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Passed Corvair Enthusiast is Mentioned in a Article about Devin C
Date: November 18, 2022 08:59AM

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Re: Passed Corvair Enthusiast is Mentioned in a Article about Devin C
Date: November 18, 2022 08:59AM


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Re: Passed Corvair Enthusiast is Mentioned in a Article about Devin C
Posted by: vairmech ()
Date: November 18, 2022 04:40PM

I've always wanted a Devin C but they have always been just out of reach.

Ken Hand
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Re: Passed Corvair Enthusiast is Mentioned in a Article about Devin C
Date: November 19, 2022 01:14AM

Yes...

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Re: Passed Corvair Enthusiast is Mentioned in a Article about Devin C
Posted by: playerpage ()
Date: November 19, 2022 04:44AM

Article might be a little bit off. It says at one point that it was originally fitted with a 180 engine, and later that the current engine is a 180 replacement.

While the replacement engine is not hard to see, Devin would have had to be such an innovative man as to make serious modifications to a 1959-60 Corvair engine that made it top out at 180. I don't know that the GM Monza GT or even the Italian Torino were that powerful. His modifications would have to be stellar and would probably be adopted by the other show car manufacturers.

Does anyone know how accurate the article is?

Anyo

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Re: Passed Corvair Enthusiast is Mentioned in a Article about Devin C
Date: November 19, 2022 10:06AM

read it again,
there is only mentioned that is equipped with 180 hp racing engine,.
the triplet Webers and the right Cam/lifter/ported/Heads Machining steps/comp ratio,and better Machining Quality easily makes a 180bhp engine,(Motor)

but what this car has on the wheels is probably 10-20% less,
note every Dynotests with original 140's were between 100-120Hp on the wheel, fresh rebuild engines too..
thats because of poor assembling and manufacturing tolerances..
if you go threw this you make the 140 real, with stock equipped engines except camshafts.

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Re: Passed Corvair Enthusiast is Mentioned in a Article about Devin C
Posted by: playerpage ()
Date: November 19, 2022 04:57PM

It looks like I misread the picture caption as referring to original specs, but it is worded hink-ish.

Cheers.

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Re: Passed Corvair Enthusiast is Mentioned in a Article about Devin C
Date: November 20, 2022 01:26AM

Your'e Welcome

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Re: Passed Corvair Enthusiast is Mentioned in a Article about Devin C
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: November 20, 2022 02:35PM

Okay, I am confused.
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The Devin C you see here was built by Devin in 1959, it’s one of the first of 21 examples built, and shortly after it left the factory it was used by the Granatelli brothers for supercharger testing at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
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I was told that the "C", in Devin C, specifically denotes a Devin that was built (Body & Chassis) from the factory to house a Corvair engine.
If the Corvair wasn't available from Chevrolet, until October 2nd. 1959, then how did Bill Devin get a Chassis and Body built before the end of the year?

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Re: Passed Corvair Enthusiast is Mentioned in a Article about Devin C
Date: November 21, 2022 12:19AM

Here is a great article about Bill Devin and his many accomplishments, written by his friend and associast Art Evans.

Bill Devin Enterprises El Monte, California was a business located in the area that brought many thriving automotive dreams to life.

In reading the story, it seems that Bill was well connected and in the late 1950s he bought Chevrolet Corvette engines to build complete cars at Devin Enterprises.
Chevrolet would gladly sell parts of their line of cars too. Ed Cole even had Vince Piggins circulating among the guys involved in racing and Specialty Equipment development in SoCal. Bill Thomas comes to mind....
My speculation: I'd imagine that Bill had obtained the Corvair powerpack and suspension components thru the same connections at Chevrolet some time well before the official Oct. 2nd introduction.
He already had his own frame which was design modified to use the Corvair rear components instead of VW or Porsche.


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Re: Passed Corvair Enthusiast is Mentioned in a Article about Devin C
Posted by: tomkeo ()
Date: November 25, 2022 05:07PM

Dan is correct in pointing out the error in the statement that Bud Borrasa's Devin was built in 1959. The attached photo is from the January, 1962 issue of Sports Car Graphic and was taken during the period of time that the Granatelli's had "borrowed" the car to test their supercharger kit.
The original Devin D was tested by Jerry Titus in 1961 and featured in the May, 1961 issue of SCG. With the VW engine, the car was only slightly quicker than a Bug which meant that they could have measured the acceleration times with an hourglass.
In that same article, Titus said that Bill Devin was working on plans to fit the car with a Corvair powerplant.
Later that year in October, Titus did another article in which he tested the first Devin C. It had a junkyard Corvair 95, 80 hp engine, with a granny 1st gear ratio. It was somewhat faster, (0 to 60 in 9.5 sec.), but still far short of its potential.
The dates of these publications are probably 2 to 3 months after the actual event, but the Devin C was 'born' in 1961, not 1959.
BTW: Jerry Titus successfully raced the Corvair Genie and was a real Corvair fan.
Tom Keosabaian

Racing a Shelby GT500 at the Riverside Raceway 1/2 mile drags in 1966--and WINNING with my turbo 140!!!

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Re: Passed Corvair Enthusiast is Mentioned in a Article about Devin C
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: November 25, 2022 10:22PM

Did you possibly mean, Mel is correct? confused smiley

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Re: Passed Corvair Enthusiast is Mentioned in a Article about Devin C
Posted by: tomkeo ()
Date: November 26, 2022 12:53PM

Mel, I'm sorry that I responded to the wrong email. You are correct. When Bud Bourassa bought the car from Tom Schrum, he somehow thought it was built in 1959. I'm just trying to get the record straight.
I re-scanned and attached the magazine photos of the Granatelli's working on the Devin at Riverside because the original file was too big for our forum.
In 1960, Andy Granatelli took a 1960 Corvair sedan with the 140 CID, stock 80 hp motor to Bonneville. It had a Paxton supercharger kit that he had developed for the Corvair and he set a new record of 128 mph. I looked closely at the lower photo of his motor in the Devin and I can see that it has a 1960 cooling shroud on it. It may be the same motor that he used at Bonneville in 1960 which makes the performance figures by the supercharged Devin C even more incredible.

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Re: Passed Corvair Enthusiast is Mentioned in a Article about Devin C
Date: November 26, 2022 03:03PM

Guys you are so great,Thanks for that lesson in Corvair History!

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