My 1961 Corvair Monza 900

It's about to hit 41,000 miles. It was a little old lady's car. When she died she left it to a nephew who sold it to a fellow in Greenville, TN. He had it a few years and put about 5,000 miles on it and repainted it. I bought it at 29,000 miles. I put 14 inch wheels and painted Moon disks on it. I added an electronic ignition because I hate points. That meant a new distributor too. New plugs and wires, voltage regulator, carbs cleaned, new fuel pump (twice so far), new fuel lines, a new Clark's gas tank (thanks Gary), air filters, fresh air hose, repro side view mirror....Not much really. There's rust under the rear window and in the trunk and other places. Typical stuff for the car, but much better than most. When we swapped the gas tank, there was no rust under there. It was my daily driver until a recent valve problem. Low compression and leaking valves caused it to die during rush hour twice. Yikes! It also recently had a battery acid problem . I spent many hours cleaning and sanding and painting. There goes the nice engine compartment! It needs a mild refresh on the  engine. Under 50 pounds of pressure in 2 cylinders and only 1 that's near 110 pounds. Rings, rebuilt heads and a reseal and it would be fine. I have seat belts to install, may rechrome the bumpers and add new carpet and door panels this summer too. I am slowly repainting the engine compartment. I have done the air intakes and the thing the fresh air hose attaches to. It's a pretty clean engine. I now drive it once a week to keep it lubricated and going until I have the chance to get the rebuild done. I bought a nice cover from Chisholm Coach that is keeping it safe.


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