The Ideal Backyard?

 

It Just Goes On and On...

 

 

 

 

 

I travel to the Gettysburg, Pennsylvania area once or twice a year for non-Corvair reasons.  A few years ago, I decided to drop by the Corvair Ranch because, well, I had to.

On my first visit, I forgot my camera.  This past October, I didn’t make the same mistake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My reaction on my most recent trip was the same as on my first: I couldn’t believe it.  I’m told there are over 500 Corvairs sitting in the middle of Jeff Stonesifer’s rolling farmland.  They are organized in groups of Earlies, Lates, Lakewoods, and Greenbriers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On my visit, Jeff told me that, even though he now employs several full-time mechanics, he’s had to cut back on his advertising in the CORSA Communique to allow him to catch up on his backlog of restoration and repair work.  As the owner of two of these special cars, it gives me a secure feeling to know that:

  • There are plenty of parts available from a reliable guy; and
     
  • His business is a smashing success.

On this trip, I packed a Corsa horn button, kick-panel vent grille, seat belt boot, and a few other odds and ends into my carry-on bag for the flight home.  As a thrifty Corvair owner, I was happy to save on the shipping.

 

 

 

 

 

Rather than give you a blow-by-blow description of everything there is to see at the Corvair Ranch, I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves.  As always, you can click on any photo to see a full-size version.

Let’s start our tour in the Early Models section...

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Next, we’ll take a walk further back through the Late Models

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The Greenbrier area is testimony to the hardworking origins of these trucks.  While walking, I mentioned to a non-Corvair buddy who went with me that the largest single purchaser of Greenbriers had been the telephone company.  We noticed the example on the right moments later.

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The photos below are mostly Early Models, but they do a good job of showing the depth and extent of the cars and parts available at the Corvair Ranch.  It’s Corvairs as far as the eye can see in the picture in the middle.

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There’s a little bit of everything at the Corvair Ranch...

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...including more Lakewoods than I’ve ever seen in one place.

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The photos below were taken closer to the Corvair Ranch’s shop area.  The first shows a flatbed rig used to fetch and move donor cars.  The second is a pile (literally) of engine/transmission cores.  The last photo shows more cars and, on the left, the high-ceiling garage where serious restoration work is done.  Next time I go, I’ll take more pictures of the garage area.

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The Corvair Ranch is located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  If you’re going to be in the area, call them at 717-624-2805 or email them.  It’s worth the trip.