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Today 12:24 AM
Dave57210 1915 Packard "twin six" (12 cyl)?
05-17-2016 08:18 AM
boothboy This thread has slowed down so I'll ask a easy one.

What was the first American production automobile to use Aluminum pistons? Year and manufacturer.

BB
05-12-2016 05:49 AM
CrashFarmer2
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Originally Posted by jaxx22 View Post
Corvair is correct. Neither Cord nor Franklin featured independent rear suspension.


Question - didn't the Tucker have independent rear suspension ?
Yes they did.

Tucker rear suspension rubber torsion tube(left) and Sandwich type front suspension(right) used on cars #10011025.



05-11-2016 08:05 PM
jaxx22 Corvair is correct. Neither Cord nor Franklin featured independent rear suspension.


Question - didn't the Tucker have independent rear suspension ?
05-11-2016 01:35 PM
MARTINSR
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Originally Posted by ntfday View Post
Did you ever drive one? My step father bought a 60 when they first came out and it was driven to Florida in 60 and 61 on spring break. I turned 16 in 59 and helped him drive both times as my mother didn't drive. On the way back in 60 we were going threw the Great Smokey Mountains and I was at the wheel when we got to the hair pin turn about half way through. I took it at the speed limit and had no problems. The only problem that I know of was the main electrical connector behind the instrument would come apart with no warning and left the car immobile. It did it to me on the way home in 61 on the West Virginia Turnpike and again to my step father some where around Chillicothie Ohio. When we got home to Dayton my step father took it to the dealer and had it fixed.
It was a great little car and Ralph Nader in my book is a certified a**hole.
I understand all this, but taking the corner fast isn't the same as the wheel hitting something on that curve and folding under the car sending the car flipping! We can't look at it as we do now, are you kidding me, those are one of the coolest little cars ever! I DIG them and will check them out every time at a car show. But back then, it just didn't react the same as cars with solid axles.

My dad use to call the Corvair a "Poor man's Porsche."

Brian
05-11-2016 01:09 PM
ntfday
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Originally Posted by 496CHEVY3100 View Post
I liked to drive the corvair also,my dad bought a new63 Monza with an automatic,,didn't care for the auyomatic,,and I have had several 63-67 including 1 Spyder, if you add the anti sway bars from a spyder or aftermarket the are really Fun oi drive.
And IIFC, the turbo ones were fairly quick. I rolled a 62 in Camp Pendleton in 65, not the car's fault, I fell asleep, went off the road and caught a ditch on an angle and it flipped and rolled. I came out with about a dozen stitches in the back of my head. Must have had a guardian angel looking over me.
05-11-2016 12:40 PM
496CHEVY3100 I liked to drive the corvair also,my dad bought a new63 Monza with an automatic,,didn't care for the auyomatic,,and I have had several 63-67 including 1 Spyder, if you add the anti sway bars from a spyder or aftermarket the are really Fun oi drive.
05-11-2016 11:51 AM
ntfday
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Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
The problem with that early Corvair is the rear suspension was a "swing axle" and not a true "independent" rear like a Vette has for instance. When the car hit a corner hard and the inside raised up it would flip the car over.

Brian
Did you ever drive one? My step father bought a 60 when they first came out and it was driven to Florida in 60 and 61 on spring break. I turned 16 in 59 and helped him drive both times as my mother didn't drive. On the way back in 60 we were going threw the Great Smokey Mountains and I was at the wheel when we got to the hair pin turn about half way through. I took it at the speed limit and had no problems. The only problem that I know of was the main electrical connector behind the instrument would come apart with no warning and left the car immobile. It did it to me on the way home in 61 on the West Virginia Turnpike and again to my step father some where around Chillicothie Ohio. When we got home to Dayton my step father took it to the dealer and had it fixed.
It was a great little car and Ralph Nader in my book is a certified a**hole.
05-11-2016 11:35 AM
496CHEVY3100
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Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
The problem with that early Corvair is the rear suspension was a "swing axle" and not a true "independent" rear like a Vette has for instance. When the car hit a corner hard and the inside raised up it would flip the car over.

Brian
Yea the Corvair was like the VW beetle but I guess weight makes a difference as many vw are used in off road racing and works well I know they are modified

I agree the Corvette is a different animal
05-11-2016 11:31 AM
496CHEVY3100 several other pictures on his post


1931 Willys model 97 sport coupe 6 (stock)

I know it's not a rat rod, but it could be made into one if so desired

Original running straight 6
Three speed trans
Mechanical Brakes
No rot, wood in good shape
Older restoration,
Needs door panel upholstery
Floor rubber or rug

Runs drives great
Rare car $13500 or best offer
07882 Washington nj







John Dorsch's photo.
05-11-2016 11:30 AM
MARTINSR
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Originally Posted by CrashFarmer2 View Post
That's surprising that nobody tried it before 1960. Even then Ralph Nader had a fit about it and wrote that book unsafe at any speed.
The problem with that early Corvair is the rear suspension was a "swing axle" and not a true "independent" rear like a Vette has for instance. When the car hit a corner hard and the inside raised up it would flip the car over.

Brian
05-11-2016 11:26 AM
496CHEVY3100 I think this is a Rare car I have seen 33-34 &40-41 made into gassers and look great mever saw a 31m

This one is for sale on Facebook,,listed as Make a nice Rat Rod,,needs door panels everything else intact,,,,Hate to see some one sand it down and put the FAKE Pitana on it
05-11-2016 11:20 AM
Too Many Projects I didn't know they made a car. That is cool......except for the added clearance light turn signals on the fenders... I guess for safety's sack we can cut them some slack.
05-11-2016 08:32 AM
496CHEVY3100 no questions ,I will try this one,,year and make


Edit Well this should not be to hard since it is printed on the bottom,,,i xxxxed it out but still shows on photo
05-10-2016 05:43 AM
496CHEVY3100
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Originally Posted by boothboy View Post
Corvair is correct. Neither Cord nor Franklin featured independent rear suspension.

The Europeans had been using it for years.

BB

OK ,Thanks.some one take the floor.
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