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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Cabover, May 5, 2012.

  1. Cabover
    Joined: Jun 19, 2006
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    Just stumbled on this today. Going to see the inside next week, says it's probably for sale..haven't got that far yet. Think it will look good in my driveway.
    Powered by a turbo Covair engine. Will know more about it soon, just thought you would like to see it, if you never knew about them.
     

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  2. 62rebel
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    what could be cooler as an RV than a Corvair Turbo-powered one.... that's definitely different! and something you do NOT see every day.

    hmmm.... Land Speed Record Motorhome Candidate?
     
  3. Willy301
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    That is wild lookin'. I hope you can score it, do you plan to paint it?
     
  4. But it's "Unsafe at any speed"...
     

  5. squirrel
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  6. sololobo
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    I see one something like it here in Omaha, and it was manufactured in Sioux City, Ia. Very cool looker there! ~sololobo~
     
  7. econopoor
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    from Jackson TN

  8. racer756
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  9. mashed
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    Sweet. They're constructed like an airplane with no chassis. Independent suspension front and rear. Supposed to easily cruise at 60mph and get 15mpg.
     
  10. OneBad56
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    Sorry to burst the bubble, they were not powered by a turbo corvair motor.

    Early production models were powered by a 2x1-bbl 110HP corvair motor and later years it was the 4x1-bbl 140HP motor.
     
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  11. captainjunk#2
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    still cool at any speed hope you get it
     
  12. pasadenahotrod
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    I'd buy it even if it needs an engine/drive transplant. A Toronado/Riviera/Eldorado dribetrain would wake it up.

    How about those great old motorhomes built by Clark Industries. Front drive/flat floor, low profile. Condor I think maight have been the name.
     
  13. Frankie47
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    from omaha ne.

    Blue and white Sololobo?
     
  14. don v.
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    Looks like it's already been modified, 110 hp is about it, I drove Monzas with that horsepower and they were ok, not sure about that drag coefficent and weight though.
     
  15. kidzintha34fodor
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    One of those sold here locally a couple of years ago, but it had a corvette IRS and a 327/powerglide set up. Check out the Revcon motorhomes! They were like the Clark Cortes, but built by a relative of the Airstream guy! I had a 73 with an olds toranado front drive and a 455. Fun and easy to drive! and rode faily smooth, not like a 1ton truck!
     
  16. cool but a downhill racer

    better move to Kansas or plan ahead for hills
     
  17. kleinbike
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    How about those great old motorhomes built by Clark Industries. Front drive/flat floor, low profile. Condor I think maight have been the name.[/QUOTE]

    Cortez. Built about as heavy duty as the forklifts Clark built.
     
  18. CutawayAl
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    I think they are cool. A friend of mine had one. His was low on power. He installed a later more powerful version of the turbo engine and modified that a little too. They were built by airplane guys. Like an airplane, they were made mostly of light gauge sheet aluminum. The suspension has large spherical rod end pivots. No matter what you do those wear, so keep an eye on them.
     
  19. Cabover
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    One Bad 56....This one has a turbo...someone must have put it on, but it's there...
     
  20. Fenders
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    Ha ha X2 !!!
     
  21. BadassBadger
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    from wisconsin

    them are really cool and really light! before they stopped making them they did come with the olds 455 but there are very few of them. i would like to have one of these someday.
    theres a group for ultra van owners
     
  22. Ray C's son
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    Very cool, never heard of them before. Good luck.

    KRH
     
  23. CutawayAl
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    from MI

    The Olds powered ones were a later, bigger, heavier unit, not the same as the pics posted by the OP. Some people did put different engines in them, but they would typically be adapted to the Corvair transaxle, so that sets the limit on power increase..
     

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