Newbie from the UK, just saying Hi

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Newbie from the UK, just saying Hi

Unread post by richmoylan » Fri Mar 03, 2017 12:36 am

Hello! First time posting on here, thought i would start with a quick introduction before I start the build thread,

I bought my Corvair maybe 18 months ago if the dates on my photos are correct. Where it sat under some sheets for 12 months+ until i finally got around to getting something to work under.

I've attached some pictures of the car from the for sale thread when I originally bought it. It doesn't look much different now which is quite depressing but I've been mostly smoothing out bodywork issues, trust me there has been a lot!

I'm almost coming to the point where I'm ready to paint, I'm not a painter by trade. Or by hobby for that matter, this will be the first full car I have painted, and I know, before the Bodyshop boys think "oh god another DIY Disaster" don't worry! The reason I bought this project was as a bodywork project, for myself. To learn.

I don't view mishaps or faults as issues, they are lessons and I have learnt a lot of lessons on this project! If it goes bad, I've learnt my lesson, I do it again until it's right. My working conditions are FAR from ideal, (a tent) and my toolbox isn't the best! but I try to do the best with what I've got :)

I can't wait to show you guys the finished project and the journey toward it, I come to this forum for information constantly as there is very little knowledge of Corvairs in the UK, Do it would be nice to put some content on here myself.

So, from soggy England, Hello, hope to speak again soon!
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guru_1071
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Re: Newbie from the UK, just saying Hi

Unread post by guru_1071 » Fri Mar 03, 2017 4:11 am

ha!

I know this car, it used to be parked at a mate of mines, I nearly bought it a couple of years ago.

in fact, it was having a look at this one that made me really want one.

ive got some photos of it somewhere

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Unread post by Jerry Whitt » Fri Mar 03, 2017 11:57 am

Welcome to the Forum! Looks like a fun project.
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Unread post by joefarmer » Fri Mar 03, 2017 1:59 pm

Welcome! Looks like you have a great start!
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Unread post by GasDaddy140 » Fri Mar 03, 2017 7:51 pm

Do it! Paint that car with a $25 gun, good base coat paint and a nice Quick Clear.
Great looking car! Cragars (copies) in the UK! Hot exhaust pipes! Great choice for a foreign, American car.
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Unread post by joemonza » Fri Mar 03, 2017 9:06 pm

Welcome. Good luck with the project. Keep posting your progress. It's always neat to watch the transformation.
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Unread post by guru_1071 » Mon Mar 06, 2017 4:46 am

unfortunately I only have one photo of the purple corvair - the rest have vanished from my phone.

and here it is...........


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Unread post by toytron » Mon Mar 06, 2017 12:43 pm

Nice platform to start with. This might be a silly question but does it feel weird to drive on the opposite side of the road than you are use to? I have never driven a right hand steering vehicle before and just was wondering.

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Unread post by Bluenoser » Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:25 am

"This might be a silly question but does it feel weird to drive on the opposite side of the road than you are use to? I have never driven a right hand steering vehicle before and just was wondering."
My two cents on this.
Writing as an expat who has been back many times over the past 46 years. I had only a couple of occasions where I forgot myself, both times pulling onto a dual carriageway. The steering on the right and changing gear with left hand naturally leads you to the left side of the road. I think what I would find unnerving would be driving a car there with the steering wheel on on the left side.
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Unread post by Kevster » Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:10 pm

Hi,
Small wo led, it was this car on eBay a couple of years ago that got me looking at corvairs too! I think it had just come over then, had a rust hole in the bottom of the left wing if I remember and the seller said it needed floors, it was more than that by the sound of it!

Anyway, a month or so later, up popped a '65 on eBay and I bought it.

Toytron,
Driving on the wrong side of the road isn't that strange for some of us over here, I drive left and right hand drives in uk, when I go over to France and beyond I drive my right hand drive on the other side, and when I go to Spain I drive our left hand drive on the correct side!

I've heard it mentioned many times on here before but it really isn't a problem. I remember many years ago when I first got into American cars, a friend of mine said it was better to be on the wrong side, far less embarrassing to hit a moving car than a parked one at the side of the road! Fortunately never tested that one out!

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Unread post by toytron » Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:02 am

Kev, that is some sound advice. I always wondered how strange it might feel. I remember having to cross a very narrow bridge to go visit my sister. She said the trick was to stay as close to the on coming traffic to make sure you didn't swipe the bridge rails. Well that wasn't too bad but when it came to the sharp turn at the exit it got a little scary. I understand that in some older villages the buildings were closer together because horse and carriage traffic were all that traveled down them before the motor vehicles and I thought how difficult it could be to maneuver those roads in an opposite controlled vehicle.
Thanks for the info.

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Unread post by Gary lot327 » Sun Sep 03, 2017 2:53 pm

Hi

I am also in the uk, have just joined the site and trying to find my way around, there is a wealth of information on here.

I was wondering is there a way to to see how many Corvairs there are in the UK, I can see there are a few on here but how can we find out.

I have a 63 900 Monza convertible with a 102hp engine
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Unread post by CorvairCon65 » Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:36 am

Gary lot327 wrote:
Sun Sep 03, 2017 2:53 pm
Hi

I am also in the uk, have just joined the site and trying to find my way around, there is a wealth of information on here.

I was wondering is there a way to to see how many Corvairs there are in the UK, I can see there are a few on here but how can we find out.

I have a 63 900 Monza convertible with a 102hp engineIMG_0919.JPG


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Hi Gary,

I am in Rayleigh Essex and have a 65 110hp Monza convertible.

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Unread post by guru_1071 » Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:00 am

Gary lot327 wrote:
Sun Sep 03, 2017 2:53 pm


I was wondering is there a way to to see how many Corvairs there are in the UK,
gary

I have been constructing a spreadsheet of corvairs I have found in the uk. its early days as its simple data mining but I currently know of

about 20, of which nine are currently taxed

there is more, but unless I know the number plates I'm not adding them to my data otherwise I cannot find anything out about them

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Unread post by Gary lot327 » Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:54 pm

guru_1071 wrote:
Gary lot327 wrote:
Sun Sep 03, 2017 2:53 pm


I was wondering is there a way to to see how many Corvairs there are in the UK,
gary

I have been constructing a spreadsheet of corvairs I have found in the uk. its early days as its simple data mining but I currently know of

about 20, of which nine are currently taxed

there is more, but unless I know the number plates I'm not adding them to my data otherwise I cannot find anything out about them
Hi

That's interesting and more than I thought, out of interest is another 63 and how many convertibles


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Unread post by guru_1071 » Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:02 am

gary

I know of 3 1963's, one convertible, and two coupes all three are currently taxed and tested.

if anyone has any older photos of cars that don't appear on the internet, let me know and I can add them!

rich


its impossible to work out how many corvairs there are from websites like 'howmanyleft' etc as all Chevrolets are clumped together, so you have to look at engine sizes etc, I gave up on that as its just impossible to get a decent data track from it, I'm harvesting number plates from google and going at it that way, once I have the plate its easy to do a dvla search to see if the car is taxed and tested and check the colour, I can also double check the reg number and then get the chassis number which gives me a load more data

sad, I know

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