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1965 corvair drive train /suspension dimensions??
Posted by: Philippe ()
Date: March 02, 2018 12:36PM

Hello again Corvair friends.

I am building the chassis of a corvair powered car from scratch and I need some help regarding the rear suspension.

Specifically: 1)distance in between the rear tires (the shop manual only gives the tread),
2) If possible the distance in between the left and right torque control arms.
Thanks in advance.

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Re: 1965 corvair : distance between rear tires. Please help??
Posted by: Philippe ()
Date: March 03, 2018 03:01AM

I no longer own my 1965 corvair which I took to pieces without taking all accurate measurements that were to be needed in the construction (from scratch) of a sports car powered by the corvair engine and transmission in the original configuration (rear). This being my second build I should have known better but I did not.

What I need at this point is to know the precise distance between the two rear tires. Kneeling on the side of a Corvair car with a tape measure is all that it would take.
Thank you for your help.

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Re: 1965 corvair drive train /suspension dimensions??
Date: March 03, 2018 06:52AM

Philippe,
My morning Monza Yoga reveals
approx 48 inches between the insides of the rear tires. 185/80 13 "stock" replacement size radial tires on original 13" wheels.

Later today I can measure the trailing arm distance for you as well, but that info will come this afternoon.


Dan Davis ~ Pierce County, WA ~ CORSA Western Director + Corvairs NW + North Cascades Corvairs + Corvanatics
1966 Corsa Turbo coupe ~ ~ 1966 140 Corsa ~ ~ 1965 Monza 140/4 'Vert Sierra Tan/Fawn ~ 1964 Monza 'Vert (SOLD) ~ 1960 Monza Ermine White/Red PG ++ ~ 1965 Monza 140/4 Evening Orchid w/ ivory/black interior ~ 1962 Monza Wagon 102/4 ~ 1963 Rampside/Scamper ~ 1963 Red/Greenbrier ~ 1969 Ultra Van #468

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Re: 1965 corvair drive train /suspension dimensions??
Posted by: MarkDustan ()
Date: March 03, 2018 08:35AM

Perhaps this might help
[www.gmheritagecenter.com]
Mark Dustan

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Re: 1965 corvair drive train /suspension dimensions??
Posted by: BobV66Vair ()
Date: March 03, 2018 09:26AM

Good stuff Mark. Lots of information answers many questions asked here. Did you scan it or is this your original PDF? Some sections are hard to read but at 53 years old, what isn't.

Bob Vinnacombe
Sandy, Oregon
1965 Corsa 140 stock
1966 Monza Soon to be race car
1968 Monza Parts for now

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Re: 1965 corvair drive train /suspension dimensions??
Posted by: MarkDustan ()
Date: March 03, 2018 12:15PM

The GM Heritage site provided it in PDF format. I simply requested 1965 Corvair. All other years are available too

Mark Dustan

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Re: 1965 corvair drive train /suspension dimensions??
Posted by: MarkDustan ()
Date: March 03, 2018 12:19PM

An even more important Corvair Research document is this one:
[www.monzamotion.com]

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Re: 1965 corvair drive train /suspension dimensions??
Posted by: Philippe ()
Date: March 03, 2018 12:20PM

Thanks 1966 Corsa and Mark, as usual this group has been very helpful.

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Re: 1965 corvair drive train /suspension dimensions??
Date: March 03, 2018 01:00PM

Far side of each between the trailing arms are approx 44.125" but there is probably at least .75" of lateral adjustment in the slots on the t/a mounts
They attach on either outboard side just adjacent to the unibody frame rails that support the back of the engine/suspension structure.


Dan Davis ~ Pierce County, WA ~ CORSA Western Director + Corvairs NW + North Cascades Corvairs + Corvanatics
1966 Corsa Turbo coupe ~ ~ 1966 140 Corsa ~ ~ 1965 Monza 140/4 'Vert Sierra Tan/Fawn ~ 1964 Monza 'Vert (SOLD) ~ 1960 Monza Ermine White/Red PG ++ ~ 1965 Monza 140/4 Evening Orchid w/ ivory/black interior ~ 1962 Monza Wagon 102/4 ~ 1963 Rampside/Scamper ~ 1963 Red/Greenbrier ~ 1969 Ultra Van #468

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Re: 1965 corvair drive train /suspension dimensions??
Posted by: Philippe ()
Date: March 03, 2018 01:21PM

Thanks again 1966Corsa this info is vital in my project. I am grateful for your time.

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