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Old 07-18-2004, 08:12 PM
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1966 corvair conv.

my folks bought a 1966 corvair conv. today.
it has some sort of weird looking V6 in it. i was wondering if anyone had any info on these cars and that engine, say hp rating, reliability etc....
not looking to keep it, just got a good deal on it and am looking to flop it after a little cleaning and such. it had been sitting in a garage for the last 9 years, but is a pretty clean little ol car.

side note: the guy said that it had 260hp from the factory. i don't know why, but that seems a little hard to believe.....

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Old 07-18-2004, 08:20 PM
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That's supposed to be a flat six. Air cooled too. 260hp seems a little much to me as well.

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Old 07-18-2004, 08:29 PM
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There was a turbo version. Put some weight in the front to keep it from wandering all over the road. Dan
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Old 07-18-2004, 08:54 PM
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If it's the Spyder version(turbo) it is worth a bit to collectors.

I was around when these things were built and they were the worst handling POS that GM sold. Almost got killed in a Spyder convert. Old Nader was correct with "Unsafe at any Speed" and a terrible Northern Michigan car. They got around in the slippery, A OK, but the snow would pack up inside the body and you couldn't steer or stop. The ice and snow would also pull all the wiring and lines down from under the center floor hump and drag goodies down the road as you went... Hard to believe it was engineered in Michigan!!!
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i think it is a flat head.
its just freaking weird. it has two carbs, one over each head, the engine itself i can't figure how it would even work because of how "flat' it is and it has some sort of fan looking thing on top of the engine that is belt driven, hell maybe that is the turbo? but it damn sure doesn't look like one.
i'll be picking it up here in a few days and will post some pics.
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Originally posted by akm i think it is a flat head.
its just freaking weird.


Just think VW Beetle engine with two extra cylinders.

Larry
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Old 07-18-2004, 09:44 PM
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i've been doing a little checking on it.
and well, that fan on top of the engine is some type of cooling fan and damn sure isn't a turbo.
and it damn sure didn't have 260 hp, haven't found out exactly how much, but somewhere around 110 to 140hp.
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Just think VW Beetle engine with two extra cylinders.

Larry

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corvair stuff

http://corvair.us/cgi-bin/stories/index.html
http://corvaircentral.com/
http://www.corvaircorsa.com/
http://www.corvaircorsa.com/links03.html
http://www.corvairproject.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl
http://autoxer.skiblack.com/supplier.html
http://www.harlandsharp.com/originalseries3.htm
http://www.automotive-links.com/mak/che/vai.htm
http://www.cardomain.com/member_page...&model=Corvair <~~ pics

did someone say they needed a V8


and here's a V8 site http://www.corvair.org/chapters/v8vairs/
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