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    Indeed, GM could have done a better job of defending the Corvair, but they had greater concerns at the time - namely the Ford Mustang. As much as so many of us love the Corvair, we have to face the facts. The 64-1/2 Mustang is what really killed it, IMHO. For about the same price as a Corvair Monza, the average guy could buy a sporty Mustang with bucket seats and get a *V8* engine. GM released the Camaro in response to the Mustang, and unceremoniously dumped the Corvair. The rest, as they say, is history....
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    Back in 1991, the Corvair Society of America (C.O.R.S.A) held its annual convention in the Washington, DC, area. Just for giggles, the club officials invited Nader to be the keynote speaker at the convention. Of course, they didn’t expect him to accept the invitation, but they figured it would make for some good PR in the newspapers (remember when everyone still read the papers?). Well, much to our surprise, he accepted the invitation and showed up for the convention, made his speech, and hammed it up with the attendees, posing for photos in Corvairs, etc. IIRC, he said if he had known they would become a “collectible”, he would have bought one and stashed it away😆 You can do a search (just type in Ralph Nader 1991 CORSA) on YouTube if you want to hear his speech.... I’ve owned 36 different Corvairs over the years, and used them for daily transportation for many years. I’ve driven them in some of the worst road conditions, and even intentionally drove like a nut on a gymkhana course, and never once did one show a tendency to flip....
  3. Not exactly out on the road, but seen at the U.S. Air Force Museum this past Monday. Thought that you Mustang fans would appreciate this on. Strongly recommend that everyone visit this museum if you are ever in the vicinity of Dayton, Ohio....
  4. Seen heading North on I-71, just outside of Louisville, KY, during rush hour this evening. A fresh batch out of Bowling Green??? 😁
  5. Hi Steve, long time since I’ve heard from you. I’m ok on Eldorado parts, but thanks anyway for asking! Mike
  6. X 2 Also, there are some unusual sources you can mine for parts. Back in the old days, there were “parts packs” that had engines, or bumpers, bodies, chassis, and these can sometimes be a source of much-needed parts. I just found a really strange source for one of my parts needs. I needed complete taillight assemblies for an AMT ‘62 Chrysler Imperial. Couldn’t find ‘em anywhere. One day I looking here on the Forum as one of the fellows shows the parts breakdown on his newly acquired pristine ‘63 Buick Electra AMT kit. Right there on the chrome tree, amongst the optional goodies, are the taillights I need! Apparently AMT had added them in the Buick kit as an optional add-on “custom” doo-dad ( the kind of custom stuff we all glued onto the model to make an unholy mess of them back in the day). So, I went shopping on evil bay, and got lucky immediately, found a kit buster who was selling parts from the ‘63 Buick kit. I bought the lot of “custom” parts; got the taillights I needed, and as a bonus got an under-dash A/C unit, water skies, etc.😁
  7. As the old saying goes, you can outrun the police car, but you can’t outrun the police radio....😉
  8. Thanks, Steve, for helping clarify. It’s the smaller Tempest I’m looking for, not the big Catalina or Bonneville.
  9. This is the body style I’m looking for. Hey Gerry - PM sent!
  10. That may be the ‘63 Tempest racer kit with the altered wheelbase. I need one that is factory stock...
  11. Looking for an AMT ‘61 or ‘62 Pontiac Tempest; a *stock* kit, or clean restorable build-up, or promo. Not particular about the body style (although I think the ‘61s are all 4-doors). I realize this is a long shot, but you guys always come through for me! I have stuff to trade. Please send me a PM. thanks -
  12. Up for grabs is this built-up Jo-Han ‘76 Cadillac Eldorado, the proverbial pink Cadillac. I acquired this off of evilBay, with the intention of using it as a parts car. It turned out to be a pretty nice build, too nice to chop up (IMHO). The original builder obviously took some time to try to make it nice. So, I thought I’d offer it up for trade. Rebuild it up to your liking, or enjoy it as-is. Sorry that the pix aren’t better, so here’s a couple of notes. The “chrome” trim is painted, not BMF, so that helps if you decide to strip it and repaint. The chrome bumpers are nice. Also notice that the outside mirror and hood ornament are intact - always hard to find. Nice glass, too. The front suspension was busted when I received it, so I glued it back together as best as I could. No box, no spare parts, just what you see in the pix. WHAT I WANT in trade.... Top on my list is an AMT ‘61 or ‘62 Pontiac Tempest, either a kit, promo, or restorable built-up. I realize this is not a common item, but you guys always come through for me! Also, I have other things to offer to sweeten the deal depending upon what you have to trade. Please PM me. Thanks, in advance..... Mike
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    Modeler's Scars

    I think this one wins the prize for best story so far.....😆
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    Modeler's Scars

    I’ve got a pretty big scar on my leg from a model building accident when I was a kid. Like Greg, I was using a razor blade - never heard of an “Xacto” or hobby tools in general back then. While wearing shorts, I was sitting on the floor (no workbench, either), trimming something on a model, and slipped, resulting in a nice *deep* cut on my leg. Probably should have gone to a doctor and had it stitched-up, but didn’t want my parents to know; they probably would have taken the models away. I managed to keep it bandaged up and hidden from them until it healed.😆 I could write a book about all the other injuries from working on my rusty 1:1 cars, etc etc. To quote the George Jones biography, “I Lived To Tell it All.”
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