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Old 09-07-2006, 07:19 AM
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Another project....

My dad is one of those guys that has a very unique classic car that he is determined to hold on to. He has a 1963 Chevrolet Corvair. It has a flat 6 in it. I'm sure you all know that. Well, I am working on widdling my father down so I can get it from him. Some days he is willing to give it to me, other days he laughs at me. lol Oh, I will get this car.

Well, is there anyway to hot-rod a flat six engine? I would rather keep the original engine in it. Should I just restore it, or could I hot-rod it?

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Old 09-07-2006, 07:38 AM
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Depends on your tastes, but some consider the early Corvairs quite collectible. Personally I like the 66-67 Corvairs as they were the precursor to the first generation Camaros. If I remember correctly there was a 180hp version offered that ran pretty strong. I have a cousin whose parents had a 67 140hp 4 speed Corvair that ran pretty good also.

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Old 09-07-2006, 07:52 AM
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I have seen a turbo equipped Corvair. There are several things that can be done to them for better performance. I knew a couple of guys in Houston, TX that lived and breathed Corvairs. One had several and his family all drove 'em.

You might google corvair and most likely can find some web sites for those that like them.
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I actually owned 5 Corvairs at one time, one driver and 4 parts cars.

Biggest drawback to them is the oil leakage issues from the pushrod tubes, and the aluminum engines are hard to get sealed properly. My driver was a spyder convertible, and I removed the turbo because it was trashed.

There is some hop up stuff out there, and these engines were popular in dune buggies and baja bugs. (ala the Thomas Crown Affair movie)

Even in stock form they are pretty peppy, but early vairs had that rear wheel tuck under condition as outlined in Ralph Naders book, Deadly at any speed.
I loved mine though, and only got rid of it because I threw a belt and blew the engine.

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