involved with?

If you have been to my website , I would invite you to do so. In addition to mine, I am starting to feature other club members cars. About one a month from Corvairs of New Mexico.

CorsaTurbo180USA - Our Feature Presentation Several pages to view.

Well, you've had a lot more Corvairs than I have. It's a good thing I simply don't have room for more than two.

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I used to be president of the local CORSA chapter in Huntsville, AL but it finally disbanded due to lack of owners/interest. I also served on the CORSA board of directors back in the 90s. While I am still a member of CORSA I have little contact with anyone in the organization these days. My interest in Corvair related activities has really declined over the years and now I focus solely on AACA events with the Corvairs.

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Bob,

Thanks unfortunate that your chapter disbanded. Corvairs of New Mexico celebrates it's 37th year this year and as membership chair, I intend to work hard to bring new and younger member into it. Plan on doing a lot more higher profile events as it starts to warm up .

Thanks for chiming in . You got an interesting eclectic collection.

Larry

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No Corvair's but I do have a couple of Tatra's. The Corvair was never sold in Australia - especially after Ralph's comments, but there are quite a few here now, privately imported. Might do the same one day.

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I have two friends who own Corvairs. One has a 63 ragtop he's trying to sell the other has a 64 4 door that I somrtimes drive in the july 4th parade(no overheating).

NJ has some great Corvairs and active clubs. Thanks for responding

Larry-Albuquerque, NM

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Hello 60Electra225,

Very interesting. I recall hearing of Tatra's many years ago but frankly had forgotton about them . Your reply to my post made do a goodle search . Fascinating history of this company and various vehicle produced over the last 100 + years. Amazing. Also spotted a Tatra concept car I liked very much.

Anyway, as a Corvair owner and enthusiast, of course I would highly encourage you to help keep this important automobile alive . I recently ran across a post featuring someone who was converting a late model Corvair convertible to right hand drive but don't recall where that was . It may have been a post on Corvaircenter.com. I need to back and check.

Thanks very much for chiming in and mentioning your Tatra. It's been fun reading about them and how historically important they are.

Larry-Albuquerque, New Mexico USA

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Ever see a 455 from a Tornado in the engine compartment of a Corvair? I have.

My experience with Corvairs started in 1965 now known as LM (late model-65-69) I have heard about early models and fumes and assume , like you, many others experienced the same thing. But personally, I don't know.

I can see some minor gear box , dashboard, automatic shifter gas pedal etc. everthing escept the sun visors challenges but agree that Corvairs would be amongst the easiest to convert to right hand drive and I know that there is a thread about that with pics on corvaircenter.com and I need to search that.

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I have a 65 Monza coupe dark blue -white interior 110 with pg ,fun car to drive. had a 63 sedan in the late 60s the kids called it stinky,The defrosters kept the windshield well oiled,that was the only part that didnt rust.

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I had a 63" I think. Had to drive with all windows down to get rid of the fumes

That was the problem with my '64. It started sucking exhaust in through the heater. The only solution my mechanic could come up with was to block the lines but then, of course, no heater or defroster, which doesn't work in Maine. I even went over to the Chevy dealership and was told they didn't work on Corvairs any more unless I bought it there - which I didn't.

I don't remember now what the problem was, but I learned from some website I was on that it was a relatively simple fix. Wish I had known back then because despite all the problems I had with it, I really liked the car.

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Beautiful 1965 convertible and beautiful BC setting. Is that a Canadian built Corvair? My truck camper is BC built . Think they're out of business now-Kelowna area It's a Vanguard.

John_Maine. One really interesting part of your story was that your local dealership didn't want to work on your 64 Corvair unless you bought it there. How times have changed? But, I think, the truth is that alot of dealerships were not properly prepared to work on them and one example was when O-rings went out and mechanics went to replace them-think aluminum heads, well everything except the piston barrels was aluminum, they often screwed them up if they removed the head and they'd warp the heads due to overtightening the bolts. I heard that a lot of dealerships farmed the work out to porche or vw shops. But what a studid business decision. Most dealerships make most of their money on servicing and repairs.

Where in Maine are you? I was born in Dover, NH near the the Maine seacoast border.

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The "O" ring seals issue with oil dripping was an easy fix. It took me about an hour to replace them on our '64 Monza with the Viton o-rings and it never leaked a drop after that. In fact it started to rust here in Mich.

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Larry- you're right and once anyone re-installed with vitons , you were done with it for a very long time. Biggest issue for some is just re-adjusting the valves and getting that right.

Larry

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Beautiful 1965 convertible and beautiful BC setting. Is that a Canadian built Corvair? My truck camper is BC built . Think they're out of business now-Kelowna area It's a Vanguard.

John_Maine. One really interesting part of your story was that your local dealership didn't want to work on your 64 Corvair unless you bought it there. How times have changed? But, I think, the truth is that alot of dealerships were not properly prepared to work on them and one example was when O-rings went out and mechanics went to replace them-think aluminum heads, well everything except the piston barrels was aluminum, they often screwed them up if they removed the head and they'd warp the heads due to overtightening the bolts. I heard that a lot of dealerships farmed the work out to porche or vw shops. But what a studid business decision. Most dealerships make most of their money on servicing and repairs.

Where in Maine are you? I was born in Dover, NH near the the Maine seacoast border.

I grew up in South Portland and lived there until the wife and I got married. We moved around southern Maine quite a bit until ending up here in Norway the last 20 years. We lived in North Conway in 1979-1980 and again 1986-1991. Really liked NH and have thought about moving back there when we retire. Our daughter, son-in-law and grandson live in Kingston, NH.

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Yes corsa1948 it is a canadian build. They are a great car to drive and to work on as I am sure you already know. Can't wait for this snow to melt, spring seems to be a long time coming here is the south Okanagan valley. Leon

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As I mentioned in an earlier post, I really like the '65-'67 Monza 4 door hardtop. Would love to find an original with PG. I've been looking at ads from the usual sources, but is there a place to go to find Corvairs for sale. Not much on the CORSA website...

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John,

I know of cars-on-line.com, ofcourse ebay and craigslist. I should mention that we have some nice "rust free " 4 door w/PG Corvairs that are or may be for sale here in Albuquerque. There's always the added expense of shipping but sometimes it actually works out to be cheaper in the long run when you're starting with a car that doesn't need body work.

Let me know if you need further assitance.

Larry

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Have had at least 20 Corvairs over the years.Presently have an original unrestored 60 Canadian built sedan (38,000 miles).A daily driver 64 convertible and am working on a 62 Corvan an ex-Bell telephone truck one of 6 known.I'm the tech advisor for 60-64 Corvair cars and 61-65 Corvair trucks in the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America.Ed Bittman Dade City,Fl

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I owned a '62 (converted to RHD) in the mid 70's, shown here with my darling.

Al

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