With politics heating up in the US of A, I was reworking my joke about Ralph Nader promising to bring back the Corvair if elected. But apparently, he’s not running for president this time. In any event, I came across an article about Nader and the Corvair that sheds a new light on his book, the car, and automotive safety. Perhaps he wasn’t such a bad guy afterall.
In the words of Volvo’s founding fathers, “Cars are driven by people. Therefore the guiding principle behind everything we make at Volvo is – and must remain – safety.” I get that … but couldn’t somebody bring back the Corvair anyway?
After three months of work (and too much money) the white 1966 Chevy Corvair 500 coupe got to the point that it was running and drivable. I was able to drive it to work three days last week. But the rattling flywheel was something that would have required more work than I was willing to do. So, last weekend, I sold the car to a young man who had been looking for a good project car. After a careful explanation of the problems and a test drive, Ricardo agreed to purchase the car for a reasonable price.
It was with mixed emotions that I watched him drive it away. It was a good looking car and the kids loved it. But it was not a car that I would have driven during the winter. And I’m not one to keep a car in the garage for any extended period of time. Cars are meant to be driven! So, on to the next project. Speaking of projects … once I finish a few projects around the house, I’ll talk things over with the family and see about getting another car — this time a daily driver.
Above: The 5th Grade Class of Mentor Christian School