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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by dons t, Jun 19, 2007.
Corvair XP 737
My 66 "Corvette" as my grandson has always called it was also dual carb 2-2bbl 110 auto with the PG and no park just the Reverse-N-D-L on the dash,i had to use Parking Barke in neutral to keep it from rolling down the road on it's own. It was just a cool little car my wife children and grandson really enjoyed riding around in it during the summer. It sure would be nice to have it back again. It wasn't the best on today's gas but would get up and go quite well for being all original and 70k miles+ on the old girls air cooled engine and someone's ugly back yard paint job LOL... They do remind me of a Mini Corvette! I've always wondered if that's where part of It's name came from plus being "air" cooled Cor/v/air?? Just a Cool Car... My oldest sister had a sweet little 66 Monza 2+2 4 speed, I was about 13 years old when she had her beige two door Sports Car w/header's and that was one fast little Hot Rod as she always called her Corvair.
A gentleman in Bangor Michigan Owens several Corvair's He use to have a gas station (closed now down town) and use to race and nice strip racer Corvair with hopped up engine and a big custom rear scoop that came over the top of the rear window looks really cool. His four or more Corvair's have been setting in the same parking lot at the closed gas station for over 30 year's but that race car still looks like the bee's knees to me... I'll try and get some pictures of his Corvair's it may take a few days. I have a picture of my blue Corvair with my first grandchild "Bobcat" at the wheel looking really Cool...
The old gentleman in Bangor Michigan must of sold most of the old race car Corvair's only one was still there. I know this is a very old Post but it brings back memories...
Corvair, the car you always wished you still had.
HRP, cool pic!!
Photobucket still doing weird stuff...
I had to replace the heads due to a busted water jacket. I ordered a set of aluminum heads ( bigger runners, smaller chambers, bigger valves...………..you know, the shit you don't need after the age of 70 !!! Got my parts together, drank a case of Red Bull, got wings...……….enjoy
And now for something completely different; a 1961 Corvair sedan made out to look like a Police car. Of course the Castle Rock reference is from a TV show (Twin Peaks?). Yes, it has lights. Yes, it has a siren. No, you can't use them on any roadways as that would be a very bad thing. But I can cruise the cruise night parking lots and have some fun...
What transaxle are you using?
TH425 out of a 73 El Dorado...3:07 gears…….at least it's a posi unit
That's what I figured. What mods did you make? Are they outlined here somewhere, and I missed them? This is, after all, a twelve(!) year old thread...
Did you take out the rear glass for access? Trying to figure the two openings.
NO, I didn't do a build thread here. I did a build thread on the old DOGFIGHT website but that is all gone now. I had a local shop do the trans. manual shift body, bigger sprags and heavy duty clutches. a little heavier convertor ( 2800 stall )
WE did take the back glass out to do the work. We are so pleased with how easy everything was to reach, we are contemplating changing the back window over to lexan and using Zeus fastners to hold it in place at the bottom and some older hatch hinges ( 3rd gen Camaro ) at the top
The rubber seal around the opening you can see in the video is the seal for the lexan cover that covers the engine. The front of the engine doghouse also has a lexan panel. No hiding sloppy build shit. before the new carbs and heads, this is what it looks like through the driver's side window
How did you lock the steering, or do all four steer like a monster truck ?
All wheel steering...……
We stopped use of Caddy parts at the flanges. We used the stock trailing arms....boxed!!Coil overs and home spun toe adjust and bottom control arms. the half shafts are part caddy and part corvair...………...10 5/16 inches long
Community Safety at Any Speed!
I realize that FOMOCO supplied cars for Mayberry RFD but this car has Barney Fife written all over it.
A TH425 is almost completely a TH400, in terms of rotating parts.
The one-way parts are installed backwards.
It is really a lot like the engineers took a razor blade to the blueprint, and rearranged existing parts.
Be careful with that car..! If your engine has any power at all, your front tires won't spend much time on the asphalt.
Years back, I went with my brother to look at a whole Olds swap into a 67 Corvair. 425 Trans. axle and engine.
The owner told my brother not to floor the gas pedal until they were on a straight road. The guy finally let my brother hit the gas hard. We were all looking at nice blue sky after he did..!
And this was a STOCK Olds engine. Sure, it had 425 some cubic inches, but it was...stock. No headers, no fancy aluminum intake manifold, no big Holley carburetor...
Just a heads up...
IMHO, there has been no post-war American car with better styling than the second series Corvair coupe.
First plc - Yenko Stinger, one of about 50 Corvair-based road racing sports cars.
Second pic - Corvair drag racer, seen a few weeks ago at the Orange/Sterling MA Nostalgia Drags.
Third pic - German NSU TT 1200, a reduced scale copy of the early Corvair.
Fourth pic - Bobsy sports racer, powered by a Yenko Stinger 3 liter Corvair engine.
Spruce them up a bit
This one is in our local scrap yard
Here is a Corvair-powered dune buggy set up for drag racing. The engine is a 1964 Corvair 110 HP 6 cylinder with a 2-speed Powerglide transaxle. The front end is VW torsion bar with spindle mount tires (no brakes!). Today we got it running again and hope to do some testing before the summer is over.
I bought a 65 Corvair convertible three years ago to set on the back burner. Id really love to have it on the road for next summer. I have had zero luck finding someone to rebuild the 110 that's in there. Im not looking for any kind of performance I'm just looking to have a fun little car I can reliably cruise in coast to coast and everywhere in between. Its a powerglide auto car. Ive talked to club folks and internet people looking to find someone to do a high quality job on a rebuild, zero luck. I even had the president of one of the clubs, sorry don't remember which it was. Older sounding fella give me a call and tell me the best thing to do is drive mine until it dies (its dead) and then just find a used motor somewhere and swap it out ... Weird.
Have you contacted these folks?
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