The insidious rust did little damage to this sheet metal victim, so it was far from succumbed. There is no doubt that nursing is needed. The plans are therefore to combat the robber baron (rust). But there will be no total restoration, because René is of the opinion that you should continue to see the 'life' of the American. So no major visible changes, the paint remains patina. The improvements come with the engine overhaul and the restoration of the sheet metal.
By: Dirk de Jong
René Kennis: “Many will not be charmed by the condition of the car, it makes no sense to deny that. I like to look at it from both sides, I am commercially active in the restoration of air-cooled Volkswagens from before 1953 where perfection is the common thread. As experts know, this Corvair is a small American with an air-cooled power source, which can perform its pleasant task as a striking hobby car. ”
'Lived car' with history
Last year René got the opportunity to get hold of this Corvair. It had been dusting in an old shed for many years. After the purchase, the car was carefully examined and on the bridge the American turned out to be very neat and the underside almost rust-free. Inquiry at the Corvairclub indicated the correct year of manufacture: 1963. After only two attempts, the engine ran immediately. And the machine that the Corvair is equipped with worked perfectly. Only the brakes did not work, and exhaust and lighting had to be renewed.
Raw and pure
This may not be clearly visible in the photo, but under three layers of paint the original sea-green color appeared, which René simply maintains after sanding. So rough and pure. A wonderful addition to the VW Beetles he owns. The advice that René wanted to give to the Auto Motor Klassiek readers: Enjoy and honor your oldtimer ...
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