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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: ihscomputers ()
Date: April 19, 2020 03:57PM

Received the new 15" leather-wrapped, brushed stainless wheel with 2 5/8" depth, 6 bolt hub, Corvette horn switch and 65 Corvair Sport Wheel Horn Button from Seth Emerson this week.

I really like the overall look of the wheel and horn button!

Thanks Seth!







Dean F. Gemberling
Columbus, Georgia
Heart of Georgia Corvair Club Webmaster
Springfest Webmaster

1963 Rampside w/305 V8 - Built by Ken Arnold in 1998

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: April 19, 2020 04:36PM

Best of show winner quality!!!

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: OttawaCorvairGuy ()
Date: April 19, 2020 04:46PM

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> After ordering, trying and discarding several different styles of defroster vents that would work without getting in the way of other "stuff" behind the dash, I got creative.
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> Modified a 9.5" wet/dry vacuum attachment by removing the "squeegee" insert, trimmed about 1/8 inch off the end, then made and riveted on two sheet metal "ears" that are used to attach the new "vent" to the underside of the dash.
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Very creative Dean.

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: Spectre ()
Date: April 19, 2020 05:35PM

Cool idea for defrost!

David Clamp


1965 Corsa convertible - 140 4spd/3.55/AM-FM

2013 Mustang GT convertible - 5.0, 6spd auto, Procharger i-1

2003 Miata SE - 6spd manual (wife's toy)

"Victory is mine!" - SG

Norman, OK

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: ihscomputers ()
Date: April 19, 2020 06:26PM

Thanks for the kind words on the creative defrost vent, fellas!

For those that might be wondering "Will that vent withstand the heated air??"

When I connected the hair dryer to the vent using the correct plastic AC/heat vent hose, with the dryer on high, the plastic vent hose almost melted but the vent was nowhere close to being too hot.thumbs up

Dean F. Gemberling
Columbus, Georgia
Heart of Georgia Corvair Club Webmaster
Springfest Webmaster

1963 Rampside w/305 V8 - Built by Ken Arnold in 1998

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: ihscomputers ()
Date: June 07, 2020 03:57PM

Having finished several home "honey-do" projects, I was able to finish painting the metal dash structure as well as the metal door panels this weekend.

Had the local paint shop mix up some "flat" silver with hardener.

I'm a rookie painter, but am pleased with the final results.











Dean F. Gemberling
Columbus, Georgia
Heart of Georgia Corvair Club Webmaster
Springfest Webmaster

1963 Rampside w/305 V8 - Built by Ken Arnold in 1998

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: OttawaCorvairGuy ()
Date: June 07, 2020 05:39PM

Looking good. Hey, how did you end up with my blanket? lol
I've got one just like it. Well used or loved. Grin

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: ihscomputers ()
Date: June 14, 2020 05:41PM

Removed the stainless trim, then removed the rear window using the fishing line method, removed all the clips and cleaned up the mounting area and the window.

Removed the old headliner.

Started working on figuring out the brackets and pulleys for the ac compressor and alternator.

The last photo shows how much the water outlet protrudes past the crank pulley.

The current plan is to re-install the alternator on the right side where it was when Ken built the car, then install the AC compressor on the left side.

Need to add another crank pulley and fab the bracket for the ac compressor.

This setup will use two v-belts and, hopefully, reduce the amount that needs to be removed from the rear rail in the engine compartment.























Dean F. Gemberling
Columbus, Georgia
Heart of Georgia Corvair Club Webmaster
Springfest Webmaster

1963 Rampside w/305 V8 - Built by Ken Arnold in 1998

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: June 14, 2020 05:56PM

I had to take a pretty good notch out of the rear rail for my 1" serpentine belt which is likely pretty close to a 2-grove crank pulley.

I was in a similar pickle when I put AC on a '58 Cadillac - That was a 2-belt car and I needed three. I ended up using one belt for the Crank/waterpump/AC compressor and the other belt for power steering. I purchased a 2-groove A/C compressor and ran the alternator off the second groove using a very short belt.

This isn't a good picture but you can see some of it on the passenger side of the engine.

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
60 Monza coupe (sold, sniff sniff)
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
2+2 gnatsuM 5691

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: ihscomputers ()
Date: June 14, 2020 06:08PM

Craig,

Did you need to cut or modify the panel that holds the license plate and lid latch?

Dean F. Gemberling
Columbus, Georgia
Heart of Georgia Corvair Club Webmaster
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1963 Rampside w/305 V8 - Built by Ken Arnold in 1998

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