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OT: Modern daily driver water pumper
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: February 05, 2019 04:38PM

I've got a few water pumpers in the fleet namely 3 Buick Lesabres that were given to me. I hate FWD cars so I was thinking about selling them and getting some other modern car for a daily driver. Maybe a '62 215 V8 Tempest? They seem pretty cool.

Joel
Northlake, TX
5 Ultravans, Lost count at 100 Corvairs...

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Re: OT: Modern daily driver water pumper
Posted by: steve c goodman ()
Date: February 05, 2019 04:48PM

Why not a Corvair driven daily? It has
worked for me since the 60s.

best wishes, Steve
Rear Engine Spec. Inc. Golden, Colo.

1962 spyder 3.0L turbo---1965 Crown V8
1967 monza 110/4---1968 monza 110/4
1971 amante gt 110/4
CORSA/RMC/PPCC

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Re: OT: Modern daily driver water pumper
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: February 05, 2019 04:53PM

Doing that today. My goal is actually to get rid of all my other junk and just have Corvairs. I may keep my long wheel base G30 to pick up boat loads of Corvair parts in.

Joel
Northlake, TX
5 Ultravans, Lost count at 100 Corvairs...

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Re: OT: Modern daily driver water pumper
Posted by: aircooled6 ()
Date: February 05, 2019 05:16PM

le sabres with the 3800 can be nice work cars. I've had a few, theyll do 25 mpg on the highway, which was great when my workspace was moved to Duncanville for several months. Of course, they have the orange antifreeze eats the headgasket issue that can rear its ugly head.

Everett Wilson
North Richland Hills TX
(Now, South of 820!!)
64 Greenbrier 110 with 95 heads/PG

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Re: OT: Modern daily driver water pumper
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: February 05, 2019 09:57PM

25 is the worst average I've ever had with a lot of city driving. I always get better than 30 on the highway. Best of about 34. They are probably really good for FWD junk but they are still FWD.
I've never heard of head gasket issues but plenty of intake gasket and intake manifold issues.

Joel
Northlake, TX
5 Ultravans, Lost count at 100 Corvairs...

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Re: OT: Modern daily driver water pumper
Posted by: v8vair ()
Date: February 06, 2019 06:05AM

My 64 Monza been my daily for 3 or 4 years now and before that it was my 68. The pick up and old motorhome to tow the race car. Life is Good ! Mike

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Re: OT: Modern daily driver water pumper
Posted by: 2ragtops ()
Date: February 06, 2019 06:11AM

I had a FWD LeSabre and it got consistently 34-35 on the highway.

Joel
If you sell, I might be interested.

Bob Bauer

Show-Me Corvairs

1966 Monza Convert 140 P/G with A/C, plastic wheel with tele-column am-fm posi-traction
1966 Corsa Convert 180 wood wheel tele-column am-fm sport steering posi-traction
1965 Corsa Coupe Crown V8 temporarily red lined for repair
House Springs, Missouri

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Re: OT: Modern daily driver water pumper
Posted by: The Stig ()
Date: February 06, 2019 07:17AM

1980's El Camino. Thats my DD aside from the Corvairs. Reliable for its age. Always have the truck bed for hauling parts and equipment. I have a '62 Buick with the 215. It's neat but no better then the Corvairs for daily driving comfort and reliability.

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Re: OT: Modern daily driver water pumper
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: February 06, 2019 08:39AM

My Corvairs have been a lot more reliable than the Buicks. No dead coils, no leaky intake gaskets, no broken window regulators, no crazy HVAC duct motors etc.
Might have to take you up on that Bob. The 2001 only has 60k on it.

Joel
Northlake, TX
5 Ultravans, Lost count at 100 Corvairs...

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Re: OT: Modern daily driver water pumper
Posted by: Paulsgt ()
Date: February 06, 2019 12:07PM

Good luck finding a 62 Tempest with the 215. They are non-existent. I believe that less than 10% of all 61 and 62 Tempests were built with the 215. Many more 63s with the 326 though.

Good luck!

Paul Sergeant
CORSA Central Division Director / CORSA Treasurer
Lee's Summit, MO
CORSA since 1975
Member – HACOA, Corvair Minnesota, CORSA, Little Indians, POCI




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Re: OT: Modern daily driver water pumper
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: February 06, 2019 12:08PM

Had to have the 4-speed and A/C too.

Joel
Northlake, TX
5 Ultravans, Lost count at 100 Corvairs...

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Re: OT: Modern daily driver water pumper
Posted by: v8vair ()
Date: February 06, 2019 12:45PM

Ole Blue goes everywhere, Cruise Night, Work, Hauls Scrap Metal, Even goes on Date Night now and then smiling smiley

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Re: OT: Modern daily driver water pumper
Posted by: vairsUPnorth ()
Date: February 06, 2019 08:01PM

joelsplace Wrote:
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> I've got a few water pumpers in the fleet namely 3
> Buick Lesabres that were given to me. I hate FWD
> cars so I was thinking about selling them and
> getting some other modern car for a daily driver.

For RWD how about the Dodge Charger? There are plenty of low mile 3.6L V6 ex-police cars available at a good price [any color you want as long as it is white]. Then there are rental fleet vehicles...

Dale Dewald
Hancock, MI


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Re: OT: Modern daily driver water pumper
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: February 06, 2019 08:43PM

I not very interested in something that highly regulated.

Joel
Northlake, TX
5 Ultravans, Lost count at 100 Corvairs...

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Re: OT: Modern daily driver water pumper
Posted by: kenzen ()
Date: February 08, 2019 03:42PM

My 99 S10 LS regular cab 2.2 5 speed was a great DD except for lack of power. 25-27mpg, and I could put a lot of stuff in the bed.

kenzen
66 Monza Coupe 110/PG
Bel Air, MD

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Re: OT: Modern daily driver water pumper
Posted by: v8vair ()
Date: February 08, 2019 06:35PM


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Re: OT: Modern daily driver water pumper
Posted by: moomba32 ()
Date: February 08, 2019 07:27PM

v8vair Wrote:
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> Here ya go
> [atlanta.craigslist.org]
> a-1962-buick-skylark/6814426820.html

That looks like a good deal in the pics at least.

Don Marlowe
66 Monza 2Dr 140/pg
64 Spyder convertible now, 110/pg
Eutawville SC

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Re: OT: Modern daily driver water pumper
Posted by: CoCoCo ()
Date: February 08, 2019 07:41PM

I'm more of a rear-wheel drive kind of guy too Joel. And a truck guy too I suppose, but for 40 years my favorite car was still my first '66 Corsa.
Not because it was the best at everything, but because it was very capable, neutral handling and had a sweet dash layout. Was also stone reliable (mostly) for years.
My fave that is, until I bought my current 2004 Buick Regal GS. It's not quite as sweet as the old Corsa was, but it's truly better in every way except city fuel economy.
It's very neutral handling for a front-wheel drive car, has gobs of power (a truly surprising amount actually) and is quite the fun drive in the twisties and in traffic.

So while you were saying you did not want something so regulated, and you obviously already have had your fill of Buicks perhaps, I'm impressed enough with this particular one to mention it in this discussion.

Has never let me down, taken only regular maintenance, has 167k miles on it and continues to impress. The most common replacement I've done so far are tires. I don't wear them out (tread-wise anyway) but the handling is so precise I can feel when a tire is not a good match. So against my normal practice of waiting until tires are done for, I've replaced three sets for having insufficiently good street manners (whether that be handling, smoothness, quietness, or fuel economy) and am on my fourth now.

Being the Joseph Abboud edition was what sold me in the first place. Was not a fan of the rear door opening design and short rear deck area/wheelbase, but the color and the uber-sweet interior were why I did it.

You never know. One of those might be a reasonable replacement.

Paul

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Re: OT: Modern daily driver water pumper
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: February 08, 2019 09:55PM

That '62 Buick is cool.
One problem with daily driving my Corvairs is they all live in the shop or carports in the back. I can't get them out when it's muddy and I have to open and close my gate. I need to build a 10 car garage in the front along my driveway to avoid the mud and gate.

Joel
Northlake, TX
5 Ultravans, Lost count at 100 Corvairs...

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Re: OT: Modern daily driver water pumper
Posted by: thumper477 ()
Date: February 09, 2019 04:16AM

Le Sabre is probably one of the best American made cars out there.Nice ride,quiet,great on gas and "invisible to the law" if you know what I mean.

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