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Reader Ride - 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Convertible

This car was originally owned by astronaut John H Glenn, Jr., while still living in Houston Texas area.  After changing ownership 4 times, I acquired it in 2001 (I'm the 5th owner).  I have copies of all titles dating back to John Glenn.  The car was essentially a beater when I purchased it, but it still had most of the original parts, including the engine and factory AC components.  It took me some time to get around to it, but I finally fully restored it to Factory Stock condition in early 2021.  I did all of the mechanical work, including disassembly and reassembly, interior work, etc.  The body work and paint were done by a restoration shop.  After completing the restoration, I presented the car at a Corvair Society of America concours in Springfield, IL May 2021 in which it won Best of Show scoring 97.69 (out of 99).  On July 17th, 2021, the car was part of John Glenn's 100th birthday celebration in New Concord, OH.

Original Air restored the Evaporator core, Expansion Valve, Receiver/Dryer, and Compressor - all of them the original components.  I restored the remaining parts of the AC system.  The AC system is charged with R12, as it was delivered from the factory.

1964 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Convertible

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