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Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: whubbell ()
Date: October 19, 2018 08:43PM

I have also rebuild the headlight buckets and Powerglide governor

Bill Hubbell,
President, Stock Corvair Group

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Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: 66vairman ()
Date: October 20, 2018 09:05PM

Great workmanship. I like cleaning up the stuff nobody sees, but I know it's done right.

Note the turn/park socket ground to the frame can be an issue. I've had to fix a few. Best to test before it goes in.

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Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: CoCoCo ()
Date: October 20, 2018 10:22PM

Been watching, but finally had something to add...

whubbell Wrote:
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> I remember the time when I could do all of this in
> just one weekend. Sigh - I am not so fast
> anymore.


I think you're simply too close to the subject and misinterpreting the signs.
You're not slowing down at all. You've simply become more meticulous!

Enjoy the fruits...

Paul

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Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: whubbell ()
Date: October 24, 2018 04:13PM

Started working on the interior - first step, the front seats.

This is the driver's seat - everything removed down to the springs. There is a fair amount of rust on the outboard side, but it seems to clean up nicely with the sandblaster.

I do have a broken side spring, however.

I used to have a bunch of extra seats in my "stash" but of course I listened to my wife and got rid of them. sad smiley

Anyway, I see that new springs are available through the OPGI catalog - pricey, though. I guess I'll need to mull this one over.

Bill Hubbell,
President, Stock Corvair Group



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Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: whubbell ()
Date: November 10, 2018 04:23AM

Seat Tracks Cleaned up and ready for reassembly and seat bases cleaned and refinished

Bill Hubbell,
President, Stock Corvair Group

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Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: whubbell ()
Date: November 10, 2018 04:26AM

Finally got the last required piece of the tool to measure the Powerglide internal clearance settings! It is set at about 0.28" - perfect!

Bill Hubbell,
President, Stock Corvair Group

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Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: Mel ()
Date: November 10, 2018 05:30AM

Nice work smiling smiley

Orangeville, Ontario. CANADA

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Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: cepak ()
Date: November 10, 2018 09:23AM

Before he started this restoration Bill Hubbell said, "Gentlemen, I can rebuild it. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world's first bionic Corvair. John Glenn’s will be that Corvair. Better than it was before. Better...stronger...faster."

It is great for me to watch your progress and it is very inspirational. Thank you for sharing.


Tom Cepak
DFW, TX

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Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: whubbell ()
Date: November 10, 2018 02:53PM

Primer-Filler!!











Bill Hubbell,
President, Stock Corvair Group

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Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: steve c goodman ()
Date: November 10, 2018 02:59PM

Great looking restoration Bill. I hope new forum
members are inspired to dig into their cars after
watching you plus Tom's blue spyder convert and
Steve from Marietta's firebrier.

best wishes, Steve
Rear Engine Spec. Inc. Golden, Colo.

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Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: whubbell ()
Date: December 05, 2018 07:19PM

Bucket Seat Springs Refurbished

Bill Hubbell,
President, Stock Corvair Group

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Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: whubbell ()
Date: December 05, 2018 07:20PM

New foundation pieces made (bending and threading those new wires was a lot of work!)

Bill Hubbell,
President, Stock Corvair Group

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Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: whubbell ()
Date: December 05, 2018 07:22PM

Foundation pieces attached

Bill Hubbell,
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Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: whubbell ()
Date: December 05, 2018 07:23PM

And... the completed seat bottom - lots of cussing and sore fingers - did not take any photos of attaching the foam or vinyl

Bill Hubbell,
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Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: whubbell ()
Date: December 05, 2018 07:27PM

It's certainly not a professional job. I did spend a lot of time trying to get all the wrinkles out and I'm really not unhappy with the result - I think those small wrinkles may smooth out once it gets a little humidity, but if not, I guess I could always bite the bullet and take them to an upholstery shop.

It is a LOT of work - and I still have another bucket base, two bucket seat backs, and the rear bench base and back to go!

My fingers will be raw!!!


One particular problem I discovered - the replacement seat foam is sold for "60-66", but is really ideally sized for 65-66 (narrower seats). It is very difficult to get this foam to work well with the wider 60-64 seats.

Bill Hubbell,
President, Stock Corvair Group



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Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: December 05, 2018 07:32PM

You are doing fine!! Others have reported that as well.





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Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: toms73novass ()
Date: December 06, 2018 03:04AM

Great Job, the upholstery work is quite a work out, wait till you do the backs! smiling bouncing smiley

-Tom


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Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: Mel ()
Date: December 06, 2018 04:48AM

Looks good smiling smiley, those bucket seat bottoms are VERY tough to do as I remember sad smiley

Orangeville, Ontario. CANADA

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Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: Brizo ()
Date: December 06, 2018 08:03AM

whubbell. A certain amount of stuffing and filling with additional foam or cotton batting is always needed around the edges and corners to fill out wrinkles for the best fit. Cautiously applying heat or set the seats out in the sun will help the vinyl relax. After a time you may see where removing some hog rings and re-positioning the cover will improve the fit.

Dan Brizendine,
'64 8door Greenbrier 140 PG. "In beautiful Wanamaker Indiana...with one stop light and 5 pizza shops"

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Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: cepak ()
Date: December 06, 2018 08:11AM

Brizo Wrote:
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> whubbell. A certain amount of stuffing and filling
> with additional foam or cotton batting is always
> needed around the edges and corners to fill out
> wrinkles for the best fit. Cautiously applying
> heat or set the seats out in the sun will help the
> vinyl relax. After a time you may see where
> removing some hog rings and re-positioning the
> cover will improve the fit.


In addition to the heat, you've got to slap/hit the seat to force the wrinkles out. I had the same problem, but after watching a few youtube videos, and a little practice, you'll be able to get it write.


Tom Cepak
DFW, TX

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