‘63 Spyder Convertible

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Beers
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Cleaned up the underside. Scrubbed it with hot soap and water which shows the combo of red oxide and green dichromate primers. Along with the undercoating. It’s actually in really good shape, thought about leaving as is, but figured fresh paint would certainly protect the metal longer.

Repainted with red oxide, green dichromate, and a little undercoating and then covered with a coat of satin clear.

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Before the clear coat

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After the clear coat


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1963 Monza Spyder convertible

61SuperMonza
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That looks great. Your car is coming along nicely. Great work your doing. It's going to be a great Spyder.
Norm
First corvair in 1985
Have owned 4 corvairs since
65 Corsa coupe 180 turbo
66 Monza coupe 110 PG
66 Monza coupe 140 PG
61 Monza club coupe w/ 150 turbo
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kvndvs69
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Re: ‘63 Spyder Convertible

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Looking great I’m about your same place. I’m doing a 64. Spyder

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61SuperMonza wrote:
Sun Oct 18, 2020 12:08 am
That looks great. Your car is coming along nicely. Great work your doing. It's going to be a great Spyder.
Norm
Thanks Norm! I keep telling myself that as I’m wrestling with the heater box this weekend!
1963 Monza Spyder convertible

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kvndvs69 wrote:
Sun Oct 18, 2020 8:03 am
Looking great I’m about your same place. I’m doing a 64. Spyder
Thanks kvndvs69!

Post a photo or two of that Spyder, we gotta check it out! ::-):
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Rebuilding the heater box entails alot of cleaning and time in the blasting cabinet. The results are worth the effort. No more smells with the heater on and great looking components.
I'm a little bummed out today as we had our first snow last night. The Monza has to be put to bed for the winter. That's what I will be doing this weekend.
First corvair in 1985
Have owned 4 corvairs since
65 Corsa coupe 180 turbo
66 Monza coupe 110 PG
66 Monza coupe 140 PG
61 Monza club coupe w/ 150 turbo
Anchorage,AK

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Looking good! You're a one-man motivational force! :tu:

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Here are a few pictures of the spider that I’m working on 64
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Beers
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flat6_musik wrote:
Sun Oct 18, 2020 11:43 am
Looking good! You're a one-man motivational force! :tu:
Thanks flat6_musik! Looking at some of the sharp vairs the forum members have here, now that’s some motivation to get this work done! ::-):

kvndvs69 wrote:
Mon Oct 19, 2020 9:27 am
Here are a few pictures of the spider that I’m working on 64
You weren’t kidding about being in the same place! Is that POR-15 on the underbody? I had some surface rust on a few spots on the front and used some, and put a top coat on while it was still tacky. Dried really nice and solid.

Start a thread and let’s see some more of that ‘64!
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Yes that is poor 15 that I did get some rest prohibit her and then two coats of poor 15 and I’m just about ready to start rebuilding my engine got everything back from the machine shop so I’m excited

61SuperMonza
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Tell us about your engine build. Give us the specs. Putting an engine together is great fun.
First corvair in 1985
Have owned 4 corvairs since
65 Corsa coupe 180 turbo
66 Monza coupe 110 PG
66 Monza coupe 140 PG
61 Monza club coupe w/ 150 turbo
Anchorage,AK

Beers
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61SuperMonza wrote:
Sun Oct 18, 2020 11:11 am
Rebuilding the heater box entails alot of cleaning and time in the blasting cabinet. The results are worth the effort. No more smells with the heater on and great looking components.
I'm a little bummed out today as we had our first snow last night. The Monza has to be put to bed for the winter. That's what I will be doing this weekend.

Norm, time for some winter projects on that Monza!


The heater box is overall in good shape, but you’re not kidding about cleaning!

And the insulation material just crumbles away to nothing, so definitely needed to be replaced. It’s too bad the only way to really clean out all that insulation is to drill out the spot welds to split the case.

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Por 15 and rust prohibitor
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61SuperMonza
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I used POR 15 on my undercarriage and suspension as well. The products worked well for me.
First corvair in 1985
Have owned 4 corvairs since
65 Corsa coupe 180 turbo
66 Monza coupe 110 PG
66 Monza coupe 140 PG
61 Monza club coupe w/ 150 turbo
Anchorage,AK

Beers
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That’s the stuff. Anything where the metal has holes or is just about to break through needs to be cut out and new metal welded in, but if it still has strength then POR-15 seems to be perfect.
1963 Monza Spyder convertible

Beers
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This is the felt from Clark’s installed, after I cleaned up the inside. I’d expect it to last a lot longer than the natural jute it replaced. The glue they provide with the felt is the same glue they have for the dash pads and other interior parts. It works well, and I think a little easier to work with than the 3M Trim Adhesive spray I’ve used before.

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Here the main box, it cleaned up nice. And the two flaps still work fine, the rubber is pliable and they move freely. On the few bare metal spots, I’ll add a little paint or some undercoating to match the factory undercoating on it.

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