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Whats the History with this Corvair Race Car??
Posted by: davemotohead ()
Date: September 16, 2012 12:35AM

This was at the track today,,VERY nicely build race Car,,The owners said they bought it off Ebay for $7000 a couple years ago and its been in storage until today,,Any One have some History?



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Re: Whats the History with this Corvair Race Car??
Posted by: davemotohead ()
Date: September 16, 2012 12:37AM

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Date: September 16, 2012 12:40AM

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Re: Whats the History with this Corvair Race Car??
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: September 16, 2012 01:10AM

That's a new one on me...





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Re: Whats the History with this Corvair Race Car??
Posted by: Mike Stillwell ()
Date: September 16, 2012 01:46AM

Guy used to post on Fastvairs "MaddMatt" or something like that. He was not very easy to get along with. I did a little inquiring when it was on Ebay - decent car, but nothing special, nor really vintage is what I was told.

Mike
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Re: Whats the History with this Corvair Race Car??
Posted by: vairmech ()
Date: September 16, 2012 01:54AM

I know the car very well, as well as the deceased owner. I will say it took a little bit to get to know Matt but once there he was a friend. The engine is a Bob Coffin engine, and the car presented it's self very well in vintage racing.

I'm glad the car is being used for what it was intended. $7000 is very cheap for a race ready car.

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Re: Whats the History with this Corvair Race Car??
Posted by: ricknorris ()
Date: September 16, 2012 11:46AM

Former owner Matt Lagessie of Mad Matt's Auto sales in Darion IL.
I have the original Ebay ad from Sep. 2011.
Rob Fike has driven it. I have some other photos of the car.
Engine was originally built by Bob Coffin. (ask him about that!)
P.O. had it for twenty years so he said.
Glad to see someone is racing it. Need to find out who, what, when and where.
As Ken said, not a particularly significant vintage racer.
Rick Norris
#36 Sunoco Corvair
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Re: Whats the History with this Corvair Race Car??
Posted by: ricknorris ()
Date: September 16, 2012 11:50AM

Here is the original EvilBay ad:

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Used: A vehicle is considered used if it has been registered and issued a title. Used vehicles have had at ... Read moreabout the condition

I HAVE UP FOR AUCTION MY 1966 CORVAIR RACE CAR WHICH I HAVE OWNED FOR THE LAST 20 YEARS. I AM SELLING SINCE MY KIDS SHOW NO INTEREST IN RACING AND I HAVE HAD MY FUN WITH IT ROAD RACING.
CAR IS LOCATED IN DARIEN, IL. 60561 AND WILL HAVE TO BE PICKED UP BY TRAILER SINCE IT IS NOT STREET LEGAL.
THIS CAR IS RACE READY, MEANING I COULD RACE IT TOMORROW! I HAVE JUST INSTALLED NEW BRAKES ALL AROUND AND HAVE GONE THROUGH ALL THE FLUIDS. TIRES IN PHOTOS HAVE ONLY ONE WARM UP SESSION ON THEM AND I HAVE 2 MORE SETS OF SHORTER RACE TIRES/WHEELS FOR SHORTER ROAD COURSES THAT GO WITH THE CAR.
THIS CAR HAS BEEN RACED IN PRODUCTION AND VINTAGE RACES AND I HAVE WON WITH IT TOO!
I HAVE A FEW SPARES THAT GO WITH THE CAR IN THE PHOTO I.E. HALF SHAFT, REAR HUB, MASTER CYLINDER, IGNITION PARTS, BELTS BOTH ENGINE AND DRIVER. DUMMY ALTERNATOR. DIFF STUB. ETC....
THIS CAR IS BULLET PROOF AND HAS ALL THE BEST YENKO STUFF ON IT, I.E. STEERING, GEARBOX, SUSPENSION, DECK LID, WINDOW QUARTERS, ENGINE PARTS AND SO ON.
CAR HAS IT MINER DINGS AND CHIPS FROM MANY YEARS OF ROAD RACING AND THE FRONT SPOILER HAS SEEN BETTER DAYS BUT IT IS ALL FUNCTIONAL AND READY FOR THE BEGINNER TO EXPERT.
YOU CAN CALL ME HERE @ MADDMATTSAUTO 630-325-2599 IF YOU NEED TO CHAT WITH ME ABOUT THE CAR.
I HOPE THIS CAR WILL FIND A GOOD HOME FOR SOME ONE TO ENJOY FOR ANOTHER 20 YEARS.
LOG BOOK GOES WITH CAR ALONG WITH A TITLE IF SOMEONE WANTS TO BRING IT BACK FOR STREET USE?
WILL SELL CAR TO OVER SEAS BUYER BUT BUYER WILL HAVE TO ARRANGE PICK UP AND SHIPPING.

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Re: Whats the History with this Corvair Race Car??
Posted by: ricknorris ()
Date: September 16, 2012 11:53AM

Thanks for the latest photos. I swiped them for my Corvair Race Car files.
I would like to have the new owners names and contact info. Might be able to get them to the Mitty or some other East Coast venue.

Rick Norris
#36 Sunoco Corvair
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Re: Whats the History with this Corvair Race Car??
Posted by: gmorphan ()
Date: September 16, 2012 01:48PM

It may not be anything special or have historical significants, but it looks like a fine Corvair racecar. I can tell someone put their heart & sole into this car, it presents well. I like seeing cars that represent what true "production" car racing was....it's still a real Corvair! cool smiley

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Re: Whats the History with this Corvair Race Car??
Posted by: Mike Stillwell ()
Date: September 16, 2012 02:01PM

FYI - I only stated "not really vintage", since there was a picture of a 1970 Watkins Glenn tag of some sort pop riveted on what looks like the rear frame rail. In 1970 a Corvair could only have raced in A/Sedan or tagged as a Stinger in D/P. Someone might see that tag and think the car had a very, long race history.

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Re: Whats the History with this Corvair Race Car??
Posted by: gmorphan ()
Date: September 16, 2012 02:57PM

I assumed "The Glen" tag was put on much later than 1970.
But you're correct...it's misleading at best. confused smiley

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Re: Whats the History with this Corvair Race Car??
Posted by: Mike Stillwell ()
Date: September 16, 2012 04:58PM

I see the tag now, in the other pix. It's on the lower left side of the fresh air plenum. I do agree that it looks like a pretty nice car.

Mike
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Re: Whats the History with this Corvair Race Car??
Posted by: dan giannotti ()
Date: September 17, 2012 07:03PM

7 Grand might buy a built Race Engine.......................

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Re: Whats the History with this Corvair Race Car??
Posted by: YenkoYS-100 ()
Date: September 17, 2012 08:14PM

Call me an idiot.....but I'd pass on running #13 on any racecar, especially a Corvair.


Look Ma......NO fanbelt!! LOL

Another dumb question that I have is : Do people really roadrace these things without the seals around the engine? Do they run cool like this? Are they faster like this? I cannot see a real weight savings without the seal retainers and seals installed? Why suck hot air into the cooling fan??

It's a great looking car, and it's kinda neat seeing Rochesters on it.

Rick
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Re: Whats the History with this Corvair Race Car??
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: September 17, 2012 08:20PM

Rick.. surprised you don't know!!


With the Yenko Flaps open... and at any speeds above 15-20 mph.... no reversion!

Vaireyfast drove his up Hwy 395 in 105f heat on the way to Tahoe..iirc





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Re: Whats the History with this Corvair Race Car??
Posted by: YenkoYS-100 ()
Date: September 17, 2012 08:48PM

MattNall Wrote:
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> Rick.. surprised you don't know!!
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> With the Yenko Flaps open... and at any speeds
> above 15-20 mph.... no reversion!
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> Vaireyfast drove his up Hwy 395 in 105f heat
> on the way to Tahoe..iirc

Thanks Matt! They say "you learn something everyday", and I did. I'm thinking though, I'd still install the seals. I don't need any dropped valve seats in heads that have survived this long, without damage.

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Re: Whats the History with this Corvair Race Car??
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: September 17, 2012 09:05PM

Same here!! I idle too much!!! ggg





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Re: Whats the History with this Corvair Race Car??
Posted by: jimc ()
Date: September 18, 2012 02:56AM

OK, I will ask the newbie race prep question.

My question has more to do with what I do see vs. what I don't see:
- a spring loaded idler pulley but no belt and a rigid oil pressure line in a "bad spot" if a belt flipped.

I assume at race speeds a belt because at race speeds head cooling may not be a problem except behind a slow pace car for many laps, but what about keeping the battery charged up even in a short three hour race?

jimc
1965 Corsa






A friend has a Stinger, GT3, but uses a Porsche 911 style fan/alternator setup.


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Re: Whats the History with this Corvair Race Car??
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: September 18, 2012 03:04AM

Jim.. that's the reason Dave was there.. to work on them and bring belts!! gg

Turned out they needed an idler as well!

Rigid line is still intact after throwing a dozen belts!! ggg

This engine is most likely not shifted wildly... so the need for the P style setup is not really needed..





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