1964 Corvair Monza Spyder Project: Disassembly & Engine Work

Let the disassembly begin! Our 1964 Corvair Monza Spyder literally gets torn apart.  Convertible top, interior, engine, sub-frame/suspension/brakes/wheels and exhaust system are all removed in preparation for either refinishing or replacement. Nuts and bolts are tagged and bagged, parts are cleaned and their further usefulness is determined.

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OPGI’s New Ride: 1964 Covair Monza Spyder

Introducing our latest project car – a little-on-the rough-side 1964 Corvair Monza Spyder (turbocharged). A diamond in the rough? We think so. This is an all-original Z-Body (the letter-based platform designated by General Motors for the Corvair 500, Monza and Corsa models) hails from Long Island, NY. We purchased the car from its 3rd owner in March of this year, and had it trailered to OPGI headquarters here in Seal Beach, California.

Included in the purchase of this battle/rust worn little Spyder was a palette stacked with numerous NOS parts, most in their original GM packaging. These parts ranged from trim to mechanical components – all will be put to good use restoring this classic from 1964!

The plan is to completely disassemble the car, right here at OPGI. The body will ship out to be professionally restored and painted, more than likely back to its original paint hue of Goldwood Yellow. Every square inch of our Corvair will be restored back to its “off the assembly line” condition. Stay tuned and follow along as our progression continues!


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Ol’ Faithful – David Kostenbader’s 1970 Chevelle Malibu

Photos/Story: Tony Colombini

When Dave first bought this car 20+ years ago, he had some crazy visions for it. The 1970-’72 Chevelles have a particularly tough look – something to make any muscle car enthusiast yearn for. Dave is a high-performance guru and building the car up to a competitive racer was option one.

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The 2018 Spring Summer Series Presented By OPGI

Original Parts Group has held many car shows here in Seal Beach, California. Our first car show was in 2008, shortly after we expanded our business to this location. Our last show was in 2015, and this year, in discussion with some of his Marketing Team at SEMA, our President Dave Leonard mentioned having not one, but five shows, yes five! OPGI is excited to announce that we will be hosting five brand-specific shows throughout the spring and summer seasons here on location. Read more ›

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Back In Stock Items for Chevelle & El Camino

We all know how frustrating it can be when a part that you need for your project is on back order, which is why OPGI is happy to announce that some of our most popular parts are back in stock!

First, we have our 1966-67 Chevelle left and right rear quarter patch panels – sold individually, or as a convenient pair. These stamped steel panels are a direct replacement for the lower rear quarter panel and wheel well area. Our panels are manufactured using heavy-gauge steel for superior strength and rigidity. Each panel features the factory-correct curves and contours for an excellent fit and appearance.

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Jimmy Smith’s 1972 Monte Carlo

OPGI customer Jimmy Smith of Weogufka, AL recently sent us a few of photos of his 1972 Monte Carlo. Jimmy is the car’s second owner, having purchased the Monte in 1975. Technically, Jimmy’s car is a Monte Carlo Custom – the Custom being a one-year-only model. It was ordered with the 454 4-bbl., TH400 tranny, bucket seats, console, Rally Wheels, and all other factory options except cruise control and power windows. The Monte went through a complete restoration between 1999-2001, using many parts picked from the OPGI Monte Carlo catalog. The car has won many trophies at various shows over the years. Read more ›

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Father and Son’s Garage Built 1965 GTO 434

Photos: Tobin Family, Story: Tony Colombini

After his 1963 graduation from High School, a ’64 Tempest caught the eye of Pat Tobin. He knew someday he would have one. Four years later he was drafted. Upon leaving the military in 1970 he started goofing around with cars. A ‘64 Chevy SS, a ‘70 Challenger 340, yet the Tempest eluded him. Then marriage and a family came and the car hobby came to a crawl.

Fast forward to 1998, Pat’s oldest son Sean found a ’67 Firebird 400 in Riverside, CA. Father and son started tearing it apart as the youngest boy Devin, who was nine years old at the time, even got into it. That car ended up getting sold before restoration due to Pat’s job change. Read more ›

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OPGI Awarded Business of the Year For the Second Time

Once again, Original Parts Group had the honor of accepting ARMO’s coveted Business of the Year award at the 2017 SEMA Show. ARMO, which stands for Automotive Restoration Market Organization, is a council of the Specialty Equipment Market Association, better known as SEMA. Each year the award is presented to the company that has demonstrated exceptional service, integrity and business ethics, as well as made a commendable contribution to the restoration industry.

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Gary Hobbs & Mark Shannon’s 1967 GTO

Back in 1967, just before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps, Original Parts Group customer Gary Hobbs purchased a 1967 GTO. OPGI wasn’t around just yet, but read on and see where we come into play with this touching story.

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Celebrating Mike Christianson

We welcome you to celebrate the life of Michael Christianson. His Family will be hosting a fundraiser at Roscoe’s Famous Deli in Fullerton, on December 16th at 11:00 AM. They will be holding a raffle, silent auction, and car show to raise money for Michael’s wife, Yvette, and his two children, Ava and Jett. All proceeds plus 10% will go to the family. We encourage you to attend this worthy cause for this frequent OPGI visitor.

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