Posted on: Jul 06, 2011
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Unearthed: 1963 Chevrolet Corvair Spyder


For the latest part of our "Unearthed" series, the owner of this 1963 Chevrolet Corvair Spyder does a complete restoration on the car. After being stored in a barn since 1973, the Corvair required a complete strip-down to its bare bones.
Despite its controversial past, the Chevrolet Corvair still remains a very popular classic car for collectors. Produced from 1960 until 1969, there are still many in existence either on the road, garages, or even barns. And unlike other classics from this era, the Corvair remains affordable. In the case of this particular 1963 Corvair Spyder, the owner bought it from its first owner who stored it in a barn since 1973. Needless to say, a full restoration was in order.

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A complete strip-down was done followed by welding some new sheet metal in place around the front headlights. The next step involved a couple layers of Rustbullet on the body to prevent any further rust. Sanding and blocking soon followed. With the body in better shape, the owner installed a new dash, did some trim work, repainted the steering wheel, and cleaned up the chrome and seats. New brakes were added and all of the engine shroud parts were sand blasted before being painted. Fortunately, there were only 10,000 miles on the car, so there wasn't any need to replace the 2.4-liter flat-six engine itself.
Other nice details included buffing and shining the engine compartment and the soft top. The owner also has all of the car's original paperwork going back to 1963. Overall, this is a beautiful restoration job and something to truly be proud of. Photos courtesy of capcorvair1761.

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