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What are the pros and cons of the corvairs??

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by automatic, Apr 15, 2009.

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  1. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
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    Haha, OK point taken. I'm not the most educated on Corvairs. But when I come here, I look to see traditional customs and rods, and period race pieces. Not lowered Corvairs with mags, etc. Sure they may have handled better than the other GM and Ford barges of the era, and rightfully they should, they're a "sports car" as opposed to a full size sedan. Personally speaking, If I wanted a sports car of the era, I'd go for a Corvette. At least it's an American car being American as opposed to trying to be something else.

    I just don't see how a Corvair, absent extensive mechanical modification or otherwise, fits into anything on topic here
  2. racer756
    Joined: May 24, 2006
    Posts: 1,324


    I think Corvairs are a inexpensive way to learn about cars. I have a couple of '65 Corsa 140 models that I am building into one car. I personally think the late model Corvair (65-69) have a better body style than the early Camaros. One thing I have found about Corvair owners, they are a quirkey, dedicated bunch of car people, not unlike the people that come on here. lots of resources on the web for the Corvairs also, is a good place, and when you buy the car join CORSA, the owners club, it a valuble resource and it help point you to your local Corvair club.
    Let me know if you dont buy it, I might be interested, I've always wanted a truck.
  3. automatic
    Joined: Dec 24, 2008
    Posts: 7


    Wow, love'em or hate'em, no middle options:). Thanks for the input, so far it seems like parts availability is kinda poor. Could be a cool ride to haul the bikes around in,however, I drive an Edsel wagon so what do I know about cool.
  4. didnt know they made trucks. cant wait to see pic. local guy had a convert years ago. only one i ever saw in the flesh. cool car.
  5. Little Wing
    Joined: Nov 25, 2005
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    Little Wing
    from Northeast

    Really ?? wow now thats um....yeah
  6. metalshapes
    Joined: Nov 18, 2002
    Posts: 10,740

    Tech Editor

    Kinda strange, isn't it?

    Like a vegetarian giving advise about a Steak House Menu...
  7. Corvairs are great cars! I have had four, still have a 1965 Corsa turbo convertible. They are just as American as any other GM car, in fact GM came up with the 6 cyl boxer motor before Porsche. As with the other advice given regarding correct seals and gaskets, make sure the strut rod bushings in the rear are good. A bad one makes for an evil handling car, just like a Corvette. And the bushing is the same as a corvette. A tweak here and a tweak there and they can hold their own with most. Most "bad handling cars" are a result of a bad nut holding on the steering wheel.
  8. Bigchuck
    Joined: Oct 23, 2007
    Posts: 1,139

    from Austin, TX

    Pro: They don't make 'em anymore.
    Con: Engine is in the wrong end.
  9. 29nash
    Joined: Nov 6, 2008
    Posts: 4,544

    from colorado

    and......... a whole lot of people, including me, never-ever wanted one, edit- as a daily driver family car. -edit; :eek:

    Lots of success with the motor. I had a friend in '68 that put one in his VW camper-bus, got that hippy-wagon down the road at left-lane speeds.:D
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  10. The later cars are very nice handling! They have a great ride quality for what they are, and they are easy to work on.

    The early cars did have the swing-arm problems if you got the car really crazy, but they, too are pretty good little cars.

    Far as the trucks/Greenbriar vans go, my Dad had one when I was a kid. He had that maybe two years, because from new, it was a complete piece of shit. That thing always smelled of gasoline. I'm no fan of the Corvair trucks and vans. I'd own a car, though.

    ALL of them love to mark their territory!
  11. TomWar
    Joined: Jun 11, 2006
    Posts: 727


    in 1963, I built a 1960 corvair engine, bored out the exhaust to make it straight to the hedders that I built. Milled the intake manifold off, and welded a straight flat 1/2" plate on, then built a log manifold to hold 4 rochester 2 barrels. Clay Smith 280 cam,
    11-1 Jahns Pistons. I forgot the valves, 1 1/2" corvette exhaust for intake and F-85 Olds exhaust. I made an aluminum flywheel
    and had it bronze hard surfaced, and put it in a Porsche Speedster. 142 MPH. about 13.00 flat in the 1/4.
    very inpressive machine.
  12. metalshapes
    Joined: Nov 18, 2002
    Posts: 10,740

    Tech Editor

    Could you tell us a little more about that?

    I think that is Info I could use...
  13. zman
    Joined: Apr 2, 2001
    Posts: 16,565

    from Garner, NC

    sure they do, they make cool little customs, same as any early 60's ride, maybe bellflower style even... I really don't see how you could think they wouldn't be on topic.
  14. Von Rigg Fink
    Joined: Jun 11, 2007
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    Von Rigg Fink
    from Garage

    I think they look cool as hell..especially done up in race gear..
    Dont know much about them ..but i heard that they suffered from bad understeer? or was it oversteer? cant remember..but im sure it was one of those deals where once you got to know the handeling of that pretty much knew how to, or how not to drive it.

    oh and Ralf was a who the F was he anyways to say what was dangerous and what was not..just another dipshit the government listened to because he yelled louder than others at that time?
  15. TomWar
    Joined: Jun 11, 2006
    Posts: 727


    I originally had the flywheel hard anodized, but it didn't last long, there was a place in Oakland by Bruces tire co that did metal spray, and they sprayed the clutch surface with bronze.
    I then had to machine it, but it worked fine after that.
  16. torchmann
    Joined: Feb 26, 2009
    Posts: 787

    from Omaha, Ne

    Ralph Nadar...political opportunist and pro bureaucracy advocate. If he had his way...

    I drove a buddies corvair monza spyder turbo. awsome ride
  17. metalshapes
    Joined: Nov 18, 2002
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    Tech Editor


    I'll have to find out if there is anybody doing that around here...

  18. I saw this little late-type coupe at a road race I attended last summer. It was brutally fast...sbc in the backseat!

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  19. scotzz
    Joined: Aug 12, 2008
    Posts: 42


    Grab it..............good support for parts/tech.................ain't too many rampsides around...................
  20. rick finch
    Joined: May 26, 2008
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    rick finch

    Snag it...........can be different, useful & fun!
  21. plywude
    Joined: Nov 3, 2008
    Posts: 700

    Member Emeritus
    from manteca ca

    I had a ramp side in the late 60's a kick to drive it spun out twice on me the second time in the rain messed up my shorts and I sold it to a stoner who was f...ed up all the time and always thought he was doing 65 when he was trucking about 20... he never had a problem....but about the fan belt they will never break if you carry an extra one at all times, they only break if you don't have one when you're driving at night and 50 miles from a station........:D
    Joined: Nov 22, 2005
    Posts: 7,592

    from SIDNEY, NY

    I figured. Kind of like my nephew; he's never eaten carrots, but he knows that they're no good. Everyone to his own taste, but don't base opinions on National Enquirer type "evidence". As for them not belonging in a pre-1965 forum, what makes Falcons and Valiants all right? Front engines? Better not see any talk about them Tuckers on here either! Goddamned commie cars!
  23. Shifty Shifterton
    Joined: Oct 1, 2006
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    Shifty Shifterton

    For the record, carrots are in fact, no good.

    Corvairs however are awesome. They'll totally get you laid. She might be a little nerdy, but hey, some of us go for that librarian look.

    Convert to a late model electric fan and alternator to put the belt in one plane of motion and increase engine cooling without charging issues. Don't look back.

    Good luck!
  24. atch
    Joined: Sep 3, 2002
    Posts: 4,438


    i quit reading after the 30th reply, so forgive me if i repeat something.

    my first car (in '67 or '68) was a 64 monza; 2-dr; 4-sp; etc.

    later on i had a '66 corvette; roadster w/ both tops; 4-sp; etc.

    i've had a ton of other cars over the years.

    only the corvette would out corner the corvair.

    i'd have another someday if all the stars lined up just right.

    the ramp-sides are cool. i'd snag a good bodied one in a heartbeat.
  25. .manny
    Joined: Nov 12, 2008
    Posts: 136


    heres a pic of one near me

    Joined: Nov 22, 2005
    Posts: 7,592

    from SIDNEY, NY

    You're biased; Iowa is more into corn.
  27. xsteve
    Joined: Dec 22, 2008
    Posts: 52

    from puyallup

    this is the coolest one i've ever seen...awesome.
  28. 47 Ford Panel
    Joined: Aug 10, 2006
    Posts: 60

    47 Ford Panel

    Go ahead and grab the rampside. It will make you a cool shop truck. I drove a 66 coupe in college in the early 80s. It had a 455 Oldsmobile motor stuffed into the back seat. I never lost a race on the street. I sold it when I got married and the guy won't sell it back to me.
  29. phukinartie
    Joined: Oct 8, 2008
    Posts: 965


    That is COOL!!!
  30. When I was younger, my mom told me her and my father almost rolled a corvair and that was when I learned about nader. Corvairs are cool, especially gasser style

    I own a '62 pontiac tempest and it has the "a arm coil over shock rear suspension rear transmission gm pot smoking let's try this and see how it works" set up. And it handles better than any car I own. The gm experimental cars are fun. I still have the slant 4 cyl engine too. Damn commie cars :)
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