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Looking for info on a new (to me) 66 Corvair Crown Conversion
Posted by: ecar66corsa ()
Date: September 12, 2022 11:09PM

Hey everyone I have been lucky enough to pick up this 66 Crown Corvair conversion that has had 7 previous owners. I was curious if any previous owners were on this forum or if anyone knows the car and has anymore info about its history (see photo of attached previous owners list).

Some info about the car.
Originally a 66 Corvair Corsa. It has a 327 Small Block added in 2001. The engine is running hot, So I will be reworking the cooling system. The syncros need to be replaced as the car won't shift from third to 4th. Needs an engine cover and other TLC like a headliner.

Planning on replacing the radiator and looking for suggestions for any aluminum that anyone has had luck with running in a Crown conversion.

Also while the transmission is out I was thinking of running a hydraulic throwout bearing to eliminate the slave cylinder and linkage. Does anyone have any experience with using a hydraulic throwout bearing?


A few videos of the Corv8

Video of 66 Crown Running
Corv8 Pick up day

Eddie
Bay Area/ Central Valley
66 Corvair Corsa
66 Corvair More-Door
66 Corvair Crown

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Re: Looking for info on a new (to me) 66 Corvair Crown Conversion
Posted by: ecar66corsa ()
Date: September 12, 2022 11:12PM

Some more photos.

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Re: Looking for info on a new (to me) 66 Corvair Crown Conversion
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: September 12, 2022 11:21PM

Seth is a member here.
Has his own website.
www.perfvair.com

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Re: Looking for info on a new (to me) 66 Corvair Crown Conversion
Posted by: ecar66corsa ()
Date: September 13, 2022 11:01AM

Thanks Me!

Ill contact Seth and see if he can provide any history on the car for me.

Eddie

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Re: Looking for info on a new (to me) 66 Corvair Crown Conversion
Posted by: boydsummers ()
Date: September 14, 2022 11:55AM

Congrats on your new Crown conversion. As the owner's list says, I was the sixth owner.

PM me if you have any questions about my time as owner.

For a little background, search on this forum under topic newbie, author boydsummers.

Enjoy your toy!

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Re: Looking for info on a new (to me) 66 Corvair Crown Conversion
Posted by: v8vair ()
Date: September 15, 2022 09:53AM

9 times out of 10 your shifting issue was caused by a Bellhousing that wasn’t dial indicated to the Block. Your probably going find the bearing surface for the input gear bad on the Main shaft too.
Don’t put it back together till you check it !

1964 Bill Thomas Monza Replica Racer
1964 Spyder Street Car
1998 Honda Prelude Dirt track car
1967 Crown V8 under construction
Mike Levine

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Re: Looking for info on a new (to me) 66 Corvair Crown Conversion
Posted by: ecar66corsa ()
Date: September 15, 2022 09:58AM

Thanks Boyd! I’ll PM you.


Eddie

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Re: Looking for info on a new (to me) 66 Corvair Crown Conversion
Posted by: ecar66corsa ()
Date: September 15, 2022 10:02AM

Thanks for the info Mike I appreciate it! It gives me an idea of what to look out for, i’ll make sure to check the bell-housing and bearing on the input shaft so I don’t have to pull it out again.

Eddie

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Re: Looking for info on a new (to me) 66 Corvair Crown Conversion
Posted by: TheRealHip ()
Date: September 16, 2022 10:45AM

About 7 years ago v8vair did a post here on Dial Indicate a Crown but I can't find it.

66 crown v8

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Re: Looking for info on a new (to me) 66 Corvair Crown Conversion
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: September 16, 2022 11:56AM

The dial indicator job on a Crown conversion is no joke...it must be done.

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Re: Looking for info on a new (to me) 66 Corvair Crown Conversion
Posted by: ecar66corsa ()
Date: September 16, 2022 12:38PM

Thanks for the info on the dial indicator job! I had no idea, thats the great thing about this forum! I will search up how to do it, any helpful tips are welcome.

Eddie

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Re: Looking for info on a new (to me) 66 Corvair Crown Conversion
Posted by: steve c goodman ()
Date: September 16, 2022 12:50PM

Eddie look at Crown install instructions for step by step help. Also welcome to the Corvair V8 world and CCF

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: Looking for info on a new (to me) 66 Corvair Crown Conversion
Posted by: Caraholic4life ()
Date: September 16, 2022 02:03PM

I did a quickie search for Crown Dial Housing and came up with the following thread: [corvaircenter.com]
Dial Indicate a Crown
Posted by: v8vair ()
Date: February 11, 2015 01:25PM




I hope it is of some assistance. Since I only ever had one Kelmark conversion on the road, this was unknown to me.

1962 95 F.C. Van
1964 Greenbrier Deluxe
1965 Monza Coupe
1965 Monza Convertible
Westminster, Maryland

MID ENG enthusiast &
prior Kelmark owner.

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