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1961 Chevrolet Corvair Project From Norway

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Hi there!

New to the forum and just wanted to share my project with you guys.
My car is a 1961 Chevrolet Corvair Monza 900.
The plan is simple, low and daily driver in the summertimes.

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On the bodyplate i have two "codes" that i havent found out what means yet.
Those are: ACC and HAG

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At the drawing board.
I have bought the wheels for the car: Colorado Custom Arriba.
But my mind starts playing to make it a 60's TransAm Series look with steel wheels.
Like it sits but with a few "kustom" touches
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Ooh, that's a mean profile. Welcome! I love seeing international 'vairs! :guitar: :clap:

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Welcome!
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:welcome2: I would like to help break down the codes on the body tag of your Corvair, but there are some variables that are hard to decipher without the complete tag information. Can you possibly post a close-up picture of the body tag in your Corvair? :dontknow:
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bbodie52 wrote::welcome2: I would like to help break down the codes on the body tag of your Corvair, but there are some variables that are hard to decipher without the complete tag information. Can you possibly post a close-up picture of the body tag in your Corvair? :dontknow:
Okay, thanks! :wave:

Here is a picture of it :)

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:think: Here is a breakdown of the information on the body tag you provided...
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BODY TAG INFO:

STYLE 61-0927 BODY WR 15902
ST = "Style" 61-0927 = 1961 (61) Monza (09) 2-Door Club Coupe, 4-Passenger (27) WR = Willow Run, MI
Production Sequence No: 5902
1961 Monza 2-Door Coupe, Total Production: 109,945

TRIM 879 PAINT 948-9
MONZA
TRIM: This 3 digit codes represents the interior color and seat type.
Trim 879 = Ivory (Interior Color)
948 PAINT = Honduras Maroon
948 - Honduras Maroon
Lucite® Code - 4034LH
Rinshed-Mason No - A1221R
Ditzler No - DDL50568

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HAG
1961 ACC Codes are hard to locate. Best guess, so far...
H = Padded dash
A = Direct Air heater
G = ?
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Thanks a lot!
Fun to get to know the cars a little better :)
Got a Corvair book in the mail today "THE 1960-1969 Corvair" by Machan and Bruggen so maybe i can learn a bit more ;)
I have been in the american car scene all my life, and own several other american cars aswell, but this is the first Corvair :)

Would have never guessed that the original colour is redish..
The interior is red. Here is a picture of the inside and the engine.
Does all Corvairs have two carbs?

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Where would i find a front lower spoiler for the EM's?
I have seen several LM with '69 Camaro spoilers, would they also fit the EM ?
Since they are a little "elastic"
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NorwayCorvair wrote:Do all Corvairs have two carbs?
The turbo charged cars use one carb. The standard engines use 2 carbs. And the 140HP engines use 4 carbs - 2 primary like the standard engines and 2 secondary carbs that just have an accel pump and main fuel circuit (no choke, or idle circuit).

Great question :tu:
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NorwayCorvair wrote:Fun to get to know the cars a little better :)
Got a Corvair book in the mail today "THE 1960-1969 Corvair" by Machan and Bruggen so maybe i can learn a bit more ;)
I got that book also - it has some good photos (it is next on my list to read). I really liked "Chevrolet Corvair Photo History" by Monty Montgomery. I thought the factory advertising photos were great. I also liked the way he told the story of the Corvair. :chevy:
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Thanks for the answer :). Sometimes i just got to ask ;).
So i guess the turbo cars used a 4 barrel of some kind ?

As i have read from the book today , my engine is a 145cid since its a '61? In '60 they used a 140cid?
Does the '61 also have the woppin 80 horses that the '60 had`?
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cad-kid wrote:
NorwayCorvair wrote:Fun to get to know the cars a little better :)
Got a Corvair book in the mail today "THE 1960-1969 Corvair" by Machan and Bruggen so maybe i can learn a bit more ;)
I got that book also - it has some good photos (it is next on my list to read). I really liked "Chevrolet Corvair Photo History" by Monty Montgomery. I thought the factory advertising photos were great. I also liked the way he told the story of the Corvair. :chevy:

Thanks for the tips!
I checked the main company in Norway on car books and they actually had it in stock, so while i write this the order was made :)
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So i guess the turbo cars used a 4 barrel of some kind ?
No. The turbocharged Corvairs only had a single one-barrel sidedraft carburetor. The 150 hp rating continued with the turbocharged engines from 1962-1964, even though the engine displacement increased in 1964 from 145 ci to 164 ci. In 1965-1966 the horsepower rating was increased to 180 hp. The turbocharged engines were discontinued after 1966, when the Corsa model was dropped. However, the 140 hp 4x1 carburetor configuration continued to be offered until the end of Corvair production in the spring of 1969. In addition to the 2 primary and 2 secondary carburetors, the 140 hp engine also had larger intake valves in the cylinder heads.

Manual chokes were only used in 1960 and 1961. All other years utilized automatic chokes. The 1960 and 1961 also used a different distributor design, with the centrifugal advance weights residing under a large rotor. In 1962 the distributor was redesigned, with the centrifugal advance relocated in the distributor housing, under the breaker plate. Late model (1962 and later) distributors can be installed in 1960-61 engines.

The air cleaner assembly in your 1961 looks like the design used only in 1960.

After-market center-mount two and four-barrel carburetor manifolds have been installed in Corvairs for many years, and they can perform quite well. They are primarily installed in conjunction with 140 hp cylinder heads, since those heads have larger intake valves and four carburetor mounting pads, and are usually configured with dual exhaust or headers with dual exhaust. Weber carburetors, adaptation of other carburetors, and Electronic Fuel Injection have also been tried on Corvair engines, with varying degrees of success. The center-mount four barrel configuration suffers in performance in cold climates, since the carburetor is isolated from engine heat (some manifolds were configured with engine oil circulating through a chamber in the bottom of the manifold casting, to warm the carburetor with heat from the engine oil).
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NorwayCorvair wrote: Thanks for the tips!
I checked the main company in Norway on car books and they actually had it in stock, so while i write this the order was made :)
Your welcome :cool:

That's great you were able to order the book. I think you will learn some great Corvair history along with the differences between the models and changes between them as production moved forward.
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Cool Norway, just got back from Norway :-)

Welcome here and nice ideas and corvair!
Were do you live in Norway? i've family between Trondheim en roros.

GOod luck with the corvair and greetings from the netherlands ! Ralf

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TikiRalf wrote:Cool Norway, just got back from Norway :-)

Welcome here and nice ideas and corvair!
Were do you live in Norway? i've family between Trondheim en roros.

GOod luck with the corvair and greetings from the netherlands ! Ralf
I live just outside of Molde by the coast (Some 3 hour and 15 minute drive to downtown Trondheim) Molde is down from Trondheim :)
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