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v8vairs!
Posted by: geochevy ()
Date: January 20, 2010 11:33PM

im interested in the v8vairs,dont have one but looking into it.But before i do so, i have a few questions.
1)when replacing a 6cylinder to an 8,any mods needed to the unibody frame to accept the torsion abuse?
2)what are the problems you guys encounter when done with the conversion?
3)i was told these are super midengine race cars, why dont i see them on the drag strips? or track?
4)i do want a porsche killer, is the midengine v8vair an understatement?

i have an eye on a v8vair, it looks so sweet but hesitant to buy something im unfamiliar with.your opinions,thoughts are greatly appericiated.
thanks
geo

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Re: v8vairs!
Posted by: firevair66 ()
Date: January 20, 2010 11:57PM

They can be very fast, If going to buy one , make sure it was done right , there is a lot of half hearted attempts out there that can be a real money pit to make right. Make sure it is complete and finished , as the price is not a lot different between finished and not.Mine cost the builder about $50K and 5 years and bought it for less than half that 3 years ago and it is perfect as if it were factory built by GM. Take your time and find a good build.

John Shoemaker,Riegelsville,PA.
61 Rampside full custom show truck
65 Monza 110/4 vert driver
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Re: v8vairs!
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: January 21, 2010 12:02AM

There are quite a few layout choices:

Front engine- body on frame. These work fine but aren't really Corvairs IMO.

Mid engine "Crown" style. These are probably the most popular but it takes major effort to create a livable car. (Eliminating noise, heat, and creating enough leg room). Most require "babying" of the transaxle because they really won't take the power for long.

Mid engine "Toronado" transaxle. Won't handle as well as a Crown but you usually get a backseat and the transaxle (3-sp automatic) is bulletproof.

Rear engine with Corvair or Porsche transaxle. Car appears stock but handling is no better than stock and can be worse depending of engine weight. One person on this list has a 400hp LS-1 with a Porsche transaxle that's a top example of this type.

Almost all V8 Corvairs have a front-mounted radiator, most commonly a "double bypass" type and this arrangement usually works very well.

There are two active CCF threads on this topic. One about "Best V8" and the other about 4.3V6 engines.

McCreery's car:

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
66 Red Monza 2dr 140/4 EFI 60k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
65 Cypress Green Monza 140/4 4dr
65 White 4-dr 110/AC/PG (parts)
64 GB -CrUnChEd (donor)


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Re: v8vairs!
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: January 21, 2010 12:18AM

geochevy Wrote:
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> 1)when replacing a 6cylinder to an 8,any mods
> needed to the unibody frame to accept the torsion
> abuse?

NOT IF KEEPING IT REAR irs


> 2)what are the problems you guys encounter when
> done with the conversion?

NOT FAST ENOUGH

> 3)i was told these are super midengine race cars,
> why dont i see them on the drag strips? or track?

SUPER FUN CARS... BUT NOT THE "KING OF THE HILL" IN ANYHING

> 4)i do want a porsche killer, is the midengine
> v8vair an understatement?

NO, IT'S YOUR "PIPEDREAM"!! ggg
>


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Re: v8vairs!
Posted by: aircooled ()
Date: January 21, 2010 12:21AM

Biggest problem for me:

- Don't be tall

Mid engined v8's of the common style have very little leg room, not good for taller folk.

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Re: v8vairs!
Posted by: 65 Crown Corsa ()
Date: January 21, 2010 04:23AM

I love mine, it aint allot of things but it is the funnest car I have ever had.

I got mine because of my dads Crown Corv8 and my trips to school as a kid, thats gotta say something.





Ed
65 Crown/Wills Corsa
WPB Florida



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/21/2010 04:33AM by 65 Crown Corsa.

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Re: v8vairs!
Date: January 21, 2010 04:44AM

Ours is quite peppy.

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Re: v8vairs!
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: January 21, 2010 04:52AM

Jonathan McCreery Wrote:
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> Ours is quite peppy.
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When can we see a video? We know it has to be fast with the great gearing..

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Re: v8vairs!
Date: January 21, 2010 03:23PM

A wee bit too much snow out there right now to make any video's! It's semi apart right now getting some "Upgrades" Should be done soon. Nothing to the motor, new rad with C6 Z06 electric fan... little stuff mostly. Dad was driving it every few days to work until about september (no heater in the car as of yet)

It's astounding you can have that much HP and have it be so docile.. and yes the 4.XX final drive helps make it move along quite well (LOL)

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Re: v8vairs!
Posted by: Bob ()
Date: January 21, 2010 05:01PM

Join V-8 Vairs, a CORSA chapter. [www.corvair.org]

Back in the day, a V-8 Corvair was significantly fast, relative to what was around back then. These days, little econo-boxes (relatively speaking again) have 260hp engines. The 2010 Mustang V-6 has more horses than the 2009 V-8.

Still, they're a lot of fun.

Mike Levine successfully races in A/sports racing vintage class and passes Mustangs, Camaros and Porsches pretty easily.

It sure ain't as easy as it looks. Getting a running car is a whole lot cheaper and much less frustrating than starting from scratch.

Bob Thomas
building my second V-8, the first a 402 BBC Midengineering, this one a 350 SBC Crown

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Re: v8vairs!
Date: January 21, 2010 05:15PM

If you want to build a porsche killer , it better be straight line only , modern 911's are nothing to be sniffed at. To do this you better cut off all the existing suspension on a vair, 13" brakes , giant tires...ect..

I speak from experience with both a V8 V8 and a new 911....

Build it and enjoy it for what it is.

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Re: v8vairs!
Posted by: ScottS ()
Date: January 22, 2010 03:25AM

I saved this screen shot LOL

Chevy could have built an awsome car , much cooler than the Camaro - oh well

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Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: January 22, 2010 03:32AM

Wusses!





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Re: v8vairs!
Posted by: 65 Crown Corsa ()
Date: January 22, 2010 06:18AM

LOL @ Matt

Ed
65 Crown/Wills Corsa
WPB Florida

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Re: v8vairs!
Posted by: Fast Eddie ()
Date: January 23, 2010 07:17PM

MattNall Wrote:
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> geochevy Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
>
> > 1)when replacing a 6cylinder to an 8,any mods
> > needed to the unibody frame to accept the
> torsion
> > abuse?
>
> NOT IF KEEPING IT REAR irs


Do you need a new dash pad?
>
>
> > 2)what are the problems you guys encounter when
> > done with the conversion?
>
> NOT FAST ENOUGH
>
> > 3)i was told these are super midengine race
> cars,
> > why dont i see them on the drag strips? or
> track?
>
> SUPER FUN CARS... BUT NOT THE "KING OF THE HILL"
> IN ANYHING
>
> > 4)i do want a porsche killer, is the midengine
> > v8vair an understatement?
>
> NO, IT'S YOUR "PIPEDREAM"!! ggg
> >
>
>

Bowie,MD

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Re: v8vairs!
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: January 23, 2010 07:38PM

Fast Eddie Wrote:

> Do you need a new dash pad?
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I guess you're asking me?

Not needed.. it's a street fighter, not a show car... doesn't make it faster!





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Re: v8vairs!
Posted by: 65 Crown Corsa ()
Date: January 23, 2010 10:59PM

My dash pad is perfect,thanks



Ed
65 Crown/Wills Corsa
WPB Florida

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Re: v8vairs!
Posted by: Jim ()
Date: January 23, 2010 11:08PM

FAST

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