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Corvair with Volkwagen engine on Youtube
Posted by: Ronnie ()
Date: October 08, 2009 01:23PM

I just saw this video on Youtube, with a 1961 Corvair fitted with a 1600 cc Volkswagen engine. I think they talk Spanish (I don't understand a word), so maybe it's from somewhere in South America?

Here in Sweden we have had at least a couple of Volkswagens with Corvair engines (I have even ridden in one) over the years, but I haven't heard of the opposite, until now.

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Ronnie Stensson
Sweden



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/08/2009 01:24PM by Ronnie.

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Re: Corvair with Volkwagen engine on Youtube
Posted by: martyscarr ()
Date: October 08, 2009 01:53PM

Ronnie Wrote:
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> I just saw this video on Youtube, with a 1961
> Corvair fitted with a 1600 cc Volkswagen engine. I
> think they talk Spanish (I don't understand a
> word), so maybe it's from somewhere in South
> America?

That's pretty interesting, at least it's still air cooled!

Looks like the car is in Oaxaca, Mexico, judging by the license plate.

Marty Scarr

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Re: Corvair with Volkwagen engine on Youtube
Posted by: richard1 ()
Date: October 08, 2009 02:19PM

yep, from the plates is is Oaxaca, Mexico.

Someone in Peru was asking on a forum the other day if he could do that.

I would think it pretty underpowered with a 1.6 in there.

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Re: Corvair with Volkwagen engine on Youtube
Posted by: 4carbcorvair ()
Date: October 08, 2009 03:08PM

richard1 Wrote:
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> I would think it pretty underpowered with a 1.6 in
> there.


Definately. Plenty of room in the engine compartment tho.

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Ronnie
Southern Maine.
[www.dirigocorvairs.com]
66 Corsa Convertible, 140, 4sp.




It doesn't leak, it's marking it's territory.

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Re: Corvair with Volkwagen engine on Youtube
Posted by: geezer43 ()
Date: October 08, 2009 04:15PM

It has to be a real dog with the VW engine but it is painted with "resale red" I can pick up a few of the words, for sure is Espanol and the Mexican State of Oaxaca.

Does not look very original, the owner likely has been scrounging for parts and not having much luck. Wonder what the underside looks like?

Jim Johnson, Chandler, Az
63 convertible
Cactus Corvair Club
CORSA

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Re: Corvair with Volkwagen engine on Youtube
Posted by: rnch ()
Date: October 08, 2009 05:08PM

why bother?

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Re: Corvair with Volkwagen engine on Youtube
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: October 08, 2009 08:03PM

Would be OK with a Type 4 (Bus/Porsche 914) engine in it, there are people out there getting 250+ lb ft out of that flat four...

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Re: Corvair with Volkwagen engine on Youtube
Posted by: MonzaDave ()
Date: October 08, 2009 08:46PM

rnch Wrote:
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> why bother?

Sometimes you have to work with what you have.

Dave Keillor
Rochester, MN

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Re: Corvair with Volkwagen engine on Youtube
Posted by: csclassics ()
Date: October 08, 2009 09:08PM

I use to be into VW's and why I personally would never do a conversion like that, In Mexico there alot more VW parts then Corvair.Plus, they make more performance parts for VW engines, so you can get alot of horsepower out of a VW motor if you build it right. I use to run a 400 horse Beetle.

Willow Grove, PA
Current:
63 700 Sedan

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Re: Corvair with Volkwagen engine on Youtube
Posted by: Thekingoflit ()
Date: October 08, 2009 09:25PM

Only in Mexico

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Re: Corvair with Volkwagen engine on Youtube
Posted by: corvairbusguy ()
Date: October 08, 2009 09:38PM

Really nice body on that 61, I assume the cameraman is the owner and he is very proud of it. Wish we could see more of the drivetrain.

I think power is probably sufficient for city driving given the car is lighter than a kombi bus.

Pete
Norfolk, VA
Tidewater Corvair Club
Volkswagen Club of Tidewater
Fullmoonbusclub.com

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Re: Corvair with Volkwagen engine on Youtube
Posted by: isucorvair ()
Date: October 08, 2009 10:26PM

I have taken many trips to Saltillo, MX, for work.

A few of the locals in the plant are in to cars. One has a 65 or 66 Mustang, and the others have 60's cars, other makes. None had ever heard of a Corvair, or seen one. They spoke with other friends, and none of them believed that there had ever been one in Saltillo.

A town without a Corvair? I may never go back.

Eric P.
DeWitt, IA

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Re: Corvair with Volkwagen engine on Youtube
Posted by: Ed Dowds ()
Date: October 09, 2009 01:30AM

This looks like the conversions they do in Cuba because of the US embargo.
I've seen pictures of old US cars in Cuba that have russian tractor engines

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Re: Corvair with Volkwagen engine on Youtube
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: October 09, 2009 04:53PM

Yep, I was watching the Travel Channel some weeks ago, when they showed some of the mechanic's shops in Cuba. One had a Suzuki Samurai with brakes from a Russian Jeep, axles from a tractor, and the engine from a beat down old taxi cab!

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Re: Corvair with Volkwagen engine on Youtube
Posted by: j3m ()
Date: October 11, 2009 09:03PM

The swap may not be for everyone's taste, but it does make sense. You can certainly make the case that the Corvair engine may be superior to a 1959 or 1960 Volkswagen engine. There isn't much argument that later Volkswagen engines are far superior to the best Corvair powerplant, in every aspect, build quality, reliablity, total weight, cooling system, durability, oil tightness, horsepower potential and driveability on crappy low octane fuel as some third world countries have octane about that of stale Pabst Blue Ribbon. Certainly this is a smart way to go! You get less weight on the tail of the Corvair. That was something GM product planners missed the mark on by having the Corvair engine weigh far more than they thought ideal for the car. I'll also point out that VW has better transaxle gearbox ratios than does Corvair. Fourth gear is o/d in VW with anywhere from 0.88 to 0.93 depending on which stock transaxle that you use. The final drive ratio can be 4:11 to 1 or 3:88 to 1 depending on which you use. We were just talking Type 1 VW engines vs Corvair----there's plenty hp potential there to SMOKE any Corvair and spend 1/3 the cost of a hp Corvair with better everything---parts, new cases, heads,etc... NOW THEN EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITY OF STICKING THE TYPE 4 engine in back of Corvair chassis with VW transaxle too and you'd have a great car! The Corvair has great brakes and would handle even better with the improved , lessened weight on the rear. You'd get a huge improvement in MPG and massive horsepower if you want it without the built in crappyness of ancient Corvair heads/engine cases/Corvair leaks... Now if Jake Raby was a fan of the Corvair... Certainly how many modern (post 1980 kit cars) have had Corvair power, probably zero, well maybe some idiot built one with the General Turd in the rear. The swap does make sense on every level.

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Re: Corvair with Volkwagen engine on Youtube
Posted by: wildwhl ()
Date: October 11, 2009 09:32PM

Hold on there just one second now...while I can't agree (or even know) about most of what you just wrote j3m, what the hell is wrong with stale PBR?

WW

'62 Vair sold - watch for her, she'll make..she'll watch you through the rearview!

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Re: Corvair with Volkwagen engine on Youtube
Posted by: corvairbusguy ()
Date: October 12, 2009 06:31PM

I hope they post more video showing just how the the conversion was made. Im not aware of any kits or adapters for this.

Pete
Norfolk, VA
Tidewater Corvair Club
Volkswagen Club of Tidewater
Fullmoonbusclub.com

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Re: Corvair with Volkwagen engine on Youtube
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: October 12, 2009 06:34PM

corvairbusguy Wrote:
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> I hope they post more video showing just how the
> the conversion was made. Im not aware of any kits
> or adapters for this.
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Most likely they just welded in the VW Torshion rear suspension ..it contains all needed!

What I would've done.

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Re: Corvair with Volkwagen engine on Youtube
Posted by: playflea ()
Date: October 13, 2009 04:10AM

theking FU! man sorry mexico is a cheap country i know but my whole family is from mexico
and im proud of this dude he tried to restore a car with what he has im sure he doesnt have the money you and i have...
that was uncalled for my parents speak only spanish and have achieved alot since here only 7 years!!

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Re: Corvair with Volkwagen engine on Youtube
Posted by: Thekingoflit ()
Date: October 13, 2009 02:43PM

Back down there sonny Jim just as an FYI I'm a first born American my mom is from Guatemala...I have a dual cit. In Guatemala I know what turd world countries are like as i have personaly spent some time there...the only thing I was implying was the engenuity of most if not all the ppl from thus said parts of the world Cuba Mexico central America Ect. So back the F down I didn't learn english till I was well into elem school and was vigourious made fun of b/c of it so easy who's sh!t you jump when you have no idea what I mean in such a short statement as "only in Mexico"!!!!!!!!

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