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#181 CorvairJim

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 06:20 PM

First, the good news: I finally got my '65 Corvair Monza coupe finished. It came out better than I thought it would, considering the amount of bodywork it needed and the time spent mixing the color for the interior to get it exactly right (The model is a replica of my first Corvair, so it HAD TO be right! :D ).

Now, the bad news: For some reason, I can't get my computer to upload my pictures from my camera's memory card. :angry:
(I'll work on the problem and try to get the pictures posted A.S.A.P.)

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 10:05 AM

Thanks Dan.

Jim, I can't wait to see more of your Monza!

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 02:42 PM

No sooner said than done, David. I played with my computer some and managed to get it to load my photos. So here it is, the model I've wanted to build ever since I bought the 1:1 car back in November of 1980, my first Corvair:

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I found the correct wheel covers on eBay a few years ago. They were brand new, still on the sprue. These wheel covers were a one-year-only 1965 style, never reissued. The tires were from the Glue Bomb. The kid that built it originally had glued them together with white glue to make wider tires for the rear. The whitewalls came out of their 45 year misadventure looking brand new! Notice the 1965 front plate, showing that this is an actual annual kit. I painted the headlight trim semi-gloss balck on my car, leaving the rim natural, so I replicated that on the model.

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The color is Dupli-Color spray touch-up paint from the can. As I recall, it's a late 1980's Toyota truck color, but it's real close to what was on my car. I had to remove the original Corsa badges and replicate the Monza "Crosses" on the feders. There's no practical way to build a 1965 Corvair model out of a later reissue because the front trim bar and the location of the front Corvair nameplate are both different. I also added a piano wire radio antenna. The gold pinstripe replicates (as closely as I can do it in scale) the one I had on the 1:1 car. I worked as a pinstriper at the time, so my car had to have a pinstripe on it!

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This angle shows how I had to convert the engine from a different Glue Bomb model (I could have used one from the donor kit that gave up it's chassis, rear body clip, windows, and bumpers, but I wanted to keep as close to the theme of the CBP as possible) from the 140 h.p., 4-carb version to the 2-carb, 110 h.p engine that was in the 1:1 car. That chromed air cleaner lid was a 140-only piece, but it's a popular swap on lower output engines and my car had it already when I bought it. The 1980 Pennsylvania tag, 2Z2-728, was the actual number that I had on the car. If you check back to some of my earlier posts, I think I detailed how and why I had to replace the rear bodywork. The gold-painted rear "Cove" area is the way I had modified the actual car. The Corsa model had this area painted silver from the factory, but I thought gold would compliment the dark green paint better. I had to modify the air exhaust grille (under the rear bumper) from a single, full-width outlet to the two smaller ones seen here to replicate the one-year-only 1965 style after I clipped in the rear bodywork from the 1969 reissue donor kit.

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A detail shot of the interior. I really had to work to match the interior color as closely as I did, and it's still not 100% accurate. I was working from a photo of a friend's car, so I did get it close. I used the Monza dashboard from the donor kit instead of the multi-gauge Corsa unit, but it's painted aluminum as Chevy did it in '65, not the matte black thay used on the Monza dashes from 1966-69. Also, the 1:1 car had a black carpet from a junkyard car in it, but I decided to use the tan the car came from the factory with in the model. (So sue me!) Other interior additions are the sun visors, dome light, dimmer switch, and turn signal lever. I made a more realistic shifter from a ball-headed straight pin. I had to piece together the steering wheel because the one from the Glue Bomb had a badly broken rim. I cut the rim from the donor kit's wheel and joined it to the spokes of the 1965 unit.

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The chassis, as I mentioned, came from a donor kit. The kid who built the model the first time around had crammed a hot rodded V-8 in back, so he had to butcher the chassis and rear of the body to make it fit. I modified the chassis from the donor kit to replicate the one from the original annual kit as closely as possible, including the rectangular slot for the pipes for the optional turbocharger setup and the holes for the screws up front. As you can see, I went so far as to polish up the screws and use them in the restoration. The second generation AMT Corvair model was never available with a single muffler option, so I had to make my own, replicating as closely as possible the factory setup using styrene rod bent over a flame. Only the 140 h.p.engine option had dual exhausts from the factory, while the base 95 h.p. engine and my 110 h.p. version had this single exhaust setup.

Well, that's my model... Let me know what you think, guys! :rolleyes:

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 02:51 PM

thats the nicest corvair ive seen ....matter afact THATS THE ONLY ONE IVE SEEN BUILT!

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 04:10 PM

Wow, that's a lot of work- well done! The Corvair has always been one of my favorite cars. Thanks for sharing yours.

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 06:51 AM

Didn't some corvairs come with V8 engines?

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 07:27 AM

Didn't some corvairs come with V8 engines?



Nope, flat six as far as I know. I'm not even sure there was ever a four cylinder engine offered.

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 06:03 PM

Thanks for the props, guys. This one was a labor of love, as you could probably tell from what I said about the car I owned 30 years ago. I had to build the model from memory because, unfortunately, I don't know where any photos of it are anymore. To the best of my recollection, I got it right with the exception of the "Auto Flite Avenger 60" bias ply white letter tires the car had on it. They didn't last too long anyhow. I replaced them with standard size bias ply whitewalls, reverse mounted so the blackwall side showed. Much sportier that way - no sissy whitewalls for me! When I built the model, I decided that the whitewalls would look better after all. I guess I could have gone all the way and reverse mounted the rare original whitewall kit tires, but I did what I did because it's what I wanted to do on the model. I guess I'm just more mature now and have seen enough Corvairs with whitewalls to know that, hey, they really DO look better than plain blackwalls!

To answer the engine questions above, the Corvair was only available with an air-cooled flat-6. No "Base Model" 4-cylinder was ever available, contrary to what many people believe (and have even told me they specifically remember a Corvair they used to own as having!) There were two popular mid-engine V-8 conversion kits available in the mid 60's through the mid 80's, and some of the major components of these kits are available again in repro from one of the major Corvair parts houses. These kits were made by Kelmark (the company better known for their VW hop-up parts) and Crown Engineering. These cars are a real blast to drive! With a centrally located, low center of gravity, they handle like slot cars when the suspension is set up right. If the engine is even moderately hot, you can just imagine the straight-line performance in a car that weighs roughly 2,750 lbs wet. None of the power goes up in tire smoke when weight transfer shifts the engine's weight almost directly over the drive wheels on a hard launch! I once drove one where the owner showed me a timing slip from Maple Grove Dragway... How does 11.57 seconds strike you for a small block powered Corvair running on street tires and pump gas? The guy was also pretty proud of the "Fastest Time of the Day" trophy from a friend's Corvette club's Autocross event!

Bandit 1: I have several of my other Corvair builds posted on here. I think the photos can be accessed from my page.

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 01:40 PM

ok got some work done on my "GLUE BOMB!" :lol:

1. I got the seat finally pulled out of the tub!
2. I got the steering column replaced and more accurate i think.(now to figure out whether its an auto trans in the kit or an stick shift ???)
3. engine is painted with the exception of the intake which im trying to decide whether to make it an aluminum one or paint to match block and distributor!

let the pic do the talking!

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comments and critisizm welcomed! B)

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 04:04 AM

Looking good Sean!

For the intake, if it is (or if you want it to be) an aftermarket, Edelbrock, etc, then I would say aluminium colored like the transmission. A factory stock manifold would likely be cast iron and painted the same color as the engine block, or weathered and rusty looking.

Your transmission looks like an automatic- the big square part on the bottom would be where the fluid reservoir, valve body and filter would be housed.

Hope this helps.

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 06:43 AM

Looking good Sean!

For the intake, if it is (or if you want it to be) an aftermarket, Edelbrock, etc, then I would say aluminium colored like the transmission. A factory stock manifold would likely be cast iron and painted the same color as the engine block, or weathered and rusty looking.

Your transmission looks like an automatic- the big square part on the bottom would be where the fluid reservoir, valve body and filter would be housed.

Hope this helps.

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well i looked and something is definatly "SCREWY" :blink:

the trans....its a 400 modulator location but it has a th 350 pan ...that happens to be completely reversed what it is suppose to be??? :blink:

so i suppose its an auto? :huh: being i dont see no molded in shift linkage or linkage of any kind!? :unsure:

and i used an LMC Truck catalog for the ref!

http://www.lmctruck....ull.aspx?Page=8

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 11:18 AM

more progress pics to come later but....does anyone know how the bumper chrome spray paint is chrome wise..and what about that krylon chrome paint???...pics would help a bunch?

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 11:37 PM

Nash is back!
Wasn't happy with the tan paint job, so I shot a new coat of primer then went with a blue over white scheme. Still the same plan as before... 'beater/sleeper' look.
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Posted 30 December 2011 - 06:13 AM

Sean,

You can try Alclad Chrome paint. It comes in a bottle for airbrushing or a rattle can.

It has to go over a SMOOTH gloss black undercoat in light coats, otherwise it just looks like aluminum paint

It looks pretty good when done. I just redid some chrome on my '65 Grand Prix rebuild that I'm doing for this GB, and it turned out ok.

If I had a camera, I'd take pictures ^_^

Cheers, Ian

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 06:31 PM

I din't realize Alclad was available in spray cans! That's great news for those of us without airbrushes. And it's available where??? :(

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 07:10 PM

When did Alclad become available in a spray can?

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 02:24 AM

I'm watching a can on eBay right now
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I'm guessing its for RC bodies, but I used it on my GP chrome bumpers and it turned out pretty good.

Runs about $12 a can. I plan on buying more as soon as I can afford it.


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Posted 03 January 2012 - 08:25 AM

does anyone have an extra timeing cover (that also has the water pump molded in),...belts and fan for the 350 engine?....as far as i know they also came in the 73 nova ss kit by amt?...i just got a reply back stating mpc was amt ???

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 02:38 PM

Picked this up today- thinking it might be a good candidate-
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It is missing the drivetrain and much of the interior, but it does have a new Modelhaus rear bumper and taillamps, and has never been painted.

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 03:53 PM

Nice find Chuck. I love the box art.

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