Robert and Linda Crowell

 
                                                      1966 Corsa Convertible 180 Turbo
 
     Linda and I were married in 1963 and our first new car was a white with black interior Corvair Monza Coupe.  It was a very nice car and a real pleasure to drive that floor shift manual transmission; however it suffered the common problem of exhaust fumes entering the car whenever you turned the heater on. After a couple of years of hard driving and a lot of miles we decided we wanted the turbo engine so we ordered a 180 hp Corsa hardtop from my Uncle who owned the Chevrolet dealership in Sullivan, Indiana.  We always remarked that the corvairs just seemed to handle so well and in snow it was terrific. I traded the 1963 in on the 1965 Corsa.  We purchased this 1966 180 turbo Corsa convertible many years ago from a family in Muncie, Indiana. It wasn’t in terribly bad shape. Some rust out and paint fading but in pretty nice shape, I thought.  The car has a power convertible top, telescopic wood grain steering wheel, remote outside mirror and of course the 180 turbo charged engine. The family, that we purchased the car from, was the second owner and they stated they were married in the car. They had 5 children at the time we bought the car. 
 
      Linda decided she wanted me to restore the car and that is where the work begins. To make a long story short I can say that of all the cars I have restored none of them have I taken to the level that I did this car. I was fortunate to have good friend, Steve Kruthaupt, do the body work and paint work. His interest in wanting to do a factory type job was what makes this one look really sharp. Metal replacement with very little filler material will make this car last for many years.  Dan Brizindine, Indianapolis, did a complete rebuild on the engine and turbo and they are like new.  Dan’s mechanical ability and keen interest in quality mechanical restoration is unsurpassed.  The interior was totally redone by Norman Gutzwiller in Morris, Indiana. His upholstery work is unbelievable. He will only do original style work and is not interested in doing custom upholstery.
      We haven’t had much time for cruising but intend to travel about this summer with the Corvair club if at all possible. We have developed friendships with the Circle City Corvair Club and hope to take part in some of the neat gatherings throughout the summer. Our biggest problem is the work schedule that my wife and I have during the summer months. I thought retirement was for the elderly….just how old must you be to partake in the retirement activities?