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List of Corvair Hacks / Trick Tools ?
Posted by: whubbell ()
Date: September 09, 2018 04:05PM

The term Hack “refers to any trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency.” In that regard, I have run across many tricks for working on Corvairs that would qualify for the term “hack”. One such example is the use of threaded rod to do a job that would otherwise require a press. Another recent example is to use a honed bearing in place of the complicated (and unobtainable) J-tools to determine the correct shim size to use on the pinion shaft.

That got me to thinking, wouldn’t it be nice to have an actual book of “Corvair Hacks, (or how to get the job done without J-tools)”. Yes, I know many of them are written up in the CORSA tech guide, but that document is also bloated with many other types of advice - what I am envisioning is Just Hacks. Each hack could reference the original Shop Manual instructions but offer an alternative method - instead of this, you can do that, and get the same good result.

Thoughts? Would there be any interest in such a compilation?

Bill Hubbell,
President, Stock Corvair Group



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/09/2018 07:52PM by MattNall.

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Re: Book of Corvair Hacks?
Posted by: davemotohead ()
Date: September 09, 2018 04:28PM

Where I come from a "Hack" is someone who has no clue what they are doing and you find JB Weld, Bailing wire and Duct tape! Oh and 47 gallons of orange silicone!

Also you can take a 2x4 and place it over the stater snout and smack it straight with a BFH and it pop's right out! drinking smiley





Email me at: Dave Motohead

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1961 Rampside (Chetside)
1962 Rampside (Barnside)
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Re: Book of Corvair Hacks?
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: September 09, 2018 04:37PM

That isn't the proper use of sillycone? If it doesn't plug up your lifters you aren't using enough!

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Re: Book of Corvair Hacks?
Posted by: flamingchariots ()
Date: September 09, 2018 04:37PM

I quickly glanced at the title to this thread and thought you were talking about Mike Hicks...

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Re: Book of Corvair Hacks?
Posted by: whubbell ()
Date: September 09, 2018 05:16PM

Dave, are you telling me that the same word means different things to different people! Gosh, Gee, Golly! Who would’ve thunk?!!!

Perhaps that is why the Moderator changed the title of one of my prior posts (and incorrectly so, I might add. Or maybe he thinks a “shaft” should be called a “bearing”)

Bill Hubbell,
President, Stock Corvair Group

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Re: Book of Corvair Hacks?
Posted by: ROD ()
Date: September 09, 2018 05:42PM

"Vair Tips" were mini booklets published yearly and had tons of owner experiences and fixes. They are still around .

Rod Tetrault
El Cajon , CA
65 Corsa Yenko Clone / 65 Corsa EO Creampuff Vert
66 Corsa "JIMISH" Mid engine Turbo LS1 currently 2nd fastest Corvair in the USA
Class 5 Corvair powered Baja
61 Vintage Rampy
Corvair powered Buggy x 3
Enough hidden parts to build a space ship

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Re: Book of Corvair Hacks?
Posted by: irfgt ()
Date: September 09, 2018 05:43PM

Just don't say Monkey it up!

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Re: Book of Corvair Hacks?
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: September 09, 2018 05:58PM

Folks... in our FAQ's Homemade tools..





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Re: Book of Corvair Hacks?
Posted by: Wagon Master ()
Date: September 09, 2018 06:12PM

I thought from the title we were finally going to compile a list of vendors and repair shops to avoid, but it seems that's information of little value.

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Re: List of Corvair Hacks / Trick Tools ?
Posted by: JimBrandberg ()
Date: September 10, 2018 04:20AM

I would second the notion that hack has negative connotations. A hack job is something poorly done where I come from too.

Jim Brandberg
Isanti, MN
CorvairRepair.com

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Re: List of Corvair Hacks / Trick Tools ?
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: September 10, 2018 04:31AM

Wagon is right...we should have that jackass list available.

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Re: List of Corvair Hacks / Trick Tools ?
Posted by: vairmech ()
Date: September 10, 2018 04:55AM

All anyone needs to do is look at the list of approved vendors listed in the Corsa web site.

Although, you do need to be a member to see this list! What is a Corsa membership worth?

Even by me a Hack is not a good reference!

Ken Hand
Handy Car Care
248 613 8586

Vairmech@aol.com

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Re: Book of Corvair Hacks?
Posted by: Two2brew ()
Date: September 10, 2018 05:46AM

Rod,

Can we get another batch printed?

Lyle

Lyle Whitsett
San Diego, CA
64 Monza convertible

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Re: List of Corvair Hacks / Trick Tools ?
Posted by: glivorsi ()
Date: September 10, 2018 05:58AM

Not Corvair related, but there's a trick to removing frozen brake rotors from modern cars. With the caliper off, get a nut and bolt that is slightly smaller than the bolt hole for the caliper retaining bolts. Put the bolt through the hole with the threads facing the rotor. Put the nut on the bolt and tighten it down, which forces the bolt into the side of the rotor. A lot of times this alone won't pop it off, but it puts enough preload on it that a BFH will finish the job. And if you plan on keeping the car for a while, put some antisieze on the inside of the rotor hub so this doesn't happen next time.

Greg in Wildwood, MO (part of the St. Louis urban sprawl)

1965 Monza Vert 110PG, Crocus Yellow with black interior and top

2014 Honda Accord V6 (DD)
2017 Honda Pilot (wifemobile)
2012 Chevy Sonic 1.8L (kid's car)
1997 Honda CBR1100XX
2006 Mazdaspeed 6 (no longer own)

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Re: List of Corvair Hacks / Trick Tools ?
Posted by: rowin4 ()
Date: September 10, 2018 06:17AM

didn't they call taxi drivers hacks? thats the first thing I thought of , taxi drivers driving corvairs?

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Re: List of Corvair Hacks / Trick Tools ?
Posted by: BobV66Vair ()
Date: September 10, 2018 06:18AM

Guys, Hack is a modern term and described by Bill in his post. It is used as described by people under 30. I know we don't have any but we should still accept the concept and try to post some things. Maybe there will be a new one we can use. I get those almost daily in this forum. People share what worked, and didn't, on projects. Good stuff.

At the moment, I don't have one to share that's my own. I do look forward to others though. You all have a lot of knowledge and hearing how to get around special tools would be great. For the most part, I don't even know when I get stuck that there may be a tool to help me out. The manual shows tools but how to use them, or get around them, is not usually clear.

So, Hacks is a work with another meaning. We can overcome the concerns about it and just use it or be called dinosaurs because we won't! I like dinosaurs but also learning new things, even words.

Sermon over. grinning smiley

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: List of Corvair Hacks / Trick Tools ?
Posted by: David Malcolm ()
Date: September 10, 2018 07:00AM

Macgyver?
(Urban dictionary defines as a guy who could jump start a pickup with a cactus)

David Malcolm
1969 Monza PG Coupe
NJ near the Meadowlands

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Re: List of Corvair Hacks / Trick Tools ?
Posted by: JimBrandberg ()
Date: September 10, 2018 09:29AM

The first definition in my Websters Dictionary for hack is "to cut or sever with repeated irregular or unskillful blows : chop". The other definitions refer to a cough, a writer, a cab driver or a horse buggy.
I like chop in the context of lightening or streamlining.
I don't generally accept an Urban Dictionary term although I do call my young baggy trousered Corvair friend "Homie".
What we have here is a failure to communicate.
I can't really go with hack but then I guess it's not up to me. Me and Dino will be in the cave.

Jim Brandberg
Isanti, MN
CorvairRepair.com




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Re: List of Corvair Hacks / Trick Tools ?
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: September 10, 2018 09:55AM

I too am old enough that "Hack" has BAD connotations. angry smiley

I second, "MacGyver" ! ! ! thumbs upthumbs up

What MacGyver tricks do you use on your Corvair? cool smiley

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Re: List of Corvair Hacks / Trick Tools ?
Posted by: Wagon Master ()
Date: September 10, 2018 10:37AM

American Mel Wrote:
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> What MacGyver tricks do you use on your Corvair?
> cool smiley

Knowing how to drive home with a broken clutch cable.

'29 Ford Model A Tudor
'61 700 Lakewood 110 4 speed
'69 Monza Convert. 140 Auto.
'70 Dodge Challenger R/T 440 4 speed

Been aircooled since 1973
Northwest Ohio

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