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#1 OFFLINE   LilBambi

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 10:27 PM

My lavender and white Corvair convertible

Was thinking of my Dad, some wonderful things he's done for me in my life and one time when things didn't work out just as he had planned....
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Posted 16 December 2011 - 10:11 AM

sad, lilbambi.

i had a volkswagen type 3 for a while that i wish i'd not sold:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_Type_3

mine was red, just like the picture above!
i bought it for $50 and rebuilt the top of the motor (pistons / jugs).
it came with a light-blue marbled bowling ball.
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Posted 16 December 2011 - 10:19 AM

Cool Temmu.

It's amazing the things you remember from your youth ... that was not really a life altering thing that happened to me. But I really loved that little car...and my Dad did is best to make sure I had a great replacement car.
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Posted 16 December 2011 - 12:10 PM

Was yours more of the lavender color shown on this site:  Lavender Corvair



My brother had one in the late 60's and loved it. Not sure of the color anymore.
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Posted 16 December 2011 - 12:16 PM

QUOTE (LilBambi @ Dec 15 2011, 11:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My lavender and white Corvair convertible

Was thinking of my Dad, some wonderful things he's done for me in my life and one time when things didn't work out just as he had planned....


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Posted 16 December 2011 - 02:24 PM

QUOTE (frapper @ Dec 16 2011, 12:10 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Was yours more of the lavender color shown on this site:  Lavender Corvair



My brother had one in the late 60's and loved it. Not sure of the color anymore.

YES!!!! THANK YOU frapper! That's it! Except mine was faded oxidized but that's the color it would have been if it wasn't oxidized!
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Posted 16 December 2011 - 02:48 PM

Evening Orchid Corvair! - BambisMusings Blog

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 02:54 PM

Maybe frapper knows for sure what the Boston Blackie Car was too?
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Posted 16 December 2011 - 05:53 PM

Well...it sorta looks like a cross between a Kaiser-Frazer and a Studebaker.  On another site someone thought Crosley. But I really don't know.

Anyway, how's this?



Here's the link:  Flickr
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Posted 16 December 2011 - 06:06 PM

That's another great image of the evening orchid Corvair! biggrin.gif

Yeah, nobody seems to know for sure what it was (the Boston Blackie car).
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Posted 16 December 2011 - 06:22 PM

Well, punch that into Google images and you'll see lots of evening orchids:  Evening orchid Corvairs

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 06:38 PM

HAHA! I'm a late as usual, it seems...

https://secure.flickr.com/photos/roadtripme...ies/2730018189/

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 06:59 PM



There's a convertible evening orchid Corvair with the hood up...like mine would have looked with the top on.

That search also has Chevy Impalas, etc. in evening orchid as well. It was a Chevy color biggrin.gif

Some of those evening orchid Corvairs are from the World O' Jeff Blog of course.
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Posted 16 December 2011 - 07:06 PM


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Posted 16 December 2011 - 07:09 PM

A lot more images for Boston Blackie Car search on images now too...but not all really Boston Blackie LOL!
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Posted 30 December 2011 - 02:24 AM

I had a Corvair Monza for a while, think it was a 65. It was a sedan or hardtop or whatever, 4 doors I think. Nimble little thing, tended to oversteer slightly on interstate entrance ramps, but not all that bad. It had something like 2 or 3 one barrel carburetors, ganged, as I remember. I think it was a burgundy color. Anyway, those engines used to slobber oil out the back end really bad, fouled the grille across the back end of the car. Nasty. They are real pretty, and were atypically classy in their lines for a Corvair IMO, compared to those clunkier, more rounded looking Corvairs. Fran, a lovely memory of your Dad, but IMO that Ford Galaxie 500 was way more practical for a personal auto. But yes, not quite so cool in its lines...
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Posted 30 December 2011 - 10:01 AM

Cluttermagnet, yes! happy62.gif Totally agree!

The Corvair was amazing looking for the day! But I loved my Ford Galaxie 500 (mine was burgundy and black though)! BTW: My Dad also had a Ford Galaxie which I drove before he got me the Galaxie 500! That's another interesting story...

I talked my Dad into letting me drive it to a friend's house on the other side of town. I hadn't driven to that side of town on my own yet since you had to cross a major highway to get there, so he was having a hard time letting my inexperienced self go. He trusted me, but didn't trust everyone else out there. I gave him all kinds of assurances because I was gonna take the back way all the way and only cross the highway not drive on it at all. He cautiously allowed it with all kinds of warnings and admonitions about being careful. wink.gif

Well, I crossed the major highway with no problems, and was well on my way to my friend's house the backway when a big rock flew out of the woods (liikely propelled by some daggone kid) and cracked my Dad's windshield... I never asked to drive his car again. I was heartbroken. I did everything right and was careful and still the car got hurt.

I learned an important lesson as a driver that day. It's not always you that's the problem. You have to watch out for everything! And even then you can still have an unlucky day. So, like with everything else. Don't borrow unless you absolutely have to.

Course I was also heart broken when my Ex totaled my Galaxie 500 a year after I got it (a month after we got married) while he was gawking/rubbernecking at gas lines in the early 70s.

Some days you just can't win. LOL!
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Posted 30 December 2011 - 10:08 AM

This is actually what my Dad's Ford Galaxie looked like:



This is what my Ford Galaxie 500 with the awesome engine and you could actually see the needle on the gas gauge go down some when you went into passing gear (would be a scary thought at today's gas prices!) Rarely did it, but sometimes I just wanted to hear the engine! It sounded wonderful!


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Posted 30 December 2011 - 12:16 PM

QUOTE (LilBambi @ Dec 30 2011, 08:01 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
... when my Ex totaled my Galaxie 500 ...


which is, of course, why he's your x!

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