David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
3/16/11 10:36 a.m.
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After its big redo, the 1963 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder made its first big trip this weekend--to Amelia Island and back. The car was on display in our booth, and Tim and Margie used it as a runabout during their stay. Here's their report:

The car runs perfectly. It goes down the highway nicely. It's also nice in town and on back roads.

The transmission feels awesome—shifts like a new car. No rear-engined car should shift that well.

The car turns heads—even Barry Meguiar stopped by to see it.

A few minor things to tackle: Brakes need to be bled, some gauges have grounding issues, two loose pieces of window trim need to be repaired. The car is also running a little rich. Basically, it needs a few hours in the shop. It's on the home stretch!

We'll be covering the restoration process and some of the detours along the way in future issues of Classic Motorsports magazine, but our goal is to finish our 2002tii project first. Stay tuned for more online updates in the meantime.

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Dave_Jorgensen
Dave_Jorgensen New Reader
3/16/11 4:56 p.m.

This is great. You should have a christening and invite both John Fitch and Ralph Nader.

By the way, if you ever see a nicely done '66 180 Corsa turbo that needs a home, can you please drop me a line?

Cheers, Dave

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