Have you ever done a BIG car project? There is that point where you’re working on it every day spending countless hours but it doesn’t look like anything is going on. You know, running brake lines, wiring, plumbing the gas tank—after a couple of weeks, it doesn’t look like much progress. That’s where we’re at with our project Corvair Spyder convertible we plan on bringing to the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Tom and Doug are moving along fast screwing it all back together, but it’s a little hard to show in pictures. Nonetheless, we’ve included some progress images and even a quick vid of the front end being reunited with the chassis, or more accurately reunited with the body tub. It’s close to getting the engine/transaxle stabb Read more ›
Dr. Oldsmobile was in the house! Yes, OPGI’s Spring-Summer Series continued with Olds taking center stage. We had around 40 Olds cars come to OPGI August 18, 2018, for the second-to-last installment of our successful Spring-Summer Series. Read more ›
Even to some Corvair experts the Spyder version of the Corvair is a mystery. And since the engine is what makes it different from everyday Corvairs, we can conclude it’s the engine that makes it a mystery. As Original Parts Group is almost ready for final assembly of our 1964 Corvair Spyder convertible, we thought we should at least touch on this mystery engine. So what’s the big deal? Read more ›
Original Parts Group serves all restorers—even 1967 Buick Skylark Funny Car restorers. That’s right. John Lipori owns this crazy Buick-powered 1967 Skylark that his dad built in 1967. It’s the only 1967 GS 400 and only Buick-powered Funny Car ever built. Read more ›
Our project Corvair Monza Spyder convertible is coming along, and we’re getting excited. We dropped off the rusty body at Elite Restoration in Bellflower, California, and now it has color! The mid-year “Goldwood Yellow” paint is already striking without the clear coat. Read more ›
Over 600 air-cooled Corvairs converged in Pittsburgh for the 48th International Corvair Convention July 23-28, 2018. Since Original Parts Group is getting ready to launch a full line of Corvair parts and components, we thought we’d check out what one of the largest Corvair gatherings was like. Read more ›
Our East Coast customers are the best, and they have it harder than the rest of us who restore old cars. Why? Take a look at the images of our stripped 1964 Corvair Spyder convertible to see what we mean. Purchased from the third owner in Long Island, New York, the rust is actually not as bad as we’ve seen in many east coast projects.
While our guys here at Original Parts Group worked on the getting the inside right, we sent the body off to Elite Restoration in Bellflower CA. As you can see in the gallery below, some pieces of the body were beyond repair. Luckily the guys over at Elite Restoration had a bit more leeway pulling sections from a ’62 Corvair junker acquired by OPGI. Next up, engine work, suspension, and brakes. Keep an eye out for our next blog post documenting the process of this build.
In the U.S., Chevy’s El Camino was the most successful at blending a passenger-car platform with the utility of a truck’s cargo bed. It was in production from 1964 through 1987, but its popularity continues today. So much so that one artist, Bob Luczun, decided that a 1986 El Camino would be the perfect car to turn into a tribute to the history of the United States. At 69 years old, Luczun began to hand paint iconic moments throughout U.S. history all over his El Camino, finishing at age 72. Luczun said, “The El Camino was perfect for my needs as an artist. The car will now live on forever, representing the history of the United States of America.”