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Re: Just inherited a 66 Crown Conversion
Posted by: steve c goodman ()
Date: May 15, 2022 07:31AM

I hope the rebuild of the car goes easily for your car. I remember the car too after seeing the pic Mike provided. I wish you good luck returning it to its' former glory.

If you want to remove the door for ease of installation just trace the outer edge of both door hinges to pillar on pass side door before removal. Then you can replace door to those outlines and alignment will be easy or not necessary at all.

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/V8 Registry

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Re: Just inherited a 66 Crown Conversion
Posted by: scottymac ()
Date: May 19, 2022 01:50PM

Guessing the father-in-law was a wood worker? Car cleaned up nicely!

There are numerous ways to tie the rear wheels together while the drivetrain is out, so car can be moved around. I like Rex Johnson's best.

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Scott
Danville, In.
'65 Corsa coupe basket case
'66 Monza coupe


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Re: Just inherited a 66 Crown Conversion
Posted by: David V ()
Date: May 20, 2022 09:00PM

He was a wood worker, it sat in his garage and saw many projects completed. My father in law owned a front end/alignment shop and worked 6 days a week his entire life, I don’t think he ever had the energy to get back to the Corvair.

Little update, got the engine all tore down, all eight pistons were seized and needed a lot of convincing to get out. I have plans to get the transmission and rearend rebuilt this summer and if that can get done, then will get the motor rebuilt and put back together. In the meantime, plan to pull and replace radiator and all hoses, as well as fuel tank. Then tackle brakes.

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Re: Just inherited a 66 Crown Conversion
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: May 21, 2022 10:34AM

Please seriously think about a C5 differential conversion.

A lot more work but you will be able to bang the clutch!!

Cost wont be much more considering what Vair diff needs.

With everything you can do ($$$) it's still a 6 7/8" ring gear.

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Re: Just inherited a 66 Crown Conversion
Posted by: lanning14 ()
Date: May 21, 2022 07:35PM

David V

You are welcome to call me to discuss the V-8 Registry and members near you who may offer you some inspiration. My cell number is 502-649-3290 (KY)

John Lanning, President
The V-8 Registry
CORSA Chapter 006

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Re: Just inherited a 66 Crown Conversion
Posted by: AZ Troy ()
Date: May 22, 2022 06:51PM

Phil Dally Wrote:
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> WELCOME!!! Please keep us in the loop on your progress.
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> As long as you never ever dump the clutch you'll be okay.
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> I did everything that could be done to a differential.
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> On my Crown car in the nineties and didn't break it.
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> There are a few stronger alternative upgrades.
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> Lots of C5 differential ways to go out there.
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> Plus Porsche 930, G50, or Turbo 4 speed.
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> But that requires some fabrication skills.




Who makes the two different adapters you have posted?

Troy G. / Scottsdale Arizona

'65 140 Corsa Coupe, White with light blue guts
'66 140 Corsa Coupe - Crown Converted in the '60's, Black with 3 Yellow stripes

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Re: Just inherited a 66 Crown Conversion
Posted by: 63spyder ()
Date: May 31, 2022 01:16PM

Is this Jays car I’ve had him work on a few vehicles over the years . I have a stock 66 transaxle ,if you need it you can have it . I could drop it off at Genes if you want.

Wayne in Glide Oregon
63 spyder conv.(wifes car finished ,owned 17 years)65 monza conv.unfinished 14 years and never driven,yet!!!.61 rampside (new toy and distraction)

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Re: Just inherited a 66 Crown Conversion
Posted by: David V ()
Date: June 02, 2022 09:55PM

Hello Wayne, sorry I didn’t see this earlier. This is Jay’s car. Thank you for your offer, not sure if I need it. Not sure what I need yet. Did you know this car? Do you have any knowledge about why he parked it? I have a lead on someone who can rebuild the transmission and transaxle.

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Re: Just inherited a 66 Crown Conversion
Posted by: jjohnsonjo ()
Date: June 03, 2022 06:49AM

steve c goodman Wrote:
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> I hope the rebuild of the car goes easily for your car. I remember the car too after seeing the pic Mike provided. I wish you good luck returning it to its' former glory.
>
> If you want to remove the door for ease of installation just trace the outer edge of both door hinges to pillar on pass side door before removal. Then you can replace door to those outlines and alignment will be easy or not necessary at all.

Thats a good plan, I needed to remove some rust in the area as well and thought scribing might be lost. I did the butcher job of drilling two holes in each hinge the size of a welding rod. Then it was easy to get them back in place by sticking a piece of rod in each hole.

J.O.

65 Corsa Turbo Vert
79 Honda XL 500S
69 Honda CL 160 D
2010 BMW F 650 GS
2003 Bounder 36D
2013 KIA Optima SX turbo-AKA ZIPPY (wife,s car)
69 Newport Holiday Sailboat
Baja 150 dune buggy cart
Coleman HS 500 UTV
2016 KIA Sorento SXL Turbo

Bethlehem,Pa


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Re: Just inherited a 66 Crown Conversion
Posted by: 63spyder ()
Date: June 03, 2022 01:06PM

Jay told me years ago that he had a four spider differential for it. I don’t know if he got it in or not. He also told me he had velvet touch brakes shoes for it. He might have had a collection of parts for the car. I never got to see it , he always told me stuff was piled on it. Him and my dad were good friends.

Wayne in Glide Oregon
63 spyder conv.(wifes car finished ,owned 17 years)65 monza conv.unfinished 14 years and never driven,yet!!!.61 rampside (new toy and distraction)

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Re: Just inherited a 66 Crown Conversion
Posted by: David V ()
Date: June 03, 2022 02:26PM

Thanks Wayne. He never talked about it much over the years so trying to figure everything out. I am in Roseburg often, would like to meet you and take a look at your cars. I will send you a PM.

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