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Corvair into VW T2 camper
Posted by: genderen ()
Date: December 17, 2017 10:54AM

Hello,

First a small introduction, I'm Patrick from the Netherlands. I'm aircooled enthusiast. I have 2 Aircooled VW's (1973 T2 Westfalia and a 1956 Oval Ragtop).
I also Have several Deutz tractors (aircooled diesel) which I have restored.
I have worked as a mechanic for over 15 years in the agriculture business. Now I work on classic cars...

Let start with my first topic here:

I bought a 145CU CORVAIR engine which I would like to install in my VW camper. I’m not looking for a high power unit, just a nice engine that suits the VW to cruise and has more low end torque then the standard Vw. My VW now has an 1700cc Original aircooled engine. I’ve converted it so that it runs on LPG with no problems. It runs actually on LPG much better than on petrol. But it is still a 1700cc. It has it hands full on the little VW camper, especially when we tow small caravan behind it.


Basically when i was searching for new ideas for an engine upgrade for the VW, I stumbled over the corvair engine, I totally love the concept of it. After some searching I have found a corvair engine disassembled with a bunch of new parts. Putting them together should be the base for my new engine. There is a long way tp go, but there is no rush.



The main idea is to overhaul, using VW piston/cilinders? I would like to install LPG injection on it (did this on my daily audi 5000 also). I would like to use a megasquirt motormanagement system to control the injectors and the ignition.

I would like to go for the reverse rotation option. I'm looking for these parts, I have not been able to find them at the standard specialists, But perhaps someone has some parts left he is willing to part with?

Any ideas and tips are welcome, I'm in the early stage with my ideas. I'm open for suggestions.

Thanks,

Regards,

Patrick
The Netherlands

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Re: Corvair into VW T2 camper
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: December 17, 2017 11:07AM

Welcome to the CCF! You are not alone! Roelof is the most recent / active poster here... but there are others... PM him!

Hopefully someone will post with the parts.. you are right.. .they are out there!

It will be fun watching you do a Short stroke / 145 with Big bore... We had a guy several years ago doing it... but he disappeared!! gg

Also there are a few here right now doing the swap in various VW's





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Re: Corvair into VW T2 camper
Posted by: genderen ()
Date: January 28, 2018 10:59AM

Hi,

A little further since the last post, I think I will forget the reverse rotationn idea. Did some research, A subaru gearbox would be a good solution, due the fact the corvair runs the opposite direction, and the Suby box will install with the engine behind the gearbox, this will result in a 5 speed forward and 1 reverse gear.... At the same time I'll have a much better gear ratio then the original VW gearbox. At the moment I have 3750rpm at 90km/h.
I did have a look at all my parts and did an inventory, to see what parts I need to get going with my project:

To summarize, after the first inventory I got a list, perhaps someone has some of these parts available?

I need:

Camshaft (Isky260 or something similar)
Camshaft washer
Camshaft key
Pushrods
Pushrod tubes
Pushrod guides
Rockers complete with nuts studs etc....
Cyl. head nuts & washers
2 lower engine studs
Rearhousing + oilpump
Blower fan (straight fins)
Crankshaft pulley + bolt
Oilpump pickup tube + clamp.
Pistons & cylinders
Rocker covers.
Gasket kit.
Generator bracket.
Top cooling shroud
Oil cooler adaptor block

To make it more difficult, I'm Dutch. That means I live in the Netherlands. For my work I ship parts all over the world, I can use my account to get parts shipped to me.
I have a good equipped workshop available, so parts with some work are no problem............

Please let me know if you can help me out.

Thanks in advance,

Regards,

Patrick

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Re: Corvair into VW T2 camper
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: January 28, 2018 11:29AM

Several here will have those parts... wait for them to post...

Many of the parts should be bought NEW as they are "wear / Service" items and can be over 50 years old!





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Re: Corvair into VW T2 camper
Posted by: texasuk ()
Date: January 28, 2018 04:03PM

I have lots (probably most) of those parts available, second hand but usable. Let me know if second hand is OK and I'll get a list together.

1964 Monza Convertible - now sold :-(
1962 Greenbrier - Never to be sold :-)

Living in the UK

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Re: Corvair into VW T2 camper
Posted by: genderen ()
Date: January 29, 2018 07:56AM

Hi,

texasuk, let me know what you have. Good usable parts are welcome. Please let me know. You live in the United Kingdom?

MattNall, I know that, but used parts do not need to be bad....


Thanks,

Patrick

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Re: Corvair into VW T2 camper
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: January 29, 2018 08:27AM

Patrick... I only use USED parts!!





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