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Pipe dream - "retirement Corvair"

Postby DSUZU » Wed Jan 20, 2021 5:35 pm

Background: So our friend Skeletor has a Fiero thread. Somehow, the subject of Chevy Corvairs infected the thread (believe it was mid engine vs rear engine) To keep the infection from spreading, I'm starting a new thread. FWIW, among the almost 100 cars I have owned, somewhere around 25 of them were Chevy Corvairs. Like Isuzus, once these get into your heart, there is always a spot for them. About 5 years ago, I rebuilt the engine for a friends Corvair Greenbrier van. In the course of conversation on the Fiero thread, i mentioned that I had just come across a pair of Corvairs that may be for sale "cheap" through an estate sale. Specifically, they are a 1961 Lakewood Station wagon, kind of rough condition with a few rust through spots, what may be a 3 speed stick or possibly a 4 speed, a non original engine (possibly / probably a 164 CID vs the original 145 CID) and a 1968 Monza Coupe that is a factory automatic :? , factory A/C :) car. It most likely has the original 164 CID, 110 HP engine. While it needs paint, and does appear to have some body filler, the interior is good, and the body id fairly straight. Depending on the actual face value of "cheap", I'm toying with the idea of a "retirement Corvair". This would require: A. Wife approval (Hey, I've been married for almost 33 years, I'd like to keep it that way). B. Getting rid of my 1960s vintage Coot ATV (project - 75% complete stage). C. having Coot sale proceeds be enough to completely pay for Corvair purchase.
Currently, I'm leaving details up to my Kid Brother, who discovered the cars and is my contact person. I would be completely at peace if I was told they had already been sold. Dennis
EDIT: Greenbrier rebuild https://www.planetisuzoo.com/viewtopic. ... Greenbriar
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Previously owned: 1987 Trooper II LS, 1989 Trooper (parts only), 1994 Trooper 3.2 Auto, 1997 Rodeo 2.6 5 speed, 1993 shortbed pickup 2.3 (project - sold) 1992 Rodeo 4x4 LS (parts car, devoured by Spacecab needs) plus some 70 plus other non Isuzu vehicles over the years. 1994 Amigo devoured to provide head and EFI system.
Heavily damaged by engine compartment fire while driving on March 24th 2018, condemned by insurance company and taken on March 30th 2018 :cry:.

https://forum.planetisuzoo.com/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=64060
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Re: Pipe dream - "retirement Corvair"

Postby DSUZU » Wed Jan 20, 2021 5:43 pm

1991 LS Trooper 2.8 V6 5 speed conversion (Sold)
1989 LS Spacecab 2.6 5 speed 4x4 manual hubs, Rodeo torsion bars, extended shackles, 2" lift, K&N air filter (drop in), dump bed conversion, burgundy interior change, warn brush bar. Engine is bored .020 oversize and upgraded to 1994 pistons, head and EFI system.
Previously owned: 1987 Trooper II LS, 1989 Trooper (parts only), 1994 Trooper 3.2 Auto, 1997 Rodeo 2.6 5 speed, 1993 shortbed pickup 2.3 (project - sold) 1992 Rodeo 4x4 LS (parts car, devoured by Spacecab needs) plus some 70 plus other non Isuzu vehicles over the years. 1994 Amigo devoured to provide head and EFI system.
Heavily damaged by engine compartment fire while driving on March 24th 2018, condemned by insurance company and taken on March 30th 2018 :cry:.

https://forum.planetisuzoo.com/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=64060
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Re: Pipe dream - "retirement Corvair"

Postby Oro » Wed Jan 20, 2021 6:32 pm

DSUZU wrote:... FWIW, among the almost 100 cars I have owned, somewhere around 25 of them were Chevy Corvairs.


Oooooh... that changes things.

I did not know this was a pathological interest, I thought it was casual...

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Re: Pipe dream - "retirement Corvair"

Postby DSUZU » Wed Jan 20, 2021 8:28 pm

Poof! Wake up fool! The Monza is already gone (5k), not cheap, but a fair price. It was probably a driver. She's asking 11k for the wagon. This is high considering the rust. As i said, I'm totally fine with this going away. Back to my existing reality.
FWIW: The craigslist convertible that Harry posted IS a steal (this is a "Corsa" model, only available 1965-1966 - 4 1bbl carbs, 140HP). Locally, someone has one like that, but much rougher and no engine and they are asking 4K.
A few months back, there was a local CL listing for a '64 Monza Convertible. It was a turn key, older restoration, driver. Black, red interior, white top. $9,500. This was a very good price. Ragtops on evilbay are selling for anywhere from 5, 6, 7K up to 15 or better. Dennis
1991 LS Trooper 2.8 V6 5 speed conversion (Sold)
1989 LS Spacecab 2.6 5 speed 4x4 manual hubs, Rodeo torsion bars, extended shackles, 2" lift, K&N air filter (drop in), dump bed conversion, burgundy interior change, warn brush bar. Engine is bored .020 oversize and upgraded to 1994 pistons, head and EFI system.
Previously owned: 1987 Trooper II LS, 1989 Trooper (parts only), 1994 Trooper 3.2 Auto, 1997 Rodeo 2.6 5 speed, 1993 shortbed pickup 2.3 (project - sold) 1992 Rodeo 4x4 LS (parts car, devoured by Spacecab needs) plus some 70 plus other non Isuzu vehicles over the years. 1994 Amigo devoured to provide head and EFI system.
Heavily damaged by engine compartment fire while driving on March 24th 2018, condemned by insurance company and taken on March 30th 2018 :cry:.

https://forum.planetisuzoo.com/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=64060
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Re: Pipe dream - "retirement Corvair"

Postby giusedtobe » Thu Jan 21, 2021 2:42 pm

Oh boy I'm in this thread.................................I know I was infected with the Corvair bug from Dad many years ago when I learned to drive on a 65 Monza. I certainly did not appreciate them then but I feel like one will be in my garage before I go to the last rodeo.

My favorite would be a 4 spd 65 or later Corsa convertible. Convertible and 4 spd are non negotiable but everything else I might compromise.
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Re: Pipe dream - "retirement Corvair"

Postby DSUZU » Thu Jan 21, 2021 5:47 pm

As I said, CORSA was only available 1965 and 66. The 66 and newer Corvairs had the better (Saginaw) 4 speed transmission - same gears that were often used behind even the 396s (not all came with Muncie transmissions) I think the $1995 project that Harry linked is a great Corsa Convertible deal. Personally, I wouldn't be looking for a (complete) restoration project. I mean what I was considering (NOT looking for, IT found me) was basically a "get it painted" project. I may end up with another Corvair some day. I may end up with an Isuzu 4x4 (regular cab) pickup. I may end up sticking with the Coot.
1991 LS Trooper 2.8 V6 5 speed conversion (Sold)
1989 LS Spacecab 2.6 5 speed 4x4 manual hubs, Rodeo torsion bars, extended shackles, 2" lift, K&N air filter (drop in), dump bed conversion, burgundy interior change, warn brush bar. Engine is bored .020 oversize and upgraded to 1994 pistons, head and EFI system.
Previously owned: 1987 Trooper II LS, 1989 Trooper (parts only), 1994 Trooper 3.2 Auto, 1997 Rodeo 2.6 5 speed, 1993 shortbed pickup 2.3 (project - sold) 1992 Rodeo 4x4 LS (parts car, devoured by Spacecab needs) plus some 70 plus other non Isuzu vehicles over the years. 1994 Amigo devoured to provide head and EFI system.
Heavily damaged by engine compartment fire while driving on March 24th 2018, condemned by insurance company and taken on March 30th 2018 :cry:.

https://forum.planetisuzoo.com/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=64060
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Re: Pipe dream - "retirement Corvair"

Postby Skeletor » Wed Jan 27, 2021 12:50 pm

DSUZU wrote:As I said, CORSA was only available 1965 and 66. The 66 and newer Corvairs had the better (Saginaw) 4 speed transmission - same gears that were often used behind even the 396s (not all came with Muncie transmissions) I think the $1995 project that Harry linked is a great Corsa Convertible deal. Personally, I wouldn't be looking for a (complete) restoration project. I mean what I was considering (NOT looking for, IT found me) was basically a "get it painted" project. I may end up with another Corvair some day. I may end up with an Isuzu 4x4 (regular cab) pickup. I may end up sticking with the Coot.


never have enough 'corvairs..let alone fieros..or first gen troopers...
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