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Clark Hartzel

1963 Corvan



The Story: I'll let Clark tell it: "I don't have a red Corsa (used to!!!) but here is my '63 Corvan on 4 jackstands getting new brake hoses and steel lines. Being "retired," I don't have any schedule as to when it will be back on the road.

"I bought this van a few years ago on eBay. It came from Louisville, KY and was last used as a plumber's truck. I stripped all the cabinets for pipe fittings out of the inside and then tried to fix it up mechanically. It hadn't been driven in 20 years and had a half tank of skunky gas still in it. There was 3/4" of rock hard varnish in the bottom of the tank and the sending unit rusted completely away! I put a later 110HP engine and a 4-speed in it but the 'select used' transmission I picked is bad. It howls like a banshee in 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Not too bad in 4th gear but it will have to come out and be replaced by the next 'select used' trans I find in the pile.

"I don't plan on keeping it as I have gone back to being a dune buggy guy and want to build a Corvair powered sand dragster this winter. You could own this fine vehicle if I ever get it back on the road!

"Yes, it came with no windows on the back or right side doors. Impossible to see out of the thing!!! I bought some Greenbrier doors with windows for the back and side but if I put them on I'll have to repaint the truck! It was originally blue and somebody painted it green with a white stripe. I have no clue what the color or type of paint is so if I change the doors I'll probably have to paint it a different color again.

"The body is really nice and it deserves to be finished by somebody. The only patch panels I could find were the front floor and they were replaced by steel and welded in. All the rockers, fenders and other panels look original. It is not as good as it looks in pictures but still better than most! Not too many of these 'weird' vehicles left."



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