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"Jim's" ALUMINUM 215 V8 in the All black Corsa
Posted by: Jim ()
Date: November 06, 2011 03:57PM

Hi.

Next weekend I should have a complete ready to bolt in 215 V8 combo, Sag. 3:27 transaxle for my All Black corsa.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/08/2012 10:16PM by MattNall.

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Re: ALUMINUM 215 V8
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: November 06, 2011 04:10PM

Nice!

Here's what it should look like:

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 (project)
64 GB -CrUnChEd (donor)
64 Monza coupe (parts)

20 Tons of parts in boxes

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Re: ALUMINUM 215 V8
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: November 06, 2011 04:10PM

What happened to the Electric fan cooled Big engine?





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Re: ALUMINUM 215 V8
Posted by: Jim ()
Date: November 06, 2011 04:20PM

I wish it looked that good, but it's fresh -0- miles, so I can run my A/C pump.

Matt, Make me an offer on the 3.1 BIG BORE 140?

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Re: ALUMINUM 215 V8
Posted by: 66vairman ()
Date: November 06, 2011 04:37PM

I've read the mid engine SBC Vair has about the same front to rear weight distribution as a stock Vair - of course the bulk of the weight is closer to the center of the car.

Anybody ever determine the weight distribution of a mid engine Vair using the aluminum 215 V8?

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Re: ALUMINUM 215 V8
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: November 06, 2011 04:47PM

The Olds/Buick V8 is supposed to weigh 30-50# more than the Corvair engine. With the added radiator up front and loosing the spare tire at the rear, the weight distribution, as a practical matter, remains unchanged.

Mine has original stock springs and rides at stock ride height front and rear.

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 (project)
64 GB -CrUnChEd (donor)
64 Monza coupe (parts)

20 Tons of parts in boxes

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Re: ALUMINUM 215 V8
Posted by: gmorphan ()
Date: November 06, 2011 05:06PM

Question! Is the Rover aluminum V8 that was bought from GM back in the 60's the same, or related to, the 215?

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Re: ALUMINUM 215 V8
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: November 06, 2011 05:23PM

gmorphan Wrote:
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> Question! Is the Rover aluminum V8 that was
> bought from GM back in the 60's the same, or
> related to, the 215?

Same as Buick version. Of course over the years Rover developed the engine with EFI and other bits but basically parts are interchangeable. GM's 3.8, 225V6, share some suff and the 300-455 V8 engines are related too.

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 (project)
64 GB -CrUnChEd (donor)
64 Monza coupe (parts)

20 Tons of parts in boxes

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Re: ALUMINUM 215 V8
Posted by: BritCars ()
Date: November 06, 2011 05:24PM

Rover bought the rights to the engine from GM and used it in the 3500 and SD1 sedans, the Land Rover V-8, the Range Rover, Discovery and Defender models. Depending on its use, they modified it with different carbs, camshafts, etc.,; in the Land Rover applications, Rover bored it out from 3.5 liters to 3.9, 4.0 and 4.2 liters.

The same engine wound up as options in the Morgan and MG lineups.

Thousands of those engines are still running in the US-imported models and parts support is terrific for them.

Jeff

Jeff Aronson
Vinalhaven, Maine 04863
'66 Corvair Monza Coupe 110 hp 4-speed
'66 Land Rover Series II-A 88" SW
'66 Land Rover Series II-A 88" HT
'80 Triumph TR-7 Spider
'80 Triumph Spitfire
[www.landroverwriter.com]
[www.dirgocorvairs.com]
[roversmagazine.com]

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Re: ALUMINUM 215 V8
Posted by: Mike J ()
Date: November 08, 2011 03:07AM

Right on Jim. I've been thinking about 215 V8s lately. Almost picked up a nice Datsun 510 and was going to look into dropping in a 215 ... so you're going that route now? That should be AWESOME in the Black Corsa.

Can't wait to see it.

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Re: ALUMINUM 215 V8
Posted by: davemotohead ()
Date: November 08, 2011 03:13AM

MattNall Wrote:
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> What happened to the Electric fan cooled Big
> engine?


Yes Jim,,how did that electric fan engine work out?

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Re: ALUMINUM 215 V8
Posted by: wv-geo ()
Date: November 08, 2011 02:49PM

I read somewhere on the internet (so it must be true) that Rover did not stock engine rebuild kits in the US for the aluminum engine. When an engine under warranty needed rebuilt, they just replaced the engine. Therefor, Rover dealerships would be a possible source for low mileage rebuildable cores.

Here's a site dedicated to rebuilding and upgrading the 215 engine:

[www.aluminumv8.com]

Dan Stark
Hurricane, WV

1964 Corvair 500 Coupe, 140HP, 4spd (Christine)
1965 Mustang Coupe, 6cyl, 3spd

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Re: ALUMINUM 215 V8
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: November 08, 2011 03:21PM

Just a head's up before everybody get all hot about 215 conversions...

The usual approach is to put the lightweight 215 engine in the rear but to do so requires either a reverse-rotation engine or a different transaxle, such as a Porsche 915.

It would seem to be much simpler and cheaper to use the Corvair transaxle, and that's true, however the required reverse-rotation camshaft and reverse-rotation accessory drive gears are nearly impossible to locate and I doubt that the required bell housing adapter and flywheel are available from Kennedy anymore either.

It's relatively easy to come up with a 215 Buick/Olds/Rover core so I would locate the reverse cam and bell housing adapter as STEP ONE, 'cause if you can't find those pieces, it's game-over.

On the other hand, 215>Porsche adapters are out there and with the common Porsche 915 transaxle you avoid the need for the impossible 215 reverse-rotation cam and all of the rev-rot hassles.

Once you step up to the Porsche transaxle, the 215/Rover concept is tons more do-able... but then the LSx looms as a more modern alternative to the 215.

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 (project)
64 GB -CrUnChEd (donor)
64 Monza coupe (parts)

20 Tons of parts in boxes

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Re: ALUMINUM 215 V8
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: November 11, 2011 09:35PM

VW Bus Transaxle.... strong enough and good gearing


Look at the "pro Built" at the bottom

No reversing of the engine and you get OD!!





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Re: ALUMINUM 215 V8
Posted by: SSpeed66 ()
Date: November 12, 2011 01:06AM

I wonder what transaxle this guy used in this Beemer-


Al Macaulay - Okanagan Valley, BC
Western Canada Corsa

Link to my Corsa build- [corvaircenter.com]
Link to my Cobra boat Project- [www.sidewinder-boats.com]

66 Corsa 140 HT - 402BBC/Turbo 425, 66 CDN Corsa 'Vert 140, 79 Cobra 16SS/Merc 1500, 69 Triumph Trident Chopper, 67 BSA Lightning Custom
Cobra Custom Metal Design/ God Bless Canada

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Re: ALUMINUM 215 V8
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: November 12, 2011 01:10AM

Looks like an LCR there.. bet it's late Vair..





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Re: ALUMINUM 215 V8
Posted by: ConvertableGuy ()
Date: November 16, 2011 05:56AM

I am rinning the 215 Olds midship with the corvair trans. This car is a rocket ship.

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Re: ALUMINUM 215 V8
Posted by: ConvertableGuy ()
Date: November 16, 2011 06:12AM

Thanks Matt for the info on posting pictures

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Re: ALUMINUM 215 V8
Posted by: Mike J ()
Date: November 17, 2011 04:53AM

Wow, Way sharp car you have there.

Mike J
Northern Calif
Rescue, CA

65 Corsa ~ Sold !!
www.fquick.com/MikesGarage

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Re: ALUMINUM 215 V8
Posted by: Jim ()
Date: December 06, 2011 03:34AM

Been working on the 215 Olds motor this pass two days, lots of different parts from Ford, Buick, Rover and Olds.

Looks like this may go in without cutting the back of the corsa. I have an A/C bracket on the lower right side of the block with V pulleys.

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