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gbullman
Exactly what I did per the recommendations I had received. I’m not going to lie, I look forward to driving at night because the dash looks so good. I also installed halogen headlights which provide excellent light, especially with high beams.
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Yesterday
gbullman
Here is the thread on Corvair Forum when I was planning and doing the dash light on my 66 Corsa. https://www.corvairforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=55&t=16696&p=115783&hilit=LED#p115783]Corvair Forum Thread It talks about color choices, which ones to leave incandescent, etc. Gary
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Yesterday
gbullman
I used bulbs from SuperBrightLEDs and quite happy with the results. They are brighter than the incandescent bulbs but at lowest dim setting are good for night driving. If you’re interested I’ll dig up what I ordered and installed. First photo is full brightness, 2nd is minimum dim.
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2 days ago
gbullman
Jim, I was webmaster for our church a few years back and what we did to save money is get a basic hosting account (which includes e-mail) and we used Drupal to set up the site. Once Drupal is installed you log into the site to create it and maintain it so one doesn’t have to be a web guru to keep the site up to date. The hosting companies typically offer a really aggressive intro price (pay
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5 days ago
gbullman
If both front lights and indicators are not working then it is very likely the switch (rear lights have a different path to accommodate brake lights). As for your question with the bulbs, all bulbs in the dash the socket just pulls out, then the bulb is a push in and slight CCW turn for it to pop out. I've gotten to the point I just pull the driver's seat out to do any work under
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7 days ago
gbullman
Thanks to both of you, I've made my decision. I should have pointed out that I do have rear standard convertible springs to install in the rear (planning that in a couple of weeks). I want to eliminate all the current springs that have rubber helpers in them so I'll be getting standard convertible front springs as well. How the car sits is not as important to me as having the best r
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7 days ago
gbullman
Jerry, Hadn't considered that sort of mix, I imagine the couple HDs are not quite as firm as the convertible ones. Not familiar with the term pitchy ride, what kind of behavior is that? Thanks for the info, Gary
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7 days ago
gbullman
I discovered a few months ago that the driver side rear spring had some helpers in it so have been planning to change the rear springs for a while. Yesterday I noticed that the drivers side front also has some helpers in it so now planning to replace the fronts as well. I know the normal Corvair stance is a little rear low but my preference would be level or perhaps a little rear high. I
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7 days ago
gbullman
Frank, Not sure exactly where to measure, where the securing teeth are is a bit less than 13”. I hadn’t noticed before that it has more slots than the 4 that are on the car. Have no idea of the history of the cover, it just came with the car.
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7 days ago
gbullman
I haven’t had to deal with the front bulbs but in the rear the light socket pulls straight out of the light enclosure, there is a slot on the enclosure and a key on the socket that forces alignment. Note the original sockets are kind of cheaply assembled, the ground for the bulb is pressed into the plastic socket and is usually loose after all these years, you may find the bulb and ground just
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9 days ago
gbullman
RKF, My 66 came with 5 Wheel Covers and I'd be willing to part with one. Attached are photos so you can see its condition. I just want a fair price plus shipping, Not really sure how to value this. Gary RKF Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > I need one 13" wire wheel cover with a three prong spinner. This is to replace the wheel cover tha
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10 days ago
gbullman
Eric, I used a sheetrock saw and it worked quite well. Already has a comfortable handle and really aggressive teeth on the blade. My indicated temperature dropped by at least 25 degrees under like conditions after I deflated my heads. Gary
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16 days ago
gbullman
Installed the electric fuel pump from Clark's today and car is back on the road. I went with the pass through block and parts of the old Fuel pump so car looks stock but no more mechanical pump. Unfortunately I didn't take pictures of the pump install but will get some in the next few weeks when I do the front shocks. On another note I discovered just how rigid my convertible is. Fir
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20 days ago
gbullman
I have the same question, rear springs specifically. My current plan is to get the car up on jack stands, with a jack under the drum to disconnect the shock and lower the suspension as far as it will go without straining anything, then use a spring compressor for what little tension is left. I believe if you disconnect the lower bar from the differential, possibly disconnect the brake hose you
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22 days ago
gbullman
Thanks Joel, Running into other issues that are causing me not to try the replacement pump.Plunger on old pump moves at least 1/4" but new pump moves only 1/8" so concerned something will break with it installed (assuming I could get the retention hole located properly. Pursuing conversion to Electric and seeing if any other mechanical pumps are available. Biggest bummer is the
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22 days ago
gbullman
Additional Photos
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22 days ago
gbullman
My existing Fuel Pump starting leaking again but this time screws started stripping before it stopped leaking.I purchased a replacement a while back but only took a quick glance at it when I received it. Now I see that it doesn't have the retaining hole drilled into it. How does one position the retaining hole when the length of exposed shaft and the overall length of the boss are differ
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28 days ago
gbullman
The screws on my fuel pump came loose for the 2nd time this year and honestly it was surprising how much they had loosened in a few months of driving. So is there any value in trying Loc-Tite or just go right for longer screws and lock nuts? The minimal leaking stopped when I tightened the screws but this is not something I want to keep repeating. Thanks, Gary
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30 days ago
gbullman
Wagon Master Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Gary, Good to hear. Did you adjust them per the 65 shop manual, pointing the beams at a wall at a given distance? I adjusted them from memory against my garage door (but that memory was 40+ years ago and not halogen bulbs. On the road I could see exactly what they were doing and they were close to where I'
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30 days ago
gbullman
I'm aware of needed to wait after a car has been running, in fact when I do check under those circumstances I usually won't add as long as it is above the low mark. Any comments on the consistency of measuring after the car has sat for a day or so? I've always felt that was a better indication of how much oil is actually in the engine. The fact that my Corvair continues to ri
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30 days ago
gbullman
It would certainly be interesting to know how many Corvairs are still on the road (as well as how many could be made road worthy again). The late 60’s and 70’s were certainly tough on the Corvair population when they were viewed more as cheap, disposable transportation. The ones that have survived this long are usually taken better care of. When I was coming of age 2 doors definitely were f
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4 weeks ago
gbullman
Pretty much all my life I've checked oil level with a cold engine with the car as level as possible. Typically the car sits for a few days or more before I check it. I just feel that is the most consistent reading that I will get. I've noticed interesting behavior with my Corvair that I don't believe I've seen with other cars. This week has been a good example, took the car
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4 weeks ago
gbullman
I find I prefer my LED Dash lights as dim as they will go, if I turn them up higher they are kind of overwhelming. At the dimmest setting I'm happy with them and they don't affect my night vision out of the car. Had a chance to drive about 25 miles home on remote roads this past Saturday and very pleased with my halogen sealed beams. High Beams were great, Low Beams a little low an
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5 weeks ago
gbullman
Well done, that whole set up looks very nice! Hopefully getting turn signals sorted out won't be that bad.
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6 weeks ago
gbullman
playerpage Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- … > > Backspacing the wheel is important, here's a site that outlines a lot of that: > > Sizing Corvair Wheels and Tires > > And here's a wheel that conforms: > > American Racing Classic Eric, Those wheels seem to be a bit low on backspacing from what I’ve read. Have you
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7 weeks ago
gbullman
playerpage Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > You can download my "Corvair Kit" here: > > Corvair Kit 2020 - ZIP > > It has the shop manual, Corvair Gold, and Corvair Basics. And a bunch of other tech articles, 60s magazine reprints, and advertising literature. Eric, Thanks for the link, a lot of information / resources are in t
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8 weeks ago
gbullman
Yes, would agree it is that reddish primer, GM did that for a long time.
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8 weeks ago
gbullman
Each state is so different when it comes to collectible cars! NJ Historic License Plates are quite restrictive but those restrictions are seldom enforced, in fact most police officers I’ve talked to are not aware of them. In NJ how you insure the vehicle is pretty much independent of how you register it. My only “restrictions” from Hagerty are that my classic won’t be my primary car and curren
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2 months ago
gbullman
playerpage Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > The new top arrived from Clark's. Impressively done. Here's hoping it will be just as impressive after *I* install it. > > I see where the PCV pipe comes out--will it be easy to switch? Is it tamped down on the inside in some way? Eric, I put in new PCV O Rings when I did this maintenance as
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2 months ago
gbullman
Where are you getting wheels with sufficient backspace? From what I’ve read 6” wide should be 4.5” backspace while 7” wide should be 5” I do see the occasional 4.5” backspace wheels but haven’t seen anything higher than that. I’m fine picking from wheels that fit the car correctly.
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