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New owner of a 1961 Lakewood
Posted by: wesleygarrard ()
Date: April 01, 2019 12:17PM

I thought I would introduce myself as I may be around here a lot on my new adventure. My wife and I have just received a 1961 Lakewood that we plan to turn into an adventure wagon for our camping trips.Our first order it to clean up the carbs to get it running and sort out the brakes to get it stopping. The link below goes into some more details.

drivetribe

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Re: New owner of a 1961 Lakewood
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: April 01, 2019 12:39PM

WELCOME!!!

Where are you located?

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Re: New owner of a 1961 Lakewood
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: April 01, 2019 01:13PM

Someone added A/C too. Post some pictures of the install.

Joel
Northlake, TX
5 Ultravans, 114 Corvairs and counting...

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Re: New owner of a 1961 Lakewood
Posted by: JimBrandberg ()
Date: April 01, 2019 01:18PM

I like the blue and the 700 body trim. With a later engine you should have the better carbs with automatic chokes, the 61s had a hand choke knob which can be a pain.
The Lakewood originally had a tube and dipstick to check and add oil through the little door in back, with a regular car engine you will have to lift the cover inside, not a big deal although they are quieter if the screws around the edge are tightened down.
The 61 has a master cylinder under the dash which is difficult to deal with and usually manual adjusting brakes. Not too bad. Sometimes a wheel cylinder or rubber hose can be constricted inside. It will be good to blled the brakes thoroughly to change the fluid at the very least. You don't want to skimp on brakes.
I think you will thoroughly enjoy it. Be prepared to spend some time at the gas station because people will want to talk about it.

Jim Brandberg
Isanti, MN
CorvairRepair.com



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Re: New owner of a 1961 Lakewood
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: April 01, 2019 01:22PM

So true. I get way more attention in my Lakewood than any other Corvair I have. Yesterday when I bought gas 2 people wanted to talk about it. One that knew what Corvairs were and another that didn't.

Joel
Northlake, TX
5 Ultravans, 114 Corvairs and counting...

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Re: New owner of a 1961 Lakewood
Date: April 01, 2019 01:23PM

I love lakewoods. Wish I had one.

1961 Corvair 700 Sedan - 3sp - Gasoline Heat - Lowered a bit - Rust in Progress
I live my life 19.5 seconds at a time.


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Re: New owner of a 1961 Lakewood
Posted by: wesleygarrard ()
Date: April 02, 2019 07:20AM

I live near Peoria, Illinois.

This is just the latest classic we have added to our stable. Between my wife and I we own a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle, 1967 Dune Buggy 1979 MG Midget, 1971 BSA Lightning, 1971 Honda C70, and a 1976 Yamaha XS360. So we are used to long refueling stops and difficult mechanics.

This should be fun. I have carb kits on order and I plan to get them freshened up this week. From what I could tell, one carb was getting too much fuel and the other side not enough. I hope it is as simple as wonky floats. But I will break out my rifle brushes and give them a good scrubbing.

I hope to be able to take it around the block this weekend. I am interested to see how the powerglide works. Being a millennial and all, the powerglide is a strange beast to me.

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Re: New owner of a 1961 Lakewood
Posted by: fred bagnall ()
Date: April 02, 2019 07:47AM

Nice looking Lakewood. That is one model of Corvair that I have not owned. You will find this is a friendly and helpful group. Welcome to the world of Corvairs.smileys with beerthumbs upthumbs up


64 Greenbrier std -110, 4spd,barn find on the road again after 46 year hiatus.
66 Turbo Corsa, 180hp,posi-trac, quick steering HD suspension,AM-FM-multiplex,soft-Ray glass all around
Floridian currently residing in Nor Cal

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Re: New owner of a 1961 Lakewood
Posted by: corventure Dave ()
Date: April 02, 2019 09:11AM

Welcome. Please keep us posted. You have a fun and unique Corvair there!thumbs up

Corventure Dave

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Re: New owner of a 1961 Lakewood
Date: April 02, 2019 05:37PM

Powerglides are awesome. I've never had one in a corvair but I had one in a 66 Impala and it drove absolutely wonderful.

1961 Corvair 700 Sedan - 3sp - Gasoline Heat - Lowered a bit - Rust in Progress
I live my life 19.5 seconds at a time.


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Re: New owner of a 1961 Lakewood
Posted by: azdave ()
Date: April 02, 2019 05:58PM

Looks nice! 62 Corvair Monza wagon was our main family car in the early 80's when we lived in Indy. I added a gas heater and feared no winter weather.

Dave W. / Gilbert Arizona
65 Corsa 140/4
66 Corsa 140/4
66 Corsa 140/4 w/factory A/C
66 Corsa 455 Toro V8
65 Monza Convertible 110/4
66 Monza Convertible 140/4 A/C
65 Monza 4DR 140/PG w/factory A/C
65 Monza 4DR EJ20T/5



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Re: New owner of a 1961 Lakewood
Posted by: Melb-Mike ()
Date: April 02, 2019 06:13PM

Congratulations on a great car. I thought about these incredible cars for a while but never found a nice one for sale. It has to be one of the very best designed station wagons of all time. Enjoy it.

64 Greenbrier
64 Spyder (needs restoration)
65 Corsa 140, restored
66 Corsa turbo, restoring now
66 Corsa 140 "RR" code coupe fully restored
67 Pontiac GTO restored
69 Corvette 427 convertible restored
2015 Porsche Panamera S
2015 Corvette Z06
1965 AC Cobra (Factory Five)

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Re: New owner of a 1961 Lakewood
Posted by: wesleygarrard ()
Date: April 07, 2019 09:04AM

I did it!

[drivetribe.com]

[youtu.be]

Now on to the brakes.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/07/2019 09:05AM by wesleygarrard.

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Re: New owner of a 1961 Lakewood
Posted by: wesleygarrard ()
Date: April 08, 2019 09:16AM

Now that I got the Lakewood running, I have noticed another issue.

When I shift the powerglide into any gear, nothing happens. The car just acts as though it is still in neutral.

I did the easy thing and checked the fluid. The level is correct.

My next thought is to inspect the shift cable.

What other easy things should I look at?

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Re: New owner of a 1961 Lakewood
Posted by: Paulsgt ()
Date: April 08, 2019 09:30AM

Congrats and welcome!!! Hope to see you in Decatur, IL at the Corvair museum open house on May 18th. I'm not quite sure which car I'm bringing yet. (Probably my 62 sedan).

Enjoy the Corvair!

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: New owner of a 1961 Lakewood
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: April 08, 2019 10:52AM

You did check the fluid with it running?
Not easy but pump drives fail.
Linkage inside could have come loose.
There are taps on the front to check fluid pressure.

Joel
Northlake, TX
5 Ultravans, 114 Corvairs and counting...

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Re: New owner of a 1961 Lakewood
Posted by: wesleygarrard ()
Date: April 08, 2019 11:42AM

I did not check fluid while running. I will do that tonight.

If that does not show any results, I am hoping it is as simple as the cable or linkage.

Whitney's uncle last drove it about 5 years ago and he did not recall any issues then.

But... I always hope for the best and plan for the worst.

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Re: New owner of a 1961 Lakewood
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: April 08, 2019 11:52AM

Your fluid is way low.

Joel
Northlake, TX
5 Ultravans, 114 Corvairs and counting...

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Re: New owner of a 1961 Lakewood
Posted by: wesleygarrard ()
Date: April 08, 2019 05:08PM

joelsplace Wrote:
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> Your fluid is way low.


That was it! Thanks! All works as it should.

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Re: New owner of a 1961 Lakewood
Posted by: MoxyRamone ()
Date: April 08, 2019 06:20PM

Welcome to the Forum! If the transmission was that low, it has to be leaking from somewhere. I would check the shift cable sheath for cracks. There are many good write ups here about how to fix it.


Ketchup, Mayonnaise, and Mustard... I'll see you in my dreams.

John Carver -- Simpsonville SC

"If you dig it, do it... If you REALLY dig it, do it twice!" - Jim Croce

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