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Re: Why the 1960-1969 Chvrolet Corvair FAILED.
Posted by: alphasud ()
Date: December 03, 2019 09:56PM

While you are at it you might want to replace the timing belt. Total pita job but I bet nobody has done it yet.

David North Idaho
1965 Corsa Turbo converted to 140
1971 Super Beetle with 2.5L Subaru engine
1965 Corsa mid engine project
1973 Mercedes 280 project

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Re: Why the 1960-1969 Chvrolet Corvair FAILED.
Posted by: 64CorvairMonza ()
Date: December 04, 2019 10:17AM

mtmouse Wrote:
> Guess we will file that one under personal experiences and preferences. I watched two of them rust out from under me in less than 4 years.Not that I am a hate kind of guy but it comes close with the K car.
> Not arguing about the K car saving Chrysler, kind of says more about Chrysler at that time than the actual car.
> Joe
> 66vairman Wrote:
> -------------------------------------------------------
> > Mel Wrote:
> > -------------------------------------------------------
> > > Drove lots of K car's , great car's , cheap to run and repair smiling smiley
> >
> > The "K" car is documented as a success for Chrysler. Literally saved the company. Not my kind of car, but I've driven them and friends put over 100K on them. A good basic car. Not even close to being a failure.

That is obviously due to owner neglect. Happens to all METAL platformed vehicles if not taken care of.

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Re: Why the 1960-1969 Chvrolet Corvair FAILED.
Posted by: MtnVairMike ()
Date: December 05, 2019 08:17AM

mtmouse Wrote:
> In the world of auto manufacturing I am not sure I would call a 9 year production run with 4 or 5 models a failure. That would be kind of like calling a Ford Falcon a failure.
> Now an Edsel=Failure
> Or a Chevette=Failure
> Or a Ford Fairmont=Failure (I mean really, have you ever driven one of them)
> Or a Chrysler "K" car=Failure
> Or a Honda 600=Failure
> Lots of cars out there that were way worse "failures" than the Corvair. Seems that is what they are remembered for though.
> I do find it interesting that almost to the person the people I have told I purchased a Corvair to restore smiled and said they either had one, knew someone that had one or wanted one back in the day. Oh, my mother had one, Oh, I dated a girl that had one, Oh, my friend and I got into all kinds of stuff in one, Oh, I always wanted one of those, Oh, my neighbor had one, Oh, that was my first car, I had to share it with my sisters. Etc.
> Lots of memories for a failure.
> Just my 2c
> Joe

Get a lot of the same memories stories when I drive my MGB too.


1966 Monza Convertible, 140HP-4 speed, Ermine White

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