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Hemmings Find of the Day – 1963 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder

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1963 Corvair Monza Spyder Convertible with Factory Air Conditioning! I know that option was not available, but someone found a unique way of solving the condenser issue by attaching a modern one to the hood and it clears the turbo. There is an auxilary one under the car out of harms way but in the full air stream. The compressor is a modern one with R134a but everything esle, especially the all important interior parts are pure 1963 Corvair. Blows very cold. As most of you know, Spyder refers to the turbocharged motor, not the convertible top. The car has also been upgraded to an alternator for better charging, and has an electric fuel pump, great for starting after long periods of rest. There is a new base/clear paint job on the car, not factory blue but a Chrysler color the previous owner preferred, looks stunning especially in the sun with the white top. When I bought the car I was told the factory turbocharged motor had been rebuilt approximately 5000 miles ago, and I have no reason to doubt it, the motor starts right up and runs very strong, or at least it does since I put a newly rebuilt carburetor on it from The Carbmeister. Other issues I discovered after delivery: backup lights had been converted to tail lights with red film, I removed the film, put in a NOS backup light switch and now backup lights work properly. Brakes had an unusually firm pedal, e-brake cable was frozen with left side applied, right side was missing equalizer bar. I sourced a bar, bought a new cable, put all new shoes, springs, and cable it, now car has proper (for era) brakes and the parking brake WORKS! Front brakes unknown, reported to me as “newer”, stops fine. Car has newer radial tires with full tread, HUGE improvement in handling over bias ply, heater fan motor is a high volume motor from Clark’s but was not functioning, bad ground, removed paint from housing, now heater motor blows hard. Convertible top has optional GLASS window and manual top works perfectly. AM radio may work, no speaker. THere had been an aftermarket stereo in the car, but the old radio was never re-wired in. Oil was leaking from the oil pan and the valve covers. Replacement of gaskets with silicone gaskets (reusable) stopped all those leaks, now just an occasional drip from somewhere, I believe from the motor/trans junction. Clutch was reported to be fairly new, super smooth with no chatter, so haven’t bothered to take it apart! Manifold temp gauge works but sometimes cuts out, must be a wiring issue because thermistor checks out OK and at times wiggling the dash harness gets gauge working. I have no desire to rewire the dash at this point. I got the car with a straight pipe exhaust, too obnoxious for me, so I installed a new header pipe from the turbo out (no easy task!) and a new turbo muffler. Sounds great now. All new parts put into this car came from Clark’s Corvair.

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