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Old 03-05-2008, 08:19 PM
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Since you asked, I consider the Corvair to be almost as big of a piece of doggy-doo as the VW that it imitated. That being said, I consider the later body style to be rather attractive, done up right. The earlier ones are fugly beyond help, IMO. I wouldn't have one of these w/o a real chassis and engine under it though.
This wasn't Chevrolet's crowning moment, IMO.

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Old 03-06-2008, 06:21 AM
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The corvair was the most radical car GM ever produced. The 2 problems early models had were oil leaks & a swing axel. Oil leaks today are corrected by using Viton seals & the handling problem was corrected w/a added tranverse spring in 64 & then w/a total redesign in 65.

Over the years I have had around 25 streetrods & 6 corvairs. I love them all, however the Corvairs are cheaper(I bought a Convertible last May for $1200)
It's a very pleasant car to drive. What other GM convertible can you buy for that kind of money. This was a driving car needing dent repairs.

As far as being ugly here is a pic of mine...you be the judge.
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oil leakers

There was a problem with the thermostat bellows that opened and closed the cooling air flappers...and backing into something would damage them....then the engine would over heat ande ruin the oil seals and the back end would be covered with and oil film..VW can fog oil also... a good set up on the later design suspension with good tires, my friends supercharged one always got a good test drive after i worked on it.... and they look a little like the early camero's ad a grill to the front.. and half the kids wouldn't know the difference...I had the swing axle suspension under one of my buggies and with big tires it would get hard to handle on bumpy highway roads
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Beauty and Ugly is in the eyes of the beholder. As gasoline prices go higher and higher, my Fugly 66 Corvair Convertible looks better and better when it gets 25 mpg. By the way, the 66 Mustang convertible we did for my Bud's daughter is sitting beside it in the shop and guess which one is the better looking car. Except for the mild rumble of the 289, The Fugly out classes The Stang in every way.

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There was a problem with the thermostat bellows that opened and closed the cooling air flappers...and backing into something would damage them....then the engine would over heat ande ruin the oil seals and the back end would be covered with and oil film.
If the thermostatic bellows fail, they do so in the open position so as to not overheat the engine. If you were to damage them by backing into something, you would have had to displace the entire engine, since they're located about half the length of the cylinder head from the end. The original O rings were made of neoprene and they failed after getting hard from the oil and heat. The use of Viton O rings cured that problem ages ago.

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~Turbochargers~ were available on Corvairs from 1962 through the 1966 model year.

Corvair owner since 1967.

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Here is another interesting corvair.

http://www.corvaircorsa.com/V-12-01.html

Lots of interesting engineering info in this website.
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I responded to this thread some time ago--since then, I sold my '64 vair convertible, just too much money needed to finish it. This January I bought a '60 sedan for $1800, and it is in very good shape.

As far as the handling, power, etc., I picked it up and drove it 100 miles home. It was running on the rich side, but I was still doing 70 mph on the beltway around Washington D.C., and the little car was nimble in passing and accelerating through that brutal traffic.

I can't imagine it being unsafe unless you think you are on a road course and try to drive it like a Porshe---it just was not designed for that purpose. I found it very easy to drive---just put 10 lbs less air in the front tires, and that solves the pushing problem. Besides, radial tires today are MUCH better than anything in the 60's, and make it very stable on the curves.

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This January I bought a '60 sedan for $1800, and it is in very good shape.
A '60 sedan? In Corvair circles you'd be known as a "Caveman".

If you're from Orange, you must know Garland.

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I haven't met Garland (Morris), but people keep telling me about his Corvairs. I hope to get to know more Covair owners in the area.

As far as being a "caveman" goes, I've always been a little behind times---but at least the car is 2-door, not 4-door I may have got coupe and sedan mixed up

I'll try to post a picture of my car--thanks for the reply!

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I think the "caveman" designation goes with any '60 Corvair. I've got 2 late models right now myself... a '65 Monza convertible and a '66 500 coupe. Unfortunately, they've degenerated into "project" cars... too many things going on right now. There aren't that many Corvairs around here. Are you a member of the Corvair Society of America (CORSA)?
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No, I haven't joined Corsa, but I am thinking about joining a club here in central Virginia.

By the way, I'll gladly be called caveman I was just very fortunate to find such an old Corvair in such great shape.

The previous owner tried to create a custom out of the car; if you notice from my picture there are no door handles. He "shaved" them (said he welded plugs in) but just filled the holes with bondo. I'm going to put handles back on. He also shaved the mirror and antenna, and I will put them back on too.

Hope you get back to restoring your corvairs. Maybe we'll meet on the road someday

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Unfortunately, there aren't any local CORSA chapters really close by... Fairfax, VA Beach, Mechanicsville, Bedford, Prince George, etc.
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