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4 days ago
Allan Lacki
No need to search any longer. The NHTSA reports from 1972 are available on the CORSA website. There are two of them. Here are links that will take you to them directly! Another service brought to you by the Corvair Society of America. (:D
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6 days ago
Allan Lacki
Hi Ed Conto and Mark, Are you looking to purchase hardcopies of the 1963-1966 Corvair Communiques or just digital copies? As Danny Davis noted above, the Corvair Society of America has no plan to reprint them in hardcopy form. As a fellow CORSA Board member, I don't think there would be sufficient demand for them to justify the cost. You may be able to find a collector who would be will
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7 days ago
Allan Lacki
Danny (1966-Corsa-GT-180) is right. The online CORSA archives go way back to the beginning and include copies of the earliest CORSA newsletters, CORSA Windmills, CORSA Quarterlies and Communiques. The archives even include Chevrolet Corvair Communiqués - 1963-66 and Corvair Club of America Newsletters - 1965-66. When you log in to the CORSA website at www.corvair.org, the navigation
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13 days ago
Allan Lacki
GMoore mentioned that the Chevrolet Hall of Fame's website hasn't been updated in year, and he's right. I wish we - the Corvair Preservation Foundation - had the ability to update their website, but we don't own it and don't have access to fix it up. The owner of the Chevrolet Hall of Fame museum is aware of the situation and believes everybody uses Facebook instead of traditional websites,
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17 days ago
Allan Lacki
I may be preaching to the choir here, but.... Don't use teflon tape to seal fuel line fittings. If the threads are clean and the flare seats (inside the fittings) are smooth, you should have no problem with leaks. Always use a flare nut wrench to tighten the fittings, not a regular open end wrench, and certainly don't use an adjustable wrench or pliers.
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4 weeks ago
Allan Lacki
Hi Travis, It may be vapor lock, i.e. fuel boiling in either your fuel lines or in the carb bowl. When you installed your rebuilt carburetors, did you remember to include the phenolic spacers under the carbs?
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4 weeks ago
Allan Lacki
Thanks for the photo, but I'm wondering what's significant about a Corvair in a car crash. Plenty of cars get squashed every day with people getting carried away in ambulances. Is there something special about the situation depicted here? (I see that the Corvair has a Spyder dash!)
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4 weeks ago
Allan Lacki
It's actually quite simple. Not every item exhibited by the CPF is owned by the CPF. Some items are owned by the CPF and some are not. Plenty of museums display items that are on loan to them. I may be wrong, but from what I gather, that fuel-injected Corvair engine was not really owned by the CPF even though it may have been exhibited in one of the prior Corvair museums (e.g. Richmond and Y
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4 weeks ago
Allan Lacki
Mike Stillwell wrote, "I’ve often wondered if it is the same FI motor that Chevrolet developed and was accidentally gifted to Don Garlits museum in Florida by the CPF." Update: Actually, that fuel injected engine was owned by a private individual, not the CPF.
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5 weeks ago
Allan Lacki
Mike Stillwell wrote, "I’ve often wondered if it is the same FI motor that Chevrolet developed and was accidentally gifted to Don Garlits museum in Florida by the CPF." The word "accidentally" is key. I was not on the Board back then, but I'm under the impression that the engine was to be loaned, not gifted. Unfortunately, the person who arranged the transaction did not proffer a loan ag
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5 weeks ago
Allan Lacki
Hi Kevin, Interestingly enough, Article XV of the by-laws allows either method to be used but does not indicate that either one is preferred. Here is what it says: Article XV: Amendments These By-Laws may be amended using the following procedure: The proposed changes must be presented in writing to the CORSA Board of Directors and a motion to present the changes to the general membership
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7 weeks ago
Allan Lacki
In addition to the belts, we'd need to manufacture special pulleys! hehehe.... Still, it begs the question, did the factory consider this idea? Does it make sense from an engineering perspective?
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7 weeks ago
Allan Lacki
It seems to me that a round belt, rather than a V-belt, would eliminate fan belt flipping. Quote: Heavy-duty round belt designed for demanding applications. These belts are designed for 1/4 turn or twisted drives where more than an O-ring is required. I wonder if the engineers at Chevrolet ever considered this.
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8 weeks ago
Allan Lacki
Dave Newell is in the process of writing an article about the Greenbrier show vehicle that Ed Cole donated to William Randolph Hearst. It's now owned by Patrick Skiver and Dave has done extensive research on it. Look for the article later this year - possibly November / December - in the CORSA Communique magazine.
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4 months ago
Allan Lacki
Hi Steve, Good work! A nice intro to the Valve Cover Racers!
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8 weeks ago
Allan Lacki
And, if you're into Facebook, we have plenty more pictures at the Corvair Society of America Facebook page. Check-out the photo album at :D
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8 weeks ago
Allan Lacki
Message from Sonny Balcaen, IECO The following message from Sonny Balcaen was read at the grand opening ceremony of the Corvair Museum. Sonny was the proprietor of Induction Engineering Company. During the 1960s and early 1970s, IECO offered a complete catalog of Corvair performance accessories which included several components of Sonny's own design, including the famous center-mount four-ba
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8 weeks ago
Allan Lacki
Quicky Report on the Museum Grand Opening. The Grand Opening of the new Corvair Museum on Saturday May 19 was a big success! A huge number of Corvair enthusiasts were there to commemorate this wonderful event. CPF/CORSA President Mike Hall was the master of ceremonies and Pam Cole cut the red ribbon to commemorate the event. Pam's dad Cecil Cole hand-assembled the first production prot
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2 months ago
Allan Lacki
It's now 3 PM in the afternoon and the CPF Museum Grand Opening is in full swing. The collection of Corvairs in the museum completely fills the space in the hall and they're all kinds of Corvairs on display as well as other Corvair memorabilia. Outside, there are 4 aisle of Corvairs in the show in the parking lot. I don't have the statistics, but based on the crowd, I'd say there are a
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2 months ago
Allan Lacki
24 Corvairs are already registered for the event at PittRace, which is on the Monday of Convention Week.
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2 months ago
Allan Lacki
Northeast Corvair Council Events for 2018. The Trifecta! Finally we're getting warmer days! So after the winter that wouldn't end, NECC is even more pumped to have you join us at any or all of our performance driving days! Friday June 29th, enjoy the beauty of the upstate countryside and the thrill of being on the track at one of the most challenging and best kept secrets in the Northeast.
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2 months ago
Allan Lacki
Hi Noel, Thanks for providing the video!
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3 months ago
Allan Lacki
I'm so sorry to hear about Bob's passing. Although I never met him, I'm aware of the books and articles he wrote for the Corvair community. By all accounts, he was an expert in all things Corvair and a really nice guy, too. We're going to miss him. I offer my condolences to his family. Allan Lacki Director - Eastern Division Corvair Society of America
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3 months ago
Allan Lacki
Hi Steve, Thank you for getting this information out to everybody!
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3 months ago
Allan Lacki
You won't be able to see the gauges if you select a steering wheel that is too small in diameter, especially if you have a Corsa instrument panel. If that's no concern, then do whatever you like. I used to have a small wheel in my Corvair and it worked fine with quick steering arms. Now, I have a stock wheel and I like it better. I don't do any racing, but I've driven my Corvair at NECC track
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3 months ago
Allan Lacki
A stock late model Corvair rolls very little through the turns at normal speeds. If you're experiencing excessive body roll, I'd check the shock absorbers and suspension bushings before installing a stabilizer bar. If you install a stabilizer bar in the rear without installing a stiff-than-stock front stabilizer bar, you'll get more oversteer. Hardly the thing you want in a street Corvair.
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3 months ago
Allan Lacki
Yep, Dave's video gave me the confidence to remove my power train solo. His videos are great!
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3 months ago
Allan Lacki
I'm assuming that you'll be bringing down the cross-member down with the power-train, which requires you to unbolt the transmission mounts from the unit-body, rather than unbolting the transmission case from the cross-member. When you're lowering the power train out of the body, don't snag the shift coupler on the the transmission mount cross-member. You run the risk of bending the inner shif
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4 months ago
Allan Lacki
Update: Sunday 3/4/2018 at Noon EST. The CORSA website remains out of service due to the storm. Bryan's neighborhood must have been walloped hard!
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4 months ago
Allan Lacki
Please be aware that the Subaru transaxle ring and pinion are lower with respect to the input shaft, as compared to a Corvair transaxle. So, if you want to mate a Subaru transaxle to a Corvair engine, this means either (1) your engine will need to sit higher in the engine bay, or (2) your axle shafts will need to run at severe angles vertically and your transaxle will be lower to the ground. (M
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