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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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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
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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

+17 Tons of parts

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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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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: ihscomputers ()
Date: July 19, 2020 05:11PM

Ken Arnold helped me out with some 14" rims and tires so that I could replace the mags and good tires in order to make a rolling shell for when it comes time to take it to the body shop.

The 14" rims cleared both the front and rear caliper brackets!
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Started the "pulley and bracket" project:

Purchased the AC compressor bracket set from D&D Fabrications and installed it along with the new Sanden 508 compressor.

After some trial fitting, determined that the crank pulley for the compressor needed a 3/16" spacer.

Used my Miller plasma cutter to make the first spacer.

Although it would have worked, it was ugly as hell.

So, I switched tactics and used bi-metal hole saws along with cutting fluid to make the new spacer.

As you can see it turned out vairy nice!

Next step is to figure out and fabricate the alternator bracket and crank pulley.

















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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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: July 19, 2020 05:43PM

Hi Dean,
What year is your car?
My rear stabilizing rod mounts into the hole right BELOW where yours is.
My cars don't even have that hole where yours is. confused smiley

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WA. state, 1 mile south of the Canadian border,
I am not at the end of the world, but you can see it from here.
Have; '66 Monza Coupe - 140, 4-spd. Daily driver beater
'67 Monza Vert. - 140, 4-spd. Daily driver beater
'67 A/C Moredoor Monza
Have had; '61 Monza coupe, 80hp, PG
'62 Monza Wagon, 4spd.
'63 Spyder,
'65 Corsa
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non-vair
'04 Dodge Cummins Quad Dually, approaching 400K
'03 Honda Del Sol
17'Terry

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: ihscomputers ()
Date: July 19, 2020 06:36PM

Mel,

Mine is a 65.

Those stabilizer mounts are connected to the UPPER (wrong) hole only to stabilize the home-made assembly that consists of the square tubular steel and old cut down strut rods.

This assembly allows the car to be a roller without the power train installed.



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: American Mel ()
Date: July 19, 2020 06:39PM

I see. thumbs up
Don't think I have ever seen those holes before.

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WA. state, 1 mile south of the Canadian border,
I am not at the end of the world, but you can see it from here.
Have; '66 Monza Coupe - 140, 4-spd. Daily driver beater
'67 Monza Vert. - 140, 4-spd. Daily driver beater
'67 A/C Moredoor Monza
Have had; '61 Monza coupe, 80hp, PG
'62 Monza Wagon, 4spd.
'63 Spyder,
'65 Corsa
.
non-vair
'04 Dodge Cummins Quad Dually, approaching 400K
'03 Honda Del Sol
17'Terry

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: Pacerace ()
Date: July 19, 2020 07:12PM

American Mel Wrote:
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> I see. thumbs up
> Don't think I have ever seen those holes before.


They are the tabs that mount the end of the flexible brake hose where it connects to the hard line that runs to the wheel cylinder.

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Chandler
Powder Springs, GA.



1965 Corvair Monza 110/4sp Coupe

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: July 19, 2020 07:57PM

I guess that since they were occupied, I never even gave them a second glance! eye rolling smiley
A.D.D.

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WA. state, 1 mile south of the Canadian border,
I am not at the end of the world, but you can see it from here.
Have; '66 Monza Coupe - 140, 4-spd. Daily driver beater
'67 Monza Vert. - 140, 4-spd. Daily driver beater
'67 A/C Moredoor Monza
Have had; '61 Monza coupe, 80hp, PG
'62 Monza Wagon, 4spd.
'63 Spyder,
'65 Corsa
.
non-vair
'04 Dodge Cummins Quad Dually, approaching 400K
'03 Honda Del Sol
17'Terry

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: ihscomputers ()
Date: August 01, 2020 05:59PM

Began fabricating the backing plate that will hold the alternator bracket.

Used 3/16" steel plate for the main section and 3/4" wide steel strips to make the attachment points with one attached to head stud and the other with a manifold bolt.

Planning to use the original 60's alternator bracket...

Powder coated the AC compressor bracket, then did a test install of the bracket with the compressor.

















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: August 02, 2020 04:45PM

Finished fabricating the backing plate and did test fit of the aluminum alternator bracket, then powder-coated everything and installed on the engine.

Modified the adjustable arm bracket for the alternator, powder-coated it and installed on the engine.

Installed the fan belts for the alternator and the compressor.

Was planning to run the engine and test the pulleys & brackets but discovered the battery was dead.

Put the charger on the battery and will run it next weekend.









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: August 09, 2020 04:47PM

Received the billet 2 groove crank pulley from CVF racing on Friday.

Installed it and it appears to line up with both the AC compressor and the alternator.

However, it will require shorter fan belts because of the smaller diameter.

Since I was concerned about the stability of the AC compressor bracket, I decided to replace the outer bracket with one that would allow the use of a second 4.5" bolt and thick-walled metal tube spacer that would "square up" the brackets and increase the stability by reducing the stress on the single 4.5" bolt.

Fabricated the "replacement" bracket and test fit to the compressor and then to the engine to verify proper fitment.

(The smaller black bracket in the middle is the one that is being replaced by the raw one on the right....)

Ordered a 2ft length of the thick-walled steel tubing that should arrive this coming week so that I can fabricate the second "spacer".







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: August 09, 2020 06:38PM

Dean asked: "Craig,

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

Craig replies: Yes, I had to completely remove the "U" shaped area that holds the deck lid latch. In my belt routing, I have a high, horizontal leg that 100% interfered with the lid latch.

Rather than going back to the drawing board, I modified the rear panel and made a custom latch.

In addition to the "latch-otomy", I used my Greenlee round chassis punch to strategically place holes behind the license plate to allow the long water pump bolts to be removed for water pump replacement, should that be necessary someday.

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

+17 Tons of parts

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