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How Much Does a Corvair Engine Weigh?
Posted by: TikiVair ()
Date: October 29, 2009 04:42AM

I looked all through the Internet and these forums and didn't find any numbers on this.

The reason I'm asking is that a guy was at the car show Saturday and offered to GIVE me a complete Corvair engine. He claims it's all there, but even if I only have some aluminum for recycling I figure you can't beat free. He said to come pick it up tomorrow if I want it, so off I go with my nephew.

But my question is how much the engine actually weighs. Can my nephew and I pick it up or is it too heavy for two? I know they're aluminum, but so was the Hindenberg and that was HEAVY without the explosive gas.

I've worked with other engines including some straight sixes, admitted all cast iron, and they're boat anchors.

Tony Barthel
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Re: How Much Does a Corvair Engine Weigh?
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: October 29, 2009 04:56AM


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Re: How Much Does a Corvair Engine Weigh?
Posted by: bought1 ()
Date: October 29, 2009 10:50AM

Just an engine...you and your nephew can easily pick it up and throw it in the back of a truck. I've done it a bunch of times with just one of my buddies. Heck, two weeks ago my wife helped my pick up a complete engine and move it from a small dolly to an ATV jack...admittedly, however, she's tough as nails and I go as far out of my way as possible to not get her madgrinning smiley!

Dave

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Re: How Much Does a Corvair Engine Weigh?
Posted by: Shawn ()
Date: October 29, 2009 12:27PM

From now on, just send Matt a pm with what you want to search. :>

He can get back to you ASAP! He seems to be the only (or at least one of a few) who can get it to work correctly !!!!!!!!

Shawn

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Re: How Much Does a Corvair Engine Weigh?
Posted by: Curtis ()
Date: October 29, 2009 01:23PM

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Re: How Much Does a Corvair Engine Weigh?
Posted by: TikiVair ()
Date: October 29, 2009 01:36PM

Funny, I did a search for "Corvair engine weight" and didn't get that.

300 is more than my back will lift - even half of 300 - so I'm bringing winches and tools and all sorts of gizmodos. I'll post pix.

Tony Barthel
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Re: How Much Does a Corvair Engine Weigh?
Posted by: bought1 ()
Date: October 29, 2009 01:55PM

Tony, I'm assuming you will be putting it in the back of a pickup truck. I built the dolly show in the attached pic to move my engines around the garage. You can get even bigger dolly wheels, then fab up a simple dolly with 2x6s and plywood. Then strap the engine to it, and roll the whole shabang up a ramp and into the bed of the truck. Just a thought...

Dave

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Re: How Much Does a Corvair Engine Weigh?
Posted by: 4carbcorvair ()
Date: October 29, 2009 02:01PM

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Re: How Much Does a Corvair Engine Weigh?
Date: October 29, 2009 06:19PM

They weight the same as iron block 350's

GGGGGGGGGGG

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Re: How Much Does a Corvair Engine Weigh?
Posted by: Mel ()
Date: October 29, 2009 07:34PM

Jonathan McCreery Wrote:
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> They weight the same as iron block 350's
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> GGGGGGGGGGG

Is this really Jonathan or is it Alan V8confused smiley or Cclarke???confused smiley Jon you should get together with Perrya, both of you have imaginary supportive friends.grinning smiley

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Re: How Much Does a Corvair Engine Weigh?
Posted by: wcelliot ()
Date: October 29, 2009 08:20PM

Jonathan McCreery Wrote:
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> They weight the same as iron block 350's
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> GGGGGGGGGGG


LOL!!!!!!

Bet they make more hp and torque than an LS1 as well....

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Re: How Much Does a Corvair Engine Weigh?
Posted by: MonzaDave ()
Date: October 29, 2009 09:06PM

I find the 300 pound number for the engine alone hard to believe. I've lifted a number of engines in and out of my pickup and on and off an engine stand with the help of one person -- and I KNOW I can't lift 150 pounds anymore. In all cases the engines were complete except for carbs and bellhousing.

Dave Keillor
Rochester, MN

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Re: How Much Does a Corvair Engine Weigh?
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: October 29, 2009 09:27PM

MonzaDave Wrote:
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> I find the 300 pound number for the engine alone
> hard to believe.
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Clarks agrees.... hard to argue!

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Re: How Much Does a Corvair Engine Weigh?
Posted by: MonzaDave ()
Date: October 29, 2009 09:37PM

I have two of them sitting on stands -- guess I'll have to weigh one.

Dave Keillor
Rochester, MN

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Re: How Much Does a Corvair Engine Weigh?
Posted by: TikiVair ()
Date: October 29, 2009 10:53PM

So I picked up the engine today (literally and figuratively). There's a fair amount of rust, but nothing horrible and the engine is, as the guy said, complete.

His original intention was to use the engine to power a fan to blow heat across his walnut field. Then he realized that it wouldn't work so, several years later, I got the engine. If you're interested, you can see pictures on the Curbside web site.

Tony Barthel
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Re: How Much Does a Corvair Engine Weigh?
Posted by: RAV_AIR ()
Date: October 29, 2009 10:56PM

wow. lol...

looks like fun to me.

"So where do they put the engines in these things?"
"They put em where they belong....in the rear."
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Re: How Much Does a Corvair Engine Weigh?
Posted by: Mel ()
Date: October 29, 2009 11:04PM

Weight of a 1960 engine according to GM, trouble is you don't know what is attached to engine to arrive at the weights listed? (starter, generator, carbs,dist , shrouds, etc etc???).All I know is they are heavier than you thinkeye popping smiley Anyone had the swine flu yet??sad smiley

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Re: How Much Does a Corvair Engine Weigh?
Posted by: corvairbusguy ()
Date: October 29, 2009 11:20PM

Without the flywheel and starter a lot lighter.

They claim the flying vairs are a little over 200

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Re: How Much Does a Corvair Engine Weigh?
Posted by: ManxManiac ()
Date: October 29, 2009 11:47PM

A number of years ago, a couple friends & I weighed a complete 66 110hp engine. It had the heater boxes under the heads/cyls, a bellhousing & a flywheel & both exhaust logs & the 2 into 1 exhaust with a glasspack muffler & all of the engine tin.
It weighed 312 lbs.

We removed the bellhousing & the flywheel & installed a Corvair/VW adapter & a re-machined VW flywheel. We removed the upper engine seal tin, the heater boxes & the air cleaner assembly & installed a small chrome air cleaner on each carb.
We re-weighed it & the weight was now 284 lbs.! That's 18 lbs lighter!

We also weighed a complete VW engine with flywheel & the heater boxes in place & it weighed 216 lbs.! We removed the heater boxes & replaced them with a header system that had a muffler. We removed the oil bath air cleaner & installed a small chrome air cleaner & we removed all un-necessary engine tin, since the engine was going into a f/g buggy. It now weighed 205 lbs.!

So... a Corvair engine stripped down for use on a f/g buggy weighs about 284 lbs.!
a VW engine stripped down for use on a f/g buggy weighs about 205 lbs.!

The 6 cyl Corvair engine weighs about 80 lbs more than a 4 cyl VW engine.

When I remove the VW engine from our Meyers Manx buggy, I will weigh it & I will weigh the Corvair before I install it & see how they compare.

Have Fun, Fun, Fun... ManxManiac

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Re: How Much Does a Corvair Engine Weigh?
Posted by: TikiVair ()
Date: October 29, 2009 11:49PM

Oh, by the way, my nephew and I could lift the engine up without much problem, but we did drop it (shoooooot) getting it out of the truck.

Tony Barthel
Curbside Car Show Calendar & Web Site
www.curbside.tv

Featherbed Railroad - The Perfect Gearhead Getaway
www.featherbedrailroad.com


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