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2 days ago
Caveman_1960
I will be at Helen looking for a pair of skirts for an early coupe.
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2 days ago
Caveman_1960
Those are for an early four door, not a coupe/convertible. Hope the buyer figured it out.
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7 days ago
Caveman_1960
I have about two dozen used late model cylinder jugs available. Some could just be cleaned up and used. Others are ready for over-boring. HELP! I could bring some to the Helen meet in a few weeks. Located in Southeastern Michigan.
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9 days ago
Caveman_1960
I am planning to drive down to Helen, GA for the Springfest searching for Spring. Can't find Spring up here in Detroit so a road trip is in order. A friend just filled up my pickup truck with a bunch of cool stuff that I will bring with me. There are a few sets of 140 heads that are complete but unknown condition. Also have a few reverse-rotation bits since my friend is a super gearhead with Corv
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11 days ago
Caveman_1960
It is easier to make a 1962 'Vair look like a '60 with a front panel (and hood)change. Harder to make a '60 pass for a '62 because to do it right you'd have to move the battery over to the other side and re-configure the engine compartment. This car started out life as a 1960 coupe.
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13 days ago
Caveman_1960
Tim, '60 coupes can't have horn slots. At least not from the factory. All of the horn slot sheet metal panels were used up long before even the first coupe prototypes were conceived. If you want a horn-slot Corvair you have to be looking for a 4-door sedan built at the Willow Run facility in the first few days or weeks of production = up to the middle of July, 1959.
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13 days ago
Caveman_1960
Looks like he has a 4-speed trans planned for the project. Keep in mind that a 4-speed trans will not fit on a 1960 rear suspension without some cutting and modification. Too bad the car is so far away 'cause I have the perfect engine for it sitting on a stand at the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum here in Michigan!
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20 days ago
Caveman_1960
A few weeks ago I started a build-up of a 180 HP turbocharged Corvair engine. This will be a display engine to show off what the engine looks like to the initiated and the uninitiated alike. It will first go on loan to the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum in Michigan. The local club here in Detroit will use it at various functions to generate interest in our hobby - such as the upcoming Ann A
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2 months ago
Caveman_1960
The picture of the 1960 140 cid 80 HP head is the first design with the separate bolt holding the push rod tube retainers in place. This allows the tubes and the o-rings to be serviced without disturbing the head bolt torque. All later versions use the lower head studs to hold the retainers and tubes in place. Changing the o-rings requires a re-torque. Not so at the very beginning. Maybe that is
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2 months ago
Caveman_1960
Lookie what I found down in the dungeon (basement)! A brand new never had oil in it Offy aluminum oil pan. Anybody out there want/need one? Clark's lists a similar Otto pan for just north of $250. Clark's own brand is a tad more. What is this one worth to you? PM me if interested. Thanks! - Caveman Pete forsale
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2 months ago
Caveman_1960
The box that my first-design parking brake handle is in has a note on the outside that is was the result of the "Campaign 11/59", which means that Chevrolet called the repair action a campaign and was subject to the same rules as ordinary warranty replaced parts: retain them - damage them beyond further use and then scrap them. Looks like the bulletin that directed dealers to change the part happ
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2 months ago
Caveman_1960
This was the award given to winners of the Concours competition as well as the first-ever CORSA People's Choice event. These were similar awards and there was some controversy connected to that fact. The sponsoring club purchased a larger volume of awards than were needed and they offered them up to other clubs after the convention concluded. Are they rare? Maybe. I have one downstairs in the col
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2 months ago
Caveman_1960
1984 Parsippany New Jersey
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2 months ago
Caveman_1960
OEM 1960-1 caps did not have the "little window". You are thinking of the cap for a small block V8. 283 or 327.
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2 months ago
Caveman_1960
Here is another new old stock part that I found in my basement parts stash; an ignition switch that lists only the 1965 R10 Corvair as compatible. Other vehicles include 1958-62 Corvette, 1957 Chevrolet and some 1963 to '66 GM trucks. So what do you think the asking price will be? A re-pop can be had for around $50. Some eBay sellers think since it fits a C1 Corvette it should go for $200. Wow! B
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2 months ago
Caveman_1960
On March 22nd 1977 I visited Talty Chevrolet in Morris, Illinois. I purchased a new convertible top switch for one of my Corvairs. Cost was $1.58 plus 8 cents tax. Never used it so it is still in the box with the receipt (and you thought I had a super-human memory?) Today I was looking up the part # to remember what the switch was for. Clark's has a list price of $66 for a re-pop. eBay had an NOS
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2 months ago
Caveman_1960
The first design parking brake lever with the t-handle release was the subject of a "recall" back in the very early days of the 1960 Corvair model year . Dealers were told to replace all first-design ratcheting handles with the revised squeeze and release handle that we are familiar with on all later Corvairs (later than the very first batch of '60's). After performing the repair the dealers were
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2 months ago
Caveman_1960
Okay. I've found mouse nests underneath the top shroud (turkey roaster?) of many a Corvair engine that sat around for a while. But how about this: The little guys found a way to make a nest on top of the camshaft. Anybody else ever see something like this? The cam is toast. The crank looks to be fine and only one of the con rods had any signs of mouseness (new word I just made up). - CP
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2 months ago
Caveman_1960
I need some idea of what the crankshaft out of my RL code 180 turbo engine is worth. I am building a display turbo engine for the local Corvair Museum and plan to use just a stub 'shaft to hold the harmonic balancer in place. This original crank looks fine - no visible scoring. It is definitely a turbo crank with the "&" stamped in the snout. Whaddiya think it is worth/?? - Caveman Pete
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2 months ago
Caveman_1960
Looks fine to me! I want to build a 1960 station wagon (pre-Lakewood). The hardest part of turning a later early model into a 1960 is the engine compartment. Not impossible, but a lot of work for very little reward in my mind. For some strange reason I have been collecting NOS 1960 front sheet metal panels. Seems like there were quite a few of them produced for service parts and they still show u
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3 months ago
Caveman_1960
The rear decklid on a 1960 is unique to all other early model Corvairs. The reason for this is because the spare tire on a '60 was stored in the front trunk. When the 1961 models came out with the spare moved into the engine compartment, the louvres on the outside panel were modified as well as the shape of the inside panel to make room for the tire. Of course any early deck lid will fit if you c
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3 months ago
Caveman_1960
Couple more pics of the impeller/shaft part. They seem to be just about 3" diameter. Does that help identify which turbo they are correct for? The 2bbl carb adapter has been spoken for.
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3 months ago
Caveman_1960
One of the reasons for the 1961 trip through the Darien Gap was the previous year's trip with three red 1960 Corvairs from Chicago down to Panama. That trip was documented by the film "From Here to There". All three 1960 Corvairs finished the journey. The trip was sponsored by Chevrolet through their advertising agency. The dealership that did the actual trip was a very well placed Corvette speci
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3 months ago
Caveman_1960
Here a couple of pics of the 2bbl downdraft adapter for the LM turbo. I still have the dead 2GC carb if someone wants that was well.
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3 months ago
Caveman_1960
Here a few pics of the turbo parts. If someone can identify if the impeller/shaft bits are early or late that would help me. Thanks! - CP
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3 months ago
Caveman_1960
A better use would be to help CPF and defray cost of the new Museum. We used to give them to non-club member Corvair owners that we might see at shows or on the street. Problem now is we don't see too many Corvairs on the street or even at shows (at least not many Corvairs not already attached to the club scene).
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3 months ago
Caveman_1960
My suggestion: Donate them to the Corvair Preservation Foundation so they could sell them at conventions for a buck per issue as a fund raiser. I gave all of my duplicate issues a few years back and we did sell several at the convention in Springfield. If you want a tax write-off that could be done. Check with Mike Hall (CORSA and CPF Pres.) for details.
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3 months ago
Caveman_1960
So I had to ask for some help when pricing these turbo parts. Since they never put a turbo on the "real" 140 Corvair engine (1960 engine displacement) one my friends with more horsepower experience has suggested these prices: 1965-6 #709 turbo complete - $250 spare exhaust impeller and shaft with intake impeller - $100 1965-6 "RL" short block w/ rotating assembly - $200 adapter to run a 2b
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3 months ago
Caveman_1960
Included in a recent purchase (1966 Monza coupe 95/4-speed) was a collection of 180 turbo bits. I think the PO was planning to convert the Monza into a turbo Corsa. I have the RL short block less heads, a complete 709 turbo assembly, an extra turbine shaft and impeller(s), an adapter to run a 2bbl carb (I already tossed the junk Rochester 2GC), an inlet and outlet exhaust pipe and the stand to mo
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3 months ago
Caveman_1960
Car was built as a Monza at the Willow Run Assembly Plant. As stated, looks like somebody wanted to turn it into a Corsa. There are holes in the front fenders for the Corsa emblems. No such modifications to the rear quarters for the Corsa "C" emblems. Body tag and VIN say Monza.
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