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Crown Manufacturing
Posted by: The Californian ()
Date: October 31, 2019 06:31AM

What happened to them?

How come nobody bought the licenses and kept making the stuff?

What is the company that is still in business but they are a little different?

Think they still make a V8 to VW adapter kit.

THE CALIFORNIAN

COUPLED TWIN CORVAIR ENGINE 12 CYLINDER

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Re: Crown Manufacturing
Posted by: 2ragtops ()
Date: October 31, 2019 06:33AM

I am interested in this and will follow this thread.

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
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Re: Crown Manufacturing
Posted by: Spectre ()
Date: October 31, 2019 07:01AM

I imagine there just wasn't enough demand to keep the kits in production.

David Clamp


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2013 Mustang GT convertible - 5.0, 6spd auto, Procharger i-1

2003 Miata SE - 6spd manual (wife's toy)

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Re: Crown Manufacturing
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: October 31, 2019 08:00AM

Ted Trevor Sold Crown MFG. and retired! Corvair parts was his Passion! not the Main thing Crown did.

Kennedyeng.com is the current "Adapter / Kit" factory.

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Re: Crown Manufacturing
Posted by: flat_six ()
Date: October 31, 2019 08:07AM

My Corsa has Crown Manufacturing handling springs that I bought new back in the early 1980's. Big improvement over stock, and they haven't sagged over the years either. Must have been made from a good alloy spring steel.

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Re: Crown Manufacturing
Posted by: The Californian ()
Date: October 31, 2019 08:49AM

Thanks Matt

Kennedy Engineered Products.

[www.kennedyeng.com]

VW's are there thing sure enough.

'Ted Trevor Sold Crown MFG. and retired!'

You say sold there.

So the new owner's did keep making the Corvair parts or no?

THE CALIFORNIAN

COUPLED TWIN CORVAIR ENGINE 12 CYLINDER

THE 'BIG BOY' OF THE CORVAIR RACING WORLD

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Re: Crown Manufacturing
Posted by: v8vair ()
Date: October 31, 2019 10:23AM

Crown was sold to Otto parts, Otto was sold to Clarks. Ted Passed away as did Blake at Otto. Not much crown stuff left. Mike

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Re: Crown Manufacturing
Posted by: texas yenko dude ()
Date: October 31, 2019 11:46AM

Dad bought Crown from Ted in the early 70's for in today's money, not much, but back then, a lot. Due to not wanting the liability of making suspension parts, OTTO never made the suspension goodies. Then in 1991 dad sold to Clark's. Clark's has slowly dropped most everything that was Crown. I still have some pretty cool odd Crown stuff still in the original packages.

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Re: Crown Manufacturing
Posted by: Timothy Shortle ()
Date: October 31, 2019 03:27PM

I remember Crown made exhaust turbo housings for the Corvair. They were truly high performance.

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Re: Crown Manufacturing
Posted by: gnvair ()
Date: October 31, 2019 04:48PM

Ted's son Howard has been on this site before. I have spoken with him on the phone a few times. He has some fascinating stories of being around the Crown shop.

Lee J

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Re: Crown Manufacturing
Posted by: john.jackson ()
Date: October 31, 2019 06:24PM

Ted did a presentation at a couple of Vintage CORSA meetings on the 70's. Super informative. Same thing with Blake Swaford and Mike mc Guinness of TRW turbo charger fame.

Those were great days.



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Re: Crown Manufacturing
Posted by: The Californian ()
Date: October 31, 2019 06:31PM

Is the Crown V8 conversion kit just for the '65-69 Corvair transmission?

Thanks.

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Re: Crown Manufacturing
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: October 31, 2019 06:33PM

No. It only works with '66-'69.

Joel
Northlake, TX
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Re: Crown Manufacturing
Posted by: john.jackson ()
Date: October 31, 2019 09:22PM

john.jackson Wrote:
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> Ted did a presentation at a couple of Vintage CORSA meetings on the 70's. Super informative. Same thing with Blake Swaford and Mike mc Guinness of TRW turbo charger fame.
>
> Those were great days.


Correction thanks to Steve Goodman. It was Hugh McInness. He showed his dual turbocharged Corvair a couple of times at our car shows. Super time to be a car nut in Southern California.

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Re: Crown Manufacturing
Posted by: vairmech ()
Date: November 01, 2019 04:11AM

joelsplace Wrote:
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> No. It only works with '66-'69.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

The real answer should be "Yes", It only works with the 65-69..

The question was;
Is the Crown V8 conversion kit just for the '65-69 Corvair transmission?

Answer;
Yes

Yanking on your chain Joel! LOL

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Re: Crown Manufacturing
Posted by: gnrand ()
Date: November 01, 2019 01:48PM

I will soon be starting converting my Crown setup to a C5 with C5 suspension. So the plan is to keep everything in tact when it is removed. The trans will also be replaced to a big car 4 speed Saginaw. The diff has the extra spider gears with a 3.27 posi and steel inspection cover.
Jeff

Wildomar,Ca

1965 Corsa Hard Top sold
!965 Corsa Convertible
1968 Monza 140 Convertible 4 speed sold
1966 435 HP Crown
1986 Buick GN

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Re: Crown Manufacturing
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: November 01, 2019 02:44PM

Ok Ken,
I know I'm easily confused but I would like to see you build a Crown kit with a '65 transmission.
:-)

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

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Re: Crown Manufacturing
Posted by: 66vairman ()
Date: November 02, 2019 10:32AM

gnrand Wrote:
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> I will soon be starting converting my Crown setup to a C5 with C5 suspension. So the plan is to keep everything in tact when it is removed. The trans will also be replaced to a big car 4 speed Saginaw. The diff has the extra spider gears with a 3.27 posi and steel inspection cover.
> Jeff

Sadly it seems most of the Crown conversions are being converted to Vette parts. It's understandable as the 66-9 Corvair transaxle can be broken with aggressive use of the V8, especially the 350 c.i.

After a few failures Chuck Rust did all the upgrade mods on his Crown for durability and got a couple good years out of it. Recently he broke the ring and pinion. Chuck decided he wanted to improve reliability by going to the Vette parts.

Hopefully a nice original Crown V8 Corvair will survive in a museum for future enthusiasts to appreciate.

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Re: Crown Manufacturing
Posted by: v8vair ()
Date: November 02, 2019 03:24PM

Ive owned/Built 5 Crowns over the years. 327,400,283,350 and 383. Never broke anything in the transaxle as a street car. Only got towed home once with an Oil Pump failure on the 400. At super Chevy I Lost a Hayes Clutch. I only Dumped the Clutch at the Drag strip. Never did a Smokey Burnout. Drove it like a Sports Car.
Never broke a ring and pinion at the race track until I put the 406 in. Then the ring and pinions life span was shortened. Set up is critical as is how you drive one. FUN Cars smiling smiley Mike

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Re: Crown Manufacturing
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: November 02, 2019 03:44PM

I drove the crud out of my Crown Conversion car and never broke it.

The close ratio gear set and 3.08 posi made it a Corvette killer.

Easy does it off the line quick shift into 2nd...ZOOM ZOOM!!!

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