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Just wondered if anyone knows if any other GM IFS parts will interchange with the corvair. My car has a corvair unit and for now is solid,but as time goes on and things start to wear it will be hard to find corvair parts (been nebbing and things are scarce now.So will parts from like a chevy2 or some other small GM car interchange---springs,shocks/balljoints,a-arm bushings,or anything?
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According to my Hollanders, nothing else interchanges with Corvair as far as the spindles and control arms are concerned. Even worse, Hollanders says 60-64 Corvair is different from 65-69.
 

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You could contact these guys, http://www.rareparts.com/index2.html

They make alot of otherwise obsoleted parts .
They claim to make it if they don't have it.

You have to be a wholesaler to buy from them, but they can give you the name of a dealer in your area.

I've used their stuff before and it seems to be OK.
Clarks Corvair parts may buy from them and mark it up, I don't know.

Later, mikey
 

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OK thanks,I'll keep that in mind.I don't need anything right now,everything is solid,but you never know when something will give out.I just more or less want to know where to go if I ever need to.I thought maybe Vega,or Chevy2,or some other GM small car parts would interchange,but from what everybody is telling me I guess its not so.It's hard to believe that they made different size bushings,balljoints and shocks just for that particular car,seems like a waste of resources on their part.
 

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yragat said:
.It's hard to believe that they made different size bushings,balljoints and shocks just for that particular car,seems like a waste of resources on their part.
But it kept some engineers busy. :D
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My favorite GM kink is that they may have the same part on a car in each of the divisions but that one part will have a different part number and pricing schedule in each division. Cheapest at the Chevy dealer and most expensive at the Caddy house. Welcome to the wonderful world of parts proliferation.
 

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My favorite GM kink is that they may have the same part on a car in each of the divisions but that one part will have a different part number and pricing schedule in each division. Cheapest at the Chevy dealer and most expensive at the Caddy house. Welcome to the wonderful world of parts proliferation.
I use to work in a Chevrolet parts dept. This is not true at least during the time I worked there in the 70's. If a part was used in different GM lines. it was marked as such in the price book and had the same price. Where the difference in pricing could be due to how it was structured in the price book. There were two catagories. One would give dealer cost, wholesale and list. Wholesale was 50% increase over dealer and list was 100% over dealer. Took 25% off the list price, it would be the same as the wholesale price. Then there was what we called "crash" parts. Just as the name implied, sheetmetal, bumbers, ect., for the most part. The pricing was different. There was the dealer cost, comp price and list but no wholesale price. The comp price was 50% of the dealer cost and was the amount GM would give you or comp you for selling that part. So for a good customer, you could give them the part at the dealer cost and still get 50% of the cost as profit from GM. If the customer wasn't so great, add the comp price to the dealer to get a "wholesale" price plus you'd still get the comp price from GM and you'd make a nice profit! So this is where you could get two different prices from different GM dealers on the same price. I beleve there was only one price book used for all GM lines as I recall seeing part numbers listed for just Pontiac, ect.
 

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Some of our GM books, again from the '60s & early '70s, had a code in the price book that would tell you what other division used that part. It didn't say on what car, but it usually wasn't hard to guess.

As far as Chevy II vs. Corvair, if there was a part used on both, the parts book would specify which ones used that part, and then gave the part number.

A Hollander interchange manual would tell you what cars had parts commonality. Some wrecking yards will print you out the applicable page from an interchange database if you ask them for one.

In case you ever look at a GM book, Chevy-ese uses the word "Chevy" to denote the Chevy II, and the word "Pass." to denote a full-size (passenger) car. The passenger cars, Corvettes, and light trucks were in a separate book from the Corvairs, Chevy IIs, Chevelles, and Camaros.
 
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