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Corvair powered street rod
Posted by: Rot 'n Kustom ()
Date: February 25, 2007 02:44PM

Google turns up some interesting things when you play around.

I found "The Forton Track T," a mid-engined Corvair powered street rod.
Pretty slick rod!

Here is the address:

[albums.photo.epson.com]




Dave Tartaglia Reading, PA
1964 Monza Sedan

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Re: Corvair powered street rod
Posted by: Tom C ()
Date: February 25, 2007 03:12PM

Very Cool!

64 Monza Vert
62 Corvair 95 van

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Re: Corvair powered street rod
Posted by: marv ()
Date: February 25, 2007 03:46PM

Trick Ride. He wasn't afraid to trick out the engine

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Re: Corvair powered street rod
Posted by: Vair63 ()
Date: February 25, 2007 06:18PM

I want one!!!

Mike
63 Vert,L62,4sp
Western North Carolina

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Re: Corvair powered street rod
Posted by: VairKing ()
Date: February 25, 2007 08:42PM


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Re: Corvair powered street rod
Posted by: Andrew ()
Date: February 25, 2007 09:27PM

How would you turn the powertrain around to be midship? Reversed rotation cam and starter? Or a different diff? Anyone know of any stock(ish) bodied Corvairs that have been converted to mid engine with the Corvair powertrain? I havent had much luck searching for that on the net. I'd love to see that

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Re: Corvair powered street rod / midVair vair
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: February 26, 2007 06:29AM

There was a short run of reversed R & P's this has one....


mid Vair engined Vair

There is one known in the east...but the guy is camera shy......We've seen pics once....and I believe he was at Buffalo? LM of course!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/26/2007 09:08PM by MattNall.

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Re: Corvair powered street rod
Posted by: Rot 'n Kustom ()
Date: February 26, 2007 08:34PM

I posted this one a few months ago. It is a Volksrod, but it would be pretty simple to do something similar with Corvair power. A longer bed would cover the engine completely, if you wanted.

Dave Tartaglia Reading, PA
1964 Monza Sedan

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Re: Corvair powered street rod
Posted by: Terry Kalp ()
Date: February 27, 2007 07:28AM

Yep theyare fun.

[members.cox.net]

Mine was started in 1968. 1300lbs. and a 150hp 1964 Spyder engine.

Thinking about putting it back together for the Detroit Convention. Last time it was in Detroit was in 1972 for the Third NSRA street rod nationals. Would be nice to have it back there 35 years later.

Terry Kalp

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Re: Corvair powered street rod
Posted by: Woodkeeth ()
Date: February 27, 2007 07:58AM

Howdee, if you look you will see this is an auto/PG transaxle (no clutch pedal). I have been interested in a number of vehicles with this set up. I have'nt done anything yet but I will.
It started back in the 70's when I saw a "chopper" magazine touting a Corvair Trike. I bought the mag and still have it. It has numerous pics.
And info on how to do it.

I bought my 65 last spring to use it to make my mid-engine Meyers Manx I have been dreaming about for 30 years. It turned out to be too good to scavenge so, on hold again.

The main thing is they flipped the differential upside down and rebolted the PG to the rotated diff. This as I believe makes everything run correct when used mid-engined. No need for reverse rotation.

The key component was a plate between the diff and trans. Material was machined off of the diff housing and a corresponding thick plate was machined to mount to the components and they were bolted to the plate. The plate was also used as a mounting point for the frame.

Some of you may remember Kennedy Eng. offered a mid-engine bellhousing for the Vair for the manual transaxle. You didn't have to flip the trans as it would work upside down.

I will send some pics as soon as I get my scanner back on line

Keith Woodke
Romeoville,IL
65 110 PG w/AC

"I can't control the wind, but I can adjust my sails" (the paper towels in my kitchen).

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Re: Corvair powered street rod
Posted by: "UNSAFE" ()
Date: February 27, 2007 08:49AM


>>>Anyone know of any stock(ish) bodied Corvairs that have been converted to mid engine with the Corvair powertrain?<<<

See pics.




"UNSAFE"
Kevin Willson
65 Monza
Juneau. Alaska

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Re: Corvair powered street rod
Posted by: zac ()
Date: February 27, 2007 10:58AM

Kevin, what exactly did they do? The diff looks right side up, but flipped around since the starter is now on the "wrong" side and the tranny is upside-down. Did I get that right? Is the trans flipped over just so they didn't end up with a reverse shift pattern?

I'm pretty interested in how it turned out, funtion wise, because this could be pretty cool in my roadster...

Zac

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Re: Corvair powered street rod
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: February 27, 2007 11:44AM

Woodkeeth Wrote:
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> The main thing is they flipped the differential
> upside down and rebolted the PG to the rotated
> diff. This as I believe makes everything run
> correct when used mid-engined. No need for reverse
> rotation.
>
> The key component was a plate between the diff and
> trans. Material was machined off of the diff
> housing and a corresponding thick plate was
> machined to mount to the components and they were
> bolted to the plate. The plate was also used as a
> mounting point for the frame.
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Can you post pics? I rode the tryke that Easy Riders Featured....

It was a flipped diff and Trans...with a plate where the pan was and another pan added at the bottom with a tube to feed the original pickup! Warren LeVeque [ Michaels dad] also did this in a racer he built..

Both the forton and the LM Kevin posted pics of have the Reverse Ring and Pinion...just like the Formula Car that was posted for sale here....the real reason I wanted it...GGG

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Re: Corvair powered street rod
Posted by: VairKing ()
Date: February 27, 2007 12:58PM

In those pics the transaxle is just turned around 180*, it is not upside down. The motor must be rotating reverse rotation in order for the gears to work. If the motor runs reverse in this configuration, the ring and pinion turns backwards, and the wheels turn the correct way. Its the same way with my Kelmark V8.



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1965 Corsa Kelmark V8 400 HP ///1965 Monza Sedan 110/PG /// Ultimate Corvair Hauler/// Don Eichstaedt's 1965 Corsa Racecar
West Michigan Corvair Club /// New Build! 1966 Corsa GTP Convertible Mid Engine 3.8L Supercharged!

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Re: Corvair powered street rod
Posted by: GibsonVair ()
Date: February 27, 2007 03:59PM

Whose car? How well does it handle/cool? Awesome! I've always thought of doing that to a stock bodied late model!

Steve Gibson
1966 140 coupe
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Re: Corvair powered street rod
Posted by: shomeyrwit ()
Date: February 27, 2007 05:12PM


OK I may be way off base here, but I was kicking around the idea of a corvair powered trike a few years ago and the layout I decided on was a corvair engine stock rotation, coupled to a vw transaxle,,, engine in front,under the tank like a regular bike, vw transaxle turning backwards but going forewards, figured the light weight and the reversed pinion ring would be fine,,,

that will work,,, won't it???

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Re: Corvair powered VW trans tryke
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: February 27, 2007 05:41PM

Sure it will...... Most used in V W Busses with Vair power go 20k miles or more...

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Re: Mid engine Corvair powered 4 speed?
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: February 27, 2007 06:11PM

Anyone interested?

I have a Bellhousing that was precision cut and rewelded 180 deg. to allow mid engine layout using all Corvair.. $300

Here's a pic of a OffRoad racer I had....



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Re: Corvair powered street rod
Posted by: GJ1963 ()
Date: February 28, 2007 08:14AM

I now have a reverse cut R&P set to do this at some point. Or to make a 215 powered wagon project. Does the reverse ring and pinion gear set need a custom or different pinion shaft?

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Re: Reversed R & P
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: February 28, 2007 09:38AM

GJ1963 Wrote:
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> I now have a reverse cut R&P set to do this at
> some point. Or to make a 215 powered wagon
> project. Does the reverse ring and pinion gear
> set need a custom or different pinion shaft?
>===================================================

yes! I believe the set was the R the P and the shaft..



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