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Corvair v8 conversion
Posted by: i_xlr8 ()
Date: November 14, 2011 06:49PM

So I have a 66 corvair. im doing a restoration and i was talking to my father about it. he told me that they made a v8 conversion that would let me put a 350 in the front of the car like normal cars does any one know where i can get one and give me info about it

please and thank you



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Re: Corvair v8 conversion
Posted by: azdave ()
Date: November 14, 2011 07:47PM

No one made a kit to put one in the front. Those conversions almost always use a similar wheelbased frame from a "normal" car (as you call it) and drop a Corvair body on top.

The kits your father is remembering were the Kelmark and Crown conversions for placing a small block Chevy in the back seat area. Those were sold as kits with frame connectors, adapters and plan sets.



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Re: Corvair v8 conversion
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: November 14, 2011 07:48PM

Those are all Homemade.... it's not a Vair [ rear / mid - engined] any longer and normally they get rid of the Rear IRS...

just buy a Nova , Camaro, etc..

The kits were for Mid and rear engine swaps..





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Re: Corvair v8 conversion
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: November 14, 2011 08:09PM

And Welcome to the CCF! You may want to drive your Vair for a while and then find a v8... many of us have... "Variety is the spice of life"!!! gg





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Re: Corvair v8 conversion
Posted by: Caraholic4life ()
Date: November 14, 2011 11:56PM

This is a good opportunity to remind anyone with a serious interest that I still have an unused Crown kit available. grinning smiley

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Re: Corvair v8 conversion
Posted by: steve c goodman ()
Date: November 15, 2011 02:56AM

One of the more common conversions to front engine is to use a G body car such as Buick Regal/Monte Carlo in the early 80s, the wheel base is the same and the G body cars have a full frame. You lose the IRS when this is done and end up with a Camaro as Matt alludes to above.

Nothing wrong with Camaro, you just lose some of the good aspects of the Corvair.

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Re: Corvair v8 conversion
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: November 15, 2011 03:30AM

Here's a front engined conversion not using a frame under... 500 Caddy





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Re: Corvair v8 conversion
Posted by: ConvertableGuy ()
Date: November 16, 2011 05:22AM

I have seen a couple of V8 conversions using a shortened S-10 chassis, with V8 in the front. Mine is a kelmark with a 215 Olds V8. Midship.

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Re: Corvair v8 conversion
Posted by: ConvertableGuy ()
Date: November 16, 2011 05:27AM

I am sure some of you have seen this car around So. Cal.Was built by Dan Powers. I just bought it from him.

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Re: Corvair v8 conversion
Posted by: ConvertableGuy ()
Date: November 16, 2011 05:29AM

I can only do one picture at a time. Sorry.

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Re: Corvair v8 conversion
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: November 16, 2011 05:50AM

CG.. 3 at a time per reply... After CHOOSE FILE click ATTACH not Post Message

it will say attach ANOTHER FILE





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Re: Corvair v8 conversion
Posted by: davemotohead ()
Date: November 16, 2011 05:51AM

I have seen that car before! Nice Ride!



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Re: Corvair v8 conversion
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: November 16, 2011 05:53AM

It's been together a very long time...





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Re: Corvair v8 conversion
Posted by: ConvertableGuy ()
Date: November 16, 2011 06:09AM

Dan Had the car for about thirty years. He said he is going to build another one. He did a great job on this one. Matt, you know the car.

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Re: Corvair v8 conversion
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: November 16, 2011 06:17AM

Just from meeting him at the Toss..





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Re: Corvair v8 conversion
Posted by: Vairefast ()
Date: November 17, 2011 09:10AM

There are lots and lots of choices when you think about doing a v8 car.

First I would ask how tall are you? That might narrow down the field pretty quick. Also how much time, money and skillz do you have? (Not necessarily in that order)

Is this your first car? Is it going to be your main transportation?

All this kinda stuff is important when thinking about taking on such a large project. The last thing you want to do is 1: Get overwhelmed and never finish it. 2: Finish it and figure out you don't like to drive it or worse yet you can't fit in the car comfortably.
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Re: Corvair v8 conversion
Posted by: nyciti ()
Date: November 17, 2011 01:12PM

I wouldn't call it a Camaro (camaro's aren't full frame cars & are very different in their own right) and if done right unless I pop the trunk you wouldn't know the motor was in the front. (Mike Myers ls1 69 vair is a perfect example)

Since I'm in the middle of doing it I would say unless you LIKE to do work and fab DON'T do it, its not rocket science but it isn't something you will do in a weekend or two. I have been working on mine on and off for a year already. A lot of things you will have to take into account.

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Re: Corvair v8 conversion
Posted by: nyciti ()
Date: November 17, 2011 01:14PM

BTW if you want to keep the IRS it can be done using a g-body frame and a GTO rear IRS setup. Not bolt in but not that off to make it bolt in. You can have it all, just depends on how deep your pockets are and how much time and effort you want to put into fabbing it all up.

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