1965 CORVAIR

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  1. richie49

    richie49 Member

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    Well here goes!
    This is my little project i have working on for ever it seems . I took a corvair and put a 1985 monte carlo frame under it and rebuilt the floor.I used the floor board out of the monte to replace the corvair floor.(needed a trans tunnel) so its not like some of the excellent work done by some of the forum members. It has a Caddy 500 in front(stock for Now),a 400 trans,8.5" rear end with 3.08 posi. hopefully I can get the pics to post. It is getting close to being ready to inspect and plates.I had the seats redone, new door panels.No carpet yet. It has tilt steering, sport steering wheel, new gauges ect, ect.
     

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    Here are a few more.
     

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    Dare to be different. Challenge met! :thumbup:
     
  4. Darius

    Darius Well-Known Member

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    THAT is Choice!

    Different by all standards and a labor of love to boot. Well done.

    I thought my crazy ideas were 'out there' but yours takes the cake. Please let us know how it drives once you have the beast licensed and on the road.

    Best,

    d
     
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    In my humble opinion, "Way cool"!!! That is the way I grew up with "hot rodding", take something else from other vehicles, and make it work to improve your own. Lots of engineering by people who were not engineers. Thanks for sharing. :thumbup:

    Lou
     
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    Cool project. So you just have a trans cooler up front? And the fan is just for the cooler and ambient cooling? Then the radiator is in the back with electric fans and theoretically using the factory cooling airflow? Where did you route the cooling lines?
     
  7. richie49

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    The cooling lines run under the body and in the pics you can see two radiator caps 16# in front 18# on the radiator.It has the windstar ford fans under the radiator.Temp gets up to 180 have no ideal what it will do when its on the road.
    The trans cooler and for cooling the temps under the hood for now is all the fan does but I left room for the a/c coils in the future..You have to have a/c in the houston area..
    Natually its a work in progress....
    richie49
     
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    Wow Rich! You sure have come a long way with that car since I saw it last! I recognized the car from years ago. Looking good!
     
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    Good luck. I have no faith in electric fans as the primary air source; lets see if it keeps its
    cool when the engine is working hard. Bruce Roe
     
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    Bruce,

    Having built and driven V8 powered Corvairs which were limited to electric fans for cooling I can attest to their efficacy. That was with rear engined V8's, with the radiators in the back. which therefore had no ram air possibilities.

    With the right fans, radiators and good component placement the designs worked for years and were reliable enough for cross-country trips.

    Best,

    d
     
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    The Mad Cadder Well-Known Member

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    Are you sure ?? :boggled:

    I always thought it was going to the dealer with someone
    else's money (the bank/daddy/ or whatever) and buying a
    plastic over inflated rating computer with a TV and lots of air bags

    P.S
    They also must come with lots of sand bags or lead ballast
    to weigh as much as they are suppose to
     
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    Brother D
    I found the old thread so you see some of it.I'll post some more when I find them.
     
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    Bro. Richard,

    Thanks, for pointing me in the right direction to again see the pictures.

    As a former Corvair owner, a V8 Corvair owner (now my Son's car), I have tons of questions about the details of your build and would love to go over that car in person. Who knows, maybe on one of my shake-down cruises ….?

    Best,

    bro. d
     
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    Heres some pics of the corvair before I went with the front engine.Never could get it to work right.
     

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    Thanks Richard,

    Great pictures which brought back many memories! Such projects take a lot of work and fabrication.

    Best,

    bro. d
     
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    what kind of problems did you have with the rear cad setup, it looked nice and well done
     
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    When I first put it together I didnt like the way the tire leaned when it went up and down,so I redid the arms several times and got the tires to move up and down fairly strait.Then
    I found out that there was very little up and down movement that wouldnt bind the ujoints. the half shafts where 10 inches long and I just said the h__l with it and put the frame under it.
    I worked on it so much I got burned out and rather thanquit the project I changed direction and so its now front engined.

    Richard richie49
     
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    Richard, wise choice.

    The angularity of those ultra short half shafts can play hell with the U-joints.

    bro. d
     
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