A few weeks ago, I was visiting my brother’s place, and I had a chance to talk with him about his latest project – a 1964 Corvair Monza. I’ve seen it a few times before, but this time I wanted to let you all in on the fun. Check it out.
I’ve written a little about his other project, a 1977 El Camino in green and white. He’s had the El Camino for several years now, but just picked up this Corvair last year. For the uninitiated, this is a 1964 Corvair Monza, the premium 2-door model for the 1964 model year. Throughout its run, the Monza was a popular choice for drivers who wanted a sporty version of the Corvair.
The interior mostly original Monza spec, although he tells me the seats have been re-covered once. I was surprised by how nice the original dash looks. You can clearly see some rust in the floor pans, but he plans to replace all that. A previous owner fitted a hood release in the back seat, since the original hood latch would have been a simple lever, and not very secure. Another thing I noticed about the interior is how roomy it is. I know that’s because it’s been gutted, but this still a decent-sized car even today. My brother is a few inches taller than me and has no problem driving it – again, when it’s running.
The first time I really got a good look at a Corvair engine up close was last year at an orphaned and abandoned car show, and I was always impressed how Chevy took a simple flat- 6 and turned everything on it 90 degrees. It’s a really efficient design, and when it’s running, my brother tells me it runs smoothly. It’s got some upgraded electronics and new wiring for the sake of safety and performance.
When I was putting together this article, I asked my brother what he plans to do with his Corvair, to which he replied “I plan to drive the snot out of it.” That’s the attitude we hoons like to see, and that’s why I wanted to share this project with you. Stay tuned as we bring you updates throughout the year.
[Photos Copyright 2015 Hooniverse/Marcal Eilenstein]