1964 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder Coupe Turbo 150 HP
- Make: Chevrolet
- Model: Corvair
- SubModel: Spyder Coupe
- Type: Coupe
- Trim: Monza Spyder
- Year: 1964
- Mileage: 116,220
- VIN: 40627W112292
- Color: Satin silver
- Engine size: 2.7L 164Cu. In. H6 GAS Turbocharged
- Number of cylinders: 6
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: 4-Speed
- Drive type: Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)
- Interior color: Black
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1964 Chevrolet Corvair Spyder Coupe
I picked up this car in Colorado Springs early last year (2014). It was a one-owner car that spent its entire 50 years in the Springs however the owners had never joined a Corvair Club. I had a chance to sit down with one of the kids (now an older fella) who grew up in the back seat of the car and get some history on the car which was pretty cool. Mom and Dad had bought the car new in '63 and as things go Mom and Dad divorced and Dad gave Mom the car. Mom was part of the Ski Patrol so the Spyder made the trip to Breckenridge every week for years during the winters. The kids remembered racing Corvettes on I-25 yelling to Mom Faster! Faster! (sounds like scary fun :) )
After I got hold of the car I went through it front to back working up all of the mechanicals doing the bearings brakes suspension rubber new tires gas tank connection hose (no more gas leak in the front) and leaf spring bushings.
Onto the engine: I did a compression test and every cylinder was over 100psi (not bad for having over 115k original running miles. This car has not sat for years it's been on the road for 50 years. Did the oil change (with zddp) and basic tune up (plugs cap points rotor condenser) deflashed the heads and barrels cleaning all of the oil and grease off of the engine then resealed everything with new gaskets. There are zero leaks on this car. The turbo was removed and taken to Steve Goodman at Rear Engine Specialists for cleaning and inspection. Coming out of Steve's shop the turbo was in brand new shape. All of the tins on the car have been powder coated "gunmetal black" and the engine compartment has been refreshed with a new paint job and wiring. "New" thermostat bellows we installed and even the gas filter is NOS correct and in the right place. New exhaust piping and turbo muffler along with hoses and wiring all refreshed replaced or upgraded. Heater hoses were replaced and new seals put on the bottom tins. No dripping oil to burn up and stink you out in the winter. just nice hot air in the cabin. The 4-speed manual transmission makes no noise clutch is good and tight and the shift linkage has been refreshed.
On the black interior; it's all original and shows 50 years of wear and tear that a daily driver would. I gutted the cabin cleaned it out of dirt and dust then replaced the carpet with an early set of NOS I had but it must have shrunk over the years cause it comes up a little short where the two pieces (front and back) meet up at the seat line. The driver's seat was pretty much gone so that one has been replaced with a more comfortable reclining seat out of a Pathfinder (I do have the passenger seat just haven't installed it yet). The Spyder dash is all original with the brushed aluminum as well as the glove box door. They are in very nice shape. Shifter has the original white 4 speed ball. Headliner is in great shape and all of the glass is there no broken windows. Factory Features - Tinted Windshield Only 4-speed transmission Rear Speaker Padded Dash Convenience group Z13 (2 speed wipers w/ washer day/night mirror glovebox light backup lights remote door mirror Custom Deluxe seat belts
Externally there are some dings and dents. There is some rust on the typical early model locations like on the left side of the engine compartment where the battery is located (the old acid batteries tended to fume up or leak sulfuric acid which eats the paint and exposes the metal to the elements so rust above and below in that area.) and a little down by the front wheel well behind the tire. It does however have the correct Spyder hubcaps with that awesome spider insert in the center.
Everything on the car works including the gauges (gas boost etc.) and it rides great. With an electric fuel pump it starts with one turn of the key. It's solid in the turns and grabs the road as a '64 should with that stiffer suspension and bigger motor. It's just a fun car to drive.
Ok so now what's wrong with the car? While the engine does not need a full rebuild the rings do need to be replaced and all that goes along with that (barrels honed new cylinder gaskets etc.). While a turbo car is expected to puff a little smoke as you go through the gears (normal operation) this one puffs a little more when you get on the gas and kick into boost mode. So it burns a little oil but how much? After a recent round trip from Castle Rock to Golden (about 80 miles) for a local car show I added about an 1/8th of a quart of oil (10w40) averaged 32mpg on the gas averaging 75 mph.
For those of you who have done a ring job before on a Corvair you know what's involved and can easily assess the effort. For those of you who have never ventured past the basic maintenance of your car I can tell you that when I rebuilt the engine on my '60 I had no experience at all getting in that deep on the engine. It turned out to be fairly easy; just reading through the shop manual some dedicated time to the effort and of course some money for parts and machine work.
If you're looking for a light mechanical project which will result in a fun car to take to car shows cruises and relive those care-free days then this might be a car for you. If you're looking for a turn-key Spyder to hit the highway then this might be a car for you as well however I wanted to make sure that the ring issue is known because you won't get the ultimate performance out of this car without putting that extra work effort into it.
Since I've got another project in the works I'm looking to get rid of the car quickly but at a fair price. I'm an active member of CORSA and belong to several local Corvair Clubs so not looking to gouge anyone. Remember this is a solid running turbo car that just as any old car would needs some work and attention. We've all seen non-running Spyders offered for stupid prices because they're "rare" and all that nonsense. This is the real-deal and what most Corvair folks consider to be the best year for the Spyder. Bib bid high and bid often!