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Re: WTB: used running engine in SoCal / San Diego
Posted by: Frank DuVal ()
Date: January 09, 2018 08:22AM

Yes, I have done many of those in days past. Even Corvair engines. Freshening up as I called it. Now, 164 cu in can still break a piston (inspect close for cracks) and valve seats can fall out on any Corvair head, but new rings and most Corvair engines run well for a while, especially with cast iron rings for quick break in.

Are you building for 50 k miles of enjoyment (over years and years) or 150 k miles of everyday driving? Sounds like simple running for a while is what you want (drive and let twins drive), so re-ring has merit.

I would certainly take this engine apart and see what's inside before I bought another used engine.

Rod, did it smoke when it did run?

Frank DuVal

Fredericksburg, VA

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Re: WTB: used running engine in SoCal / San Diego
Posted by: WCcorsa ()
Date: January 09, 2018 08:55AM

Sorry to say but it sounds like with your low budget you'll be in for more headaches. From your description your car sounds like it's likely a parts car and $1000.00 will only get you in deeper and not anywhere near driveable (or safe and dependable for your twins).

Sadly, it seems the days of readily available cheap Corvair engines and repairs are probably gone. The cars and parts are just getting too old.

Nothing is impossible but at some point you gotta face reality.

Good luck with that.

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Re: WTB: used running engine in SoCal / San Diego
Posted by: 66vairman ()
Date: January 09, 2018 08:57AM

davemotohead Wrote:
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> alpinemetal Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I think that was referred at the
> > "Frankenstein"solution by my good friend.
> > I'd prefer a good used engine out of a dune
> buggy
> > I'm seeing on Craigslist, use the engine and
> sell
> > the buggy.
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> Always "Beware" of buggy engines, most are abused,
> not built correctly, full of sand and ready to
> blow.

Often true!!! I bought a couple buggy motors for cheap so I did O.K. on parts. One had never been fired up and the piston clearance was so tight the engine would not turn over! Mickey Mouse rebuild. The other had 140HP heads that CC'd to 11.8 compression ratio!!

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Re: WTB: used running engine in SoCal / San Diego
Posted by: alpinemetal ()
Date: January 09, 2018 09:30AM

No smoke when running but all 6 plug equally looked slightly carbon fouled when inspected like it was running way too rich (not oil fouled).

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Re: WTB: used running engine in SoCal / San Diego
Posted by: Wagon Master ()
Date: January 09, 2018 10:14AM

alpinemetal Wrote:
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> No smoke when running but all 6 plug equally
> looked slightly carbon fouled when inspected like
> it was running way too rich (not oil fouled).


Seem unusual but I suppose possible to have plugs like this with compression at 50 psi in all cylinders.

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Re: WTB: used running engine in SoCal / San Diego
Posted by: Timothy Shortle ()
Date: January 09, 2018 10:34AM

I would suggest Rogers engine for 1000. He is a reputable Corvair guy and I'm sure a club member. That is also my favorite (reliable) engine. 65 110 HP RD.

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Re: WTB: used running engine in SoCal / San Diego
Posted by: alpinemetal ()
Date: January 10, 2018 05:29AM

CORVAIR SAVED!
Stopped by Roger's place and he had the engine on a stand running, pretty cleaver setup.
Roger's a great resource and hand crafts parts like the Heim joint throttle linkage he installed on the engine I bought, he also showed me a billet turn signal arm hes working on...very nice.

Thank you Roger!

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Re: WTB: used running engine in SoCal / San Diego
Posted by: Wagon Master ()
Date: January 10, 2018 07:19AM

Now read up on the dual master cylinder install if your're going to be putting your twins in it.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/10/2018 07:21AM by Wagon Master.

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Re: WTB: used running engine in SoCal / San Diego
Posted by: ac1948 ()
Date: January 10, 2018 07:43AM

Perhaps the ori. engine was running rich enough to wash the cylinders and cause the low compression.

Jerry Murray
Charleston, SC

66 Monza Conv.,110,PG

63 Rampside, PG,110



64 Rampside, 110, 4 speed

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Re: WTB: used running engine in SoCal / San Diego
Posted by: alpinemetal ()
Date: January 10, 2018 08:29AM

Duel master cylinder...like one for each kid?

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Re: WTB: used running engine in SoCal / San Diego
Posted by: WCcorsa ()
Date: January 10, 2018 08:45AM

"Now read up on the dual master cylinder install if your're going to be putting your twins in it."

Yes because we all know Corvairs have such HUGE problems with the single master cylinders failing and causing injury.eye rolling smiley

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Re: WTB: used running engine in SoCal / San Diego
Posted by: alpinemetal ()
Date: January 10, 2018 08:51AM

135.00 from Clark's for the kit is cheap insurance for sure!

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Re: WTB: used running engine in SoCal / San Diego
Posted by: john.jackson ()
Date: January 10, 2018 01:22PM

WCcorsa Wrote:
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> "Now read up on the dual master cylinder install
> if your're going to be putting your twins in it."
>
> Yes because we all know Corvairs have such HUGE
> problems with the single master cylinders failing
> and causing injury.eye rolling smiley


Last summer,comming home from a local car show, I lost a rear wheel bearing. We had the rear brakes fail because of fluid leaking from the left rear wheel cylinder. Because the 1969 has factory dual master cylinder, I was able to stop with the front brakes only.

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Re: WTB: used running engine in SoCal / San Diego
Posted by: corvairsince70 ()
Date: January 10, 2018 02:45PM

HUGE problem? Any body want to guess how many miles all of the over 1.5 million single master cylinder Corvairs drove without any problems at all. I have driven Corvairs since the 70's and have never had a master cylinder problem. I think this is just hype.

Dennis
Nashville area
'68 Conv 140 PG
'66 Corsa Conv 180
'66 Corsa 140

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Re: FOUND!! : used running engine in SoCal / San Diego
Posted by: 66vairman ()
Date: January 10, 2018 03:57PM

Wow some lucky folks here with single master cylinders.

I've been in four old cars where the brakes failed with a single MC and when that pedal hits the floor it gets real exciting.

Two newer cars where the brakes failed with a dual MC and while stopping distances are increased, you can still stop the car.

I go by the motto "Good brakes cost less than replacing sheet metal".

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Re: FOUND!! : used running engine in SoCal / San Diego
Posted by: ralph65corsa ()
Date: January 10, 2018 04:19PM

Driven 1000's of miles with my single master and never had any problems.

Same story with many of my other Corvair friends I've asked.

My guess there's very little data showing injury accidents due to a single master cylinder failure in 1960-66 Corvairs.

I agree with the other poster it's likely hype in reality but some folks will convince themselves otherwise I'm sure.

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Re: FOUND!! : used running engine in SoCal / San Diego
Posted by: Timothy Shortle ()
Date: January 10, 2018 07:51PM

Failing brakes is a good indication of a vehicle not being properly maintained.

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