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Unread post by 6Gun_Joe » Fri May 19, 2017 4:40 pm

Hello. I'm from Chester County PA. I picked up a 64 Monza a while back, PO advertised it as a complete car just needing assembly, not quite but I now have most of the parts and it's almost driveable. Still needs some work and some paint but its getting there slowly.

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Re: New to Corvairs

Unread post by toytron » Wed May 24, 2017 4:15 pm

Welcome Joe!

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Re: New to Corvairs

Unread post by bbodie52 » Wed May 24, 2017 5:03 pm

:wave: :welcome2: Welcome to the Corvair Forum!

It is hard to tell from the one photograph, but your 1964 Corvair looks to be relatively clean. The biggest concern with the car that has "lived" in the Pennsylvania area would be body rot and rust. Have you had a chance to examine the body thoroughly for rust damage? Corvairs are constructed of unibody design, which means they have no real frame. The body serves as the frame. There are sub-frames for mounting the front and rear suspension and powertrain, but these sub-frames are attached to the body, and the body provides the overall structural support for the car. It is important that you examine your car thoroughly for hidden damage or for damage that may have been covered up with plastic body filler. It may be worthwhile to pay a body shop to have one of their skilled technicians perform a "health examination" on your car so that you don't end up with any undesirable surprises. If your car proves to have a solid foundation, proceeding with mechanical repairs and cosmetic repairs throughout the car would certainly be a worthwhile investment. The 1964 Corvair was the beneficiary of five model years of enhancements and improvements — particularly to the front and rear suspension with an anti-sway bar in the front and a transverse leaf spring in the rear to improve handling and stability. The engine displacement was also increased in that model year from 145 CI to 164 CI. A magnesium cooling fan was also implemented in that year, which reduced stresses on the fan belt and improved fan belt reliability. What type of transmission is installed in your car?

I am familiar with your area. When I was still in the USAF I was transferred to Fort Indiantown Gap to work as an Air National Guard instructor. I lived in Lebanon Pennsylvania from 1993 until 2005. I had retired from the Air Force in 1996 and then worked for Pennsy Supply for nine years as a computer technician and network administrator. I moved to North Carolina in 2005 to care for my aging father and continue to remain in western North Carolina. I have been around Corvairs since 1961, when my parents purchased their first 1961 Corvair Monza. At the time I was eight years old. Over the years we have had 10 Corvairs in our family, and age 64 my wife and I still drive in 1966 Corsa convertible.

The link below will provide you with a list of useful websites that are Corvair-related. Some of the links will lead you to an extensive technical library that will allow you to download shop manuals and other technical references in Adobe Reader format at no cost. There is also a link that will help you to locate a nearby CORSA (Corvair Society of America) club chapter in Pennsylvania. While the Corvair Forum can be very helpful as you work on your Corvair, having local friends and contacts in your region who are knowledgeable about the Corvair can also be very helpful. These family-friendly CORSA chapters often offer picnics, group scenic drives, technical training and assistance, car shows, and competition events that can greatly enhance your enjoyment of Corvair ownership. You will also find a list of essential Corvair parts suppliers. Clark's Corvair Parts is the biggest and oldest Corvair supplier in the world. You will find a link that can provide you with a series of videos that amount to a tour of the Clark's Corvair Parts facilities. I think you will be amazed at the quality of the reproduction components they offer — particularly the interior carpeting and re-upholstery items. Parts suppliers such as this truly make our hobby possible.

Common and Useful Corvair Websites

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:dontknow: I would like to encourage you to expand on your initial post and tell us more about yourself, your Corvair, and your goals for the Corvair. If you can describe your personal assessment of your mechanical skills and abilities, that would help a lot. Members of the Corvair Forum love to be helpful in assisting other Corvair owners with technical support and advice, but it helps a lot if we have some understanding of your technical background and mechanical abilities, Corvair-related knowledge, etc. Helping us to know more about you will help us to write comments to you that are tailored to your needs and experience. Knowing your location is also useful, because knowing where you live can sometimes suggest possibilities.

Brad Bodie
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