The 1961 Corvair Monza 900 was among the most popular cars produced in this year. As the years went by, it was evident that small cars were here to stay. One of Corvair's main selling points was that one never had to buy anti-freeze, the car would heat up very fast when the weather was very cold. The Corvair was the only car to out sell the VW Beetle in the '60s.
Consumer advocate Ralph Nader intensely disliked the Corvair and sparked many angry protests when he penned, "Corvair unsafe at any speed." A 1965 exposé of the safety flaws of the Corvair. Many loyal owners showed their disdain for Nader by altering their cars after the fashion of Ferrari.
GM only made the Corvair from 1960 to 1969. The body style was only in production for four years. The air-cooled engine is a 145 cubic inch producing 80 bhp, and came with two single barrel carbs.
When Leighton & Sherri purchased this car in 2005, it needed a lot of work along with tender loving care. The restoration took two years. Kelly's Customs did the body and paint, Harold's Upholstery crafted the interior; both are from Billings, MT. The manufacturer's suggested retail price as about $2,200 and approximately 109,945 rolled off the production line. Detailed for show, yet a great car for fun.
With population of this great country aging at a rapid rate, more and more people are gaining an appreciation for the good things in life. And for many of us, that means classic and collectible cars. We’re always on the lookout for that first car we owned, and chances are it’s out there, or at least one just like it.
But with ownership comes responsibility and a good deal of expense on top of that. We’ve all seen cars parked on the street or in driveways that haven’t moved in years. Those are the cars that turn good neighbors into complainers who don’t want their property values diminished because they live next to a small junk yard. Talk to any code enforcement officer and they will tell you that wrecked and abandoned cars are a big part of their job.
So, before you buy that old car you’ve had your eye on, take a few minutes and ask yourself (and your spouse) some questions. Questions like…where will we store the car until we’re ready to restore it? Do I have enough room to store it indoors after it’s been restored? I can guarantee you this…restoration of any older car…regardless of age and condition…will take you longer to restore and cost you more than you realize. It’s just a fact of life.
For those lucky few that have a large storage building or acres of space on their property, being a good neighbor is less of a problem. But for the average Joe, these are things you have to consider. Nobody wants to live next door to your car lot or junkyard. So remember, buying that classic is the easy part. Everything from that point on gets harder.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Proposes to Expand the Sale of E-15 Gasoline
The EPA issued a proposed regulation that would allow gas stations around the country to sell E15 (gasoline that’s 15% ethanol) during the summer months (June 1 through September 15). If finalized, the EPA would overturn its long-standing prohibition on the sale of E15 during high-ozone season by allowing the fuel to use the 1 pound per square inch (psi) Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver, which currently allows E10 sales during the summer months. The EPA’s effort to allow year-round E15 sales would expand the number of gas stations selling gasoline blended with higher amounts of ethanol.
You Can Shape the Course of This Proposal
Request opposition to this regulation by using the following SAN website link for an overview and official contact.
It’s that time again. CMYRYD is scheduling car show dates for 2019. Just click on the Events page tab, fill out the entry form and submit it to us. Show times and location will be added this year. It’s important to get your show on our schedule as quickly as possible.Be sure and add your web site, It is a great way to provide more information about your event.
CMYRYD.COM… a great way to provide information about your upcoming event to thousands of car show fans across the country.
There are over 15,000 classic and collectible cars in the Billings area, and thousands more statewide.
In an average year, Billings hosts over 100 car shows...large and small.
CMYRYD is Montana's only source for dates and schedules for car shows and events throughout the state.
Make sure your car show or event is listed on CMYRYD. Go to the Events Page to register.
Radial Versus Bias-ply Tires and What Those Tire Numbers Really Mean
by Les Roth
Today’s radial tires are a wonder of modern engineering. In the late 1800’s bias-ply tires were used on bicycles. They were used on automobiles from the 1900’s to the late 1960’s. Then in 1969, radial-ply tires were introduced. The radial tire was a major improvement over the old bias–ply construction. They rolled easier and improved handling and gas mileage. The old bias-ply tires were more flexible and seemed to follow ruts in the roadway. Bias-ply tires have belts that criss-cross the tire while radial belts loop across the tire.
If you own a classic car with wheels designed for bias-ply tires, mount radial tires on those rims at your own risk. Those rims were designed for bias-ply tires only. Too many classic owners have found they lost wheel covers and even worse, had major blow-out and control issues with their car when they used radials on bias rims. Remember, radial tires are designed to be mounted only on wheels designed for radial tires.
Ever wonder what all those confusing numbers on the sidewall of your tires really mean? What you are looking at is an alphanumeric system that describes your tire and its performance characteristics. Let’s use tire size P225/70R16 100S as our example:
In the above tire size the first letter indicates the type of tire and its intended use. The “P” indicates the tire is a metric size used primarily on passenger vehicles. You can also find tires with other letter designations. They include LT (Light Truck Metric), C (Commercial), ST (Special Trailer Service) and T (Temporary Spare),
Then the numbers 225 following the first letter indicate the section width of the tire. The section width is defined as the widest point on the tire measured from sidewall-to-sidewall. For example, this tire has a 225-millimeter width. The rule here is the larger this number, the wider the tire. And remember, this number is the width of the tire in millimetres. If you are using tires larger than those specified for your car, be extra careful in measuring the available space. Raised lettering on a tire’s sidewall can make the difference between a scraped sidewall and a tight fit.
Following the slash, the number 70 shows the height of the tire as a percentage of its section width. The rule is...the lower the number, the lower the profile of the tire. Our number is 70 and that tells you the tire’s height is 70% of its section width.
In our example, the next letter is “R” which tells you the construction of the tire, which in this case is radial. Other designation types may include “D” for bias ply construction and “B” for belted tires, but most tires today are of radial design.
Next the number 16 that indicates the size of the wheel that the tire will fit. This number is in inches and in this case, this tire would be designed to fit a 16-inch wheel. Nowadays, you’ll find tire sizes starting at 13-inches going up to 18-inches. If you buy aftermarket tires wheel sizes can run up to 22-inches or larger.
Then comes the number 100 which tire manufacturers call load rating. This number indicates the approved load rating of that tire in the Load Index. The Load Index starts at 71 (761 pounds) and goes up to 110 which would be 2,337 pounds for passenger vehicles.
And finally comes the speed rating. Our tire speed rating is “S.” Speed ratings start at M (81-mph) and go up to Y (186-mph). In this case the “S” rating shows our tire would be rated for 112-mph.
1.Drop a business card with your name on it down the window slot in case you ever have to prove ownership.
2.In the glove box, keep a few handy wipes to remove the gas odor from your hands from filling the tank.
3. Remove auto grease from hands with baking soda and water.
4.When visiting a mechanic to have a part replaced, always ask for the worn or damaged part back. This way you'll be sure it was actually replaced .
5.A radio antenna will slide up and down easier if a coat of wax is applied occasionally. Wax paper works great for this job. Rubbing the wax paper up and down the antenna will do the job.
6. Get rid of tar on your bumper with an unexpected item from your fridge ~ mayonnaise. Wipe on, wait five minutes, then easily wipe off both the mayo and the tar. "Do not use on painted bumpers"
7. Only 5 percent of cars actually run better on premium gas as oposed to regular. Check your owners manual...