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Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: Mel ()
Date: July 06, 2018 04:49AM

looking good smiling smiley

Orangeville, Ontario. CANADA

Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: cepak ()
Date: July 06, 2018 07:24AM

That can’t possibly be real. Did you buy one of those plastic models from ebay, assemble and make look real pretty, then set it on a table and photo it at the proper angle to make it look real? winking smiley


Tom Cepak
DFW, TX

Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: whubbell ()
Date: July 06, 2018 08:08AM

Oh, it’s real alright. Just ask my aching back, arms and my dehydrated body!

It’s 99% preparation, 1% assembly.

Bill Hubbell,
President, Stock Corvair Group

Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: PGVair ()
Date: July 06, 2018 02:46PM

Bill, I assume you are going to put cotter pins in the ball joint nuts. But knowing you they will be factory correct.smiling smiley

Wade Lanning

Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: whubbell ()
Date: July 06, 2018 05:39PM

Yes, and I also still have to install the left brake parts, stabilier, steering linkage, wheel hubs, etc.

I think I’ll use new cotter pins, though. Sorry.

Bill Hubbell,
President, Stock Corvair Group

Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: PGVair ()
Date: July 06, 2018 05:44PM

Good idea to have it sitting on the wheel dollies to roll it around and keep it stable. I'll have to do that when I do my wagon suspensions. When will the body be returned?

Wade

Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: whubbell ()
Date: July 06, 2018 05:56PM

Gosh, I really don’t know. They are making good progress with the metal work but still some more to do, and when that done it’s on to priming and painting, so probably several months.

Bill Hubbell,
President, Stock Corvair Group

Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: rowin4 ()
Date: July 06, 2018 06:35PM

It's interesting to see the photos and look at the quality of welds they had back then. New hire with no experience in welder set up or proper welding technique.

Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: 66vairman ()
Date: July 06, 2018 10:13PM

rowin4 Wrote:
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> It's interesting to see the photos and look at the
> quality of welds they had back then. New hire with
> no experience in welder set up or proper welding
> technique.

When you go through any old 60's car it is amazing the things that you find done wrong on the assembly line.

Davemoto head had a LM four door with a floppy center post - he found they had not completed the weld of the center post to the body.

Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: WBrownIV ()
Date: July 07, 2018 07:46AM

Bill,
Your suspension looks awesome!

I will be reassembling my front end for my Corsa soon. Can I ask how you installed your coil springs without destroying the finish? This had been one task that I am dreading!

Thanks!
Bill

Bill Brown
Arnold, Mo. (Just south of St. Louis)

1965 Corsa Convertible
1965 Monza Coupe w/Factory A/C
Member
Corsa #32864
Show-Me Corvair Club

Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: whubbell ()
Date: July 08, 2018 07:32PM

Bill, this was previously answered on page 4 of this thread - I used a threaded rod, like in this photo. I gave more specific detail on page 4.

Bill Hubbell,
President, Stock Corvair Group

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Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: WBrownIV ()
Date: July 09, 2018 06:42AM

Thank you Bill. I completely missed that post eye rolling smiley

Bill Brown
Arnold, Mo. (Just south of St. Louis)

1965 Corsa Convertible
1965 Monza Coupe w/Factory A/C
Member
Corsa #32864
Show-Me Corvair Club

Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: whubbell ()
Date: July 17, 2018 07:57PM

Progress continues, slowly but steadily.

I finished the front suspension. Sorry I don’t have a photo of it right now, but here are some photos of how I restored the tie rod ends:
First I took detailed photos of the ends before I disassembled them so I could set them up approximately the same after they were refurbished.





Next, I disassembled the tie rods, stripped the ends of all rust and grease, then masked them for painting





After painting, I treated the threads with Casewell Black Oxide


Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: whubbell ()
Date: July 17, 2018 08:16PM

OK, so in the previous post I tried to link to photos on my One Drive, but apparently this forum software can't make it work because the links are dead. So here are a few of the photos I tried to send earlier.

It's very tedious having to resize photos...

Bill Hubbell,
President, Stock Corvair Group

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Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: whubbell ()
Date: July 17, 2018 08:24PM

More re-plated hardware - hanging on my ladder to dry.

Generator/Oil Filter adaptor - refurbished and waiting for rest of engine.

Rear brakes restored.

Bill Hubbell,
President, Stock Corvair Group

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Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: whubbell ()
Date: July 17, 2018 08:39PM

Even the rear crossmember bumpers get the restoration treatment.

Yes, I know you can buy replacement bumpers from Clark's, but why, when the originals are in such good shape? Besides, they don't sell the correct stud hardware.

So these were carefully disassembled.

The bumpers are cleaned in soap and water, the metal base cleaned, derusted, then painted and finally recoated in rubber.

The studs are pressed out (they actually consist of a stud and a sleeve), stripped and derusted, then plated, finished with black chromate, reinstalled on the bumper (with the sleeves, which received the same treatment), and then everything is given several coating of spray rubber.


The two bumpers are shown here, drying. The ends of the studs are masked off for the rubber spraying process.

The whole process takes several days, but it is really just a number of small steps with a whole lot of drying in between. I manage to fit it in while doing other projects

Bill Hubbell,
President, Stock Corvair Group



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Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: whubbell ()
Date: July 18, 2018 06:04PM

New U-joints attached to refurbished axle yokes and hardware (nuts and LW are new)

Bill Hubbell,
President, Stock Corvair Group

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Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: whubbell ()
Date: July 18, 2018 06:13PM

Work on the rear crossmember is stalled for the moment - I am missing a few parts (still at the powder coaters) and I need to purchase two new transmission mounts - will do that next week at the CORSA National.

Also, I am still looking to purchase two correct original 1964 grey spiral rear shock absorbers - stamped 3178179

Bill Hubbell,
President, Stock Corvair Group



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Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: whubbell ()
Date: July 31, 2018 09:40AM

Rear Suspension is mostly done.

Thanks to "Rusty" Rose for selling me the correct shocks!

Thanks to Nickshu for the tip about using tie straps to hold the control arm after compressing the spring with a threaded rod - it worked great. Far from seeming unsafe, I found that just one tie strap was more than strong enough to not only hold the spring compressed, but actually was able to compress it further! Of course, I applied several turns of the strap so I was getting increased strength and mechanical advantage.

Anyway, now that this is done I can move on to the engine.

Bill Hubbell,
President, Stock Corvair Group

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Re: Glenn Corvair Restoration
Posted by: whubbell ()
Date: July 31, 2018 09:40AM

Rear Suspension is mostly done.

Thanks to "Rusty" Rose for selling me the correct shocks!

Thanks to Nickshu for the tip about using tie straps to hold the control arm after compressing the spring with a threaded rod - it worked great. Far from seeming unsafe, I found that just one tie strap was more than strong enough to not only hold the spring compressed, but actually was able to compress it further! Of course, I applied several turns of the strap so I was getting increased strength and mechanical advantage.

Astute observers may notice a few parts in yellow primer - these are the parts that are still at the powder coaters, so I substituted primed parts from another car until I get the original parts back.

Anyway, now that this is done I can move on to the engine.

Bill Hubbell,
President, Stock Corvair Group



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