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Stock Is... Article Index

Beginning in January 1987, Larry Claypool (with the help of an occasional guest writer) published a wonderful series of Corvair restoration articles under the banner "Stock Is...".  The articles appeared in nearly every issue of the CORSA Communique magazine for six consecutive years and covered an amazing amount of territory. 

Here is a list of all the "Stock Is..." articles that were published in the CORSA Communique magazine.  If you are a CORSA member, you can look them up in our online Communique archives.  Larry believes it is complete. However, he notes that additional information has surfaced since they were written so many years ago. Some statements in the articles may not apply to all the years noted.

We thank "Corvair Kid" Kent Sullivan for taking the time and effort to prepare the list.  It also also appears on his personal website at http://www.corvairkid.com/stock-is.htm

Issue Category Topic(s)
Jan-87 side view tire sizes and styles
Feb-87 front end (trunk) paint, master cylinders, screw caps, insulation, emblems, decals, jack, spare, lug wrench, mats, rubber seals
Mar-87 front end headlight bezels, parking lamp lenses, headlamps, side marker lights, emblems, horns, valence panel, paint
Apr-87 side view wheel covers and hub caps, wire wheels
May-87 side view wheel well trim, rocker panel moldings
Jun-87 side view wheel covers revisited, emblems, belt trim, pinstripes, window trim, two-tone trim, door edge guards, gas door guards
Jul-87 national convention preparation operations check (judging)
Aug-87 side view outside rear view mirrors
Sep-87 national convention post-mortem various goofs concours competitors made
Oct-87 front end trunk paint and headlight buckets revisited
Oct-87 side view rocker panel moldings and tires revisited
Oct-87 rear end rear air grille, tailpipes, stone guards
Nov-87 rear end license plate lamp
Dec-87 rear end more on rear air grilles, tail light lenses and housings, backup light lenses and housings
Jan-88 engine compartment deck lid, latches, weatherstrips, seals, insulation and clips
Feb-88 engine compartment paint color, plugs, insulation, voltage regulators, wiring harness
Mar-88 engine compartment batteries, hold-downs, cables, vent caps, trays
Apr-88 engine compartment deck lid weatherstrips revisited, oil coolers, crankshaft pulleys
May-88 none none
Jun-88 engine compartment decals
Jul-88 engine compartment carburetors, belt guards, dipsticks and grommets, shroud bolts, generators, alternators, cooling fans, shroud paint, ignition parts, fan belts, A/C equipment
Aug-88 engine compartment ground straps, radio condensers, shroud bolts revisited, oil pressure switches, oil filler caps, fuel pumps, fuel lines, carburetor linkage; turbo specialties: heat shields, fuel lines, gas filters, etc.
Sep-88 none none
Oct-88 national convention post-mortem shroud bolts, decals, rear shelf cardboard, air cleaner elements, generator mounting
Nov-88 rear end exhaust, mufflers
Dec-88 engine compartment engine shroud bolts, damper doors, heater shrouds, oil pans, valve covers
Jan-89 engine compartment engine shrouds revisited, transaxles, backup light switches
Feb-89 underbody paint, bolts, hose clamps, suspensions, heater hoses, undercoating
Mar-89 interior dash pads, radio enclosures, ashtrays, instrument cluster plates, knobs, Powerglide shift knobs
Apr-89 side view van mirrors
Apr-89 interior instrument cluster plates revisited
Apr-89 underbody paint and undercoating revisited
May-89 interior instrument cluster screws, radios, clocks
Jun-89 interior radios continued (late model)
Jul-89 interior stereo multiplexes, tape players
Aug-89 engine compartment turbo specialties revisited
Sep-89 none none
Oct-89 interior doors, door panels, armrests
Nov-89 interior seat upholstery
Dec-89 interior seat belts
Jan-90 interior head rests
Feb-90 interior seat upholstery revisited, carpets, mats
Mar-90 interior seat belts revisited, inside rear view mirrors, visor vanity mirrors
Apr-90 interior package area cardboard
May-90 interior headliners
Jun-90 interior steering wheels, steering columns
Jul-90 interior headliners revisited, door sill plates
Aug-90 accessories luggage racks
Sep-90 none none
Oct-90 national convention post-mortem rear grille paint, decals, etc.
Nov-90 interior steering wheels revisited
Nov-90 accessories courtesy lamps, warning lamps, engine lamps, trunk lamps
Dec-90 accessories taxi packages, police packages
Jan-91 accessories tissue dispensers
Feb-91 accessories litter containers
Mar-91 accessories (early) locking gas caps, accelerator pedal covers, seat cushion covers, seat cushions, license plate frames, compasses, rear seat luggage compartment covers, rear door safety locks, coat hooks, glareshades
Apr-91 none none
May-91 accessories (early) ventshades, trailer hitches
May-91 accessories (late) locking gas caps, seat belt retractors, compasses, seat cushions, license plate frames, trailer hitches, emergency flashers, rear door safety locks
Jun-91 accessories (unattached) spotlights, toolkits, appearance kits, tool kits, fire extinguishers, highway emergency kits
Jul-91 accessories (FC) spotlights, other lights, Loadside platforms, arm rests, bed rails, clocks
Aug-91 accessories (FC) tables, screens, Greenbrier camper
Sep-91 none none
Oct-91 engine compartment oil filters
Nov-91 owners' surveys kickoff
Dec-91 none none
Jan-92 engine compartment oil filters revisited
Jan-92 front end head lamps
Feb-92 none none
Mar-92 none none
Apr-92 owners' surveys 1963 results
May-92 none none
Jun-92 none none
Jul-92 none none
Aug-92 accessories FOA, RPO, LPO, and COPO defined; Deluxe Equipment, Comfort and Convenience, and Custom Feature Accessories discussed; reference books discussed
Sep-92 none none
Oct-92 owners' surveys 1963 results revisited, 1969 results
Nov-92 none none
Dec-92 none none
Jan-93 owners' surveys 1966 results (also revisits decoding accessory information, which applies to 1963)