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Corvair For Sale…

***FINAL UPDATE: Corvair has been sold. Thanks for viewing!***

 

**Updated Selling Price — 3/22/2011**

After 11 years of ownership, the time has come for me to part with my faithful steed, my 1965 Chevrolet Corvair Monza coupe.

First a little history. I purchased it at a used car lot in Greenfield, Indiana in April of 1999. The folks at the lot didn’t really know anything about its history, other than it came from Kentucky. I was in the market for a ride that I could take to car shows & cruise-ins…something to fill free time I had on Friday & Saturday nights. I had previously owned a ’68 Corvair that I purchased as my first car in 1987, plus my dad and several of my brothers owned Corvairs since the 1970’s, so we were the epitome of a Corvair family.

Some basics of it: As mentioned, it’s a ’65 Monza coupe, 110 hp, 164 cubic inch air cooled flat 6 cylinder with a 2 speed automatic powerglide transmission with dual exhaust. It currently has 131K miles on the odometer. I bought it with 93K, so over the 11 years, I’ve averaged about 3,500 miles/year. 

It’s been a good car and met the needs I first had for it. I took it to a lot of Friday & Saturday night car shows & cruise ins. It’s also a GREAT car to just get in & take a drive out in the country or a twisty two-lane road somewhere. It’s been as far west as Iowa & Oklahoma and never left me stranded. I’ve taken it on many road trips around the midwest during various motor tours, especially along fabled Route 66.

Now, for the overview. I won’t get into every detail, but just some things over the past few years. First, this car is not a concours quality Corvair! What it is is a solid, sound running Corvair that you can show off with pride at a cruise-in or benefit car show. We painted it in 2006 after some body work here & there, but nothing real major. Currently it does have some minor bubbling in a couple of typical Corvair prone areas, but nothing is rusted through. Please refer to the link to the Flickr page below for more pictures.

Mechanically it runs well. I purchased two new rebuilt carbs from Grant Young at Wolf Enterprises in 2009. He’s a highly respected Corvair carb guru, and it was a purchase that was well worth it! As for leaks, no, it’s not bone dry underneath. The pesky transmission cable tends to leak when the car’s not run for a period of time, but it’s not too difficult of a fix. I can give the names of a couple of highly respected Corvairs mechanics who can fix it. O-rings and some other engine seals HAVE been replaced since I’ve owned it. It’s also got newer AC plugs, cap/rotor, plug wires, and coil. I also put a Pertronix electronic iginition on it in 2001 and it’s still running strong. Also for the past two summers I’ve used AMSOIL synthetic motor oil.

Wheels/Tires: I currently have Chevy rally wheels (15X7) with Firestone Firehawk 195-60-15 tires. They were purchased about 6 years ago and might have another season left in them. Also, I’m throwing in a set of original stock 13″ rims with ’65 Monza hubcaps if you want to change the look back to original, like I had here:

Interior: I had the seats reupholstered in ’02 and got the material from Clark’s Corvair Parts, along with new carpet. I also installed a Pioneer CD stereo with 2 6″X9″ speakers in the rear and two 2″ speakers under the front dash grill. I also replaced at some point over the past 11 years the headliner, so it’s in good shape as well.

Other odds & ends: As mentioned, this is a GOOD Corvair, but not perfect! It’s got its share of squeaks & such as most 45 year old cars do. I’ve got a maintenance book that I thought I had most everything written down, but after looking through it, there were some things I didn’t write down, so if you have a question about something specific, I may not know the date, but I can tell you if its been dealt with! Also, you may notice in the pictures that the tail lights are those of a ’66-’69 Corvair. The reason? When we gave it a paint job, I decided instead of putting the ’65 tail light lenses back in, I wanted to go with the later version, which I liked better than the ’65s. Also, I had the rear cove painted Argent Silver as the original Corsas were painted. I always liked that, so I went with it, even though it’s a Monza. As for fuel mileage, on a highway trip averaging 55-60mph, I can usually get around 23-24mpg.

As to why I’m selling it? Well, I was a single guy when I bought it 11 years ago with more time than I knew what to do with. But life changed, I married a great gal in 2002, and my interests have changed. We took the plunge last year and bought a small travel trailer and have fallen head first in love with camping.

And no, the Corvair doesn’t have  a tow hitch.  I just did a little strategic positioning for this picture. Even though we’ve since sold this trailer and are moving up to another one, the fact still remains my time for the Corvair has become limited and I’d really like to pass it on to someone who’ll love it as much as I have and give it a nice warm garage to sleep in.

For more pictures, go to:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/11019355@N03/sets/72157624269061122/

If you have an interest and have any questions, I’d be more than happy to answer them! My asking price is $4,750 $4250. My e-mail address is: roadmaven@aol.com. Please note, I’m located in the Indianapolis, Indiana area.

Thanks!

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway Motel: 1963-2009

This week, demolition crews will knock down the final wall of the 96 room Brickyard Crossing Inn, originally dubbed the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Motel, which was abruptly closed by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in December.

(courtesy Indianapolis Motor Speedway, circa 1966)

Opened in 1963 outside of Turn 2, the IMS Motel was never an architectural masterpiece, but it had plenty of memorable guests during its 45 year tenure on West 16th Street. Many celebrities throughout the years attended the Indianapoolis 500 and most of them stayed at the IMS Motel, given the fact today’s upscale hotels in Indianapolis didn’t exist in the 1960’s. Names like James Garner, Jim Nabors, and Paul Newman  made it their home while in town for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. Many a driver stayed there during the entire month of May, most notably 4-time Indy 500 winner AJ Foyt, who typically passed on the luxury motor homes for a comfortable room at the motel.

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Newman’s roots with the speedway and the motel run deeper than his celebrity. He filmed many scenes from the 1969 movie “Winning” at the speedway and the motel, co-starring Robert Wagner and his on-screen and off-screen wife Joanne Woodward. Probably the most memorable scene from the movie was when Newman’s character, Frank Capua, returned to the motel after leaving Gasoline Alley and caught Woodward and Wagner (his team mate in the movie) “in the act” in Room 212.

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When I found out the motel was going to be leveled, I was hoping to be able to get access to the room so Jennifer & I could get current day photos of the room and do some side-by-side shots from the movie, much like we do on our Road Trip Memories blog. I went straight to the top and wrote a letter to IMS president Joie Chitwood, but to no avail. I got a nice “Sorry Charlie” e-mail from the IMS public relations department a few weeks later. Hey, I tried! Hopefully Joie enjoyed the issue of American Road magazine that I sent him along with my letter. 😉  The last photos I took from there during demolition, Room 212 was still hanging on….although gutted and broken.

Newman was a fixture at the speedway for decades and became a car owner in the 1980’s for Mario Andretti. He made his final appearance at the speedway during qualifications for the 2008 Indianapolis 500, just four months before losing his battle with cancer to watch his rookie driver, 19 year old Graham Rahal, qualify for his first 500.

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The other more notable guests to stay at the motel were none other than The Beatles during their 1964 tour. Legend has it that during their stay in Indianapolis, fans were tipped off they were staying downtown at the Essex House Hotel. Their manager then put all four in one room at the IMS Motel.

Thus ends a piece of the history of the century old Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The adjoining Brickyard Restaurant and Flag Room Pub remain open for business with no plans of closing. The future of lodging at the speedway is uncertain. With the Town of Speedway undergoing a major redevelopment plan coupled with a struggling economy, it might be a while before anything transpires, but early indications are there’ll be a more upscale hotel and conference center sprouting up near the site of the former IMS Motel. But whatever replaces the IMS Motel, it’ll have a hard time matching the history and lore of what stood before it.

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Milton the Monster of Kentucky…

Funny how things get unlocked from deep within the bowels of our memory banks. Jennifer & I were down in Madison, Indiana  last weekend shooting some then & now photos from the 1958 movie Some Came Running, starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Shirley MacLaine, which was filmed in and around the Madison area.

We had several screen shots from the movie that we brought with us so we could recreate various scenes how they look 51 years later. As a Rat Pack fan, it was VERY cool standing in the same spots where Frank & Dino stood. We were talking about one scene this morning that was filmed at the end of the movie across the Ohio River from Madison in a cemetery. She asked me if the location of the cemetery was still considered Milton, KY, which I believed it to be, and that opened up a vault in my brain where I sung the end of the Milton the Monster cartoon…”I’m Milton….your brand new son”. I have no idea where that came from, but I do remember seeing it in reruns back in the 70’s. Fortunately, someone uploaded the opening of Milton the Monster on YouTube.

I must admit, my rendition of that end was spot on!

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