Bought a new old car. Only 6 cylinders this time!

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Bought a new old car. Only 6 cylinders this time!

Postby MinisterofDOOM » Sat Nov 17, 2018 8:41 pm

This:

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Is the 1962 Chevrolet Corvair 900 Monza I bought today.

For those not familiar with the Corvair, they're basically the American VW Beetle. They have a rear-mounted, air-cooled flat-6 mated to a 2-speed auto or either a 3- or 4-speed manual transaxle. They have four-wheel independent suspension, weigh only about 2600lb, and come in coupe, convertible, sedan, wagon, and even van bodystyles. It was GM's first compact car, and intended as an affordable, reliable entry-level model.

The Monza was the top-end performance model in 1962, with a 102-hp engine and the 4-speed manual. Later years offered a 140hp turbocharged version of the same motor.
They're very very odd, which makes them very interesting. They also were not very successful for a variety of reasons, not least of which being negative press thanks to politician and activist Ralph Nader, whose book Unsafe at Any Speed condemned the Corvair as dangerous due to its rear suspension design (a design shared with contemporary Porsche and VW models which managed to escape such judgement). 2nd-gen Corvairs improved the rear suspension, but by then it was too late.

Chevy killed the Corvair in 1969, with the Nova (nee Chevy II) filling in the compact-car role.

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Re: Bought a new old car. Only 6 cylinders this time!

Postby darylzero » Mon Nov 19, 2018 3:37 pm

Pretty cool.

I like the 2nd gen body style better though, like this one. https://petrolicious.com/articles/why-i ... ed-classic

So what are you going to do with it? Tear it down and rebuild? Or just cruise around as is?

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Re: Bought a new old car. Only 6 cylinders this time!

Postby MinisterofDOOM » Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:45 am

Yeah, the 2nd gen nose is one of the best looking of it's time. I don't like the more angular rear of the 2nd gen as much though.

I wanted a 2nd gen coupe for years, but the first-gen stilling grew on me. I think it's a more cohesive design, and I like that it embraces it's air-cooled weirdness.

I like them both a lot, as well as the 95s.

I'm going to drive it as-is, bit I'll also put some work into it. The previous owner did a ton of resto work, so most of what's needed now is cosmetic. Front left fender has been hit and poorly repaired, do the front bumper doesn't fit anymore. Driver seat is a bit worn. That kind of thing.

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Re: Bought a new old car. Only 6 cylinders this time!

Postby Bubba1 » Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:22 am

The second picture confirms a well kept secret:
Corvairs attract..."pu$$y". :biggrin: j/k

One of the fun perks of Corvair ownership is random baby boomers coming up to you to chat about how much they missed their 'vairs from their youth. Such cool little cars.

Enjoy.

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Re: Bought a new old car. Only 6 cylinders this time!

Postby float_6969 » Wed Nov 21, 2018 11:04 am

Love it! Though when I read the title I said, "NO WAY", out loud. I should have known better...

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Re: Bought a new old car. Only 6 cylinders this time!

Postby RicerX » Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:20 am

Freakin awesome!!!


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