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RICHARD F. FINCH passes.....
Posted by: Timothy Shortle ()
Date: August 21, 2018 07:38AM

I just heard Corvair owner, club member, and author Richard Finch passed away. I had the pleasure of meeting him at a few Tri State Meets thru the years.
I have his book "How to keep your Corvair Alive" as well as a Corvair A/C book he had written.



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Re: RICHARD F. FINCH
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: August 21, 2018 07:59AM

Sad to hear...





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Re: RICHARD F. FINCH
Posted by: steve c goodman ()
Date: August 21, 2018 08:00AM

Sad news. The last time I had a chance to with Richard was at a tri-state meet in Red River a number of years ago. He was with his brother as I recall. I have his books too.

It is unfortunate that we are losing the guys that devoted so much of their time researching and writing down all of their knowledge so the rest of us can learn from it. First Bob Helt and now Richard Finch just this year and cannot forget Bill Fisher from a number of years ago.

Condolences to the Finch family.

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

1962 spyder 3.0L turbo---1965 Crown V8
1967 monza 110/4---1968 monza 110/4
1971 amante gt 110/4
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Re: RICHARD F. FINCH
Posted by: corventure Dave ()
Date: August 21, 2018 08:33AM

I had the pleasure of knowing Richrd since 1975. At that time he was working on the rough draft of How to keep your Corvair alive. I got to review the pre-printed draft. Back then there was not a lot of real owner based information about working on and maintaining the Corvair. There were published books like the shop manuals and off brands of the same, but as we know... there is nothing like real owner experience.
Richard's book and others that followed lead to CORSA presenting the CORSA Tech Guide. The foundation laid by Richard made this possible.

RIP Richard. Your contribution to the Corvair hobby is truly honored.

Corventure Dave

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Re: RICHARD F. FINCH
Posted by: john.jackson ()
Date: August 21, 2018 08:43AM

Recall meeting Richard at a couple of the Santa Maria weekend events in mid 70's

Purchased "How to Keep your Corvair Alive" at one of those events. The original, spiral bound edition that I still have. Recently acquired his A/C book.

A couple of years ago I was at Oshkosh and found Richard had also written several books on Experimental aviation engines.

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Re: RICHARD F. FINCH
Posted by: playerpage ()
Date: August 21, 2018 08:59AM

That's very sad. I know I would never have managed my interest in the cars from high school up until now (45) without [1] my Dad's passion for them, and [2] the combined wisdom I could draw from, such as with men like Richard Finch.

Eric C. Player
Porterville, CA
- National Member, CORSA
- Member: Central Coast CORSA & South Coast CORSA
Former Member: Vintage CORSA Orange County. Member, ISA (Int. Screenwriter's Assn.), SAG Eligible, and Producer's Guild Aspirant


* Then: 1966 Corsa 180 Turbo, Red/1965 Monza 110 Purple/
1967 Monza 140 Red/1966 500 110 Black/1965 Monza 110 Yellow
* Now: 1966 Corsa 180 Turbo Project. Blue, Blue/Beige interior.



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Re: RICHARD F. FINCH
Posted by: Mel ()
Date: August 21, 2018 09:05AM

very sad sad smiley ,never met him but read his GREAT books smiling smiley

Orangeville, Ontario. CANADA

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Re: RICHARD F. FINCH
Posted by: Allan Lacki ()
Date: August 21, 2018 09:19AM

I got a copy of Richard Finch's "How to Keep Your Corvair Alive" back in 1988. Before that, I only did tune-ups and shock absorbers. His book gave me the confidence to work on my Corvair properly. His instructions for using jack stands probably kept me alive, never mind my Corvair!

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Re: RICHARD F. FINCH
Posted by: gnvair ()
Date: August 21, 2018 01:08PM

His book was one of the first Corvair related books I bought when I was 15. It all but worn out but it was chock full of good info. RIP

Lee J

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Re: RICHARD F. FINCH
Date: August 21, 2018 02:07PM

Very sad to hear this. Richard was a great help by way of his books, then also in person, as I met him at Palm Springs and we "camped out" together at Tahoe!
He was the consummate engineer (member SAE) that always found ways to share his knowledge as well.
An aircraft pilot and mechanic, teacher, enthusiast "pur sang".
An excellent quick summary of Richard, by Richard.



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: RICHARD F. FINCH
Posted by: kenzen ()
Date: August 21, 2018 06:47PM

One of the first things I did when I bought my Corvair is build a "Finch Cart" for the engine removal, as well as the DIY table top hydraulic press for the bushings. His book was priceless to my efforts to understand and appreciate the Corvair from a practical maintenance perspective.

My condolences to all family and friends of Mr. Finch...

Ken

kenzen
66 Monza Coupe 110/PG
Bel Air, MD

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Re: RICHARD F. FINCH
Posted by: The Stig ()
Date: August 21, 2018 07:45PM

Very sad news indeed. I bought his books and read every word. I carried them with my textbooks in college. His work went a long way in inspiring my working on my corvairs and corvair obsession in general.



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Re: RICHARD F. FINCH passes.....
Posted by: Melb-Mike ()
Date: August 22, 2018 02:02PM

How sad !

This year we’ve lost two of our foremost and legendary experts, Mr. Helt and now Mr. Finch. I guess it’s a sign of our times, our ages and the era of our cars.

I hope our museum pays proper tribute to these great men.

64 Greenbrier
64 Spyder (needs restoration)
65 Corsa 140, restored
66 Corsa turbo, restoring now
66 Corsa 140 "RR" code coupe fully restored
67 Pontiac GTO restored
69 Corvette 427 convertible restored
2015 Porsche Panamera S
2015 Corvette Z06
1965 AC Cobra (Factory Five)

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Re: RICHARD F. FINCH passes.....
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: August 22, 2018 09:46PM

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Re: RICHARD F. FINCH passes.....
Posted by: thumper477 ()
Date: August 24, 2018 01:12PM

One of the best Corvair "doctors" out there.He will be missed.

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