Clean car, the only rust is surface rust on the fading factory paint and chips from the chrome molding. Was a 110/PG car but I had Mel convert it to a 140 and 4-speed with 3.55 gears before I took delivery of it. Still waiting on Mel to finish the secondary carbs but I took it home anyway. I'll get the other carbs on when I take the car back for its "checkup".
As it sat before I bought it:
After spending a lot of money for used wheels and tires (all MikeJ's fault):
1.5 coils cut from the front. Contrary to what I've read over and over, you do not need to cut one full coil to seat the spring. Half, quarter, eighth, whatever. Rotate the spring so it fits. The rears I didn't cut at all.
Mel giving it a spin after the trans swap:
The chrome from the door edge and wheel wells are now gone, no rust under them except for where the paint chipped off from installation. Also gone is the vinyl trim that runs all the way around the car.
I was going to cut the tips off and angle the exhaust down behind the rear grill, but I kind of "forgot" to do it because I think I like it this way. Easy enough to cut and turn-down if I decide to.
Before and after vids:
I didn't think it was loud at all but it sets off car alarms just as much as my 67 Mustang did. I'll try to get a drive-away video when I can pry the teenager out of the house to be camera girl.
Bodywork is being started this week so more pics to come.
Go get those secondaries, your gonna love it when they open up. It's gonna get louder and it pulls much harder, I love my 140.
The local store has 3 mechanicals to choose from, Airtex ($40), some brand I forgot ($80), and Bosch
($120). I know the Airtex electric pump is a popular swap for Corvairs, but how well do their mechanicals fare? Not sure if I want to chance another leaky mechanical or swap to electric. Hopefully most of the bum pumps with bad diaphragm material has been weeded out?
Be sure to check the oil to be sure that some of the leaking gas didn't get into the engine. (common Vair problem)
I use an electric pump now but I've had trouble with them .
That must be quite a leak if that's in slow motion !
I've never been much of a fan of 4 door cars but the late model corvairs have always been an exception.
It sounds good
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1965 Monza 3.1
More blocking, priming, fixing dents, dings, and chips. Almost there, wherever "there" is.
So here's where I am today. Missed a small dent on the hood so out came the hammer and filler again, which I thought I was done with for good.
If the wind stays calm tomorrow I might be able to put some color on it.
My friend who owns a shop is doing this for me and I got a deal I couldn't refuse. It's been there about 3 weeks now and today he said he should be able to lay down some primer and do a final block check. Cowl panels are still on in the pics but they're actually off now.
Here is the color that is going on it. I'm not in a hurry so he's taking his time but I have a week off of work mid-August and I'm hoping to be able to use some of that time putting the car back together. Weatherstrip and various parts are on the way. I can't wait!
Precisely what I was thinking!! I always thought the 2-door LM's had a very European look to them, but the 4-doors?......even more! I love it! I've always been a big hardtop fan, especially 4-door hardtops! Here's a pic of the type of car I drove in high school, a '67 Ford LTD 4-door hardtop:Scott Howey wrote:Man it's looking really good! Makes me want a 4-door. That says allot!