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Jul 30, 2018 15:27:00   #
KTJohnson
 
1961 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder


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Jul 30, 2018 15:36:11   #
tomc601
 
I had a 1960 Corvair coupe. Flipped it doing 85 on Rte. 80 near Hazeltown, PA back in 1967. Landed on it's side and walked out the windshield. Just looking at these photos makes me nervous.

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Jul 30, 2018 15:52:31   #
twowindsbear
 
Any pix of the engine? There's a turbo charged emblem on the hood.

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Jul 30, 2018 15:54:46   #
alby
 
nice .... brings back memories .... my buddy had the exact copy of this car in the '60s... wrapped it around a electric pole on the edge of our farm at 2:30 am. i pulled it off the pole with an "M" tractor. we hid it behind his house. covered it with a tarp. pole replaced the next day... never heard a word from police or any one..... lucked out....really lucked out!!!!! both of us

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Jul 30, 2018 16:24:27   #
DWU2
 
KTJohnson wrote:
1961 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder


Ralph Nader wrote Unsafe at Any Speed primarily about the Corvair:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unsafe_at_Any_Speed

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Jul 30, 2018 16:25:15   #
TriX (a regular here)
 
Fun cars, especially the turbo (wasn’t it 180 BHP?), but the swing axle rear suspension of the early ones (same as the VW beetle and Triumph Spitfire) could result is some “strange” handing, and the brakes (small drums front and rear as I recall) we’re totally inadequate, even for a light car. My brother had one of the later ones with the 4 carb, 140BHP engine which I was looking at to use as an autocross car, but after looking at the front brakes (which would have been very painful to upgrade, I decided against it (remember the old racer’s adage: “you can only go as fast as you can stop”). As I recall (correct me if I’m wrong), the later cars got rid of the swing axle rear, and were much more predictable. Don Yenko (SCCA racer) created a highly modified version (with an oil cooler on top of the rear fender) called the Yenko Stinger, which I saw race at VIR in the 60s.

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Jul 30, 2018 17:34:52   #
danniepolley
 
Nice, thanks for the memories

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Jul 30, 2018 23:14:28   #
fredtoo
 
the engine on a '61 Corvair was "suspended" by 3 bolts (count'em...3). Two toward the front and 1 in the rear. I was driving across some railroad tracks one rainy night with a date, and suddenly the gas pedal collapsed full to the floor and a shower of sparks was spraying out the rear like a rooster tail.

I slammed on the brakes and my date said in a quivering voice...."what happened?". As calmly as I could I replied, "I think our engine's missing".

After I had it towed to the local Chevy dealer, they lifted the engine and replaced the sheared rear bolt for $7.50 and said "you were lucky, usually when they do this it shears all the electrical wiring."

put a "for sale" sign on it the next day.

ah, the memories...

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Jul 31, 2018 06:31:12   #
timm27
 
Classic! Well done.

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Jul 31, 2018 06:52:17   #
llamb
 
I loved my Corvair, it was a fun car to drive. It sat six adults, got 25 MPG, had a good sized trunk, and it was fun to drive. If they were made today, I'd buy one. Great little cars.

~Lee

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Jul 31, 2018 07:08:16   #
jaymatt (a regular here)
 
Nice shots of “unsafe at any speed."

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Jul 31, 2018 08:45:57   #
jerryc41 (a regular here)
 
Looks good

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Jul 31, 2018 08:46:21   #
jerryc41 (a regular here)
 
jaymatt wrote:
Nice shots of “unsafe at any speed."


Fortunately, it's standing still. : )

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Jul 31, 2018 09:00:53   #
jaymatt (a regular here)
 
jerryc41 wrote:
Fortunately, it's standing still. : )



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Jul 31, 2018 09:23:30   #
Manglesphoto (a regular here)
 
TriX wrote:
Fun cars, especially the turbo (wasn’t it 180 BHP?), but the swing axle rear suspension of the early ones (same as the VW beetle and Triumph Spitfire) could result is some “strange” handing, and the brakes (small drums front and rear as I recall) we’re totally inadequate, even for a light car. My brother had one of the later ones with the 4 carb, 140BHP engine which I was looking at to use as an autocross car, but after looking at the front brakes (which would have been very painful to upgrade, I decided against it (remember the old racer’s adage: “you can only go as fast as you can stop”). As I recall (correct me if I’m wrong), the later cars got rid of the swing axle rear, and were much more predictable. Don Yenko (SCCA racer) created a highly modified version (with an oil cooler on top of the rear fender) called the Yenko Stinger, which I saw race at VIR in the 60s.
Fun cars, especially the turbo (wasn’t it 180 BHP?... (show quote)


65 & 66 rear suspension used "half shafts" and 4 "U-Joints a bit different from the earlier models using an articulating outer bearing and 1 U-joint.
I replaced a 61 Corvair Monza engine and trans with a Turbo Spider and 4 speed trans. Talk about unsafe, we ended up limiting throttle opening to approx. 50% to make it somewhat safe to drive.

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