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Re: What did you WORK ON / DO....to your Corvair today?
Posted by: Caraholic4life ()
Date: April 08, 2022 03:28PM

I spent the day STRIPPING (Paint) on the Greenbrier.
Since the prior owner was going for the "Rat Rod" LOOK, and sanded through to bare metal where the paint was thin, then clear coated it, I really had no choice but to paint the van.

1962 95 F.C. Van
1964 Greenbrier Deluxe
1965 Monza Coupe
1965 Monza Convertible
Westminster, Maryland

MID ENG enthusiast &
prior Kelmark owner.

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Re: What did you WORK ON / DO....to your Corvair today?
Posted by: Caraholic4life ()
Date: April 08, 2022 03:32PM

I worked on the front panel, the top portion of the driver's door and the rear doors today.
The lower corners below the front bumper were in better condition than I expected them to be in but did find some unexpected rust holes behind the bumper and under bondo...so out came the bondo. IF I am going this far, it may as well get done better than it was.

1962 95 F.C. Van
1964 Greenbrier Deluxe
1965 Monza Coupe
1965 Monza Convertible
Westminster, Maryland

MID ENG enthusiast &
prior Kelmark owner.

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Re: What did you WORK ON / DO....to your Corvair today?
Posted by: The Stig ()
Date: April 08, 2022 06:39PM

What are you using to strip the paint caraholic?

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Re: What did you WORK ON / DO....to your Corvair today?
Posted by: Caraholic4life ()
Date: April 08, 2022 10:38PM

The Stig Wrote:
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> What are you using to strip the paint caraholic?

I am using the following tools provided to me.

A Snap On Tools Carbide edge scraper to remove the surface paint.
(Can't find an exact photo but it is similar to the item shown here)

After that, I am using a Dewalt variable speed Polisher set at 1,000 RPM with a 3M 3M 05579 Stikit 8" Disc Pad with 3M Green Corps Stikit 8" 40 Grit Sanding Discs # 01550

On the front panel of the van, I started using some Aircraft grade paint stripper but it wasn't any quicker and it was messier than I liked it.

This is not a quick process and I would prefer to just have a body shop take it on BUT it isn't easy to source these days.
The individual doing the paint work won't guarantee his work unless the van is stripped to bare metal.

He isn't willing to take on that chore himself so it is up to us to get it done.

Once all the paint has been removed, the body work will be dealt with and additional surface preparation will take place.

I feel the 40 grit sanding discs leave the surface a bit to rough so it will probably be gone over with something else to make the surface a bit smoother before metal prep and sealer/primer is applied. (I am guessing here)

1962 95 F.C. Van
1964 Greenbrier Deluxe
1965 Monza Coupe
1965 Monza Convertible
Westminster, Maryland

MID ENG enthusiast &
prior Kelmark owner.

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Re: What did you WORK ON / DO....to your Corvair today?
Posted by: Caraholic4life ()
Date: April 09, 2022 01:57PM

Another five hours today stripping paint below the red stripe on the driver's side.
I found less rust and bondo than I expected in some places and more bondo where I didn't expect it.
As old as the van is, and considering where it spent some of it's life, it is in solid shape.

1962 95 F.C. Van
1964 Greenbrier Deluxe
1965 Monza Coupe
1965 Monza Convertible
Westminster, Maryland

MID ENG enthusiast &
prior Kelmark owner.

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Re: What did you WORK ON / DO....to your Corvair today?
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: April 09, 2022 03:50PM

While in Gem's parking cable replacement area...the long A/C duct hose got replaced.

Not in the mood (too much work) to drop the evaporator plus those hoses look okay.

Got all three precut right lengths from Clark's...oddball 2 3/4" diameter plus vairy stiff.

Picture is random interweb search...see 1965 Shop Manual Section 15 Page 20 for exact.

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Re: What did you WORK ON / DO....to your Corvair today?
Posted by: dhomuth ()
Date: April 10, 2022 11:12AM

Bought a working thermostat from Duane Wentland, and Rex Johnson came out to my shop to replace it. Now it works as it ought. I figured having Rex do it would save a lot of time and bother. In the process of removing the car from the bubble, noticed that something has leaked probably through the shifter tube. That's a bother! When Rex redid the entire drivetrain some years ago, he built up the worn shaft and replaced the seal, but perhaps it's gone bad again. Still, if it's to be entered into the Forest Grove Concours come July, it's got to be put right. So that's some time in the future. Meanwhile, it's raining and I won't drive it on wet roads. Yet.

1966 Corvair Corsa convertible
Same car I bought in 1/68 the night before I went to Viet Nam he second time. Got it back in 8/15. Finished it in 9/21.


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Re: What did you WORK ON / DO....to your Corvair today?
Posted by: vacman ()
Date: April 12, 2022 09:00AM

Since I have the complete drivetrain out of my car, I replaced the fuel line and rear brake lines. I have to say the fuel line that runs through the tunnel and behind the rear suspension was difficult but I took my time and prevailed.

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Re: What did you WORK ON / DO....to your Corvair today?
Posted by: gwrench ()
Date: April 17, 2022 01:00PM

Removed the secondary lock outs today. The linkage has been sticky and weird lately but it's working good now!

Dale
Loveland, Colorado

1965 Monza 140 barn find

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Re: What did you WORK ON / DO....to your Corvair today?
Posted by: Caraholic4life ()
Date: April 17, 2022 05:11PM

More stripping action on the Greenbrier this past Friday and Saturday.
So far, about 30 hours of my time.

1962 95 F.C. Van
1964 Greenbrier Deluxe
1965 Monza Coupe
1965 Monza Convertible
Westminster, Maryland

MID ENG enthusiast &
prior Kelmark owner.

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Re: What did you WORK ON / DO....to your Corvair today?
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: April 17, 2022 07:39PM

It is going to look fabulous when done!!

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Re: What did you WORK ON / DO....to your Corvair today?
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: April 30, 2022 08:43AM

Gem's new brakes are done...really like the O'Reilly parts.

Except for the new wheel cylinder bleed screws are metric.

Ended up bleeding the old fashioned one man coffee can way.

See the "Your Corvair Being Used" Sticky thread for the test drive.

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Re: What did you WORK ON / DO....to your Corvair today?
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: April 30, 2022 08:52AM

A buddy that knows A/C came over...we topped off the R-12.

Only took a half can before the sight glass bubbles went away.

The low pressure side Schrader valve wont shut off completely.

Wont come out because the cap fitting taper is slightly crushed.

Just left the stuffing box in place because I think its a better seal.

Temporary for sure but okay for now...don't want to lose the R-12

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Re: What did you WORK ON / DO....to your Corvair today?
Posted by: CoCoCo ()
Date: May 04, 2022 04:13PM

Phil Dally Wrote:
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> Gem's new brakes are done...

Sorry to come up with a negative thought (especially if it means more work for you!), but aren't those shoes on backwards?
Looks like the short shoe is on the rear, unless I'm seeing it wrong in the pic which is entirely possible.
Even on a 'Vair where the rear brakes are the front brakes from another vehicle, the primary shoe faces front. Correct?

Just saw that and wanted to bring it up.

paul

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Re: What did you WORK ON / DO....to your Corvair today?
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: May 04, 2022 04:55PM

Gee thanks Paul...you get to right!!

Good news is only driver side is backwards.

I guess I wasn't smarter than the brake shoe.

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Re: What did you WORK ON / DO....to your Corvair today?
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: May 04, 2022 04:57PM

Still needs more bleeding so swapping those break shoes is on the list...thyank you.


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Re: What did you WORK ON / DO....to your Corvair today?
Posted by: hughest ()
Date: May 06, 2022 02:10PM

I haven't been a frequent visitor here for quite a while - planning on changing that. I'm in the midst of putting together a Lakewood that was pulled apart and painted nearly 40 years ago. I've gone through the brake system and fuel system, and now I'm dealing with the wiring.

I'm documenting my work on YouTube. Click here to see the playlist for this car.

Last night I replaced the diaphragm assembly on the vacuum advance.

Tom in Baltimore
My YouTube Channel

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Re: What did you WORK ON / DO....to your Corvair today?
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: May 06, 2022 02:55PM

Keep up the work!

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Re: What did you WORK ON / DO....to your Corvair today?
Posted by: hughest ()
Date: May 09, 2022 05:56AM

Saturday I spent a few hours straightening out the wiring in the engine bay. After spinning the engine without spark plugs for a few times for about 15 seconds each(enough to get the TEMP/PRESS light to go off), I put the plugs back in, filled the carburetor bowls with fuel, and energized the starter. The engine fired right up and sounded good - little to no valve clatter which was surprising. I let the engine run until the bowls were emptied. I'll try to get a video up within the next week.

Vairy happy!

Tom in Baltimore
My YouTube Channel

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Re: What did you WORK ON / DO....to your Corvair today?
Posted by: Wagon Master ()
Date: May 09, 2022 08:44AM

I'm thinking the few times you turned it over for 15 seconds each with the plugs out, solved any lifter clatter you may have gotten otherwise.
GOOD JOB! Also achieving oil pressure is a definite plus. Your crankshaft bearings and other internals thank you. The only thing better than what you did is to prime the lubrication system with a dummy shaft while turning the engine over with a wrench. 1 oz. of oil in each cylinder with spark plugs out is also helpful.


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Northwest Ohio 45840



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