<VV> Hood and trunk lettering
whubbell at umich.edu
Fri Nov 29 06:49:24 EST 2019
OK, so the car was built the last week of September 1963, which makes it a very early 1964 and it would definitely have had the push-in letters on the trunk lid (not the screw-on), so that is consistent with there being no access holes in the braces.
Actually, I think it is HIGHLY probably that a P.O. removed the letters and filled in the holes, just did a lousy job of it. As to why? Many folks did this because they just didn’t like messing with the letters - keeping them clean and shiny is difficult - especially with a daily driver.
> On Nov 28, 2019, at 10:19 PM, Hugo Miller via VirtualVairs <virtualvairs at corvair.org> wrote:
The plot thickens! The build year is 09E. I didn't include that because I didn't know it was there - so thanks for telling me about it. But when I went out with a flashlight to look at it, I found that I could see the impressions of the letters in the paint where the 'Corvair' letters had been, both front and back. I find it highly improbably that somebody would have filled in the holes and yet left these impressions visible. And there is absolutely no sign of any filling either on top or underneath. Aside from being improbable, it is a heck of a lot of work to little purpose, to do the job properly.
Did any of these cars have stick-on letters?
> On 2019-11-28 21:38, William Hubbell wrote:
> Two possibilities - either somebody swapped hood lids or filled in
> the holes.
> Note that the very early 1964 lids had push-in letters so there were
> no access holes in the braces.
> You still haven’t told us the build date of your car - look at the
> fisher body tag on the rear frame rail in the engine compartment.
> There should be a three digit code (two numbers and one letter) in the
> upper left corner of the tag. The numbers indicate the month and the
> letter indicates the week when Fisher built the body. So for example,
> 09C means the third week of September (which for a 1964 model would’ve
> been 1963). The VIN does not provide the build date.
> Harmonic Balancers were only installed on the high performance
> (110/150 HP) engines - not on 95HP. You didn’t tell us which engine
> you have. However, lots of parts may have been switched or replaced
> after 55 years.
>>> On Nov 28, 2019, at 9:20 PM, Hugo Miller via VirtualVairs <virtualvairs at corvair.org> wrote:
> No holes anywhere on mine. Not even any holes in the brace piece (in
> the front of the front trunk) to access the holes. I'm beginning to
> wonder whether somebody has swapped the VIN? It has no damper on the
> engine, but it has the transverse spring on the back. It has the later
> front 'grille' emblem & side emblems, so who knows?
> Frankly I don't much care - it's a Nevada or Arizona car and, apart
> from a couple of pin holes in the front floor pans, there is no rust
> on it anywhere, and that is what counts.
>>> On 2019-11-24 00:56, FrankDuVal via VirtualVairs wrote:
>> Someone either replaced the lids with 61 to 63 items, or filled in
>> the holes where the letters mount. Early 64 production had a foam
>> inside the trunk lid, which caused the letter area to rust out. Later
>> production had nuts on the bottom of the trunk lid holding the letters
>> Frank DuVal
>>> On 11/23/2019 11:41 PM, Hugo Miller via VirtualVairs wrote:
>>> I have four 1964 convertibles. Three have 'CORVAIR' on both the back & front of the car. The fourth has neither. Does anybody know the significance of this? The one without the lettering is a 900 made in Willow Run & I believe is about the eighteen thousandth off the production line (VIN is 40967W 118001).
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