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I found one only 2 hours away in Lebanon TN, for $12,000. It needs work, but that's what we do.
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I found one only 2 hours away in Lebanon TN, for $12,000. It needs work, but that's what we do.

Will you just restore it, or will you "resto-mod" it? They are a nice looking car.

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OK - don't say I didn't warn you about the kooks in NorCal...

OTOH, UCSC is one of the schools my daughter is interested in, maybe she could be your caretaker in between your visits.

On second thought, we better scratch that - her bedroom looks like the aftermath of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake...

BTW, how far is that house from the San Andreas fault line?

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I hear ya billy, but I figure if the SA fault goes, all of coastal Cal is finished. wink.gif

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Will you just restore it, or will you "resto-mod" it? They are a nice looking car.

One thing that restoring the Corvairs has shown us is that such things can be done on a relative shoestring ("RR" - reasonable resto). We can go from this:




to this:




for about $6500. So we can do some nice things for not too much money.
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I hear ya billy, but I figure if the SA fault goes, all of coastal Cal is finished. wink.gif
One thing that restoring the Corvairs has shown us is that such things can be done on a relative shoestring ("RR" - reasonable resto). We can go from this:




to this:




for about $6500. So we can do some nice things for not too much money.

 

Re: the SA fault line....that's enough for me to never want to live in California, even though I know there are parts of the state I would really appreciate and enjoy.

 

Re: the Volvo....looking forward to the finished product!

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Re: the SA fault line....that's enough for me to never want to live in California, even though I know there are parts of the state I would really appreciate and enjoy.

Re: the Volvo....looking forward to the finished product!

Yay! - Another tourista stopped at the border!

California is way past full - as a native, I do my best to discourage any additional incoming immigrants, whether they are from South, North, West or East of the border!! tongue.gif
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Magick, is that an actual shot of the finished Corvair, or is it conjecture? I didn't think the thing would get finished that fast.

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I hear ya billy, but I figure if the SA fault goes, all of coastal Cal is finished. wink.gif
One thing that restoring the Corvairs has shown us is that such things can be done on a relative shoestring ("RR" - reasonable resto). We can go from this:




to this:




for about $6500. So we can do some nice things for not too much money.


All was well till we got to the wire hubcaps. Whats up with that?

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Magick, is that an actual shot of the finished Corvair, or is it conjecture? I didn't think the thing would get finished that fast.

It's been 5 months, not counting the upholstery it only took them 2 weeks to finish. The finishing details drug out for a month or so more, while we looked for parts. It drives better than new now, making 210hp, with new C-O suspension and front & rear sway bars. I mean, it isn't like a new Cayman, but I think it would give a BRZ a run for its money, especially in the straights.

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All was well till we got to the wire hubcaps. Whats up with that?

Those and the wheels are original from a 65 Pontiac LeMans conv, they blasted and then re-chromed them. They allow for larger brakes without having to buy something new, I like using things that we can scavenge for almost nothing around here. It's a cool way to recycle and repurpose, and I've always liked wire wheels. tongue.gif

As long as the body and frame are straight, that's 2/3rds the battle. Despite being rusted, there wasn't a dent or ding on it.
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It's been 5 months, not counting the upholstery it only took them 2 weeks to finish. The finishing details drug out for a month or so more, while we looked for parts. It drives better than new now, making 210hp, with new C-O suspension and front & rear sway bars. I mean, it isn't like a new Cayman, but I think it would give a BRZ a run for its money, especially in the straights.
Those and the wheels are original from a 65 Pontiac LeMans conv, they blasted and then re-chromed them. They allow for larger brakes without having to buy something new, I like using things that we can scavenge for almost nothing around here. It's a cool way to recycle and repurpose, and I've always liked wire wheels. tongue.gif

As long as the body and frame are straight, that's 2/3rds the battle. Despite being rusted, there wasn't a dent or ding on it.


If memory serves it sat out back of a dealership for most of it's life. That would probably mean just surface rust and other oxidization. Was there any more to it than that?

 

Never been a fan of wire wheels hubcaps or the like on anything with more than 2 wheels. An XK 140 cured me of that, permanently:eek:

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Clearly, lots of people think Corvairs and wire wheels go together...

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Clearly, lots of people think Corvairs and wire wheels go together...


What's your point?

 

Particularly when you can look like this.

 


Edited by Hutnicks - 1/31/14 at 10:04pm
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What's your point?

Particularly when you can look like this.



I have always liked that style of wheels, but they are too modern for a Corvair.

Here's what you need...



What does "the prestige car in it's class" mean? What class was the Corvair in? With the VW bug?
Edited by billybob_jcv - 2/1/14 at 12:05am
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The Corvair is, IMO, more sophisticated now than it was in its day, to me the style has aged better than others of its era. I get what he's saying about wires, from a practical standpoint, they get "cruddy" and nasty faster than mag wheels, but for the Spyder trim they look better, to me (and "buttons" would be more appropriate for the Base trim). Of course they'd look weird on a Stinger, but it's a race car.
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The Corvair is, IMO, more sophisticated now than it was in its day, to me the style has aged better than others of its era. I get what he's saying about wires, from a practical standpoint, they get "cruddy" and nasty faster than mag wheels, but for the Spyder trim they look better, to me (and "buttons" would be more appropriate for the Base trim). Of course they'd look weird on a Stinger, but it's a race car.


I think once they cleaned up the front end treament the car really took on a much more timeless look.

 

As for wires as hubcaps or anything else. May be a technical bias seeping over into aesthetic prejudice. Lets not forget that wire wheels on cars came about because they did not know any better. Racing soon enough pointed out the inherent problems with lateral loading on a tension spoked wheel and a change came fast. I'd go with steel or alloy any day of the week. The wires can sit in storage until the car gets sold;)

 

Now if you could locate a set of period MilleMiglia alloys for that beast... Then again, most likely be worth more than the car.

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